The Palm Springs City Council gave final approval Wednesday night to
an ordinance allowing two medical marijuana dispensaries within
certain industrial zones in the city.
The measure will go into effect after 30 days, making Palm Springs
the first city in Riverside County officially to allow medical
The dispensaries will be nonprofit collectives or cooperatives and
will only be allowed in the CM, M1 and M2 industrial zones.
Cooperatives and collectives will not be allowed within 1,000 feet of
each other or within 500 feet of schools, public parks, playgrounds,
churches, youth centers or residential areas.
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The use of medical marijuana can no longer be the sole grounds for
losing driving privileges.
In a policy revision -- or clarification, depending upon who you speak
with -- the state Department of Motor Vehicles has determined, in
writing, that the use of medical marijuana prescribed by a physician
is to be treated the same as any other prescription medication that
may affect safe driving.
The update came about after the medical marijuana advocacy group
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed suit on behalf of a 53-year-old
Atwater woman who lost her driver's license due to her use of medical
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The argument for legalizing marijuana originally started out about
medical reasons. My input is that if there is a medical issue, the
body needs all the strength it can have to fight this disease or
issue and needs to not use all its resources to fight incoming
toxins - which is what marijuana is. It is not a normal positive for
the body to absorb. Using marijuana forces the body to fight this
toxin and the original ailment.
Now the legalization has evolved to step two; legalizing it for all.
It is sort of like if the speed limit is 60 mph, then why not 70?
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Why do I vehemently advocate and defend the position that the
legalization of marijuana is an endeavor worth pursuing with
conviction and dedication? Because I believe the law should strive to
be virtuous, and unjust laws ought to be challenged and repealed.
I believe that the United States Constitution is the closest
embodiment of a sovereign authority that the people of this great
country should ever heed. I believe it is imperative for society to
adapt and mature in unison with the ever-changing present.
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Being a communist executive in a hippie town, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz
expressed his support for the legalization of marijuana last Friday on
Pulse Madison 1670 AM. Just the previous week, it was revealed a
police officer filed a report detailing how my alder, Mike Verveer
(also a fire-breathing radical), was in a room of a local restaurant
in which the drug was almost certainly being smoked.
Only in Madison, I guess.
Yes, in few other cities would either the mayor's statement or the
alder's whereabouts not have done serious political damage. In most of
our parochial land, giving the only reasonable opinion as to what
should be the legal status of Cannabis sativa, let alone operating
within a 10-foot radius of its consumption, would qualify as political
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Substance-use trends among Peninsula youth will be discussed at a
parent forum March 11 at Elgin Park Secondary.
The 7 p.m. event is being offered by the Surrey school district in
partnership with Surrey and White Rock RCMP. Organizers caution that
the content is meant for mature audiences.
Topics will include: school district initiatives aimed at prevention,
intervention and enforcement; the magnitude of the problem on the
Peninsula; trends; and, the influence of technology on youth drug use.
As well, a young man will share his recent triumph over addiction.
The forum is free; registration is not required, however, anyone
needing childcare must register with Colleen Correia at 604-599-7461
by March 9.
Elgin Park Secondary is located at 13484 24 Ave.
Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a
youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age,
but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for
protecting the children.
Throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit
the supply of illegal drugs only increase the profitability of drug
trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices
leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed
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Illegal Drugs Are Causing Havoc Across the World. Over Four Articles,
We Look at Attempts to Curb Supply and Cut Demand, Beginning in Mexico
IN RECENT months Mexicans have become inured to carefully
choreographed spectacles of horror.
Just before Christmas the severed heads of eight soldiers were found
dumped in plastic bags near a shopping centre in Chilpancingo, the
capital of the southern state of Guerrero. Last month another three
were found in an icebox near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Farther along the border near Tijuana police detained Santiago Meza,
nicknamed El Pozolero ("the soupmaker") who confessed to having
dissolved the bodies of more than 300 people in acid over the past
nine years on the orders of a local drug baron.
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