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Letter: SC Law Enforcement “Fear-Mongering” On Medical Marijuana

POLICE USE MISINFORMATION, INTIMIDATION TACTICS IN DEBATE Dear Editor: Last week, a subcommittee of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee met in Columbia to hear testimony on the Medical Marijuana Program Act.  If passed, this bill would increase the conditions for which patients could obtain medical marijuana – with a written…

POLICE USE MISINFORMATION, INTIMIDATION TACTICS IN DEBATE

Dear Editor:

Last week, a subcommittee of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee met in Columbia to hear testimony on the Medical Marijuana Program Act.  If passed, this bill would increase the conditions for which patients could obtain medical marijuana – with a written recommendation from a state-licensed medical provider, of course – and would set up a system to grow, track, and dispense this medicine to qualifying patients in South Carolina.  Contrary to the fear-mongering testimony of certain high-profile law enforcement officials at the hearing, the bill does NOT allow for the recreational use of marijuana or any of its derivatives.

I’m writing you to express my concern and dismay regarding the attitude and conduct displayed by the law enforcement officers who testified against the legislation at the hearing, in particular that of chief Mark Keel, head of the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).  By deliberately spewing misinformation, intimidating those who were present to testify in favor of the bill (who, by the way, never got the chance to do so), and refusing to consider the plight of those who are suffering and could be helped by this drug, law enforcement did its reputation no favors.

As Keel and others argued that allowing medical cannabis use would lead to increased recreational use of the drug – with no real evidence to support their claim – police from all over the state packed the committee room and spilled out into the hallway.  The building was literally crawling with about thirty uniformed cops – all carrying visible sidearms. S.C. Senator Lee Bright commented on their presence, asking why it was necessary and wondering who was out protecting our citizens. Paying (and perhaps compelling?) police to attend a hearing at which they weren’t testifying was clearly meant as a show of force and was a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

The law enforcement agency heads who did testify repeatedly cited studies conducted in Colorado, a state where not only medicinal but also recreational marijuana is legal.  Such an apples-to-oranges comparisons have no bearing on the debate in our state.  And though Keel commented multiple times that he was not a smart lawyer like two of the senators on the subcommittee, he was certainly smart enough to know that he was deliberately conflating statistics on medical and recreational marijuana use to support his unfounded claims that allowing the restricted use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in S.C. would increase the number of youth smoking pot, drive up crime rates, and ruin the economy.

Fortunately, the senators on the panel weren’t buying it. S.C. Senator Tom Davis, co-sponsor of the legislation, called the officers out on their use of data from studies that included recreational marijuana use – something that is not allowed under his bill.  He also asked the officers if they had any constructive amendments to offer that would address their concerns and perhaps tighten up the language of the bill.  None did.  S.C. Senator Brad Hutto, the other co-sponsor of the bill, quipped that “the only thing currently limiting how much marijuana high school students can buy is their pocketbook,” highlighting the absurdity of the argument that making cannabis available as medicine under tightly controlled conditions would increase youth pot smoking rates.

Getting to the heart of the issue, Davis said the proposed bill was “an extremely tight, conservative small step forward in regard to getting something that is giving relief into the hands of the people who need it.  Yet, we have this 1960s, 1970s ‘reefer madness’ mentality that somehow our public school system is going to collapse, capital investments will dry up, and all sorts of parades of horrors will happen if we allow medicine to be put in the hands of the people who need it. That’s just not a persuasive argument.”

Despite the officers’ best attempts to stop the bill, the subcommittee voted unanimously to send the bill to the full S.C. Senate medical affairs committee for consideration, thus moving the Palmetto State one step closer to making medical marijuana available for suffering patients if their doctors deem it helpful.

I am pleased that these legislators saw past the misinformation, logical fallacies, and intimidation tactics of certain law enforcement “professionals” who refuse to consider that a doctor just might know what’s best for his patient, and that allowing sick people relief will not hasten the ruination of society.

Sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen

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94 comments

They're Scared September 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

The pigs don’t want to lose one of their easiest to procure revenue streams. Pot heads are harmless and easy to arrest. If marijuana is decriminalized (which this bill doesn’t do), these cops will have to go after real, hard drug traffickers and dealers who are armed and dangerous.

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nitrat September 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

Or, more likely, any other kind of crime that doesn’t have the same civil asset seizure potential to fill their coffers…so they can buy toys!

