A cannabis evangelist is vowing to refuse an order from the City of
White Rock to tear down the marijuana-focused "church" in his
beachfront home by the end of the week.
Several months ago, Robin Douglas erected a large tent for Church of
the Holy Smoke patrons to gather in the backyard of the home he rents
across the road from the tourist promenade along White Rock's beach.
Mr. Douglas said up to 50 people a day drop by the makeshift lounge
to hang out, smoke cannabis and ponder questions "regarding their
spirituality." He said he guarantees patrons protection from police
if they are inside his yard, but makes sure they know they could be
arrested if they leave the sanctuary.
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Dear Stoner: I've been making butter, oils and tinctures. What
licenses and permits do I need to sell my edibles to dispensaries,
and do I need a commercial kitchen?
Dear Todd: There are plenty of hoops to jump through on your way to
producing commercial edibles, but here's one insurmountable hurdle:
If you have a recent criminal history, especially one involving
drugs, then you probably don't have a shot.
If your record's clean, though, go to the Marijuana Enforcement
Division website. At
colorado.gov/pacific/enforcement/marijuanaenforcement, you'll find
information on applying for medical and retail marijuana business
licenses (you'd want an infused-product license for edibles), the
requirements and fees to do so, and all of the other boring but
extremely important details that go with starting a marijuana business.
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It's taken as a given that California will have a recreational
marijuana initiative on the ballot next year and polling indicates
that it will be successful.
With that in mind, it was worthwhile having a panel consider the ins
and outs of various ways of regulating it, even if nothing definitive
came out of the study.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Gov.
Gavin Newsom, released its report last week. An Associated Press
story about the publication was published at the time. And anyone can
read the full text at the website, www.safeandsmartpolicy.org.
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MMJ vs. Legalization
It is a sad but true fact in the world today that politics, lobbying,
and action take money, lots and lots of money.
This means that to enforce the will of popular opinion we must band
together as a cohesive force and make our voices one. There has been
a long history of infighting in the cannabis industry.
If NORML and other groups of their day had worked together in the
1970s this conversation might be long over. This didn't happen.
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Since the beginning of human commerce, the basic law of supply and
demand has mostly determined the exchange of goods. In our country,
the demand for cannabis has clearly increased over the past half
century. Our response to that demand has been the same as our
nation's response to alcohol nearly a century ago: prohibition. That
policy was a disaster for all but the illegal suppliers.
As a result of our current national cannabis prohibition, we offer
little supply to meet the demand. To curb that demand, we put people
in federal prisons. Yet the demand continues and Mexican cartels use
our national forests to supply the demand. Does this make sense?
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This week, a reader asks a question getting to the heart of an issue
that will eventually need resolution as Alaska's attempt to structure
its legal cannabis industry goes forward.
Other states that have legalized pot have roads leading more or less
from every pot store to every potential customer. But a great many
Alaskans live off the road system. They rely on small planes for
travel and on air cargo parcels for practically everything, from
construction supplies to bulk grocery items, and even alcohol.
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Inspector General Finds Sensitive Program Run 'Without Rigorous Review'
The Drug Enforcement Administration doesn't follow established
guidelines for handling confidential informants and has paid millions
of dollars in dubious or unverified federal disability payment to
informants and their families over the years.
Those are two of the findings in a report by the Department of
Justice Inspector General into the drug agency's program for dealing
with confidential informants. The report was based in part on the
review of certain case files from San Diego that used confidential informants.
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Holly Carter doesn't have a good estimate on how many plastic soil
bags wind up in landfills, but judging from the "hundreds of
thousands" she sees enter the Garberville-Redway area on flatbed
trucks every grow season, it's many. In addition to the high carbon
footprint associated with trucking dirt into our rural and rugged
region, out-of-town soil takes another unexpected environmental toll.
While the bags, most of which are made with low-density polyethylene
plastic (#4 LDPE), do bear a recycling symbol, the chances of them
actually being reincarnated are slim.
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John Evans insists that calling post-traumatic stress a disorder is
like cutting yourself and calling the blood a disorder.
"It is a natural reaction to an unnatural event," says Evans,
director of support group Veterans 4 Freedom. Not only military
veterans, but women who have suffered domestic abuse or sexual
assault, hospice workers, EMTs, firefighters, police officers and
even those affected by natural disasters can have post-traumatic
stress, he believes.
