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Keeping the Feds busy
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Good for Rhode Island:
The Rhode Island legislature passed a bill yesterday allowing the use of medical marijuana, three weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute those who use the drug for medicinal purposes, even in states with laws allowing it.

The bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 33 to 1 last evening and will head to the desk of Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, who is likely to reject it. Supporters of the bill, which passed the House 52 to 10 last week, are confident they have the necessary three-fifths majority to override a veto and make Rhode Island the 11th state to authorize patients to use the drug.

The law would allow those with a "debilitating medical condition," including cancer, glaucoma and AIDS, to receive a signed statement from their doctor stating they would benefit from marijuana. Patients and their caregivers would be entered into a registry kept by the State Department of Health.

Patients, who must be Rhode Islanders, would receive a state registration card allowing them or their caregivers to grow up to 12 marijuana plants indoors or possess up to 2.5 ounces without being arrested. Doctors would be able to prescribe the drug for only five patients at a time.
A few more "in your face" laws like this and the Feds are going to be in a no-win situation (not that they aren't already) on the medical marijuana law. I guess this is a form of 'legal' civil disobedience. You know, "enforce this!"

I like it.
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McQ you gotta love it!

Litttle old Rhode Island hempland!
Written By: Abu Qa’Qa
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I heard that the DEA raided a number of San Francisco pot clubs following the Supreme Court decision on Raich. Haven’t seen MSM coverage but got it from a connected San Franciscan.

So the Feds are not sitting on their hands.
Written By: Whitehall
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Watch it McQ - the right wing enforcers who visit this site will be very upset with your defiance of the federal government.
Written By: mkultra
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Hopefully, the federal government will respond by cutting off funding for this-and-that to states that have such laws, and more states will respond defiantly by introducing such laws. Then it will be win-win.
Written By: DF
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Watch it McQ - the right wing enforcers who visit this site will be very upset with your defiance of the federal government.
Actually MK, we’re here to monitor you. The bugs in your house work good, but with all the carbon dioxide we create from clubbing baby seals, the greenhouse gasses tend to disrupt our mind rays.

Back to reality (you can go now, MK), there’s a company who has invented a THC spray. No need to smoke and the effects are pain relieving without the high
Sativex is a whole plant extract that contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) as main ingredients. The user gets quick relief but does not get high. About 20,000 MS patients in Canada with chronic nerve pain could find relief with the spray.
This allows people who have a hard time swallowing pills and keeping them down the releif they need without worrying about breaking the law.

I’m all about legalizing pot - period. No need for medical reasons. I just wish more of the ’A Hemp Plant in Every Home’ crowd would just admit that’s what they’re after. Even if the Sativex turns out to be 100% effective, I’m willing to bet a dollar that you’ll still hear tons of palaver on how smoking is a much better alternative.
Written By: Sharp as a Marble
And just to reaffirm my libertarian underpinnings, I’m hopeful that more states will follow.
Written By: Sharp as a Marble
Df, I am writing my representatives as soon as I get off. Inspired!
Written By: Lance
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