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.
So many hash labs are blowing up around these parts that Humboldt Bay
Fire, which services the greater Eureka area, recently declared it
won't go into the burning aftermath of the explosions.
The new policy comes on the heels of several hash lab fires in the
area, the most recent of which (on Jan. 20) sent a resident to the
University of California Davis burn center and left "obvious signs
that the explosion moved the roof off the walls," according to a press release.
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Drug overdose deaths are reaching record levels in a surprising
corner of Colorado: the windswept southern counties where ranchers
graze cattle and farmers raise corn.
In eight counties stretching from Baca west to Rio Grande, yearly
overdose deaths have reached the highest level measured by the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Denver and Adams
counties have hit the same level- 20 or more deaths per 100,000
residents - along with two other Colorado counties.
Altogether, every one of Colorado's 64 counties except Mineral, a
sparsely populated county in the mountains, has experienced a rising
drug death rate in the last 12 years.
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Despite Recent Setbacks, Utah Republican Says Legislation Has Traction
The co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to reduce some mandatory
minimum drug and gun sentences said Wednesday that he is hopeful
Congress can still pass the bill despite recent setbacks.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said issues have arisen that have slowed the
legislation - considered by advocates of sentencing reform to be the
most significant in decades. But "I don't believe it's stalled," he
said at "Out of Jail, Into Society," a Washington Post Live event
about prison reform.
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The administration has opined that our country incarcerates too many
people for nonviolent drug offenses. It recently decided to address
that problem. However, the only people who are going to be happy
about the solution are drug dealers.
In December, the federal government quietly cut almost half of the
funding for Drug Enforcement Agency task forces across the country.
Police chiefs across the country received a letter from the
Department of Justice entitled "Deferral of Department of Justice
Equitable Sharing Payments." It explained that drug forfeiture funds,
which local agencies receive for working with DEA, would be
"deferred" until further notice. DOJ referred to this as a $1.2
billion "rescission" needed to balance its budget.
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It was in a low-rent town in flyover country, playing a gig in front
of a crowd of squares and straights in the Ronald Reagan '80s - the
dark days of Just Say No, compulsory D.A.R.E. classes for children,
and the crack-cocaine epidemic, all the things that led to our
country's current drug-fueled incarceration crisis - when Tommy Chong
really blew his audience's minds.
Chong and his partner Cheech Marin had been plying their brand of
stoner humor for almost two decades, their comedy LPs and films on
the Hi-Fis and Betamaxes of cannabis users around the world. (And the
pair would separate soon after, when Marin tried to make a break from
the THC-fueled typecast and go for a straight-laced acting career.)
But on this night and in this town - some nameless "right-wing
Christian" place Chong cannot recall - the still-bearded longhairs
were not playing to their audience. Still, the crewcuts paid to see
these freaks, leftovers from the '60s, in action. And they were curious.
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State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, introduced legislation
Wednesday that would establish a 15 percent statewide sales tax on
medical marijuana, a move he said was needed to help cover local
government costs to control the booming cannabis industry.
The tax would be in addition to the existing sales tax - roughly 8
percent on goods and services - and is expected to generate more than
$100 million a year, with a 30 percent share available to cities and
counties for costs associated with medical cannabis.
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Last week, dispensary owners in Arizona, and other states, woke up to
news their Facebook pages were deleted
At least a handful of medical marijuana dispensaries in Tucson
realized their Facebook pages had been deleted on Thursday, Feb. 4 by
the social media site, according to the Daily Haze.
Facebook claimed they had banned the pages because the company does
not allow any material that "condones drug use."
The Haze spoke to Tucson's Earth's Healing's marketing director,
Florence Hijazi, who told the online publication that not having a
Facebook page damages the dispensary's business, because their
patients check their page on a daily basis for different specials and
other updates. Hijazi also told the Haze that, in response to being
kicked out of Facebook, Earth's Healing plans to focus more on their
Twitter account and their phone app.
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Dear Stoner: Does marijuana help with depression?
Dear Searching: Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no.
There's such a wide range of studies on the subject that trying to
wrap your head around it can make your hair fall out - or leave you
more depressed. A survey of 4,400 adults that was funded by the
Marijuana Policy Project indicated that regular and occasional
marijuana users had more positive moods and fewer somatic complaints
than non-users, but it also found medical users to be more depressed
than recreational users. Other published studies have shown marijuana
smokers to be diagnosed with depression more often and to be more at
risk for schizophrenia or psychosis than non-smokers, but doctors
don't agree on whether marijuana is the cause of a patient's
depression or just that patient's preferred method of self-medication.
