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.
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.