Good morning, gentle people - I'm kind of hoping the congresscritters will get off their dead asses and reauthorize EUIC, since it was all I had, and my benefits stopped in Janurary. Pulling the trigger early on Social Security may be my only recourse, but I don't have to like it.
Well, enough public shirt-rending.
In the meantime, there's this:
Posted on 3/26/2014 6:01:42 AM by Kaslin
PUEBLO WEST, Colo. -- It's 9 a.m. on a weekday, and I'm at the Marisol Therapeutics pot shop. This is serious business. Security is tight. ID checks are frequent. Merchandise is strictly regulated, labeled, wrapped and controlled. The store is clean, bright and safe. The staffers are courteous and professional. Customers of all ages are here.
There's a middle-aged woman at the counter nearby who could be your school librarian. On the opposite end of the dispensary, a slender young soldier in a wheelchair with close-cropped hair, dressed in his fatigues, consults with a clerk. There's a gregarious cowboy and an inquisitive pair of baby boomers looking at edibles. A dude in a hoodie walks in with his backpack.
And then there's my husband and me.
Before I tell you how and why my hubby and I ended up at Marisol Therapeutics, some background about my longtime support of medical marijuana: More than 15 years ago in Seattle, while working at The Seattle Times, I met an extraordinary man who changed my mind about the issue. Ralph Seeley was a Navy nuclear submarine officer, pilot, cellist and lawyer suffering from chordoma, a rare form of bone cancer that starts in the spine. He had undergone several surgeries, including removal of one lung and partial removal of the other, and was confined to a wheelchair.
Chronically nauseous from chemotherapy and radiation, weak from a suppressed appetite, and suffering excruciating pain, Seeley turned to marijuana cigarettes for relief.
Contrary to cultural stereotype, Seeley was far from "wasted." While smoking the drug to reduce his pain, he finished law school -- something he couldn't have done while on far more powerful "mainstream" narcotics, which left him zonked out and vomiting uncontrollably in his hospital bed after chemo. Seeley had the backing of his orthopedic doctor and University of Washington School of Medicine oncologist Dr. Ernest Conrad. He took his plight to the Washington state supreme court, where he asserted a constitutionally protected liberty interest in having his doctor issue a medical pot prescription.
This brings us back to Pueblo. For the past three months, my mother-in-law, Carole, whom I love with all my heart, has battled metastatic melanoma. After a harrowing week of hospitalization and radiation, she's at home now. A miraculous new combination of oral cancer drugs seems to have helped enormously with pain and possibly contained the disease's spread. But Carole's loss of appetite and nausea persist.
A month ago, with encouragement from all of her doctors here in Colorado, she applied for a state-issued medical marijuana card. It still hasn't come through. As a clerk at Marisol Therapeutics told us, there's a huge backlog. But thanks to Amendment 64, the marijuana drug legalization act approved by voters in 2012, we were able to legally and safely circumvent the bureaucratic holdup. "A lot of people are in your same situation," the pot shop staffer told us. "We see it all the time, and we're glad we can help."
Our stash included 10 pre-rolled joints, a "vape pen" and two containers of cheddar cheese-flavored marijuana crackers (they were out of brownies). So far, just one cracker a day is yielding health benefits. Carole is eating better than she has in three months. For us, there's no greater joy than sharing the simple pleasure of gathering in the kitchen for a meal, with Grandma Carole at the head of the table.
Do I worry about the negative costs, abuses and cultural consequences of unbridled recreational pot use? Of course I do. But when you get past all the "Rocky Mountain High" jokes and look past all the cable-news caricatures, the legalized marijuana entrepreneurs here in my adopted home state are just like any other entrepreneurs: securing capital, paying taxes, complying with a thicket of regulations, taking risks and providing goods and services that ordinary people want and need. Including our grateful family.
So - Michelle (Defeatocrat's cheer) Malkin went to a dispensary. Imagine that.
I've always described Republicans as "A Democrat who hasn't gotten their cancer diagnosis yet", but this should be instructive - Freeperati-wise.
Every discussion about decriminalization I've ever seen in Freeperville has been about 9-1 in favour of killing the stoned hippies (the 1 being a Paulian or other flavour of Libertarian). Now, it's one of their very own right-wing masturbatory fantasy women pimping the Devil Weed.
There should be a double emphasis that the author is MM herself!!!!!!!!!
The law abiding suffer while all the effort and money goes into beating up the dealers, producers, and users, to what end?
Ask the privatized prison-owners.
Please remember this article is about a single product that has nothing to do with narcotics trafficking.
It never had anything to do with narcotics trafficking. Opioids are narcotics. I can call a cat a dog if I want, but it still won't bark.
A product by the way that is still a federal crime to possess.
Please notice also that the federal push back on state sovereignty seems to be focused on an illegal substance rather than the pursuit of God given rights.
Maybe that's because (unlike freedom from religion) there is no reference to hemp in the Bill Of Rights?
On the one hand CO has legalized a federally prohibited product, and on the other cannot muster the proper vote on legislation that puts the fringe on “shall not be infringed”.
Deeply conflicting, no? The Damn Gummint shouldn't be telling us what to do with our slaves weed, and still - on the other hand, hippies,
Oh my daughter, oh my ducats!
Truly tragic to see MM (who I admired greatly before this) support the Marxists effort to put the final nail in America’s coffin, by getting the population stoned on pot.
The staffers are courteous and professional.”
…the guy pictured may be couteous but he looks exactly like what I’d expect to see in a dope shop. And “professional” ain’t it.
To: Above My Pay GradeTruly tragic to see MM support the Marxists effort to put the final nail in America’s coffin, by getting the population stoned on pot.
Oh, please. Pot wasn't even illegal until the 1920's, so it has been legal longer than it has been illegal.