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 9:26 am

You are the one scared.Walk up to a police officer and call him a ‘pig’. You gutless POS are the real criminals.

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The Buzzman September 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

I don’t veiw all cops as pigs, so I could not up-vote that comment.

Calling a cop anything at all, however, should not be a reason for anyone to be beaten or locked up. They abuse their authority when they act emotionally in that way. They should be above that kind of behavior.

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They're scared September 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

Whatever, pigskin.

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nitrat September 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

You’re showing why Black Lives Matter needs to exist…you lost your cool so fast, I bet you nearly punched the wall.
Can’t take it when people don’t suck up, can you?

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

I just can’t take American hating lying perverts and bigots like you.

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pogo September 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Fuck you, pig lover.

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Yeah, drugs is what we need September 28, 2015 at 8:40 am

I been smokin’ dope every day for 30 years…and I ain’t hooked…LMAO…

FITSNews is either one stupid MoFo…or he thinks you are…

We live in a society that’s more callous, selfish, immoral, irresponsible, economically depressed, murderous..and diminished…thatks to idiot thinking like FITSNews.

And this ignorant Fuck is pushing more drugs as an answer.

STFU Dumbass…you and Obama have fucked up our nation enough.

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nitrat September 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

It’s real obvious that that legal drug – alcohol – is A-OK with you… so early in the morning and so drunk.

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SCBlues September 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm

“so early in the morning and so drunk.”
Sounds like the title to a good country song! Let me give it a whirl:
Up till 7:00 AM the whole time drinking
And I’ve got to work – what was I thinking?
But it don’t matter anymore
Just as well be drunk and poor.
So early in the morning and so drunk
Not just tipsy – drunk as a skunk
So I’m staying home with nothing to do
I’ll try my luck posting on FitsNews!

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Bud Wiser September 28, 2015 at 8:51 am

You sound too stupid to have been smoking pot for 30 yrs.
You do come off as drunk everyday, though.

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 9:31 am

Legalization will lead to greater use by our youth. Youth surveys indicate more of our children will try marijuana if it is legal. In states where marijuana is legal, most youths are getting their marijuana from someone who legally obtained it. States with legalized marijuana have seen an increase in youth use. For example, states having the top use among 12- to 17-year-olds are states where medical marijuana is legal. Denver’s 8th-grade student marijuana use is 350 percent higher than the national average.

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sparklecity September 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

When I “retire-“retire” I’m definitely taking a vacation to Colorado!!!
Knowing some of you tight-assed fascists the Great state of South Carolina will pass a law that if you show evidence of going to Colorado you will have to submit to a drug test upon entering South Carolina. I’ll bet Keel would get a hard-on to do just that today!!!!
Hey, why not just require random drug testing of ALL citizens residing in South Carolina right fucking now???????
You know who will be the majority busted???>>>>>>Retired people abusing prescription drugs not “crack heads”!!!!!
Test them right fucking now I double damn dare you!!!!!!!

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Be a damn good place for a an America hating failed vet! You and Bergahl get ya a room.They caught him smoking the dope out west a couple of months ago.

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:18 am

EDUCATE THE KIDS IN KINDERGARTEN! Have them meditate every day before class! Start them out right, and they won’t want to get high. Man has been getting high ever since the caveman picked a leaf, chewed it and found it made him feel good. It will never go away.

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mamatiger92 September 28, 2015 at 9:02 am

“I been smokin’ dope every day for 30 years…and I ain’t hooked…LMAO…”
That explains a lot.

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 9:31 am

I believe it.That explains why you appear incoherent and unable to comprehend even the simplest concepts on Fits.

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mamatiger92 September 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

You mean like answering direct questions?
Morning, flip.

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Huh? September 28, 2015 at 11:49 am

I’m surprised you don’t smoke, pogo/GT/flip?
Schizophrenics are usually drawn to cannabis.

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Project much?

Huh? September 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Keep drinking, loser.

You're Already Doped Up September 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

You don’t need drugs, you’re already impaired enough as it is.

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Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:16 am

You sound like you need something to take the edge off. I’m sure you don’t mind a cocktail or two.

