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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 12:10 PM
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The Secret to Legal Marijuana? Women.
Edited on Sun Dec-06-09 12:10 PM by WilliamPitt


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The Secret to Legal Marijuana? Women
by: Daniela Perdomo | AlterNet

Saturday 05 December 2009

Why women have signed onto marijuana reform -- and why they could be the movement's game-changers.

In September, ladymag Marieclaire ruffled some feathers when it published a piece about women who smoke weed. But its most interesting effect was not the "marijuana moms" chatter it unleashed, and instead the fact that it brought to the mainstream media a more open discussion of the fact that women can be avid tokers, too.

Public acceptance of pot is at an all-time high, and the fact that women have drastically changed their attitudes may be what is most fascinating about the sea change in public opinion -- and policy -- regarding marijuana. In 2005, only 32 percent of polled women told Gallup they approved legalizing pot, but this year 44 percent of them were for it, compared to 45 percent of men. In effect, women have narrowed what had been a 12-point gender gap.

Women are also smoking more weed. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that current marijuana use increased from 3.8 to 4.5 percent among women, while there was no significant statistical change for men.

Indeed, it appears the growing acceptance of marijuana is fueled by women having joined the movement for reform.

Women "can reach people's hearts and minds," says Mikki Norris, co-author of Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War, managing editor of the West Coast Leaf, and director of the Cannabis Consumers Campaign. "I think we can really take it from the third- to the first-person, and make it personal."

Norris, who's participated in numerous successful marijuana campaigns, may be onto something. If pro-weed women are a new momentum behind the normalization of marijuana, they may also become the driving force behind game-changing drug reform.

If that's the case, then it's worth examining why some women have signed onto the marijuana reform movement -- because it may soon be why many others will as well.

(snip)

The avenue through which women have been foremost leaders in the movement is medical marijuana advocacy.

There are currently 13 states that have legalized medical marijuana use and at least 14 other states with pending legislation or ballot measures. In California, where cannabis has been legalized for medical use since 1996, a Field poll found 56 percent support for adult legalization -- and the matter may very well make its way onto the 2010 ballot.

Every woman I spoke to referenced cannabis' medicinal properties as a major reason they are so personally impassioned by the marijuana reform debate.

One of these is Valerie Corral, dubbed "the Mother Teresa of the medical marijuana movement," by Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Corral was introduced to the medical benefits of marijuana in 1973, when she was the victim of a car crash that left her an epileptic. At one point, while on pharmaceuticals, she was having up to five seizures each day.

In 1974, her husband read an article in a medical journal that described how positively rats had reacted to cannabis when treated for certain ailments. Soon thereafter, Corral started applying a strict regimen of marijuana, and kept a catalog of its effects.

"Within a few weeks, I noticed change," Corral said. And over time, she was able to control seizure activity in a way that allowed her to wean herself off the prescription drugs. To this day she does not take anything other than marijuana for her epilepsy.

More: http://www.truthout.org/12060901

:smoke:
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 12:17 PM
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1. Women Rule..
..and men drool.

Seriously. If women could just get organized there's no telling what changes could be wrought.
Peace could prevail.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 12:30 PM
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2. IIRC
A majority of women voted for Obama.
A majority of men voted for McPalin.

Women are Obama's base. They voted for change.
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harry_pothead Donating Member (752 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 06:51 PM
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14. A majority of men voted for Obama.
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 04:15 AM
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17. Yeah, yeah, women good. Men bad,
And other bullshit.

"Peace could prevail."

Because women alway always such peaceful, meek creatures. How's your own brand of sexism working out for you?
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Butch350 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:38 PM
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32. Peaceful, like Tiger Woods wife?...
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Taitertots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 12:03 PM
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24. Oh yeah!
If women got organized they would just (Insert equally gender biased comment), and they don't because (Insert gender biased comment).
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SlowDownFast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 01:27 PM
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27. That's right, the women are smarter. The women are smarter, that's right. n/t
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 12:43 PM
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3.  the only thing that works for my wife`s
stress because of her job and hot flashes/mood swings. she`s tried every drug for these conditions and it is the only thing that works. the downside is she consumes way to much sugar and fat.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 02:05 PM
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4. K&R Pot for Peace and other good things.
:smoke:
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 10:39 AM
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22. Yep. K&R
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 03:25 PM
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5. excellent piece Will
:smoke:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 03:59 PM
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6. Dupe (x3)
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 04:06 PM
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7. The Secret to Legal Marijuana? Time.
When the old farts who didn't inhale die off, it will be legal.

