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Marijuana as medicine?
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Marijuana as medicine?
N.C. may consider legislation as national debate simmers

John Cameron hasn’t been the same since sheriff’s deputies took his marijuana away.

"I’ve lost seven pounds in seven days,” the 71-year-old Cameron said. "I have leg cramps, and my vision is starting to deteriorate a little bit.”

Cameron, a pancreatic cancer survivor, said he uses marijuana for its medical benefits, chiefly pain management and increased appetite. He believes an acquaintance tipped off the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office over a golf grudge.

Deputies seized 12.6 ounces of marijuana and 17 guns in a Dec. 4 search of Cameron’s house near Sims. They searched his home after stopping Cameron’s car and finding marijuana and a concealed handgun.

Cameron said he’s been reading the Bible from cover-to-cover each year for 23 years. He’s been smoking marijuana for 50 years.

"I knew that the Lord didn’t mind me smoking pot,” Cameron said. "He put it right there in Genesis, in the first chapter.”

Cameron said the cannabis plant is part of God’s creation. In Genesis 1:29, God gives mankind "every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.”

"I don’t have to justify any of my actions to mankind,” Cameron said. "I only justify myself to my Lord in heaven.”

Marijuana legalization for medicinal and recreational use remains a hotly debated topic. Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that he supports legalization.

"I’m in favor of it. I think it’s OK,” Carter said during a CNN panel discussion.



Cameron said he’s a six-year survivor of pancreatic cancer. Doctors diagnosed the ailment in June 2006, when he was 65.

"The Lord has truly blessed me,” Cameron said. "When I had pancreatic cancer, I turned yellow as a school bus.”

Doctors found a softball-sized tumor in Cameron’s pancreas. He underwent surgery that removed his duodenum, gallbladder, small intestine, 12 lymph nodes and one-third of his pancreas.

"And to this day, I don’t know if I have a spleen or not,” Cameron added.

After his surgery, Cameron developed diabetes, and his weight dropped to 150 pounds. He resumed smoking marijuana and said he was able to gain 35 pounds.

"The marijuana, contrary to all the politicians’ stupidity, it cuts down on pain,” Cameron said. "It helps regulate my blood sugar. I’m 71 years old, and I still don’t need glasses to watch TV or read.”

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes. Last month, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to allow the recreational use of marijuana.

While some state laws allow residents to legally possess and use marijuana, the drug still is forbidden under federal law. The U.S. Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which is defined as a substance with no accepted medical use.

A 2009 report by the American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health cites short-term controlled trials showing that smoked cannabis reduces neuropathic pain, improves appetite and may relieve spasticiy and pain in multiple sclerosis patients.

The AMA council called for increased study of marijuana’s health benefits, but it stopped short of endorsing legalization.

"Our AMA urges the National Institutes of Health to implement administrative procedures to facilitate grant applications and the conduct of well-designed clinical research into the medical utility of marijuana,” the report states.



North Carolina lawmakers could consider a bill to allow medicinal marijuana use with a doctor’s recommendation. Sponsors introduced House Bill 577, the Medical Cannabis Act, in April 2011.

The bill died in committee last year, but state Rep. Joe Tolson said the General Assembly will likely consider medical marijuana.

"I’m sure it will come back up,” said Tolson, a Pinetops Democrat who represents a portion of Wilson and Edgecombe counties. "Somebody may introduce it because it has been passed in other states. There has been an effort to get it passed in North Carolina, but it just never goes anywhere.”

Tolson said he hasn’t decided whether he would support a medical marijuana bill.

"Right now, I don’t have a position on it one way or another,” he said. "Marijuana is something I’ve never messed with, never had a desire to. I’m certainly open-minded if we can get controls on it to be used that way. Maybe it ought to be looked at if it helps people medically.”

State Sen. E.S. "Buck” Newton, a Wilson Republican, doubts leaders in the General Assembly would bring medical marijuana up for a vote.

"My personal opinion is I just don’t think there’s any political will whatsoever to move a bill like that,” Newton said. "Whether it has merit or not, I don’t think there’s any political will.”

Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, is a member of the House Rules Committee, the body where HB 577 was referred. Farmer-Butterfield didn’t return phone messages in time for this story.

In North Carolina, possessing one-half ounce or less of marijuana is a Class 3 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum of 10 days’ jail time and a $200 fine, Being caught with more than a half-ounce but less than an ounce and a half is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries up to 45 days’ imprisonment.

Possession of between one and a half ounces and 10 pounds is a Class I felony. Those convicted face 3 to 8 months in prison, according to state sentencing laws.



The marijuana cultivated and smoked today is roughly 300 percent more potent than the cannabis of the 1970s, according to Partnership for a Drug-Free North Carolina.

"It may not be what you’re thinking of as stereotypical ‘60s peace-love dope,” spokeswoman Robin Lindner said. "A counselor made the comparison that the ‘60s marijuana is a Ford Pinto and the marijuana of today is a GMC Yukon.”

Modern-day marijuana contains an average of 10 percent tetrahydrocannibinol, the plant’s main psychoactive compound, Lindner said. In the 1970s, THC levels ranged from about 1.5 percent to 3 percent.

No documented marijuana overdose deaths have been reported in medical literature, according to a 2002 Brown University study published in the journal Pharmacology & Therapeutics. But Lindner says people shouldn’t consider marijuana use to be harmless.

"Marijuana does have chemicals and carcinogens,” she said, adding that users also can get sick from smoking marijuana laced with other drugs.

Effects of smoking marijuana can include lowered inhibitions, short-term memory loss, slow reaction time and anxiety, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Partnership for a Drug-Free North Carolina takes no official position on marijuana’s potential for medical use, Lindner said, but the group is concerned that wider acceptance of the drug will lead to more teens abusing it.

"Because of all these questions and discussions about marijuana being OK, more and more and more teens especially are experimenting with the drug,” she said. "That creates confusion in the messaging for teenagers, and 90 percent of addictions start in the teenage years.”

