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Lawmakers weigh bill to create medical marijuana pilot program

Updated Sunday, June 5, 2011 | 12:06 a.m.

Medical marijuana bill

KSNV coverage of proposed legislation for a pilot program to let medical marijuana card-holders legally purchase the drug, June 4, 2011.

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CARSON CITY – A bill that would start a pilot program to allow medical marijuana card-holders to legally purchase the drug is being pushed in the Legislature.

Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, said the bill “would eliminate the head shops” that are illegally selling marijuana. Those with a valid registry identification card to use marijuana for medical purposes face felony charges when purchasing it on the street, he said.

Senate Bill 336 would set up a company or facility to grow, warehouse and distribute marijuana under the direction of the state Board of Pharmacy.

Rebecca Gasca, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the state has neglected its responsibility since the medical marijuana program was approved in the Nevada Constitution 10 years ago.

This bill, she said, “could help the patient to have better access to medication.”

Schneider told the Senate Finance Committee there are safeguards in the program. Doctors, he said, would have to take instruction on the medical benefits of marijuana.

He said he has worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in putting the bill together. Under the bill, the state Agriculture Department would oversee the process of growing the marijuana.

The pilot program would also mean extra tax money for the state when the drug is sold legally. The committee didn't take action on the bill.

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  1. Well, as you can see more idiots trying to do things in Carson City!!!...You cant set this program up; IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE....there would be no way not to put the state at liability for loss of federal funds(you know, that important stuff like roads and schools and bailouts and all that other stuff)...not to mention the monopoly aspects this thing wreaks...You have got to be kidding me!!!! Always leave it up to PHARMA and POLITICIANS to do things the patients have not asked for and will not be extorted into participating in. Where did they come up with this garbage? Did they not get any law student to look this over to see that there are so many problems the feds will have with this garbage? I cant wait to go testify at this hearing (if there is enough time provided to know about it even). Id eat this bill up in about 30 to 60 seconds with 11th grade government knowledge and this politician should be ashamed to make it so obvious that he is taking that pharma money at the detriment to every patient in Nevada. We have some absolutely stupid politicians in Carson City and Las Vegas, but I am starting to believe this is all part of the M.O and its really obvious too...

  2. Denying Cancer patients and terminally ill people, for example, the ability to purchase and use the Evil Weed is INSANITY brought to you by the extreme Right-WingNut Do Gooders & TeaNuts...
    Give them what they need, for Heaven's sake.
    What is WRONG you people!?!

    "Yes, you may have a CARD that says you are eligible to use Marijuana...however, since there is NO LEGAL WAY to obtain Pot, no way to even procure a single SEED, GOOD LUCK TO YA! Ha ha ha ha ha!"

    Who thinks like that?

    Further, FINALLY some rational discussion has entered the fray this week, with the release of a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, that states the BLATANTLY OBVIOUS... The War on Drugs has been a MASSIVE FAIL, that has only succeeded in enriching those who propagate it...

    Those you who blame "the illegals" for coming to America certainly must be aware that the U.S.'s VORACIOUS APPETITO for illegal substances, (and the Mexican gangs' willingness to provide it at the expense of their own citizenry) is A driving force (not the ONLY one) in the exodus from south of the border.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20110603/wl...

  3. Nevada legislature needs to reset their priorities. This medical marijuana issue affects far, far less people than the economic issues that the state is dealing with. Is time being spent on this issue and others like it so the legislature can say we ran out of time to act on the important things that affect the majority of our state. I think the term "Medical marijuana" is a ploy by pot heads to have a legal reason to walk around being stoned. If you need medical marijuana, move to a state where it is legal. @ Chuckyb221, thank you for letting us know about the problems that this issue has created in LA. By the way, for those of you that will write "Larry you are ignorant, uninformed and the likes, save it! This is my opinion.

  4. Nevada might as well PROFIT from it.

    Absolutely, Marijuana should be decriminalized, legalized, taxed, and regulated.

    We have tobacco products that systems are in place to do all of the above. At the very least, some of the killing that is going on throughout the world over trying to supply Americans of the stuff, will come to an end.

