Two Sides of the Same Leaf

In an Age of Legal Pot, Medical Marijuana Is Drawing Controversy

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Look, anyone can now legally grow four plants per crop. There are some excellent strains which produce four ounces of dried flowers grown indoors in seven weeks, amounting to seven pounds per year.

Hell, you can get ten grows with from this strain:

http://en.seedfinder.eu/strain-info/Freedom_35/Dr_Greenthumb/
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While the risk of getting busted would be extremely low, under no circumstances should anyone attempt to grow the legal limit of four plants at once, and ship one ounce at a time to friends out of state, who have made anonymous donations to an offshore charity that deposits the funds in a foreign trust account, accessible by debit card.
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The legislators should be looking at how to merge medical marijuana with the health care system as well as with recreational marijuana. Oregon developed a complicated system where marijuana farmers subsidize the health care of some of Oregon's poorest and sickest citizens. That expense should shift to the Oregon Health Plan which should subsidize the cost of marijuana products for some patients. Oregon also needs to do research to flesh out the best practices for using medical marijuana so Oregon doctors can advise patients on dosage and delivery methods based on sound research.
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Cannabis is a non toxic herb. There is absolutely no reason for it to be either illegal, tax, or regulated. Physicians don't know shit about drugs, anyway. It's the pharmacists who are the experts. The physician needs to be consulted to determine the severity of a medical condition, of course, and there is plenty of sound, scientific studies to support the use of Cannabis as treatment for a wide range of maladies, and if doctors are interested, then they really ought to brush up on all that. At any rate, Cannabis is not a drug, and it is an entirely legitimate home remedy, where each individual can safely determine on their own, which strains, dosages, and delivery systems work best for themselves. All that's needed it for legislators to end the prohibition or be voted the fuck out.
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It's interesting to note that in Humboldt County, California, the majority of voters rejected legalization, ostensibly, because that would lower the price and wreck the local economy. As a result, poor Californians have to over pay for what ought to be a dirt cheap weed.
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Medical Marijuana is just a scam to institutionalize way high over priced product at the expense of those who can afford it least, and shifting it to Medicaid coverage is just more exorbitant butfucking of the middle class tax payer, otherwise known as Corporate Welfare.
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Subsidizing the medical marijuana needs of some patients is both compassionate and good money management. OHP already spends the bulk of health care dollars on care for chronic pain, elderly and terminally ill patients. These are the patients who can benefit most from medical marijuana. Medical marijuana can be cheaper than the pharmaceutical alternatives.
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I HAVE AN IDEA..........GET RID OF MEDICAL CANNABIS STORES, THAT IS MAKE THEM PUBLIC RETAIL STORES, AND ANY ONE WITH A MEDICAL CARD IS TAX EXEMPT ! PLUS THEY WILL GET A DISCOUNT BECAUSE OF THEIR NEED...........SIMPLE LETS BE HUMAN, NOT PROFIT MONGERS
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As an aside, physicians' prescriptions are tax deductible. Of course since the Federal Government still has so-called, "Marijuana" classified as a drug not to be prescribed, Cannabis might not qualify for a tax deduction, but you aren't required to submit an itemized statement of prescriptions on a tax return, anyway. The real rub is that physicians won't prescribe Cannabis, in any event. In fact, most doctors who provide recommendations for medical permits, don't prescribe pain medication at all, in order to distance themselves from accusations of being doctor feelgoods, and BATF harassment. The solution would be to simply add the expense incurred by purchasing medical Cannabis, as a deduction as if it were prescribed. If you get audited, you simply show your medical Cannabis permit and recipes from the dispensary; close enough. Depending upon the agent who audits you, it may or may not be allowed.
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If you can't get the IRS agent loaded from the recipe, then show him the receipts.

Denis is remiss in hist duties as editor for not catching the type-Os. Good thing he got a less responsible job elsewhere, before they canned his ass, here.
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Most medical growers are weasels extracting product from their patients. Right now if a grower steals all of their patient's medicine, the patient loses everything and has the joy of paying for a new address and grower. There is no penalty for grower theft. If the growers want a free ride, and every one of them skims, there should be protection for the patient.