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Another Small Step

New York is about to legalize medical marijuana. I’m told the bill was supported by the optometry lobby.

11 Responses to “Another Small Step”

  1. SayUncle Says:

    Yeah, but the federales will still raid you, prosecute you, and hide from the jury that the stuff was for medical purposes. Just ask Cali.

  2. Brutal Hugger Says:

    Yeah, the step is small indeed. But if enough states make this move, the feds will follow. Some people believe that change needs to go from the Fed down, but it’s not the only way, and really government is just following the will of the people anyway. Of course, they’re lagging many years behind and setting some terrible precedent along the way, but that’s the nature of the beast.

  3. Xrlq Says:

    I didn’t realize that the world “legalize” means “make it violate ‘only’ one law rather than two.”

  4. Metulj Says:

    All you have to do is call a number here in my neighborhood and a gentleman will pull up to your door on his scooter with marijuana in tow. They hand their business cards out as you get off the train right in front of the police. Cops have bigger fish to fry.

  5. SayUncle Says:

    Cops have bigger fish to fry.

    Do you even pay attention? I mean, I know you’re all cool voting for gay commies and whatnot, but seriously?

  6. triticale Says:

    If the optometry lobby supported it, that means they know that the herb is genuinely effective as a treatment for glaucoma. Oncologists surveyed a couple decades ago overwhelmingly acknowledged that it was effective in relieving symptoms caused by chemotherapy. AIDS patients use it to treat a disease related loss of appetite; everyone knows it works for that.

    Onr theory I’ve seen is that the lobbying to keep it illegal comes from large-scale dealers who will be out of business when we can grow individual stash at home.

  7. Sebastian-PGP Says:

    You can bet big pharma won’t support medical weed…if the free market were allowed to operate freely in this regard, pot would probably put a big dent in the market for lexapro, wellbutrin, zoloft, prozac, etc….

  8. Sebastian Says:

    Pharma is working quite hard on drugs that hit many of those same cannabinoid receptors without all the (un)wanted side effects pot gives you. Most of the antidepressant drugs on the market today work by inhibited the re-uptake of seratonin. A few of the newer ones also inhibit re-uptake of dopamine as well.

    Cannabinoids work on completely different areas though, and may be pretty promising drug targets for treating depression, along with some other things.

  9. Standard Mischief Says:

    There’s Marinol, which is mostly synthetic THC, patented as a appetite stimulant. The standard mischief by Big Pharma got this medication placed on Schedule III. However, marijuana and straight THC are both at Schedule I, meaning that the feds find no redeeming use at all, and a high risk of abuse.

    So to swallow this newspeak propaganda, you’ve got to accept that pure THC, by itself is useless as a medicine, however when you mix THC with this medical miracle known as sesame seed oil, you somehow transform the mixture in to a safe and effective pharmaceutical.

    yea, right.

  10. Brutal Hugger Says:

    Triticale, the line about the optometrists was a joke based on the notion that a legalizing weed will lead to a bunch of folks running out and getting tested for glaucoma.

    Standard Mischief, I didn’t know those details about Marinol. Thanks.

  11. Rivrdog Says:

    Uncle, when you get to the edge of the cliff, it only takes a “small step” to fall off.