Evans is a vocal member of the growing contingent of advocates
demanding public health officials add medical marijuana to Colorado's
approved list of PTSD treatments. Ten other states have passed
similar measures. The Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council,
tasked by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
with reviewing petitions based on their scientific merits,
recommended a yes vote. The state's chief medical officer Dr. Larry
Wolk endorsed the proposal.
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Re: "Drug legalization: Learn from Portugal" [Editorial, July 26]: So
we should follow Portugal's example, and legalize all drugs? Maybe we
should follow Portugal's example and become a welfare state that is
almost as bankrupt as Greece? Oh, pardon me. I guess we are already
following Portugal in dependency and fiscal matters.
I will gladly support the legalization of all drugs the minute the
state makes drug users fully responsible for their drug use. This can
be demonstrated by removing addicts and alcoholics from the disabled
list and discontinuing their Social Security disability and general
relief payments. They should also be forced to seek nongovernmental
shelter the same as the rest of us and not be allowed to live in a
cardboard box on some street corner harassing folks as they walk by.
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But if public opinion polls, election results in other states and
people toking casually on California streets are a barometer,
legalization may be inevitable. At a minimum, it's increasingly
likely to return to the ballot in 2016.
So if the state wants to avoid a repeat of the legal and legislative
chaos produced by Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative,
policymakers better get ready.
A new report by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's blue-ribbon commission on
marijuana identifies some considerations that are almost certain to
sprout up if Mendocino Gold joins Miller Lite and Marlboros on the
list of legally sanctioned vices.
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The word "public" is defined in Webster's as "relating to or
affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state."
This definition needs to be understood by the marijuana users in our
state and our neighbor to the north. In the past year, I have been
exposed to marijuana smoke coming out of a Mariners game (try getting
around that group to avoid it), a concert at the Sleep Country
Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington, at Mt. Tabor Park on July 4
and, on a few occasions, in the parks near my home.
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For those charged with ensuring her welfare, it wasn't enough to say
that Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman discovered dead in a
Texas jail cell on July 13, died by her own hand.
Last week, authorities in Waller County, Texas, added another
incredible layer to their narrative that Bland hanged herself with a
garbage bag. She was under the influence of marijuana, they
suggested, drugs she may have consumed - nobody can say how - during
her three days in jail following a traffic stop.
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A Blue-Ribbon Report Eschews New Restrictions on Driving While Stoned
As Californian voters prepare to consider legalizing cannabis, a
newly released blue-ribbon report on marijuana policy is calling for
a balanced approach toward so-called "drugged driving." Instead of
punitive, drunk driving-type laws and penalties that many
anti-marijuana legislators have called for in the past, the report
recommends increased enforcement of existing laws with an emphasis on
matching penalties to actual risks.
The report, "Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California,"
which was commissioned by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and
released last week, recommends that, instead of creating hysterical
new restrictions based on dodgy statistics, law enforcement officers
should be given new tools and skills to determine if California
drivers are operating motor vehicles while stoned. "It is already
illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana," the report reads,
"and instead of creating new laws and penalties, law enforcement
should be given new tools, such as THC mouth swab tests and video
recorded impairment tests that could effectively enforce existing
laws and possibly meet standards of evidence."
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The 32nd Colorado Invitational Bong-a-Thon has been moved out of the
town of Stoner. Instead, the festival will be held around 21/2 hours
south of Denver, with the specific location to be sent to invitees
only. On July 6, the Montezuma Board of County Commissioners denied
event organizer Chris Jetter's application for amplified sound and
filed an injunction to stop the event altogether.
"We had a special use permit for a special event," says Board Vice
President Larry Don Suckla. "It takes about one month to get one of
those through. There wasn't enough time to get it through before that event."
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Both use and approval are down.
Houston, we have a problem (with marijuana). No, it's not that
youngsters are getting stoned on the wacky weed and crashing cars or
dropping out of school.
It's that they're starting to dislike the stuff.
A report released last week in The American Journal of Drug and
Alcohol Abuse shows that not only has cannabis use decreased among
teens, but disapproval of marijuana is up. (They could have said that
approval was down, but the media is so opposed to putting a positive
spin on drug use, even academic news is twisted.) Taking data from
the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the survey is stunning
for both its duration, from 2002 to 2013, and breadth, with 500,000
kids across the nation polled.
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Commercial pot growers worsen the drought conditions in Butte County.
Marijuana's high water demands deplete wells. Growers divert water
and transport it to stay afloat until harvest season. The Office of
Emergency Management has stepped in to provide life-saving water
needs for families.
