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Judge Drops Pot Growing Charges
Posted by CN Staff on March 29, 2005 at 07:35:51 PT
By Leslie Griffy, The Tribune
Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune 
Calif. -- A Superior Court judge dropped marijuana cultivation charges against a Morro Bay man Friday, agreeing that the man was designated a "primary caregiver" by two medical marijuana patients.According to attorney Louis Koory, it is the first time in San Luis Obispo County such charges have been dropped based on the caregiver status of the accused.
"I think this case just provides a reference point for the county that will help determine the strength and weakness of certain medical marijuana cases," Koory said.Koory represented Robert Marshall, who was arrested last September after police found 75 marijuana plants at his house.Marshall had paperwork required by the California's medical marijuana law, Proposition 215, designating him a primary caregiver. Under the law, such caregivers are allowed to grow and dispense marijuana so long as they don't make money from it.The provision of the 1996 proposition that created the "primary caregiver" status isn't applied consistently throughout the state, leading to confusion for police and prosecutors.Counties, for example, are supposed to set up a registration system for medical marijuana patients and their growers.While no such system is in place in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County's Public Health Department has established one.The different types of paperwork that authorize growing marijuana to be used as medicine make it difficult for police to determine who is a legitimate caregiver, law enforcement officials said.Note: Court finds that Robert Marshall of Morro Bay was designated as a caregiver for medical marijuana patients.Source: Tribune, The (CA)Author: Leslie Griffy, The TribunePublished: Tuesday, March 29, 2005Copyright: 2005 The TribuneContact: letters thetribunenews.comWebsite: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/Medical Marijuana Information Linkshttp://freedomtoexhale.com/medical.htmCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on March 30, 2005 at 12:53:17 PT
Max Flowers 
How often does a medical marijuana patient have to go to a Doctor?
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on March 30, 2005 at 12:51:47 PT
Max Flowers 
You're welcome. I missed it too. I can't stay on Fox for very long because it upsets me so I missed it.
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Comment #21 posted by Max Flowers on March 30, 2005 at 12:48:27 PT
Dr. Lucido
Thanks for posting that FoM, once again I was clueless that this was happening. Dr. Frank is my 215 doc, and I would have *loved* to see that show.I can tell you all that Dr. Frank's standards are indeed rigid, in fact I am thinking about changing docs for just that reason. Not that I can't pass his exams and all, it's just that the extra steps he requires get to be a hassle (sorry Frank, and I do understand why you have to do it) and I live a long distance and several cities from his office. He is conscientious and a stickler for detail though.O'Reilly vs Lucido---dammit, I can't believe I missed that!
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on March 30, 2005 at 09:44:25 PT
DPFCA: Dr Frank Treats Mr. Bill 
Anderson Valley Advertiser 3/30/05 by Fred GardnerDr. Frank Treats Mr. BillFrank Lucido, MD, of Berkeley was invited on Friday 3/25 to discuss medical marijuana on Bill O'Reilly's TV show Monday 3/28. He accepted, and spent the next few days thinking about the questions he might be asked, planning his responses, and looking forward to the opportunity to educate millions of Fox News viewers. Unfortunately, during the course of the interview, O'Reilly's OCSR (Obsessive-Compulsive Self-Righteousness) reached clinical proportions, and Lucido had to calm him down and restore a semblance of normalcy to the conversation.O'Reilly is a self-proclaimed "family-values guy," married with two young children. Last Fall a female producer named Macris got tired of O'Reilly's come-ons and taped one of his amorous phone calls to prove her point. She filed only one court document before Fox News paid her $6 million to not pursue a civil suit. Their ace demagogue had been caught on tape proposing to come up behind Miss Macris in the shower and do something to her with a loofah (a vegetable-fiber sponge).At some point in the conversation O'Reilly referred to the prop he would use in the shower as a "falafel." Keith Olbermann on CNBC and Alex Cockburn on CounterPunch.org made rich sport of the Macris affair, but the rest of the media cut O'Reilly ample slack. While