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Patch's Poll: Do You Support Medical Marijuana?

The bill allowing it is moving through the legislature

This week's all-encompassing Quinnipiac University poll showed that "Connecticut voters support - 68 percent to 27 percent - a proposal to allow adults to use marijuana for medical purposes, with a physician's prescription," according to a press release issued by the poll.

The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted 35-8 in support of the bill Wednesday, reported CBS Connecticut.

What do you think? Are you in favor of adult use of marijuana with a doctor's prescription? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

LiveForFreedom March 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Absolutely Yes. As a Libertarian, I believe the government should not have the right to control or stop an individual from obtaining a medicinal herb that has been shown to be very effective as a treatment for terminal cancer patients suffering from pain and nausea from chemotherapy. Now would I advocate or promote smoking marijuana for individuals to get high for personal enjoyment? No. Why would anyone want to inhale poisionous smoke and toxins into their pink healthy lungs? Science Daily reported on December 17, 2007 "Marijuana Smoke Contains Higher Levels Of Certain Toxins Than Tobacco Smoke". According to the online article, the scientists found ammonia levels were 20 times higher in the marijuana smoke than in the tobacco smoke and hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide and aromatic amines occurred at levels 3-5 times higher in the marijuana smoke. Hydrogen cyanide is used in gas chambers to kill people interfering with their breathing. Nitric oxide is a by product automobile combustion engines. Aromatic amines contain benzene rings which are known carcinogens. Just because marijuana is a natural growing herb does not mean it is safe if it is burned and inhaled..
Bart Brown March 24, 2012 at 02:03 AM
The only reason marijuana is illegal in this country is that the alcoholic beverage companies gained so much political clout -- along with their aiders and abettors, the mafia -- during prohibition that hey had the money to buy the Congressmen necessary to make it illegal, thus putting a competitor out of business. It's pretty revealing that Science Daily hasn't reported on the FAR more dangerous and costly-to-society toxicity of alcohol. Just because booze has a huge corporate propaganda machine doesn't make it safe to drink.
Dayle Wilder March 24, 2012 at 02:06 AM
No it should be illegal.
Thomas Cornick March 24, 2012 at 02:14 AM
While smoke is known to be a poor delivery method for any drug there have been no known cases of cannabis caused deaths in thousands of years. Recent calculations point to 100,000 prescription drug deaths per year from drug side effects in America alone and these drugs were taken as directed and not prescribed in error. It may cost the pharmaceutical industry dearly to have to compete with a drug like cannabis that unlike their offerings does not cause systemic damage to other organs thus limiting future profits from dealing with the new symptoms their products cause. For example the drug Pregabalin used to control the discomfort of peripheral neuropathy, shingles, and fibromyalgia has more known side effects than will fit in a single Patch comment, many of which require you to contact your physician immediately, or poison control, or 911. Cannabis can and is used to control the same symptoms with far fewer side effects none of which require immediate medical attention. Lyrica which is a Pfizer brand name for pregabalin has earned them over 3 billion dollars an amount almost equal to the fines they have in recent years payed out for unlawfully marketing this drug in off label uses. And this is just one example. Protecting the profit driven monopoly of big pharma has kept illegal for far too long a tool that needs to be made available to physicians for their patients well being and that alone should be the reason for it's approval, it has already proven it's efficacy.
Princess Erica Whitchurch March 24, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Absolutely yes both medically and personally. There r just too many reasons to support it. And to be quite honest, how many murders have been commited bcuz some one was "on weed" or beat their wives? And every one likes to say "but the side affects are..." happy sleepy hungry. Those are the side affects. C'est facile. C'est tout.
Mark Koschwitz March 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Legalize it and tax the heck out of it (like alcohol and tobacco). It will give the package stores something to sell once Sunday sales of booze starts and everyone buys their hooch at the grocery store. Free up the court system and police for more important offenders, and maybe take some money out of criminal hands.
Alan Green, Jr. March 24, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I loved the lone protestor at the parade this past week telling us not to legalize pot or we'll have another alcohol on our hands. Like prohibition, this era will be seen as completely misguided by future generations. Yes, tax it. Regulate it. Take the black market away and boost our local retail. This is an area where libertarian republicans and progressive democrats can unite. I believe there are others...
