Gov. Richardson Signs Medical Pot Bill into Law

Kudos to New Mexico Governor and presidential hopeful Bill Richardson who has signed the state legislature's medical marijuana bill into law.

New Mexico now joins Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington in protecting medical marijuana patients from arrest. Richardson, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, actively lobbied for the bill's passage.

"Governor Richardson's action is the clearest sign yet that the politicians are finally catching up with the people on the issue of medical marijuana," said Aaron Houston, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in Washington, D.C. "Support for medical marijuana is overwhelming -- 78 percent in a national Gallup poll -- and backing from the medical community is solidifying as new research continues to document marijuana's medical benefits. Support in Congress keeps growing, and this could be the year the federal government finally ends its cruel attacks on the sick in states where medical marijuana is legal."

As more and more states pass medical marijuana laws, and they will, thanks to the great work of Marijuana Policy Project,NORML and patients' rights groups, it's time for a change in federal enforcement policies.

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    don't bet the rent money on it (none / 0) (#1)
    by cpinva on Mon Apr 02, 2007 at 01:27:07 PM EST
    it's time for a change in federal enforcement policies.

    in this, or any other administration. even the slightest crack in the wall, and the DEA's reason for existence (slight as it was to begin with), comes tumbling down.

    my god, think of the lost jobs!

    Bill Richardson (none / 0) (#2)
    by TomK on Mon Apr 02, 2007 at 02:08:57 PM EST
    I really like Bill Richardson a lot.  Not just for this.  It's good to know that when the top tier kill themselves and each other with their way too early to matter warfare, we have such a skilled foreign leader and ethical person ready to swoop in and take the lead from the wings.

    This is the guy who had the job of going to the countries that hate us most, and getting them to release hostages by talking to them.  Exactly what we need right now.  Someone to restore our reputation.

    He's way more qualified then any of the other candidates, by a mile, with the hypothetical exception of Al Gore.  

    He'd also make a super good vice president or secretary of state.  Even if he doesn't win president, he's going to be one to watch.

    And he's more rational about things like medicine for suffuring people.

    "So what... (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Mon Apr 02, 2007 at 04:01:21 PM EST
    ...if it's risky? It's the right thing to do,"

    - Bill Richardson

    medical cannibinoids (none / 0) (#4)
    by diogenes on Mon Apr 02, 2007 at 09:57:23 PM EST
    I have pain patients on Marinol.  Inhaled marijuana may or may not work better except for the rare cancer patient with near-total nausea.  If snorting heroin provided better pain relief than oxycontin pills or Duragesic patches, would that be broadly legalized too?  If smoking meth gave better "control" of attention deficit disorder than ritalin pills, would that be broadly legalized too?
    The addictiveness of a drug lies in the speed of delivery to the brain-thus snorting ritalin or smoking pot, versus taking Marinol for pain or Ritalin tablets for Attention Deficit disorder.
    Since all these bills are just trojan horses for legalizing pot, a really brave governor would just say so and push for legalizing pot.  Now that's a risky thing.

    The New Mexico law is pretty narrow (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ben Masel on Tue Apr 03, 2007 at 01:42:03 AM EST
    compared to most, and especially Califoirnia's.

    diogenes..... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Tue Apr 03, 2007 at 08:19:05 AM EST
    Are you claiming marijuana is physically addictive?  

    The NM law's pretty narrow (none / 0) (#6)
    by Ben Masel on Tue Apr 03, 2007 at 01:43:07 AM EST
    compared to Oregon, California.