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High Hopes Ride on Marijuana Amid Opioid Crisis

Medical weed is a popular way to manage chronic pain

 

".... The cannabis plant has been used for decades to manage pain and there are increasingly sophisticated marijuana products available across 29 U.S. states, as well as in the District of Columbia, where medical marijuana is legal. ...

companies such as Axim Biotechnologies Inc, Nemus Bioscience Inc and Intec Pharma Ltd have drugs in various stages of development.

The companies are targeting the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, and are dependent on opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, or addicted to street opiates including heroin....

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/high-hopes-ride-on-marijuana-amid-opioid-crisis/

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Doctors campaign for medical marijuana as alternative to opioids-

 

"....There’s a large group of patients who have chronic pain who rely on opioids,” Bush-Joseph said. “Those are the patients who would benefit from medical cannabis.”

Illinois’ medical community has been somewhat reluctant to publicly embrace medical marijuana in the two years since the state’s first dispensaries opened.

But some physicians say the matter has taken on added urgency as the nation sinks deeper into an opioid crisis involving both prescription drugs, and heroin and its synthetic analogs....

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-medical-marijuana-doctors-pain-20171116-story.html

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The above is so true.    This was known while Obama was President and even he didn't have the guts to address it even as a lame-duck.    Sessions is a total nut case,  but I wonder if Clinton as President would have changed the classification of pot (I.e. if Obama didn't,  why would Clinton). 

I just worked on a study that recommends that to reduce opioid usage in workers comp injuries that states should allow medical marijuana.    But states are telling us they can't do this because the Feds have said it is a violation of Federal law for an insurance carrier to pay a claimant for medical marijuana.   

Sad.   

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Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioid-Based Pain Medication: Patient Self-Report

 

" Prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Alternatives to opioids for the treatment of pain are necessary to address this issue. Cannabis can be an effective treatment for pain, greatly reduces the chance of dependence, and eliminates the risk of fatal overdose compared to opioid-based medications. Medical cannabis patients report that cannabis is just as effective, if not more, than opioid-based medications for pain. .......

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569620/

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Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

a shift in thought

The Department of Justice's crackdown comes as 64 percent of Americans, including for the first time more than half of Republicans, support legalization, Gallup found this month. So far, 29 states have legalized the medical use of the drug, while eight have legalized recreational use.....

 

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2018/0119/Battle-over-legal-marijuana-a-monumental-moment-for-states-rights

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DOJ Appointments Being Blocked Until Sessions Changes Pot Stance

A Republican senator from Colorado is taking a major stand against Session for making marijuana a federal priority.
"In protest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescindan Obama-era policy that recommended federal prosecutors stay out of the affairs of states that have legalized marijuana, Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner is blocking appointments to the Department of Justice. ......
 
 

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OpEd:

Congress must start drawing down the misguided War on Drugs

"....We must protect doctors and patients, many of whom have found relief with medical marijuana where other treatments have failed. Medical marijuana has a proven record of success in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea, juvenile epilepsy, and other conditions. Recent research indicates that it has great potential as a treatment for PTSD, too — with far fewer side effects than the “combat cocktail” of opioids and antidepressants. 

The legal cannabis industry is a thriving sector of our economy, worth approximately 7 billion dollars in 2016, and employing tens of thousands of people. Some analysts believe it will be worth over 50 billion dollars within a decade. By 2020, the cannabis industry may generate more new jobs than the entire manufacturing sector...

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/373189-congress-must-start-drawing-down-the-misguided-war-on-drugs

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Kellyanne Conway’s 'opioid cabinet' sidelines drug czar’s experts

"(Trump) has endorsed anti-drug messaging and tougher law enforcement. But he ignored many of the recommendations from former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential commission about public health approaches to addiction, access to treatment, and education for doctors who prescribe opioids. And he hasn’t maintained a public focus. In Ohio just this week, it was first lady Melania Trump who attended an opioid event at a children’s hospital. The president toured a manufacturing plant and gave a speech on tax cuts.

