Constitutional amendments should be rare. They should be saved for
issues that the regular political process is unable or unwilling to handle.
That is the reason that 60 percent is needed for amending the Florida
Constitution. Direct democracy ought to be the exception in this republic.
In this general election, voters will get a break. There are just
three proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot as opposed to
the 11 in 2012.
YES ON AMENDMENT 1
Protecting water in the Sunshine State is likely to be the natural
resource issue of the next generation, not only drinking water but
the water that intersects the state like a blood system.
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To the Editor:
Re "Mexico's Cartel Government," by Ioan Grillo (Op-Ed, Oct. 10):
As a former State Department official who covered narcotics issues in
Mexico from 2012 to this year, I saw "state capture" - the taking
over of chunks of government apparatus, in this case, local police
and municipal authorities - up close.
Beyond making atrocities like the suspected massacre in Iguala
possible, the buying and selling of Mexican police officers also
warns us against well-intentioned but dangerous efforts to legalize
the cultivation of drugs there.
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Regarding "Prop. 47: Right, right, right - wrong" (Oct. 16): I am a
certified chemical dependency counselor working with this population
for more than 20 years. Here's the truth: Treatment is more
cost-effective than prison.
Prop 47 will change sentences for only the lowest-level drug and
property offenses. In the first five years $1 billion would go to
K-12 education, mental health, drug treatment and services for crime victims.
We've been locking people up with a chemical dependency problem and
it's costing us $60,000 a year per person. We could instead spend
that on teachers, counselors and even police officers and save.
San Diego's first legal medical marijuana dispensary has been
approved by City Hall. It could still be appealed, but it's likely
the dispensary will be in operation in Otay Mesa before the year is
out. A few more are expected to follow soon afterward in other city
A lawyer for the new dispensary called it "a great day for the city
of San Diego and its residents who need medical marijuana."
It is not as though patients cannot now get marijuana. There is
another legal dispensary already operating just outside El Cajon. And
take a look at certain alternative publications. The back pages are
full of ads for pot shops throughout the city. They're all operating
illegally, more than 100 of them. These joints sprout up faster than
the city can shut them down.
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"Considerable downside to decriminalization of pot" (Our Views, Oct.
13) criticized state Sen. Connie Johnson for advocating
decriminalizing marijuana use. Yet any thinking person has to
recognize the wisdom of Johnson's position. Pot shouldn't be
categorized as a Schedule I drug. It's not addictive like opiates or
amphetamines. Despite the claims of law enforcement officials, it's
not a "gateway drug."
Enforcement of laws against marijuana possession, use and sale result
in racial inequities in arrest and prosecution of perpetrators. A New
York Times editorial on Oct. 11 noted that an equal percentage of
blacks and whites use illegal drugs, but blacks are arrested three
times as often. A Seattle study found that 16 percent of observed
drug dealers of the five most dangerous drugs were black, but they
represented 64 percent of arrests for dealing those drugs.
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Re Your Kids Brain On Pot (Life & Arts, Oct. 17): The point of
legalization is to make it much harder for children to obtain pot.
Gangsters don't care who buys their product, whether it's pot or
heroin. We need to legalize and apply strict regulations, allowing
public health officials - not the prison system - to deal with the
negative consequences of drug use.
Paula Mallea, author, The War on Drugs; Gore Bay, Ont.
When I was younger, I probably would have supported legalizing
marijuana as well, but due to some personal trials and tribulations
that I went through, Amendment 2 is something that I absolutely cannot
support. And, hopefully by telling my story, I can show you, and
everyone else in Florida, why this amendment is bad news, plain and
Rewind to my formative years; I was far-above-average in school and a
gifted athlete. But, as a child, I had endured some abuse, and
subsequently, became disillusioned and ended up taking some wrong
turns and making some bad decisions. I had started hanging around with
the wrong crowd, began drinking alcohol, and graduated to marijuana
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Those For And Against Ballot Initiative Are Busy Parsing Its Language
TAMPA -On Nov. 4, voters will determine whether Florida becomes the
24th state and the first in the South to approve a comprehensive
medical marijuana program.
After failing to get the state Legislature to place the measure on
the ballot, advocates for medical pot took to the streets, exceeding
the 683,000 petition signatures needed to put the issue to voters
and, if approved, write it into the Florida Constitution.
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By now we've all heard the arguments for and against the legalization
of 'medical' marijuana under Amendment 2. The amount of inaccurate
and confusing information about the legalization of 'medical'
marijuana can overwhelm parents.