Lindner believes marijuana is a gateway drug that can lead users to experimenting with heroin and cocaine and abusing prescription painkillers. A recent Yale University study suggests there may be some truth to that hypothesis.

Marijuana users were about two and a half times more likely than non-users to abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study showed that drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes increased the potential for prescription drug abuse in men by 25 percent.



A retired insurance salesman and real estate broker with an active North Carolina real estate license, Cameron spends his free time on the links at Wilson’s Willow Springs Country Club.

Cameron said he’s won Legends and Super Senior championships at the club and is a team captain. He has a handicap of 3.

Most fellow golfers know about Cameron’s marijuana use — his club nickname is Smokey — and the snub-nosed .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun he keeps in his golf bag for personal protection, he said. Cameron thinks a rival golfer alerted sheriff’s deputies to the gun and marijuana in his car.

"I know who set me up, and I know why he set me up — because he can’t break 80 on his best day and he’s jealous of me,” Cameron said.

Cameron said the deputy who stopped his car on his way to the country club last week told him that someone called the sheriff’s office and said Cameron had marijuana and a concealed gun.

"He said, ‘We got a call that you were headed south on St. Rose Church Road and you had pot on you and a concealed weapon,’” Cameron recalled.

Cameron handed over a wooden "joint box” with a marijuana cigarette inside.

When deputies asked about the gun, Cameron quoted the Constitution — he keeps a copy in the driver’s side door of his car.

"It says I have the right to bear arms,” he said. "I rest on the Constitution of the United States. I was not violating the Constitution, which is the primary law of the land. Regulations are not supposed to deny you the rights of the Constitution.”



Wanda Samuel, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office chief of staff, said Cameron signed a form giving consent to a search of his home. Deputies seized 12.6 ounces of marijuana and 17 guns.

Cameron was charged with carrying a concealed gun, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.

He disputes the two drug charges because both imply he was trying to sell marijuana. Cameron said he kept the stash only for personal use.

"Everybody at Willow Springs who plays with me knows I have never sold a joint,” Cameron said. "I do not sell pot. I use it. I don’t deal in the local underground market. It’s for my own purposes to keep my health up.”

Having intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana is one of the four elements in Cameron’s first marijuana charge. North Carolina courts have ruled that authorities can infer intent to sell if a defendant has a large quantity of drugs.

"Possession of certain kinds and amounts of drugs along with drug paraphernalia may be sufficient evidence to prove an intent to manufacture, sell or deliver,” states a UNC School of Government guidebook on the elements of North Carolina crimes.

Cameron said a friend from outside the area gives him marijuana for personal use. In the past, he’s received large quantities of the drug once per year, he said.

"It’s totally erroneous, because I’ve never sold a gram,” Cameron said. "Nobody can ever accuse me of selling anything, because I never have. It was only for my own usage.”

Cameron said his health has suffered since deputies took his marijuana. He’d continue to smoke it if he had access to it.

"I can’t get it, can I?” he said, throwing his hands up in frustration. "I would if I could, but I can’t.”

A judge assigned Cameron a court-appointed lawyer, and he’s scheduled to meet with the attorney today to plan his defense.

"I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I put it in the hands of the Lord,” Cameron said. "He has always protected me. He has protected me for 71 years.” | 265-7821
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Colin said...

Poor John Smith (the most generic name ever; perhaps that was your point? As if you have one?) you don't see the point? Personal freedom is the point; your opinion doesn't matter, it's about the choice of people who ARE NOT you.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM
John Smith said...

Whoever you are trying to bait for a debate is gone. I think you both are trolls. Naming yourself "colin" somehow gives your posts merit? My name is John Smith. I can see why you want to legalize marijuana. I could care less if its legal or illegal...I can get through life without it. Maybe you should give that a try. Besides, I stumbled onto this article trying to link to the current article about the person being stopped with pot. Time to move on dude; this article is no longer on the main page. And you are actually bringing Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson into your discussions? Who listens to them???

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM
Colin said...

I wish I knew what to call you, but you never post a name of your own. Therefore, I will refer to you by the most accurate title I can come up with; Anonymous Troll. At this point, you're basically tarnishing your own argument. While Al Sharpton's comment could be interpreted in a few ways, one thing it certainly doesn't imply is a desire for continued criminal prohibition. As for Jesse Jackson; why are you shooting yourself in the foot? I provided a link to HIS OWN website, where the article explains his DIRECT AND COMPLETE support of cannabis legalization. You want to talk about my reading comprehension level? You're discrediting yourself through your own blatant bias, and through your absolute refusal to accept facts.

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM
@colin said...

