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I’ve been struck with a nasty cold, so I’m going back to bed. Have at it.

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20 comments to Open Thread

  • kaptinemo

    Hope ya feel better.

  • yep, rest up, sleep, then rest again…

  • joc

    NH House Committee Recommends Study of Bill That Would Tax and Regulate Marijuana

    January 28, 2010

    Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee votes 16-2 to consider details of H.B. 1652 before moving bill forward.

    CONCORD, N.H. – January 28 – Yesterday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 16-2 to “refer for interim study” H.B. 1652, a bill that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. If the House concurs with this recommendation, the 20-member committee will proceed with a comprehensive study of the proposal. This vote is a promising sign that New Hampshire’s lawmakers are willing to seriously discuss the possibility of ending marijuana prohibition in the Granite State.

    URL: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/28

  • Shap

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bal-md.hs.marijuana27jan27,0,806070.story

    Finally medical marijuana getting moving in the overwhelmingly BLUE state of Maryland. However, the fact that this/these bills would require a long-standing relationship with the doctor that would prescribe the marijuana is ridiculous. Would they make you have a long-standing relationship with the doctor that prescribed powerful narcotics like oxycontin or percoset? I think not….

  • claygooding

    We await sanity and science to remove the fears our governments propaganda has instilled in the nations unaware citizens.
    When will legislators admit that doctors and patients know more about the medication required and quit making people jump through hoops.
    It is just their reluctance to release control of something they don’t even have control over.

  • Swooper420

    Pete – Get well soon! Vitamin C, Chicken noodle soup, NyQuil, and lots of fluids.

    We expect you up and running on all cylinders very soon!

  • I had it for two weeks, and it sucked. Hang in there, Pete!

  • Just me

    Darn…gona miss you tapping those keys! Get well Pete.

  • Paul

    Got ya one better, from Reason.com:

    It looks like a marijuana legalization initiative will be on the ballot in California this fall. Today the backers of the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act turned in nearly 700,000 signatures; they need just 434,000 to qualify the measure for the ballot. The Los Angeles Times notes that “a Field Poll taken last April found that 56% of voters in the state and 60% in Los Angeles County want to make pot legal and tax it.” It also suggests that “if passed, the initiative would put the state in conflict with federal law,” which is not strictly speaking true. As Drug Policy Alliance attorney Tamar Todd noted in response to a Los Angeles Times editorial that made a similar claim a couple weeks ago, California is under no obligation to replicate federal drug prohibitions. Under the Supreme Court’s expansive reading of the Commerce Clause, the federal government would have the authority to prosecute people for growing, distributing, and possessing marijuana even if the drug were no longer banned by state law. But it would not have the resources to do so consistently.

  • Duncan

    More evidence that they want us sick or dead:

    “Medical marijuana lab raided by DEA during introduction of Senator Chris Romer’s doctor-patient bill”

    http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2010/01/medical_marijuana_bill_about_d.php

    This was a testing facility for medical cannabis, not a ‘merryjewanna grow’ lab. The entire purpose being to quantify and esure the safety of medical cannabis.

  • DdC

    I haven’t had a cold since 1969. Now it could be because I never stopped toking the entire time and it could be cause I only eat fresh organic foods and cut out the crap and booze. Living in FLA and central California its not too cold. I believe its the daily Ganja. Tha anti oxidents, antibiotec and relief for the aches and pains. Extracted into Hemp Oil works best if your throat is too sore. Cold or warm extractions, never heat hempoil to a boil. Or cook with it. Raw is best. I’ve helped patients stay free of infections for years. Mixed in juice or salad dressings. Say warm and dry,

    LEO HOLLISTER, MD
    Health Aspects Of Cannabis Marijuana And Immunity

    Marijuana Cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN…)
    The Active Ingredients Of Cannabis

    Granny Storm Crow’s MMJ List
    Cannabidiol, Antioxidants, and Diuretics in Reversing Binge Ethanol-Induced Neurotoxicity
    ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
    ANTI-OXIDANT PROPERTIES
    Cannabis Cough Cure