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Alcohol ? September 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

Where are these cops on the the absolutely real and verifiable destuctive presence of alcohol on our society? How many drunk little Gamecocks are ferried to the city’s ERs on game days? Not to mention the fights and rapes that go along with alcohol consumption. How many cops do they have at 5 Points during the weekends, because of drunk, rowdy behavior? Once the cops address this, then maybe we should listen to them about marijuana. Besides, they are here to serve and protect the citizens. Not make or influence law.

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

Marijuana stays in your system for 72 hours. Because of this long life, levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, continue to build in our systems. This is not the case with other drugs, to include alcohol. THC is stored in our fatty cells. Since our brains are 99 percent fat, the THC causes these cell walls to expand and become very thick, which decreases their ability to transmit and receive data between nerve cells.

The highest density of cannabinoid receptors is found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement. Research demonstrates marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life or make a person’s existing problems worse. Heavy marijuana users generally report lower life satisfaction, poorer mental and physical health, relationship problems, and less academic and career success compared to their peers.

Today’s marijuana is also much stronger, with THC content soaring from 3 percent to as much as 20 percent.

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The Buzzman September 28, 2015 at 9:39 am

There were people growing such strong weed in the ’70s. You just had to have had the right connections. It never killed anyone. Weed of any potency, by itself, had never been shown to be a factor in rapes. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a menace on both counts. People who are busted for heinous crimes that are smoking weed, for the most part, are not JUST smoking weed. They are users of multiple drugs. Users of multiple drugs, legal and illegal, also constitute the majority of people in drug treatment centers, so that fact should be a given.

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

True Story: Some years back an ex-sweetheart of mine who smoked (her brother too, who lived with her — both were well known in Columbia) called me about getting some for them because she knew I had friends who smoked (I didn’t smoke). She said her brother was about to freak out and was becoming a nuisance because the supply in Columbia had dried up.

She said she would spend the night with me and do anything for me (even if it was something she had not done before) if I could get them some.

So I made the call, got the 3rd degree from my friend because I guess he wanted to make sure I wasn’t a snitch. He would make a call. About 15 minutes later another friend called me and also gave me the 3rd degree. Then he said that this was his first crop and would deliver it to me for no charge to her — all he wanted to know from her was how good it was because he hadn’t tried it yet.

About 45 minutes later he was at my door (she was already there!) explained to her he hoped it was good, and said he envied me. While she smoked I was mentally listing my fantasies.

The result was she passed out and didn’t wake up until the next morning and missed work!
My fantasies went unfulfilled —
my friend said he was sorry about that but he was glad to know he could grow “some good shit!”

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The Buzzman September 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Well, there ya go. Savvy growers in the Palmetto State and elsewhere have long had the ability to grow incredible, THC-rich fuzzy bud. Going back to the seventies. The media has this hype line going now about how it is way stronger now than it has ever been. As if the more powerful varieties have never existed. Reality: The stronger varieties are simply now more readily available to the masses. The first time I smoked weed, in 1967, it was a special variety of an already potent and legendary weed known as Maui Wowie. It was a total trip. Absolute euphoria and mild, very enjoyable hallucinations. And yes, I was feeling no pain. I soon cut down drastically on my consumption of alcohol, and maybe that is what has kept me alive, in spite of everything else.

There were many other times when I smoked unlaced power pot like that. I learned, over time, that with something like that I need to just take a couple of tokes, and not smoke to excess. Some people prefered to smoke it until they were as out of it as your female friend in Columbia was off what you got for her.

The weed-haters like Keel seize on the rhetoric about the super-powerful strains to emphasize how dangerous they are. But besides making people eventually drift off into a deep slumber with a smile on their faces, I can’t recall anything detrimental coming from the smoking of that stuff.

If Keel wants people not to ever pass out from something they are ingesting in some form or another, let him try to bring back prohibition of alcohol. No fucking way that would ever happen.

shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

” I can’t recall anything detrimental coming from the smoking of that stuff.”
I just don’t want anyone driving a car or operating machinery around me when they’re lit up. Also, trying to have a business discussion with the same — it’s difficult….

shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm

A trucker picks up a gorgeous female hitchhiker. As she climbs up in the cab she notices a monkey on the seat smoking a joint. After a few miles she asks the driver what the deal is with the monkey.

