Tuesday, June 07, 2005

A Defeat For Users Of Medical Marijuana

State Laws No Defense, Supreme Court Rules

Hey, would somebody get the knuckleheads a copy of the rule book!

In a separate dissent, Thomas added that if "the majority is to be taken seriously, the Federal Government may now regulate quilting bees, clothes drives and potluck suppers throughout the 50 states."

But but but..... What about jurisdiction? Congress doesn’t have jurisdiction within the states making up the United States of America, except where they have purchased with the consent of the legislature of a state property for certain purposes enumerated in the Constitution. You can’t commit a federal crime unless you are on federal property, because your conduct is not within their jurisdiction, right?

"Today's decision marks the end of medical marijuana as a political issue," said John P. Walters, President Bush's director of national drug control policy. "Our nation has the highest standards and most sophisticated institutions in the world for determining the safety and effectiveness of medication. Our national medical system relies on proven scientific research, not popular opinion."
[Washington Post]


The FDA claims that the drugs it approves are “safe.” This charade is rapidly collapsing.

The Lazarou study(1) analyzed records for prescribed medications for 33 million US hospital admissions in 1994. It discovered 2.2 million serious injuries due to prescribed drugs; 2.1% of inpatients experienced a serious adverse drug reaction, 4.7% of all hospital admissions were due to a serious adverse drug reaction, and fatal adverse drug reactions occurred in 0.19% of inpatients and 0.13% of admissions. The authors estimated that 106,000 deaths occur annually due to adverse drug reactions.

Why work out your problems and strive to have the life you want when you can arrive at the best destination with a pill? I'd take this a step further. If you stacked up all the tranquilizers and antidepressants, for adults, next to, say, marijuana, as a way of dealing with stress, I'd say that a very modest amount of a mild marijuana would be more successful than all those other drugs at the levels they're normally prescribed. If I were forced to recommend one or the other, I'd go with the marijuana. And I'd say the drug companies know this. Which is one reason why, in the US, the enforcement on marijuana has been stepping up. [Rense]

Safe, Effective and Illegal

Please don't tell me all about the horrors of drug use. I know all about them.
I've seen kids shoot up when I was 15 years old, I've seen them die from ODs in ditches and from sniffing paint, I've seen alcoholics act completely normal when sober and like they were possessed by demons when they were drunk.

So, the attempts to equate the responsible, occasional use of a medicine by an adult, with the collapse of society, is simply ridiculous.

As far as I'm concerned, it should be part of everyone's medicine cabinet.

Unless, of course, you have no problems shelling out $500 for an ER visit.
[Strike The Root]

Let’s see, now where’s that pesky Constitution? Not under this desk; Not under this chair; Hey George, look under that HUGE PILE OF PAPER! That one, under the paperweight.

I'll get the crane.


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