Drugs This Week on Drugs
posted by July 20 at 16:20 PMon
For the Love of Christ: How many medical marijuana stories can one human post on a single blog? Not enough, apparently. The issue is a big deal this week for presidential candidates, who – for the first time ever – are forced to take a position to oppose or maintain controversial drug policies. Celebstoner has the lowdown on the showdown, beginning with Mrs. Didn’t Inhale.
During a visit to Manchester, New Hampshire on July 13, Len Epstein of Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana told the senator and presidential candidate: “Twelve states allow medical marijuana, but the Bush administrations continues to raid patients.”
Clinton replied: “Yes, I know. It’s terrible.”
“Would you stop the federal raids?” Epstein asked.
“Yes, I will,” she responded firmly.
Here’s Obama’s wishy-washier take:
“I don’t think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using … medical marijuana. With all the things we’ve got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn’t be a high priority.”
And the elephants in the room: John McCain made his diagnosis on July 14.
“I don’t think marijuana is healthy,” the senator stated. “I don’t think it is good for people and there is a large body of medical opinion that says there is plenty of other medications that are more effective and better and less damaging to one’s health to use to relieve pain.”
That’s basically the official position among conservative candidates. Here’s America’s mayor…
“You can accomplish everything you want to accomplish with things other than marijuana, probably better. There are pain medications much superior to marijuana,” he said.
Giuliani’s more full of shit than Paul Bunyan’s colostomy bag. Rudy’s clearly rooting for his former employer, Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin. But he is also intentionally redirecting the debate to focus on painkillers; marijuana’s greatest medical marvel is the ability to quickly curb nausea. Pills that you swallow and throw up again, not so much.
Why so chatty about the wheelchair weed?
Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) and Maurice D. Hinchey (D-N.Y.) are sponsoring an amendment that would kill funding for federal efforts to preempt state medical marijuana initiatives… it would at least halt the DEA’s efforts to thwart the will of voters and legislatures in 12 states.
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