the episode was unfolding and for about three weeks thereafter, Big Bill's OCSR symptoms (uncontrollable sneering and bullying) were muted. But now it's as if his hypocrisy never had been exposed; he gets worked up and the OCSR kicks in and the "guest" is lucky to get a word in edgewise.Here's is an extended excerpt from the 3/28 show:INDENT DIALOGUEO'Reilly: ...California's marijuana law allows people with legitimate pain to purchase pot, but I think the whole thing is a DODGE, and I've said that. Anyone can buy marijuana legally in California. So we sent Fox news producer Chris Spinder to check...Spinder: We went into three different cannabis clubs and I attempted to be able to buy the cannabis without the doctors' recommendation. And all three of these clubs turned me away without this recommendation. I couldn't buy the cannabis. However, two of the clubs gave me the business card of a doctor who they said would be able to give this recommendation. And I went to make an appointment. It turned out to be a kind of walk-in clinic. I waited in line for about an hour and a half. At which point [I got] 15 minutes with the doctor in his office. Asked me a few general questions. Name and address. And then he printed out a form letter. And on that form letter it said that I was now under his care and that he recommends that I-O'Reilly: What illness- were you sick, were you like in pain, was, what was going on?Spinder: We just had a general discussion about my medical condition.O'Reilly: Did you have cancer or glaucoma or any of that? Do you have any of that?Spinder: I do not.O'Reilly: WOW! (shaking his head, smirking with disapproval) So, basically, he didn't even give you an exam.Spinder: He did not examine me at all. No, as a matter of fact-O'Reilly: No blood test or anything like that.Spinder: He sat on the other side of his desk, behind his laptop computer I sat on the other side...O'Reilly: All right, so he just looks at you and he gave you the uh recommendation as they call it. How much did that cost?Spinder: Two hundred and fifty dollars in cash.O'Reilly: Wow! Two hundred and fifty bucks! You walk out, you walk back to the little pot clinics with this and then they sell you up to eight pounds you can buy in there, right?Spinder: Actually, up to eight ounces according to California law. And most people usually buy between an eighth and a quarter of an ounce.O'Reilly: Now what did that cost?Spinder: Sixty-five dollars for an eighth of an ounce.O'Reilly: So you're in now for 315 bucks for an eighth of an ounce. That's a lot of money. But, you did it legally, and you can do it as many times as you want, they didn't take the recommendation away from you, right?Spinder: No, there's no expiration date on this particular recommendationO'Reilly: So you can buy up to eight ounces of pot as many times as you want for ad infinitum. Correct?Spinder: Correct.O'Reilly: All right, thank you, Chris. (His voice crescendoing) Doctor, come on. DOCTORRRR! COME ONNNNN. This is legalized DRUG DEALING. Go.Lucido (after a beat, realizing that "Go" was his instruction to talk): I don't like to see poor quality medicine. What this sounds to me is like the worst stories I've heard about HMOs. You wouldn't believe how many patients come to me when I require documentation. I say, "You need to talk to your doctor about your pain," they say, "why should I? They're just going to give me pills -as many Vicodin as I want." I'm not saying this is good. I'm saying-O'Reilly: But I'm saying that THIS IS WHAT IT IS. It's a ROOOZE. It's a DODGE. Even Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, says IT IS A FRAAWWWWD. It's legalized marijuana in California. I mean doctor, if you write somebody one, you examine them, right?Lucido: I do. I spend 45 minutes with patients, I require documentation of diagnosis, I require they have a primary care doctor that they're discussing their serious illness with every year. My standards are actually onerous to people who don't have enough money to have a primary care doctor, or if they don't have faith in the medical system.O'Reilly: Two-hundred and fifty BUCKS for this recommendation, that's outrageous.Lucido: (soothingly) That sounds excessive.O'Reilly: You know the guy didn't do an exam it's two hundred and fifty bucks, he types your name in, he gives you the thing. This is a SCAM. It's a CON. Every doctor in California should be outraged. Are you?Lucido: I don't like this. It's really bad business practice as well as bad medicine.O'Reilly: What are you going to do about it, doc?Lucido: I'm going to talk to the Medical Board, as I always have. And I'm going to challenge the Medical Board to start looking at the HMOs with the scrutiny that