Some of the information we hear about cannabis is conflicting, making
it hard to understand the ways it may affect our children. Is it
addictive? Does it cause psychosis? Is it really a medicine? What
will happen if my child uses it? What should I tell - or not tell -
my child about it?
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VANCOUVER - Gamblers flocked into four Vancouver-area casinos over a
recent three-month period hauling bags of $20 bills that added up to
millions of dollars in suspicious transactions, according to
information provided by the provincial Finance Ministry in response to
a freedom of information request from the CBC.
The Edgewater Casino in the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver alone
reported $5,242,090 in unusual transactions from March 20 to June 21.
CBC reported that $2.5 million in suspicious transactions occurred at
New Westminster's Starlight Casino, while $24 million was flagged at
Richmond's River Rock Casino.
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Once again, we have the San Diego Unified School District police
sending a negative message ("Drug-sniffing dog has increased presence
on campuses," Oct. 8) to the students of our educational
institutions: A police officer walking the halls of education with a
German shepherd to detect illegal drugs.
What could be more negative?
This sort of nonsense needs to stop. School Police Chief Rueben
Littlejohn is sending a message of fear and intimidation and is not
in touch with an educational atmosphere.c
Anything that helps move the ball down the field toward the goal of
total re-legalization of cannabis will have my vote - and in this
case that means voting no on A and yes on B.
As our previous experiences with drunk waterfowl and exploding stills
clearly taught, our ills will not depart until cannabis prohibition
is six feet under, with a stake through its heart and maybe a couple
of silver bullets for insurance.
The price supports for cannabis provided by the prohibition will
disappear. It will be only as profitable to grow as say almonds,
rice, grapes or walnuts. A bit of regulation would help as well.
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Addressing two recent letters, it appears Garry Cooper must have
smoked a few bowls before looking into his crystal ball in predicting
outrageous windfalls Butte County will reap from pot profiteering. What a joke.
Growers predicted the same wealth for Colorado and Washington. Are
they seeing the wealth in taxes pouring in? No. A large percentage of
pot is still being sold on the black market. The only ones making
bank are the growers and dealers.
Just pick up a local newspaper the past four weeks and read about
people from other states/counties coming into California or
neighboring counties to grow, only to be smuggled out of state.
Where's the money? Certainly not in California's pocket.
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I just love the thinking of those in charge of deciding where
dispensaries for medical marijuana should be sited. Let's by all
means place them where criminals are more likely to be comfortable
than patients who are disabled and/or in serious pain.
Many of these patients will be frail and older or, in some cases, children.
Let's be realistic: People who want illegal drugs will get them. All
that has happened so far in the latest "war against drugs" is to make
life more difficult for patients who need the relief. The headlines
may look good, but the real story is seldom told.
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It's not difficult to understand the recent erosion of support for
Amendment 2, the ballot initiative that would expand the use of
marijuana in Florida by patients suffering from debilitating illnesses.
Indeed, after polling as high as 80 percent among likely voters in
the spring, most polls now have it barely hitting the 60 percent
threshold needed for passage.
Opponents hammer away at loopholes in the amendment language that
they say open the door to abuse - by patients, caregivers and doctors
alike. There is also the underlying fear that that door will usher in
legalization of recreational use.
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When it comes to legalizing marijuana in Alaska, what exactly is the
advantage of abandoning the status quo?
The initiative process in Alaska is a playground for Outside
bamboozlers and monied special interests that want, even need, to
dodge the give and take -- the vetting, the debate, the political
free-for-all of the legislative process to get their way.
Despite the progressive malarkey and populist romanticism of having
the people rise up against "The Man," initiatives are, as the late
Washington Post columnist David Broder pointed out, "alien to the
spirit of the Constitution."
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Each year in October, the Elks honor the memory of slain DEA Special
Agent Enrique S. Camerena with a Red Ribbon Campaign.
Camerena was kidnapped, tortured and killed because he was
successfully investigating one of the largest drug trafficking
organizations in Mexico.
The Elks Drug Awareness Program has launched a national campaign to
ask our leaders in Washington to uphold our nation's drug laws and to
remind everyone, especially our youth, of the dangers of using any
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of
America has the largest all-volunteer drug awareness program in the country.
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Oregonians, listen to Colorado's governor, Democrat John
Hickenlooper, who was in office when voters legalized marijuana by
changing Colorado's constitution in November 2012.
