LaMalfa, Nielsen Cite Crime Increase, Youth Access, Pollution
Placer County supervisors faced down more opposition Tuesday to
efforts that could result in taxing and regulating medical pot grows
this time from Congressman Doug LaMalfa and state Sen. Jim Nielsen.
The two were not present at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting
but sent representatives to read prepared statements reinforcing
strong concerns already voiced earlier in the month by Placer
County's four police chiefs.
Nielsen, speaking to the Journal late Tuesday, said that as chairman
of the state Board of Prison Terms for several years, he observed the
negative impact of marijuana.
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State Funding for Most Ended in 2010
Despite funding cuts in recent years, drug, alcohol and tobacco
prevention and mental health programs are still going strong in
Placer County school districts.
And that's good news for those who are trying to educate parents
about teen drug abuse locally.
Beginning in 1986, school districts got Safe and Drug-Free School
Communities Funding to help implement a variety of prevention
programs, according to Greg Wolfe, consultant in the Coordinated
School Health and Safety Office with the state Department of Education.
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President (Barack) Obama's desperate attacks on state-regulated
dispensaries of cannabis (marijuana) has got to stop: "Medical
marijuana crackdown gets reaction from those in industry," Journal, Oct. 13).
Cannabis prohibition is a monster that must be put to death.
Political leaders must stop feeding the monster and citizens must
stop feeding politicians who feed the monster.
Hopefully federal government policies to persecute, prohibit and
exterminate cannabis will accelerate the race to completely
re-legalize the God-given plant.
Stan White, Dillon, Colo.
Even Without Letter, For-Profit Facilities Not OK, U.S. Attorney
A recent directive from the federal government telling several
California medical marijuana facilities to shut their doors inspired
locals connected to the industry to speak out.
According to Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's
Office in Sacramento, the office has issued letters to close to 50
medical marijuana facilities.
"(This happened) because the U.S. Attorneys felt the need for it,"
Horwood said. "It has been in the process for awhile and it seemed
that as the illegal operations were becoming more and more prolific
that something needs to be done by the federal government."
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A court clash over a medical marijuana dispensary the city of Auburn
is seeking to close down has been postponed again.
But the city's cause has now been bolstered by a judge's tentative
ruling that supports its 1996 ban on pot dispensaries.
Judge Colleen Nichols issued the tentative ruling Monday, clearing
the way for arguments in the civil court case to be heard Tuesday
morning. Instead, however, Nichols postponed the session another week
so that she could hear what she described as an emergency criminal issue.
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A medical marijuana collective's attempt to fight the city of Auburn's
efforts to permanently close its downtown dispensary will have to wait
a week for another court date.
Sierra Patient and Caregiver Exchange closed its doors last month
after a temporary restraining order requested by city attorneys was
granted in Placer County Superior Court.
A hearing -- with the exchange requesting a hold on the restraining
order and the city looking for a more-binding preliminary injunction
- -- was to have been heard Tuesday in Roseville before Judge Colleen
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Security Is Important for Cannabis Patients, Physician Says
A recent robbery that involved a medical marijuana theft has some
speaking out about concerns and asking local residents to use
security to keep themselves and their medical cannabis supply safe.
At presstime Wednesday Robin Oscar Tipton, 20, of Sacramento, David
Eugene Thomas, 23, of Sacramento, and Duane Edward Patton II, 23, of
Elk Grove, were still in custody in Placer County Jail after being
arrested July 7 for allegedly bursting into an Auburn couple's home
and stealing medical marijuana, cash and other property, according to
Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
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Facilities Currently Prohibited in Auburn
Anyone trying to run a medical marijuana dispensary in Auburn could
face fines instead of court in the near future.
The Auburn Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to recommend the
City Council amend the city's municipal code to make penalties for
running dispensaries in the city civil rather than criminal infractions.
According to Will Wong, community development director for the city
of Auburn, in 2004 the city adopted an ordinance putting regulations
on the dispensaries, but in 2006 the city amended its code to
prohibit the facilities altogether.
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Pot Harvest, Prop. 19 Issues Keep Placer County Medicinal Grower
The buds are sprouting at George Miller's medicinal marijuana grow,
located on property on an isolated hillside somewhere between Auburn
They're sending the sweetish aroma of cannabis wafting over the land
where he passionately - and secretively - tends to his crop of 90 plants.
The sun and the heat of the summer are lingering, extending a slow
growing season that has kept plants smaller than they would normally
be but moving steadily toward harvest time - and shipment by armored
car to a Northern California collective.
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The Proposition 19 buzz is already hitting Auburn.
With the potential to be part of the first state to legalize
recreational use of marijuana, Auburn-area residents have strong --
and divided -- views on the proposition. Prop. 19 is on the Nov. 2
Auburn City Councilman Keith Nesbitt said he's basically in favor of
decriminalization of cannabis and taxing it.
"But Prop. 19 is a tough call," Nesbitt said. "We don't want to make
it available for young people, for instance."
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Is the Proposition 19 pot initiative going to harm or help California?
