Bill Richardson To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Acknowledging it's risky to support medical marijuana in an election year in which he's running for President, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said yesterday, "So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do."

Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, poised to sign a bill making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana, said Thursday he realizes his action could become an issue in the presidential race. "So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do," said Richardson, one of the candidates in the crowded 2008 field. "What we're talking about is 160 people in deep pain. It only affects them." The legislation would create a program under which some patients — with a doctor's recommendation — could use marijuana provided by the state health department.

New Mexico lawmakers have approved the bill and Richardson will sign it into law within the next few weeks.

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    Richardson... (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 11:44:06 AM EST
    will show a great deal of compassion for the suffering of others when he signs this bill, and he will.

    He surely.... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 11:49:56 AM EST
    will be shredded over it by his primary opponents.

    Hopefully he'll be able to turn the tables on his detractors and call them out on their lack of compassion for the suffering.

    Reefer Madness (none / 0) (#3)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 12:10:58 PM EST
    The WSJ has a nice piece oh the Raich case, and the arbitrariness of the court.

    Reefer Madness

    I believe it'a the (none / 0) (#4)
    by Che's Lounge on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 12:12:27 PM EST
    Anti MJ folks who will now be marginalized. Common sense about medical MJ is slowly creeping into the US consciousness.

    Anyone who has ever watched a loved one suffer (none / 0) (#5)
    by Noor on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 04:39:16 PM EST
    from cancer or other disease that requires a debilitating treatment regimen will probably take self-righteous twits opposed to medical marijuana down several pegs readily and with malice aforethought.  I know I certainly will, and I'll enjoy it thoroughly to boot!

    Costitutional Amendment, Statute, or Leave (none / 0) (#6)
    by MPhilip on Fri Mar 16, 2007 at 09:30:11 PM EST
    The Federal Law prohibits possession of marijuana.

    Therefore, absent change of Federal law, a Costitutional Amendment is the only way to legalize MJ for any use. That can happen in two ways: by the first method, it will never happen, i.e., An amendment may be proposed by two-thirds of each house of Congress.

    The second method is by a national convention called by Congress in response to requests by two-thirds of the state legislatures. It becomes part of the Constitution after being ratified either by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or by conventions in three-fourths of the states. Congress decides which form of ratification should be used and how much time the states have to consider each amendment. So, we know it will not happen that way either.

    So, the best way for most to smoke pot legally, for medical reasons or otherwise, is to leave the USA. I am sure that, in these days, Bush and the gangsters have made the choice more appealing than ever before for many.