On Oct. 6, Hickenlooper said Coloradans were "reckless" for voting to
become the first state to legalize pot for adult recreational use.
Marijuana becomes more easily available to youth when adults in the
home are users, and doctors and researchers are concerned about
marijuana's effects on youth.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is
addictive and delays brain development in adolescents.
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Regarding 'Don't let the 'Colorado Calamity' invade Florida' (Brad
King, Other Views, Oct. 16): I will not argue the statistics as to how
many dispensaries now operate in Colorado, but because law enforcement
has failed to protect legal businesses is hardly the fault of cannabis
or dispensary ownership. In Colorado, all violent crime is down. DUIs
are down. Death by suicide and pharmaceutical overdose is down. Only
burglary remains steady. Apparently, burglars do not use cannabis.
The suggestion that cannabis in mother's milk is bad is a glaring
example of medical cannabis ignorance. Melanie Dreher, RN, Ph.D, spent
over 30 years in Jamaica studying pregnant moms for the U.S.
government. She found that cannabis greatly relieved or eliminated
morning sickness, with no ill effects to mom or fetus. The children
born to these moms equaled or exceeded in intellect and social skills
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Paul Sloan's crusade has him paying for billboards and writing letters
to the editor, hoping there is time to overcome what he sees as a
misguided but effective disinformation campaign.
Big names in law enforcement statewide are deeply involved, and not on
What cause has him so willing to reach into his wallet?
Well, Sloan is a local pain clinic owner who helped lobby for and
crafted clinic regulations. But, the odd thing is, he isn't thrilled
with the drugs prescribed at his business., and he does not mind saying so.
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I am a student at Sarasota High School. I am 18 years old and will be
voting in my first election this November.
I'm voting for Amendment 2. I think it's a good idea for medical
marijuana to be legalized because it is helping others (including kids
with cancer) with their health problems.
In his first major public address, the chief justice of the Supreme
Judicial Court called for the repeal of mandatory minimum drug sentences.
The case put forth Thursday by Ralph Gants, a former federal
prosecutor for more than eight years, is a compelling one.
He noted the "disparate impact" of mandatory minimum drug sentences
on racial and ethnic minorities. In fiscal 2013, 450 defendants got
such mandatory minimums. And while minorities represented 32 percent
of all convicted offenders, they represented 75 percent of those
convicted of mandatory drug offenses.
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Public health departments freely hand out condoms to promote safe sex
yet when it comes to drug use you're effectively on your own. In the
case of heroin and MDMA (ecstasy), it will be of little help to the
victims that the drugs will be analyzed after the fact. The
misrepresentation of drugs on the black market is perhaps the biggest
threat to a user because they can't easily answer such questions as
What's the purity? Has it been cut (diluted) with a toxic substance?
Is it even what was paid for?
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TRENTON - Several hundred people gathered in front of the New Jersey
statehouse on Saturday to push for the legalization of marijuana. The
event would be the second major gathering near the statehouse where
the crowd would light up in defiance of the law. The last occurred in
April on Easter. No arrests appear to have been made at the event
which went off without much complication, despite one individual
passing out around the beginning of the event. A relative told
organizers that his brother suffers from anxiety and was overcome, he
was transported to an area hospital by EMT's for evaluation.
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There is a growing recognition that harm reduction policies are more
effective than abstinence-based policies as Manitoba organizations
embrace harm reduction principles. During the Manitoba Harm Reduction
Conference, held in Thompson Sept. 29- Oct. 1, representatives from
various community organizations, First Nations communities, the five
regional health authorities, and government departments addressed how
their organizations are evolving to incorporate harm reduction.
Provincial representation covered as far south as Steinbach and as
far north as Churchill. Dr. Michael Ellery, clinical specialist of
the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba shared how client-centred care,
an integral component of the harm reduction model has been proven to
be more effective at treating addictions. All five regional health
authorities, including the Northern Health Region, are at various
stages of recognizing harm reduction as part of its patient care model.
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Because their brains are still developing, adolescents may be
particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of marijuana.
During this crucial period, brain connections are strengthened
through myelination - growth of fatty insulation around the neurons -
as well as a "pruning" of inefficient neural connections. It's a
lengthy process, stretching past the postsecondary years to at least 25.
Hundreds of studies have been conducted in recent decades to
determine how cannabis affects youth.
While not all research has shown harms, study after study - including
a large review released Oct. 7 in the journal Addiction - has linked
regular pot use in adolescence to detrimental effects ranging from
worse education outcomes to cognitive impairments and losses in IQ.
