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Posted by CN Staff on December 15, 2006 at 07:21:24 PT
By Robyn Moormeister 
Source: The Union 

medical Grass Valley, CA -- Limits on the number of marijuana plants people with doctors' recommendations are allowed to grow in Nevada County may become more stringent in coming months, as the district attorney-elect re-evaluates local standards for cultivation of the drug.

Grow lights for an indoor medicinal marijuana farm may have allegedly sparked a fire on Rapp Road in Penn Valley last Friday that destroyed a two-story farmhouse; the renters had valid recommendations to grow marijuana.

No arrests were made and fire officials say the cause is still under investigation, but the incident is one of many that has caused local law enforcement officials to examine the pitfalls of local medicinal marijuana standards.

"There are some serious concerns regarding the size of grows in residential communities," said Nevada County District Attorney-Elect Cliff Newell, slated to take office Jan. 8. "There are dangers from fire, and people trying to rob fields as plants mature. I know of large grows where there are children running around and people use dogs to guard (plants)."

He said in coming months - before the growing season starts in May, 2007 - he will meet with law enforcement officials to develop new standards for growing.

California voters passed Prop. 215 in 1996, which allows Californians to cultivate and possess marijuana for medical purposes, although possession of marijuana for any reason violates federal law. Local jurisdictions drafted standards on the amount of marijuana people with valid doctors' recommendations can have.

On June 14, 2000, Nevada County law enforcement officials including District Attorney Michael Ferguson, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal, Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster and Nevada City Police Chief Lou Trovato signed a memorandum of understanding clearly outlining local standards.

The document states, "Based upon verification of a valid or written recommendation and absent evidence of sales or possession for sale, a person with such a recommendation from a physician shall be allowed to possess no more than 2 pounds of marijuana. Such person shall be allowed to cultivate between five and 10 marijuana plants; however, the expected yield from such plants should be no more than 2 pounds of processed marijuana."

But in the years since the agreement was reached, people have consistently exceeded the allowable amount.

"They're entrepreneurial in their growing," said Nevada County Sheriff's Lt. Ron Smith. "People are taking advantage of the law."

Newell said modern growers have become more sophisticated in their cultivation, cloning plants to create all females and genetically altering plants to produce higher quality and quantity.

"The technical capability of growers has increased from 10-15 years ago," he said.

Many homes with marijuana farms are tended by several people, each with their own medical recommendation. And several doctors in the area, he said, willingly write recommendations.

"Everyone has a recommendation," Smith said. "There are a lot of them. I see young adults with recommendations and I think 'What could be wrong?'"

He said many young people tell him that they are using marijuana to treat depression.

He said he supports people who use the drug for valid medical reasons, such as treatment for chronic pain or nausea from chemotherapy, but those cases are in the minority.

And the large indoor grows, he said, are posing a risk to the public.

"There's no guidebook on how to set up a grow," he said. "There's Mylar for the walls, a lot of wiring, lights, timers and fertilizer. It can get dangerous."

Newell said he will take Smith's and others' concerns into account during his re-evaluation.

"I'm not going to make any unilateral decisions without consulting with doctors and law enforcement first," he said. "It is reasonable to assume we'll be lowering the amount grown."

Source: Union, The (Grass Valley, CA)
Author: Robyn Moormeister
Published: December 15, 2006
Copyright: 2006 The Union
Contact: letters@theunion.com
Website: http://www.theunion.com/

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Comment #45 posted by global_warming on December 17, 2006 at 12:03:27 PT
have you a good hand
or a good eye?

Can You be a witness?

To the Splendor of this world



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Comment #44 posted by global_warming on December 17, 2006 at 11:43:33 PT
re: why moths fly into the Light?
Those simple creatures

Understand

They cannot pay the the debt of existence



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Comment #43 posted by global_warming on December 17, 2006 at 10:45:58 PT
re: this thing happening to Kay Lee
It's happening to all of us, in this real world, has been for some time, in fact, for some long time, did you ever wonder why moths fly into the Light?