The driver says “I’ll show you,”
and with that he hits the monkey with the back of his hand, sending the poor
creature rolling across the dash. The monkey goes down between the drivers legs, unzips his pants, pulls out his unit and proceeds to give the trucker oral gratification. When finished, the monkey pulls out a tissue, cleans the driver up, puts everything back and jumps back up on the seat where it lights up again.

“See that?” said the trucker.

“Yeah,” says the girl in amazement.

The trucker asks her, “You want to try it?”

The girl says, “OK, but don’t hit me as hard as you hit that monkey!”

MashPotato September 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

That is fantastic!

shifty henry September 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

The original joke has Nikki in it — here’s the second one —-

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There was a truck driver named Bob who had a monkey that excreted pellet-like turds. Bob would sweep them up and put them in the ashtray until he reached a rest stop.

One day, Bob picked up Nikki who looked at the pellets and asked, “What are those?”

“Those are smart pills,” Bob replied.

“Sure,” said Nikki, as she picked one up and ate it. “Ohhhh, these taste like shit!” she exclaimed .

“See?” Bob replied, “You’re getting smarter already!”

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:07 am

Well, it will be against the law to drive and smoke – just like it’s against the law the drink and drive! Simple!

shifty henry September 29, 2015 at 9:12 am

while under the influence, that is….

Mike at the Beach September 28, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Nobody said weed kills ya; it just makes makes you dumber. I say let ’em smoke it up. Less competition out in the markets for me and mine.

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The Buzzman September 29, 2015 at 4:31 am

There is no evidence that it makes people “dumber.” That’s just more anti-pot propaganda. Also, can you prove that alcohol doesn’t make people dumb? Obviously it does. They keep drinking it, even though it kills millions each year. They drink it, then get into cars and drive. They drink it, then smoke crack (like the Mayor of Toronto). They drink it and beat people senseless, rape them and kill them.

Mike at the Beach September 29, 2015 at 8:39 am

Look, I’m no zealot on this issue either way, but the science is pretty settled in regard to the difference in effects beteen alcohol and MJ. I wasn’t, however, talking about alcohol; I was talking about weed. As is always the case anecdotal exceptions exist, but generally speaking long-term MJ use hurts cognitive function. The point of my post was, though, that I don’t really care. Any discussion about MJ and MJ legalization is one of those third rail topics that fires up the zealots. You’re right about alcohol (which I why I don’t generally drink it), but that’s a moot point. We live in a society of laws and within a social contract – society has generally deemed that MJ is illegal and alcohol is not. That may change; it may not. Either way, I don’t look at it as some major moral issue. My general position is that if MJ legalization is that freaking important to someone, they need to get a hobby. Sorry, didn’t mean to get you fired up, but to compare my statement with your cousins Flip and Pogo was out of bounds… ;-)

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:06 am

Anybody can find a study to support their own position.

Angela Gill September 29, 2015 at 9:10 am

um no it doesn’t. you really should do some research. it is easy to find the medicinal properties of this plant. do it i dare you. get informed before making comments you know nothing about. alcohol is so much worse. it is ill-informed people like that make this much worse for people who need this drug. our bodies are actually designed to work with cannabis. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/cannabinoids-101-what-makes-cannabis-medicine

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:19 am

And alcohol has NO medical properties!

The Buzzman September 29, 2015 at 11:23 am

That’s debatable. It certainly doesn’t have as many as cannabis.

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:29 am

It gets me fired up because citizens should be able to avail themselves of something natural that can treat and cure their ills. It just boggles my mind that anti-cannabis people won’t see the facts produced by mounting research. As far as total legalization goes, we are each responsible for our own body and should be able to put into it whatever we want. And I don’t drink or smoke pot.

The Buzzman September 29, 2015 at 11:19 am

“We live in a society of laws and within a social contract – society has generally deemed that MJ is illegal and alcohol is not. That may change; it may not.”

Don’t look now, but it’s already changing. State by state. And a new generation of voters, helped by people who need it for pain management, etc., as well as parents of kids with disorders that are alleviated by it, will assure that more will pass some form of legalization in the next few years. Not to mention us oldsters who still vote, and who would benefit by it. Not just talking about “old hippies”, or people who “experimented” in their youth. There are many others who would use it if they could.

Nationally, it won’t be long before there is virtually no enforcement of laws against weed by federal authorities, in states where it is legal.

