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MarijuanaHow do our local lawmakers feel about medical marijuana?

The assembly voted this week on a bill that would legalize the drug for medical uses. (Read the bill here.)

Rochester lawmakers voted along party lines. Democrats Harry Bronson, David Gantt and Joe Morelle voted yes. Republicans Bill Reilich, Bill Nojay, Mark Johns and Brian Kolb voted no. The bill passed and is now in the hands of the senate.

The governor remains opposed to medical marijuana, but says he has an “open mind.”

Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C. Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

I believe it’s only a matter of time before marijuana is 100 percent legal in all states for recreational and medicinal uses.

Links of the Day:

“By introducing the bill, Cuomo is putting a referendum on abortion before the state Legislature.”

– A Syracuse man’s murder conviction was tossed because of a 49-hour police interrogation.

– A quadriplegic woman is accused of running a gun and drugs ring in Syracuse.

The AMC in Webster is banking on recliners.

– Amazon plans a big expansion into the grocery business, even fresh foods. (I buy all my cereal online.)

– Bazil served children mimosas by mistake. Their parents are furious and say the kids were hungover the next day.


15 Responses to How They Voted on Medical Marijuana

  1. I guess it’s not the old days of politics when both sides sat and hammered out a decision in a smoke filled room.

    If they decided this is a smoke filled room I’m sure it would have passed… and the governor would truly have an open mind!

  2. June 5, 2013 at 8:41 am Booored...man...street responds:

    One of my favorite comedians, Adam Carolla has a great take on this, as well as gay marriage: Just legalize them, so we can just stop talking about them and get onto more important things. Both will be legal someday, can we just get it over with!
    Blocking legal marijuana is ridiculous when people are getting addicted to and ODing on legal painkillers and booze all the time. By the way, I didn’t see any marijuana mentioned at the Merkel/Scerbo trial, only LEGAL alcohol and bath salts.

  3. “A quadriplegic woman is accused of running” is a bad choice of words to start a story with.

  4. I don’t understand how this can even be an issue? Do we as a society want to allow stoned people to be allowed on our roads, public places, work places, etc. I also don’t understand how these bills are voted on by party lines. It is dumbfounding to me that every democratic legislature agrees with this concept and that every republican legislature does not. Whatever happened to voting for the best interests of your constituents. Who is going to benefit by a law that says you can be stoned legally. There has to be more to this than is being reported. Money is the root of all evil. I suspect democrats see this as a means to collect more tax money. How sad that the safety and well being of our society is being compromised by the possibility of more tax money being collected. I also find laughable the argument that pot is less harmful than alcohol. Does that mean it is OK to introduce MORE mind altering drugs into society? I just don’t get it!

    • June 5, 2013 at 9:47 am Rachel Barnhart responds:

      First, I think there are already a ton of high people on the road. Second, states like Colorado are trying to determine what would make you impaired on marijuana behind the wheel. Figuring out the threshold isn’t easy, but not impossible.

    • June 5, 2013 at 10:39 am Booored...man...street responds:

      Do we want to allow people on the nod from Oxycontin to drive? Do we want them to get addicted and then turn to heroin when they can’t get it legally? Oh wait, they already do.
      I’m a pot smoker, but I don’t go to work stoned. I smoke when I am in my own house. People could go to work drunk, but they don’t because it’s a bad idea.
      You can’t even smoke cigarettes within 100 yards of a building anymore because someone might smell it. Marijuana being legal doesn’t mean every street corner and workplace is going to be filled with rastas burning spliffs.

    • Your ignorance is astonuding. By your logic we should also make alcohol illegal, I hope you don’t drink (or use coffee for that matter). “Money is the root of all evil”, completely agree, so educate yourself about for-profit prisons and why marijuana must remain illegal to keep those prisons populated. Would you rather treat people that have addiction issues or send them to prison? The current prohibition is wasting our tax payer money fighting something that is a basic civil liberty: the freedom to do to my body what I want to.