"Freedom" does not mean do anything anytime anyone wants. Also, you'll have to move out of the US. There are so many laws on the books to protect a person from themselves that you are making a debate that can't be won. Seat-belt laws is just a small example. Yet you pick a drug that has NOT been PROVEN to be safe as your cross to carry???? Why? there are so many more worthy causes out there than pot. Plus how do you know its safe to others (second hand smoke)? How do you know it doesn't impact others in car wrecks while driving impaired? How do you know the growing of marijuana is controlled and safe and would not kill people if done wrong? As stated previously almost all prisoners stated they were on marijuana when they did their crimes. Also the FDA certainly doesn't think its safe. This is a quote from the US Government Council on Drugs: "Dangers in the immediate effects of marijuana include distortions of time and space perceptions and impaired coordination, all of which may be contributing to the increased risk of traffic accidents recently discovered.
Particularly important for students to know about is the creation of difficulty thinking or problem solving and impairment of memory and learning. These difficulties can last for as long as four weeks after drug use.
Chronic marijuana use and higher dosages are found to correlate to greater incidence of psychosis and schizophrenia. This point is particularly significant due to the increases in drug potency over the last two decades. While the average potency has risen from 3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol - the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana) a couple of decades ago to 9% now, there are some samples of weed that measure as high as 25%. These premium strains are normally grown hydroponically, are often smuggled in from Canada and demand a higher price than commercial-grade marijuana from Mexico.
Heavy abusers of marijuana were found to suffer damage to social life, work or career status and cognitive ability. Schoolwork and the achievement of goals were also found to suffer."
Sorry, but you can keep your pot and your cause. From the Harvard School of Medicine: "Smoking marijuana regularly (a joint a day) can damage the cells in the bronchial passages which protect the body against inhaled microorganisms and decrease the ability of the immune cells in the lungs to fight off fungi, bacteria, and tumor cells. For patients with already weakened immune systems, this means an increase in the possibility of dangerous pulmonary infections, including pneumonia, which often proves fatal in AIDS patients.
Studies further suggest that marijuana is a general "immunosuppressant" whose degenerative influence extends beyond the respiratory system. Regular smoking has been shown to materially affect the overall ability of the smoker?s body to defend itself against infection by weakening various natural immune mechanisms, including macrophages (a.k.a. "killer cells") and the all-important T-cells. Obviously, this suggests the conclusion, which is well-supported by scientific studies, that the use of marijuana as a medical therapy can and does have a very serious negative effect on patients with pre-existing immune deficits resulting from AIDS, organ transplantation, or cancer chemotherapy, the very conditions for which marijuana has most often been touted and suggested as a treatment. It has also been shown that marijuana use can accelerate the progression of HIV to full-blown AIDS and increase the occurrence of infections and Kaposi?s sarcoma. In addition, patients with weak immune systems will be even less able to defend themselves against the various respiratory cancers and conditions to which consistent marijuana use has been linked, and which are discussed briefly under "Respiratory Illnesses."
In conclusion, it seems that the potential dangers presented by the medical use of marijuana may actually contribute to the dangers of the diseases which it would be used to combat. Therefore, I suggest that marijuana should not be permitted as a therapy, at least until a good deal more conclusive research has been completed concerning its debilitating effect on the immune system."

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM
Colin said...

At my most recent addressee: I have yet to argue any medical aspect. If you'll thoroughly read my post, you will see my argument. It is based on the freedom of individuals to do with their body as they will; as long as it does not directly harm anyone else, or their own freedom to enjoy themselves as they will. I characterized my argument on this American principle of self-determination; not on the specific field of medicine.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM
colin colin said...

If your reading comprehension was better you'd realize that Al Sharpton nor Jesse Jackson back illegal drugs. They also do not back the legalization of Marijuana. You took their comments out of context. God said to LOVE everyone but that does not mean he approves of what everyone does in their lives. I think you are a pot head that just is grasping for some reason to legalize your habit. focus on that. You are not looking to legalize it for medical reasons but recreational. Two very different things.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM @colin said...

Then prove it through the proper channels: FDA. If marijuana has therapeutic potential, it should be required to pass muster with the FDA like any other medicine, right? We have considerable experience with making drugs from plant material, including the opium poppy. Neither the medical community nor government regulators sanction patients’ smoking (or vaporizing) opium for medical purposes; rather, we require that opiate products, including morphine for pain relief and paregoric for diarrhea, be standardized, controlled for quality, fully tested, delivered in an appropriate manner and shown to be safe and effective. Why should marijuana be any different?
Medical marijuana proponents claim that it is only for political reasons that the FDA and the Drug Enforcement Agency refuse to license a marijuana-based product or even permit legitimate research. But they are being disingenuous at best and deceptive at worst. These marijuana advocates fail to acknowledge that although smoking is an imprecise way to deliver any substance to the bloodstream (and from there to the brain). That question is often ignored by marijuana advocates as they tout research findings. For example, they cite the work of researchers like Dr. Donald Abrams of the University of California, San Francisco, that has demonstrated that marijuana has a modest ability to relieve pain, but they play down its significant side effects, not to mention the risks of smoking.
And I suspect this applies to you: one cannot escape the suspicion that the real agenda of many medical marijuana enthusiasts is legalization in order to sanction recreational use via the back door.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM Colin said...

Thank you, Lastly Again. People really do need to study the actual facts, rather than making assumptions based on their personal feelings.
Cannabis legalization is indeed a civil rights issue; it literally deals with the right of citizens to do something with their own body without fear of someone else harassing them. Whether you consider it to be as important as other civil rights issues is irrelevant. This is absolutely about people fighting against discrimination and harassment.
Speaking of discrimination, let's discuss the second to last message directed at me. Look at the way they try to divide people by making advocates of legalization into "you people." What, we aren't sons, daughters, friends an neighbors, as well? You are trying to make legalization advocates out to be almost a separate species; something different and apparently immoral. If you can't see the parallels between this and other civil rights issues at this point, then I don't know how to help any further.
As a last note, while I can't find any statements from MLK on cannabis issues, I highly doubt that his messages of peaceful and loving co-existence between everyone would randomly exclude cannabis users. And as for the other two you mentioned....
I actually didn't realize before today that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson supported cannabis legalization. Thank you for handing me a point in the debate. Would this be an ironic time to say "put the pot down and focus?"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM Smokey how can said...

you afford such a large amount of drugs if you are disabled? Do you supplement your stash by franchising out?
By the by way the officer contronted you and told you never smoke you dope near or around him any more then you got scared because to many law enforcement officers are members of that particular golf course. How does one get an court appointed officer if you own your home and havea mercedes benz and also run a business, did you fib on you application to the clerk?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM Get A Grip said...

All the man is saying is that laws can be changed. Don't put Colin's comparison so out of preportion.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM lastly again said...

Nice post Colin, I agree exactly! Now to the responder about facts!! Got to and READ, many statistics, facts, and scientific studies that will educate you on this natural herbal drug! The facts are there to debate, and because the substance is illegal is your ROOT cause for crime, reverse this and see where your statistics change. Look up crimes associated with alcohol and you will see the violence in this legal drug is way ahead of marijuana related crimes, even though it is illegal! You use the prison system as statistical, very funny, it follows the law, which again, when changed will reflect the decline! If your so against it, show up Feb. 12 against this and bring your debate, better have more than, its illegal, LOL!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM @colin said...

