Thursday, August 5, 2004

Doctor's orders: toke up?

Medical use of marijuana nears a win (Tuesday, August 3, 2004 - MARISOL BELLO - DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER)

Detroit is poised to become a harbinger for the Midwest as voters choose whether to allow residents to use and possess marijuana for medical purposes.

The measure does not affect state and federal law.

With 40 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, 62 percent of voters approved the measure. Thirty-eight percent opposed it. ...

The city's proposal follows on the heels of a movement that has spread mainly in the West.

But now other Midwestern cities, including Ann Arbor, Madison, Wis., and Columbia, Mo., are looking at similar measures.

Little wonder. As I'm learning from Eric Schlosser, the heartland is the biggest hash producer in the USA. Marijoowana is without question the largest unreported cash crop in the nation, if not the largest cash crop, period.

So far, nine states - Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington - allow the use of medical marijuana. ...

Drug Enforcement Agency special agent David Jacobson said the medical marijuana campaign is a veiled push to legalize the drug.

Advocates of medical marijuana ``are preying on the compassion of people across the United States . . . but there is no value to smoking marijuana'' he said.

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