    • Firstly, these “stoned people” are already on our roads, in public places, and our workplaces all the time, ever had pizza and wings or a sub or eaten in any restaurant? The person that made it was most likely “stoned”….. have you a had a problem with it happening? And yes, there’s plenty of profit to be made, money being the root of all evil not withstanding, we need money to survive and continue to grow. Although I do not condone legalization I can certainly see its merits. Open your mind a little, almost anything that mitigates our financial woes should be welcome at this point. And of all things to say, you think the legalization of this mind altering substance is going to be its introduction to our society? Read a book, its been around for at least a couple thousand years, no introduction necessary. Its been used medicinally since B.C. Also I take it from your prose you are a Republican, as for that, you can stuff your opinions up your ass with the Democrats and Liberals, live for you, not a party. Thanks for reading. Good evening

  5. We’ve been to the renovated theatre in Webster twice in the past few weeks. Those seats are seriously NICE. I was wondering how they would make up for greatly reduced capacity, but considering that the parking lot was full on Sunday afternoon ( a situation that I have not seen there in 15 years or more ) it seems to be working great.

  6. June 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm Peking Humonculous responds:

    Well said, “Lakota” and “Booored…man…street!” Couldn’t agree more!

  7. Rachel’s point about Colorado trying to determine a method to judge a limit for “impaired” is the key.

    There has to be a point where it says how much is too much.

    OAJ writes like everyone who smokes will be stoned. This is not true.

    Lakota says it’s his civil liberty to do whatever he wants to his body. This also is not true since many things have an impact on others and there must be responsibility (like drinking and driving).

    There is a middle ground that can be reached, but we have not yet developed the breathalyzer.

    People will argue that they can smoke x amount of weed and still function well, just like people argue they can have so many beers and be fine. Everyone is different.
    There has to be standard and that will be the line. I think once there is a measurable standard, passage will be much easier.

  8. Let me ask two questions.
    1 – Are you an honest person?
    2 – Do you ever think `the system’ isn’t fair because people use it wrongly to their advantage?

    Now one more question.
    If the bill was passed approving the use of medical marijuana, would it be OK to get a perscription for a malady that was not really an illness you ever went to the doctor for before?

    Just asking questions.

  9. June 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm Anthony Morelle responds:

    I think many of the nay-Sayers have the “reefer madness” mentality. I’ve gone to countries where marijuana is legal, such as The Netherlands. Just like alcohol consumption, if a society is taught to properly respect it, there are fewer people who abuse it. Amsterdam wasn’t “going to hell in a hand basket” like so many conservatives believe. They had rules and laws which users had to follow. I think it was rather funny that most people smoking marijuana in coffee shops were Americans.

    But I would also like to point out that medicinal use of marijuana is not the same as recreational use. Doctors still are held accountable for doling out prescriptions. Nothing changes and the added layer of getting permission from the local DAs office will still be in place. My mother battled cancer before she succumbed at 51. In her entire adult life, she didn’t use marijuana. When it came time to get treatments, even those anti-nausea pills didnt cut it. She would smoke marijuana in order to eat because her chemo side-effects lasted days. Imagine not being able to eat for days and eating was the most important activity you should be doing while fighting cancer! My mom hated being high, but loved eating!

    So even if NY passes a marijuana bill for medical or recreational. It’s your choice not to smoke marijuana any more than any other activity in your life. The plus side is that NYs drug laws might become more lenient, less people in jail for mandatory minimum sentences, and less crime. All this equals lower taxes due to the large investment in prisons and the sale of legal marijuana use. I mean, isn’t the conservative viewpoint about smaller govt in the lives of Americans and lower taxes?

  10. Prisons need marihuana to be illegal to stay in business? I would really doubt that prisons are full of people who have been caught smoking a joint. Unlawful Possesion of Marihuana ( UPM ) is actually a violation, not a crime. Maximum penalty is 15 days in jail. I would imagine that some number of people are in jail for selling drugs with pot being among the drugs. I would suspect these are high level dealers and smugglers. if pot was legal, I really doubt prisons would close. For me personally, I wish pot was legal. It would be great to go through my retirement years stoned. How cool would that be. But for society as a whole, I would not want to see our young people lose their ambitions, their drive to succeed and learn, their responsibilities to their families, and all the other negatives that are a result of mind altering drugs.

  11. Rachel,
    Will The Rochesterian stay alive and active while you run for office?
    Let’s hope so!

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