Proponents like Dale Sky Jones, executive chancellor of Oakland's
Oaksterdam University, contend passage of the proposition will save
hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars now wasted on enforcing the failed
prohibition of cannabis.
But Sacramento attorney John Lovell, whose current clients include the
California Police Chiefs Association, points to a coalition of law
enforcement organizations and argues that the threat of losing significant
federal funding should be a deal-killer in itself.
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A Look Back on the Aughts
Editor's note: The Journal shares some notable events that occurred in
the last decade of Auburn's history.
With fears of a Y2K apocalypse alleviated, 2000 ushered in the new
decade with little fanfare. That came later as the presidential
election heated up, ending in a recount and a newfound familiarity
with hanging chads.
Locally, plans were afoot to build Foresthill High School and a
high-profile marijuana case against compassionate use advocate Steven
Kubby went to trial. Here's a sampling of other local happenings in
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Local Cities Weigh In On Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
It's not so easy being green in Placer County for those looking to
open a commercial medical cannabis dispensary.
Recently the towns of Colfax and Loomis have put a moratorium in place
prohibiting medical marijuana shops from opening. Officials from both
towns say they will take the next 10 months to research the issue
before making a final decision.
Other county cities, including Auburn, have ordinances in place not
allowing commercial storefront medical marijuana dispensaries. Federal
law declaring medical marijuana as illegal was the reason most of
those cities opted to not allow the shops.
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A Mendocino County court has dismissed the remnants of a 1999 Placer
County prosecution of medical marijuana proponent Steve Kubby.
The ruling -- which sees Kubby's misdemeanor convictions for
possession of a magic mushroom stem and peyote buttons expunged under
California law -- came last week.
Full erasure of the conviction would take a governor's pardon, but
Kubby said Tuesday that the court decision to dismiss the case leaves
him "fully vindicated and in possession, once again, of my
inalienable, inseparable, non-transferable rights."
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Placer County plans to roll its medical marijuana identification-card
program out March 1.
But it's still uncertain whether the state-overseen and
state-authorized program -- which remains voluntary for
marijuana-medicating patients under the 11-year-old Proposition 214
Compassionate Use Act -- will take hold.
Neighboring El Dorado County established its own ID program under
state guidelines in mid-August and has issued 13 cards.
Statewide, the three-year-old program has issued 18,847 cards in 36 counties.
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Cool Doctor And Lawyer Cite Compassionate Use Act
Two Cool residents were found guilty in federal court Thursday of
manufacturing and selling large amounts of marijuana.
But the Cool professionals, Marion "Molly" Fry, a doctor and her
lawyer husband, Dale Schafer, say they are unfairly targeted and that
the pot they were growing, completely legal, was allowed under the
California Compassionate Use Act.
"They were convicted by the jury of all charges in the indictment
after three hours of deliberation," Rosemary Shawl, spokeswoman for
the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. "The are out of custody
pending sentencing Nov. 26."
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There's something almost idiotic about the obviously confused and
misguided way in which federal authorities are trying to enforce
anti-marijuana laws in California today.
Nothing better illustrates this than the headlines that appeared
together in newspapers this spring and summer about numerous pot
raids in middle-class neighborhoods across the state and those about
the second trial of medical marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal of
Oakland, an author sometimes known as the "guru of ganja."
In the eastern Los Angeles County suburb of Diamond Bar, authorities
burst into a three-bedroom home one day and found the entire house
had been converted into a massive indoor marijuana farm with an
elaborate irrigation system and overhead lights on timers set up to
bypass electric meters that might have alerted the local utility
something odd was going on in the house.
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Foothills Doctor And Husband Say They Grow Legal Marijuana
Two Cool residents could face up to 40 years in prison and millions
in fines, if found guilty of manufacturing and selling large amounts
But the Cool professionals, a doctor and a lawyer by trade, say they
are unfairly targeted and that the pot they were growing, completely
legal, was allowed under the California Compassionate Use Act.
Dr. Marion "Molly" Fry and her attorney husband, Dale Schafer, were
indicted by the U.S. Attorney's office in June 2005.
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It has come to my attention that people haven't recognized the
importance of hemp, and how to use it in our daily life. I feel it
could be a great new resource used in our society.
Hemp can take the role of trees, for instance, hemp paper could be
used while trees could be built into houses. Hemp is harvested for
its fibers made for hemp clothing, seeds, and hemp oil. With a
relatively short growth cycle of 100-120 days, it is an efficient and
economical crop for farmers to grow.
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Calif. Facilities Hold Nearly Twice The Inmate Capacity
The state's Republican lawmakers have called on the Legislature to
act immediately on California's worsening prison overcrowding crisis.
At a press conference held Tuesday at the State Capitol, Senate and
Assembly members suggesting tackling the problem by making it easier
to use available bed space as well as transfer prisoners out-of-state.
"We have been trying to give the impression to the Legislature and
the governor that we need to come up with a solution now,"
Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville said after the conference. "If we
don't the courts will do it for us and the result would be the
release of thousands of prisoners and that's scary."
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