We are back on the east coast today, plus we find support for legalization coming from an unlikely, unexpected place. First, to Connecticut, where the latest attempt to legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state appears to be gaining support in the General Assembly. Critics of the effort are pleased with changes made to the bill which they had originally opposed. A specific system has been proposed for how the mmj system will operate. What made the difference was people in the state coming out for cannabis.
A former CN state lobbyist, Barry Williams, who left that position in 2006 because of Parkinson’s disease, uses medical marijuana. It was his doctor’s idea. “I tried it and the doctor was right,” Williams said. Lindsey Beck of Voluntown said she turned to marijuana for medicinal purposes after various prescription narcotics left her immobile. Beck said she has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I spent years on several different medications, and you feel like a guinea pig,” she said. Beck said using marijuana has allowed her to cut down on a substantial amount of medications and move away from prescribed narcotics. Like Beck, Kathy O’Callaghan of Scotland also spoke in favor of legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes. O’Callaghan said she uses marijuana to help treat her multiple sclerosis. She said legalizing medical marijuana would ensure that people like herself would no longer need to take risks when buying and using the drug.
What is proposed falls short of legalization with regulation, but it’s a step in the right direction. HMJ will follow this unfolding story. More can be found at the Norwich Bulletin.
This next bit is just too delicious to skip. It seems we have a new ally in — ready for it — Pat Robertson, of 700 Club fame. Say what? “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.” I am no fan of Mr. Robertson, but will accept help where we can find it. Plus, he is correct. More at NY Times.
Pat Robertson says we are right? Change is close.
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