Medical Marijuana in Idaho: Part Two

Thursday, we introduced you to a man who uses marijuana to treat Crohn’s Disease. In part two of our series, examining medical marijuana in the Gem State, we talk with a local law enforcement officer who has concerns about what legalizing medical marijuana could mean for Idaho, specifically the youth.

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malcolmkyle16 - 5/4/2013 2:44 AM
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The U.S. comprises 5 percent of the world's population yet uses 60 percent of the world's drugs. The failed attempt to prohibit these (unpatentable) drugs has been waged for 70 years and has cost us trillions of dollars. Prohibition has negatively impacted on the lives of all of us. It has stagnated the normal economy while allowing criminal enterprises to control an untaxed and thriving underground market that's estimated to be worth (annually) well over three trillion dollars ( $300,000,000,000). By it's emphasis on the eradication of marijuana, we have denied ourselves the miracle of hemp, which can offer us the most workable and logical solutions to a number of our society's problems—be they medicinal, industrial or agricultural. According to the CATO Institute, ending prohibition would save an annual $41 billion of expenditure while generating an estimated $46 billion in tax revenues. http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/DrugProhibitionWP.pdf During alcohol prohibition (1919-1933), all profits went to enrich street-punks, organized-criminals, and corrupt-politicians. Young men, while battling over turf, died every day on inner-city streets. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have been far more wisely spent. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, the economy collapsed. Does that sound familiar? To support prohibition is such a strange mind-set. In fact, It's outrageous insanity. Literally not one prohibitionist argument survives scrutiny—not a single one!

pusbag - 5/3/2013 8:27 PM
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Scientific studies have proven that cannabinoids protect the brain from alcohol poisoning and as we know from being a teenager and studies have shown this age group is most likely to experience this. I would like to save some kids life with a non toxic neurological protectant like marijuana. Isn't it about the children's safety rather than spreading lies officer. If you disagree with me please go to www.pubmed.com and educate yourself with true scientific medical facts rather than political propaganda . The weight of evidence is so great that no one who is considering marijuana prohibition from a scientific perspective can possibly justify the continuation of this destructive policy .

freedomseeker - 5/3/2013 8:20 PM
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Kids are going to use regardless. But most if the time they are going to use more accessible and far more dangerous substances that can be found in their home like prescription medication, alcohol and deadly chemicals.What you should be preaching is for parents to educate their children.On the facts about why this harmless plant is illegal, because the oil, pharmaceutical and lumber industry would lose profits. And lets not forget all the money made on private prisons, and the so-called criminal justice system here in Idaho. How would the police earn their paychecks if they had to focus on REAL crime like rape and murder? 40 years of the drug war is long enough, it is based on racism, lies, and greed. "Burrell says he could support the legalization of medical marijuana, if it included the thorough research necessary." HELLOO We cant study it if it remains an illegal substance. Who do you think funds the FDA studies? Thats right, the pharmaceutical industry that will gain profit from the studies. I don't see how everyone can be so willfully ignorant. If your reading this you have a computer so google the proof, sift through the propaganda. Look up Rick Simpson Oil, Run from the cure and join www.compassionateidaho.org
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