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IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY, which can be difficult for single people. (Who
are only alone because something is wrong with them. WHAT? I'm right.
You know I'm right. Think of all your single friends, and name two
who aren't that way because of a deep, twisted, untreatable inner flaw. Yikes.)
But even for those of us who are happily coupled-and don't hate-there
are expectations forced upon us that this has to be the most
romantic, multi-orgasmic holiday of the year, right after Arbor Day
or when a new dispensary opens down the block.
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The United Nations is aiming to set a new macro policy on
recreational drugs worldwide, starting today. It has taken almost a
generation even to get to this point, which is the token beginning of
a UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs. There are strong
feelings emerging that the UN itself might even take a stand leaning
towards legalisation of such drugs. A kickoff meeting this evening in
New York will hear testimony, mostly from the pro-enforcement side.
This is, essentially, Thailand's time to stand up for this country's
policies on illegal drugs - or to call for changes. It is certain
that after today's "interactive panel discussions" on the subject
that a handful of Latin American countries and most of the 279 NGOs
registered to attend will be lobbying hard on the legalisation side.
Thailand and Thais are not prepared to go that far. Yet changes must be made.
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Billionaire warlords, who started as small-time weed smugglers, have
swathes of Latin America under their bloody rule, and the chaos is
creeping north. But, says IOAN GRILLO, they owe their power to
white-collar crooks from the States, who first set up their deadly networks
A chain of crime wars is currently strangling Latin America and the
Caribbean, drenching it in blood. And the first link in the chain is
found in the US. Specifically, in a Barnes and Noble bookshop in a
mall in El Paso, Texas.
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The Turnbull government will on Wednesday introduce a national scheme
into Parliament to licence medicinal cannabis growers.
Although medicinal cannabis is available for particular patient
groups and clinical trials, it is now illegal to grow and import most
medicinal cannabis products, leading some patients to buy them from
the black market and run the risk of prosecution for drug use and
possession. Health Minister Sussan Ley hoped for bipartisan support
for legal changes that she said would help chronically ill patients
in allowing therapeutic products to be grown on a larger scale to
meet patient demand. She was confident a single cultivation scheme
rather than state- and territory-based schemes, would hasten
regulation and patients' access to medicinal cannabis. "A national
regulator will also allow the government to closely track the
development of cannabis products for medicinal use from cultivation
to supply and curtail any attempts by criminals to get involved," she
said. It is unclear whether the scheme will gain enough Senate
support, because it differs from a separate Greens-led bill for a
national regulator that would oversee growth, manufacture and
distribution of medicinal cannabis. This model, introduced into the
Senate in 2014, has support from both Liberal and Labor senators.
ANAHEIM Drug addicts who are ready to kick their habit soon will be
urged to seek out help from an unconventional new ally: the Police Department.
Mayor Tom Tait on Tuesday announced what he calls "Drug Free
Anaheim," aimed at encouraging chronic drug users to walk into a
police station in Orange County's most populous city and ask for help
in exchange for a free ride to a rehabilitation center.
Anaheim appears to be the first California city to adopt the tactic,
which Tait said puts the city's focus on helping users recover -
rather than jailing them - while allowing police to enforce drug laws.
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When pot businesses can legally open in Anchorage later this year,
they'll have to be at least 500 feet from schools in most parts of
the city, the Anchorage Assembly decided Tuesday night.
The Assembly also narrowly voted against a proposal to allow on-site
consumption in retail stores, at least for now. That question was
referred back to the Assembly's committee on marijuana regulation.
Assembly members said the city should wait for the outcome of
still-evolving state regulations before adopting local rules on
marijuana bars or cafes -- but left undisturbed laws for private
social clubs, where customers can bring their own pot to consume.
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A state task force has recommended that Oregon create an independent
institute for research into the medical uses of marijuana. The
reasons for doing so are sound, and lawmakers should follow the
recommendation. But not right away.
The task force, created by the 2015 Legislature under the auspices of
the Oregon Health Authority, issued its report Monday. The report
recommends creating the Oregon Institute for Cannabis Research. The
institute would conduct studies both within the university system and
outside it, and would raise private funds as well as relying on a
dedicate source of state funding.
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Saskatoon's police chief says the Liberal government needs to clarify
Canada's marijuana laws to combat serious misunderstandings about the
legality of the drug.