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Survey Finds Reductions in Some Risky Behaviours Over the Last
Decade, While Mental Health Concerns Grow
Fewer Vancouver teens are drinking and doing drugs than they were a
decade ago, shows a survey of over 2,000 local students. The
percentage of Vancouver youth who have tried alcohol decreased from
45% to 33%, while those who have tried marijuana dropped 7% in the
last decade, says a McCreary Centre Society survey of adolescent health.
In collaboration with the provincial government and the public health
system, the centre has conducted the survey every five years since
1992 - polling over 130,000 Grade 7 to 12 students across the province.
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I don't feel bad that there is bad "heroin" out there (actually the
police confirm it is fentanyl.)
Most addicts choose that life and take the risk of having a bad dose.
I have been working on the new Powell Street overpass and have to
watch out for needles and anything else that may harm me from these
people. A few less addicts will not hurt this world.
I would like to come home to my family and not have to decontaminate
myself before I walk in the door just because I had a job to do.
These addicts chose this and they get what they get - just like me
with my actual job!
Shane Smith, Chilliwack
Re: Hopes for pot start to wilt Oct. 16
Opponents of Amendment 2 claim that it casts details in concrete.
They also claim it is not sufficiently detailed. Both claims ignore
The amendment's word 'certification' is used only because a
'prescription' for marijuana would violate federal law. And the
opponents' claim that Amendment 2 protects a 'certifying' doctor from
a malpractice suit is laughable. Ask any malpractice lawyer.
The open-ended list of treatable diseases simply recognizes today's
reality. According to WebMD, 'More than one in five outpatient
prescriptions written in the U.S. is for off-label therapies. The
term 'off-label' means the medication is being used in a manner not
specified in the FDA's approved packaging label.' Opponents express
their concern that a felon can become a caretaker and that patients
will resell their pot. Not likely. Both must have a marijuana related
ID issued by the Department of Health, and nothing in the amendment
blocks legislators from demanding tighter restrictions.
All of these, and the claims that children are not protected, will be
dealt with when the Department of Health writes the regulations,
watched closely by Florida's conservative Republican-led Legislature.
This is the reality of Amendment 2.
John G. Chase, Palm Harbor
The stories are heart wrenching. There's the heroic lifeguard who
dove into disaster trying to rescue a swimmer. Now, brief respites
from relentless pain and ruthless spasms come only through pot-infused edibles.
Then there's the 60-ish wheelchair-user who grows her own cannabis to
combat the indelicate drooling, face-numbing, and other withering
dysfunction of deadly ALS. And there's the
lawbreaker-turned-lawmaker. He procured pot for a dying friend who
longed to stomach his last meals. The obliging friend - current
Republican Senate President Don Gaetz - granted his friend a dying
wish and dignity, scoring the illicit drug in obedience of a higher
law - compassion.
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A Reading-based advocacy grouped is seeking to get a question on the
ballot for a 2016 vote that would legalize the recreational use of
cannabis in Massachusetts.
Bill Downing, leader of Bay State Repeal, has been advocating for the
positive opportunities brought by legalizing marijuana since 1989. He
thinks that the time is fast approaching where the drug will be accepted
and taxed like other mind-altering substances, namely alcohol and tobacco.
Backed financially by the Marijuana Policy Project, which has pledged
$1.8 million for a campaign to draw up a piece of legislation to give to
the attorney general, Bay State Repeal hopes to raise enough money and
awareness of its own to make a major impact in just two years.
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DENVER (AP) - Colorado has seen feisty debates this fall, with
candidates in close races for governor, Senate and the U.S. House
arguing over abortion rights, energy policy and the death penalty.
Just don't expect any of them to talk much about the biggest news of
the year: legal pot.
While the state's 10month-old marijuana retail experiment has
received worldwide attention and sales of recreational and medical
pot have generated more than $45 million for state coffers, most
voters have collectively shrugged. Predictions that they would go
scrambling back to the polls to repeal the legal-pot law they passed
in 2012 haven't yet materialized.
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Banks Need Updates to Rate Client Risk
2 of State's Top-Selling Shops Are in Vancouver
Banking remains a thorny issue for legal marijuana businesses, but
regulators in Washington state are trying to make it easier for
financial institutions to track their pot-related customers.
In the last few days, the state's Liquor Control Board has started
posting the sales activity of licensed marijuana growers, sellers and
processors online - along with any warnings or fines issued to
businesses caught out of compliance. The data show that two of
state's top-selling pot shops are in Vancouver, just across the
Columbia River from Portland.
