How Much Pot is Enough?

How Much Pot is Enough?
Posted by CN Staff on February 01, 2005 at 07:58:18 PT
By Kimberly Bolander, Record Searchlight
Source: Record Searchlight
Red Bluff -- Medicinal marijuana patients here might breathe a little easier after tonight's City Council meeting, when council members are expected to vote on a standard for how much pot patients can possess. Red Bluff Police Department Chief Al Shamblin is recommending the city formally adopt the minimum guidelines outlined in the state's Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which was amended in 2003.
The guidelines would help Red Bluff police officers in the field determine whether a qualified patient or marijuana caregiver is abiding by the law intended to bring relief for pain and illnesses, said Capt. Paul Nanfito. "As long as those people are in compliance, ... the case will not be submitted for prosecution," he said. The proposed ordinance would allow patients with a doctor's prescription, or their designated caregivers, to possess up to a half-pound of dried marijuana, and either six mature or 12 immature marijuana plants. In addition, the council will consider a fourth possibility outlined in the state law: allowing a patient as much marijuana as his or her licensed physician deems necessary, said City Manager Susan Price. If adopted, Red Bluff's proposed guidelines would be stricter than those held by the Tehama County Sheriff's Department. Deputies there allow documented marijuana patients 11/2 pounds of dried marijuana, and either 18 immature or six flowering plants, said medicinal marijuana activist Jason Browne of Red Bluff. Browne, co-founder of Tehama Health Cooperative, went to the city this fall to ask for a standard that matched that of the Sheriff's Department. He still hopes that could happen, he said Monday. "It's going to make it a lot easier for the law enforcement and the patient communities to work together and be on the same page," he said. Browne is a qualified marijuana patient himself. In the last year has also acted as a marijuana caregiver to about a dozen qualified patients living in Tehama County, he said. Overall, interaction between marijuana patients and Red Bluff police has been more positive than negative, Browne said. "I've also seen Red Bluff police do really good things, and be very respectful of patients, and I think that needs to be commended," he said. However, as in cities and counties across the state, there have been instances of officers seizing or destroying pot with no intention of prosecuting the patients who need it, he said. "When that sort of thing happens, it's really bad for law enforcement officers because it puts them in a criminal light," he said. But no matter what action the council takes today, Red Bluff patients may not be safe from prosecution by the federal government. The Sacramento-based U.S. attorney's office does not distinguish between illegal marijuana and what California law calls medicine, said spokeswoman Patty Pontello. "It's not legal federally, period. It doesn't matter what its use is for," she said. "If we are presented with a case, say from the sheriff's office, we would prosecute that case." Sidebar: If You're Going: What: Red Bluff City Council  When: 7 p.m. today  Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 555 Washington St.  Agenda includes: Medicinal marijuana guidelines; preparations for a general plan update committee Note: Red Bluff police chief wants policy to match state's rules.Source: Redding Record Searchlight (CA)Author: Kimberly Bolander, Record SearchlightPublished: February 1, 2005Copyright: 2005 Record Searchlight - The E.W. Scripps Co.Contact: letters redding.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #9 posted by Max Flowers on February 02, 2005 at 08:08:12 PT
That's not bad, but one is still inhaling butane/butane combustion byproducts. I wish there was something small and hand-held that produced the same heat as a lighter flame without burning a gas... is there such a thing as a small alcohol torch?
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on February 01, 2005 at 14:30:42 PT
E Johnson
Just looked at your vaporizer at looking and fascinating and it's apparently small structure lends it some likely, relative to most, stealth ability if it should be necessary. Hope it's a good one and you enjoy it.To your health!
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Comment #7 posted by dongenero on February 01, 2005 at 14:22:12 PT
I've seen them advertised and wondered if it works well.
How is it? Is it easy to control witout burning the weed?
How long does the glass take to cool once you use it?I have thought it would be nice for travel. Times when you wouldn't take a plug in unit.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on February 01, 2005 at 13:46:19 PT
How Much Pot is Enough?
How could there really ever be too much Cannabis? There are so many uses for it that I don't know how to figure that out. 
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Comment #5 posted by goneposthole on February 01, 2005 at 13:38:05 PT
How much pot is enough?
If it is a 20 billion dollar industry each and every year, and the market is saturated at all times, that means that 20 billion dollars divided by 2000 dollars per pound equals 10 million pounds of cannabis is enough each year.The US government's interdiction programs need some improvement.I don't wish them any luck. Buy some cannabis today.10 000 000 / 2000 = 5 000 tons of grass to smoke... each year. Cannabis stocks are rising.
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Comment #4 posted by E_Johnson on February 01, 2005 at 13:30:11 PT
Vapor Genie -- anyone tried?
I just bought a Vapor Genie, has anyone else tried it? It's pretty cool. It's a vaporizer like a pipe, you heat it with a lighter.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on February 01, 2005 at 10:33:43 PT
Max Flowers 
You're very welcome. I archived it because I'm doing my best to keep news that winds up on the front page about cannabis. I don't know anything about Ecstasy but I would never question those who believe it is benefical in treatment for those who need it.
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Comment #2 posted by Max Flowers on February 01, 2005 at 10:30:49 PT
FoM - Shulgin article 
I want to thank you for posting the article about Sasha Shulgin. I have had the privilege of meeting and talking with Sasha, and in my opinion he is one of the most fascinating characters in all of modern American history. His incredibly significant contributions to science haven't even begun to be fully appreciated and realized and probably won't be for years to come.As the article touched on (but did not give the true flavor of), Sasha was originally pro-law enforcement, and buddies with the DEA, until they turned on him and raided his house and lab because he had the "audacity" to exercise his right to free speech/press and publish PIHKAL (an amazing book that every CNews fan should read). This betrayal and mistreatment was a revelation to Sasha and it transformed his attitude and view about drug laws and cognitive liberty, on which subject he is absolutely one of the country's most eloquent speakers and brilliant minds (in my own personal opinion, THE most, bar none).Everyone here who is frustrated and maddened by the abuses of power perpetrated by the DEA and other US gov't entities would be further enlightened by Sasha's writings on the subject in both PIHKAL and his subsequent book TIHKAL.HIGHLY recommended reading for fans of truth. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on February 01, 2005 at 08:09:28 PT
News Article from Madrid, Spain
Spain To Experiment with Cannabis 
 Madrid, Spain 
February 1, 2005 
Four hospitals and 60 pharmacies in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia will distribute cannabis to patients suffering from Aids, cancer, multiple sclerosis or chronic pain of nervous origin, local media reported on Tuesday.The Catalan regional government has agreed with the Spanish health ministry that patients not responding to conventional treatments may be prescribed capsules containing powder made of cannabis, the plant from which marijuana and hashish are made.The one-year pioneering experiment, which follows a similar one in The Netherlands, is due to start mid-year.Cannabis is believed to increase appetite in Aids patients, to reduce nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and to alleviate muscular pain caused by multiple sclerosis as well as chronic pain of nervous origin.Marijuana is banned in Spain, but many people are already using it for medicinal purposes. Many of them smoke it instead of taking it orally, a method that can irritate and cause cancer of the respiratory tract, experts said.The goal of the experiment is to monitor such patients and to allow others to benefit from the possible therapeutic effects of cannabis. -- Sapa-DPA
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