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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Supports Medical Marijuana
    #708138 - 01/17/14 04:32 PM (2 years, 9 months ago)

Maybe the tide is turning. If this dinosaur can change his views on mj maybe the rest of them can too.


LAS VEGAS, NV — In a Thursday interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said towns in his home state should not be blocking medical marijuana dispensaries, but should instead be embracing medical marijuana. The Nevada Democrat, while not going as far as embracing marijuana legalization, also had some harsh words about prohibition’s current implementation in the US.

“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer — I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff,” Reid told the Sun. “But I can’t say that anymore. I think we need to take a real close look at this,” Reid went on. “I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana.”

Reid, a 74-year-old Mormon and former boxer and football player, is not known as a cutting edge drug reform type, but he said his opinion on marijuana had evolved over the years, and was informed by both hearing about people it had helped and by actually knowing some, including one young man suffering from severe kidney failure.

“He was so skinny and doing so poorly and somebody told him and his mom, you know, you should smoke some marijuana, because one of the side effects is… you get the munchies, you get extremely hungry,” Reid said. “He tried it and sure enough, he was able to eat for the first time, he got hungry. So I thought, you know there might be some medical reasons for taking another look at this.”

When the Sun asked Reid about whether Nevada should follow the path of Colorado and Washington and just legalize it, Reid demurred, although he did suggest that law enforcement had better things to do.

“I don’t know about that. I just think that we need to look at the medical aspects of it. I guarantee you one thing,” Reid said. “We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana.”

Reid’s comments were music to the ears of the Drug Policy Alliance.

“Majority Leader Reid is right — marijuana has medical value and too much time and law enforcement recourses are wasted arresting people for marijuana,” said DPA national affairs director Bill Piper. “Twenty states have legalized marijuana for medical use and three-quarters of Americans support it. The 40 senators representing those states should follow Reid’s lead and support marijuana law reform. It’s time to change federal law to allow states to adopt their own marijuana policies without federal interference.”

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Re: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Supports Medical Marijuana [Re: night train]
    #708873 - 01/20/14 10:55 PM (2 years, 8 months ago)

...and the day cannabis becomes nationally legalized, is when every user simultaneously cries, "We fucking told you all along! This shit is medicine/food/fiber/clothing and it's safe!"    :facepalm3:


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