they're looking at the medical cannabis doctors. They've investigated 12 of the 20 most outspoken doctors -I was one of those doctors- and the doctors I know have high standards. What you're telling me doesn't sound very good, but this is a minority.O'Reilly: (bottom line) This is huge scam. I've got to run doc, but we're going to follow up on this. It's off the charts a scam.END INDENTPS from Dr. Anonymous:While my name wasn't mentioned on the O'Reilly show last night, I was the doctor in LA who gave the letter to Fox's "patient." While the Fox producer didn't mention it on air, our 15-minute consultation talking "in general about his medical history" was in fact a discussion of his 12-year history of migraine, worse in the past three years. We discussed alternative treatment options. In the end, he said, "God bless it (marijuana)" because it helps him so much.If O'Reilly was being honest, and if the reporter/patient was being honest, they would have mentioned that the stated complaint was migraine, a serious illness for which cannabis is obviously indicated.SKIP LINEFunny whose transgressions get forgiven and forgotten in America. AARP, The Magazine, recently spiked a story about medical marijuana after it was revealed that the editor who assigned the story had worked for High Times in the 1970s! But Bill O'Reilly, who rode to fame flogging Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, is exposed as a sexual harasser and manages to ride on... Closer to home, several top UCSF administrators who helped plan and direct the disastrous, short-lived merger with Stanford have been named to run California's multibillion dollar stem-cell research program. Leadership roles in a multimillion dollar boondoggle were not held against them one little bit! -- ---- Dale Gieringer (415) 563-5858 // canorml igc.org 2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114
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Comment #19 posted by afterburner on March 30, 2005 at 08:25:01 PT
OT: EU approves Wolfowitz as World Bank chief
Mar. 30, 2005. 09:26 AM 
 
EU approves Wolfowitz as World Bank chief
http://tinyurl.com/5zwdjCONSTANT BRAND
ASSOCIATED PRESS"BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU officials appeared mollified and ready to accept Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank after talks today in which the architect of the Iraq war tried to soothe European concerns about his reputation as a unilateralist with little experience in development issues." [Full Story]
http://tinyurl.com/5zwdj"the architect of the Iraq war" is honored with the responsibility for the World Bank. How can we trust international politicians to propose sane scientific cannabis policies when they reward "the doctrine of pre-emptive strike" and a war based on lies by honoring its "architect" with the responsibility for global development? Excerpt: "Helping people lift themselves out of poverty is truly a noble mission," said Wolfowitz, currently the U.S. deputy defence secretary.But how? "The devil is in the details." Will we "help people out of poverty" by bombing the "H-E-double hockey sticks" out of them and their infrastructure? Will we "help people out of poverty" by caging them in ever larger numbers, creating more slave labor? Will we "help people out of poverty" by degrading the environment in order to create more 10 cent jobs at the subsistence level? The EU ministers were mollified by a speech from a dangerous hawk! Yet, the multi-millennium-used healing plant, cannabis, cannot get a fair and balanced scientific hearing by international politicians no matter how many patients, doctors and scientists testify to its effectiveness. "I'm mortified!" --Jimmy Durante"Think globally and act locally."
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on March 30, 2005 at 07:49:45 PT
O'Reilly Idea: Insanity of Herbecide Spraying.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1447863,00.htmlTwo-thirds of world's resources 'used up' Tim Radford, science editor
Wednesday March 30, 2005
The Guardian The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries - some of them world leaders in their fields - today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure.
The study contains what its authors call "a stark warning" for the entire world. The wetlands, forests, savannahs, estuaries, coastal fisheries and other habitats that recycle air, water and nutrients for all living creatures are being irretrievably damaged. In effect, one species is now a hazard to the other 10 million or so on the planet, and to itself."Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet's ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted," it says.