Much of the White House messaging bolsters the president’s call for a border wall, depicting the opioid epidemic as an imported crisis, not one that is largely home-grown and complex, fueled by both legal but addictive painkillers and lethal street drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

“I don’t know what the agency is doing. I really don’t,”.....

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/06/kellyanne-conway-opioid-drug-czar-325457?cmpid=sf

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PBS NewsHourVerified account @NewsHour 1h1 hour ago

 
 

Opioid makers gave $10 million to advocacy groups that promoted use of their pills, report says

 

....it gives insight into how industry-funded groups fueled demand for drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin, addictive medications that generated billions in sales despite research showing they are largely ineffective for chronic pain.

“It looks pretty damning when these groups were pushing the message about how wonderful opioids are and they were being heavily funded, in the millions of dollars, by the manufacturers of those drugs,” said Lewis Nelson, a Rutgers University doctor and opioid expert....

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/opioid-makers-gave-10-million-to-advocacy-groups-that-promoted-use-of-their-pills-report-says

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1 minute ago, mr6666 said:

It looks pretty damning when these groups were pushing the message about how wonderful opioids are and they were being heavily funded, in the millions of dollars, by the manufacturers of those drugs,” said Lewis Nelson, a Rutgers University doctor and opioid expert....

This reminds me of Paula Dean who pushed the most unhealthy food,  like a doughnut bacon sandwich,  who had type-2 diabetes,  and was being paid to advertise a diabetic drug.      Yea,  eat like Dean and of course you will need that drug! 

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Are Trump and Sessions playing “bad cop-good cop” in the drug war?

...An Obama-era law that designated a billion dollars to help states fight opioids runs out of money this year, with no sign Trump intends to ask Congress to renew it, and Trump's 2018 budget request has a $400 million cut to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the lead federal agency for treatment.

Instead of proactive responses aimed at ameliorating the crisis, Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are falling back on drug war rhetoric that would have been at home in Nixon's 1970s or Reagan's 1980s.

Trump spent barely a minute talking about the opioid crisis in his State of the Union speech last week, and now he says he's focused on law enforcement, not treatment and prevention....

https://www.salon.com/2018/02/12/trump-and-sessions-are-playing-bad-cop-good-cop-in-the-drug-war_partner/

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This debate takes me back to the '70's when the huge issue was not allowing people dying of terminal illnesses and suffering unbearable pain to use heroin and other "street drugs" known to be effective to handle their pain due to zealous politicians claiming they didn't wish to create an army of "dope addicts".  Y'know, those with maybe a half year or less left to live were gonna go nuts and roll their wheelchairs up to the nearest liquor store and rob it or something.  :rolleyes:  After all, many doctors in favor of using these drugs claimed they'd take the responsibility of monitoring and making sure none of the dope would get into the wrong hands.  Such as only a certified physician being allowed to administer the drug either in their offices or during a home visit and not leaving any of it with the patient when they leave.  

One need to look no further at the miasma  created recently when you mix political interference with health care matters in this country to see that the medical marijuana issue is far from reaching a satisfying end.

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Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency

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A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn’t get users high — as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. If successful, the company’s liquid formula would be the first government-approved drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval would technically limit the treatment to a small group of epilepsy patients. But doctors would have the option to prescribe it for other uses and it could spur new pharmaceutical research and interest into other cannabis-based products. Man-made versions of a different marijuana ingredient have previously been approved for other purposes......

http://www.dailyjournal.net/2018/04/17/us-med-marijuana-medicine/

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Democratic leader announces new acceptance of marijuana

  • By KEVIN FREKING, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Apr 20, 2018, 1:59 PM ET

The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances — in effect decriminalizing its use.

Instead, his bill would let states decide how to treat marijuana possession. Under the measure, the federal government would still enforce laws against moving pot into states where it's illegal and would still regulate advertising so it isn't aimed at children.

