Madicinal Marijuana?

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I live in Montana where medical marijuana is legal.



Parents can smoke legally in there home away from or in front of there children. What are your opinions on this issue.



I personally do not have my card or even smoke pot, but I know some who do. Actually my husband has his card.

Nothing is ever done in front of my kids because I don't allow it but some people have argued with me that it's no different then prescription pills. I have small children and don't want them to see someone using prescription pills anymore then I want them to see someone smoking pot.



I feel both are abused by many people but are also used legitimately either way its still an inappropriate influence in my opinion.

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Ez - posted on 09/17/2010

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I wish medical marijuana was legal in Australia. It would likely mean chronic pain sufferers could stop throwing 48745 pills down their throat a day. It's also been shown to be helpful in controlling Hyperemesis Gravidarum - the small risk from medicinal use of marijuana is actually less for the baby than the stress of HG.

I absolutely agree that it shouldn't be used in any enclosed space with children present, whether medicinal or recreational.

Jenny - posted on 09/20/2010

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A vaporiser or baking is a much healthier way to ingest marijuana. I also do not agree wtih smoking anything around children. That's what garages are for ;)

Jenny - posted on 09/20/2010

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What is our country coming to when we allow criminal organisations sole control over a relatively harmles product that is desired by a majority of the population? Why do we allow them to have the billions of dollars it generates and to kill our citizens in the fight to control it? Why do we not allow the laws to reflect what is best for society?

Jenny - posted on 09/18/2010

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I just don't understand why it's still an issue. Just legalise it already and get over it! I often forget it's not illegal since it is SO common and accessible here in BC. Hell, I've smoked in front of cops, they just don't care.

Petra - posted on 09/18/2010

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I personally can not smoke the stuff - it makes me seriously ill. But why not legalize it and tax the ever living shit out of it? Its already so accessible here in Canada - legalize it and create a butt ton of jobs and internal revenue. Medicinal marijuana definitely has its purposes - my godmother (definitely not the partying type) smoked it during chemo and her husband "tested" it for her every time :-) I think once they develop a road-side screening device for it, which they have been working on for some time, you'll see it become legal.

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Serena - posted on 09/21/2010

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The underlying reason why Marijuana became illegal in the United States wasn't because it caused "black men to rape white women" like the propaganda once said but it was because the migrant workers of the day brought it in and those in power couldn't make money off of it. So they made it illegal...
But back to the question. I think it should be legal for medicinal and recreational use, with strict rules and regulations like alcohol. It is a billion dollar cash crop, a perfect example is California. The millions of dollars brought in with medicinal marijuana.
I don't think it should be smoked in front of children for the same reason cigarettes should not be smoked in front of children.

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I agree with what a lot of the other women have said about of course, not smoking or handling or having it be around children in any way, shape or form. However, I am also a firm believer in making medical marijuana legal wherever the people demand it. There are many holistic and natural remedies that can be gained by pot. I see it no differently than I see alcohol or cigarettes, except that I don't believe that pot is a physically addictive drug. If I can walk into the store and buy a case of beer and a carton of smokes (which are clearly labled as addictive), then I should also be allowed to walk into a store and buy a quarter ounce of pot. Especially if that pot helps me to ease the suffering of my cancer (which I do NOT have). I'm just saying that the benefits far outweigh the risks, And another thing we have to remember is that if it was legal, then the govenrnment would make enough money regulating it in less than FIVE YEARS to balance our national debt. I say make it legal, medically or otherwise. LEGALIZE IT! And no, I'm not a pot smoker anymore. Haven't inhaled one single hit in over 10 years and don't ever plan to again. But I can't speak for my neighbor, or theirs ,or theirs...and so on.

JuLeah - posted on 09/20/2010

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Well, there is no second hand smoke with prescription pills.
I agree, it is not okay for kids to watch us deal with troubles by taking pills/smoking/drinking. Many deal with emotional troubles in this fashion and that doesn't teach a kid anything good.

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2010

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Quoting Petra-legalize it and create a butt ton of jobs and internal revenue



Not to mention, the money EVERY country would save on police, court and prison costs. For some countries, this expense is very close to the billion mark. So regardless of whether we would make a sustainable revenue in tax we would save SO much money that healthcare, education and emergency services would be financially economic and sustainable.

Lucy - posted on 09/18/2010

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It has legitimate medical uses, and I think other countries could learn from the example of those where it is available to those who need it on prescription. It just makes sense. However, to me passive smoking is a whole different issue, and not something that kids should be exposed to whether it is pot or just tobacco.

