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181 US CA: PUB LTE: Pot Can Be SalvationFri, 12 Sep 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Miller, Caitlin Area:California Lines:34 Added:09/15/2008

Roger Anderson's recent op-ed amounted to nothing more than an uneducated rant from someone who is unwilling to accept reality about medical marijuana ("Pot law: a scam," Sept. 3).

My father has cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Fortunately, his physician recommended the use of legal medical marijuana because it is the only thing that works to reduce nausea and stimulate his appetite. My dad's story is close to my heart but not at all uncommon.

Many oncologists recommend medical marijuana.

Fortunately for my father and so many others, the medical community is smart enough to look past the lies of the movie "Reefer Madness," lies also propagated by people like Anderson.

Caitlin Miller



182 US CA: PUB LTE: Drug Harm? NoFri, 12 Sep 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Naranjo, Carlos Jr. Area:California Lines:29 Added:09/15/2008

As a supporter of marijuana use, I would like to provide some feedback ("Pot law: a scam," Sept. 3).

I do not believe marijuana does more harm to the body than good, and I believe there is scientific, if not empirical, evidence to prove this. I also do not believe that it does more harm than good to communities. A community's conduct is based on many factors.

Prop. 215 helped to provide for the ill and created regulations at the same time. This op-ed was over the top. I believe marijuana is an escape for some and a scapegoat for others.

Carlos Naranjo Jr.



183 US CA: PUB LTE: Responsible ReliefFri, 12 Sep 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Gallegos, Lawrence Area:California Lines:37 Added:09/15/2008

I suffer from chronic lower back pain and am a medical cannabis patient ("Pot law: a scam," Sept. 3). And I don't like the idea that San Bernardino County wants to fight to overturn California's Medical Marijuana Program Act.

For six years, I was taking a powerful painkiller. It almost killed me - -- thank you, Food and Drug Administration.

Then I tried cannabis, and at least I could think and be creative and not act like a drunk, or so says my wife, who is a registered nurse.

So please, foes of legal, medicinal marijuana, go shut down drugstores that peddle drugs to little old ladies in pain. Oh, and don't forget to shut down your liquor stores, too.

Lawrence Gallegos Sr.

Moreno Valley


184US CA: OPED: Pot ProtectionMon, 08 Sep 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Smith, F. Aaron Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/13/2008

Abuse? Hardly; ID Cards Safeguard the Sick, Work As Intended

The Inland Valley Drug Free Community Coalition's representative, Roger Anderson, grossly distorts the truth about the state's compassionate medical-marijuana law and those who support it ("Pot law: a scam," Sept. 3).

Anderson's organization claims to be concerned that California's medical-marijuana law is prone to abuse, but it applauds San Bernardino and San Diego counties for suing to overturn a portion of the law that is designed to limit any abuse.

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185US CA: Editorial: No on 5Tue, 09 Sep 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/10/2008

California needs a thoughtful, thorough revision of its criminal justice system. Instead, voters in November will face Prop. 5, which would make already-muddled drug laws even more incoherent. Voters should reject that course.

Prop. 5, The Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act, would expand programs to divert drug offenders to treatment instead of prison or jail. But the measure reaches far beyond drug programs, and voters should be skeptical about its ambitions.

Does the state really need a new bureaucracy to oversee parole and rehabilitation efforts? Why should the Board of Parole Hearings have 29 members instead of 17? And why is a provision to ease penalties for marijuana possession buried in this initiative?

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186US CA: OPED: Pot Law: A ScamWed, 03 Sep 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Anderson, Roger Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2008

San Bernardino and San Diego counties have joined to fight back against the problems brought to our state by the pro-legalization pot initiative called Prop. 215 ("Counties to challenge state's medical pot law," Aug. 27).

Despite a very small pro-legalization group that protested against San Bernardino County in mid-August in a poor attempt to demand pot cards, members of the San Bernardino County Board of supervisors saw through their smoke and will now ask the state Supreme Court to intervene in the subsequent Medical Marijuana Program Act.

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187US CA: San Bernardino, San Diego Counties Plan Court Action Against State MedicaWed, 27 Aug 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Minaya, Zeke Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/28/2008

San Bernardino and San Diego counties will once again team up in court in a renewed attempt to overturn California's Medical Marijuana Program Act, county authorities said Tuesday.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors decided during the closed session of its weekly meeting to once again take up the case, this time before the state supreme court, according to Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's department.

