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By suggestion: Congressman Barney Frank has introduced a bill that, in essence, would prohibit the feds from interfering with states' laws on medical marijuana. Let's discuss.

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yeah, exactly

the other day when the feds announced they would leave the dispensaries that complied with state law alone (and yes, it remains to be seen what that means in real life) people were all over the news wailing that Evil Marijuana was the chief revenue source for the Mexican Mafia.

Well DUH...

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I saw a special on TV last night about recent happenings in Arcata, CA.. It seems that a once peaceful place is turning into an armed camp with 1 out of 7 homes estimated to be "grow houses". This is what happens when a pot culture hits critical mass in a small geographic area. I think this is a place that would actually benefit from legalization to take the criminal element out of the picture.

It certainly is not just in California that this is becoming a big issue. I still believe decriminalization is the answer but the things that are happening are making me rethink that.

There are a lot of signs in Arcata that say Let It Grow. Indeed, but decentralize guys, so everybody doesn't feel justified packing heat.

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decriminalization vs. legalization

I am in favor of decrimanalization as opposed to leagalization because of taxes and regulation. I don't want to have to pay taxes and buy weed from RJ Reynolds plantations in Kentucky that will probably have immigrants providing the labor at less than minimum wage. Who knows what Big Tobacco will put in the product they grow and for sure they won't be growing for potency because of liability issues. On the other hand, I sure don't want to support criminal gangs importing large quantities.

Better to have a small, decenntralized group of growers supplying the market and pumping money into their own local economy. They grow with TLC. I know that with them the product I hold in my hand will the culmination of a labor of love.

Watch for the big harvest moon tonight!

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takin it easy...
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It is so RIDICULOUS!!

I could just see the cops and dea all high 5ing each other and dancing around their confiscated pile of ... hey wait a minute ... this is a pile of plants ... what are we doing .... were getting riled up over a uhhhh pile of plants .... we are spending millions of tax payer dollars, clogging up jails and court rooms, denying people insurance, jobs, respect etc all to eliminate a naturally growing plant made by God ... wow how fucking ridiculous is that??

"I've stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel. Can't win for tryin. Dust off those rusty strings just one more time. Gonna make em shine."

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i seem to remember reading

that the prohibition started with the gov. saying sales and distribution would require a tax stamp of some sort...and then ignoring or "losing" any applications that were submitted, producing no stamp, thereby quashing any hopes of legal use or sales.

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318,000 plants

on msn home page this am. 318,000 plants busted in raids in california by local, state and federal agencies. People have been advocating repeal of anti pot laws for decades, yes, decades. I personally think it is long overdue, but as long as there is $ in the proabition of pot, it will never be legal. And if thinking that taxing it is the way to legalization, I say "HA". All that will do is put it so out of reach cost wise for the everyday consumer, that only the rich will be smoking. Right now, 4,000.00$ per lb, add 50.00$ per oz tax, or 3.50$ a gram tax, or whatever the feds want to tax it at, and see how many potheads start growing their own. And if there was to be a tax, how would they tax your "personal grow" how would they know you were growing personal? Will they be raiding personal grows to get "back taxes"? I personally believe that legalization of cultivation for personal use is the only way to keep the taxman and the gov. out of your persuit of happiness. Can you imagine how many people would be growing and how much cheaper it could be? Cultivation for profit is not the answer, mr taxman. free the weed. Get out of my personal business and stop thinking about taxing me to get high.

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Until it is deemed 100% legal (by the feds)

There's always going to be little political glitches.

Wake up America: it's time to move past your ridiculous fears of marijuana!

"I've stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel. Can't win for tryin. Dust off those rusty strings just one more time. Gonna make em shine."

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yeah

I understand the arguments, and I'm not unhappy with the result. While I'm pleased with AG Holder's remarks, I don't entirely trust them, as a good many Bush era prosecutions are going forward on his watch.

And, just for grins, while I was in for my physical the other week, I asked my doctor, a friend and a Deadhead, whether I was correct in my suspicion that Kaiser's view of medical marijuana was that they didn't want to hear about it. Yup, said he, their view is that it's against the law, period.

So my own doctor's hands are tied. There is of course a small industry in doctors who specialize in these referrals, but I am somewhat leery of that, since the ones they interview on TV look like parking lot casualties from the last tour. I mean, it is just not cool to be a doctor and look wasted on TV when you're trying to get people to take you seriously.

So yeah, I want Frank's law in place. My doctor thinks it'll never happen.

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The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act