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Comment #42 posted by Hope on December 17, 2006 at 08:13:59 PT
This thing happening to Kay Lee
scarcely a week after the raid on Kathryn Johnston's home in Atlanta.

I thought it would be in the news, too. It hasn't been though, that I have seen.

She has done so much for the free cannabis movement for so long. She deserves to have us rally round her, no doubt.



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Comment #41 posted by Hope on December 17, 2006 at 08:00:16 PT
Kevin Zeese!
Kevin Zeese! Where are you!

Kevin Zeese knows Kay Lee. He was with Kay Lee and the rest of us on the Journey for Justice in Texas. I know he would do something if he could, and knowing him...he's a good lawyer...maybe he knows of something that will help her fend off the prohibitionists.

(I haven't fixed my e-mail yet or I would try to e-mail him...a tech call is called for and I haven't done it yet. Mail comes in...but doesn't go out.)

Anyone out there who can contact Kevin Zeese...please check to make sure he knows what's happened to Kay Lee. Please.

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Comment #40 posted by doc james on December 17, 2006 at 07:17:44 PT:

qwaxy nazicutors n kay lee
"There's no guidebook on how to set up a grow," he said. "There's Mylar for the walls, a lot of wiring, lights, timers and fertilizer. It can get dangerous." OH MY GOD! Give me a break......... what fools they are! Kay Lee, bless you my friend. You have done so much with so little for the movement to help end cannabis prohibition. Send me your address maybe we all can chip n and help. Dont let the bas----- get you down. free the weed imprison a bush!

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Comment #39 posted by whig on December 16, 2006 at 23:56:14 PT
ekim
I don't know anyone in our community in Atlanta or Wisconsin. What confuses me about the situation as related is that proposition 215 is California law, but has no force in Wisconsin or Georgia or any other state.

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Comment #38 posted by ekim on December 16, 2006 at 22:11:15 PT
i hope Gary from Wis. reads about Kay
there must be someone that will help Kay in Wis as many a good soul there has seen for themselves Kay Lee in all her glory.

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Comment #37 posted by ekim on December 16, 2006 at 22:05:07 PT
whig can you suggest help for Kay
Do you know of Her,(a 215 patient) or heard of anyone that is talking about her or what she has done to help others.

i hope that a fund is set up to help those that have given everything for this effort -- fighting heart attack and leos wanting the healing herb that is helping her.

A story about her in major news outlet must be done.

any help for Kay will be good for everyone.



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Comment #36 posted by whig on December 16, 2006 at 17:37:57 PT
gw
Bread was taken to the sanctuary where the arc of the covenant resides, and was shared.

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Comment #35 posted by museman on December 16, 2006 at 13:39:49 PT
g_w
And the blind shall be made to see.

The lame be shall made to walk.

Those bitter tears shall wash away that dark vision,

and behold! The multitudes,

wearing those robes of white linen that have been cleansed.

The separation of the grain and the weeds

is in the winnowing.

It is but the morning of the last day.

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Comment #34 posted by global_warming on December 16, 2006 at 13:20:08 PT
the answer
Then I was given a measuring reed like a rod, with these words: "Go and measure God's sanctuary and the altar, and count those who worship there.

I can't see those who come to worship, for my tears cover my eyes.

For I have been blinded by the devil and I can no longer see the tapestry at the table of clean linen.

Yet, as I walk through the valley of Death, I know that all that has been prepared for that son, has been layed out for my soul.



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Comment #33 posted by jasgrave333 on December 16, 2006 at 13:19:24 PT:

ya Zactly Whig... :)
Ya... zactly...

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Comment #32 posted by whig on December 16, 2006 at 13:17:38 PT
jasgrave333
Abaddon all hope ye who enter here.

There is a reckoning and the book of domesday will open.

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Comment #31 posted by jasgrave333 on December 16, 2006 at 13:01:12 PT:

global_warming: the answer to 1000's of years of..
...I hear you gw.

~7000 years...