"My thinking, as well as the general population's views, on the issue has evolved," Schumer said.

Schumer said he also wants to ensure that minorities and women have a fair shot at getting involved in the growing marijuana industry and that the federal government invests in research.

Eight states and the District of Columbia now allow recreational use of marijuana, and a majority of states allow its use for medical purposes.

Americans' support for marijuana legalization has been growing in polls with Gallup's most recent update in October showing that 64 percent of Americans were in favor of legalization.

The White House said last week that President Donald Trump backs legislation to protect the marijuana industry in states where it is legal.

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner also announced recently that he had changed his stance on marijuana and that he would promote its nationwide legalization as a way to help veterans and the nation's deadly opioid crisis.

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PowerPost 
 Analysis

The Health 202: Trump is backing off the marijuana fight. But his attorney general has not.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham April 17 Email the author

THE PROGNOSIS

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A marijuana plant. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Marijuana has enjoyed some tail winds lately, even as regulating it faces an uncertain future in the Trump administration.

Over the past week, Trump promised not to go after marijuana suppliers and users who are obeying their state laws, former House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his formerly icy views toward the drug have thawed, and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell pushed harder for legalizing the farming of hemp, pot's non-psychoactive relative.

Marijuana legalization advocates say they’re cheered by the recent developments — and particularly by the president’s statements last week, which provided some clarity into how aggressively his Justice Department might go after states that have defied the federal prohibition on marijuana use.

“This news should make states more comfortable implementing their legalization programs,” said Don Murphy, director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that advocates for removing criminal penalties for pot use. “It should also serve as a rallying cry for lawmakers to pass comprehensive legislation that leaves marijuana policy to the states permanently.”

In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions set his sights on the several dozen states where medical or recreational marijuana is legal, announcing federal prosecutors can decide for themselves whether to press cases against growers, sellers or users for violating federal law. The posture outraged lawmakers whose states have legalized marijuana, including Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who swore to block Trump’s Justice Department nominees in retribution.

But Gardner has backed down, saying Trump promised him that despite the Sessions memo, federal prosecutors would not target the marijuana industry in Colorado. The president’s assurances to Gardner directly contradict Sessions’s posture, revealing yet another rift between Trump and members of his administration.

“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” Gardner said in a statement.

Bloomberg's Steven Dennis: 

On a normal day, Trump backing legislation enshrining states' right to fully legalize marijuana would be your lead story.

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) April 14, 2018

A journalist with Marijuana Moment: 

Obama and Dems absolutely should’ve solved the federal marijuana issue years ago. Now Trump is going to swoop in and look like a bipartisan hero.

— Tom Angell ?? (@tomangell) April 13, 2018

Some Democrats say they’re still not convinced the marijuana industry — whose revenue and reach have exploded in recent years — is safe, considering Sessions’s long-held opposition to the substance. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, called it a “head-spinning moment.”

“We should hope for the best, but not take anything for granted,” he said. “Trump changes his mind constantly, and Republican leadership is still in our way.”

It’s true that revising the federal ban on marijuana isn’t on Congress’s horizon — at least not yet. But the House and Senate are filled with an unprecedented number of pro-pot lawmakers from a record number of states where the marijuana industry legal. And there are glimmers that GOP leaders, past and present, are softening on marijuana sale and use, as well as the products related to it.

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Former House speaker John Boehner has changed his position on the use of marijuana. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

McConnell has supported hemp cultivation for at least four years -- in 2014, he backed a provision in the farm bill to permit a hemp cultivation pilot program in his home state of Kentucky. Now he is the lead sponsor of a bill removing hemp from the federal government’s schedule of controlled substances, enthusiastically rolling out the measure on the Senate floor last week.

“As the tobacco industry has changed, some farmers in states like Kentucky have been searching for a new crop that can support their families and grow our agricultural economy,” McConnell said. “And many believe they've found such a product: industrial hemp. But the federal government has stood in the way. Mr. President, it's time to change that.”

