Medical Marijuana to be Legalized in New Mexico
This is an excellent display of leadership by Bill Richardson.
Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, poised to sign a bill making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana, said Thursday that he realizes his action could become an issue in the presidential race.As humans we all know that it isn't always easy to do the right thing. Politicians are always caught between what is right and special interests. That Governor Richardson realizes that medical marijuana might be an issue in his presidential campaign, yet still is determined to sign the bill into law, is a testament to his character.
"So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do," said Richardson, one of the candidates in the crowded 2008 field. "What we're talking about is 160 people in deep pain. It only affects them." [emphasis mine]
The legislation would create a program under which some patients -- with a doctor's recommendation -- could use marijuana provided by the state Health Department. Lawmakers approved the bill Wednesday. The governor is expected to sign it in the next few weeks.
However, expect law enforcement to go after New Mexicans who use medical marijuana. They're already doing it here in Washington, and in California, where medical marijuana is permitted.
He said the White House had urged him not to sign the bill.The truth is, this is about relieving the pain and suffering of seriously ill people, and this study shows those results, despite what the FDA says. Medical marijuana is not about the Republican's fear that the 1960's counterculture will become the norm. This is an issue of being humane.
The federal government declares marijuana an illegal controlled substance with no medical value.