The board took the step "at the urging of the Sheriff in his capacity as the county's chief law enforcement and public safety official," according to county spokesman David Wert.

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188US CA: Court of Appeal Ruling Backs Medical MarijuanaFri, 01 Aug 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Atley, Richard K. De Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/02/2008

San Bernardino and San Diego counties' bid to overturn California's Medical Marijuana Program Act by claiming federal statutes pre-empt the 2003 state law was denied Thursday by an appellate court.

In a 3-0 opinion, judges from the state's 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego also rejected San Bernardino County's claim that the medical marijuana identification card provisions of the law violate the California Constitution.

The appellate judges said the challenged provisions of the state Medical Marijuana Program Act "do not positively conflict with" the federal Controlled Substances Act, which classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use.

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189US CA: Police Nab More Than 60,000 Marijuana PlantsFri, 11 Jul 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Ghiotto, Gene Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/11/2008

Deputies seized more than 60,000 marijuana plants over the past week from the Santa Ana River bed west of Norco, potentially removing millions of dollars from the pockets of drug dealers, sheriff's officials said.

The operation ended Thursday morning when deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau hiked in and pulled up the last 18,673 plants at what was called a "grow site."

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has estimated the value of such marijuana plants at $3,000 to $5,000 each, said sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Williams, head of the marijuana eradication program.

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190US CA: San Bernardino, San Diego Counties in Court Over Medical MarijuanaWed, 11 Jun 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Atley, Richard K. De Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/11/2008

SAN DIEGO - San Bernardino and San Diego counties argued in court Tuesday that California's medical marijuana plan violates federal law and the state constitution, while opposing attorneys argued the state is within its rights to regulate the substance.

The exchanges came in a crowded courtroom before a three-judge panel of the state 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego.

The jurists took the matter under submission and have 90 days to make their ruling. Their decision can be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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191 US CA: PUB LTE: Patients Need PotSun, 08 Jun 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Earleywine, Mitch Area:California Lines:42 Added:06/08/2008

The recent op-ed on medical marijuana says science, not politics, should drive California's drug policy ("Pot propaganda," June 4).

Though the piece suggests otherwise, science reveals that marijuana is superb for battling nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia, muscle spasms and pain. For some people, it can mean the difference between life and death.

An Institute of Medicine report, the same one mentioned in the op-ed, actually confirms that marijuana has these medical uses.

The writer suggests that Marinol, a synthetic pill that contains only one of the many active ingredients in the plant, could suffice for patients. But research reveals that the pill is impossible to swallow during bouts of nausea and vomiting, its effects are slow and unpredictable, and for some patients, it simply doesn't work.

Indeed, science should drive drug policy. Medical marijuana should be available as needed to end human anguish whenever possible. Standing idly by while the sickest of the sick suffer is truly inhumane.

Mitch Earleywine

Associate professor,

State University of New York at Albany

Albany, N.Y.


192US CA: OPED: Pot PropagandaWed, 04 Jun 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Sabet, Kevin A. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/08/2008

Science, Not Politics, Should Drive California's Drug Policy

With all of the talk about medical marijuana dispensaries in California, it is hard to separate truth and science from ideology and dogma.

In recent years, marijuana activists in the state have donned white coats and exclaimed a newfound concern for the seriously ill, while legislators and judges have been left to wrestle with the consequences of a poorly written referendum, Prop. 215. Known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, it allowed patients with a valid doctor's recommendation to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use.

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193US CA: Effort On To Restrict 'Magic Mint' Salvia From MinorsThu, 27 Mar 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Nealon, Sean Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2008

Salvia divinorum is getting a lot of attention.

One researcher found 5 percent of college students use the legal hallucinogenic herb and began studying hundreds of videos on YouTube showing users taking it.

Scientists tout it as a possible remedy for depression and bipolar disorder and one is planning the first study of its effects on humans.

Lawmakers, including Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, are introducing bills to make its use illegal for some.

The Adams bill would bar sales of salvia divinorum, commonly known as salvia, to minors. He introduced the bill in January at the urging of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. It cleared the Assembly by a 76-0 vote in January. The state Senate is expected to consider it in late April.

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194US CA: Palm Springs' Attorney Proposes Medical Marijuana Co-OpsMon, 17 Mar 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Logan, Jessica Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2008

The Palm Springs city attorney said he will soon propose that the city allow medical marijuana cooperatives.

