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Almost nine out of ten Americans say that marijuana should be legal to use if a doctor permits it, according to nationwide Fox News telephone poll of just over 1,000 registered voters.
Eighty percent of the poll consisted of self-identified Republicans. The poll also revealed a four percent increase in support of-permitted marijuana use since Fox last polled the same question back in 2010.
Although some poll respondents were divided on whether they believed that “most people who smoketruly need it,” nonetheless, the majority of respondents agreed that using the plant should be legal if a doctor permits it.
Senate Bill 1031 and Senator John F. Keenan are trying to thwart the Massachusetts medical marijuana program that was approved by 63 percent of voters in November.
At 10am on May 6, in hearing room A-2 of the State House, the Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing about Senate Bill 1031 and several other proposals that could prevent qualifyingpatients from accessing their medicine.
Bill 1031 would minimize the number of dispensaries allowed in Massachusetts from the voter-approved 35 to only 10 dispensaries state-wide. The proposal would also restrict patients to a supply of only two ounces per month, which is reduced from the current 60-day supply of ten ounces.
Most notably, Bill 1031 would limit the amount of qualifying conditions down to: cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and multiple sclerosis. This highly restrictive list excludes the current condition: chronic pain, paralysis, PTSD, ulcerative colitis, and many other conditions that patients could find relief via medical marijuana.
Massachusetts officials will be holding hearings around the state to obtain the public’s input on the proposed medical marijuana regulations.
The Massachusettsof Public Health issued draft regulations last month for the program.
There will be three public hearings held at 10am on Friday. The locations are: at the Department of Public Health’s headquarters in Boston, at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, and at Look Park Garden House in Northampton.
All speakers are asked to provide a copy of their testimony. People can also email testimony to Reg.Testimony@state.ma.
So far, the proposed medical marijuana regulations require dispensaries to test their products for contaminants and to implement inventory control measures.
The Public Health Council will be voting on the medical marijuana regulations on May 8, 2013.
The graph to the right is composed from a recent study, and judging by it, it appears that Americans are beginning to accept marijuana by stating that it should be legalized.
Many Americans over the last few decades have begun to change their views towards marijuana (and hemp). Americans are finally realizing that marijuana is a beneficial substance that can be used for medicinal purposes, to stimulate the economy, and more. The same can be said for hemp, which also should be legalized throughout America.
Hopefully within this decade we will see marijuana (and hemp) get legalized in the United States. If it’s the will of the people, then it will happen!
This documentary is about the history of marijuana in the United States. This History Channel documentary is very entertaining and informative. It also makes some great pro-marijuana justifications. It’s just over an hour in length, but well worth it… So sit down and relax some evening after work and watch this video to learn about the history of marijuana in the US.