I don't think Martin Luther King Jr. would condone smoking pot, nor Jesse Jackson nor Al Sharpton. That is so far different than civil liberties such as right to sit on a bus anywhere or at a lunch counter. Put the pot down and focus. Nice thing to teach our youth. Illegal drugs have been the root cause of most violent crimes and you compare it to Rosa Parks?? You people have some really low ethics on this post and I feel sorry for you. Funny how this ONE drug takes up so much of your focus; why? I think its because you currently smoke it and don't want to get caught illegally breaking the law. It can't be for medical benefits as there are literally thousands of other legal drugs available. You people are sad.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM @smokey said...

And what you do when people are not watching is the ultimate test of ethics. Again you are grasping at straws to try and make something wrong, right. And this is NOT Rosa Parks equivalent; come on people don't disgrace and disrespect that event with Pot.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM To God said...

Typical. Thinks his opinion is the only one that matters then gets upset when someone dosent agree with his point of view. Tells every one how much of a good Christian he is and then resorts to cursing.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM @Colin said...

If Rosa smoked dope and carried a concealed gun on the bus she should have been charged

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:40 AM Alcohol was not always legal said...

I don't smoke pot nor do I drink. However, I would rather meet a person smoking pot on the highway as opposed to a drunk. Oh and remember, Alcohol used to be illegal. It sure has killed many a person and broken up many a home....just saying.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM Colin said...

To all those who say it's the law and it is "unethical" to break the law, (I wonder if you guys also think Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony were unethical for breaking laws they didn't agree with) fair enough. The good thing is that we have the courage and resolve to change those laws, and the time is already here.

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM @to oh God said...

You took statement out of content. And who asked for your comment. I don't give a damn about this old pothead. I'm grieving over those poor killed babies.

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM To Jail Smokey said...

You are the only one that has made an accurate comment and has stayed on the subject.

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM Jail Smokey said...

As long as he illegally smoked marijuana in his home there was no public problem. But when he started carrying it with him in the public, smoking it in the public, and along with a handgun then he created the problem

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM to oh God said...

So now the poor children who were killed has been because of marijuana? I hope you get the help you so desperately need. Your not worth responding to.

Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM @lastly and smokey said...

As has already been stated...Marijuana is currently illegal; I don't care if it becomes legal. Just because you don't like the law doesn't mean you break the law; that is ethics; no one said "morals". You should be an example for young people. If you want alcohol illegal, go for it. No one said anything about alcohol but funny you pick an abused "legal" drug to back your cause for Pot ??? That makes no sense whatsoever and "illegal" drugs as has already been stated are at the root of most crimes, not alcohol; they track all "drugs and issues" on prisoners as part of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Laws are there for penalties; statistics are there to find root cause. You need to bring "facts" into your debate, not feeling.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM Smokey has said...

moved on to a different golf course where he was warned by a former law enforcement ooficer never smoke his dope in front of him.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM Free Smokey said...

Amen to Lastly. My sentiments exactly. Prohibition failed miserably, so the government decided that if people were going to drink, it should be made legal so they could tax it. The "moral" argument against alcohol was pushed aside, and suddenly, drinking was cool and moral again.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM lastly said...

The reason crime is associated with it, prohibition, remember when alcohol was illegal? Many laws created in our society are wrong, people make the laws, whether its for the good of the people or their own agenda!! It takes a while to change the law, and we are doing it the legal legislative way, and we will prevail in the coming years, (Feb.12, then.....what will all the people say about being "illegal", thats the only bad thing they can say! Talk about good morals for our kids, how many are in bad abusive relationships because of legal alcohol?? But we advertise it and make it look cool?? You would much rather be around someone smoking marijuana than being drunk?? I have been there! Good luck Mike, its in the DA hands now, fight that medical defense and let the jury decide!

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM @oh god said...

But its not legal. Its not being self righteous it is being a good citizen, example for the youth and using ethics. If we told children to just go ahead and break any law if you think its necessary, it would be a sad day. Oh wait, some parents think that today and look at what we have in schools! There's your paradigm of hope! good lord. I lived in CA and to be honest it has become nothing but pot heads using the marijuana and very few for real "medical" reasons. Even CA is now making laws to clamp down on its growing and use because its out of control; even the FEDS are now busting "so called" growing operations. That should tell you something.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:14 PM @free smokey said...

Wow, are some people misinformed. Illegal drugs are the root case of many "REAL" is the basis for most violent acts we see today!!! "Marijuana and cocaine or crack were the most common drugs convicted inmates said they had used at the time of the offense" Bureau of Justice Statistics. Irregardless, Laws are laws, ethics are ethics. You can't pick and choose and its that very reason we have problems today with our youth. Police CAN NOT pick and choose which laws they enforce just because you think its not worth it and court rooms are there to try those who break the law. Good grief people, if murder, robbery, rape and abuse were the only laws we enforced it would be a sad sad day. DEA is there for a reason.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM @oh God said...

And some people are either misinformed or just plain stupid. There's a lot of evil. More dead children just today.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM Free Smokey said...

Who did this guy kill? What bank did he rob? Who did he rape? Who did he hurt? So much money and effort go into enforcing marijuana laws. Wouldn't it be better for our law enforcement and courts to spend our money and their time fighting against real crimes? Cocaine and other drugs should remain illegal, but marijuana use should be legal. I say free Smokey. Let the police fight real crime in Wilson.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM Oh GOD said...

If it was legalized for it's medical benifits. you wouldn't have this problem. Some people are so self rightous.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM and God said...

How many children and adults have been impacted by drugs and guns? Think about it before justifying "this poor old man". He broke the law.
How many others were supplied by his supplier? How many teens? Without laws, how many more children would die from violence associated with drugs?

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM @@finally said...

The debate is over "medical marijuana" not the legalization of marijuana. This is about the safety and effectiveness of the drug for medical reasons. Put down the reefer and focus.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM Lord said...

