California’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary System – A Question for Chief Bratton: What Is More Important? The Patients Or Marijuana Prohibition? What Is Really ‘Looney Tunes’?

Analysis by Richard Cowan
Even though California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the calls for a debate on marijuana prohibition itself, there is still a lot of confusion about the legal status of the supposedly less controversial topic of “medical marijuana”. 
On April 2nd the Associated Press reported that Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton “called on the City Council to speed up the drafting of stricter regulations on medical marijuana clinics, calling current state law ‘Looney Tunes’.” (Oddly, the story was reported on the San Jose Mercury-News website, but the LA Times only covered it in a blog.)
Bratton was right, but for the wrong reasons. He claimed, “They pass a law, then they have no regulations as to how to enforce the darn thing and, as a result, we have hundreds of these locations selling drugs to every Tom, Dick and Harry.”
First, if the dispensaries are selling any “drug” other than cannabis, the police do not need any action by the LA City Counsel to raid them. Find any of them selling hard drugs, and the medical cannabis community will support closing down the offenders.
That is not a rhetorical point. It is important to note that one justification for the dispensary system is that it keeps medical cannabis users from having to go to “street dealers” in order to get their medicine. However, in the broader context of cannabis prohibition in general, the California medical marijuana dispensary system does the same thing that the Dutch cannabis “coffee shop” system has been doing for decades. The Dutch call it the “separation of the markets for soft and hard drugs.” One consequence of this “separation of the markets” is that the Dutch have a much lower use of hard drugs, especially heroin, among young people than does the US.
Inasmuch as marijuana has always been much more readily available to young people than to sick and dying older people, would Chief Bratton really prefer that young people get their marijuana from “street dealers” – who may also sell hard drugs? See T’was Another Great Victory. Teen Marijuana Use Down; Oxy Use Up. Teen Cigarette Use Went Down More Than Teen Marijuana Use.
Second, the dispensaries are not selling to just anyone. They require a special form of identification that establishes the fact that a doctor has approved of the patient’s use of cannabis. (That is all that is required by state law, and – critically – all that is allowed by Federal law.)
“Street dealers” do not require any identification, and most teens say it is easier to get marijuana (on the street) than it is to get alcohol from licensed stores.
The AP went on to do its duty to the Fatherland to support marijuana prohibition by saying, “In 2003, the state set up a system for issuing ID cards to those with ‘prescriptions’ for medicinal marijuana, but many claim the system has been abused and is out of control.” (emphasis added)
“Out of control” is bad, and so there have been a number of stories that have “exposed” how easy it is to get a card.
A few points about that:
First, any “control” system devised by humans will almost certainly be either “too tight” or “too loose.” If it is too tight, then some sick and dying people will not be able to get the medical marijuana that they need. That is actually the problem in most of the state where law enforcement simply refuses to obey state law, and/or lobbies officials to ban dispensaries. That problem is even worse in other “medical marijuana” states, like Washington.
See Prohibitionists to Patients: “Drop Dead!” Police, Politicians, and Quacks Put Cannabis Prohibition Ahead of the Sick, Dying and Disabled. “To Jail In An Ambulance.”
Second, healthy young people can always find “weed” on the “streets.”
Third, over-the-counter drugs, including aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol), kill thousands of people every year. (There is no lethal dose of marijuana.) Consequently, there is ample precedent for having truly “dangerous drugs” easily available.
Finally, the “prescription” drug control system is proving to be very leaky. Does L. A. need tighter controls on pharmacies?
On June 14 , 2008, The New York Times reported that the “Florida Medical Examiners Commission found that the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs was three times the rate of deaths caused by all illicit drugs combined.”
See Florida Governor Demonstrates Absurdity of War on Cannabis. Prescription Drugs Kill; Cannabis Does Not – So The Killers Are “Just As Detrimental” As Cannabis.