"The police aren't anti-marijuana," Chief Clive Weighill said. "But
we are in a situation right now that is a very grey zone."
Weighill said despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election
promise that pot will be legalized for personal use, smoking, growing
and selling weed in Canada is still against the law.
Weighill, who is also president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs
of Police, said the government needs to offer clarity to people -
especially those who believe that because of the election promise,
the drug is already legal.
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Regarding "$1 billion prescription for treating addictions" (Open
Forum, Feb. 8): A big thank you to President Obama for his proposal
to allocate $1.1 billion in new funding to stop the opioid overdose epidemic.
The use of prescription drugs is so prolific in our country that
precious Super Bowl 50 ad space was used for a product that relieves
opioid-induced constipation. I am heartened to know that the
president is dedicating more resources to stave off this health
crisis of epidemic proportions and to help save precious lives.
Lauren Kahn, San Francisco
SACRAMENTO - California would levy a new 15 percent tax on medical
marijuana sales to enforce new regulations and pay for state
programs, rehabilitation and parks under a bill introduced Wednesday.
The Marijuana Value Tax Act could bring the state more than $100
million in new revenue. The tax was anticipated after the state
passed historic regulations last year that require state and local
licenses for medical marijuana businesses under the new Bureau of
Medical Marijuana Regulations.
"Now that there is a long overdue regulatory framework put into
place, it's time to help fund the areas that are most affected by the
cultivation - those communities that have long been paying the price
of the negative effects of cultivation brought on by the 'bad actors'
who destroy the environment and bring in crime," state Sen. Mike
McGuire, D-Healdsburg, who authored SB987 and parts of last year's
marijuana regulations, said in a statement.
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The Oregon Department of Agriculture stopped the sale of a pesticide
used by marijuana growers because one of its active ingredients is
not listed on the product label.
The agency says the product, Guardian, identifies itself as 100
percent natural and lists its active ingredients as cinnamon oil and
citric acid. A state lab, however, found the presence of abamectin, a
widely used insecticide.
A company official said the product has been pulled nationwide.
Times staff and news services
Medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries are governed by a
sometimes-confusing smorgasbord of rules and regulations that differ
from county to county and city to city.
Now there are four pieces of approved state legislation to add to the
mix, including a cleanup bill signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown
that makes corrections to the earlier-approved bills.
Add to that the prospect of multiple statewide ballot initiatives in
November and the result is a lot of uncertainty over the future of
medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries, locally and statewide.
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There's a marijuana recall saga playing out in Denver that suggests
our regulatory system isn't quite up to snuff yet (at least when it
comes to quality control.)
It first blew up last March when the city of Denver quarantined more
than 100,000 plants from six separately owned and operated grows
after the fire department discovered off-label pesticide use on the
plants during routine safety inspections.
The city stepped up its inspections of cultivation facilities, and
the Denver Post 's Cannabist blog even commissioned its own tests for
pesticides on retail marijuana extracts.
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Thank you for your article in The Chronicle regarding "Coordinated
effort to remove syringes" (Feb. 9). I hope you'll consider exploring
this subject further, looking at the root causes of the incredible
increase in improperly discarded needles. Where are all these
thousands of needles coming from?
Why the exponential increase? How much is attributable to the
disappearance of needle exchange programs and their replacement with
needle giveaways? Is this policy right for San Francisco? What other
cities have changed this policy? What differentiates successful
implementations from unsuccessful? Even if exchange is not required,
can we mandate that the giveaways accept used needles for disposal
(apparently many do not)? We need to find a solution to the root of
the problem. Cleanup is good, but it's just a BandAid.
Tim Miller, San Francisco
City staffers are seeking to lift Oakland's cap on dispensaries and
to license vapor lounges, commercial gardens, hash-makers, kitchens, and labs.
Oakland stands poised to dominate California's new era of regulated
medical cannabis. The Oakland City Council could green-light up to
eight new medical cannabis dispensaries per year, as well approve
dozens of related licenses for cultivation, testing, edibles, and pot
extracts at its meeting on Tuesday, February 16.
Under the sweeping plan pushed by staffers in Mayor Libby Schaaf's
administration, Oakland would also issue new licenses for
delivery-only dispensaries, transportation services, lounges, and
analytical labs. The plan also likely will produce millions of
dollars in new tax revenue for the city; would increase safety by
reducing the need for a black market for medical pot; would add more
local jobs; and would produce safer medical cannabis supplies on a
smaller carbon footprint, according to city staffers. The plan is
scheduled to go before the council's Public Safety Committee on
Tuesday night, February 9.