If I’m a zealot, it’s because I’m in constant pain. I can’t tolerate any form of true opiates, AT ALL, because they render me senseless very quickly, then knock me out. Can’t stay knocked out all the time. Booze does help, but it renders me pretty senseless, too, after four drinks — and I’ve never gotten past the stage with it where I don’t have a massive hangover the next day. I’m too friggin’ paranoid these days (with good reason, I might add) to buy illegal weed.

I only qualify with two conditions that are on the new legislation, but that’s enough.

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:05 am

Not true. I wonder if you realize how many of the productive people you see every day are, in fact, marijuana users. I’m sure you would be shocked. Have you ever heard of the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition? The members of that organization are the ones who should be heeded.

Mike at the Beach September 29, 2015 at 10:03 am

Cops are (generally) boobs when it comes to technical research…why in the world would I listen to them on any topic outside of law enforcement? This level of animus and weirdness is reason #14 I try not to comment on MJ silliness. Namaste!

Alcohol ? September 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

Sources, nchckler?

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nchuckler September 28, 2015 at 10:50 am

God

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Alcohol ? September 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

Much like your sources, god doesn’t exist and is totally made up.

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

God has provided numerous plants for human consumption. Who are you to say they should not be consumed?- Especially those that are beneficial.

?'s September 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

What is the highest THC content allowable under this bill for medical purpose?

How will so called patients abuse this as people have abused the welfare system?

Will patients be able to claim disability and receive benefits due to the causes it effects on the brain making people dumber, therefore, not being able to meet skills need for employment?

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Sources? September 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

There are over 20 states with medical marijuana. Where is any of the stuff you falsely claim will happen happening?

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?'s September 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Not claiming anything except asking questions and seeking answers. But it is obvious that you are unable to comprehend that in my post are questions. It must be that you have too much THC on your brain to be able to read that they are questions. Well at least you helped me prove the last part of my third question.

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:08 am

It does not make people dumber! Such antiquated thinking needs to go the way of the dinosaur.

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Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

We are talking medical cannabis here! However, adults should be able to do whatever they want with their own bodies. Down with the nanny state!

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The Buzzman September 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

That’s right. It’s good that it may be legalized as medicine. Should have been all along. But if adults want to use it to get high, in addition to helping with ailments, ain’t nobody’s bidness but dey own!

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CorruptionInColumbia September 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm

I too was wondering what ever happened to, “we don’t make the law, we just enforce it”. It has become a sad thing to watch SLED, using tax paid people on the clock and numerous LE- oriented groups and associations fighting against initiatives to restore rights taken from us under the 2nd Amendment and other things such as this.

I personally have no use for pot as a recreational substance. That said, if we got beyond this societal paranoia about a plant that is capable of growing in nature, I understand that the plants could do more for our fuel shortages than corn that is currently used for this purpose. People undergoing certain types of chemotherapy should not be denied a means of controling nausea and other issues brought about by the chemo. Of course this does make me wonder, is Big Pharma paying for those cops to go stand around as a show of force in opposition to medical marijuana?

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Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:10 am

There’s another issue – Big Pharma. Of course they don’t want medical marijuana. It would cut into their profits. Recent studies have confirmed that it kills cancer cells. People can grow their own medicine!

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The Buzzman September 29, 2015 at 11:26 am

The booze industry and Big Pharma are two of the groups most active in opposing legalization and decriminalization.

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The Buzzman September 28, 2015 at 9:34 am

The gawd-awful movie “Reefer Madness” was actually released in the 30’s, then re-cut, re-distributed, and augmented with extra footage by various parties in the years thereafter. After the end of Prohibition, the demonization of weed had began in earnest. Not surprisingly, it had become much more popular during the years when people could not buy legal alcoholic beverages. A church group had the film made, originally under the name “Tell Your Children.” The newly resurgent legal booze industry had no hand in it, but may have benefited somewhat from the ramping up anti-pot hysteria. It iss clear that they stood to gain by such blatant propaganda aimed at eradicating an increasingly available means of “getting high.”

The film was at the extreme end of being over-the-top in its original form, never mind the scenes that were added when it was picked up in the ’40s by the exploitation film circuit. After just a few puffs off a joint, the people in it behaved like a cross between crazed coke addicts and villains in bad gangster and sci-fi serials. It was so “out-there” that NORML, in its early years (’70s), screened it as a fun-raiser on college campuses, as part of their fun-raising campaigns. Since it was in the public domain, it was often put on the bill with “trippy” films of that era for late-night movies double features.