It also said that the Drug Enforcement Administration found that “roughly seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs.  If accurate, that would be an increase of 80 percent in six years and more than the total abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy and inhalants.”
But here are the hard facts:
“The Florida report analyzed 168,900 deaths statewide.  Cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines caused 989 deaths, it found, while legal opioids — strong painkillers in brand-name drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin — caused 2,328.
Drugs with benzodiazepine, mainly depressants (sic) like Valium and Xanax, led to 743 deaths.  Alcohol was the most commonly occurring drug, appearing in the bodies of 4,179 of the dead and judged the cause of death of 466 — fewer than cocaine ( 843 ) but more than methamphetamine ( 25 ) and marijuana ( 0 ).” (emphasis added)
See Guess Who Said , “The decrease in the abuse of cannabis among youth in the United States may be offset by an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs.” Iron Law Of Prohibition” &. Czar’s Strategy 3.”
In fairness to Chief Bratton, he went on to say, “I fully support its (marijuana’s) use for medicinal purposes.” That sets him apart from many police chiefs who follow the prohibitionist party line that medical marijuana is either a “scam” or unnecessary, and I salute him for having the courage to say that.
However, he also asked, “(W)hy don’t we regulate it like we do Lipitor or Viagra. You can’t buy those two without getting it through a legitimate pharmacy. If this drug is so important and so helpful, why is it not regulated like every other drug?” (emphasis added)
Well, never mind the fact that there are lots of websites offering to sell Lipitor and Viagra, it is disturbing that Bratton does not know the answer to that question.
There are two basic reasons why marijuana is not available “through a legitimate pharmacy” and is not “regulated like every other drug.”
First, the federal government has blocked research on the medical use of cannabis for decades, while NORML sued unsuccessfully to get it rescheduled, so it might be prescribed. It is not the supporters of medical marijuana who are responsible for keeping cannabis out of the FDA “system”
Second, it can cost huge sums to try to get any “drug” through the FDA process which was not set up to analyze a complex plant. In 1993, when I was National Director of NORML, we were told by the Clinton Administration that it would cost $1.5 million to get the FDA to review marijuana and move it from Schedule I to Schedule II. We did not have the $1.5 million, and the Clinton Administration did not have the courage to do even what it had promised patients that it would do, and reopen the so-called “Compassionate IND” program, so it came to nothing.
(However, in 1998, after a number of states passed medical marijuana laws, Marinol, synthetic THC, was quickly moved from Schedule II to Schedule III  with the full support of the DEA, while marijuana remains absurdly in Schedule I.)
It is also worth noting that 1996 Proposition 215 that began California’s move to allow medical marijuana, said in Section (A) “To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.” (emphasis added)
Moreover, under FDA rules, any pharmaceutical which has been approved for use for one disease can be prescribed (“off-label”) by doctors for “any other illness for which” the doctor thinks it “provides relief.” In that key regard California does treat medical marijuana “like every other drug.”
However, Bratton’s question raises another important point. If it were sold in pharmacies, would they be allowed to make a profit on it the way they make profits on Lipitor and Viagra? And would their suppliers be allowed to make a profit on it the way American business does on everything else?
If so, and if Bratton wants medical marijuana to be treated like “every other drug”, then why are medical marijuana growers and dispensaries supposed to be non-profit?
Of course, “socialized medical cannabis” will work as badly as socialized anything else. But that really is the idea. Protecting marijuana prohibition takes precedent over everything else, the needs of patients, economic common sense, and logical consistency.
So, yes, Chief Bratton, the California medical marijuana situation is “Looney Tunes”, but it is not because of those of us who believe in freedom and oppose state  violence against marijuana users, growers and sellers, medical or otherwise.
Richard Cowan is a former National Director of NORML, a member of the NORML Advisory Board, publisher of MarijuanaNews.com and Senior Advisor to Weedmaps.com

