Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan
Esplanade, Jan. 7):
Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment
last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made
others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.
In the same issue, the CN&R published more propaganda arguing
legalizing pot would enable pain relief for the poor and enrich local
governments. In so doing, it once again ignored the elephant in the
room: Patients with a prescription can already acquire affordable
medication via the Internet.
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I have read about much of the conversation regarding the legalization
of marijuana. We should err on the side of caution when accepting and
legalizing any bill that does not adhere to certain conditions.
First, I personally would like to see the creation of a state-run
marijuana exchange. Any persons or industry that chooses to grow
marijuana for sale would be required to sell their crop at this
exchange. Growers would be given fair market value for their produce.
The state marijuana market would be supplied solely through this
process. At the exchange produce will be broken down for
distribution. Each crop will have a batch number. Every package will
have a tracking number. Every ounce will be accounted for. Residency
requirements should be in place for growers. Individuals who grow
whether for personal use or sale would be required a permit.
Individual restrictions will apply. Industrial growers will require a
pre-existing Vermont farmers license.
With marijuana shops outnumbering Starbucks locations by a healthy
margin, the City of Victoria is trying to bring some order to an
industry that is exploding. With no federal hand on the wheel, the
city has no choice but to take the helm.
About 18 months ago, Victoria had four marijuana-related businesses.
The current estimate is 30, including about 26 storefront marijuana retailers.
Leaving aside the Alice-in-Wonderland aspect of illegal shops
springing up unimpeded on every corner, the city has to show
leadership, since no other level of government is doing so.
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For-Profits Play Increasing Role
Eric Howard takes great pride in his "ladies," each of which can
yield up to 16 ounces of medical cannabis in a 16-week life cycle.
"They get so heavy, they fall over right at the end," said Howard,
master grower at an 11-acre growing facility in Bernalillo owned by
Ultra Health LLC. A trellis system is needed to support the heavy
flowering branches of the mature plants.
Howard urges a visitor to feel one of the dense flowers, which leaves
a sticky resin on the fingers.
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I take five medications daily to treat chronic rhinitis. Four of them
require prescriptions, so the state doesn't levy sales taxes on them.
A tax might be a disincentive to follow a doctor's advice, especially
for someone with limited income.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration changed my fifth daily med to
over-the-counter status a year or so ago. My physician still wants to
me to use it, but now I'm on the hook for state and local sales
taxes. In Santa Rosa, that's 8.75 percent.
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In nationwide surveys, Alaska has consistently had some of the
highest reported rates of gun ownership and adult cannabis use. So
the two topics were bound to intersect here. Given the controversy
surrounding guns in our country, and cannabis for that matter, I'm
going to take a few steady breaths and pause a little before getting
into it. I hope everyone does the same. All around this topic, the
air has the clean blue flavor of a fresh lightning strike.
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Parents of 2-Month-Old Girl in ICU Start Her Treatment
A baby girl who began having life-threatening seizures within days of
her birth is receiving hemp oil while in the neonatal intensive-care
unit at Children's Hospital Colorado, her mother says.
Amylea Faith Nunez's parents drove to Colorado Springs to buy the
liquid form of marijuana last week after they say neurologists at
Children's said they could give it to their daughter. The 2-month-old
girl took her first dose Thursday froma tiny syringe her mother
squirted into her mouth.
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Cannabis industry does not have access to banks, financial services
Federal law prohibits banks from doing business with pot dispensaries
Kimberly's biggest problem is one most would envy: too much cash.
She keeps it in a battered patent leather satchel she calls her
"bank," separated in manila envelopes, each stapled three times
across the top. Anita Chabria
Recently, this kitty totaled about $96,000 for the week - which is
why she doesn't want her last named used. She's scared, with "fears
coming from every direction," she says.
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Re "Doctors dance with a toasty partner" (Forum, Dan Morain, Feb. 7):
As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I have seen my share of smoking-related
illness, and it is unseemly to say the least for the California
Medical Association to support or tacitly approve of smoking in any form.
The pulmonary injuries from marijuana smoking are unlikely to differ
from those seen in cigarette smoking, and I have seen lifetime
non-(cigarette) smokers who were incredulous and chagrined that their
marijuana indulgences might have induced their lung cancers.
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GLOUCESTER, Mass. - Leonard Campanello leans forward. "There's no
incentive or coercion that will stop an addict," he says. "This is
the only long-term illness on the planet where if the disease
presents itself, they kick you out" of treatment.
I met Campanello at the Sugar Magnolias breakfast place on Main
Street in downtown Gloucester, where he told me about his amazing
offer to drug addicts. It's an offer that will change drug treatment
in America, reduce crime, decrease drug-related deaths, drop
incarceration and destigmatize substance abuse while restoring the
community role of the police. It will save lives and money at the
same time. This is a sea change. Before you get the wrong idea, let
me assure you that Campanello, the chief of police in this city of
28,000, isn't a reformer. He doesn't look like a reformer. He's a
cop, a fact-and-evidence guy. He speaks without hyperbole in a
boots-on-the-ground Boston accent. You can't listen to him without
having a sense that he is absolutely right. So what was that amazing
offer? Last year, on March 5, after a string of fatal overdoses in
Gloucester, Campanello made this declaration on the department's Facebook page:
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Parliament Should Allow Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis
Those responsible for the Government's drug policies could not be
accused of any exaggerated deference to the world of scientific
papers, double-blind trials and laboratory-bound research. The
Psychoactive Substances Bill - which outlaws anything likely to alter
a user's mindset - was described in the New Scientist as one of the
"stupidest, most dangerous and unscientific pieces of legislation
ever conceived". It demonstrates Parliament moving in the opposite
direction to the tonnage of evidence showing that draconian
approaches to recreational drug use have failed.
