The two Coachella council members who were part of "Team Coachella"
have apologized for entertaining the idea of making their city a hub
for medical marijuana cultivation and distribution.
Their remarks came after a resident, Lupe Rodriguez, got up at the
City Council meeting last week and called Mayor Eduardo Garcia and
Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hernandez "Cheech and Chong," saying their
involvement in the pot discussions embarrassed the city.
The Wednesday meeting was the first council session since the Nov. 20
Desert Sun report on the meetings that Garcia and Hernandez had with
Rancho Mirage Councilman Scott Hines, who is also a public policy consultant.
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FARMER CITY -- The Blue Ridge school board will consider implementing
random drug testing as a way to keep students from making "unhealthy choices."
A policy could be adopted as soon as Jan. 18. The board meets at 6
Wednesday night to discuss proposed building construction; the
regular meeting follows at 7 at the high school library, 411 N. John St.
The drug test option arose after discussion about use and misuse of
legal and illegal drugs in the area.
"The behaviors were alarming enough, it was clear that some students
were making unhealthy choices, and it had to be addressed," said
Superintendent Susan Wilson.
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We must turn away from panic and fear.
What a terrible notion that we would decide as a community to haul
our youth into school and force them to urinate in a cup to test for
substances that may or may not be causing them harm. The idea that
further tightening the straightjacket around our kids will control
their behavior and set them on the right course is patently false and
rife with logical fallacy. Studies such as a 2003 University of
Michigan "Monitoring the Future" survey have shown that there is
little statistical difference between student drug use at schools
where testing is conducted and those where it is not.
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A State Crackdown on Fraudulent Pot Referrals Will Lead to a Cleaner
System and Less Federal Attention.
We're glad to see the state's health department probing medical
marijuana referrals to see whether they are on the up and up.
Ensuring Colorado has a clean system will help ward off federal
enforcement action that has been so controversial.
And despite what those who favor broader legalization of marijuana
might think, a closely regulated system probably would help their
cause with voters who are on the fence about making pot legal.
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Sheriff Mike Winters frowned as he showed a reporter a stack of
photographs documenting Mexican drug cartels' marijuana-growing
operations on federal land in Southern Oregon. The photos showed
filthy camps, nitrogen-loaded chemical fertilizers, garbage tumbling
into a stream.
"These grow sites are a disaster for the public," Winters said. "You
can't believe what you see until you get into one."
It was the first time in memory a Republican has fretted so about the
Of course, there is a sure-fire way to end the reach of drug gangs
into Oregon's forests: End pot prohibition. Just declare defeat in the
pot theater of the War on Drugs and move on.
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A judge said a Longmont ban on dispensaries was not an illegal
"taking" of property.
Three medical-marijuana dispensaries have lost their fight against the
city of Longmont.
Boulder District Judge Ingrid Bakke on Friday dismissed the
dispensaries' lawsuit against the city in a ruling that mirrored her
Aug. 19 decision to not block the city's ban of marijuana-related businesses.
Bakke ruled the ban neither violated constitutional rights nor
constituted an illegal "taking" of property.
"The court concludes that there is no state constitutional right to
dispense medical marijuana," Bakke wrote in her decision. "In
addition, there is no federal constitutional right to operate a
medical-marijuana facility or to dispense medical marijuana."
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Matthew Amos has wide, boxcar shoulders and steam-engine arms. On
Friday he stood before a federal judge in Denver pleading for his life.
If he went to prison, Amos told the judge, he would have to pay fellow
inmates for protection. Or he would be "whored out." Or worse.
It's what happens to former prison guards who end up behind
"There's no way I would be able to stay out on that yard without
providing some kind of service," Amos said, voice unsteady. "To be
asked to go into that system will be asking me to be something I don't
want to be."
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Re: "Making medical marijuana legit," Dec. 13 editorial.
The problem with Colorado's medical marijuana laws is that they don't
conform to modern medical practice. Not everyone sees a doctor each
time they go in for an appointment - patients are also treated by
paraprofessionals like physician's assistants and nurse practitioners.
This is especially true in busy primary care practices. Since
paraprofessionals practice under the supervision of a licensed
physician, they should be able to certify the need for medical
marijuana - and that is not fraudulent, as the police are trying to
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LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - Marijuana isn't the kind of thing one expects
to be asked about on a trip to a county administrative building. But
folks outside an Arapahoe County building on a recent afternoon were
surprisingly receptive to two men gathering signatures to petition a
pot question onto ballots next year.
The petition, circulating for months, asks whether Colorado should be
the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Activists
backing the measure say they've far cleared the 86,000 signature
threshold to make ballots, and could have petitions to state officials
for approval by the end of the year.
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Re: "Use vs. abuse" by Jeff McAbee, opinion, Dec. 9
Summit County is a great place, I am proud to be a Summit High School
alum as well as a Summit County native. Unfortunately, being proud of
my hometown doesn't mean everything is perfect. Mr. McAbee was
absolutely right in talking about the drug and alcohol abuse taking
place at the high school, and the importance of doing something.
