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1 US NV: Drug Treatment Industry a Failed Therapeutic EnterpriseWed, 08 Apr 2015
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Whyman, Andrew Area:Nevada Lines:126 Added:04/09/2015

The seeds of a health care revolution in drug and alcohol treatment are just starting to germinate. The outcome is far from certain, but, with billions on the table, an epic battle is percolating.

Let's start with the convoluted back story. A hundred-plus years ago, drug and alcohol problems were generally viewed as moral weakness and/or personality defect confined to working class Caucasians or ethnic minorities. Alcohol and drug use was legal in America.

Then, the temperance movement produced alcohol Prohibition in 1920.

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2 US NV: OPED: Legalizing Pot Would Lead to Destructive SocialTue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Redfern, John Area:Nevada Lines:103 Added:09/04/2014

My neighbor and friend Andy Whyman wrote a guest column in the Aug. 15 Sierra Sun and Aug. 24 Bonanza stating his case for legalizing pot. Hopefully after he reads this we will still be friends. But Andy is just plain wrong on this issue and here is why.

His opening paragraph states that "the criminalization of marijuana is a war on citizens, particularly citizens of color." So by that reasoning we should legalize killing in the inner city neighborhoods for the same reason. Or maybe make mass murder legal because it is a war on white people.

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3 US CA: LTE: What Are You Smoking?Tue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Larson, Debbie Area:California Lines:62 Added:08/22/2014

According to recent reports, it's probably not what you think you're smoking.

I read Andy Whyman's guest column, "Legalizing pot would lead to positive social change," with interest, especially because coincidentally, I had just finished reading, "Legal Pot Is a Public Health Menace" that ran the same day in The Wall Street Journal. Missing from Whyman's information are two key points.

One, there is a huge disconnect between science and public opinion. Facts exist that show smoking marijuana can be detrimental. The Wall Street Journal references a study in the journal "Current Addiction Reports," which found that "regular pot use (defined as once a week) among teenagers and young adults led to cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ." (The Wall Street Journal, 8-14-14, p. A11)

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4 US CA: Column: Legalizing Pot Would Lead To Positive SocialWed, 13 Aug 2014
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Whyman, Andy Area:California Lines:121 Added:08/13/2014

Regular readers of this column know I have argued that marijuana is far safer than alcohol. Also, that the criminalization of marijuana usage, a central component of the failed "War on Drugs," really amounts to a War on Citizens, particularly citizens of color.

Now, the New York Times, in an unprecedented series of editorials, forcefully contends that the time has come to end the federal prohibition against marijuana and allow the states to make their own rules about this drug (See N.Y. Times, July 27, 2014).

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5 US CA: Drug Dog Sniffs Out Nothing During First Visit ToSun, 11 May 2014
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA)          Area:California Lines:52 Added:05/14/2014

TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Nothing was found during the first-ever search by a police dog last week at Truckee High School, officials said.

Trax, Truckee Police Department's narcotics detection canine, made an unannounced visit to the school on Thursday, May 8.

"Our objectives are maintaining a safe community and preventing our youth from alcohol and drug abuse," TPD Chief Adam McGill said in a statement. "Trax is one of the many tools we're using to accomplish those objectives."

The 2-year-old black lab joined the force last November, working with his handler, Officer Andrew Holbrook. The dog is trained to detect heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

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6 US CA: Nevada Co. Medical Marijuana Backers Seeking ChangeMon, 15 Jul 2013
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Renda, Matthew Area:California Lines:85 Added:07/18/2013

NEVADA CITY, Calif. -- Paperwork has been filed to force Nevada County to hold a special election that will ask voters to decide the substance of its medical marijuana ordinance enacted last year.

Patricia Smith, president of the Nevada County chapter of Americans for Safe Access, has repeatedly asserted that last May's county-approved cultivation ordinance is a de facto ban on collective cultivation of the medicinal plant and presents other problems for patients who need the medicine to allay various ailments.