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I put it in the hands of the Lord,” Cameron said. People sure put the Lord in the middle of some strange situations. Somehow I don't think the Good Lord blesses getting in trouble for willingly not following laws and using an illegal drug for 50 years. Romans 13:1-2 Perhaps getting in trouble is His way of saying "it is wrong", time to be an example for young people?

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM @zenobia said...

It has not been tested through the rigors of other FDA approved drugs. You can't even guarantee the plants are all grown the same, produce the same active agents nor impact a sample population the same. It may be the next wonder drug and I'm ok if it is, but you can't just stick a plant in the ground and call it success else pharma companies would be turning out a new drug every 10 minutes for anything and everything. Let's use some common sense folks. FDA said "Neither the medical community nor government regulators sanction patients’ smoking (or vaporizing) opium for medical purposes; rather, we require that opiate products, including morphine for pain relief and paregoric for diarrhea, be standardized, controlled for quality, fully tested, delivered in an appropriate manner and shown to be safe and effective. Why should marijuana be any different?"
if it were that successful of a drug, the FDA would have already approved based on compassion usage. They haven't.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM @finally and everyone else said...
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition tells the truth about the damage prohibition has done to this country and the world.
"We believe that drug prohibition is the true cause of much of the social and personal damage that has historically been attributed to drug use. It is prohibition that makes these drugs so valuable – while giving criminals a monopoly over their supply. Driven by the huge profits from this monopoly, criminal gangs bribe and kill each other, law enforcers, and children. Their trade is unregulated and they are, therefore, beyond our control.
History has shown that drug prohibition reduces neither use nor abuse. After a rapist is arrested, there are fewer rapes. After a drug dealer is arrested, however, neither the supply nor the demand for drugs is seriously changed. The arrest merely creates a job opening for an endless stream of drug entrepreneurs who will take huge risks for the sake of the enormous profits created by prohibition. Prohibition costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year, yet 40 years and some 40 million arrests later, drugs are cheaper, more potent and far more widely used than at the beginning of this futile crusade.
We believe that by eliminating prohibition of all drugs for adults and establishing appropriate regulation and standards for distribution and use, law enforcement could focus more on crimes of violence, such as rape, aggravated assault, child abuse and murder, making our communities much safer. We believe that sending parents to prison for non-violent personal drug use destroys families. We believe that in a regulated and controlled environment, drugs will be safer for adult use and less accessible to our children. And we believe that by placing drug abuse in the hands of medical professionals instead of the criminal justice system, we will reduce rates of addiction and overdose deaths."

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM what you said said...

doesnt make sense. go g=back and read what was printed, you should have exercised your first admendment.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM zenobia said...

Maybe everyone may wish to re evaluate their views on pot heads driving?
"A study released last week by the University of Colorado Denver indicates that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces alcohol consumption and, as a result, alcohol-related traffic deaths without a corresponding increase in deaths caused by stoned drivers"
The proof is in the pudding, as my grandmother used to say. And do check out this list of thousands of medical studies, if you want to see what all the fuss is about:

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM @@ratter said...

Good for him. Apparently there were many who should have before now.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM @ ratter said...

he knows who it was.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM John Thompson said...

Why is this one drug such a hot topic? I don't get it. Its one drug (illegal by the way) out of thousands available legally and there's barely a shed of proof it actually works and when it does work its usually with another legal drug involved. Go to your doctor and get under proper care, take drugs that are approved and be ethical; don't risk jail time over a drug that has not even been tested by anyone but grown in someone's backyard. If you want the drug legalized for any reason, at least be truthful about it. And don't compare to alcohol if you are talking about "medical marijuana". Beer is not approved for medical reasons either.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM ratter said...

why does someone think it was a golfing partner who turned him in?

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM @back @ ya said...

I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I will continuing taking my medication for diabetes. Don't be so stupid. Oh, yeah I don't do illegal drugs. Take your pot and leave.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM back @ ya said...

I think we will stay in NC and fight to change the law, that is what real people do, not run, so stick your heads in the sand, drink your alcohol, take your prescription pills, and be happy! We will keep fighting each year for the good people to be able to CHOOSE whats best for their body, freedom of choice of what I do in my home will not effect your pill popping or alcohol drinking! Scientific facts are out there, we will not be denied, see everyone Feb. 12th in Raleigh!

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM @zenobia and willow said...

Why don't you get together and take the old man to Oregon to live. NC will have one less pothead driving around. Oh yeah, wait till after he gets out of jail.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM @ twindad said...

yes its ok with me if you want to eat deadly mushrooms and die, thats your choice. its also ok with me if this man wants to stay out of pain and use mj for medcinal purposes. as for poeple talking about impaired driving the effects of mj wear off in an 1 to 2 hours. he does not use it immediately before driving and the effects wear off easily before a 4 hour round of golf is over with. not like the beer and liguor many guzzle from the time they get there and continue in the locker room and leave under the influence of alcohol and many presecription drugs along with alcohol use.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 8:08 AM QUOTE...... said...

"I don't have to justify any of my actions to makind." Oh yeah, that's exactly the attitude we need today and this country should adopt. Good luck with that comment in your criminal trial but I will bet a judge may differ.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:41 AM @said said...

Alcohol is legal. Somehow I am amazed that people don't get the fact pot is illegal. whether it should be or not is a fair debate, but currently there is no debating its illegal. You chose to do it, don't say anything about it when you get arrested. Its called ethics. I think many are trying to hide behind "medical reasons" for their pot smoking habit. and actually the government recommends the administration of the benefits of the drug marijuana in an application where you do not get the "high". If that happens I just wonder how many people would still need it medically?

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM @finally and everyone else said...