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2010

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I think ALL drugs should be legalised and regulated in the same way as alcohol

Julie - posted on 09/17/2010

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Frankly, I think it should be legalized, period. I grows all over the world as a, get this, WEED. No. big. deal. Is it really worse for you than tobacco? I know the research will show yes or no depending on what "side" the researcher is on.

Why not 1-legalize it 2-regulate and 3-tax the crap out of it?

Disclaimer: I've never smoked either in my life, even though I've been to Amsterdam (although I question that decision now)

Tara - posted on 09/17/2010

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@Morgan
If you live in Canada it is not legal to possess any amount of pot. It is still a criminal offense you can and people do get busted for small amounts all the time. When Chretien was in power it was going to be decriminalized, meaning you would still receive a fine and there would be exemptions for under 30 grams etc. but you would not get a criminal record.
But he left power, Harper took over and voila! No more talk of decriminalization let alone legalization of marijuana. Medicinal pot is legal in Canada, you can't just get a card though. You have to fill out a ton of paper work and pretty much say (and have a doctor say) that you have tried everything else and you are still suffering from __________.

I support medical and recreational use of the herb. I don't do it in front of my kids, wouldn't even if it were medicine, but only because of the second hand smoke issue. It IS medicine and so if I had a chronic condition that I smoked pot every day for, I would explain to my children that pot is not evil and that it can be used to treat a variety of ailments. We try to do as much naturally as we can at home for other ailments and this is no different except for how it is ingested. Personally though, if I were doing it a lot, I would bake cookies or brownies instead.
:)
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no one should smoke anything in an enclosed space with children, ever.

Nikki - posted on 09/17/2010

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I hate pot too Dana, it is certainly not for me, however I wish it was legal for medicinal use. In one state in Australia it is legal to grown and consume a small amount (not sure of the size or weight) and there don't appear to be any negative effects. In fact I would consider that it might save tax payers money, less money spent on policing, convicting, less money spent on the PBS for prescription pain killers.

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This isn't exactly answering the question and you might not care but I HATE POT! for myself...I've done my fair share of drugs and pot fucks me up worse than anything else.

Sorry, you can all carry on...

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Honestly if I could use it medically or other wise I probably would, but I can't because it causes me to crash like a blood sugar crash. I have occasionally got a pain pill prescription and I do keep that away from my kids because they think its candy, especially because I know a person refers to her pills as candy. So I try to keep any medication out of sight for the most part.

ME - posted on 09/17/2010

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I sincerely hope that medical marijuana becomes legal in IL soon...we're working on it. I sincerely believe that mj saved my life when I was severely anorexic during college...and I know that it would help me with my chronic back pain now...but it is illegal here, and I find that to be both fiscally foolish and completely irrational. Legalizing and regulating pot is going to happen eventually, I just hope that it's soon enough that i will benefit from it!

Morgan - posted on 09/17/2010

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this ones hard for me, I know people who smoke all day that are great parents and I know people who have never touched the shit and they suck at life.
I think it affects people diffrently, and like alcohol should be used in moderation away from children.
as for the medical part IMO its just an easy way to find a dealer, anyone cen get those cards, I live in alberta and here you can have one oz (28gms) and only get a ticket, its not that big of a deal anymore it seems.

Jenni - posted on 09/17/2010

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Wouldn't say it's no different than prescription pills.... :/ prescription pills dont give off second-hand smoke. I would compare it to cigarettes in that sense.

Medicinal marijuana is legal in Canada as well... i really don't see any issue with it or people smoking it illegally for that matter. As long as they are being responsible, the same as alcohol. It wouldn't be responsible to take care of children while you are drinking.... it wouldn't be responsible to take care of children while you are smoking pot.

Joanna - posted on 09/17/2010

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I understand the medical benefits and okay when used properly, but being I spent too much time of my life high and unproductive, I'm against recreational use. And I'm even more against use around or while caring for children.

Caitlin - posted on 09/17/2010

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I think medical marijuana has such a great potential to help people. I also think people specifically "fake" issues to be prescribed medical marijuana, though not all. I have a friend who is eligible, but she wont take the stuff, and I don't blame her. I'd have to be pretty darned desperate to get some. I don't think you should be allowed to smoke it near your kids though that's wrong... It should be an outdoors thing, you don't really want your kids gettign high.

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