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The Perils of Pushing Pot Prohibition

Jugjock Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 1:38 AM
If marijuana is effective in relieving some of the symptoms related to chemo-therapy, then why haven't the major medical companies and drug store chains made any move to produce and distribute it? I'd think that physicians, therapists, pharmacists and others in the medical field would want to have more difinitive and controlled information and consistent products for perscription usage. Along the same lines, the Feds got 1/'3rd of their funding from alcohol related taxes prior to prohibition and needed to institute the income tax to make up for the revenue loss caused by prohibition. Why aren't the Feds now looking at potential tax revenue in med or rec marijuana? Is no one worried about quality control... cause its organic...?
AgrarianBarbarian Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 10:31 AM
Well - because there's no money in it. Sufferers aren't going to spend money on medical-grade marijuana when they can drop a seed in a flowerpot and water it twice a week for free. But that's all besides the point. Pot is no more dangerous than alcohol and tabacco. In fact, it's probably less dangerous. And while the therapeutic benefits of medicinal marijuana are controversial, they are NOT controversial for tobacco and alcohol - there aren't any. So, if our society can tolerate intoxicants like alcohol and tobacco, which kill millions, why not marijuana?
Three months ago, voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives aimed at legalizing the possession, production and distribution of marijuana. A month later, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department would settle on a response to this historic development "relatively soon."

How soon is that? I have been trying to get a response to that question from Justice Department spokeswoman Nanda Chitre for about a month, but she is not returning my calls. Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney's offices in Colorado and Washington decline to give any indication of how they will treat the state-licensed marijuana stores that are scheduled...