To make a statement that marijuana is not harmful is putting your head in the sand. National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. (Office of Applied Studies). Rockville, MD says this "Marijuana is currently the leading cause of substance dependence other than alcohol in the U.S. In 2008, marijuana use accounted for 4.2 million of the 7 million people aged 12 or older classified with dependence on or abuse of an illicit drug. This means that about two thirds of Americans suffering from any substance use disorder are suffering from marijuana abuse or marijuana dependence." Non harmful???? Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the U.S. and around the world. Those who support its legalization, for medical or for general use, fail to recognize that the greatest costs of marijuana are not related to its prohibition; they are the costs resulting from marijuana use itself. Most medical professionals say it is to be used no more than 6 months. This man has been using it 50 years!!! And for the person who left and went to Oregon...take a read on this:

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM @none of your business said...

Because it is illegal? What you have no ethics toward laws? Come on, law enforcement can't pick and choose.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM @ Ricky said...

Uncle Charlie

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM said...

He might be a pothead....but I bet many stone throwers are alcoholics.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM None of our business said...

What is the difference between him using cannabis to ease his pain and someone using a strong pain killer. My dad broke his hip and had to use strong pain killers and the pain killers caused as many problems as the broken him. Thing is people, if you don't like it or agree with it...don't do it. But, don't judge someone based on your beliefs. Lord, he has been using for 50 years. I would rather he use marijuana than drink alcohol and drive. That is my fear, meeting a drunk driver on the road.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM willow said...

I hear a whole lot of rulishness but not much compassion. After what Mike has been through, he has a right to do what he needs to do to stay out of pain as long as it's not hurting anyone else. It's his business, (and so is having a legal gun collection) He's a good guy - lay off.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM freeCameron said...

Reminds me of Willie Nelson, gotta love him for standing up for his rights!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM Zenobia said...

I moved from North Carolina to Oregon to take advantage of Medical Cannabis for my terminal disease. People should educate themselves about the benefits of this much maligned drug. A good place to start is with 600 pages of real medical studies showing the benefits of this plant:
Look into the history of why cannabis was made illegal-hysteria and racism, no real scientific reasons for the ban.
Look at Sativex, a highly effective tincture of marijuana, approved for use in Europe and Canada
Clinical trials for Sativex have taken place in Charlotte, NC. Medical cannabis has been used legally in NC.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM Common knowledge said...

that this pot quit one golf course because he was confronted by a retired police officer about his open use of pot. He has made the comment to many police at Happy Valley for him so he moves on to Willow Springs. I think this pothead's brain is so fried he has many facts confused. He is a liabilty driving while impaired leaving whatever nenue he may have visited. If yo arent happy with NC's controlled substance laws, MOVE.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM Par said...

I've seen several statements to give him his drugs back...He uses them for pain and healing.....If it's such a great healer and so'd he get Cancer anyway....I mean he's been smoking it for 50 years...Cameron said a friend from outside the area gives him marijuana for personal use.Yeah...ok...and before he got sick,you know the other 30-40 years...who was his supplier those years..the guy on the street corner? Can you imagine how much he has smoked in 50 years...Yea..he's a burnt pothead.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM Puff Puff Pass said...

Craig I know you don't smoke weed. I know this but It's Friday, you ain't got no job, and you ain't nothing to do so I'm getten you high today.. LOL

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM @ twindad said...

twindad + his religion = NO CREDIBILITY ANYMORE!!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM AMA said...

Below is an excerpt from an AMA (American Medical Association). I have found qualified research for and against medical use
The future of cannabinoid-based medicine lies in the rapidly evolving field of botanical drug substance development, as well as the design of molecules that target various aspects of the endocannabinoid system. To the extent that rescheduling marijuana out of Schedule I will benefit this effort, such a move can be supported.
H-95.952 Medical Marijuana
Our American Medical Association (AMA) calls for further adequate and well-controlled 8 studies of marijuana and related cannabinoids in patients who have serious conditions for which preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy and the application of such results to the understanding and treatment of disease.
They have also urged the Fed to reclassify marijuana from a schedule I drug and not pursue prosecution of medicinal trials. From the LA Times about medicinal marijuana; This year, "the Obama administration sped up that drift when it ordered federal narcotics agents not to arrest medical marijuana users and providers who follow state laws. Polls show broadening support for marijuana legalization."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM finally said...

The plant is non-harmful, simple fact, its not for everyone, and not one recorded death in history! How many herbal products are out there....Ginko, St Johns wart, Milk thistle, they still sell them without FDA approval. If you want to know the science research it at or, reason not been tested like it should because corporations keep it illegal so it can't be tested! If they can't find a way to profit, thats what they do, if you could grow u a pill tree, it would be illegal too! Its all about profits and control, they hate you can grow the plant so easy and don't need any kind of help, its like growing your own vegetable garden. Whether you smoke it or not, it should be your right, you would be mad also if they made it illegal to grow yourself a personal garden! The idea that it makes you dumb is even crazier, I know many that smoke daily and are smarter than 90% of the people posting here! Simple fact, yes, its illegal, but all laws are not correct and thats why we must fight to change the law! Show your support Feb. 12, details on nccpn, good luck Mr. Cameron, many people are behind you! You do not have to justify your actions when you should have the right to treat your illness with a great herb that was wrongly made illegal in the first place!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM twindad said...

It is amazing the lengths some people go to justify their actions. So, since God created the marijuana plant, it's alright for me to get high. Groovy, dude. I'm just being a good "christian".
Since God created the deadly conocybe filaris mushroom, it's alright for me to eat that and die.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM @to FDA said...

I don't have a lot of time on my hands, hence why I did the cut and paste. This is a NEW article related to the other article with obviously new readers. You took time just to make that comment yet didn't debate the facts I posted..why? Since I have time now, I do agree with Dr. Henry I. Miller when he stated "Patients who are genuinely in need deserve safe and effective medicines, and rigorous testing and oversight are the best ways to provide them." He is a physician and molecular biologist, is a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology. He also said in regard to the FDA approval process..."That question is often ignored by marijuana advocates as they tout research findings. For example, they cite the work of researchers like Dr. Donald Abrams of the University of California, San Francisco, that has demonstrated that marijuana has a modest ability to relieve pain, but they play down its significant side effects, not to mention the risks of smoking. But they also said that because smoked marijuana can increase the risk of lung damage, cancer and complications during pregnancy, it is appropriate only for short-term use (less than six months) by acutely suffering patients who have failed to find relief with other therapies and who are under the close supervision of a doctor." This guy in the article smoked it for 50 years and did he really not find relief in other approved medications? If marijuana was so effective, I think it would be on the approved list for compassionate medications??