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Whether it's alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, meth,
acid or whatever vice chosen, substance abuse impacts almost everyone
you know, one way or another.
It may be your brother or sister, your child or parent or even just a
person on the street you happen to drive by, but whatever the
connection, addiction has touched your life.
Some lives more than others.
Last night, the District of Mission held a forum on substance abuse
and while the afternoon sessions were for service groups and
politicians, the evening session was open to the public - more
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The state Health Department said Tuesday it will neither release the
names of committee members who will select the winners of Hawaii's
eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses nor disclose any
information about the selection process.
The department received 66 applications for the dispensary licenses
and will determine by April 15 who is granted the right to open the
first legal marijuana shops in Hawaii later this year.
"It is critical that the selection process be conducted without
external influence and disruption, so that applicants are scored
solely on their application and the merit criteria," said Janice
Okubo, spokeswoman for the Department of Health. "To ensure the
integrity of the selection process, DOH will not be releasing any
additional information about applicants, the application process or
evaluation panel at this time."
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You don't have to be stoned to be confused by the status of Canada's
Users of medical marijuana must wonder if it's OK to pick up supplies
at pot dispensaries across the country.
In Nova Scotia, one operator proudly announced the opening of his
Dartmouth dispensary last week.
But at least two in-province pot retailers were raided by police last year.
The law seems to suggest prescription holders should obtain the drug
from licensed suppliers - which means by mail-order.
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Medical Marijuana Store Owner Says Users Suffer Without Access to Weed
Pleas from the owner of Saskatoon's now-shuttered medical marijuana
dispensary that he be allowed to operate in the grey area of the law
fell on deaf ears at a council committee meeting.
Mark Hauk, founder of the Saskatoon Compassion Club, closed the
dispensary's doors after he was charged last fall with trafficking,
production and possessing the proceeds of crime.
He told council's planning committee on Monday that the closure means
many people who relied on medical marijuana are now suffering. He
asked that his business be allowed to operate despite the fact that
it is presently considered illegal under federal law.
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MEXICO CITY - Armando Santacruz is a clean-cut father of five and
successful business owner.
Nothing at all about him screams "pothead."
Yet, Santacruz, 54, is at the forefront of a growing movement to
legalize marijuana in Mexico - a move that could have seismic
repercussions both in Mexico and the USA.
He talks about legalizing pot with the same impassioned fervor many
here use to describe soccer clubs or favorite restaurants.
Santacruz was one of four plaintiffs who won a pivotal Supreme Court
case here in November, which allowed him and his co-plaintiffs their
private consumption of cannabis and galvanized a national debate.
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Marlborough police are finding more drug users and less drug dealers,
according to new police data.
Police statistical indicators for December showed Marlborough police
caught more than twice as many people using illicit drugs in December
last year, compared to the previous year.
Nineteen people in Marlborough were caught using drugs in December
last year, compared with nine in December 2014.
However, the number of people caught selling illegal drugs decreased
by more than half, from 14 in December 2014 to five in the same month
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Medical marijuana user says doctors discouraged from prescribing; new
clinic hopes to alleviate concerns
As the country moves towards legalizing marijuana for recreational
use, patients in Newfoundland and Labrador are still having trouble
accessing the herb for medical use.
It's not because of the fact that no licensed producers grow marijuana
in the province; doctors here may be hesitant because the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador appears to
discourage them from having anything to do with it.
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Canada's frontline officers and police chiefs are alarmed by the
growing chaos in the marijuana industry, saying the Liberal Party's
promise to eventually legalize the drug has sparked confusion across
Illegal pot dispensaries are opening up from coast to coast at the
same time as some users feel they should no longer be subject to the
Criminal Code, prompting law-enforcement officials to urge the
Trudeau government to remind Canadians that marijuana remains an
The dispensaries are ostensibly set up to distribute medical
marijuana, but many are believed to also sell cannabis for
recreational use with the flimsiest medical evidence or documentation.
The licensed producers of medical marijuana have responded by
launching a lobbying campaign to persuade the government to shut down
the dispensaries. At the same time, these legal producers of medical
marijuana are vying to be the first in line to legally produce
marijuana for recreational use.
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Re: "Navy making a difference in drug war," column, Feb. 6.