That’s when the term “Reefer Madness” entered the popular culture to describe the unrealistic propagandistic bombast of Keel and his ilk.

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Lie about who, what U R September 28, 2015 at 10:14 am

STFU, you ignorant, lame and assbackward cliche. We’re responsible here, and we care about our children. We don’t deserve you.

Move to Colorado or Washington if you want the government to condone your stoned, Dumb ass…getting more stupid.

Just GTFO my state. We have too many idiots (like you) already…Don’t need to attract more. Go where you fools belong.

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Peak September 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

I moved to Colorado. It’s amazing. Please, don’t follow.

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Don't live at a mission do U? September 28, 2015 at 10:48 am

Thanks…and don’t worry. Can Boz and FITS bunk with you? Please send your address, if yes.

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Under the maple tree in the park just outside the city limits — you’ll know it by the sap running down the trunk …..

Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:13 am

Closed minds keep this state in the dark ages. If the kids are taught right, at an early age, they wouldn’t have so many problems.

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sparklecity September 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

Yep, back in the early 70’s I remember when the film was advertised on the BEST “Underground FM station” in the south (actually,maybe the only one…) = WQDR-FM out of Raleigh (when I was at Ft. Bragg).
The station was targeted towards the college kids at UNC, NC State, Duke, and Wake Forest not to mention all us “heads” at Ft. Bragg.
Other “trippy” flicks from that great era were “Fritz The Cat” & “Wizards” not to mention “freak” comics featuring “The Furry Freak Brothers, “Dopin’ Dan” and “Cheech Wizard” in the original “National Lampoon” (I’ve got every issue from 1972 – 1974…..)
Those were the days……(although I did have a like/hate (definitely NOT “love”) relationship with the US Army from 1972-1974……………….

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Just sayin' September 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

Not weighing in pro or con but I was in California a couple years ago (where they have medical marijuana) and I was on a tour bus in L.A. We drove past a marijuana dispensary and there was a guy shilling out front with a big, oversized cardboard joint whipping it around like one of those people in front of a Little Caesar’s pizza (which was doing a hell of a business next door! jk). Next to him was a sign that said “Dr. available upstairs, no appointment necessary”. If that is what Davis and Co. mean by “tightly regulated” then caveat emptor.

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Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:15 am

Seriously? In this state the restrictions will be extreme.

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Medical my ass September 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

Why do Liberals always LIE about who, and what you are?

I think we ALL know the answer.

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Henk September 28, 2015 at 10:46 am

I’m super high on medical marijuana from Colorado right now.
Ask me a question…

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Ok, … if a WAC is a female in the Army, and a WAVE is a female in the Navy, then tell us —- what is a WOK..??

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

OK, here is #2 — where does the wind go when it is not blowing?

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm

OK, here is #3 — when you are driving down the interstate at 85 mph and there is a bee in your car, why isn’t that bee smashed against your inside rear window?

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sparklecity September 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

As far as politicians are concerned —up someone’s ass!!!!

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 9:06 pm

clever..!!

sparklecity September 28, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Something you throw at a wabbit…………
or….an Asian fry pan………..

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm

ha-ha!! “something you fwow at a wabbit!” (Elmer Fudd)

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Here is an easy test for time-wasting. Three words are missing, and each word has the same letters—- [ D.R.A.E.N.E ]

“I HOPE TO MEET MY BARTENDER FACE TO
FACE”
————–

‘Twould much _ _ _ _ _
_ you to me if, when I

Have _ _ _ _ _ _ my fatal moment, and must die,

You’d share one well _
_ _ _ _ _ drink, and pray there are

Some more to come across that final bar.

=========================================

Again, each missing word uses the same letters—-
[ R.B.E.S.A ]

“HIGHLAND FLING”

Sweet Molly MacDougal,
in labor,

Warned her sister, “It hurts like a _ _ _ _ _ ,

Sin _ _ _ _ _ a high price,

So a girl should think twice

What she _ _ _ _ _ on the _ _ _ _ _ for a neighbor.