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM law said...

Think many are missing the point. Its against the law. You can not ask law enforcement to pick and choose laws that they enforce, even if its a sick 71 year old. As far as marijuana being legal, perhaps so. But someone else made a comment that made sense over on the other article about this man. Don't all drugs go through the FDA for approval to ensure its efficacy and safety? Why would this drug be going state by state being deemed "legal" without any drug agency approving it?? Seems strange to me.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM @old timer said...

Its federally illegal in EVERY state no matter what law the states pass.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM Old Man said...

Come off it. He's a pothead. Put drugs and guns together and he sounds like a dealer.
Whether it is legalized or not, it is irrelevant in this case. Admits smoking for 50 years, his brain is pickled into beleiving God provides pot for him.
If it is legalized, let him get his prescription but he deserves to be punishes as every kid that was caught with a joint. And don't give those guns back. He's a pothead, stupid.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM Old Timer said...

My friend in CA just died from Pancreatic cancer
after 9 months since his Dx.
He sent me a photo issued by California of his legal
Cannabis Rx license card.
Without it he "would have died earlier vomiting from the effects of his Chemo" which upset his stomach,big time. Those are his words not mine.
So what is available in one part of the country puts you in jail in another part.
The 17 gun issues is another matter and make one
wonder ,why 17 ?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM Gatewood said...

Too bad, with pot not legal, anybody can turn anybody else in and that's not right. Legalize marijuana and let the old man have his medicine.
I hope the guy who turns him in gets his karma back.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM @Really??? said...

The problem is that it is man made. Think about what you said. Marinol is the government's answer to medical marijuana, it does not work, plain & simple!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM @negative comments said...

All of you are lost and know nothing about real medical marijuana, all u know is what u were told by the media and lies! I know many that have been smoking for 20 plus years, have college degrees, professional jobs, and are very smart! Pothead is a stigma, I bet you don't get called names for taking your daily pill??? Wake up and educate yourself, then form your opinion! Free Mr. Cameron and drop the charges, its the right thing to do! Hopefully his lawyer will fight this as you can claim a medical defense in NC because Jean Marlowe set the precident for this here in the 90's. Show up February 12th in Raleigh, support the medical bill, and meet many good people of NC that are fighting for our rights to use this plant! Many are veterans that have fought for your freedom and want to use this medicine and not be criminalized or get on addictive pills!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM Peter Tosh said...

Legalize it!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM Susann said...

So wrong to attempt to ruin an older man's life
with the pot raid. This is a natural plant with
healing powers. It's not a gateway drug such as
alcohol is. Legalize it and leave people who
need it for medicinal purposes alone. The man
has pain and glaucoma , MJ eases both.
Now he has to add legal fees to his pain.
So wrong. This Prohibition will be lifted.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM Got to be kidding said...

This poor old soul was nothing but a 1960's left over pothead for 44 years before cancer. Glad the law got him.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM Wake Up NC! said...

Where is the justice in this? This man was minding his own business when an angry acquaintance decided to turn him in. Otherwise, he was JUST MINDING HIS OWN BUSINESS! It is time for government to start going after REAL criminals and leave these poor souls like Mr. Cameron alone. 18 states and DC now allow medical cannabis when recommended by a doctor to relieve pain, stimulate appetite, cope with anxiety, etc. When will the people of NC have the same access to this gift from God?!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM Voter said...

The following statement concerns me:
“My personal opinion is I just don’t think there’s any political will whatsoever to move a bill like that,” Newton said. “Whether it has merit or not, I don’t think there’s any political will.”
If it has "merit" and/or the "will of the people" call for it leave the "politics" out of it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM MsSassy said...

"Cameron said he’s a six-year survivor of pancreatic cancer. Doctors diagnosed the ailment in June 2006, when he was 65."
Am I missing something here? He's been smoking pot for 50 years?? He was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago. If he is driving he is an accident waiting to happen.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM Non smoker said...


Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM What said...

Smoking marijuana for 50 years! I was sympathetic till I read he's been smoking weed for 50 years. I know too many people who have suffered terminal illnesses silently to feel sorry for this dude. Drugs and guns, I should have known better.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM wilson said...

Good job sheriff way to go and bust a sick old man. Im sure the Wilson times wont report. They only report what they want.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM said...

This is so wrong to treat this gentleman as a felon.
Pot is a natural healing plant, not a gateway drug
like alcohol. This Prohibition will be repealed
eventually. This was a waste of tax payers dollars,
and law enforcement resources.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM Smokie said...

puff puff give, he's welcome in my golf group.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM @ read between the lines said...

he was not stopped for erratic driving. he was stopped because a disgruntled fellow golfer at WSCC was mad at him and called and reported he would have his usual one joint and his pistol for personal protection on him. no probable cause for the stop except a fellow golfers vendetta. its amazing all these fellow golfers knew he used it openly for years and noone reported it until they got their feelings hurt.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM to between the lines said...