The article has nothing to do with MM supporting 'getting stoned' either, which you would notice if you'd read the article instead of knee-jerking into melodramatic swill mode.
>>>Oh, please. Pot wasn’t even illegal until the 1920’s, so it has been legal longer than it has been illegal.<<<
That was before America was a welfare state. If 47% percent are paying no taxes and 47 million are on food stamps now, wait 20 years. When half of the next generation of American children is raised by semi-conscious potheads and are abusing pot by the time they are 9 years old, 70% will be paying no taxes and there will be 100 million on food stamps (and weed stamps).
The only possible bright side is that the small minority of us who remain straight, sober and armed might be able to easily take back America from these hoards(sic) of brain dead sissies.
Uploaded on Dec 4, 2010Just a few foot clips (all the ones I could find, anyway) of the very cute Filipino-American conservative pundit Michelle Malkin, edited from videos off her website Hot Air. (full-screen view recommended) List of clips: 1. Michelle jumping on a trampoline, barefoot. 2. Michelle at an arcade playing some dance game, barefoot. 3. Another one of her and a friend playing a dance videogame, barefoot (you really don't see much of her friend's feet though) 4. Michelle crushing a beer can in peep-toe shoes. 5. A blooper where she screws up the can crush. All the clips are in normal speed and slo-mo.
I like to listen to the first part of this video with the video turned off and imagine the squeaks as bedsprings.********************************************
Legal pot is a great strategy to bring more Democrats into Colorado. As if there weren’t too many already! Thanks for nothing California.
>>>Blast that Tenth Amendment!<<<
While there is a 10th Amendment argument that states rather than the Feds should ban this poison, MM is not making that argument.
She is essentially calling pot a “wonder drug” that makes Mom-in-law’s cancer an almost pleasurable experience and HELPS people achieve academically and graduate from law school.
...and dress up like a cheerleader.
The legalize and legitimize pot movement is in lockstep with the homosexualist movement to legitimize sodomy.
It is a naked attempt to undermine American society and turn us into a nation of brain dead, semi-conscious fairies,
unable to provide for themselves, much less defend our nation.
The only real question is whether we will be better off being enslaved by the Russians or the Chinese. I lean towards China...the food is better.
20 posted on 3/26/2014 7:52:18 AM by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
To: Above My Pay Gradetragic to see MM support the Marxists
Michelle Malkin: Marxist supporter
--Freeper 'Above My Pay Grade'..
tragic to see MM support the Marxists
Michelle Malkin: Marxist supporter
—Freeper ‘Above My Pay Grade’
I don’t doubt that she is being duped into it out of a false sense of “compassion” for her mother in law, but whatever her motives, she is glorifying a drug that is clearly being used by the Left to turn America into a nation of drugged up, compliant sheep, with no ability to resist them.
Also, bear in mind that by Federal Law marijuana use is a bar to gun ownership. A drugged up, disarmed population is a tyrant’s dream.
To: Above My Pay GradeI don’t doubt that she is being duped into it..
Michelle Malkin: Dupe, Marxist supporter
—Freeper ‘Above My Pay Grade’..
To: Above My Pay Grade
I don’t doubt that she is being duped into it out of a false sense of “compassion” for her mother in law,
So not only is she a Marxist support, but stupid too, and easily manipulated.
Which is why she writes under her own name and you post anonymously.
To: KaslinMedical marijuana is a farce. Stoners have known since the beginning of time that pot makes you get the munchies. It dries out your mouth and your body reacts by wanting to increase saliva. That's all there is to it.
There are plenty of legal appetite enhancing drugs. Plenty. The fools (MM included) who buy the leftist lies about smoked or eaten pot being a "medicine" are assisting the left in getting dope legitimized and legalized. Nothing more, nothing less.
The 60's mantra was sex, drugs, rock and roll. 60's leftists have been in charge of our government for decades. What is the result? Sex...homosexual, hetero, no restrictions. Drugs...pot, pharmaceuticals, drug our kids with Ritalin, drug with pot. Rock and Roll...our culture is built around entertainment excess.
Wake up people...this is the end result. This is the end of America.
San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/23/2014 | Kolten Parker
Posted on 1/23/2014 2:38:11 PM by thetallguy24
SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry signaled Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for marijuana users in the border state.
“As governor, I have begun to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization” by introducing alternative “drug courts” that provide treatment and softer penalties for minor offenses, Perry said during an international panel on drug legalization at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
His spokesman confirmed that Perry is staunchly opposed to legalization of marijuana because of the dangers that have been associated with the drug, but is committed to decriminalization policies to lower the punishment for its use in order to keep smokers out of jail.
“Legalization is no penalty at all, where as decriminalization doesn't necessarily mean jail time (for minor possession offenses.) It means more of a fine or counseling or some sort of program where you don't end up in jail but in a rehabilitative program,” said Lucy Nashed, a spokesman for Perry.
***********************************************************************So now he's a libertarian? What the he11 is wrong with my elected officials in Texas? Who paid him to change his stance?
It appears the name Perry, has moved onto the new “HIT LIST” on the Obama/Clinton, smear campaign witch hunt.. Trolls aren’t decriminalized on FR, FYI.. jus sayin9 posted on 1/23/2014 2:50:45 PM by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)..
America 2014. Dopehead nation. Homosex nation.
The flag should really replace its stars-and-stripes in favor of one with marijuana leaves and anuses.
To: RightOnTheBorderIf we no longer care that it is consumed (enough to jail users) is it really worth it to keep the JBTs employed and the dealers rich?
Decriminalization is for people who don't have the balls to come out and say we should just make it legal. I'd like to see it legalized at the federal level, and let each state decide whether to legalize it at their level (I think they should, but let them decide for themselves). But then, I actually believe in the US Constitution.