City Attorney Douglas Holland said he has studied the issue for more than 18 months and plans to bring his proposal to the City Council in coming weeks. He said cooperatives would satisfy the need of the people and the laws of the state.

"Those collectives would have to be very narrowly tailored and organized," Holland said.

If the city council approves the cooperatives, Palm Springs will become one of the only cities in Riverside County to pass an ordinance allowing medical marijuana cooperatives.

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195US CA: Judge Says Cathedral City Overstepped Its Authority inTue, 04 Mar 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Logan, Jessica Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/07/2008

A federal judge ruled Monday that Cathedral City does not have jurisdiction to ask a federal court to stop a business from selling medical marijuana because it is not a federal agency.

The city will now ask the U.S. attorney's office to ask U.S. District Court Judge Stephen G. Larson for a permanent injunction against Essential Herbs and Oils, Deputy City Manager Julie Baumer said.

Baumer did not know when a meeting between officials of the city and the U.S. attorney's office would take place.

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196US CA: Moreno Valley Council to Weigh Banning Medical Marijuana DispensariesTue, 12 Feb 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Lee, Dan Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/12/2008

Medical marijuana dispensaries could be permanently banned in Moreno Valley tonight.

The City Council is expected to consider using an urgency declaration to prohibit opening the businesses within Moreno Valley. City Attorney Bob Herrick said he is recommending the ban primarily because of the problems associated with such dispensaries.

A California Police Chiefs Association report found that robberies, assaults and burglaries involving marijuana and large amounts of cash do occur at such dispensaries. The exact frequency is difficult to determine because of underreporting and the lack of a category for crimes related to the dispensaries.

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197US CA: Operator Says Business Is Strong at Riverside Medical Marijuana ClinicSat, 26 Jan 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Mcgavin, Gregor Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/28/2008

One week after the city of Riverside's first medical marijuana clinic opened its doors, staff and patients alike say business is coming along well.

Lanny Swerdlow, a registered nurse and longtime cannabis advocate who runs it, said the clinic's doctor issued about a dozen recommendations for the drug on the opening day, Jan. 17. The clinic does not dispense marijuana.

"People have to learn about us," said Swerdlow, who operates the clinic under the auspices of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation. The nonprofit group operates medical marijuana clinics in four other states.

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198US CA: First Marijuana Clinic in Riverside to Open ThursdayWed, 16 Jan 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:McGAVIN, Gregor Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/17/2008

An 80-year-old great-grandmother from Temecula could be the first person to get a legal recommendation in the city of Riverside to use marijuana for medicinal reasons.

Iris Berger said she plans to use the drug to ease the pain of arthritis in her hands and back. She is scheduled to be the first patient at a medical marijuana clinic opening Thursday at 647 N. Main St., in northern Riverside.

"It seems to help," said Berger, whose son and daughter-in-law are longtime medical marijuana users and advocates. The couple won a three-year legal battle in late 2003 after being arrested for growing marijuana to treat their chronic illnesses.

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199US CA: Perris Passes Emergency Ordinance to Ban Pot DispensariesWed, 09 Jan 2008
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:McKinnon, Julissa Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2008

The Perris City Council took the first step Tuesday night to quash any medical marijuana dispensaries that might be budding in town.

Four out of five council members voted to pass an urgency ordinance prohibiting any medical marijuana dispensary from setting up shop in the next 45 days. Councilman Mark Yarbrough was absent.

City Attorney Eric Dunn said the moratorium would give city staff and officials the time needed to research state and federal laws before creating a more permanent municipal code to address the sale of medical marijuana.

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200US CA: Riverside Clinic Will Offer Doctors' Notes For Medical MarijuanaMon, 12 Nov 2007
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:McGavin, Gregor Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/14/2007

Riverside residents could soon have a much shorter drive to get a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana.

Palm Springs resident and marijuana activist Lanny Swerdlow said he plans to open a clinic in December in an office building at 647 N. Main St. in northern Riverside.

"It's kind of a good central location for the entire Inland," said Swerdlow, a registered nurse who heads the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project.

Ingrid Wyatt, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County district attorney's office, has said in previous interviews that such a clinic would not be against the law provided no marijuana was dispensed there. She could not be reached for comment Monday.

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