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Fluharty wants W.Va. to move on legalization of marijuana

February 25, 2014

Democrat Shawn Fluharty, 3rd District candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates, believes the state should move toward legalizing marijuana....

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Jul-28-14 2:59 AM

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Mar-27-14 5:27 PM

Why this country is wrestling with the legality to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use. There is religious group(s) of people already exempting themselves from these draconian laws. There is many ways to do this. #1 find a federally recognized church (such as The Oklevueha Native American Church or THC Ministries), #2 Write the Department of Justice and apply for a religious exemption under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. (RFRA) So while the feds and states work out their issues. I like many others will enjoy legal use of what else wise is an illegal product. Those of you who believe you have god given rights to put what you want in your body and don't need or want the government's permission. I suggest you look into a branch of the Oklevueha Native American Church or the THC ministries. Being even a state Medical cannabis card wont protect you in federal court. But the 1st amendment is very clear in federal court.

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Mar-26-14 10:56 PM

Fact:Marijuana is going to be legalized (period). States that are not at the forefront of it can watch all the money go to big corporations; which is a major malfunction of this country. This country is so far in debt that we can not see our way out of it. If you can't see the forest for the trees or if you aren't man or woman enough to see that this is the only gold train coming down any tracks; then you are saying to your kids and grandkids - their future isn't going to be very bright pass it on. You can tell them that you had a chance to make things better, but you were to stupid to realize it. Get off your behinds, stand up, wake up or just let socialism roll across this land. Legalization IS going to be on the ballot this November. Mr. Fluharty realizes this and just wants to be on the winning side. Signed: 48 years of PTSD, Vietnam, service connected and a user of _________ (fill in the blank) for the same length of time. It is good medicine and it is my medicine.

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Mar-12-14 9:40 AM

My God marijuana has REAL medical benefit. The last I heard alcohol has none, it only kills. Get off your butts WV we have people dying almost daily from pain pills its time to be pro-active and legalize marijuana.

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Feb-27-14 5:39 AM

Wow! Voting a STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN Ticket!! Obama, Reid, Pelosi & Bankrupt morals of Democrats have led us to this... Very sad......

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Feb-26-14 11:37 AM

acosticportal, "Has been proven less dangerous than every other drug!" Is that from the AMA Journal?

"Society has accepted it!" Might want to send that memo to those peeps in prison for marijuana possession! Also send it to those people who have been positive on the drug test and lost a job! LOL

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Feb-26-14 10:42 AM

Whether the state chooses to get their cut or not, the widespread use of marijuana is a reality, has been proven less dangerous than every other drug, and mostly accepted in our society. If not legalized, then most definitely should be de-criminalized. It only makes sense.

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Feb-26-14 5:51 AM

Maybe Atoddh would use some of his own vast investment experience and wealth and start a country music bar with a pot bar right next door. Show us the way Atoddh and save Wheeling! LOL. Your horse analogy is quite amusing, except your the other end.

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Feb-25-14 10:06 PM

ATODDH, we're 50th. Legalizing grass isn't going to get us any further economically than gaming or gas did. Although it may gets out of last place for feeling the most depressed. LOL

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Feb-25-14 8:37 PM

dying: "Do not look a gift horse in the mouth". WV needs the money.

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Feb-25-14 7:58 PM

There's always someone who has to know the real STATS. LOL

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Feb-25-14 7:22 PM

Atoddh, Colorado is expecting 100 million in state tax collection for the year. The State budget in Colorado is 10+ billion per year. The budget is 5.6% more than last year. So the 100 million will pay for 1/5th of the increase! Not a game changer!

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Feb-25-14 3:20 PM

P.S. Never good to quote to a bunch of conservatives from the HUFFINGTON POST. LOL

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Feb-25-14 2:16 PM

Shawn, Jumping on the legalized pot train is not the way to win an election in WV. For all the evidence or theories there are to support it, the other side can and will match it. Give Washington State and Colorado a couple years, and we will have a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion WV didn't handle legalized gaming right or the gas industry situation, I don't want to see it screw up this legalized marijuana controversy.

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Feb-25-14 1:40 PM

So many things are wrong with the responses to this article. The Huffington Post reported an article on the subject and stated that medical cannabis can be used for the following:"cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, and addiction to opiates or amphetamines." The last two are the particular uses that I find most helpful to the state of our state. I have seen many of my peers suffer from addiction to opiates. I think that the current way of treating opiate addiction with methadone clinics is not helping the problem and that it simply offers another addictive opioid rather than a solution. I think that those West Virginians who have seen the effects of these diseases need to weigh the pros and cons of medical cannabis versus other treatment methods for these diseases.

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Feb-25-14 1:20 PM

Ok, legalize pot. Doesn't mean I still can't drug test and fire your toking a**.

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Feb-25-14 12:35 PM

Folks: Just look at the CO numbers on this.

Black: The tourism anchor for Downtown was JUSA. It is gone as are the tourists. Just the reality. It could have been upgraded and continued with private money. The Capitol is now a ward of the taxpayers.

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Feb-25-14 12:00 PM

I think Mr. Fluharty is correct in his thinking. I see marijuana being legal as a way to boost tourism especially if West Virginia legalizes before the other 48 States do. West Virginia leads the Nation in death by overdose. What do people overdose on? PAIN MEDICINE!! Marijuana is "Natures Pain Reliever". People need to educate themselves on Marijuana, you dont overdose on it, unless its laced with somthing. It doesnt lead to using other drugs, when its unavailable people turn to other drugs. Oh yes there will be lots of revenue from it to improve our roads, Schools and many other needed improvements in our state

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Feb-25-14 9:44 AM

This is exactly why this clown cannot or should not be elected - you see anyone can throw out stats, and remember figures do not lie- liars figure : the first group of states show the number of Cancer rates who developed or died from the disease. 447.9 to 467.7 Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia

Now this grouping is all the states that are higher than WV: 467.8 to 510.7 Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington

as you can see - WV does not have the highest rate of Cancer circumstances as he is quoted as saying without challenge. And, by the way - what a terrible argument - we balance out state budget once upon a time with another 'drug'... called Gambling.

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Feb-25-14 9:21 AM

It speaks volumes about an individuals character when they care more about additional tax revenue than they do about the societal ramifications of their proposals.

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Feb-25-14 9:07 AM

Get ahead of the curve and legalize_______! Fill in the blank!

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Feb-25-14 8:08 AM

I thought legalized gambling was going to be the savior of WV??? Now that it's slowing down, we need to find another vice to legalize and tax. I guess when pot tax eventually slows they'll push for legalized prostitution..... Where does it end?

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Feb-25-14 8:04 AM

First country music will save us, then gambling, then gas, now pot. Keep trying Atoddh. LOL.

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Feb-25-14 7:43 AM

Mr. Fluharty, you can make friends by making a GOOD difference, and you can start by LISTENING rather than talking!

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Feb-25-14 7:21 AM

Yes, We need more dope smoking! LOL

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