Groundwater supplies in foothill communities cannot sustain
noncompliant marijuana grows. Citizens can help. Ordinance 4075
(Measure A) is only enforced if illegal grows are reported to Butte
County code enforcement. It's a reactive (complaint driven) system
that works well.
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In our July 22 Higher Ground column ("Making an example") Larry
Gabriel wrote about a police sweep on a Detroit Medz dispensary, a
move which appeared to be defended by Detroit Councilman James Tate.
Robert Sharpe, a policy analyst at Common Sense for Drug Policy, weighed in.
Regarding Larry Gabriel's July 22 column, would City Councilmember
James Tate and the Metropolitan Detroit Community Action Coalition
prefer that we go back to the old days when violent drug cartels had
a monopoly on marijuana distribution? It's long past time to stop
treating marijuana like kryptonite. The plant is not nearly as
dangerous (or exciting) as drug warriors would have us believe.
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It looked like a chocolate smoothie, it tasted like a chocolate
smoothie, but it was much more than just a chocolate smoothie.
A New Westminster woman ended up in the emergency room Saturday after
unknowingly ingesting a quarter bottle of marijuana-laced smoothie.
"I started seeing flashing lights behind my eyeballs, it was
constantly flickering even when I closed my eyes, my whole body
started to feel very strange," said Eileen Edinger, who drank the
marijuana smoothie after it was left in her fridge by a family member.
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Meet the man behind Winnipeg's first medical marijuana dispensary
Fifteen years ago, Glenn Price had his wrist gashed open when moving a
large mirror that shattered. The damage required 500 stitches, Price
said, and the scar to prove it still weaves through his skin to his
hand, where extensive nerve damage has left him without feeling in his
On the same arm, Price "broke" his shoulder 10 years prior to that
incident, which to this day leaves him with chronic pain that doctors
originally wanted to prescribe powerful painkillers to treat.
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McGill study found traces of substances in drinking water that could
Trace amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and morphine, among other illicit
and prescription drugs, have been detected in surface water in
southern Ontario rivers, a new study says.
The drugs originate in wastewater discharged into the Grand River
watershed, according to aMcGill University report published last week
in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Limited
quantities of certain drugs also remained in Ontario's drinking water,
even after passing through a drinking water treatment plant,
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Health Canada has agreed to review the prescription-only status of an
antidote used to treat heroin and other opioid overdoses.
A number of provinces have called for naloxone to be easier to access,
so people who might one day need it can keep it on hand.
The idea would be to treat naloxone like EpiPens and insulin, the
department suggested in a press release, which was issued without
fanfare on Friday.
"In the event Health Canada's initial assessment finds that the
benefits of expanding access appear to outweigh potential risks, the
next step would be a public consultation," the department said in the
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San Diego Officials Gaining Upper Hand at Shutting Illicit
Dispensaries As Demand Shifts to Legal Operations
San Diego's efforts to shut down illegal pot shops have become more
successful just as several of the city's first wave of legal medical
marijuana dispensaries are set to open this summer and fall.
Fifteen illegal dispensaries are somewhere in the long and
complicated process of being closed by the city, down from 69 one year ago.
Community leaders have lobbied the city to shut down illegal shops
quickly, saying they are unregulated, attract crime and operate in
inappropriate locations near schools or businesses that attract children.
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THREE more police forces have signalled that people who grow cannabis
for their own consumption will not be targeted.
Earlier this month, Durham Constabulary stated it would only go after
people using the drug if there was a complaint or if they were being "blatant".
Now police and crime commissioners (PPCs) in Derbyshire, Dorset and
Surrey have indicated that those caught smoking or cultivating the
drug on a small scale can expect little more than a caution.
The change in attitudes will be seen as a further step towards
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The promotion of industrial hemp as a silver bullet to protect
agricultural lands from development is a case of misplaced enthusiasm.
Sugar and pineapple have experienced greatly reduced plantings due to
cheaper production elsewhere. The 10-year legislative promotion of
ethanol in fuel could not induce a single investor to build a plant
to produce it. The ship has sailed on industrial crop production in
Hawaii due to high costs of land, water and labor.
Legislative enthusiasm to support Hawaiian agriculture would be
better focused on improving the water supply to agriculturally
important lands, enhanced grower access to local markets via an open
statewide auction house and enhanced interisland transportation, such
as the Superferry.
Let's not waste valuable tax dollars on developing a crop like
industrial hemp that can and will be more cost effectively produced
in other mainland states, if and when it becomes legal to do so.