The report, prepared in Washington under the supervision of a board chaired by Robert Watson, the British-born chief scientist at the World Bank and a former scientific adviser to the White House, will be launched today at the Royal Society in London. It warns that: Because of human demand for food, fresh water, timber, fibre and fuel, more land has been claimed for agriculture in the last 60 years than in the 18th and 19th centuries combined. An estimated 24% of the Earth's land surface is now cultivated. Water withdrawals from lakes and rivers has doubled in the last 40 years. Humans now use between 40% and 50% of all available freshwater running off the land. At least a quarter of all fish stocks are overharvested. In some areas, the catch is now less than a hundredth of that before industrial fishing. Since 1980, about 35% of mangroves have been lost, 20% of the world's coral reefs have been destroyed and another 20% badly degraded. Deforestation and other changes could increase the risks of malaria and cholera, and open the way for new and so far unknown disease to emerge.In 1997, a team of biologists and economists tried to put a value on the "business services" provided by nature - the free pollination of crops, the air conditioning provided by wild plants, the recycling of nutrients by the oceans. They came up with an estimate of $33 trillion, almost twice the global gross national product for that year. But after what today's report, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, calls "an unprecedented period of spending Earth's natural bounty" it was time to check the accounts."That is what this assessment has done, and it is a sobering statement with much more red than black on the balance sheet," the scientists warn. "In many cases, it is literally a matter of living on borrowed time. By using up supplies of fresh groundwater faster than they can be recharged, for example, we are depleting assets at the expense of our children."Flow from rivers has been reduced dramatically. For parts of the year, the Yellow River in China, the Nile in Africa and the Colorado in North America dry up before they reach the ocean. An estimated 90% of the total weight of the ocean's large predators - tuna, swordfish and sharks - has disappeared in recent years. An estimated 12% of bird species, 25% of mammals and more than 30% of all amphibians are threatened with extinction within the next century. Some of them are threatened by invaders.The Baltic Sea is now home to 100 creatures from other parts of the world, a third of them native to the Great Lakes of America. Conversely, a third of the 170 alien species in the Great Lakes are originally from the Baltic.Invaders can make dramatic changes: the arrival of the American comb jellyfish in the Black Sea led to the destruction of 26 commercially important stocks of fish. Global warming and climate change, could make it increasingly difficult for surviving species to adapt.A growing proportion of the world lives in cities, exploiting advanced technology. But nature, the scientists warn, is not something to be enjoyed at the weekend. Conservation of natural spaces is not just a luxury."These are dangerous illusions that ignore the vast benefits of nature to the lives of 6 billion people on the planet. We may have distanced ourselves from nature, but we rely completely on the services it delivers."
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Comment #17 posted by jose melendez on March 30, 2005 at 06:54:34 PT
California Senate Bill Number: SB 420 Bill Text
California Senate Bill Number: SB 420 -- Bill Text http://www.potdoc.com/bill_sb_420.htm
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Comment #16 posted by Treeanna on March 30, 2005 at 06:04:16 PT
Not 215, but SB 420
The registration system and so on is part of SB 420 (CA H&S Code 11365.7). Since it was a legislative measure, it does nothing but add onto the proposition...cant change them in CA without a vote.The biggest problem with SB 420 has been the mistaken belief by LEOs that the numbers in the measure are "limits" instead of minimums.
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Comment #15 posted by jose melendez on March 30, 2005 at 04:11:30 PT
Fox News' O'Reilly should cover THIS 
Lawsuit: Drug war exposed as crimeIn Colombia, anti-American sentiment is at an all-time high, as farmers take to the streets to protest the US-sponsored airborne spraying campaign which targets their region. They claim that the poisons land not only on coca plantations, but also on food crops, water reservoirs, villages, and even schools packed with children.Although valley after valley of once-lush rainforest is brown and dead, and Colombian roads are dotted with abandoned homes, US drug warriors still maintain that the sprays are harmless to humans.more here: http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/2939.html- - - Representative Cynthia McKinney Grills Rumsfeld On Dyncorp Sex Rings, Missing Pentagon Trillions & 9/11 WargamesC-Span | March 24 2005Rumseld and Myers forced to shuffle uncomfortably and fumble for words as McKinney gets in their face about three issues seldom mentioned in official circles.From a reader: Here is a Video of Representative Cynthia McKinney's Exchange on the House Hearing on FY06 Dept. of DefenseBudget, March 11th, 2005.Watch how McKinney asks questions about Dyncorp slave rings, the 3 trillion missing from the pentagon and the 911 wargames.Notice the faces Rumsfeld, Myers, Jones, Hunter and others make!!video: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2005/240305mckinneygrills.htmtranscript: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/031505_mckinney_transcript.shtml
