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legislature comes together once more regarding possible legalization of the sacred medicinal herb which bestows stonedness, next week. They will revisit, and meditate upon the future where one is free to captain their own soul, with or without the miraculous, song and joy (read change!) inspiring tree, which has helped guide our peoples for many years before, and continues to do so, though currently its message, teachings an healing have been stifled by old wounds caused by one individual's economical lust. They will be looking back and hopefully seeing to the root of the issue which seems complicated, but is all very simple really. The hypocrisy of the criminalization and thus segregation of such benevolent aspects of mother nature herself, in this state, one of the first in our country, is a symptom of much greater unrest not only in our own self governing system, but in our relationship with the land around us.

One person was the cause of this nonsense, and much unessecary pain, misinformation, and confusion, so just as easily, one person can be the cause of its reversal, and cannabis takes its place where it should be, in the minds (where THC is recieved readily by our anatomy), hearts, and souls of those contemplative spirits, who seek a new way of looking at things to solve some of the problems (on all levels) that face both themselves individual, communally and even on a world wide level, I do not think it hyperbole to say indeed perhaps beyond that. A rememberance and reintegration of our spiritual, and living history as a people upon this amazing planet.

So do not hesitate to take action, get involved in any way that you feel is right, any of us could be the one that tips that scales, and causes unimaginable good

to very loosely paraphrase Tammy Baldwin

"If you dream of a world in which you can grow herb on your desk, then grow herb on your desk and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can walk down the street smoking a jay passing on good vibes to all that you see, then go out and do it and you will live in such a world. If you dream of a world in which there are more elected officials open about their use of the herb, then run for office and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can take your bong to the office party, even if your office is the U.S. House of Representatives,then take her to the party. I do, and now I live in such a world. Remember, there are two things that keep us oppressed: them and us. We are half of the equation. There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it's now OK to express ourselves publicly. We must make that day ourselves, by speaking out publicly -- first in small numbers, then in greater numbers, until it's simply the way things are and no one thinks twice. Never doubt that we will create this world, because, my friends, we are fortunate to live in a democracy, and in a democracy, we decide what's possible."

--Lesbian U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., speaking from the stage of the Millennium March on Washington

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The Maryland Senate voted on Saturday 04/10/10 to allow patients access to medical marijuana at state-licensed dispensaries. The bill now moves to the states lower chamber. The bill was approved overwhelmingly, with bipartisan support and without objections or discussion, by a 35-12 margin.Maryland would join 14 other states in legalizing medical marijuana. The neighboring District of Columbia legalized it in a 1998 referendum that was only recently allowed by Congress to go into effect. The District's city council is writing rules to establish the city's medical marijuana policy.

Current Maryland law allows defendants charged with pot possession to cite a medical necessity defense. If a judge deems the drug to be beneficial, a maximum hundred dollar civil fine is imposed.

Lawmakers and advocates argued that the law unfairly forced patients to obtain marijuana in the black market. The new law would bring transparency and regulation to the industry.

"I'm very proud of my Senate colleagues today for voting to provide some of our most vulnerable residents with the compassion and care that they deserve," said Sen. David Brinkley (R-Frederick), the bill's sponsor and a two-time cancer survivor. "Anyone who has watched a loved one suffer from a debilitating illness would agree that we should not stand between doctors and patients, or deprive seriously ill people safe access to a legitimate medicine if it can help them cope with their illness."

Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin (D-Silver Spring), often cited as one of the most talented state legislators in the nation, cosponsored the measure. "We think this bill offers the most carefully crafted medical marijuana law in the country," said Raskin. "It offers legal protection and safe medical access to patients who are desperately in need and takes every possible measure to prevent abuse. I'm hopeful that our colleagues in the House will give this proposal serious consideration, and make Maryland's medical marijuana law a national model for how to promote medical privacy, social compassion, and security in administration."
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