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Longtime Member Of Iowa Senate Calls For Medical Marijuana Discussion

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Iowa Senator Gene Fraise Is An Unlikely Source For Medical Marijuana Support

Senior citizens are rapidly becoming a key group of supporters for medical marijuana across the nation, and Iowa is no exception. 79 year old Iowa Senator Gene Fraise, a Democrat from Fort Madison, told the Associated Press that he supports medical marijuana because he knows people that alleviated their suffering with marijuana use. “I’ve talked to quite a few people who said members of their family were dying of cancer and they can’t get relief unless they have this marijuana,” Fraise, a 26-year veteran of the Senate, told The Associated Press on Monday. “If that’s the case, then maybe we ought to help people.”

Bringing medical marijuana to Iowa is no easy task. I know that there are great activists fighting daily to do so, such as the legendary Carl Olsen. Iowa marijuana activists were able to successfully strong arm the State of Iowa into rescheduling marijuana previously, so I’m confident that they can push through for another victory. There will no doubt be people that will try to fight it with all of their blind reasoning.

One of them will no doubt be Greenfield, Iowa Representative Clel Baudler. Some of you might remember former Iowa State Trooper Clel Baudler from last year when he blatantly broke the law in an anti-medical marijuana propaganda campaign. Reefer madness crusader Clel Baudler traveled to California, obtained a medical marijuana prescription fraudulently in an attempt to spook Iowa citizens. “The only things I lied about were hemorrhoids, depression and I stated that I did not have health insurance.” was Representative Baudler’s excuse. Way to show integrity Mr. Baudler….

I tip my hat to you Iowa Senator Fraise. I know it’s not easy to step up and voice your opinion in such a conservative state. The closest medical marijuana state is far away, so most of the citizens of Iowa’s knowledge about medical marijuana only comes from the news. As a result, many have misconceptions and negative stereotypes. I encourage all Iowans to investigate the issue for themselves instead of listening to the falsities that are spread by people like Clel Baudler.

Luckily for the movement, Senator Fraise is very influential in Iowa politics. Senator Fraise is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vice Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and serves on a Justice Budgeting Committee. He is also a member of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council, the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision State Council and the Public Safety Advisory Board.

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  1. In addition to the many societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs.

    * Poppies to morphine to heroine to krokodil
    * Coca to cocaine to crack
    * Ephedra to ephredrine to speed to methamphetamine
    * Marijuana to skunk to dangerous synthetic concoctions such as ‘spice’ or ‘bath salts’
    * Mushrooms to ecstasy to 2CB/designers

    At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following:

    * It may easier to smuggle.
    * It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.
    * It may be cheaper to produce therefore yielding more profit.
    * Like a game of “whack a mole” a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.

    Prohibition’s distortion of the immutable laws of supply and demand subsidizes organized crime, foreign terrorists, corrupt cops & politicians and feeds the prejudices of self-appointed culture warriors. So called Tough-On-Drugs politicians have happily built careers on confusing drug prohibition’s horrendous collateral damage with the substances that they claim to be fighting, while the big losers in this battle are everybody else, especially taxpayers.

    How come so many of us have been deluded into believing that big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional consensual vices?

    Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That’s what our misguided drug policy looks like. Isn’t it time we all stood up and told the government we’re tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits?

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  2. ConservativeChristian on

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains.
    If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes; it would put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods.

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