I don't smoke much anymore, but the brownies... mmmmmmmm!
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 09:22 AM
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21. 'Scuze me there, Preppy,
but there's a WHOLE LOT of YOUR generation that is anti-pot -- just ask the 20-something fundie nutsos -- they are LEGION! You might want to spend more of your time enlightening them and quit wishing death on innocent people.

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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 02:21 PM
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29. Preppy? Shit, I'm 66...
WTF are you talking about?

I repeat... When the old farts die off, pot will be legal.

The numbers for your LEGION of 20 something fundies just ain't there.
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 04:22 PM
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30. Then fucking die off already
and leave the rest of us out of it! I'm planning on living to 100.
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:38 PM
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33. You probably will... only the good die young. nt
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 04:42 PM
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8. K & R....
As women also comprise the majority of care-givers in America, we are also in a unique position to see first hand the help marijuana gives to patients in pain.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 03:52 AM
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15. We see the ravages of cancer and chemo, & know that pot could help significantly. I voted for it...
... and I never smoked in the '60s, or now for that matter. God forbid I ever need chemo -- but I hope pot would be available to me.

Our next-door neighbor, a social conservative in many ways, smokes it for his migraines.

The Drug War is senseless.

Hekate

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BeHereNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 04:45 PM
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9. Menstral cramps be gone...
It works for those pesky cramps every month.
That alone should make it legal for all women.

:smoke: :smoke: :smoke:

BHN
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 04:58 PM
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10. Great story, my dear Will...
K&R

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glen123098 Donating Member (419 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:02 PM
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11. The fact that the majority of the people are for banning marijuana...
makes me question the intelligence of mankind.
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Union Yes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 05:13 PM
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12. Women helped turn America progressive after ratification of the 19th amendment..
women played a huge role in FDR's election and reelection.

Women play a huge role in any progressive policy endeavor.

knr
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 06:45 PM
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13. Thanks for posting this, William Pitt. Goodness knows we need all the help we can get
to rid us of the scourge of our draconian drug laws. I can't help but envision a day when the $BILLIONS$ we spend on apprehending marijuana users, putting them in prison, and subsidizing the police and prison state, will be used to benefit our nation.

Rec.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 04:10 AM
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16. I am surprised this is news. nt
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 04:23 AM
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18. Actually, I'm the exact opposite
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 06:23 AM
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19. Mrs. SpiralHawk had absolutely no use for pot, until...
Edited on Mon Dec-07-09 06:24 AM by SpiralHawk
...she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

She had gone to Harvard, graduated summa cum laude in the classics, then earned two Masters degrees and a PhD from Brandeis U. She had a brilliant, clear mind -- and was loathe to cloud it in any way.

But when the cancer -- and then the chemo and the radiation -- had their effect, she found great comfort from pot. One of her girlfriends brought her some to see if it could help ease her suffering and restore her appetite. And it did. Within minutes.

The pot made a major difference for her. For that comfort & healing I remain deeply grateful.

I also remain deeply disdainful of the medical-industrial-legal complex which denies this medicine to people in need.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 09:14 AM
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20. Sorry to hear about the Mrs.
:hug:

It worked for a friend of mine, too. About 20 years ago she was diagnosed with cancer and smoked before and after chemo/radiation sessions. She lost her hair but never her appetite. The doctors were amazed at her resilience to those drugs. She never told them about the pot because she was fearful of their reaction.

Best wishes.
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 11:32 AM
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23. kick
nt
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 01:18 PM
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25. Bump
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 01:21 PM
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26. now, if only they'd PAY for it!
half :sarcasm:, half serious
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 01:28 PM
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28. Women were the driving force behind the Temperance Movement, alcohol prohibition...
If "women are the key to legalization", it seems to me that it is inasmuch as they have been dropping their (irrational) opposition over the years.

The War on (people who use) Drugs has always been cast in terms of "won't somebody think of the children!" emotionalism.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 04:24 PM
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31. yesyes
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MellowDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-07-09 05:45 PM
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34. So women are finally coming around...
what took them so long?
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