After reading about "Charles" and his misadventures with the "killer
weed" in the Feb. 5 article by Rebecca Jones, "Valley teen: Marijuana
is widely available," I hovered between laughter and anger. The funny
part is Charles's problems are implied to be caused by the
availability of pot to state-licensed adults.
Instead of Charles or his parents taking responsibility, they blame
the availability of pot.
What raises my ire is Charles's dirtbag supplier got off free as a
bird. This criminal is still able to corrupt other children because
Charles refused to identify him. Some soft-headed judge is teaching
this juvenile miscreant that there are no consequences for his behavior.
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To the Editor:
The use of synthetic marijuana is an unintended side-effect of the
war on natural marijuana. Consumers are turning to potentially toxic
drugs made in China and sold as research chemicals before being
repackaged as legal incense. Expanding the drug war will do little
other than add to what is already the highest incarceration rate in
the world. Chinese chemists will tweak formulas to stay one step
ahead of the law and two steps ahead of the drug tests. New versions
won't be safer. Misguided efforts to protect children from drugs are
putting children at great risk.
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To The Editor:
In regard to the petition to legalize marijuana. Well, here we go
down the wrong road again. We legalized alcohol finally, and what
happened? It was supposed to be in moderation and for social
purposes. It really had no medicinal purpose that I know of other
than a form of sterilization of a wound possibly. But, our government
saw it was a way that it might as well collect tax on rather than let
it continue to run out of control as something it couldn't stop.
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I've read the article =93Metchosin weighs in on
legalizing pot=94 published on Jan. 18, in the
Gazette and I also recognize that there is a
strong push in this direction being made by a
vocal minority in relation to this subject.
At the risk of lighting the fuse on the powder
keg that this issue has become, I think it's very
important to look at this with our best possible eyes.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but
everyone is not entitled to their own facts.
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Dispensaries Are Scheduled to Close Feb. 14
Medical marijuana businesses are a step closer to officially
disappearing from Fort Collins.
The City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a set of
ordinances that repeal elements in city code that allow for the
licensing and operation of medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations.
The house-keeping ordinances were in reaction to a measure banning
medical marijuana businesses that was approved by city voters in
November. The ban is scheduled to go into effect Feb. 14.
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Writing from my perspective as a retired street cop, the Feb. 5
article by Rebecca Jones, "Valley teen: Marijuana is widely
available," demonstrated the need to treat marijuana like alcohol,
that is, legal, regulated and taxed. Kids are not selling beer and
cigarettes in school, just an illegal drug like marijuana.
Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a
youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ask for
identification for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult
sentences. So much for protecting the children.
No teen should have the job option to sell drugs. To help our kids,
we should repeal this marijuana prohibition today.
Filing of documents kicks off a process that could lead to a measure
allowing medical marijuana dispensaries with certain restrictions.
SANTA ANA - Proponents of medical marijuana want to place on the
November ballot in Santa Ana an initiative to allow medical marijuana
dispensaries to operate in the city.
A group called the Committee to Support Medical Marijuana Ballot
Initiative on Tuesday turned in to the city clerk's office documents
to circulate a petition in support of the initiative, which
proponents say would be the first of its kind in California.
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Fuming Over How Many Months It Takes for the State to Issue Medical
The heady atmosphere of the early days of medical marijuana in
Michigan seems to have dissipated. Back then, there was a celebratory
atmosphere as dispensaries were popping across the state and money
from ganjapreneurs in Colorado and California flowed in as they
expanded into the newest market to welcome their wares. But Michigan
Attorney General Bill Schuette was less welcoming and led the charge
against medical marijuana, particularly dispensaries, which have been
raided and shut down in numerous areas of the state. Individual
patients and caregivers have been prosecuted and found guilty when
they believed they were in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
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Nine medical marijuana dispensaries will be permitted in the areas of
Sonoma County outside city limits, the county Board of Supervisors
The cap, proposed and under review since last year, is designed to
prevent an over-concentration of cannabis outlets in the county
A three-member majority of the board -- Valerie Brown, Mike McGuire
and Efren Carrillo -- voted to set the cap at nine, the number
recommended by the county Planning Commission last month and endorsed
by the board for study last year.
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