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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:15 pm    Post subject: Arlen Specter in favor of medical marijuana Reply with quote

Posted on Tue, Jun. 21, 2005

Dan Gross | Specter favors Rx grass

http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/living/11945309.htm

Arlen Specter says he "may introduce legislation" in the Senate in favor of medical marijuana.

The U.S. senator, who has long supported the use of human stem cells for disease research, told Your Humble Narrator yesterday that he's in favor of a state's right to decide whether to allow its doctors to prescribe marijuana.

Specter himself, who is battling Hodgkin's disease, could be a candidate for medical marijuana use.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that federal agents could arrest people who use doctor-prescribed marijuana in states that have authorized it, including California and Oregon.

Medical research has proven the drug successful in reducing pain and nausea in people with cancer and other diseases.

Specter's remarks to the Daily News came before a speech at the Loews Hotel (12th & Market), where he was honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

He vowed during his speech to beat his cancer. His spirits were up, and he joked several times about the Bar Association medal, which disappeared after rolling under a row of tables when it was to be handed to him.

The medal was later found by a Loews staffer and Bar Association Chancellor Andrew Chirls presented it to Specter, none the worse for wear.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Specter himself, who is battling Hodgkin's disease, could be a candidate for medical marijuana use.

I hope it passes Smile

I guess mmj is viewed as a valid medication only when it can benefit one of those law making fuckers...

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting.

I'm one of Specter's constituents ... and I will be writing him tomorrow to help encourage the prospect of the legislation.

Thanks Pepper. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arlen Specter is chairman of the Federal judiciary commitee so this is good news. Legislation has to pass the judiciary commitee first and having the chairman in favor of a state's right to decide is encouraging. grinny

Senator Arlen Specter Tel: 202-224-4254 or Web Form

I urge everyone in the US to call and express their support.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contact & request just made.. Smile

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