Archive for May, 2011
Taken from The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/the-ridiculous-report-blog/bal-gary-johnson-stands-up-to-sean-hannity-over-marijuana-legalization-20110528,0,1001636.story
Gary Johnson stands up to Sean Hannity over marijuana legalization
By Luke Broadwater
3:24 p.m. EDT, May 28, 2011
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a GOP candidate for president, refused to back down from Fox News’ Sean Hannity on the issue of legalizing marijuana last night.
In a 20-minute segment on Hannity’s show, Johnson fared relatively well in an interview with the host who oscillated between complimentary stances and antagonistic stances.
Hannity called Johnson a “lesser known” candidate who is a “big underdog,” but was generally hospitable to Johnson’s ideas — except when it came to drug legalization.
“There’s not one thing you’ve said so far that I disagree with,” Hannity said, before getting into the decriminalization of drugs.
That’s when Hannity said the discussion got “heated.”
“Half of what we spend on law enforcement, the courts and the prisons is drug related and to what end?” Johnson asked. “$70 billion per year. We’re arresting 1.8 million people a year in this country. And, we now have 2.3 million people behind bars. We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world.”
Johnson said he’s evaluated the issue from a “cost-benefit analysis” standpoint and determined decriminalization to be the wisest route.
Johnson compared marijuana to alcohol and said there was a difference between the two.
“Marijuana is a lot safer than alcohol,” he said.
Hannity disagreed, and later referred to Johnson’s views on this issue as “repugnant” and a “moral destruction” to the “human soul.”
He said he didn’t want the state to become “a pusher” and create “a bunch of junkies.”
Johnson then told Hannity that, statistically speaking, one of his two kids would use marijuana at some point in their lives — and he would rather parents dealt with the issue, rather than the courts.
“I don’t want our kids criminalized,” Johnson said.
After Johnson brought up examples in Europe in which drug decriminalization was successful, Hannity said “we’re not going to agree on this issue.”
You can watch the exchange below. It’s toward the end of the segment.
(photo from iweededucation.org)
Original article: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/12554990/medical-marijuana-works-miracles-says-smoking-granny?redirected=true
Medical marijuana works miracles, says smoking granny
An elderly Montana woman says medical marijuana has given her a second chance at life.
“Oh! It’s a miracle, I was almost helpless,” said Mabel Macer.
Macer is 82-years-old and at one point was taking as many as 17 prescription drugs for pain, but now she just takes her heart medicine and a medical marijuana cocktail twice daily.
Mabel didn’t like the idea of medical marijuana, but after seeing media reports she thought it might keep her out of the nursing home.
“If I can find something that can make me quit hurting and that’s just what I’m doing,” said Macer.
She said she’s far more lucid now that she’s off the narcotics.
Before she could barely walk to her door, now she walks around the block but Macer’s primary care physician expressed concern that medical marijuana would complicate her conditions.
In a letter to Macer, he said if she continued marijuana use, he would have no choice but to dismiss her from his practice.
“It is a major challenge for patients around the state to find a physician willing to recommend unfortunately a number of physicians within the state are restricted from providing a recommendation to their normal patients because of where they’re currently employed,” said Jim Gingery with the Medical Marijuana Growers Association.
Macer said she’s just happy to be herself again and because of a lung condition, she said she does not smoke marijuana, she drinks it.
A short little video from the Marijuana Policy Project showing the truth about the costs of prohibition and how much money is being lost due to its illegality.
Russian Reporter Dies Laughing Reporting About 13 Bears Protecting The Marijuana.
This is a beautiful video by Jorge Cervantes showcasing some amazing outdoor medical marijuana gardens. Enjoy!
This video was posted on the Marijuana Policy Project’s YouTube page.
Text from video description:
“Sherri Burton, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, discusses the devastating effect her husband Gary’s arrest has had on her. Gary is now a convicted felon and was sentenced to 60 days in jail for growing two marijuana plants for his wife following her diagnosis.
“He was just trying to take care of me, the best way he knew how.” -Sherri Burton, speaking about her husband of 44 years, Gary Burton.
To find out more, please visit the Marijuana Policy Project: http://www.mpp.org/”
Saw this while browsing…. Marijuana IS MEDICINE, everyone! Know that! LIVE IT!
Thanks to The Weed Guy for posting this on YouTube… very cool 😀
This is pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
Text from original video: “Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks reports on medical marijuana dispensaries in California claiming that American Express no longer allows customers to use their cards on marijuana. She also shares AmEx’s response.
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