If the navy stopped chasing around the world for various drug
shipments, would we notice any difference here at home? Were things a
lot worse with respect to drug-induced crime before this program
started back in 2006? Were the gangs more numerous then than they are
today? Are we winning the war on drugs now?
I don't think so.
A truly ludicrous column.
Alan Randell Victoria
I wrote last week a column about marijuana that contained bad
I had heard complaints from three different people that they could not
find a doctor in Saskatoon to prescribe medical marijuana. I have
since learned that maybe they weren't seeing the right doctors.
Some doctors still will not write prescriptions for the once-forbidden
herb, but plenty of others have come around. Saskatoon-based supplier
CanniMed alone has filled prescriptions written by 290 Saskatchewan
doctors, 136 of them in Saskatoon, at last count. This would not
include doctors whose prescriptions are filled by other licensed
suppliers, of which there are more than 20. So, medical marijuana is
far from impossible to get here, as I incorrectly reported.
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MARIJUANA and fitness - common sense suggests one doesn't go well with
the other. The stereotype of the lazy stoner who makes late-night
pilgrimages for junk food doesn't mesh with someone who spends spare
time lifting weights or goes on early morning jogs.
But some users who have taken a hit before lifting weights say there
"Weed was a great help for me when I was just starting off weight
training, running and cycling. For one, it really takes the edge of
the soreness," says Martin, who doesn't want his last name published.
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Re: "Rolling in dough," Jan. 29.
It's true, since Colorado completely re-legalized cannabis
(marijuana), treating it like the relatively safe God-given plant that
it is, the state has reaped huge taxes. But Canada shouldn't cleanse
itself from cannabis prohibition to profit, but rather to end one of
North America's worst policy failures because it's the right thing to
do. The Luciferous practice of caging humans for using what God
indicates He created and says is good on literally the very first page
of the Bible is vulgar for developed nations. The sooner the devil law
ends, the sooner the sky will stop falling in.
("Luciferous" means "enlightening.")
Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $
996,184,788 of recreational and medical cannabis in 2015, according
to the state Department of Revenue.
"I think it's ethical to round that up to a billion," cannabis
industry attorney Christian Sederberg said Tuesday upon first hearing
the 2015 totals.
Colorado recreational marijuana sales first started on Jan. 1, 2014.
Colorado also collected more than $ 135 million in marijuana taxes
and fees in 2015- more than $ 35 million of which is earmarked for
school construction projects.
Colorado released marijuana tax data for December 2015 on Tuesday,
showing a major uptick in month-over-month sales.
Now a Professor, He Writes to Obama About Mandatory 55-Year Term
A former federal judge in Utah asked President Obama on Tuesday to
"swiftly" give clemency to Weldon Angelos, a man he sentenced to 55
years in prison in connection with selling marijuana.
Calling the sentence "one of the most troubling that I ever faced in
my five years on the federal bench," Paul G. Cassell, now a professor
at the University of Utah's law school, said the mandatory minimum
sentence he was required to impose on Angelos was one of the chief
reasons he chose to step down as a judge.
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To the editor:
Re: Don't open the gateway of marijuana to harder drugs: bereaved
How sad that a grieving grandfather wants no changes to the law that
was in place when his grandson died.
You would think that grieving families such as his would demand that
the politicians make changes in the current situation to reduce or
eliminate such tragedies.
My son, Peter, died 23 years ago after ingesting some street heroin.
Since that awful day, my wife and I have been working hard to convince
our governments to put an end to the prohibition of certain drugs
because we believe that, just as the prohibition of alcohol poisoned
many users many years ago, the prohibition of other drugs does
In regards to the LDS Church's opposition to Sen. Mark Madsen's bill
to make medical cannabis legal, I have a couple of observations.
Utah has the highest rate of prescription opioid abuse in the country
and the highest rate of accidental death due to opioid overdose.
Wouldn't it be better to give people the option of medical cannabis,
that won't kill them, to relieve their suffering?
David G. Payne
Salt Lake City
As parent of a child with epilepsy, I have been following the
Legislature's cannabis bills closely. While I commend Rep. Brad Daw
and Sen. Evan Vickers for their interest and their bill, I feel Sen.
Mark Madsen is closer to hitting the bulls-eye.
Plenty of studies show cannabis works better as a whole plant.
