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Having penalties, including potential prison time, is not going to discourage anyone from trying to sell medical prescription marijuana on the street anymore than current laws prevent drug activity. The smoking of marijuana should either be totally legal or totally illegal. Just because Illinois would have the most regulated law in the nation, is not enough reason for a legislator to vote Yes.
Alcohol is legal and the only medical benefits are that a glass of wine is good for your heart and can raise your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Marijuana has been shown to diminish nausea from chemotherapy, lessen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, lessen pain of people suffering form HIV/AIDS and other medical aliments. So if alcohol is lawful, why not marijuana?
I have made my position clear that I hate alcohol, so why do I seem to be supporting the legalization of medical marijuana when I find the drug so repulsive? Simply because it would lead to making marijuana legal for everyone and government could tax the use. Because the bureaucracy and associate costs the passage of the bill would create, I am pro legalization of all marijuana, not just for medical use. If it is legal for everyone, the government would profit. If it is legal just for medial applications then it costs the government money to regulate.
One can either get high or not. If marijuana is legal, it should be legal for everyone over the age of 21; there should not be restrictions on who can use the drug.
And because of fear of the slippery slope that medical usage would lead to wide-spread legalization, Illinois legislators won’t be able to vote, “Yes.“ If people realized the profit for government with legalization, they would be in favor of it. But nobody is thinking about the money; only about the smoke.
Editors Note: I think all my readers know how I feel about the legalization of Marijuana. We spend billions here in New York State arresting and jailing people who smoke weed. With our state budgets in the red, this is the perfect way to save money on prosecuting people who smoke, and at the same time, make tax money. Almost everyone I know smokes Marijuana. When will our straight laced politicians wake up and see that Marijuana makes money. Right now the drug dealers make tax free cash with no benefits to the state. Stop arresting people who smoke and at the same time reap huge tax profits. I guarantee states will go from not having enough money every year, to having more than enough. Wake up America!
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THE JAMES EDSTROM EDITORIAL
MAKING MARIJUANA LEGAL WILL SAVE THE STATES
We spend billions every year arresting people for smoking marijuana. We spend money on law enforcement and sending these people to jail. I do not care what anyone says about marijuana, it is less dangerous and less costly than alcohol. Alcohol has caused millions of deaths, and no one can say that about marijuana. California is getting ready on a vote to legalize marijuana, because they see the huge tax revenue it will bring in. Why New York is so behind the rest of the world, is beyond me. I am not talking about just legalizing Medical Marijuana, which should be legal anyway, but I am talking about making marijuana once and for all legal. Control and tax it like you control alcohol. The billions saved on arresting and jailing people and the tax monies collected will give this state a surplus instead of a deficit. It is such a simple answer, yet our politicians thinking are still in the stone age, or maybe they are stoned!
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
We received the following e-mail from Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried on legalizing Medical Marijuana. We commend him on his stand, and we hope his fellow elected officials will support this issue in full.
Editors Extra: Medical Marijuana is something that is long overdue in New York State. These drug companies for years have been lobbying to stop the legalization of Marijuana for medical use, because they market Marinol, a Marijuana pill that makes them a fortune and does nothing. A few years ago when I was very ill, I got this prescription and it cost 583 for a one month supply. It did nothing to help my symptoms, so I went out and brought a bag of weed for 40 dollars and it did the job and it lasted a month. Now a prescription costs over 1200 bucks and does absolutely nothing. It is a waste of insurance money, when a cheep 40 bag of weed will do the trick. The State Of New York will save millions on their Medicaid plans alone. I firmly believe Marijuana should be legalized fully and be controlled like cigarettes and alcohol, but Medical Marijuana is a start in the right direction. States can make billions of dollars in tax monies and save the trillions of dollars they spend arresting and jailing people who smoke. If fact, I am sure the legalization of Marijuana will take the states out of the red and send them into the black. This is something that is long overdue, and we commend Richard N. Gottfried on almost always being on the right side of our issues here in New York. Visit NORML to learn more on how we can make this happen all over the country.
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Editors Note: When is the world going to wake up. There is nothing wrong with smoking Marijuana. Alcohol kills people every day, not Marijuana !
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Scientology Queen Tom Cruise is not amused or happy by a legal medical marijuana firm that is marketing their best weed as “Tom Cruise Purple.” California Licensed cannabis clubs are selling the appetite-enhancing weed in packaging that features a picture of Tom laughing hysterically.“I heard it’s the kind of pot that makes you hallucinate,” said one avid marijuana smoker. Tom’s lawyers told New York Daily News Gossip Icons Rush and Malloy that they are looking into the matter.