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  1. Here we go again with non-medical personnel trying to manage medical issues.
    Police
    Businesses
    Politicians
    Your opinionated next door neighbor.
    Religious Groups
    Etc.
    Fact: Being allowed to use marijuana (For any purpose) receives so much resistance by opponents of MJ that one has to come to the conclusion that it must be more useful and beneficial to the user than anyone realizes, accept for American Government.

  2. Very good points brought out in this article. Many we are all aware of.
    One main thought the legal pharmaceutical industry has a free run on drugs they push. They also seem to have the FDA in their pocket. Allowing them to push drugs that clearly do more harm than good. Killing hundreds of thousands every year seems to be the legal drugs right. While the FDA the federal agency that is suppose to protects us looks the other way. While still mounting a major attack on a remedy that has not killed anyone since recorded history. Many Americans say it (cannabis) helps them so what is the big deal? All I can say is follow the money it will tell the story..
    Like Jesus said LET MY PEOPLE GO END THIS TYRANNY!!!
    Cherokee Fred Jesus

  3. Also they not only make a profit they make 1000% on many drugs. The pharmaceutical industry makes 681 billion a year from their foul chemicals that kill thousands and are widely abused.
    Doctors in California say cannabis could replace 80% of their fouls chemical drugs. Causing the legal drug pushers to lose 544 billion a year. This is why they pay and pay our representatives to support their efforts to enslave Americans to protect their profits….
    CFJ

  4. “Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” – Henry Ford, whose first Model-T was constructed from hemp fibers and built to run on hemp gasoline
    “Prohibition… goes beyond the bound of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded” -Abraham Lincoln
    “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.” – Albert Einstein quote on Hemp

  5. when i was in highschool, it was much easier to get weed than alchol.
    and because of the prohibition, it was easier to get meth than alcohol. people that sell illegal things…. just might sell other illegal things.
    add that to the poor drug education system (brainwash) – they put all drugs into 1 category, saying drugs kill you. you hear that, and just figure it’s all BS. noone knew meth was worse than weed.
    add those things together, and everyone around me ended up being heavy meth abusers. it isn’t just weed that’s easier to get; meth is easier for minors to get than alcohol as well (where i live). you can often get both from the same street dealer. street dealers are easy to find.
    way past time to legalize marijuana and break that link. allow anti-drug messages to tell the truth to the young elementary kids, and give us adults who want to be responsible and stay outta jail a safe place to smoke.
    1 last thought – when people get weed from the streets, they almost always smoke together. where does that leave them? stoned in a car on the streets.

  6. Medical Marijuana, gay marriage… How can Cali survive the attacks on morality. Do you not know that an egocentric / ethnocentric mindset is the key to piousness. People can only be considered good if they are like us. Church every Sunday and Wednesday, beer and Nascar in the traditional hetero home. Anything different is just that different. If I consider myself in God’s image, how can I allow anything to exist out of my narrow mindset. You people talk like this is the land of the free or something

  7. You say that socialized medical cannabis is as bad as socialized anything else. That appears to be an uncalled for shot at socialized medicine. The Canadian healthcare system is fantastic, and everything you have ever heard about people languishing in waiting rooms is bullshit. For all but the most rich the Canadian healthcare system is vastly superior to that in the United States.

  8. And after we have won the national battle for medical marijuana, we should set our sights on opium. Another maligned drug that could help many people who are in constant pain. Unfortunitly, there is more of a market for its refined state- heroin.

  9. I SURE HOPE YOU HAVE YOUR FACTS CORRECT CAUSE THIS ARTICLE (EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY) ADDRESS’ MOST OF THE OPPOSITION TO OUR CAUSE! LEGALIZE!

  10. wow. this article has a lot of information that I already knew but just, wow. when put so concisely and giving all those details really put in perspective. This poses a question in my mind: why isn’t there articles like this being presented in mainstream media? why aren’t we, a country of thinkers (yes i do believe that there exist a few) arent we seriously considering all of our options. It’s beyond absurd that we are still criminalizing norml people let alone sick and dying individuals. It really is enough to make you physically ill. I am currently in a class, MRT (moral reconation therapy) which states in it’s literature that if you distrust the goverment or question it’s logic, that you are in a state of disloyalty and that you must learn to just accept and participate within societal norms. well excuse me…but didn’t the founding fathers think that was baloney as well? they wrote the constitution based on a thought process that directly opposed thinking along those lines. the concept of a united states of america was based on principles of questioning the government when one thought that a law or a way of thinking was unjust, harmful or manipulative. here we see a set of laws that are detrimrntal to the majority of people if you go by zogby polls, and that only benefit a select few. by the rule of law and so forth this is a set of rules that should have never existed. how is a natural medicine, stress reliever and pain reducer more harmful than man made substances that toy with the inherent chemical processes in nature. substances hat mess with the chemistry of the human body and so forth? and finally, why is the government so opposed to legalizing cannabis for medical use and/or recreational use based on the reasons and flawed logic that it presents to the public? even reasons such as corporate greed and so forth don’t really make sense because a smart buisness man always makes his money. besides all of these factors, I really dont beleive there is any real concern about our personal saftey in any of this. individuals will always rape, murder, kill and steal. sober or not, crime will happen and we will need police, prisons, guards, wardens, courts, judges, lawyers, stenographers, bailiffs, crossing guards, postmen etc. the criminal justice system will not really take that huge of a bite from letting go of the lowest hanging fruit. It will simply alleviate cramped jails and increasing law enforcement costs. less money spent means more money earned and this is a concept that you don’t need a degree to understand. morals are contantly changing, they do not remain fixed in the 1930’s and thus we must evolve along those lines. we’re smarter now but we don’t act like it so here’s what it boils down to: we need to stop criminalizing normal human behaviors. If were sick we use what makes us better, if we’re stressed, we use something to take the edge off. different people respond better to different things-some people like alcohol, others prefer cannabis. do i beleive all drugs are good? NO. emphatically not, but cannabis is neither a drug or evil. It is a medicine and a stress releiver, plain and simple. humans have the natural impulse to be intoxicated, indians did it for spiritual awakening, medieval people brewed alcohol and our forefathers grew cannabis and hemp. even young children spin around in circles to get dizzy. a rudimentary form of getting high.