Madsen's bill, Senate Bill 73, tightly regulates "whole plant"
medical cannabis, so the nightmares touted by recent op-ed pieces are
not likely to happen. SB73 doesn't legalize smoking cannabis or
growing your own. It regulates growing locations to prevent growing
in residential zones. It's for medical purposes under a doctor's
supervision, not for recreational purposes. I doubt any doctor would
jeopardize their license by allowing cavalier use of cannabis under
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It's reported our teachers are underpaid and other state employees
are having issues with pay and health insurance.
Of course, Raleigh is bemoaning a lack of funds.
Let's see... we all want better paying jobs, better health care,
better education - hey, I've got an idea; maybe it's time for N.C. to
end the prohibition on cannabis.
While legalization may produce some challenges in the future, the
problems with keeping pot illegal - the racial disparities in
pot-related arrests and the black market that funds criminal groups
around the world for instance are far, far worse.
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Goal Is to Get Funds to Collect Valid Voter Signatures.
A team of veteran political operatives put out a 22-page proposal
that offers up its political talent to help weed business interests
with deep pockets take a run at putting a medical marijuana question
before Ohio voters in November.
Calling itself ARC Reaction, the group includes Democrat Aaron
Pickrell, who was a senior policy adviser in the Strickland
administration, Republican Mike Hartley, who served as a senior
staffer in the Kasich administration, and Democrat Steven Stenberg, a
Washington, D.C.-based direct mail and political strategist.
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I remain so disappointed in the lawmakers unwilling to see the
benefits of legalizing marijuana completely. It helps with more
things that ail a person than what will be medically prescribed
eventually. I realize this is a backwards state, just one, among
several others. The laws imposed upon us, by people who can drink
their way into oblivion, if they choose, is kind of hypocritical ...
don't you think? They are stuck in a time warp and can't see past
their rigid beliefs. Legalize it. Put laws on it. No difference than
the rules for drinking. It is not a gateway drug.
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We anticipate an interesting discussion Tuesday when the City Council
considers whether police should be allowed or encouraged to "cite and
release" folks whose only apparent offense is possession of a
misdemeanor amount of marijuana.
Our opinion: It's high time!
Sorry, we couldn't let that one pass. But don't confuse our partaking
of the low-hanging fruit as a case of the munchies. It's a clear-eyed
Somebody besides the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML) needs to say it: The police have more
important things to do, the jail is an expensive, finite resource,
and the worst, most dangerous thing about possessing a small amount
of marijuana for personal use is its illegality.
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Re: Why is marijuana legal in Vancouver and not Saskatoon (Feb. 4).
CanniMed has 290 prescribing physicians in Saskatchewan with 136
physicians in Saskatoon alone, who have authorized patients to access
medical marijuana through the legal Health Canada sanctioned Marijuana
for Medical Purposes Regulations system.
More are becoming familiar with the value of cannabis as a medicine
every day. General practitioners, family medicine specialists,
oncologists, rheumatologists and hundreds of other doctors should be
seen as the gateway to this valuable medicine. None of them prescribe
medical advice through a Skype format.
There is enough confusion within the medical marijuana program in
Canada without columnists like Les MacPherson failing to do their research.
Brent Zettl, president & CEO, CanniMed Ltd.
The number of people who die each year from drug overdoses should
decline now that all paramedics in Ontario have a new tool in their
That tool is the drug naloxone, which is sold under the brand name
Naloxone is a synthetic drug similar to morphine. When administered in
a hypodermic needle or by nasal spray, it blocks opiate receptors in
the nervous system. If administered in a timely manner, it restores
breathing in overdose patients who are in danger of cardiac arrest.
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Solicitor says storefront operations not permitted to dispense
The owner of a Saskatoon marijuana dispensary has shuttered his
storefront due to the financial burden associated with drug
trafficking charges levelled against him, but he says he plans to
continue helping people get medical marijuana licences through a newly
"All things put together, unfortunately we had to move from that
spot," said Mark Hauk, owner of the Saskatchewan Compassion Club.
Hauk closed the dispensary, which was located in the 200 block of
Second Avenue North in Saskatoon, on Feb. 1.
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Communities around B.C. are struggling to cope with the continued
influx of what politicians call "homelessness," a term that suggests
the problem can be solved merely by providing more homes.
Taxpaying citizens see the daily reality behind the soothing
euphemisms - mainly transients squatting in parks and "tent cities"
blighted by drug abuse and crime, and "homeless" shelters that fill up
as soon as they open. They worry that the continued costly supply of
supports only invites more arrivals, particularly in the gentle
climate of southwestern B.C.
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