California's Medical Marijuana Truce,

Marijuana advocates were not the only ones overjoyed when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that he was ending federal raids on medical marijuana facilities unless they are in violation of both state and federal laws. In budget-strapped California, for one, taxpayers are grateful. There, the fed crackdowns, which had continued despite the end of the state's own raids, got in the way of upwards of $100 million in revenue from medical marijuana sales taxes in 2007, according to Americans for Safe Access (ASA), an advocacy group for prescription pot.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is estimated to have spent more than $10 million from 2005 to 2007 on raids on California dispensaries alone. (Twelve other states have legalized medical marijuana.) Legal costs are almost impossible to calculate in the Golden State. "I suspect it's well above $10 million and that doesn't even take into account the fee for the time it's taking me to defend these cases. The government doesn't have to pay for that, but it's certainly an expense," says Joe Elford, staff attorney for the ASA . "It's the beginning of the end hopefully, and it will save the taxpayers millions if not tens of millions of dollars." He estimates that $500,000 is spent on the prosecution and incarceration of each individual facing charges.........................,8599,1888172,00.html

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i was happy for the people in california after reading this article. i only wish it was for ohio, but maybe one day. as a person who suffers from two incurable chronic pain disorders, it would be nice to be nice to not have to suffer for just a little bit without out relying on very addictive drugs to temporarily take the pain away. most days i choose to not take anything, so i don't build up a tolerance to the prescription drugs. it makes trying to deal with daily life that much more challenging. (hey pink, maybe i'm not as much of a puritan as you think. :0)

chris, what does bob latta think?????

I never said you were a puritan littlered, you must have me confused with someone else. Due to my line of work and family members, I at least have some awareness of those with chonic illnesses and what they go through, and I highly support the use of medicinal marijuana (and the legalization of all drugs).

P.S. If anyone if interested in making a donation to the American Chronic Pain Association, here is the link. I know it's not much, but hopefully it helps a little...

Pink Slip

sorry pink, i got you and pete mixed up. :) my apologies. :) my apologies to pete as well. :) i was thinking of the post about stripping to make ends meet.

we should have another get together, so we can put a face to a name. :) i'd like to think we could get along despite our differences............

Legalize weed, make it tax free and also make it legal to smoke anywhere in public as long as you have a "prescription".

But try and smoke a cigarette in public and you not only are breaking the law, but you are subject to vilification by the public.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

"In the USA, the FDA has approved two cannabinoids for use as medical therapies: dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone. It is important to note that these medicines are not smoked. Dronabinol is a synthetic THC medication,[16] while nabilone is a synthetic cannabinoid marketed under the brand name Cesamet."

it wouldn't be smoked.

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