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Comment #14 posted by mayan on March 29, 2005 at 17:45:56 PT
CRUNCH TIME
O'Lielly has always said he couldn't care less if a person smokes pot in the privacy of their own home but now he seems to be bashing medical cannabis. Does that make any sense? Outright "legalization" has always been so unlikely that O'Lielly knew he could get away with pretending like he respected the individual's privacy and that the government's cannabis policy would not change anyway. But now that it's crunch time and the Raich case imminently threatens the backbone of the entire drug war, O'Lielly seems to be parroting his master's tune. The recent attacks on the judicial and the AARP are indicative of just how scared these dolts are. They know they have lost the battle for the minds of America and whatever happens next will be magnified a thousand times and seen for what it truly is. PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE AT STAKE HERE. THIS IS NO GAME!!!It's all come to a head and the fascist's true colors are shining through for all to see. This is a win/win situation for us! The prohibitionists will go extinct, whether it be a fast or slow death. unrelated...The kids at CSU got it on the ballot! Sorry if these have been posted...CSU students get marijuana referendum on school ballot:
http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050329/NEWS01/503290344/1002Marijuana clubs drawing ire of neighbors - Supervisors to consider zoning issues today:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/articles/2005/03/29//news//20050329_ne02_marijuana.txtShould cannabis revert to a Class B substance? Adrian Butler on what is a live issue as an election nears (UK):
http://tinyurl.com/65vqjTHE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...9/11 and the public's right to know:
http://www.pnionline.com/dnblog/attytood/archives/001637.htmlRepresentative Cynthia McKinney Grills Rumsfeld On Dyncorp Sex Rings,Missing Pentagon Trillions & 9/11 Wargames:
http://www.infowars.com/articles/us/mckinney_grills_rumsfeld.htm9/11 Was an Inside Job - A Call to All True Patriots:
http://www.911sharethetruth.com/
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on March 29, 2005 at 17:42:28 PT
Thanks Taylor
Thank you for keeping up on his show. I like MSNBC and CNN so I go back and forth between those news channels. I really don't appreciate the right wing agenda that Fox pushes. That's why I appreciate MSNBC and CNN because at least they try to be fair. All the news channels have big money behind them so I don't believe very much.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on March 29, 2005 at 17:36:10 PT
Taylor
Maybe he will. I really can't watch his show. He is not my kind of person but please let us know when you hear something about the case. 
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Comment #11 posted by Taylor121 on March 29, 2005 at 17:36:05 PT
Don't worry FoM
I have learned to stomach FoxNews. I can't stand Gretta though, but I can tolerate Fox Report, O'Reilly, and Hannity& Colmes, so I'll do what I can to say what's up when they talk about marijuana :PI find O'Reilly interesting on the subject for a few reasons. He talks about it more than most others. It's not always good, but sometimes it is. He has had NORML on the program, the author of the children's book on marijuana "It's Just a Plant", Drug Policy Alliance "Safety First" director, and over the years I have watched the jerk (yes he is a jerk) he has come out in favor of medical marijuana for the sick and dying and fining instead of jailing marijuana offenders.He has the largest audience, so I want to know what others are seeing.
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Comment #10 posted by Taylor121 on March 29, 2005 at 17:32:08 PT
O'Reilly calls some of the mmj laws
defacto legalization. I guess O'Reilly is preparing for the Supreme Court ruling by having these discussions about the law. I wish he would have a reformer on the program like Rob Kampia. 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on March 29, 2005 at 17:31:16 PT
Taylor
Thank you. Now I'll change the channel! LOL!
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Comment #8 posted by Taylor121 on March 29, 2005 at 17:28:46 PT
She says Montel doesn't need marinol
She says that Williams does not need marijuana, and marinol exists under prescription. O'Reilly was like "Mam, I had Montel Williams on this program before who said the marinol didn't work for him, he needs the marijuana cigarette. Montel has MS, I support him having all the marijuana he wants, am I wrong?" She is like "First let me say I feel for Montel. I think you are wrong, we had a time in this country where we had snake oil salesmen, and now we have a process that drugs have to go through to prove their effacy etc.."O'Reilly was like "I disagree in this case, people that are suffering with MS and other serious illnesses should be able to use marijuana"She says "But just because they feel better..."O'Reilly "I want MS sufferers to feel as good as they can feel"Ok so it isn't exact, but it went down somewhat like that. O'Reilly supports medical marijuana when it is legitmate, but I don't like how he's picking on these minority cases in California. 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 29, 2005 at 17:26:15 PT
Taylor
I saw you comment and quick turned on Fox. All I heard was O'Reilly defending Montel's right to feel good. That's all I saw.