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7 US CA: DiMatteo Arrested On Federal ChargesFri, 02 Nov 2012
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:103 Added:11/04/2012

Former South Lake Tahoe medical marijuana dispensary owner Gennaro "Gino" DiMatteo was arrested on federal charges prior to a court hearing in Placerville Friday.

As DiMatteo entered the El Dorado County Superior Court's Department 7 courtroom during a recess about 2 p.m., a District Attorney's investigator told him they had to talk, took his arm and shuffled him over to a corner of the courtroom between the audience and where arguments are heard.

He then asked DiMatteo to put his arms behind his back because he was being arrested on a federal warrant.

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8 US CA: Marijuana Dispensary Fights ClosureFri, 05 Oct 2012
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:58 Added:10/06/2012

Although the former Third Street site of the City of Angels 2 medical marijuana collective sat shuttered Friday, the fight over the marijuana dispensary appears far from over.

On Wednesday, attorneys representing the collective filed suit against the South Lake Tahoe City Council and former City Manager Tony O'Rourke, challenging the city's July denial of a proposed relocation of the pot club.

Wednesday's petition for writ of mandate asks El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Steven Bailey to compel the city to vacate its July 3 vote denying approval of the move, and make the City Council issue a resolution approving its June 5 support for transferring the collective's operating permit to a new location.

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9 US CA: Former Pot Shop Owner Pleads Not GuiltyThu, 06 Sep 2012
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:94 Added:09/08/2012

Former South Shore medical marijuana dispensary owner Gino DiMatteo has pleaded not guilty to felony charges including bribing a City Council member and possession of a controlled substance.

Gennaro "Gino" DiMatteo and his wife, Irene DiMatteo, were arrested Aug. 31. Details of the arrests have not been made public by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors have charged Gino DiMatteo, who previously operated the City of Angels 2 Collective, with bribery, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of Methelone and illegal possession of ammunition.

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10 US CA: Marijuana Dispensary To Fight Permit RevocationThu, 19 Jul 2012
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:82 Added:07/20/2012

A second medical marijuana dispensary in South Lake Tahoe is facing closure after having its operating permit revoked last week.

The city revoked Patient to Patient Collective's dispensary permit July 11 after making several unsuccessful attempts to get the medical marijuana dispensary to properly install a fire safety wall, Interim City Manager Nancy Kerry said Tuesday.

During a July 13 inspection, city officials also found the dispensary growing marijuana in an upstairs room at the property in violation of their permit, Kerry said.

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11 US CA: Council Closes In On Pot Dispensary OrdinanceTue, 02 Aug 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:84 Added:08/03/2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- Whether three medical marijuana dispensaries should be able to transfer a permit to a new operator hung up a South Lake Tahoe City Council discussion about proposed regulation of the dispensaries Tuesday.

Council members agreed to most of a proposed ordinance that would grant permits to three dispensaries considered "established operations" by the city if they successfully complete a two phase application process.

The requirements of the permit include being in compliance with state law, not causing a public nuisance, allowing yearly inspections, operating on a not-for-profit basis and providing the city access to financial records.

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12 US CA: Pot Dispensary Ban One Step Closer For Nevada CountySun, 26 Jun 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Magin, Kyle Area:California Lines:125 Added:06/26/2011

Boreal Hearing Delayed

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. -- Nevada County officials are one step away from uniformly banning medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the county.

On Thursday, the county's planning commission voted 3-0, with two members absent, to recommend its board of supervisors adopt a ban on storefront dispensaries.

If approved at the supervisors Tuesday, July 12, meeting, such businesses would have no place to function in Nevada County, as owners would be barred from opening up shop in the unincorporated county, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, which have all either already banned the establishments or don't allow them under current zoning laws.

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13 US CA: City Releases Medical Marijuana Dispensary OrdinanceFri, 10 Jun 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:73 Added:06/11/2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - South Lake Tahoe's medical marijuana dispensaries could face stringent operational and financial regulation under a proposed ordinance released by the city this week.

The proposal requires existing dispensaries to submit detailed applications to the city and receive a permit to operate. Where a dispensary can grow marijuana is also restricted under the draft ordinance.

A moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries has been in place since November 2009 to allow the city time to regulate the operations, which opened in South Lake Tahoe as far back as 2008.

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14 US CA: OPED: A Note From The Police ChiefSun, 08 May 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Uhler, Brian Area:California Lines:117 Added:05/08/2011

After being asked to write a column for the Tribune, I gave thought to the format.

The bureaucrat in me started to think about a formal report to inform the readers about the latest police action, community issues, and our organization's future plans.

Then I thought readers might like to know about my personal experiences as I adjust to living in South Lake Tahoe. Lastly, I thought that an interesting format might be to pretend it is like writing a letter to a friend - so here goes.

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15 US CA: Medical Marijuana Growing Ordinance Passes CouncilTue, 03 May 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:131 Added:05/04/2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Medical marijuana growers will be able to make it official in the eyes of South Lake Tahoe following a decision by the City Council this week.

The council unanimously approved an ordinance regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana in residential homes Tuesday.

The ordinance is designed to encourage medical marijuana growers with legitimate needs to comply while discouraging unscrupulous growers from damaging rental properties, said Mayor Hal Cole.

City of Angels 2 collective owner Gino DiMatteo said he supports the ordinance, which should deter people from coming into a town, renting a place to grow marijuana, damaging the rental and leaving, DiMatteo said.

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16 US CA: OPED: City Council Blowing Smoke, Ignoring Real IssuesThu, 21 Apr 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Kubby, Steve Area:California Lines:101 Added:04/22/2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe City Council rejected a proposed new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance with reduced penalties and improved security for patients from ripoffs and raids. Instead, the council demanded the fine for noncompliance, which had been reduced by the city manager and attorney to $100, be increased back to $1,000 per day. Even more disturbing, the council opted to add a clause that would make public the names of patient growers who are alleged to not be in compliance with the city ordinance, a terrible policy that will be abused by burglars and rogue federal drug agents to harm sick people.

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17 US CA: Medical Pot Law Heads To CouncilFri, 15 Apr 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:43 Added:04/17/2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- How qualified patients and caregivers can legally grow medical marijuana in their homes will be on Tuesday's agenda for the South Lake Tahoe City Council.

Under the latest proposed cultivation ordinance, medical marijuana grows would be limited to 10 percent of a home's square footage and require inspections and permits from city officials.

As-of-yet undecided application and renewal fees would also be used to pay for city costs associated with the ordinance.

Violations would be considered a misdemeanor and would include a fine of up to $1,000, six months in jail or both. Also, medical marijuana grows would be expected to be in compliance with the ordinance by Dec. 20.

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18 US CA: Fourth Medical Marijuana Collective Files Suit AgainstTue, 12 Apr 2011
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:96 Added:04/13/2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - After more than a year of back and forth with the city, the owner of a medical marijuana collective in South Lake Tahoe is ready to let the courts decide who can legally provide cannabis at the South Shore.

On Monday, Mountain Collective owner Chris Ziegler filed suit against South Lake Tahoe over a November 2009 emergency moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The suit challenges the legality of the moratorium as well as how it was applied to Mountain Collective.

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19 US CA: Proposition PotSat, 30 Oct 2010
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:Jensen, Adam Area:California Lines:217 Added:10/31/2010

What Happens If 19 Passes?

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- In 1913, California became the first state in the U.S. to make marijuana illegal. And in less than a week, it could be the first to reverse course.

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to approve the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, known as Proposition 19.

The possibility has attracted international attention, criticism from federal officials and debate around the country about the merits and drawbacks of legal marijuana.

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20 US CA: PUB LTE: Illustrated HypocrisySun, 03 Oct 2010
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Author:White, Stan Area:California Lines:25 Added:10/04/2010

Bruce Grego's "Suffering slings and 'pot shots'" is a perfect illustration of hypocrisy.

Regarding cannabis (marijuana), Grego doesn't like changing words, such as "drugs" to "medicine," "drug distribution center" to "dispensaries," or "drug users" to "patients." But it's OK to refer to the God-given plant cannabis, not as a plant but rather a "drug."

Stan White

Dillon, Colo.

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