CT House of Reps yesterday approved a bill allowing for the cultivation of medicinal marijuana by the terminally and chronically ill:
The state House of Representatives Wednesday passed a measure allowing seriously ill individuals to grow marijuana at home to ease their pain.
The bill passed by a 89-58 bipartisan vote that was comprised of a unique coalition of supportive lawmakers, who appeared to be bonded by their own experiences with family members and friends suffering with chronic or terminal illnesses.
Bill opponents said it sends the wrong message to young people that it is OK to use illegal drugs and that illegal drugs can be good for you.
ButbRep. Russell Morin, D-Wethersfield and a father of three, spoke of another message he wanted to send to his children by passing the bill.
“The message I want to send to them is the message of compassion,” Morin said. “We are not condoning illegal drug use. What this bill will do is show that we care.”
The bill is not limited to the terminally ill. It allows individuals with serious illnesses such as epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and HIV to grow up to four marijuana plants up to 4 feet high in the privacy of their homes if they obtain a doctor’s prescription that it is necessary to ease their pain.
A law already exists legalizing the use of marijuana in certain instances under a pharmacists prescription, but it has never been used because marijuana, as a natural organic product, is not stocked in dispensed in local pharmacies.
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In Tennessee, you still have to pay tax on drugs, despite the fact that it’s illegal to buy the drugs:
The so-called “crack tax” applies to controlled substances like marijuana and cocaine, and also illicit alcoholic beverages like moonshine. It allows someone to anonymously purchase stamps in person from the Department of Revenue based on the type and amount of the substance ($3.50 for a gram of marijuana, $50 for a gram of cocaine, etc.) with the understanding that doing so cannot be used against them in a criminal court. Posessing drugs is still illegal — the tax works completely outside the criminal justice system. A stamp cannot provide immunity from criminal prosecution, and a conviction of possession isn’t required for the Department of Revenue to assess the penalties.
The penalty for not having a stamp can exceed 10 times the original cost — and the Department of Revenue concedes that the tax was instituted with the expectation that most dealers won’t buy the stamp. “Dealers can do it either way,” says Assistant Commissioner for Operations Sam Chessor. “But in reality, the payoff for us is going to be on the back end, not the front end. “
Reefer Madness (1936)
From the opening crawl:
The Motion Picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers.
Marihuana is that drug. A violent narcotic — an unspeakable scourge — The Real Public Enemy Number One!
Its first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter; then come dangerous hallucinations — space expands — time slows down, almost stands still… fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions… leading finally to acts of shocking violence… ending in often incurable insanity.
In picturing its soul-destroying effects, no attempt was made to equivocate. The scenes and incidents, which are fictionalized, are based upon actual research into the results of Marihuana addiction.
If their stark reality will make you think, will make you aware that something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace, then this picture will not have failed in its purpose. Because the dread Marihuana may be reaching forth for your son or daughter… or yours…OR YOURS!”
“Violent narcotic”…? Allright, whatever you say, Mr. Movie Man.
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