Three Medical-Marijuana Companies Hope to Tap into City's Wealth of Patients
Three medical-marijuana companies are eyeing the Scottsdale Airpark
for new dispensary locations as they look to tap into one of
Arizona's highest concentrations of patients authorized to use the drug.
Two proposed dispensaries are on the south side of the airport's
runways, while a third is planned near the Scottsdale Quarter office
and shopping complex, according to city records. The latter has
already been approved for a permit, while a City Council vote is
likely coming for the others.
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The Sunday editorial "Descriminalizacao" on the war against drugs
seems to confirm what I've been carrying on about for some time now.
The war on drugs is an entirely misguided effort. We keep blaming the
Mexican and Colombian cartels for the sale and use of drugs in this
country. The fact of the matter is that the American people must take
most of the blame for what is happening.
Readers of my letter who don't want to deal with this reality will
write me off as being unpatriotic, but the real truth is that the
American people have created the demand for drugs. Americans want
drugs. We want cocaine, marijuana, meth and anything we can get our
hands on. Drug cartels are simply supplying a product to a
marketplace we have created.
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In high school, Shelley Goldsmith was a student council president and
tennis team captain. She'd won an academic scholarship to the
University of Virginia, had raised money for the American Heart
Association and baked cupcakes for cancer patients when her dad was
going through chemotherapy.
The Abington, Va., teen also loved music. In August 2013, Goldsmith,
then 19, attended a rave concert at a club in Washington where she
took some Molly, a popular recreational drug. After a few hours of
hard dancing, she collapsed. She died several hours later at a hospital.
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Three charged as product from 'compassion club' storefront seized
More than 1,000 people with health problems ranging from cancer to
chronic pain are without their legal medicine after a Beverly area
marijuana shop was raided Wednesday by police.
The non-profit Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization
Society, or MACROS, had been illegally supplying marijuana to users
with a Health Canada medical marijuana licence or a prescription from
their doctor for 11 years without any issues, society president Aaron
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Alanis Morissette, the Canadian songstress who penned the tune Mary
Jane, admits to using pot in the past to juice up her creativity. But
when she became pregnant - her son Ever is four now - she gave up the
You Oughta Know what she knows: Smoking pot while you're pregnant or
breastfeeding is dangerous for your fetus and your child. Studies show
that when you expose your fetus to marijuana, chances are your child
will have lower test scores on visual problem-solving, visual
analysis, and visual and motor co-ordination, plus behavioural
problems and a decreased attention span. These are lifelong handicaps.
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The Health Ministry will make it possible for patients licensed to
receive medical cannabis to get it at a pharmacy, Deputy Health
Minister MK Ya'acov Litzman announced on Monday at a session of the
Knesset Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
The policy shift will make it easier for tens of thousands of people
with pain and other chronic symptoms to get medical marijuana.
"I saw medical marijuana last week for the first time," said Litzman,
an MK from the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism Party. I was
required by a suit in the High Court of Justice to deal with the
issue," he said, adding that during his first four-year tenure as
deputy health ministry, he "tried to stay away from dealing with the
issue myself, but to hand it to professionals in the ministry. I am
aware of the need to create order in the matter and to change the
ministry's policy to make it easier for patients," the UTJ MK said.
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It's been a busy couple of weeks in America's futile War on Drugs.
It's a war that can't be won, a war that makes billionaires of some
of the world's most vicious criminals, a war that began 44 years ago
and has cost more than $1 trillion.
It's time to think about what we as a nation are doing wrong. It's
time to honestly face the facts.
Yes, we can and should let nonviolent drug offenders out of prison,
as President Obama has advocated and some conservative states already
have done, and as bipartisan legislation pending in Congress would do.
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Alanis Morissette, the Canadian songstress who penned the tune "Mary
Jane," admits to using pot in the past to juice up her creativity.
But when she became pregnant - her son Ever is four now - she gave up the weed.
"You Oughta Know" what she knows: Smoking pot while you're pregnant
or breastfeeding is dangerous for your fetus and your child.
Studies show that when you expose your fetus to marijuana, chances
are your child will have lower test scores on visual problem-solving,
visual analysis, and visual and motor coordination, plus behavioral
problems and a decreased attention span. These are lifelong handicaps.
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The Merced Police Department served search warrants Friday and shut
down Kiona's Farm'acy in downtown Merced, alleging the business
operated as a marijuana dispensary.
The police also ordered an investigation into business owner Lakisha
Jenkins for possible tax evasion.
