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Comment by annet on October 15, 2011 at 10:08am
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on September 28, 2011 at 8:52am

EUGENE, Oregon — Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye.

She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government.

The trooper and his supervisor were doubtful. But after a series of calls to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and her physician, the troopers handed her back the card — and her pot.

For the past three decades, Uncle Sam has been providing a handful of patients with some of the highest grade marijuana around. The program grew out of a 1976 court settlement that created the country's first legal pot smoker.

Advocates for legalizing marijuana or treating it as a medicine say the program is a glaring contradiction in the nation's 40-year war on drugs — maintaining the federal ban on pot while at the same time supplying it.

Government officials say there is no contradiction. The program is no longer accepting new patients, and public health authorities have concluded that there was no scientific value to it, Steven Gust of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse told The Associated Press.

At one point, 14 people were getting government pot. Now, there are four left.

The government has only continued to supply the marijuana "for compassionate reasons," Gust said.

'I have no pain'
One of the recipients is Elvy Musikka, the chatty Oregon woman. A vocal marijuana advocate, Musikka relies on the pot to keep her glaucoma under control. She entered the program in 1988, and said that her experience with marijuana is proof that it works as a medicine.

They "won't acknowledge the fact that I do not have even one aspirin in this house," she said, leaning back on her couch, glass bong cradled in her hand. "I have no pain."

Marijuana is getting a look from states around the country considering calls to repeal decades-old marijuana prohibition laws. There are 16 states that have medical marijuana programs. In the three West Coast states, advocates are readying tax-and-sell or other legalization programs.

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Comment by MR. TURTLE on September 13, 2011 at 11:42am

I need to become a patient... dispensaries in MD?

Comment by Stuart M Rees on August 29, 2011 at 5:27pm
To quote Katt Williams, "If you ain't got a job and you don't smoke weed, I don't know what the fuck you are doing with your life!"
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on August 29, 2011 at 4:12pm
dang that's a holy crap! moment if I ever read one...
Comment by Susan Stanko on June 23, 2011 at 4:41pm
Comment by Stuart M Rees on June 13, 2011 at 8:43pm
Comment by Antonio Chambers on June 2, 2011 at 2:14pm
I won't lie or hide it. I smoke a lil weed once a while, never hurt me. in fact, it got rid of my migraines that Ive had since i was a kid. A friend of mine uses the tincture and his asthma has technically disappeared. Plus the added benefit of getting high off an all-natural substance? Please..this govt is crazy, and wont legalize it unless they can profit from it. I have the solution Mr. president, a compromise. Legalize it, then you may tax the shit out of it.
Comment by Stuart M Rees on June 2, 2011 at 9:31am
I've been reading a lot about drug policy reform in the UK in the papers recently. Hopefuly it will come to something good.
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on February 7, 2011 at 2:42pm

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