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William5758 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 11:37 AM
"....medical marijuana dispensaries operating under a law passed by California voters in 1996." When did "the voters" start determining what's medicine and what's not? The voters don't get to decide whether a new drug is a pain killer, a sedative, or chemotherapy at the ballot box. Granny Clampett swore her moonshine liquor was only for her "room-a-tiz". Why don't we get to vote on whether or not illegal alcohol is medicine?
1Falcon1 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 6:42 PM
Marijuana is a very OLD drug and was legal in this country until the 1930's
Gilbert32 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 6:01 PM
William, marijuana was made illegal in 1937 for 3 reasons:
1. They didn't want to lay off the prohibition cops after prohibition's repeal so they turned them loose on marijuana.
2. William Randolph Hearst owned large forests that he chopped down to make paper for his newspapers. He didn't want the competition from cheaper, more environmentally friendly hemp based paper.
3. The DuPont chemical company wanted to sell nylon ropes to the navy who had previously used ropes made of hemp.
So, they made marijuana illegal. The government wasn't interested in helping people, only themselves.
Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 4:44 PM
We should let the government decide instead? A bunch of lazy-@ss old men who have never really worked a day in their lives and whose ethics are more criminal than the drug cartels? Yes. That's who I want deciding what pain killers I can have.
Like a lot of Californians, Stockton businessman Matt Davies, 34, expected that when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the new administration would not prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries operating under a law passed by California voters in 1996. After all, as a candidate, Obama contended that he saw federal enforcement against medical marijuana as a waste of resources.

On Oct. 19, 2009, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden released a memo that instructed the Department of Justice not to focus federal resources "on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana."...