You are lost, marijuana is not addictive, the man is suffering because he lost his medicine!!! There would be no black market dealing if it was available thru a doctor at a dispensary!! People like you are un-educated!! Please read the facts before you post!! No one should drive under the influence of any medicine, that is not the discussion!! Effects wear off within 1-2 hours with the strongs MMJ out there, and not one recorded death! Maybe he smoked somewhere and drove later.....hmmmmm.....anyway, wonder how many take prescription pills and drive, or is that OK with you? Education is a click away,!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM Mike is a great guy said...

almost everyone at WSCC and Happy Valley where he played often, knew he used marijuana often and openly for personal medicinal use.the reason he had a large stash was he used it often and was only resupplied twice a year. he never sold any to my knowledge and i have known him persoanlly for years. his .38 he always kept in his golf bag for persoanl protection and had a concealed cary permit from SC but Nc doesnt recognise it and he had not taken the class yet in NC. he was an avid gun collector and that is not illegal ( or not yet) except in certain types of automatic weapons. he is blessed to still be here. the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is almost nill and it is one of the most painful types of cancer and treatment for advanced stage of it that there is. he reads his bible every day first thing in the morning. judge not least ye be judged. he may be right, he may be wrong but he is a great human being.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM Remember Prohibition? said...

The government cant find a way to tax it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM To FDA said...

You must have a lot of time on your hands. Good job of cut & paste. See - "71 year old add". The same comment, word for word. Move on. Get a life.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM finally again said...

Give it a break, this is why he is 71 and survived cancer, he has been supplying his body with canabinoids that they need to fight of disease and cancer, do your research!! It should never have been illegal, do the research on why it was made this way in 1937, politics and money for big corporations is why!!! The law is wrong and we as a people need to change it!! Many successful people have smoked their entire life with no problems, its not for everyone, but should be available to the people that it helps!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM People read between the lines said...

This man is not getting sick because his stash has been taken away from him - he is sick because he has been smoking marijuana for over 50 years. This man is ADDICTED! Now he wants to blame the sheriff's department for arresting him for something that he should have been arrested for 50 years ago and still using it. His friend, who supplies him with it, should be arrested because he is nothing more than a PUSHER. I'm quite sure that he is being paid nicely for making his delivery. Everyone talks about legalizing marijuana but they forget that these same marijuana smoking people are out here on the highways HIGH AS A GEORGIA PINE! Evidence, Mr. Cameron has been driving around drunk, in a fog, whatever. If he wasn't - he would not have been stopped on the highway with a marijuana cigarette and a gun in his car. It is funny but people can always find something in the Bible to justify their actions. Heaven help us all!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM Question said...

Making no comment on his current argument for medicinal marijuana. But, if he's been smoking pot for 50 years already, his choice to continue doing so probably has little to do with medical needs. So, he's admitted to breaking the law for over 40 years before he had cancer and the Wilson Times doesn't even comment on it or ask the hard questions about it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM No FDA approval necessary said...

Corey Friedman did well in covering this story .... except he included a misunderstood myth .... the the weed back in the 70's was just as potent today, if you didn't buy the mexican weed. The reason Mexican weed was so low in THC was due to the way they grew and harvested the weed. Mexican weed included all the seeds, stems, shade leafs, and even the male plants .... if it was just the buds and flowers, it would have been a lot more potent.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM reefer said...

On his next golf game I hope he pars every hole and and for anybody who survives pancreatic cancer give him his stash back

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM To Ricky said...

Uncle Charlie O'Casey played by William Demarest

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM finally said...

Please pull together and support the North Carolina Cannabis Patient Network (, I will be asking Mr. Cameron if he would like to join the rally on February 12, 2012 in Raleigh at the legislature for introduction of the bill!! Call your legislatures and ask them to support this bill!! The rally will have presentations and medical news, guest speakers, and lunch will be provided for free! A very good educational day about the great plant! Please attend to show your support for a family member, friend, veteren of war, etc, and show many people that we are not criminals, just great citizens wanting the right to use a natural medicine of our choice!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM medical?? said...

They have made a medical version of marijuana where you don't get the "high" but the benefits. I just wonder though how many people would continue to go forward with legalizing marijuana if they take away the "high"? Also the problem exists that even if NC made it legal, its still against Federal Law in every state. Like someone stated earlier why is it that this a state recommendation but FDA is not involved? I can't rely on our state government for school funding, how can they make a medical decision??

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM finally said...

I have been commenting on these articles for years and NOW, thank you for writing one!! Now there will be a bill introduced in the legislature this year, more support, the more chances we have to protect people like this from denial of a great medicine and suffering!! Support and lets protect the citizens of NC from hungry, self-directed, news publicity, like our law enforcement around here!! Please find you a true drug bust of meth, heroin, etc, instead of arresting a 71 year old cancer survivor!! You should be proud, put that under your picture!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM ricky said...

does anyone know the ame of the guy who played the uncle on My Three Sons?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM FDA approval not local government said...

Marijuana is not a uniform, well-defined material. Different plant strains and batches vary radically in their levels of psychoactive substances and in the contaminants — fungi, bacteria, pesticides, heavy metals and other substances — they contain. Products made without any proof of quality control may be ineffective or harmful, and at best, the long-term inhalation of the combustion products of plant material is certainly unhealthy.
If marijuana has therapeutic potential, it should be required to pass muster with the FDA like any other medicine (leaving aside how well FDA regulation works overall). We have considerable experience with making drugs from plant material, including the opium poppy. Neither the medical community nor government regulators sanction patients’ smoking (or vaporizing) opium for medical purposes; rather, we require that opiate products, including morphine for pain relief and paregoric for diarrhea, be standardized, controlled for quality, fully tested, delivered in an appropriate manner and shown to be safe and effective. Why should marijuana be any different?
Sativex offers a model for making a genuine pharmaceutical out of crude plant material and administered without the "high".
Patients who are genuinely in need deserve safe and effective medicines, and rigorous testing and oversight are the best ways to provide them. But one cannot escape the suspicion that the real agenda of many medical marijuana enthusiasts is legalization in order to sanction recreational use via the back door.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM Proof said...

Some people wanted proof that it helps for medical reasons. Here it is.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8:21 AM Onlooker said...

I'm wondering how many pot donations this guy's gonna get from this story...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:28 AM leroy said...

charlie anyone

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:12 AM Really??? said...

This article is Front Page News..Really?? SMH..why doesn't this man get a prescription for his pain or a prescription for man made cannibis Marinol to relieve pain.

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