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Senator McCaskill Acknowledges Medical Benefits Of Marijuana


By John Payne

This week, Senator Claire McCaskill has been touring the state and answering questions from Missourians at a series of town hall meetings.

When she held this same series of events last year, we helped organize local advocates across the state to ask her about cannabis policy. In a subsequent interview with the Kansas City Star, Sen. McCaskill said that she was “totally taken aback by the number of questions and comments that have come up at the number of town hall meetings about the legalization of marijuana.”

Now, thanks to some dedicated Show-Me Cannabis and Springfield NORML activists, the senator is on the record stating that cannabis has medical benefits. Harvey Warbritton told Sen. McCaskill about how he has used prescription painkillers for 18 years, but he was able to achieve total pain relief after traveling to Denver to use cannabis.

McCaskill expressed a number of concerns that she has as a former prosecutor but acknowledged that we are moving towards medical cannabis both here in Missouri and federally. You can see video of the question and answer here, starting around the 1:55 mark.

After the event, she told the Branson Tri-Lake News that “I don’t think there are enough seniors that realize that there are some therapeutic benefits to medical marijuana, marijuana that you consume opposed to smoke when you’re young and in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.”

Obviously, the senator still has a ways to go before she fully understands the failure of prohibition and the benefits of a legal, regulated market. However, her statements today mark tremendous progress, as it was not long ago that even very liberal senators from medical cannabis states would not make such a remark.

The tides have shifted dramatically in the last few years, and it seems like every day brings more good news for our cause. But that is only possible with continued support from people like you. Please take a moment now to make a contribution of $10, $25, or $50 to keep this tide rising ever higher!

Source: Show-Me Cannabis


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  1. Wow, you mean she responded better to not having her events hi-jacked? That’s weird….

  2. “Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness. It comes to bring us evil – only evil – and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs.”

    — Roger Q. Mills of Texas, 1887, quoted repeatedly during a December 1914 debate in Congress over alcohol Prohibition

    “Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with ‘scientific support’, fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.”

    – William F. Buckley, Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

  3. Robert Gipson on

    Oregon–it’s on the west coast, between Washington and California. I can tell you’ve heard of it, because it’s right there in the second paragraph, even if it’s misidentified as the home of the Portland that legalized weed. That would be Portland, Maine.

    But then you’ve forgotten all about us by the third paragraph, where you should find us listed with those other freedom loving states (and whatever label applies to D.C.).

  4. Better than continuing the lie. As folks keep the push on more elected officials will be forced to come out in support of medical and recreational usage.

    Keep applying pressure folks, it’s working.

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