Many of us have known for decades that the US governments position on Marijuana was morally and scientifically wrong, but it seems that those in power are desperately clinging to the War On Cannabis consumers. The truth seems to be disregarded, and total lies are used to create FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt), to fill the minds of those that have not educated themselves on Marijuana with the sad concept that it is the devils weed.
Todays Marijuana is more potent than pot used to be, true but also a non truth, before prohibition the US had very powerful pot, in the 70's we had very powerful pot coming from Asia, but Mexican pot flooded into the US and that was lower in quality and potency. If high THC is so dangerous then why is 100% THC legal and sold every day in the US under the name of Marinol? Just more FUD our government has been using to fool voters!
I read that Montana Highway Patrol is wasting its taxpayers money to harass Medical Marijuana users who drive while under the influence of Cannabis, how disgusting!
BUTTE — Montana law enforcement is focusing its training on detecting drugged drivers with the increase in people obtaining medical marijuana cards. Sager said officers are being trained to detect possible drug impairment through a test called Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). The ARIDE tests adds an exercise that has the motorist stand with feet together, arms at the sides and leaning the head back with eyes closed. Sager said if the officer observes swaying that could be a sign of drug influence.
A second exercise has the subject follow the officer’s finger in an attempt to make the subject go cross-eyed. Sager explained that some drugs make it impossible to go cross-eyed.
Samm Cox, Butte-Silver Bow chief deputy assistant county attorney, said the more training police have in drug detection, the better chance they will have getting DUI convictions.
So are the Montana Highway Patrol making their roads safer or is this harassment of the Medical Marijuana Patients? Our next article might suggest harassment.
Marijuana Smoking Associated With Minimal Changes In Driving Performance, Study FindsHartford, CT—(ENEWSPF)—May 28, 2010 Subjects exhibit virtually identical psychomotor skills on a battery of driving simulator tests prior to and shortly after smoking marijuana, according to clinical trial data published in the March issue of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Investigators reported that volunteers performed virtually the same after smoking cannabis as they did sober and/or after consuming a placebo. "No differences were found during the baseline driving segment (and the) collision avoidance scenarios," authors reported.
Investigators did note, "Participants receiving active marijuana decreased their speed more so than those receiving placebo cigarette during (the) distracted section of the drive." Authors hypothesized that subjects' reduction in speed on this task suggested that they may have been compensating for perceived impairment. "[N]o other changes in driving performance were found," researchers concluded.
Montana has many officials unhappy that its voters voted for Medical Marijuana and the harassments seem to hit everyone in the Pro Medical Marijuana camp.
A Whitefish doctor spoke to Montana's News Station for the first time since the Montana Board of Medical Examiners fined her $2,000 for prescribing medical marijuana.
Dr. Pat Cole found out about the decision two weeks ago, when the Board determined that she broke Montana guidelines by seeing more than 150 patients within a 14 hour time period.
Cole told us the time period for which she received the fine was during a series of medical marijuana clinics, which are legal in Montana.
Now if Montana's Government agencies are not causing enough trouble for Medical Marijuana patients, the local loonies are getting worked up and violence is being used in attempts to shut down dispensaries! This article from the AP seems to condone the violence as it advocates altering the law that was voted in, to make it harder for the sick to get their needed meds.
HELENA, Mont. — The vandals struck in the middle of the night, hurling Molotov cocktails through the windows of two medical marijuana businesses and spray-painting "NOT IN OUR TOWN" just before the Billings City Council was supposed to take up a ban on any new pot shops.
Montana and other states that have legalized medical marijuana are seeing a backlash, with public anger rising and politicians passing laws to slow the proliferation of pot shops and bring order to what has become a wide-open, Wild West sort of industry.
The people are voting for Medical Marijuana and the Media and Government are aggressively harassing Doctors, Patients, Drivers and Dispensaries as they try to help the sick. Now some believe the Governments stand, that these people just want to get high and there is no proof that Marijuana has medical benefits, but then there is this little fact.
Marijuana is classified as a schedule I substance by the feds. This classification designates that the drug has “no current use for medical treatment in the United States.” Besides a slew of scientific studies controverting this assertion, it seems the Department of Health and Human Services didn't get the "pot-has-no-medicinal-value" memo when they applied for a patent on the preventive and curative properties of cannabis in 1999.
Patent (#6,630,507), was awarded to the agency based on research carried out by the National Institute of Health. What scientists discovered in those studies was evidence that cannabinoids – the active ingredients in the marijuana plant – are antioxidants, neuroprotectants and anti-inflammatory agents, useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, HIV dementia, stroke, trauma and auto-immune disorders. The government is currently licensing its cannabinoid patent.
These things are happening in many other states too, Montana just got my attention as they are really spreading the FUD thick and resorting to so many dirty tricks to repress the use of Medical Marijuana.
I knew 4 young men who got life sentences for growing outdoors in Montana, so I have a vested interest in their legal systems handling Marijuana!