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Washington Needs to Legalize Cannabis: Voters may relax the rules Tuesday, bringing the total to 32
Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2018 | John Boehner

Posted on 11/05/2018 9:04:56 AM PST by billorites

Citizens in four states vote Tuesday on ballot initiatives to legalize some form of cannabis. Residents of Missouri and Utah will decide on its medical availability, Michigan and North Dakota on recreational consumption for adults. If all four measures pass, the tally of states that allow some sort of cannabis use will jump to 32, nearly two-thirds of the U.S.

The trend could not be clearer: Cannabis prohibition is coming to an end. A Gallup poll last month found 66% of Americans favor legal marijuana.

I am now one of those Americans. It began when a friend of mine who suffered from chronic back pain found relief using medical cannabis. Intrigued, I looked deeper into the uses of marijuana. I learned that in April the Food and Drug Administration approved medication called Epidiolex, which can reduce the number of seizures epileptic children have to endure. It contains only nonpsychoactive components of cannabis plants.

Marijuana is helping people across the country. Since joining the board of cannabis operator Acreage Holdings this past spring, I’ve spoken with countless senior citizens, baby boomers and millennials about their experiences medicating with cannabis to thwart the rigors of chemotherapy, ease muscle pain, relieve anxiety and more. Convinced as I am by mounting scientific and anecdotal evidence, what resonates most with me is that one by one, our states have spoken.

Until cannabis is legalized federally, Washington needs to respect states’ rights to regulate it within their borders. The 10th Amendment clearly protects states’ prerogative to do so, and we must not allow the federal nanny state to dictate otherwise. The bipartisan Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act, introduced in the House and Senate in June, is a step in the right direction. It would let states make their own decisions about the possession,

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cannabis; doctorshopping; dopersrights; drugabuse; marijuana; medicine; pot; prescriptionmills; reefer; weed; wod
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1 posted on 11/05/2018 9:04:56 AM PST by billorites
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To: billorites
Seems like a done deal.


2 posted on 11/05/2018 9:06:32 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

The Stoned Boner speaks!


3 posted on 11/05/2018 9:08:40 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: billorites

If you want to get on the fast track to permanent mental impairment, smoke weed on a regular basis.


4 posted on 11/05/2018 9:08:54 AM PST by TruthFactor (Hang em', Hang em' High.)
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To: billorites

Just you can doesn’t mean you should.......................


5 posted on 11/05/2018 9:09:24 AM PST by Red Badger (FNo-platform us all you want. Ban us all you want. Smear us all you want. You can’t stop an idea...)
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To: TruthFactor

Reefer madness...


6 posted on 11/05/2018 9:09:55 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Baseball players, gangsters and musicians are remembered. But journalists are forgotten.)
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To: billorites
Here in Washington St., more and more vehicle accidents and fatalities are being attributed to stoned drivers.

Just another unintended consequence of politicians wanting money.

And, the sheeple comply.

7 posted on 11/05/2018 9:09:56 AM PST by Parmy
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To: TheStickman; dainbramaged; beaversmom; T-Bone Texan; dljordan; Mama Shawna; NobleFree; Drew68; ...

For your interest.


8 posted on 11/05/2018 9:11:21 AM PST by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: TruthFactor

Or get drunk regularly.


9 posted on 11/05/2018 9:11:59 AM PST by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: Red Badger
Our society doesn't seem to be in desperate need of another legal intoxicant.

Canada perhaps, but not the U.S.

10 posted on 11/05/2018 9:14:26 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: TruthFactor
If you want to get on the fast track to permanent mental impairment, smoke weed on a regular basis.

Agreed. Have never met a stoner yet who didn't try and somehow validate and justify their smoking that mind dumbing down and brain cell destroying drug.

11 posted on 11/05/2018 9:16:36 AM PST by Ron H. (Gab.ai is totally and completely Free Speech based.)
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To: billorites
As a medical user in a recreationally legal state (Colorado), I strongly support this move. I don't use it recreationally- I use topicals that are not psycho active- but still believe we need to legalize it so we can control / regulate it. In CO, there is still a small black market but most of the industry was taken away from the gangs/ cartels.

Having it regulated/ taxed by the government would be a much better way to deal with a substance that is present anyway. There is no reason to waste law enforcement resources / man hours chasing around after a few weed smokers.

We also have fewer opioid overdoses in CO as a result of legal weed. If people can use CBD/ weed/ THC instead of narcotics, we will all be better off as a society.

12 posted on 11/05/2018 9:16:55 AM PST by luv2ski
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To: Parmy
Just another unintended consequence of politicians wanting money.

More like pandering for votes from the mind numbed potheads.

13 posted on 11/05/2018 9:18:18 AM PST by Ron H. (Gab.ai is totally and completely Free Speech based.)
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To: Parmy

Had a tragic accident in this area some time back.
A young mother was jogging with her two babies in a tandem stroller. A 19-year old driver mowed her down at an intersection. Miraculously the children were unharmed, but they became orphans.

The driver admitted to having fired up a joint just before getting behind the wheel.


14 posted on 11/05/2018 9:18:39 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: billorites

thanks john.....America needs just one more poison to undermine our culture.


15 posted on 11/05/2018 9:18:55 AM PST by G Larry (There is no great virtue in bargaining with the Devil)
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To: billorites

“Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die” John. You might be able to buy some used lungs with your profits. Decay is the natural order.


16 posted on 11/05/2018 9:19:18 AM PST by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: billorites

Are they driving to the voting booths stoned...?


17 posted on 11/05/2018 9:19:22 AM PST by Leep
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To: Ron H.

That has been mostly my experience too. Why someone would want to go through live impaired is beyond me. That goes for anything that impairs you, not just pot. I’ve made enough bad choices in my life without the help of chemicals.


18 posted on 11/05/2018 9:21:32 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: billorites

washington should never butted in in the first place.


19 posted on 11/05/2018 9:21:50 AM PST by morphing libertarian (Use Comey's Report; Indict Hillary now. --- Proud Smelly Walmart Deplorable)
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To: billorites

That just makes me so proud. Once totally legalized we can start on meth legalization. It is a personal choice you know? In fact, lets go all in and have the Feds pay for all our drug needs.


20 posted on 11/05/2018 9:22:27 AM PST by animal172 (Call me simply deplorable.)
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