It's time the federal gov changes the way it looks at #hemp, which is why Senator @RonWyden and I, along with @SenJeffMerkley, are introducing legislation that will modernize federal law in this area & empower American farmers to explore this promising new market.

— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) April 12, 2018
The Post's Erica Werner: 

Who says bipartisanship is dead. Hemp is bringing people together as McConnell and Wyden extol its virtues on the Senate floor.

— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) April 12, 2018

And Boehner, who once said he was “unalterably opposed” to decriminalizing marijuana use, announced last week that he had joined the board of directors of Acreage Holdings, a company that grows and sells the drug in 11 states.

Boehner had said in 2011 that he was worried legalizing marijuana would result in increased abuse of a variety of drugs, including alcohol, but wrote last week that he has changed his mind because of the promise pot holds for medical treatment for veterans.

“I have concluded descheduling the drug is needed so that we can do research and allow VA to offer it as a treatment option in the fight against the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities,” he wrote.

Politico's Jake Sherman: 

7 years ago congress was entering a summer from hell. Fiscal negotiations w Obama and gop congress

Now John Boehner is an advocate for legalized marijuana. Eric cantor is an out-of-public-view Wall Street banker. And the nations fiscal picture is again worsening. 

What a town!

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 11, 2018

The Post's Christopher Ingraham: 

>> Boehner's joining the marijuana industry
>> McConnell wants to legalize hemp pic.twitter.com/6Et2JTWdb2

— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) April 12, 2018

Founding partner of CB1 Capital: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Orin Hatch have all turned supporter of cannabis or hemp (MM). Let that sink in for a moment. 96% support ahead of massively important mid-term elections. It's happening.#cannabinoid #wellness

— Todd Harrison (@todd_harrison) April 11, 2018
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Businesses optimistic, wary in wake of Trump’s pledge to back off cannabis

Ryan Jennemann, co-founder of THC Design, gives a tour at the facility in Los Angeles last year. Ryan Jennemann, co-founder of THC Design, gives a tour at the facility in Los Angeles last year.Los Angeles News Group Archives

By Brooke Staggs, Southern California News Group

POSTED: 04/19/18, 11:48 AM PDT | UPDATED: 12 HRS AGO

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Marijuana stocks are surging while cannabis industry supporters remain optimistic but skeptical days after a surprise pledge from President Donald Trump that he will support state marijuana programs.

“Today, we can all rest a little easier if we’re in the industry,” said David Dinenberg, chief executive of KIND Financial, a Los Angeles maker software for cannabis businesses.

“Whether there will be real change, we still have to wait and see.”

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, on Friday announced Trump had committed to support legislation codifying state rights to legalize and regulate the cannabis industry. That position is in line with what Trump said on the campaign trail, but he’s been silent on the issue as president.

Since his inauguration, Trump has let U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speak for the Trump administration about cannabis. And Sessions has been both vocal and active in his disdain for legal marijuana, undoing past Department of Justice policies that protected state cannabis rights and encouraging other legislators to do the same.

That’s a major reason why Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, and Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, are both continuing to pursue separate legislative fixes to the conflict between state and federal cannabis laws.

And Sessions’ harsh stance, combined with Trump’s tendency to surprise everyone, is why many California cannabis industry leaders say they’re taking the President’s promising pledge with a grain of salt.

Nine states, including California, have legalized recreational cannabis. And 29 states permit medical marijuana. But marijuana remains illegal under federal law, which still lists it as a Schedule I drug, on par with heroin.

Through early January, an Obama-era policy offered legal marijuana states some protection from federal prosecution. The Cole Memo, issued by Deputy Attorney General James Cole in August 2013, stopped federal officials from prosecuting individuals and businesses in legal marijuana states if they were taking certain steps to keep cannabis from getting to kids and the black market.But on Jan. 4, just three days after California launched legal recreational marijuana sales, Sessions repealed the Cole Memo. That gave U.S. Attorneys in each state the authority to prosecute residents for marijuana crimes as they see fit.