Well da answer is Revelation 9:11

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Comment #30 posted by global_warming on December 16, 2006 at 11:42:17 PT
re: comment 25
and the revelation of the thousand years of persecution?

nice pictures, say hello to Puci, and that beautiful wife, here in this year, where there are so many fallen, in prisons, courts of law, so many human beings, trying to have Christmas, when I look at my time piece, I reckon it is time.



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Comment #29 posted by jasgrave333 on December 16, 2006 at 11:35:42 PT:

Hope "Any ideas of what else I can do to prepare?&
The 8 year old child is in mortal Danger!

Before the visit make sure that the following items are made safe also:

1. Make safe all sharp knives around the kitchen (&house)

2. All Tobbocco and alchoholic products should be locked in cupboards (and only used after childs bed time hours)

3. The petroleum or burning systems around the premesis must have the highest safety exhaust rating and only used on breezy days for fear of Carbonmonoxide poisoning.

4. Make sure all the water is filtered from the toxic elements, pollutants and flouride.

5. Any childrens or adult pharamacuticals (especially anti-depressants) need to be accounted for and a pill audit taken. Also if child is under this medication, be prepared to issue a law suit against the Pharamacutical manufacturer for not putting clear and damning lables explicitly warning of the suicide risks associated...

etc etc etc...

It hypocrisy to it's worst level.

Ya be prepared...

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Comment #28 posted by dirtmover on December 16, 2006 at 09:46:50 PT
Depression
Many young people use Cannabis because it DOES relieve the stress and depression associated with being 19 years old in the U.S., today.

The biggest health hazard they face is INCARCERATION.

A medical recommendation saves lives.

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Comment #27 posted by FoM on December 16, 2006 at 09:21:38 PT
Hope
That is terrible news to learn. This just has to stop.

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Comment #26 posted by Hope on December 16, 2006 at 09:06:49 PT
This is very distressing concerning Kay Lee.
Many of you know who Kay Lee is. She's a tireless activist for our cause and prison reform.

She is a wonderful woman and human being.

This was in a letter on our DPFT list...so it's public knowledge.

All this happened within days of the killing of Kathryn Johnston in Atlanta.

From the letter:

I think they may have removed the story about the 120 year old pot smoker - the link leads to a non-existant page. Do you happen to have the story on your machine? I'd love to read it. By the way, I was arrested last night. I'm 63 years old and have never been arrested before. I have a question hopefully someone may be able to help me with. I live in Atlanta. I came up here to Wisconsin to visit my daughter this summer. I'm still here only because of a heart attack and open heart surgery. Doctors are still adjusting my meds. My daughter had an episode with her dog the other day and I thought animal control came 4 or 5 times, but it actually turned out to be a police officer. He stated on the last visit that he smelled marijuana, asked who it belonged to and to keep my daughter's family out of it I quickly stated that it was mine, that I am a Prop 215 patient, and just had heart surgery. I had my paperwork, heart meds and scar to prove it. I gave him my pot to keep him from bringing dogs to find it. He was gentle, apologized, said he understood medical use but that Wisconsin has no medical provision. He did arrest and cuff me but didn't read me my rights. At the station they were also gentle, took my picture and fingerprinted me, charged me with "THC possession", warned me not to leave town, and sent me home. I go to court on Jan. 2nd. I've been working with anti-drug war people, the marijuana movement and the effort to rehabilitate the prison system for years. In fact WI is the very state where I did the first Journey for Justice. So at least I'm prepared to handle whatever comes. The main thing I'm worried about is my daughter and her family because the offense took place in my room at her home. She has an eight year old son. I'm not sure what to do when child services comes as the cop said they would. I have a lock on my door so grandson can't come in, but I don't know if that will be enough to give the family plausible deniability or protect him. Any ideas of what else I can do to prepare? Thank you so much for any suggestions. Kay Lee

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Comment #25 posted by jasgrave333 on December 16, 2006 at 04:37:39 PT:

global_warming "that link"
"jas grave link is dead, do you have another link, to the revelation of the thousand years of persecution?"

Ya here:

http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/4924/1331/1600/869977/J33355.jpg

Also see: http://thchurch.blogspot.com

" the cops like you and me are also stuck in this madness, "

Agreed, education is the key here though. How many arrests are carried out by police who SHOULD know much better?

