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The Debate On California's Pot Shops

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
The idea was a noble one: pass a law to make marijuana legal for cancer and AIDS sufferers whose pain and nausea the drug is known to relieve. But the law the Rev. Scott Imler thought would one day put the drug in pharmacies has instead created "pot dealers in storefronts" who sell to anyone with doctors' notes that are fairly easy to obtain.

60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer speaks to Imler and others for a report on medical marijuana, this Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Imler admits the noble idea turned out to be a pipe dream. "I think there's a lot of [people just buying the drug to get high]," he tells Safer. "A lot of what we have now is basically pot dealers in storefronts."

Imler lives in California, one of 12 states to pass a medical marijuana bill. To pass California's Proposition 215, Imler says many more types of patients besides cancer and AIDS sufferers had to be included. "They all have their lobbies. The kidney patient and the heart patient," says Imler. That led to a blanket law covering anyone with pain, setting the stage for the easy-to-get doctor's notes and hundreds of storefront marijuana "clubs." "It's just ridiculous the amount of money going through these cannabis clubs," Imler tells Safer.

Don Duncan, an owner of three medical marijuana clubs in California, says abuse is to be expected as it occurs with prescription drugs as well. "There's bound to be abuse in the system," says Duncan. "What we really need right now are regulations that address those issues."

The "clubs" are supposed to be comprised of patients who grow marijuana for the sole reason of distributing it to fellow members, but Imler says, "Most of these cannabis centers are buying their marijuana off the black market. They're dumping millions of dollars into the criminal black market."

This has not escaped the notice of federal officials, for whom the drug is still illegal under federal law. One of Duncan's clubs was raided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Shutting down the clubs solves one problem, but could affect the quality of life for people like William Leahy, who suffers from vascular degeneration. "I have a deformity here," he says, pointing to his hip, "and a great deal of pain and discomfort. [The clubs] help me with that," says Leahy.

Imler says it's time for the federal government to step up for people like Leahy. "We only saw the local cannabis programs as a stopgap measure on the way to the federal government rescheduling it and making [marijuana] available in the pharmacy like regular medicines are. Until that happens, we're going to have what we have now, which is chaos."

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Source: CBSNews.com
Author: Morley Safer Reports
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Herb Fellow

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Should be a very interesting 60 Minutes on Sunday night!

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator

who owns cbs?
how much ad time does pharmCo purchase?

real journalisim is hard to find on the networks or cable. link tv and free speech tv are about the only sources i put much stock in.


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I can get it from a friend but if i can choose from 45 jars..hell yeah tht'swh'm
One thing that disturbs the Counselor while I was watching 20-20 New Magazine
was the Shot by a hidden camera of kids, some 17 years old, practicing what illness
they had that Required a Prescription for Medical Cannabis. As a Patient with
4 Herniated Spinal Disks & Spinal Disc Spasms I use Medical Cannabis so I can take
less Opiates & my life is more active & full so I can teach my own students.
On one hand there are legitimate Doctors & there are also those you see on the
back of magazines. As Don Duncan put it well, there is abuse in selling Narcotics
and at the same time there prescribed by well meaning Doctor. In order for the DEA
to get off our backs, there does need some regulations, so that the Original concept
behind Prop.215 can protect Legitimate Patients who's lives are extended & can live
more with out being in constant pain.And then you got Idiots like the Priest Imler
who thinks the Hash we get it Imported from the Bekka Valley in Lebenon. There has to be
a middle ground for the concept of 215 to live.:smokin3:

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
it was about what i expected. no substance. no real facts presented. i strongly feel that the medical marijuana community/industry needs to be strictly regulated and abusers removed.

but when you boil it all down the question that really needs to be addressed is the truth about why Marijuana is illegal to begin with, period.


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We absolutely need to pursue a crack down on this kind of activity! The doctor in the 60 Minutes piece is my MMJ MD. I am disappointed that he was writting recommendations for mundane problems such as dry skin... this is the kind of info that does not help the cause. There are young adults who do come to see these doctors and get recommendations who have no screening other than age verification & cash. An indepth history of ailment and an actual Physical examination would weed out alot of this made up BS on the part of pseudo patients.:peace:
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