    There are plenty of people who benefit from the use of marijuana, and the choice of using marijuana over other products has the lesser side effects. It's so easy for people to judge and condemn. This is an occasion where folks should have open minds, to limit human suffering. With looming sky-high health care costs, this is one viable alternative that will become cheaper and cost stable with decriminalization and regulation.

  5. Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, said the bill "would eliminate the head shops" that are illegally selling marijuana. What would really eliminate the shops from selling marijuana is to put them in prison!

    Senate Bill 336 would set up a company or facility to grow, warehouse and distribute marijuana under the direction of the state Board of Pharmacy.
    This is code speak for let's also eliminate any competition and hold a monopoly.

    This bill, she said, "could help the patient to have better access to medication." this is nothing more than Ostensible.

    Schneider told the Senate Finance Committee there are safeguards in the program. Doctors, he said, would have to take instruction on the medical benefits of marijuana.

    Yeah the same ones that brought you Hepatitis.

    The committee didn't take action on the bill.
    That is a good thing.

  6. At least they are talking about it. Personally, I think pot should be legal, regulated, and taxed like any other substance used by adults such as tobacco and alcohol.

    But that would mean too many DEA members might have to actually work on real problems for a change.

  7. While they are "thinking about it," they are currently talking about some MINING BILLS. Nevada really NEEDS a REVENUE STREAM, besides reducing costs (but you can't reduce costs if you keep letting illegals obtain FREE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED SERVICES!!!) HELLO!

    So, if anyone wants to show that they care, about your concerns on the Marijuana issue and MINING, please take a read, forwarded to me from Angie:

    Tell Assembly Leadership that mining revenue reform is a MUST!

    Pass SJR 15 (which has been languishing in the Assembly), removing the 5% Constitutional cap on the mining tax, and SB 493*, creating a mining oversight commission and tightening up mining's tax breaks.

    CALL NOW!
    John Oceguera (775) 684-8595
    Marcus Conklin (775) 684-8505
    Debbie Smith (775) 684-8841

    *Expected to be voted out of the Senate today, Saturday, June 4th!

  8. "I think the term "Medical marijuana" is a ploy by pot heads to have a legal reason to walk around being stoned."

    How blissfully ignorant.

  9. Chuckster333...

    Please take a reading comprehension class.
    I mentioned nothing about conservatives in general.
    I DID mention EXTREME right-wingnuts...if you are NOT ONE OF THOSE, I wouldn't get my undies in a bunch. I know many fine conservatives who aren't rightWingNuts nor TeaNuts.
    However, your conservative brethren constitute pretty much the entirety of the anti-Mary-Wanna brigade. If you aren't of that particular bent, I applaud you.

    Have a nice weekend.

  10. "How blissfully ignorant."

    gmag39 -- you said it best right there.

    airweare -- very sobering, very good posts.

    That marijuana/hemp are illegal at all is one of the prime examples of utterly stupid government. That raising hemp itself is against the law is not unlike making raising cotton a crime. The only thing more incredible is We the herd actually support criminalizing the creator's botanical gift to mankind.

    "Tobacco, hemp, flax and cotton, are staple commodities." -- from Thomas Jefferson "The Works," vol. 3 (Notes on Virginia I, Correspondence 1780-1782), "A Notice Of The Mines And Other Subterraneous Riches; Its Trees, Plants, Fruits, &C."

  11. Seems to be working fine in California. If NV doesn't have a similar program soon, more potential revenue will continue to go across the state.

  12. "If we would legalize MJ people like the Killer could start hunting up historical quotes about the value of poppy fields and coco tree plantations."

    pmmart -- besides saying "ditto" to airweare's last two posts, I'd just say when you start paying attention to the REAL issues I've repeatedly posted instead of just the headlines, which seems to be all your apparently limited attention span can handle, then you can be taken seriously. Like citizens don't have to wait for this police state to "legalize" it, the real cure is to decriminalize it.

    And I don't know, or have any desire, to find quotes about "poppy fields and coco tree plantations." What do you have against nice, chocolaty cocoa?

    Dealing with posters like you is like trying to improve a slow child's education. But then that's a losing proposition considering the robust intellects at work here.

    "Try explaining Hitler to a kid." -- the late George Carlin "Brain Droppings" (1997)