I mean, the police role is a social one of course, so taking out the 'job' and the 'pension' aspect, would allow a more open view of the medicinal and other users of the ~7000 year old herb.

1Love & Peace

Rev. JaSon...

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Comment #24 posted by freewillks on December 15, 2006 at 19:51:37 PT
User123
Lights, timers and fertilizer and all in the same room?

Sounds like the average Americans garage, except the garage has 20 plus gallons of flamable liquids in it.

What about the bathroom? Water,curling irons, Chemicals, Fans, Bright lights, Razor blades and Drugs. Worse yet, we encourage our children to visit the bathroom. No sir, I'm laying out newspapers on the floor, and hose them off outside. I would take the bathroom out, but City code require's me to have one. I'm more affraid the person next door might have 3 bathrooms in his house, just an accident waiting to happen. I just know one of his bathrooms will burn my house down. And my children, what if they got in his bathroom? We must pass a law's to put and end to this danger!

Peace, Love, and Hippieness Bong Hits 4 The Son of God

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Comment #23 posted by user123 on December 15, 2006 at 18:31:01 PT:

1 More Thing
This is all in Nevada County, California. Their slogan up there is "Come on vacation, leave on probation" I think the article about this, a year or two back was on this site. They arrest for anything, & then get everyone to plea bargin.

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Comment #22 posted by user123 on December 15, 2006 at 18:22:42 PT:

Puh-leaze
And the large indoor grows, he said, are posing a risk to the public.

"There's no guidebook on how to set up a grow," he said. "There's Mylar for the walls, a lot of wiring, lights, timers and fertilizer. It can get dangerous."

NO GUIDE BOOKS? If this idiot could find a keyboard with both hands, then go to amazon & type in the word marijuana, he'd realize what an asinine statement (and the article is full of 'em) that is.

Oh, and I'd better unplug my tv, refridge, etc..they've all got lots of wiring. Lights, timers and fertilizer and all in the same room? It's a wonder the news isn't filled with nursery's going up in flames every single day.

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Comment #21 posted by mayan on December 15, 2006 at 18:17:14 PT
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Comment #20 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 16:39:43 PT
If you do not believe
in God, and you are not black, red, yellow, and not behind in your

payment's,

again you pressed another button

I have Hope



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Comment #19 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 16:31:44 PT
Freedom
Can you' make it happen?



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Comment #18 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 16:30:31 PT
There is one word
FREEDOM, can you hear it?



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Comment #17 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 16:18:19 PT
if you are looking for that way'
then you pressed that button,

that has brought you here

reading some words

typed in front of your screens

some words, thoughts and those ideas'



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Comment #16 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 16:04:44 PT
WISH i kNEW
how so many people, have forgotten "so much" Liberty

Truth and Justice, and so much poverty

betrayal and indifference,

you can pay your debts and obligations

to ceaser or bush

is this the way?



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Comment #15 posted by whig on December 15, 2006 at 15:47:35 PT
gw
How do we get enough people in New York City to light up a spliff or pass the pipe around to stop this thing right now? Are people in NYC reading me? Are you making bread yet?

Send the message of PEACE. We can feed the hungry and we can heal the sick. The police need to know we won't harm them.

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Comment #14 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 15:33:20 PT
whig
I am losing you, if you are talking about that trigger of war, they will pull it, that is an easy and thoughtless button to press, press that awful button and the sky will rain on all of our heads, diseases unknown in in this Christendom and how will God recognize your totally distorted flesh, is this the way you want to come to the table of clean linen?



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Comment #13 posted by whig on December 15, 2006 at 15:21:23 PT
How conveeeeenient.
Just saying.

Do you think they'll pull it?

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Comment #12 posted by OverwhelmSam on December 15, 2006 at 15:19:12 PT
Dangerous Growing
We've got to do something about those irresponsible Farmers and Landscapers too!