  11. A letter from my rep.
    Dear Mr. Snyder:
    Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the legalization of marijuana. I appreciate hearing from all Pennsylvanians about the issues that matter most to them.
    Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug under federal law. As such, it is not legally recognized as having any acceptable medical use, and it is a crime to possess or distribute marijuana for any purpose.
    At this time, there are no bills pending before either the House of Representatives or the Senate to decriminalize or legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. Please be assured that should such a bill be introduced and come before the Senate, I will keep your views in mind.
    Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.
    If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit my web site, http://casey.senate.gov. I invite you to use this online office as a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.
    Sincerely,
    Bob Casey
    United States Senator

  12. It’s time to just legalize it, and all of our problems would be solved. Why is medical marijuana good, but the recreational use of it is bad???
    But I’m glad that people in California have safe access to medical marijuana, instead of having to go to a street dealer.

  13. Hmmm business as usual with law enforcement vs sick people. i also saw anothr case of police brutality in New Jersey. The fuzz beat the hell outa some schizophrenic guy jus standing on the corner. i saw it on cnn. Brutal. Im one of these doomsday guys who believes we are on the edge of the endtimes. i dont think its jus gona end i thnk we gona suffer a dark age for a long time. And when the infrastructure that the pigs reli on to enable them to bully and oppress us falls, and belive me wether religous in origin or scientific its a comin. Then guys like me will rise up. And believe me ill remeber stuff like stoner oppresion and brutality. Woe be to any cop that crosses my path at the end of civility. IM SIK OF THE GOV AND COPS CONTROLLING MY LIFE.

  14. It’s really sad, we’re getting nowhere in this and the cops can chose whether to obey the laws or not…
    I think the states need to fire al PD personel who refuse to obey the laws….
    this is absurd, because they disagree they can refuse to obey the law and work in ways to make the law unproductive….
    The right and the cops which are almost all part of the good ole boys network continue to push their own agenda… kinda like KGB…

  15. So here we are,You have a poilce chief saying that a law that permits some control over who sells cannibis is looney. As usual these people(law enforcement and drug warriors) would rather have people,sick or not,buying it on the street. They would rather lock you up and ruin your life than TRY to have some system that would remove arrest and ruining of your life. They do this even though they know theres no way to stop cannibis or hard drugs from being sold on the streets. Oh and yes our WONDERFUL government announced they are stepping up efforts to not only stop the flow of cannibis and hard drug into the USA,but they are stepping up the effort to stop the use of said products. I dont know about any of you,but to me that means they are willing to escalate the war on the american people. When are they gonna wake up,we are free people and wont stand for it! The question is…how close to the edge will they push the people ..on all fronts…not just prohibition…before we have no choice but to push back. HELLOO BIG GOVERNMENT….ARE YOU THERE? CLIMB OUT OF YOUR BUBBLE!!

  16. Prohibitionist enactments are a direct violation of God’s will for human beings to live in freedom with liberty (to the point it infringes on the legitimate freedom and liberty of another), as cited in the Constitution of the United States. As an avid prohibitionis, the good Chief naturally gets his panties bunched up in the crack of his ass at the mere thought of any limiting of his power and authority to try and run other people’e lives in opposition to God’s will. After all, he knows better than God! And his department needs the funding! And after all, its “the law” and he is “just following orders,” the mantra prohibitionists chant just like Nazi death camp guards when brought to justice. Slavery used to be “the law” in this country. As a rule, cannabis consumers are not trying to get those opposed to that activity, to do so. Generally, when simply left alone, cannabis consumers seem quite content to just mind their own business. Wow, there’s a concept! It is prohibitionists trying to dominate and control other people; they are the ones sticking their noses in other people’s business, they are the ones who started this “war” on God’s will. Don’t they have any real crimes the good Chief could be concerned with in LA, crimes where there are actual victims?

