[ExI] medical marijuana

Ryan Rawson ryanobjc at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 06:10:24 UTC 2010

The estimates are that the state of CA would get $1 billion/year from
taxing generally legal cannabis.  It would be regulated like alcohol
and tobacco.


On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 10:43 PM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7/7/10, Ryan Rawson wrote:
>> You are kind of conflating 2 things here (along with insulting those
>>  of us who are California residents with your pithy and lame nickname):
>>  - The current proposal which will legalize and regulate Cannabis
>>  similarly to alcohol
>>  - Medical Cannabis has been legal for 15 years
>>  In any case, Cannabis has centuries or millenium of use (along with
>>  alcohol, etc) and demonstrated it's human safety.
> Quote from DEA:
> There are no FDA-approved medications that are smoked. For one thing,
> smoking is generally a poor way to deliver medicine. It is difficult
> to administer safe, regulated dosages of medicines in smoked form.
> Secondly, the harmful chemicals and carcinogens that are byproducts of
> smoking create entirely new health problems. There are four times the
> level of tar in a marijuana cigarette, for example, than in a tobacco
> cigarette.
> Morphine, for example, has proven to be a medically valuable drug, but
> the FDA does not endorse the smoking of opium or heroin. Instead,
> scientists have extracted active ingredients from opium, which are
> sold as pharmaceutical products like morphine, codeine, hydrocodone or
> oxycodone.
> ------------------
> The FDA and big pharma want to extract the active ingredients from
> cannabis and make products that can first be tested, then marketed
> through the medical profession. Wikipedia claims that while the FDA
> has not approved marijuana it has approved THC (a compound found in
> cannabis) as an active ingredient for medicinal use.
> Legalizing possession of small quantities of cannabis for registered
> medical use by seriously ill people as authorised by a doctor is
> hardly likely to produce much tax income for the states or stop many
> ordinary people being jailed for possession.
> BillK
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