That decision didn’t trigger raids on California marijuana stores, and evidence of a federal crackdown on state-legal cannabis businesses has not emerged. But Sessions’ move appears to have dampened the fast-growing industry, with the financial publication Green Market Report noting that an index of 30 publicly traded cannabis companies it tracks fell by nearly 22 percent in the first quarter of 2018.

When news broke Friday that Trump had promised to support state marijuana rights, many industry leaders said they were pleasantly surprised.

“By supporting this law, President Trump has arguably done more to advance the growth of the regulated cannabis industry than any other President,” said Isaac Dietrich, founder of the cannabis-oriented social network MassRoots.

A week ago, Aaron Herzberg, a cannabis industry attorney who’s part owner of two Santa Ana dispensaries, said he wouldn’t have predicted any progress under the Trump administration in terms of narrowing the conflict between state and federal cannabis laws. He thought the industry just needed to “button down the hatches” and survive.

Now, Herzberg’s view has changed. “There’s reason to be very optimistic that we’re going to see some movement.”

The news caused an immediate bump in marijuana stocks, which rose 8.8 percent in the final hours of trading Friday.

“Looking ahead to the second quarter, the stocks are already beginning to recover,” said Debra Borchardt, CEO of Green Market Report.

The market was no doubt bolstered by other good news in the world of weed last week.

Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner on April 11 announced that he has changed his mind about opposing marijuana legalization — a stance he held throughout his tenure in public office. Boehner is now touting the potential of medical marijuana to help veterans. And he said he’s joined the board of a large cannabis company, Acreage Holdings.

The next day, on April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, introduced a bill that would legalize industrial hemp — a variety of cannabis that can’t get anyone high but is used to make fabric, building materials, nutritional supplements and more.

“Clearly the Republicans are on the bandwagon,” Herzberg said. “Frankly, the Democrats have been underwhelming on this issue.”

But he noted that public sentiment has strongly shifted just since Trump took office, with polls showing even a majority of Republicans now favor legal marijuana and oppose federal interference in state cannabis programs. So, while it may be largely a matter of being in the right position at the right time, Trump is poised to go down in history books as one of legal marijuana’s key advocates.

Still, Dinenberg said nothing has actually changed for the marijuana industry since Friday. Banks haven’t stepped up to start serving the industry. There hasn’t been a flood of new investment dollars or licensing applications.

One problem, Herzberg noted, is that there hasn’t been any official announcement of Trump’s position on the issue or policy direction from his administration.

Gardner touted Trump’s over-the-phone promise, which first was made to a Washington Post reporter and, later Friday, confirmed by White House officials during a press conference.

“A secondhand report of the President’s word on a phone call is nowhere near what is needed here,” agreed Derek Riedle, publisher of “Civilized,” a cannabis industry magazine. “Until there is formal legislative change or direction, similar to the Cole memo, the cannabis industry will remain skeptical.”

Others pointed to Trump’s track record of changing his mind on major policy issues, such as bombing Syria and supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“He has failed to stay true to really anything he has said on just about every subject thus far,” said Jason Santos, CEO of the soon-to-launch streaming cannabis network BurnTV.

“So what happens when he needs to win favor with someone else, after this, who is (in favor of) prohibition?”

Everyone is also waiting to see what Gardner’s Trump-backed legislation will actually look like.

The bill is being pitched as a permanent replacement for the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment (known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment when it was introduced in 2014). That budget rider blocks federal funds from being used to prosecute medical marijuana cases that are legal under state law. But it has to be renewed each year along with the federal spending bill, and it’s currently set to expire Sept. 30.