  17. the feds need to let it be. I f they try to regulate medical mj too much where it effect the convenance of purchasing, it will just push it back to the underground market…
    FREE MARIJUANA!!!

  18. Cannabis is illegal because without it the DEA would have collapsed decades ago, and another reason is so Uncle Sam can replace slave labor with prison labor.
    Read tinyurl.com/1mn

  19. Very informative. I am still puzzled by the fact that so many well informed people realize how destructive prohibition is and yet we can’t get our message heard by those that have the ability to change the law. How long will it take for our government to allow us to take care of ourselves with something that actually works and is not deadly? Thank you Mr. Cowan for the great article and very useful information.

  20. The most bizarre part of California’s medical cannabis regime is that we *certificated* PATIENTS are the only souls in the country who are paying SALES TAX on the #1 cash crop. Sales tax on medicine is corrupt. But then so is the prohibition of cannabis…

  21. I didn’t know NORML tried to sue to move cannabis from schedule 1 to schedule 2. I am very disheartened after reading about the attempt and the court hearings. It was undisputedly determined that marijuana does have medical value, which would be enough to move it to schedule 2. They all agreed on that in court. But, the FDA equates “accepted medical use” with being approved for marketing by FDA under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In order to be approved for marketing there has to be a patent on it. But, because marijuana is a plant, and not an artificial substance, no one can put a patent on it! The entire system was built to regulate synthetic drugs, not naturally occurring plants. Because it is a plant, they don’t know what to do with it! Sadly, in their own twisted way, I think they are trying to help us by creating synthetic THC. This allows them to patent it and market it for distribution. However, the underlying factor is always about money. If they can’t sell it, they keep it illegal. And that is the sad state of marijuana in our country.

  22. It is just getting ridiculous how in denial non-supporters are. They must be living a different plane of reality than the rest of the world, as EVERY SINGLE reason they give for prohibition is illogical and down right wrong. This is just annoying now, as the youth in the country is clear on decriminalization/legalization is needed…but our leaders are too old. I don’t want to have to wait for all the elders to die and take their “reefer madness” with them.

  23. Chief Bratton: Shove another donut in your face, pig, and keep your self-interest motivated opinions to yourself

  24. My views
    regarding the disparity between
    scheduling-status of
    Whole-Cannabis verses Marinol…
    (What the law ought to actually be…
    How the law NEEDS to be revised…):

    – Plants,
    (any plants, not just cannabis),
    should automatically be placed
    on a LESS restrictive schedule,
    (As if they should be ‘scheduled’ at all to begin with…),
    THAN compound(s)
    derived from and / or synthetics
    based upon derived-compounds from them.
    (Present scheduling-regime is
    UNJUST-FAVORITISM towards SYNTHETICS…
    This must NOT go on any longer!!!)
    – The ONLY role which the FDA should play
    concerning plant-based medicines is genuineness
    of said botanical, veracity, (truthfulness), of labeling,
    and purity-of-product from contamination,
    IF packaged for retail-purchase…
    (And ONLY a concern to the FDA
    WHEN and IF said botanical falls short of purity,
    truthful-labeling and genuineness-of-product standards…).

    (The plant-species themselves
    should not be on any ‘schedule’ whatsoever…
    whether they’re feral ‘weeds’,
    cultivated-ornamentals, medicinals
    or ethno-botanical food-crops).

  25. Alright i just smoked a fat one and got a SWEET idea. We fnd one of the thousands of islands that are for sale all over the world. Pool our money, buy it and secceed and than start our own country. We will have Cherokee Fred Jesus be president and wolf be vice president. I, being a fake general will take our armd forces. Then we will make THC bombs and drop em all where there is violence and strife and finally, drop the Atomic Bong on ourselves amd live happily ever after. Beats Kansas!

  26. @ Cherokee Fred Jesus
    let my people go… was said by mosess not jesus… (i’m not even religious but i know that) but even with that said i agree legalize it , its not leaving , we are still here, and sooner or later it will be legalized, lets make it sooner rather than later, its just teh government afraid to admit that its wrong, thats all, like that stupid know it all kid we all knew in school, even tho they are presented with the facts, they still with mule like stubbroness will not admit they are incorrect in what they say the actions the do and the beliefs they hold on to so hard

  27. Let the BS stop. Im growing SICK of being pushed around by these corrupt idiots. Its time to stand up and fight back for what we have been givin by god

  28. Would I be all alone in proposing that All cannibis use is theraputic, and thus medicinal?

  29. i dont understand how marijuana cant be patented but yet tobacco can be… in the words of spock , very illogical

  30. DON”T LET THE COPS GO AFTER MARIJUANA USERS.
    quit clogging up our states courts and confusing everyone with medical marijuana. the issue needs to be national NOW.
    we need national legalization NOW.
    end the prohibition on cannabis and hemp.
    please help get all of the cannabis virgins out there stoned so our push can grow to get out of the stone age.

