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Sheldon Adelson, the mega-rich casino magnate who last week donated $2.5 million to the anti-Amendment 2 group Drug Free Florida, also happens to have his own medical research group.

And according to that group's own studies, medical marijuana has been shown to aid those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Though I used to post a lot of marijuana reform diaries back in the day, I've been more involved recently in the industry itself lately, and not so much the politics of it. However, the recent passage of the pro-MMJ bill in the House of Representatives, of all places, has given Obama political cover to stop dithering and procrastinating on re-scheduling marijuana to a Schedule II substance.

Oregon currently has over 100,000 signatures and is (hopefully) seeking more as a buffer for its November ballot, while Florida appears to be in good position to pass its medical amendment this fall.

There is certainly something absurd about guys in their 20s like me trying to convince old people in USA to legalize something that will help them in their old age. It's like dragging an old, senlie horse dying from dehydration to water and hoping it will somehow manage to stop being stubborn and sip the damn water. Nevermind the fact that me and my generation keeps racking up criminal convictions for a plant that scientists have already designated as medicinal.

Then again, generation after generation of old, white Americans have died without the palliative assistance of cannabis, so it's possible that one or two more go down that same path.

Meanwhie, Republicans like Rick Scott are taking credit for recent CBD-only bills in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. [CBD is one of the cannabinoids that I blogged about on dailykos as far back as 2008 and predicted its future importance in medical applications. I also bloggged about GW Pharmaceuticals quite a long time before they became the hugely capitalized corporation that they are now).

Why are Republicans doing exactly what I predicted they would do, i.e taking the cannabis torch from Democrats and using it to their PR advantage? Because of Democrats like Cuomo in the state of New York, who do everything they can to flip flop, backtrack, and double-talk on the issue of cannabis. Had it not been for a shit Democrat like Cuomo, medical marijuana would have been legal in New York weeks and weeks ago. One brave Democratic woman is leading the good fight in NY---State Sen. Diane Savino.

I selfishly hope, for both my sake and my friends in my generation, that we can break the USA govt's blockade on cannabis research so that we don't die from cancers that THC or CBD can help cure. Perhaps if we can get Government out of the way, we'll be able to help folks sooner than later.

Originally posted to BikingForKarma on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Cannabis Law and Drug War Reform.

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  •  we're all tired of marijuana, I know (11+ / 0-)

    it's time to move on to much more complex world problems, issues, and conflicts. we're exhausted with beating this dead horse of a wedge issue dating back to Dick Nixon's days in the White House. Reagan is dead, Bush senior has been wheeled off the world stage, and even Dubya's own senior advisor Doug Wead says that Dubya toked when he was younger. Obama famously toked in college.

    But now we have enough science to know that people are suffering, and even dying, because of a Caucasian sentiment towards a plant that, perhaps not coincidentally, originated in non-white areas of the world (africa, middle east, and other equatorial climates).

    Enough Victorian moral sentiments, because Queen Victoria and her generation are long dead.

    Until voters over the age of 65 , as well as women voters who identify as mothers, stop drinking the Prohibitionist kool-aid, then our taxpayer dollars will keep funding the Byrne grant program and other drug war programs that do nothing but perpetuate racism and evil.

    On the bright side, WA state begins legal cannabis sales in less than 2 weeks.

    been here, left, and might come back. Site moderation is worse everywhere else, go figure.

    by BikingForKarma on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:23:58 PM PDT

    •  Yes, Back to Fighting Live Horses Like "Gilligan's (2+ / 0-)
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      Island" era women's reproductive rights, big band era Social Security and welfare programs, and Madison & Jefferson's era fights over whether the federal government can tax and govern the states.

      Just for the record, long before dead horse Reagan, the hippies said "don't trust anyone over 30."

      Those untrustables are today's over-65 generation.

      You're now fighting the very same people who've been defeating liberal boomers for 45 years. And that's why you all are saddled fighting the very same fights we were fighting since before we were old enough to vote.

      I wish you all more luck than we had.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:15:38 PM PDT

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  •  T & R for your Cuomo line! (1+ / 0-)
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    Had it not been for a shit Democrat like Cuomo
    A perfect description for that asswipe governor!

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 06:47:34 PM PDT

  •  Governor Skeletor is so afraid of Amendment 2 (4+ / 0-)
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    that he signed a significantly watered down version of MMJ legalization into law just two days ago. I hope his ploy does not work and the good people of Florida go to the polls in mass to pass the amendment.

    Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

    by RMForbes on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 08:26:19 PM PDT

    •  I don't think it will work. It is being bought off (2+ / 0-)
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      the street by cancer victims who are over 65 in this state.

      The bill was very narrow.

    •  Obviously he does not have any vested interest (2+ / 0-)
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      in that industry.  Imagine if he did, he would be forcing weed down our throats!

      Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

      by Floyd Blue on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:01:58 AM PDT

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      •  Cannonball!! (1+ / 0-)
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        Here comes Governor Rick Scott with a double-lungful, hovering by your face to blow you a shotgun!

        Good god, how's that for imagery!!???

        Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

        by Floyd Blue on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:02:55 AM PDT

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