Medical marijuana users in Maine will be able to buy their pot at licensed dispensaries after voters approved a bill that expands the state’s existing medical marijuana law.
The new law allows patients to buy marijuana at nonprofit dispensaries. It also expands the medical conditions under which people can be prescribed the drug.
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OT about Maine, but germane to prohibition’s effect on the border:
From the Existentialist Cowboy site. (Warning and disclaimer: this is an unabashedly partisan site. I have nothing but contempt for both ‘wings’ of the Duopoly and refuse to grace them with the illusion of ‘difference’. IMHO, the only difference between them in their goal of screwing the electorate at the behest of their corp-rat ‘patrons” is in methodology, not aim. But the article goes into some detail about the border situation vis-a-vis illicit drugs and I believe is worth perusing.)
“How the GOP is Killing America”
“When folks around El Paso and McAllen hear rhetoric [i.e, bullshit, EC] about sending troops to the border, they canâ€™t help remembering what happened in Redford, four hours east of El Paso, in 1997. With drug trafficking having been declared a â€œthreat to national security,â€ thousands of soldiers were dispatched to the border. Residentsâ€™ worst fears were realized when 18-year-old Esequiel Hernandez was shot and killed by a Marine while tending his familyâ€™s herd of goats 100 yards from his home. Hernandez was the first American killed by U.S. military forces on native soil since the Kent State massacre in 1970. The Marine who shot him was not charged with murder, though the federal government eventually paid the Hernandez family $1.9 million to settle a wrongful death claim.”
Make of it what you will.
Interesting trend in Maine, especially when considering that the other controversial social issue — gay marriage/rights — went the other way and was resoundingly trounced by voters.
So, the gay stuff is still poison and a third rail for politicians while we are becoming more “popular” and not a big perceived liability is a huge step forward.
See how the Times spun the issue here: http://tinyurl.com/ygen2bh .
Congratulations go to Maine as it okays medical cannabis on nearly the same day the University of Haifa releases a study today showing the herb to be useful in the treatment of PTSD.
It’s a step in the right direction. Hopefully the lunatics called the DEA won’t see it as easy targets for their paramilitary raids like they do in kalifornia.
Hooray for Maine!