But Jenkins says her business is a nonprofit and agriculture
cooperative that has been operating in California for more than a
decade. Though the Farm'acy does sell cannabis to some members, who
Jenkins said mostly are cancer patients, it also sells hundreds of
herbs, teas and organic produce. Jenkins calls it a "holistic health center."
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This month marks 14 years since Portugal decriminalized the purchase,
possession and use of all drugs even cocaine and heroin. As
Californians consider joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington
state and Washington, D.C., in legalizing the recreational use of
marijuana, Portugal's experience is instructive in setting realistic
expectations and assuaging fears surrounding legalization.
Portugal saw a significant increase in drug use and abuse following
the 1974 overthrow of its nearly 50-year authoritarian military
dictatorship, as Portuguese returned from the country's overseas colonies.
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TORONTO - Canadians who have been prescribed medical marijuana could
one day see their insurance company footing the bill, experts
predict, following the introduction of new Health Canada rules that
allow for the sale of cannabis oils.
Health Canada announced revamped medical marijuana regulations
earlier this month after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that users
of the drug should be permitted to consume it in other forms, such as
oils and edibles, rather than having to smoke dried buds.
"You're going to see insurance companies slowly start to creep into
the sector," says Khurram Malik, an analyst at Jacob Securities Inc.,
noting that the new regulations will allow medical marijuana
producers to sell gel caps similar to those made from cod liver oil.
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The B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office is getting more and more ingenious -
too ingenious. This month, Seyed Nima Razavi Zadeh was convicted of
sexual assault. He is in custody pending sentencing. In the interim,
the CFO is moving to seize his condominium, which he bought nine
years ago for $290,000. The CFO will argue that the condominium unit
was a "staging ground" for his crime and possibly others.
Yes, Mr. Razavi Zadeh committed a crime, was convicted and will be
sentenced. But the civil forfeiture law was created to go after the
proceeds of organized crime. In this case, as in many others, the CFO
is stretching the law far beyond its original intent and beyond what
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms should allow. Does his crime
justify the expropriation of his property without compensation, or
even making him homeless?
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The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education needs to educate
itself on the downside of student drug testing. Student involvement
in after-school activities, like sports, has been shown to reduce
drug use. They keep kids busy during the hours they are most likely
to get into trouble. Forcing students to undergo degrading urine
tests as a prerequisite will only discourage participation in
Drug testing may compel marijuana users to switch to more dangerous
prescription narcotics to avoid testing positive. This is one of the
reasons the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes student drug
testing. Despite a short-lived high, marijuana is the only drug that
stays in the human body long enough to make urinalysis a deterrent.
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SO LET ME get this right, Gov. (Susana) Martinez intends to "out"
producers and employees of a legitimate business in the name of
transparency. I understand she is getting pressure to release the
names of the producers. I get that. I get that it's important to
What I don't get is why Gov. Martinez is dragging the employees of a
Licensed Non-Profit Producers into her political ping pong game. I
have a close relative that works for an LNPP. Their workplace has a
very sophisticated alarm system. My relative keeps a panic button on
their person at all times. Not only that, but the regulations forbid
the employees from carrying a firearm for protection! Believe me, a
business would not spend money on this type of security if they did
not need it.
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I AM 88 years old and have never used marijuana or other illegal drugs.
I think revealing the names of owners and employees who produce
medical marijuana will expose them to danger - possible theft,
possible death. Gov. (Susana) Martinez will be responsible for any
wrongdoing that will result. It is wrong to reveal their names.
The Grass Valley City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider
options for regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana citywide.
"(The council) is requesting an update on marijuana laws in
California and the U.S.," City Manager Bob Richardson said. "And just
be given an overview to consider whether they want to keep things the
same, do they want to make changes, and what are the directions they
would like to head in, or if they are good at where they are at today."
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THE first time you meet Robin, it's easy to be misled by her fragile
appearance. She's in her 40s and painfully thin, and she grips her
aluminum walker with hands that have been twisted by rheumatoid
arthritis. But she's both tough and resourceful, and she doesn't give
I met Robin and many others like her at a California medical
marijuana clinic where I was doing research for a book. She was one
of almost a dozen patients seeking recommendation letters that would
let them buy marijuana at designated dispensaries.
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This Week's Topic: Are Safe Injection Sites Like Insite in
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Good Public Policy?
I have a lot of sympathy for injection drugs users. Addiction
consumes mind, body and soul - without treatment, the disease gets
progressively worse, leaving only incarceration or death. That is,
unless you frequent Insite, the safe-injection site in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. There, the mortal consequences of hardcore drug
use are suspended..