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A campaign to legalise the medical use of cannabis is launched today
amid warnings that up to 1.1 million people across Britain are
currently breaking the law by taking the drug to combat the pain of
The drive, which coincides with a Coronation Street storyline
focusing on the issue, is being supported by the former Deputy Prime
Minister Nick Clegg and senior politicians from all parties.
Campaigners hope to attract hundreds of thousands of signatures for a
petition backing the move, with the aim of forcing a Commons debate
on legalising medicinal cannabis. They are pressing for ministers to
follow the lead of several Western European countries and US states
in allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to alleviate the painful
symptoms of disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and
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As a retired Canadian voter, I am quickly growing exasperated with
how our various levels of government are dealing with the inevitable
legalization of cannabis use in our country.
No, it's not the only issue that needs addressing. However, it is one
that has the consensus of the majority of Canadians.
That should make it easier to proceed, yet, the arrests continue.
Especially in Western Canada, where our resource industries are
struggling, the economic benefits, potential job creation and tax
revenues of cannabis legalization remain unrealized while our
politicians seem to be oblivious as to how to proceed.
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Sutter County's medical marijuana growing ordinance could soon become
considerably more strict.
The Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on an urgency update to
the ordinance it passed in 2013 that would ban outdoor cultivation
completely and significantly reduce the scope of indoor gardens.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors
chambers, 466 Second St., Yuba City.
Besides banning outdoor cultivation, the updated ordinance would
limit the amount of plants that could be grown indoors to 14.
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America is suffering from a pernicious and growing addiction to a
category of drugs that include prescription pain medications and heroin.
Opioid abuse and overdoses take a lethal toll across the country. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the U.S. death count
at 28,648 for 2014.
President Barack Obama's welcome, if belated, response to this crisis
would direct $460 million toward states to dramatically expand access
to medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse.
As the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
noted in a 2015 online briefing, medication-assisted treatment "can
be a lifesaving and cost-saving intervention for those with opioid
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After a Spate of Recalls in Denver, Should Users Be Worried? It's
Hard to Say. Because Marijuana Is Still Illegal in Most Places,
There's No Official "Safe Level" of Pesticides.
Despite fining two marijuana growers and suspending the licenses of
two others for using unapproved pesticides, Washington state hasn't
recalled any products for pesticides during the 18 months that legal
pot sales have been allowed.
The city of Denver, by comparison, recently recalled 19 pot products
for pesticides in 19 weeks.
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Not surprisingly, EJ Montini was noticeably vauge in his recent op-ed
("Blowing marijuana smoke ...," Feb. 10) accusing Arizonans for
Responsible Drug Policy of using "questionable" information in its
arguments against legalizing marijuana. Nothing could be further from
the truth. Consider the following:
- -- Since Colorado legalized marijuana, teen use has risen
dramatically and is now 74 percent higher than the national average.
(2015 SAMHSA report/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- -- Since legalization, Colorado has seen an increase in
marijuana-related traffic fatalities, hospitalization and emergency
visits, as well as marijuana-related calls to poison control centers.
(Rocky Mountain HIDTA)
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A Denver judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against the state's
largest marijuana grower over its alleged use of pesticides saying
the consumers behind the case were not actually harmed.
Denver District Judge J. Eric Eliff said the consumers - one of them
a medical-card holder with a brain tumor-couldn't sue because they
bought the pot and used it without repercussion.
Brandan Flores and Brandie Larrabee alleged LivWell had
inappropriately used Eagle 20, a heavy-hitting pesticide with
myclobutanil that kills a variety of pests endangering the plants,
and had overpaid for the marijuana.
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Lawmakers need to rectify an inexcusable situation at the Marijuana
Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue. The
agency refuses to release basic ownership information for marijuana
businesses without exorbitant fees-fees that don't exist when the
public retrieves the same information for other licensed businesses,
including liquor stores.
The department apparently would prefer to keep secret any ownership
information, with or without fees. And it said as much when first
contacted by reporter David Migoya, whose Kafkaesque interactions
with the agency ( our description, not his) appeared this month in
The Denver Post.
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I am a retired New Jersey State Trooper with extensive experience
working narcotics cases. Bob Percopo, in his Feb. 4 oped "Legalizing
drugs makes no sense," called recent drug policy reforms hypocritical.
But our prohibitive strategy of the past half-century has done
nothing to curb drug abuse while simultaneously making our streets
more dangerous. When those who received commutations were behind
bars, the drug market didn't slow down in the slightest. People were
- - and still are - overdosing.
Contrary to Percopo's worries, legalizing marijuana is actually a
great option for reducing the burden on the legal system and
improving public safety while simultaneously reducing the severity of
the opiate crisis. In states where medical marijuana is legal and
regulated, opiate overdoses have decreased by 25 percent.
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