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Comment #11 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 15:17:51 PT
that link
jas grave link is dead, do you have another link,

to the revelation of the thousand years of persecution?

the cops like you and me are also stuck in this madness,



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Comment #10 posted by whig on December 15, 2006 at 15:17:23 PT
nuevo mexican #2
New York City is falling. This is an APB.

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Comment #9 posted by global_warming on December 15, 2006 at 15:03:27 PT
hey rock n' rollers, be the first
http://www.buzzflash.com/store/reviews/436

To have a Barack Obama 2008 Campaign Button,

please do not forget that button, and your good finger which can press the correct button.



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Comment #8 posted by jasgrave333 on December 15, 2006 at 14:57:54 PT:

Genius Cannabis growers...
...ya;

" The cops must think that cannabis growers are all phd's. "

certainly studying the Cannabis herb, instead of judging a ~7000 year old herbal medicine as "illegal", would make a difference to coffee chugging doughnut chomping, "Law" officials.

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Comment #7 posted by freewillks on December 15, 2006 at 14:24:33 PT
Genetically altering plants?
I would love to meet the person who is genetically altering Cannabis in thier home. They most have spent millions on equipment and lab space. Not to mention I would love to see a complete genome map for cannabis Sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The cops must think that cannabis growers are all phd's.

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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on December 15, 2006 at 11:55:41 PT
Bush
He's the Grinch!

I've always thought he looked the Grinch since I first saw him. And you know what? His wife looks even MORE like the Grinch.



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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 15, 2006 at 11:33:06 PT
Dankhank
I turned music on when I saw Bush. I find it very hard to look at him.

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Comment #4 posted by Dankhank on December 15, 2006 at 10:49:44 PT
gladhanding
W is gladhanding the Rumster on the tube ...

Know that John the Revelator is running to counter his dreck ...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VaB1psXTjS4&watch_response

for those haven't seen it ...

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Comment #3 posted by rafael on December 15, 2006 at 09:17:25 PT
!DANGER!DANGER!
"There's Mylar for the walls, a lot of wiring, lights, timers and fertilizer. It can get dangerous."

Oh my God! Imagine that! Mylar, wirings, lights, timers and even FERTILIZERS!!!! What are these crazy potheads thinking!!

What they want with these growing limits is making pacients unable to supply themselves with cannabis so OR they´ll have to treat themselves with legal drugs and give $$ to the big corporations, OR they´ll ignore the limits, breaking the law so the cops are able to arrest them... At least those pacients that need big amounts of cannabis...

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Comment #2 posted by nuevo mexican on December 15, 2006 at 09:13:52 PT
Police state update!
ON TOPIC: Cannabis News is media, Cannabis News is journalism, Cannabis News is reader/based reporting/blogging, and we ARE the enemy George Bush has warned you about!

NYPD assaults videographer, steals camera http://iwitnessvideo.info/blog/4.html

Let's blog this into the blogosphere, as so goes Mexico, goes the U.S., in terms of political corruption, and Drug War Madness.

Want to know the future of the U.S.?

Watch what is happening in Mexico, our governments' practice pad for those of us north of the border!

The War on Journalism http://fluxrostrum.blogspot.com/2006/11/war-on-journalism.html

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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on December 15, 2006 at 08:47:59 PT
Scary Scary!
I love the logic of Police Lt. Piggie E. Bacon. Using cannabis for depression is not a "legitimate medical reason". People are guarding their plants with dogs! Oh my god! Half of the state of Maine is guarding their property with dogs.

Don't look now, "Officer", but the entire pharmaceutical and medical industry (read: doctors) is profiting from SELLING DRUGS for depression.

They use pharmacies guarded by bulletproof glass, and highly sophisticated banks to store the money, with vaults, armed guards, cameras, the works. And the best part is, the whole racket is protected by a HUGE crew of armed thugs, looking to mess people up, with big guns, cars, body armor, tear gas, electrocution, everything! Cops! Oh wait a second, I guess you already knew about that part, didn't you?

Worst yet, several THOUSAND doctors are willing to write recommendations for DRUGS to treat depression! Childred are running around!

My god, "children are running around" people HOMES with DRUGS! Aieeeeee! Run! Children!!!



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