At Insite, drug users can inject heroin (40% of injections), powder
cocaine (30%) and methamphetamine (5%) - chasing the high all the way
to the point of death, with no fear of paying the ultimate price.
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This Week's Topic: Are Safe Injection Sites Like Insite in
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Good Public Policy?
We know addiction results in violence, depression, illness and early
death. We've learned how addiction can devastate families, friends,
and colleagues. We have seen people-once children full of potential -
become addicts contorting their bodies in the middle of busy streets,
pestering citizens for change, or selling their bodies.
People of all income levels are affected. Yet addiction imposes the
stiffest penalties on those living in the Downtown Eastside,
sometimes with mental illness, often with no support network.
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I was delighted to read the editorial "Open the marijuana files"
(July 14), encouraging more transparency in the processes for making
medical cannabis available to New Yorkers. Our state needs to work
quickly and openly in this process.
Our state legislators can rest assured that research confirms the
plant's medical efficacy and safety. It reliably helps those
suffering from AIDS-related wasting, the side effects of
chemotherapy, symptoms of multiple sclerosis and various types of
pain. It also shows promise for many other ailments. Patients can
sidestep respiratory irritation thanks to new vaporizer technology and edibles.
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CONWAY - A Van Buren County man isn't giving up on his cause, even
though the attorney general's office has rejected five proposed
ballot titles that would have asked voters to legalize marijuana for
Four of Robert Reed's proposals would have provided for voters to
decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment allowing for
either industrial or agricultural uses and medical uses of marijuana.
The other proposal would have let voters decide whether to pass an
amendment legalizing all uses of marijuana, including recreational.
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As a former deputy sheriff, I know from enforcing senseless marijuana
laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana
is kept illegal ("Legal pot poses another threat to children," July 8
letter from Dr. Johanna Said). The term "controlled substance" is
The goal of prohibiting marijuana was to eradicate its use, but in
reality, the drug has become infinitely harder for law enforcement to
control. People like me, and other advocates of marijuana
legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to
children. We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating
marijuana will actually make everyone safer. Merely decriminalizing
it will do nothing to undercut the dangerous illicit market that is
currently selling to kids everywhere.
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Heroin is killing Alaskans at alarming rates, and unless we do
something to address the problem now, it will only get worse.
Heroin-related deaths in Alaska tripled between 2008 and 2013. In
2012, the rate of heroin overdose deaths was 42 percent higher than
the national rate. Alaskans are no strangers to the heroin and opiate
abuse crisis killing our friends, family and neighbors.
We read reports weekly of heroin seizures, ruined lives, overdose
deaths and grieving families.
Recently, we read that heroin is taking an unprecedented toll on
Alaska ("Public health officials find steep rise in Alaska heroin
deaths, overdoses," ADN, July 14). The article highlighted findings
of a new report by the Division of Public Health that every Alaska
public official should read, entitled "Health Impacts of Heroin Use in Alaska."
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A couple of items in Wednesday's E-R got my attention. Let me make
sure that I've got this straight.
A white deputy sheriff, carrying the authority and wearing the
uniform that we provided to him, sexually abused female Butte County
Jail inmates under his care and protection. Three hundred and
thirty-eight days later, he is charged with three misdemeanors.
A Mexican individual sleeping next to a marijuana plantation is
charged with three felonies - the news is printed two days after his arrest.
I suspect that there are people, somewhere in the world, who do not
believe that the United States is crazy. I'm sure that
anthropologists are trying diligently to locate these people.
- - Chuck Greenwood, Durham
"My favorite )) color is chocolate."--Visited the grands last week.
Gentleman Jack is 3.5 years old.
Pretty much )) everyone assumes that recreational pot will become
California-legal in 2016. The Yes vote will be urban, consumer-driven
(ready access, cheap) and careless of our rural concerns: Community,
land use, sustainable water use, environmental protection, reasonable
profit.--That last one, "reasonable profit," is especially
problematic in this our America.
Those rural )) concerns recently put two of our more risk-taking
supervisors on Jane Futcher's KZYX "Cannabis Hour" (July 16,
available on KZYX's Jukebox link).--John McCowen and Tom Woodhouse
are our BoS's ad hoc marijuana policy committee, so what they
said-antiphonally-likely indicates the course our Supervisors will
take as they deal with the few cannabis policy matters that are in
their and (through electing them) our local control.
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