Friday | May 23, 2003
MD passes medical marijuana bill
In a huge setback to the Bush Administration's ridiculous "war on drugs", Republican Gov. Ehrlich shrugged off administration pleas and signed a bill legalizing marijuana for medicinal use.
While other states have passed such laws, Bush hoped to pressure Ehrlich, a fellow GOPer, to kill the bill.
Tom Riley, spokesman for the Office of National Drug Policy, calls Maryland's medical marijuana law ''unfortunate.''However, this is a battle that anti-drug warriors are destined to lose. Indeed, Republicans in the Southwest have been in the forefront of decriminalization efforts. And even in Maryland, Republicans are starting to embrace the issue:
A sponsor in the state Senate, Republican David Brinkley, says he was moved by accounts of cancer patients who said pot, unlike prescribed painkillers, allowed them to stay alert while being treated for pain.The Bush Administration has gone so far as to threaten Canada when our northern neighbor passed a law decriminalizing marijuana use. And lets not forget the federal raids on California's marijuana clubs (legally approved by the state's voters). Posted May 23, 2003 07:33 AM | Comments (108)