  31. too bad all the old white hairs in politics don’t retire once and for all. except for RON PAUL!
    it sure seems like the majority of them are just greedy selfish pigs. they could care less that alcohol, tobacco, and big pharmacy pose real threats to humanity…cannabis use would only bring down the levels of use of these substances.
    quit trying to morally impose what is right on what you once said was a free society.
    OBAMA YOU MAKE ME SICK. you will never receive funds from me again, RON PAUL 2012.

  32. He’s right. It is “loony tunes”.
    Once again the period of the prohibition of alcohol informs us as to what is going on.
    http://cocktails.about.com/od/history/a/prohibition_2.htm
    [quote]While it was illegal to manufacture or distribute “beer, wine, or other intoxicating malt or vinous liquors” it was not illegal to possess it for personal use. The provision allowed Americans to possess alcohol in their homes and partake with family and guests as long as it stayed inside and was not distributed, traded or even given away to anyone outside the home.
    Another interesting provision to prohibition was that alcohol was available via a physician’s prescription. For centuries liquor had been used for medicinal purposes, in fact many of the liqueurs we know today were first developed as miracle cures for various ailments. Despite the fact that in 1916 whiskey and brandy were removed from The Pharmacopeia of the United States of America and in 1917 the American Medical Association stated that alcohol “…use in therapeutics as a tonic or stimulant or for food has no scientific value…” and voted in support of prohibition, there was still a belief in liquor’s medicinal benefits among many.
    Because of this established belief that liquor could cure and prevent a variety of ailments, doctors were still able to prescribe liquor to patients on a specially designed government prescription form that could be filled at any pharmacy. When medicinal whiskey stocks were low the government would increase its production. A significant amount of the prescription alcohol supplies were diverted from their intended destinations by bootleggers and corrupt individuals during prohibition.[/quote]
    History is, once again, repeating itself and nobody is listening. Let us be honest. A medical release to keep and use cannabis is nothing more than a license to get high. Even worse, if the stuff out of the dispensaries is being sold at black market prices, then there is also a license for organized crime to keep a hand in distribution. The chief is right. If we are to maintain the false dignity of medical marijuana and at the same criminalize those who cannot make use of the medical dispensaries, then we need tougher regulations. And who can’t make use of the dispenseries? Those who are either not rich enough for the physicians exam or not poor enough to get an exam subsidized by the state. In other words, most people cannot buy from dispenseries. And if anyone could buy from the dispenseries, then where is the cannabis coming from? Where else except black market producers?
    Again, let us be honest. If cannabis were completely legalized for commercial distribution, the dispenseries would vanish overnight along with all the piety about medical marijuana. But if we were to decriminalize cannabis without complete legalization, we could get the same results. People who wanted it could still get it on the streets with considerably less risk, or grow it. The black market would dry up and the street prices would go down.

  33. Has anyone ever written to Michael Moore about asking him to make a documentary on the subject of Marijuana in general? I would pay to see it. If anyone could make people aware of something, Michael Moore would be the guy to do it.

  34. i will smoke it 1 way or the other the goverment can tax and regalate weed or the dealers can get my cash it dont matter to me when i go to jail for it witch is never ill eat tax payer food get out and still use weed lol

  35. It is very difficult to take the pills, vicodin in this case we are gaining control of our body, we must remain very careful and not fall and hang on to drugs, always remember to look at this couple and for our future. I read findrxonline certainly are very addictive and so we need to know control.

  36. Being an disabled vet,I have alot of medical problems.Migraine headachs for one.When they start nothing will stop them.The Zolmig I take costs 28.80 a pill.I can smoke a joint and get more relief.BUT here in NC it`s a against the law to posses pot for any reason.I take MORPHINE by perscription.But I can`t have a joint.I think something is very wrong with our way government.Pot should legalized.I think People who really need it should be able to grow for they`re own consumpion.Let the Law mark it.If any shows up anywhere but where you live THEN charge them with a crime.Legalize not crimanilize

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