    ANTIBIOTIC CBD DISINFECTANTS
    Young un-budded hemp plants provide extractions of CBDs (cannabidiolic acids). There are many antibiotic uses of the cannabidiols, including treatment for gonorrhea. A 1990 Florida study indicated its use in treating herpes. The acid side of tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiols occur inversely to the amount of the plant’s THC and is therefore more acceptable to prohibitionists because “it won’t get you high.” For virtually any disease or infection that can be treated with terramycin, cannabis derivatives did better in Czechoslovakian studies, 1952-1955. The Czechs in 1997 still published farm crop reports on strategies to grow cannabidiol rich hemp. (Also see Cohen & Stillman, Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana; Mikuriya, Tod H., M.D., Marijuana Medical Papers; Roffman, Marijuana as Medicine, 1982; International Farm Crop abstracts.)

    Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa
    Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has long been known to contain antibacterial cannabinoids, whose potential to address antibiotic resistance has not yet been investigated. All five major cannabinoids (cannabidiol (1b), cannabichromene (2), cannabigerol (3b), Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (4b), and cannabinol (5)) showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains of current clinical relevance.

  • aussidawg

    Pete…watch the chest symptoms. I had “a cold” back around Thanksgiving and blew it off in spite of a worsening cough. I finally went to the doc and they found a nasty case of pneumonia and spent three days (expensive days) in the hospital. Not trying to scare you…just keep an eye on the symptoms before they get out of hand.

    Wish you the best!!! Take care amigo:)

  • Voletear

    GWS Pete. Remember when about two bucks bought you enough generic pseudoephedrine to last 3 colds or allergy flareups? – and you didn’t have to sign your name in the pharmacy’s Book Of Shame. Now the same stuff costs 4-5 times as much when you can find it.

    I guess it was worth the hassle tho to eradicate methamphetamine from The Greatest Free’est Country Ever.

  • Malcolm Kyle

    Me too! croaky voice, fairly weak and spaced out. ..which reminds me of some other state ;>)

    Get well soon!

  • DLR

    Methinks someone was playing the SOTU drinking game!

  • truthtechnician

    Wish you the best Pete! Take care of yourself.

  • ezrydn

    Pete,

    Something I learned in college was that cold germs live in a finite realm of Ph. Move your body Ph either way and they’ll die out. It’s easiest to slam your body into the acedic side of the scale, than the other. That’s the assault I use and, when I get that “first impression” I’ve come in contact with something, I start the Ph attack. Usually, I’m only down 4-5 days and it’s over. When I lived up there, I would take 3 aspirin and a Contact for my dosing.Works every time (for me).

    However, after the cold takes a good hold, I’ve never got this idea to work as fast as “first impression.” We’re finally getting our sun and warmth back. So, the “warmies” are headed your way.

    Two centuries + and we still can’t cure the common cold! Plus, the only things that help, we can’t get!

  • DdC

    Ganjawarnews * Ganjawareness 1.28.10

    Medical Pot Advocates Riled Over Federal Raid
    The raid at Full Spectrum Laboratories, just north of downtown Denver, occurred Wednesday, said Betty Aldworth, the lab’s outreach director. She said agents took dozens of medical-marijuana samples — either small pieces of plants or test tubes of “extraction fluid” — but left the lab’s equipment and did not arrest anyone.

    Medical Marijuana Lab Raided, Ordered to Turn Over Customer Records
    A lab that tests medical marijuana for dispensaries and patients said Thursday it was raided by federal drug agents and ordered to turn over patient records.

    A Hempy 150th to Anton Chekhov
    This January 29 marks the 150th birthday of Russian writer Anton Chekhov, and productions of the author’s work are planned around the world.

  • DdC

    Five-dollar registration fee for persons planning to overthrow US government

    Terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina’s Secretary of State and declare their intentions — or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

    The state’s “Subversive Activities Registration Act,” passed last year and now officially on the books, states that “every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States … shall register with the Secretary of State.”

    There’s even a $5 filing fee…

    For instance, South Carolina is among those states which require drug dealers to declare their illegal income, or face additional criminal penalties on top of the already established penalties for buying, possessing and selling drugs.

    Who’s bright idea was it to stop them from sucession?