Presumably, Gardner’s bill will extend existing medical marijuana protections to states’ recreational marijuana sectors. But will it also tackle an obscure tax law that bars marijuana business owners from writing off typical expenses? Will it address the industry’s lack of access to major banking services? And will it downgrade or remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of scheduled drugs? There are a lot of unknowns.

Dinenberg fears that legislators are going to rush through a bill that doesn’t comprehensively address these issues. And he wonders if they’d be better off waiting until 2019, when Democrats might have a stronger position and could pass legislation that wouldn’t require as many compromises to appease Republicans.

“This could be the start of something special,” Dinenberg said.

“This could also be the start of a disaster.”

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This is in line with Trump's stated belief that MJ is a states rights issue which he mentioned during the prez.campaign.

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Hopefully, the next attorney general that Trump appoints will clear cannabis from schedule 1 prohibition.

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There’s Real Evidence That Legalizing Pot Can Reduce Drinking

.........The booze industry is not ignoring the threat, either. Several alcohol companies and alcohol industry organizations have helped fund the campaigns against marijuana legalization initiatives, which suggests that they are convinced enough of the theory to put money behind it. ....

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/20/marijuana-legalization-alcohol-consumption/

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1 hour ago, darkblue said:

Hopefully, the next attorney general that Trump appoints will clear cannabis from schedule 1 prohibition.

That's what Chuck Schumer's bill,which he announced today,that he will introduce to congress,will do.

His bill seeks to decriminalize MJ at the federal level.That is the complete de-scheduling of MJ.:)

Prez.Trump wants to make MJ a 10th amendment "states rights" issue as it should be.

That would take it out from under federal jurisdiction.:)

Don't know if that old prohibitionist dinosaur,Confederate General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions can screw things up.:o

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23 minutes ago, JR33928 said:

That's what Chuck Schumer's bill,which he introduced to congress today,will do.

His bill seeks to decriminalize MJ at the federal level.That is the complete de-scheduling of MJ.:)

Prez.Trump wants to make MJ a 10th amendment "states rights" issue as it should be.

That would take it out from under federal jurisdiction.:)

Maybe I'm not following you but if MJ was decriminalized at the federal level (e.g. no longer a schedule 1 drug),  as Schumer's bill would do,   nothing additional would need  to be done by the Feds (E.g. Trump).   

So your comment about what Trump wants to do is meaningless and irrelevant IMO. 

Just another example of where Trump takes a stance on state rights to avoid taking a stance on the actual issue.   

(and I'm a big supporter of state rights, regardless of the issue). 

 

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7 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Maybe I'm not following you but if MJ was decriminalized at the federal level (e.g. no longer a schedule 1 drug),  as Schumer's bill would do,   nothing additional would need  to be done by the Feds (E.g. Trump).   

So your comment about what Trump wants to do is meaningless and irrelevant IMO. 

Just another example of where Trump takes a stance on state rights to avoid taking a stance on the actual issue.   

(and I'm a big supporter of state rights, regardless of the issue). 

 

Both Schumer's bill and Trump's long held view of MJ being a states rights issue should mean the feds would relinquish most control over MJ.Trump's view is extremely relevant since he is the prez.and can probably do much to put MJ on the road towards normalizing it for ppl to use.

Trump isn't trying to avoid anything,that's nonsense.His "states rights" stance on MJ isn't new,it's a long held view.There are old video's of him saying MJ should be a states rights issue.

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14 minutes ago, JR33928 said:

Both Schumer's bill and Trump's long held view of MJ being a states rights issue should mean the feds would relinquish most control over MJ.Trump's view is extremely relevant since he is the prez.and can probably do much to put MJ on the road towards normalizing it for ppl to use.

Trump isn't trying to avoid anything,that's nonsense.His "states rights" stance on MJ isn't new,it's a long held view.There are old video's of him saying MJ should be a states rights issue.

I'm pretty sure the prison for profit industry is doing everything it can to make sure Schumer's bill doesn't pass.

And I'm fairly certain it won't.

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