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A non-binding question about pot seems to be growing interest in
Bernalillo County ballots.
Eighteen early voting centers opened throughout the county on
Saturday, the first day early voting was available at numerous locations.
Several people who cast a ballot on Saturday afternoon at the
Glenwood Village shopping center near Tramway and Montgomery in
Albuquerque said the pot question was one of the issues that they
felt most strongly about this year. The governor's race was the
another question on several voters' minds.
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Prop. 47 would ease sentences in most possession cases; critics say
it removes incentive to get clean
A hypothetical: One methamphetamine addict is ordered by a judge to
complete drug treatment or face time in prison. Another is offered
the chance to enter treatment voluntarily. Which one has a better
chance of success?
That's the central question in the debate over Proposition 47 on the
Nov. 4 ballot. It asks voters to lower six nonviolent crimes -
including simple drug possession - to misdemeanors, which are
punishable by no more than a year in jail.
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Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicated they were disappointed
criminal charges were not brought against any of the officers involved
in the botched drug raid that left a toddler disfigured.
But remedying that decision won't be easy for U.S. Attorney Sally
Quillian Yates, who faces a much higher threshold than that required
on the state and local level.
"You have to show the person knowingly or willfully did what they
did," said former assistant U.S. Attorney Buddy Parker. "You'd
essentially have to develop evidence that these were rogue cops at
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As the debate over legalization heats up, Adriana Barton examines the
effects of marijuana on the developing brains of teenagers - our
nation's most prolific users - and finds there is no such thing as a
Like it or not, your kids will probably try marijuana. So will their
friends. Canadian teens are more than twice as likely as adults to
smoke pot - and have the highest rate of cannabis use in the
developed world. Marijuana has become as much a part of Canada's
youth culture as hockey or Katy Perry.
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Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Alcohol prohibition was a dismal failure. We have not fared any better
with marijuana prohibition. This has now been acknowledged by the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. It is regrettable, but not
surprising, that the current government has chosen to reject the CAMH
There is no question that alcohol is far more harmful that
Consider the following:
Alcohol can, and does, cause serious health problems.
Alcohol has a devastating impact on innocent third parties. Drinking
and driving kills people. That is not open to debate. Estimates will
vary, but the annual toll in Canada is somewhere in the thousands, and
in the U.S., it is in the tens of thousands. Most of us have
first-hand experience of the way in which alcohol impacts our ability
to drive, either through personal experience or having seen others.
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Pot should be legalized, addiction centre says - Oct.
What do the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, NORML
Canada and more than half of Canadian citizens have in common?
All call for the legalization or decriminalization of
The war on drugs is a war against our friends, our families, our
children, and in very large numbers, against ourselves. It is a
costly, abject failure. It's time to do what is right, and if Prime
Minister Stephen Harper's government can't see that, we will elect
those who do.
A flood of drug overdoses at Vancouver's supervised injection site is
being blamed on fentanyl, a highly dangerous substance that looks like
heroin and which is increasingly being sold on the streets.
The flurry of nearly 40 incidents since Sunday is underscoring for
health officials the need not only for controlled injection sites such
as Insite, but also for outreach programs that can deliver naloxone to
users, wherever they are. Naloxone is a rapidly acting antidote for
opioid drug overdose that users and other volunteers are being trained
to administer in a pilot program run by the BC Centre for Disease
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CitizenMarc is no pot puff piece.
The documentary on marijuana activist Marc Emery, written and produced
by Canadian filmmaking couple Roger Evan Larry and Sandra Tomc, is
being released Friday in 13 Canadian cities, including London at
While Emery is known for his public crusade to legalize marijuana,
don't write this documentary off as a made-for-stoners special.
The well-researched film traces Emery's activism roots back to his
days operating City Lights Bookshop on Richmond St. in London.
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Re: On The Road For Medical Marijuana Oct. 12
A year ago we moved from Southern California to Florida in pursuit of
a better quality of life. We had lived in California for 35 years but
had seen the state steadily decline in every area. When California
legalized the use of medical marijuana, control of the dispensaries
became almost impossible. In our city of San Bernardino, illegal
dispensaries became a blight to the city and crime increased.
