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Medical Marijuana Sanja Gupta

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  • Center Left
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAFu-Ihwyzg

    Show was on CNN last night. It discussed the medical benefits alone. It also discussed the govt. regulations and how it handcuffs parents trying to get relief for their children. For those who have all of the answers it will be of no benefit. I found it to be interesting and informative. It was controversial how this could benefit a 2 year old with Epilepsy. There's medical applications being developed that don't get patients "High".

    15 additional states are now considering approval of "Medical Marijuana".
  • Center Left
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    Appreciate the posting, Tony.

    I was pretty shocked when Gupta came out a while back after completing his first documentary on marijuana, saying that he was in fact wrong about being so negative toward the substance. He is a medical doctor and I for one am glad to see that he is trying to be as objective as possible toward this issue (now that he is properly informed), leaving aside any political opinions that CNN or the like might want him to promote.
  • Liberal
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    I saw it as well.......I had no clue that it had healing properties.....the fact that it makes me lazy, calm, and hungry is all the medicine I need....I always thought the stoners were just seeking an excuse. L.A. For years would just issue citations for possessing up to a pound
  • Center Left
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    L.A.,
    I thought it was a great show too. I just yesterday saw a replaying of episode 1 on this show. More importantly, I am damned glad that you are back. Your input to this site is valued. I hope you are doing well.
    Yes, stops bad cases of epilepsy that western medicine couldn't stop. There appears to be real medical benefit, as well as helping people deal with chemo therapy, pain management, and it makes black light posters look really cool too.
  • Liberal
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    TJ Wrote: L.A.,
    I thought it was a great show too. I just yesterday saw a replaying of episode 1 on this show. More importantly, I am damned glad that you are back. Your input to this site is valued. I hope you are doing well.
    Yes, stops bad cases of epilepsy that western medicine couldn't stop. There appears to be real medical benefit, as well as helping people deal with chemo therapy, pain management, and it makes black light posters look really cool too.
    Thank you. I had to step away for a minute. I'm in a federal lawsuit against my former employer for wrongful termination. I was fired for refusing overweight trailers. my job thought just figured I'd be more then happy to haul 10-15,000 pounds overweight.....they changed trucker laws in 2009. Everything falls on the driver......Surface transportation assistance act......
  • Liberal Democrat
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    We haven't discussed marijuana in a while. My very conservative city Colorado Springs has opted out of selling recreational marijuana, but they still allow medical marijuana sales. And now according to the Independent,

    Gas & Grass

    "Denver-based dispensary Native Roots is opening two Gas & Grass locations in Colorado Springs...The former Conoco stations will serve as both gas stations and medical marijuana dispensaries when they open in mid-October. The stores also will sell a typical selection of gas station goods including cigarettes, lottery tickets and candy bars.

    "The idea was just to eliminate an extra errand for MMJ users," says Mandy Melby of Native Roots. She says the company plans on giving a gas discount for MMJ buyers, with details to be released closer to opening."

    What a novel idea for propping up sales. Sounds like capitalism is doing well here. We already allow beer sales at gas stations in Colorado so why not a little grass for those (passengers) in a need of a quick fix before driving off. Again Colorado is leading the way for the rest of the nation to eventually follow.

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    This November, the issue of legalization will be on the ballet in Ohio. Legalization for both medical and recreational uses. It seems like a Salmon swimming upstream and logically I would doubt it has any chance. However, there's money to be made, so you just never know. A few years back, a group got casinos put onto the ballets. Not any casino is allowed but it was approved for Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and perhaps one other(1 casino in each city because otherwise, others might make profits). Those who did the work to get it passed are the ones who own the casinos. They are behind the new issue as well. If passed, they'll control designated grow sites.

    Many that I know worry that voting for this puts you on a list at the police station......that is stopping most from voting for it.

    Follow the money.

  • Democrat
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    Marijuana and guns............what a combination. Since marijuana does in fact alter the mental state of people, does this change the thinking of people using marijuana and having guns? If marijuana is a good thing, that's fine, but let the medical fields allow it to come into the general public. Dr. Gumpta would agree as he being a medical professional that unregulated, marijuana would be doom for society, which has already been proven in traffic accidents. We have sufficient numbers of mentally ill, thus we do not need anymore. I doubt the marijuana people get off the street or even a licensed dealer in a legal state is properly regulated to strength and chemical properties to protect the most innocent of people. I saw the CNN Special, but this thread has not endorsed the many other televised specials from experts testing marijuana. Dr. Gumpta is a good media hound, which I enjoy watching him, but he limited providing all the details to the public. Dr. Gumpta is associating regulation to this drug and not free-will dispensing.

    With all the discussion on Gun Control and killing of people, I do not trust the invitation to allowing marijuana into society without medical controls (prescription).

  • Liberal Democrat
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    AMC -- The gun issues that we are discussing in another thread have no relation to medical marijuana, unless I am missing some subtle point. Marijuana sales in Colorado are highly regulated. The sellers have to comply with numerous regulations, and new regulations are continually being passed as problems are recognized. Driving under the influence (being high on weed) of course is just one obvious point. But sure, labeling cookies or other edible products that are laced with marijuana is another issue that is being addressed. Colorado is learning and responding.

