Fired up over marijuana rules

Fired up over marijuana rules

Medical marijuana enthusiasts in Illinois will be forced to do the bureaucratic perp walk.

Who knew that getting stoned would be so complicated?

But it obviously is. Why else would state health officials issue 48 pages of proposed regulations that will govern the sale of medical marijuana under Illinois' new Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program?

It didn't take long before critics suggested that the regulations not only are not compassionate, but "cruel and inhumane." So said a representative of the state branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The NORML representative wasn't the only one complaining. Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, suggested the regulations treat "sick people like they are criminals."

What the regulations actually propose is treating applicants for a patient registry identification card with skepticism, which is appropriate — even if likely futile.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is in the process of writing the administrative rules under which medical marijuana will become available. The department is taking public comments until Feb. 7. After that, it will submit the proposed rules to a legislative committee for approval. State bureaucrats say the process will take months to complete.

It's no secret that the medical marijuana program has proved to be a sham in many of the 20 states where it's already in place, largely because the rules are so lax that virtually anyone can get medical marijuana for virtually anything. Two states, Colorado and Washington, threw in the towel on medical marijuana and have legalized the sale of marijuana outright. Business in Colorado is booming, the demand driving consumers and prices sky high.

State legislators say they want it to be different in Illinois, requiring that applicants for medical marijuana actually have a legitimate medical problem that might respond to pot smoking. The regulations outline 41 medical conditions that will be covered by the law and require a doctor's certification of need for medical marijuana. But medical marijuana entrepreneurs already are working on getting around the rules, and it would be surprising if they do not succeed.

In the meantime, bureaucrats are bureaucratizing medical marijuana, taking the fun out of it.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on January 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Oh, those masters of reefer madness will turn ill people into addicts instead of the current vicotin, or oxy prescription users.  It is going to take time to make sure the criminals are separated from those ill people who really, really need it instead of pills.  In the meantime; either take the meds that have effects to your liver and kidneys along with the addiction, or buy illegal.  Of course if you get caught buying it illegal, you might not get approved whenever it is legal.  After all, all those bible thumping right wingers can't be wrong.  Can't let the criminals, and the hippies do what they want....

Based on the state's medical marijuana regulations logic, I now understand why Baptists don't dance.

Storm Crow wrote on January 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Why should YOU be in favor of legalizing cannabis? Read these! “Marijuana May Slow Alzheimer's” (WebMD- read this, if nothing else!), “Pot compound seen as tool against cancer” (SFGate) , “An ultra-low dose of tetrahydrocannabinol provides cardioprotection” (PubMed), “Smoked Cannabis Reduces Some Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis” (UCSD), “Marijuana Compound May Help Stop Diabetic Retinopathy” (ScienceDaily), “Marijuana may be Helpful in Lowering Blood Pressure” (BioMedicine) and “Cannabis for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease treatment” (NewsMedicalNet).  There is a LOT more to cannabis than just "getting high"! Learn more by running a search for "Granny Storm Crow's List" - online and on Facebook.