Our once-beautiful city became seedy and then bankrupt, but
dispensaries continued to thrive. Just last week the City Council
imposed a total ban on land-use for these businesses and will
incorporate additional and more aggressive methods of enforcement to
rid the city of these illegal dispensaries. The overburdened police
department will be stretched even thinner to combat the crime,
vagrancy and lowered propA-erty values that these businesses bring.
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California should strengthen its regulation of the medical marijuana
industry if the state wants to avoid federal intervention, U.S.
Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Cole said in an interview with The Times.
Cole, who announced Thursday that he is leaving the No. 2 job at the
Justice Department, said he was proud of his efforts to take a softer
approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws. A year ago, Cole sent a
memo to all U.S. attorneys, including several in California who had
aggressively targeted medical marijuana facilities, telling them to
ease up on marijuana prosecutions in states where it was legal.
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The small Colorado Springs-based producer of marijuana edibles, sued
in June by candy giant The Hershey Company for allegedly breaching a
number of design and name patents, quietly settled the dispute.
In a settlement penned in late September, TinctureBelle agreed to
recall and destroy all edibles it sold that looked like the famed
chocolate company's products, or with names that played on their brands.
Although the edibles company said it had stopped making products that
appeared like those produced byHershey-including well-known names
such as Reese's, Almond Joy andHeath-long before the federal
lawsuitwas filed in June inU.S. District Court in Denver, the
settlement makes sure it won't happen again.
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Baltimore City does not need another task force to address the
current heroin epidemic affecting the city; it needs more affordable
residential treatment ("Mayor appoints task force to study heroin,
substance abuse," Oct. 14).
The mayor, local county executives and the governor need to work
together and turn the state's empty and closed psychiatric hospitals
into affordable, long-term residential treatment centers for all the
addicts who cannot find help. I know this will work because I did
this in Baltimore County by opening several treatment programs on the
grounds of Rosewood State Hospital. This will get the addicts off the
street and away from their drug environment, thus reducing crime,
street violence and the spreading of HIV and Hepatitis C, which is
often associated with drug addiction. At the same time we could
provide addicts with goodquality treatment, job-training services,
GED classes and family support programs for the thousands of addicts
who need help. This can be done by a public/private partnership, thus
costing the taxpayers much less than we currently pay to put addicts in prison.
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Your editorial on Sept. 20 was right on target, the supporters of
Measure B are being deceiful with their ads.
Measure A is about limiting large commercial marijuana farms that
have sprouted up all over Butte County. Yes on Measure A will still
allow granny to grow a few plants for her own medicinal use as under
The "Yes on Measure B" group wants no limits on the amount of
marijuana they can farm in our neighborhoods. They talk about
property rights. What they want is the right to contaminate our
neighborhood. And make a lot of money in the process.
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Man Who Had Faced Possible Life Sentence Takes 7 Years Probation.
GEORGETOWN - A man whose case made national news when he was facing
up to life in prison for possessing pot brownies in Williamson County
has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Jacob Lavoro, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the second-degree
felony of possession of tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC,
said his lawyer, Jack Holmes. Lavoro agreed to the plea in exchange
for a sentence of seven years' probation, Holmes said.
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I consider myself a peaceful, proud, patriotic pothead, and I've
always been a civil disobedience aficionado. "F the law, smoke it
anyway" has been my rallying cry for a couple of decades now. In my
opinion this nation's War on Drugs is built upon a foundation of
unjust laws that have infringed upon the freedoms of all Americans,
especially people of color. I have come to understand that one of the
most pivotal duties of a patriot is to question the government.
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The Apothecary Has Evolved Along With Its Industry
If the customer is always right, then The Apothecary, recently ranked
in a patient survey as Tucson's number one medical marijuana
dispensary, has a lot going for it.
Immediately noticeable upon entering, The Apothecary has a spacious,
well-lit lobby, reminiscent of a doctor's office, where patients are
buzzed in before being led to a showroom. There, a vast array of
medical marijuana products are displayed-from the 14 different
strains of THC and CBD concentrates to dozens of edible options like
cookies, peanut butter bars, chocolates, tea, coffee, and gummies.
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Also, What's Up With Law Enforcement Attacking Grows in Mendocino?
My primary doctor told me that marijuana would probably relieve my
peripheral neuropathy pain. I looked at all the ads in the SN&R
issue. Problem is that I can't tell who is the most reputable doctor
I should go to for an evaluation. Can you suggest someone who really
looks at my medical information and steers me to the right
dispensary. I am 88 years old and haven't used since the old "love
in" days. Today's scene is a mystery to me, so please help this old
man with your knowledge and sage advice.
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