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shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 9:27 pm

For those who don’t like to use spellcheck, this is for you —

Finally, just for fun and the misspelled words are clues! Hint
– each of the 3 missing words have the same letters…

I don’t misspell, as others _ _ _ _,

But allways right each _ _ _ _ rite;

So I _ _ _ _ resounding hoops

At other righters’ speling bloops!

shifty henry September 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Hmmm … with no misspelled words, you’re doing ok so far, so you should be able to correctly answer my three questions…..

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Former Smoker September 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

People under the influence of weed are impaired, dumb, slow, and a danger to society when out in public.

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Finally an explantion September 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

You just described the Democrat National Convention…LMAO…

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Dopers R least of UR worries September 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

No wonder Dumbass liberal-tarians are trying to divert attention to pro-dope..

There is pressure mounting for McConnell to step down, now..

Uh Oh…What if you lose your Senate Lackey, too? LMAO..Sucks to be you!!!!

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RogueElephant September 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Decriminalize pot for five years. Add a 10% fee as well as the other taxes that are in place already. At the end of the five years note the number of incidents of all types. Note the revenue collected. Note the cost of incarceration as opposed to present. Note the police “takings”. Get a panel of uninterested people to calculate the results. Then either extend or stop the experiment. The numbers will tell the tail. I would be willing to bet it would be a net increase in state revenue . The prison industrial complex would cost less and the tax money would be more.

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Regulate your body September 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Can we tax people for drinking Drano?

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Crooner September 28, 2015 at 2:08 pm

I was in Seattle this past January and walking down the street and noticed the strong odor of marijuana. I also noticed two police officers walking down the street ahead of me. ( WA legalized pot effective Jan 1 this year) I had to fight the strong urge to walk up to the cops, and ask “excuse me, officer. Can you tell me where I might purchase some marijuana?” You know, just for kicks.

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Lone Ranger September 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Yo…Davis and Hutto—just so ya know—we’re the same conservatives who retired Raghead and Rip-Down-Patriots’-Flag-Katrina WILL be next

And Jimbo Metts will be finally vacating his federal cell soon, so—hey—we’ll put arrogant lying RINOs like you and Joe Wilson in…context !!!

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Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:02 am

Great letter! I listened to some of these remarks at the hearing and couldn’t even continue because my blood was boiling. When will common sense prevail? When will the people who can be helped and even cured by medical cannabis get their due? in this day and age, it is ridiculous that there are so many living in the dark ages!

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Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

If I was diagnosed with any of the diseases that can be treated and cured – yes, cured! – by cannabis, I would go somewhere where I could have it prescribed. Why not? All the people with cancer being treated by killer chemo stand a much better chance with cannabis treatment. Those who don’t believe it should do some research. Big Pharma certainly doesn’t want it legalized. They will take a huge hit. However, it’s so much easier to stay in the dark ages with the same old tired clichés and follow the leaders.

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Kirk Sherrill September 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Chief Mark Keel should resign. A complete breech of trust.

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Lone Ranger September 29, 2015 at 6:29 pm

*So let’s revisit two questions…Is marijuana
addictive? Yes, and results in a real, visible change in the brain’s reward
system. And is marijuana safe? No, and the younger you start or the more you
use over time, the more dangerous it is to your brain. Whether or not you
believe recreational marijuana should be legal, it’s time to admit its power as
a dangerous, addictive drug.

* The Journal of
Neuroscience; and the Nature journal, Neuropsychopharmacology.

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Karolyn September 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Coffee and cigarettes are addictive, so is sex. That doesn’t mean everybody gets addicted. Dangerous? That’s up for debate. I will reiterate the old cliché – alcohol is far more addictive and dangerous than cannabis. What a person puts into his body is his own business. Bottom line, though, is that we are talking about a natural medicine that has been found to be beneficial in treating, and even curing, many illnesses. It’s a crime that people can’t avail themselves of its medicinal properties. You can’t get high on CBD oil. However, THC is very powerful in treating cancer.

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Henry Kane September 30, 2015 at 2:38 am

I never knew pot is looked at worse then a pedophile to sc gov an Wow such an awesome beautiful state unfortunately since reconstruction in many parts to this day it is as tightly controlled as fort knox so sad marshal law since 1865 thanks scalawags

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Wilhelm von Winkelstein September 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

Whining that “It will make my job harder if we have Medical Marijuana” is not a valid reason for continuing this failed War on Drugs. They are concerned about their lose of power and the potential for fewer police. For the Police, it’s job security and nothing more…

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