Thomas Cornick March 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
You will find correctional guard unions opposed to decriminalization and medical cannabis solely because it would take work away from their union brothers, they lobby for stiffer penalties for many crimes that should never result in incarceration in the first place. The Prison Industrial Complex wants more prisons and more prisoners siphoning funds from education, health, and infrastructure.
bosunb1 March 24, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I support the use of medical marijuana as long as it is kept under control, not like it is in California, where anyone can buy off a doctor for a prescription.
--Robert March 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
If the drug provides ANY relief to those people suffering from the dual attacks on the body of cancer and chemotherapy treatments, then legalize it yesterday. There is ample proof that it does provide significant pain relief, improves appetite in those made nauseous by conventional drug treatments, and improves the outlook for those suffering. We don't deny known addictive drugs as pain treatment - morphine, oxycodone, and other pills - we encourage their prescription. The time has come for this state to join the others that are on the path to decriminalization. When Connecticut makes this bill into law, it will make 1/3 of the country that has done so (17 states.) The conflict with Federal drug law will hopefully be righted soon. In the meantime, Atty Gen Eric Holder has stated that he will not supersede states on the issue. If a state legalizes marijuana for medical purposes, the Federal government will not intervene, as long as the usage stays within those guidelines.
Thomas Cornick March 24, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Here is a place you might be able to become more knowledgeable regarding medical cannabis should you so desire. http://www.safeaccessnow.org/
wtfdrez March 25, 2012 at 01:36 AM
If smoking pot helps a person with cancer feel better and relieve serious pain/stress, than yes, by all means legalize it, for medical purposes only. Recreational pot smoking can lead to drinking, pill popping not to mention lack of motivation, laziness., bad health... BTW usually people that are pot heads, smoke cigarettes as well, so making a case the pot smoking doesn't cause cancer is laughable!! Nothing good can come out of legalizing pot for the general public.
Larry Lynch March 25, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Since it has been proven to be an effective pain/anxiety relief for those suffering from various illness, there is no logical reason to oppose the medical use of Cannabis Small-mindedness and greed are the only reasons I can think of to keep it Taboo. I am opposed to total legalization simply because the morons of the world already have plenty of ways to get "zoned-out" "Stoned" and "wiped out"... They dont need more avenues of escape.
Gavin Curran March 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
The "gateway drug" theory has been thoroughly debunked. Did you know 100% of marijuana smokers started with water? We should ban that too. http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/29/marijuna-as-a-gateway-drug-the-myth-that-will-not-die/ Also I know many cannabis and cigarette smokers and most of them do not use both, but one or the other. Not to mention that cannabis has been medically proven to reduce the chance of cancer in the first place, and actually make cancer cells undergo early death. If you're interested here is a 686 page document that lists the countless medicinal benefits (complete with actual studies) of cannabis/marijuana. Enjoy. www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/GrannysListJan2012.pdf
Gavin Curran March 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM
"I am opposed to total legalization simply because the morons of the world already have plenty of ways to get "zoned-out" "Stoned" and "wiped out"... They dont need more avenues of escape." Except there are already millions of people using this "escape" mechanism already, and its fueling drug violence across the border where 50K+ have died. Legalization is the ONLY route to at least to start curbing the violence, that is not to say the cartels will roll over and die after legalization. They will try to find another source of income, but right now drug trafficking, in particular cannabis, is extremely profitable.
ED Chou August 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I support recreational marijuana! Medical marijuana is but one part of a much bigger picture that involves hemp and the huge recreational agenda. Until the issues of economics, control, even political and social, marijuana will not be totally legalized as it needs to be. In many decriminalized states nothing has really changed at the street level. People are still going to jail for small amounts. Until possession and recreational use is LEGALIZED TOTALLY little actual progress is realized. Decriminalization is NOT legalization! Recreational possession and use needs to be totally legal - without penalties whatsoever!

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