    Sellers are innovative in a competitive market where prices have come down in the past year. Medical marijuana sales are competing with recreational marijuana sales. The medical marijuana people found a way (gas stations) to make it easier to sell. Just like selling lotto tickets, but in this case their customers are a restricted group with a medical need.

    Of course, if you are one that believes that all marijuana is bad for you, then there is no point in carrying this discussion further.

  • Democrat
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    I never indicated "ALL" marijuana is bad for you. Never did I say what you indicate. I did say that medicine is finding cautious cause for marijuana as a drug. Marijuana is a drug and has been identified as such. I was responding to the CNN reporting by Dr. Gumpta, which was left out of the thread discussing his report. Dr. Gumpta as a medical professional has on record identified that marijuana should be regulated and that there are benefits to it's use.

    The problem with any regulated marijuana at the moment, even in Colorado, is the precise chemical control of potency. Who gets the drug and how it is dispensed can be dangerous to someone who has medical conditions that are exacerbated as a result of using marijuana. Lawyers are lining up for these cases. As in driving under the influence, using a gun or performing brain surgery, people will exhibit problematic issues under non-regulation of the drug. Colorado has chosen a difficult path and when the deplorable crimes or mistakes are made by the legality of the dispensing of marijuana become public, than everybody can hide and say, "I didn't approve of it." Of course, you all did. I for one don't need it and love life the way I intend it to be. I know for one I will vote against marijuana in my state and I realize I'll be a minority. Minorities do win sometime.

    Marijuana and guns............what a combination. Since marijuana does in fact alter the mental state of people, does this change the thinking of people using marijuana and having guns? If marijuana is a good thing, that's fine, but let the medical fields allow it to come into the general public. Dr. Gumpta would agree as he being a medical professional that unregulated, marijuana would be doom for society, which has already been proven in traffic accidents. We have sufficient numbers of mentally ill, thus we do not need anymore. I doubt the marijuana people get off the street or even a licensed dealer in a legal state is properly regulated to strength and chemical properties to protect the most innocent of people. I saw the CNN Special, but this thread has not endorsed the many other televised specials from experts testing marijuana. Dr. Gumpta is a good media hound, which I enjoy watching him, but he limited providing all the details to the public. Dr. Gumpta is associating regulation to this drug and not free-will dispensing.

    With all the discussion on Gun Control and killing of people, I do not trust the invitation to allowing marijuana into society without medical controls (prescription).

    Here above is my original response on the subject. Schmidt, where did I say "ALL" marijuana is bad for you?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    AMC -- Sorry I apologize for saying that you said all marijuana is bad for you. I read more into your response than I should have. I'm glad, however, that you support medical marijuana. Colorado has over 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries, and more are opening every week (e.g. gas stations). We have issued 130,000 medical marijuana cards to patients and care givers. So if you have chronic pain, living in Colorado is where you can get relief with a Rocky Mountain high and with a doctor's permission. Furthermore, the Obama administration has ruled that authorities could not arrest or prosecute medical marijuana users and dispensaries who were not violating local laws. So this is all clean...no feds.
  • Independent
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    AMC I agree with you that all substances like weed, alcohol, heroin, pills, etc. impair your brain. Like most traffic accidents are from D.U.I cases. as well often from prescription drugs. Sorry to say we are number one in the world where that happens, as well number one on gun killings. So I suggest that we wave some more flags that will help.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- Do you support medical marijuana?
  • Center Left
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    Dutch Wrote: AMC I agree with you that all substances like weed, alcohol, heroin, pills, etc. impair your brain. Like most traffic accidents are from D.U.I cases. as well often from prescription drugs. Sorry to say we are number one in the world where that happens, as well number one on gun killings. So I suggest that we wave some more flags that will help.

    I really don't want to muddy this thread up with gun talk. But I have to say; Are you saying the U.S. is number one in the world for gun killings? Because that is very inaccurate.

    Here is a few random links I've provided to shed light on your opinion.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries...

    Honduras has way higher homicide by firearm than the U.S.

    washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2...

    Quote from article. "The dubious distinction of having the most gun violence goes to Honduras, at 68.43 homicides by firearm per 100,000 people, even though it only has 6.2 firearms per 100 people." This to me is 100% proof that even with a lower firearm per person rate, it is still a problem. In other words, no matter how many guns are out there, if someone wants to use one, they will get their hands on one.

    Norway is ranked number one for firearm fatalities. I do understand the population difference. It has been accounted for in the chart.

    ijreview.com/2015/06/348197-obama-said-...

    Now, for good measure, here is a chart that says U.S. is number one. But also notice the disclaimer at the bottom of the article.

    washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2...

    "The rate in several developing countries, particularly in Latin America, is significantly higher. Honduras, which has been called the murder capital of the world, has an average firearm murder rate that's about 20 times America's. But make no mistake: For a rich, developed country, the U.S. gun-related homicide rate is very, very high."

    The U.S. hits number one on their chart because they are not accounting for population like all the other charts.

    I know you have a locked steel case around America being a backyard barbecue, filled with guns, murders, rebel flags, and beer. But in these cases, facts need to be presented and not just opinions.

    Also, to get back to the thread topic. I am completely for medical marijuana. It does an incredibly more amount of good than anything else.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- Do you support medical marijuana?
    Sure It depends; I don't know about the "doses", but there must be a warning not to use "equipment' or drive etc.