Shame on those of you who are upset with him. He was very clear in
stating abuse is not happening with every student. He also made it
very clear that there is a difference between abuse and use, and
students need to know the difference.
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I really think the school lockdown and K-9 sweeps at our Northshore
School District junior highs in October was overkill. Are we trying to
indoctrinate our students to accept having their civil liberties
tested, if not violated (I know that there have been conflicting
rulings in the courts regarding "suspicion-less sniffs")? I must say
as a professional who has worked at First Security Bank, IBM,
Washington Mutual, JP Morgan Chase and Microsoft, we have NEVER had
our areas swept by K-9 units (and this would be allowed since these
are private, not government institutions, as are the public schools).
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Regarding the editorial, "Industrial hemp: A better way to make
paper": The United States is one of the few countries in the world
that denies farmers the right to grow industrial hemp. Apparently drug
war bureaucrats can't tell the difference between a tall hemp stalk
and a squat marijuana bush. Prior to passage of the Marihuana Tax Act
of 1937, few Americans had even heard of marijuana, despite widespread
cultivation of industrial hemp.
The first anti-marijuana laws were a racist reaction to Mexican
immigration during the early 1900s. White Americans did not even begin
to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal bureaucracy began
funding reefer madness propaganda. Decades later, marijuana use is now
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According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, more than 20 percent
of high school students in Wisconsin had been offered, given or sold
illegal drugs on school property in the span of a year.
Dodge County school administrators and police say they are working to
decrease those numbers locally.
"We take really seriously students and their learning and their
education," said Dodgeland administrator Annette Thompson. "We are
fortunate that we are a small school. Most teachers know the students
by name. We've got excellent counselors that are building these
trusting relationships with students."
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MILTON - Supervisor Frank Thompson said he'll confer with Town Board
members this weekend to decide whether to seek Highway Superintendent
[name redacted], 43, of Lee Street in Ballston Spa, was one of 12
people charged Thursday with drug trafficking following a five-month
investigation by Saratoga Springs Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
"We can ask for his resignation, but he doesn't have to do it,"
Thompson said. "I've been talking to them (board members). I haven't
gotten a good consensus yet."
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Major kudos for your outstanding editorial: "Federal reclassification
of marijuana a smart move" (Dec. 11). Is there any legitimate reason
that a natural herb that has never killed anybody should be
classified the same as heroin? I think not.
I know from personal experience that marijuana is a substitute for
potentially deadly painkillers like Vicodin and is also a substitute
for alcohol. The pharmaceutical industry knows this and so does the
alcohol industry. And this is probably why marijuana remains a
The director of the local chapter of a nonprofit organization seeking
to reform California's marijuana laws has been booted for his angry
outburst during Tuesday's meeting of the Shasta County Board of
Supervisors after they banned medical marijuana dispensaries in the
county's unincorporated areas.
Russ Belville, the Portland-based outreach coordinator for the
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said
in an apology issued to the supervisors that James Benno of Redding
is no longer a representative of NORML.
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OROVILLE -- Almost two years to the day after they first voted to ban
medical marijuana dispensaries in Butte County, county supervisors
will find the topic back on the agenda for their Jan. 10, 2012 meeting.
On Jan. 12, 2010, the supervisors voted in favor of a temporary ban
on dispensaries that was later extended. This Oct. 25, the board
voted to make the ban permanent.
Almost immediately afterward, opponents began a petition drive
seeking to have it removed from the county code.
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The rest of the nation appears to be catching up to Santa Cruz County
in one unfortunate aspect: marijuana use among teens.
According to a new government report released this week, one in 15
high school students in the U.S. smokes pot on a near-daily basis.
Not only is that a startling figure, it also reflects what appears to
be the highest use since the druggy 1970s, and goes against other
substance abuse trends showing use of alcohol, cocaine and even
cigarettes declining in the same population.
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It was a typical Thursday morning at Lake Worth High School until
police burst onto the scene and arrested three students in an
undercover drug sting.
"They knew who they were coming after," Principal George Lockhart said
a few hours later. "They grabbed the kids and they were gone."
The action - which coincided with nine arrests at Boynton Beach High
School - was the latest milestone in a long-term investigation called
"Operation D-Minus," Palm Beach County School District Police Chief
Jim Kelly said.
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BOULDER - A marijuana activist with a knack for controversy was
convicted Thursday in a case stemming from a dust-up with supporters
of a marijuana-legalization initiative.
A six-person jury convicted the activist, Corey Donahue, of
trespassing and using fighting words after an all-day trial in Boulder
The case began last summer, when Donahue refused to leave a meeting at
the Boulder Public Library that was held by a campaign working to put
a measure for limited marijuana legalization on the 2012 ballot.
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