Saturday, May 26, 2012

Vigil to Shame a Belligerently Barbaric Bureaucrat

Yes, barbaric. Democratic NH Governor John Lynch, demonstrating an ongoing breathtaking degree of callousness and abject inhumanity, is again threatening to veto access to pain medicine, despite medicinal marijuana legislation being passed -- again -- by a Republican-dominated NH House and even Senate.

The House could almost comfortably override his veto twice, but the Senate is still struggling with how much compassion is as much as they really ought to have to show, how much of the doctor-patient relationship they really need to respect, how much ownership of your own pain-riven body they should "allow" you to exert. How much you... work for them.

This 5/24/2012 evening, activists gathered in front of the NH State House for a candlelight vigil in an effort to exhort the final push to secure (only marginally, really) unmolested-by-their-servants relief for people in pain, in the form of SB409,"relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes."

Now would be an excellent time to make your Senator aware that medical decisions should be a private matter between patient and doctor, not between patient and bureaucrat.

And do keep Lynch's insistent, inhumane deference to the perverse desires of an ever-increasingly unconstitutional Mordor-On-The-Potomac over your own in mind, dear taxpayer, should you ever discover he has arrogant designs on "representing" you again in some capacity. Truly, who does he think he is...?

Stop “Lynch”ing Medical Marijuana Patients
Lynch drove me out of state
Medical marijuana makes sense
Legalize the medical use of marijuana
Medicinal Marijuana Backers Hope Governor Doesn't Lynch Bill

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Federally Approved Medical Marijuana Confronts NH Government

Marijuana Policy Project Legislative Analyst Matt Simon and NH Common Sense Executive Director Kirk McNeil write:
You may have heard mention of a little-known federal medical marijuana program called the Compassionate Investigative New Drug (IND) Program. The program was closed to new applicants in 1992, but four patients have continued to receive shipments of medical marijuana from the federal government since that time.

The most outspoken of these four patients is a successful stockbroker, Irvin Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld will be visiting Concord Tuesday (5/8) for a 9:30 a.m. press conference and meetings with elected officials.

Rosenfeld, 59, has suffered since age 10 from a rare bone disorder known as Multiple Congenital Cartilaginous Exostosis. He recently published a book called My Medicine: How I Convinced the U.S. Government to Provide my Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement.

For nearly 30 years and counting, he has received approximately nine ounces per month of marijuana from the U.S. government.

Patients and supporters of SB 409 are welcome to attend and observe the press conference.
Herewith, that press conference, 5/8/2012. One mainstream media outlet eventually showed up, after formal festivities wrapped up. Better late than never, I suppose. (The legislative history to date of SB409, this year's NH medicinal marijuana bill, can be found here.)