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Comment #6 posted by Taylor121 on March 29, 2005 at 17:22:07 PT
O'Reilly is on again on medical marijuana
Ridiculous here we go. Drug Free America Foundation is on. Calvina Fay. 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on March 29, 2005 at 16:14:17 PT
US CO: Edu: LTE: Treat Stoners like Streakers, man
(letter to the editor)Pubdate: Mar. 29, 2005Source: Colorado Daily (UC Edu, CO)Author: Ken Larsen, Past candidate for Governor of UtahViewed at: http://www.coloradodaily.com/articles/2005/03/29/opinion/opinion03.txt 
Treat Stoners like Streakers, manWhen I was in Boulder in 1974, getting a postdoctorate at CU, it was the year of the streakers. Of course public nudity is and was against the law.But this event was publicized in the media and the police were there to protect the streakers from anyone who might want to harass them. I saw it with my own eyes. Hundreds of fun-loving students of both sexes running across campus wearing nothing but shoes, while dozens of uniformed police officers stood by to keep peace.This is a historical precedent. Why can't the police give the stoners a break just one day a year for their annual celebration the same way they protected, rather than molesting or arresting, the streakers?This question needs to be asked by lots of letters to the local papers. Chances are, most people would agree that running nude in public and smoking a joint in public are about equally serious as violations of community decency. The Boulder Police should consider making a rare annual exception to both "crimes." So, Police Department, explain how you protected people running nude on streakers day, 1974, and refuse to make a similar exception for harmless potheads on their day?Ken Larsen,Past candidatefor Governor of Utahhttp://personalchoice.orgSalt Lake City, Utah(coming to MAP)
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 29, 2005 at 15:22:48 PT
News Article from AlterNet
High and MightyBy Camille Dodero, Boston Phoenix March 29, 2005After a brief stint as a slick, celebrity-driven version of The Nation, the pot-appreciation magazine High Times is back to its roots  and readers are inhaling deeply. There are three questions people ask Rick Cusick when they learn he's an editor at High Times magazine.http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/21626/
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Comment #3 posted by siege on March 29, 2005 at 12:27:58 PT
Proposition 215: Text of Proposed Law
Proposition 215: Text of Proposed LawThis initiative measure is submitted to the people in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 8 of the Constitution.This initiative measure adds a section to the Health and Safety Code; therefore, new provisions proposed to be added are printed in italic type to indicate that they are new.PROPOSED LAWSECTION 1. Section 11362.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
  11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
  (b)(1) The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows:
  (A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.
  (B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction.
  (C) To encourage the federal and state governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana.
  (2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede legislation prohibiting persons from engaging in conduct that endangers others, nor to condone the diversion of marijuana for nonmedical purposes.
  (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no physician in this state shall be punished, or denied any right or privilege, for having recommended marijuana to a patient for medical purposes.
  (d) Section 11357, relating to the possession of marijuana, and Section 11358, relating to the cultivation of marijuana, shall not apply to a patient, or to a patient's primary caregiver, who possesses or cultivates marijuana for the personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician.
  (e) For the purposes of this section, ''primary caregiver" means the individual designated by the person exempted under this section who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that person.SEC. 2. If any provision of this measure or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the measure that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this measure are severable. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 29, 2005 at 10:17:43 PT
News Article from ABC7
Supervisors Debate Measure To Stop Pot ClubsMar. 29 (ABC7)  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider a measure Tuesday that would stop the opening of any new medicinal marijuana clubs for 45-days. 
Members of the police department held a community meeting in the South of Market Area Monday night, to talk about the impact pot clubs are having in the neighborhoods. Residents have complained patrons get marijuana from the centers and then resell the pot on the street. Robert, resident: "All elements of people are now the clientele and are being drawn to their club, and are harassing - either mentally or physically or both - the people in this neighborhood." Name withheld, medical marijuana club owner: "We want to move. We realize the location hasn't been fair to the neighborhood." The 45-day moratorium is intended to give city leaders more time to find ways to regulate the clubs. Video: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/news/032905_nw_potclubs.html
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Comment #1 posted by Truth on March 29, 2005 at 08:51:22 PT
Really?
"Counties, for example, are supposed to set up a registration system for medical marijuana patients and their growers."Does the text of 215 support this claim?
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