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††Allman Not Taking Stand on Measure B

Posted by CN Staff on March 19, 2008 at 15:01:06 PT
By Ben Brown, The Daily Journal†
Source: Ukiah Daily Journal†

California -- Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman has not taken a position on Measure B, regardless of quotes used by No on B in the Mendocino County Voters Guide."As Sheriff, I have not and will not take a position on Measure B," Allman said. "It is my job to enforce the law, not make it. I support legitimate medical marijuana. I oppose commercial cultivation and sales of marijuana."
In its ballot argument, No on B quoted Allman as having said that reducing medical marijuana plant limits to the state guidelines of six mature plants or 12 immature plants and eight ounces of dried marijuana would be a burden on law enforcement and leave police unable to focus on any other public safety issue.Allman said No on B took that statement out of context from a newspaper interview from March of 2007 about staffing levels at the Sheriff's Office.Yes on B spokesman Ross Liberty accused No on B of misleading voters by including the quotes in its ballot argument."We intend to wage a campaign based on the facts and we challenge the opposition to do the same," he said.Laura Hamburg, spokeswoman for No on B, said No on B applauded the sheriff for not getting involved in the race."We completely commend the sheriff for remaining neutral on Measure B," she said.Hamburg argued that Measure B, which would repeal Measure G, the voter approved measure that set prosecution of marijuana gardens under 25 plants as the lowest possible priority for law enforcement, would tax law enforcement's resources by forcing officers to investigate small personal use growers instead of focusing on large scale commercial growers."Measure B does not address the problem; it creates a new problem," she said.Allman did say that returning to state minimums for medical marijuana cultivation would cause some problems as it would force an increase in the number of officers necessary for full time marijuana enforcement."I would have to have a six-person marijuana team, year round, for two years," he said.The Sheriff's Office currently has two deputies working full time on marijuana cases.Regardless of whether or not Measure B passes in June, Allman said priorities at the Sheriff's Office will remain the same."Investigating violent crime will remain our top priority," he said. "We do not, and will not, target small grows. We will continue to focus on large grows and complaints about growers who create a public nuisance, endanger public safety or trash the environment."Measure B, which was placed on the ballot by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, seeks to repeal Measure G, passed by Mendocino County voters in 2000. It would also set possession limits for medical marijuana at 12 immature or six mature plants and eight ounces of dried marijuana, the same as the limits set by the state.The election is scheduled for June 3.Source: Ukiah Daily Journal (CA)Author: Ben Brown, The Daily JournalPublished: March 19, 2008Copyright: 2008 Ukiah Daily JournalContact: udjrb pacific.netWebsite: http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/Related Articles:Measure B Proponents, Opponents Organizinghttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread23756.shtmlMendocino Sheriff: No Stance On Pot Votehttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread23748.shtmlMost Mendocino Voters Favor Pot Law Repealhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread23593.shtml

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Comment #20 posted by fight_4_freedom on March 21, 2008 at 19:37:03 PT:
FoM
I'm counting down the days for the change :) 
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on March 21, 2008 at 19:08:19 PT
fight_4_freedom 
At least we know their time is limited. January 09 is getting closer. I wouldn't want to be the last soldier killed in this war. They will probably ramp it up until it's finally over.
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Comment #18 posted by fight_4_freedom on March 21, 2008 at 18:53:35 PT:
I guess they don't want to look like such 
big bullies. You're right though, usually there is some kind of a news piece after their terrorist raids. Well, if you're near LA, get out and shout on Tuesday.What: Medical Cannabis Protest at the Federal BuildingWhen: 11:00 AM * Tuesday, March 25, 2008Where: The Federal Building (and DEA offices) * 255 E. Temple St., Downtown Los AngelesBring signs and banners! Invite your friends! Take a stand for safe access! Details to follow this weekend.
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on March 21, 2008 at 15:44:28 PT
fight_4_freedom 
Thank you. I looked and couldn't find an article. They usually do one or more after raids. Maybe they still will but I wonder why they haven't so far.
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Comment #16 posted by fight_4_freedom on March 21, 2008 at 15:34:23 PT:
Here's a list of confirmed raids yesterday in
Cali. I got this info from the ASA boards fyi. The Holistic Caregivers, ComptonWestern Caregivers Group, LACrenshaw Holistic Caregivers Group, LA
THC Gardena, GardenaSouthern California Caregivers Group, LA (SFV)Med Ex, 441 1/2 16th Street, LAPrivate residence of the operator in Carson, CAASA says they will be responding to these raids at city hall. They will also be at the downtown federal building tuesday morning. I'm assuming they mean in LA.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on March 20, 2008 at 15:22:11 PT

fight_4_freedom 
After I saw you comment I checked my Ca. NORML e-mail and they are raiding again. I'll keep my eyes open for an article. Thanks for the heads up.
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Comment #14 posted by fight_4_freedom on March 20, 2008 at 14:59:58 PT:

Sounds like the DEAth squad is at it again 
I just read over at Americans for Safe Access that there have been multiple raids conducted today in L.A. What a shame. I'm sure we'll hear more about them later.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on March 20, 2008 at 09:42:47 PT

That Flag
Since it's been used as a whip and a gag, I don't feel quite the same way I used to feel about it. It's been stained and misused badly... again.I don't hate it, by any means. But when I look at it, I remember what it used to mean to me and I feel sorry for it. It's been abused. It's supposed to be a banner of freedom and liberty and justice for all... not a whip or a gag or a sign of threat. It wasn't supposed to be torn in strips, much like the documents that accompanied it's birth in history, to bind the hands of it's citizens.The stains of injustice upon that red, white, and blue flag are threatening to discolor and overwhelm the red "stains" of the blood shed by men and women who valued their freedom and liberty, and that of others, the white stains of "purest purpose" and the injustice, cruelty,and intolerance we see today and remember through history, seriously rots and eats away at the blue of "loyalty".It's not we, that believe in kindness, forgiveness, tolerance, mercy, reason, justice, and love, that have besmirched that emblem of the hope of liberty and freedom and hope of justice. The rattlesnake of the Gurdon flag was chosen because it was not a predator of humans and it preferred to and tended to avoid trouble. It warned before it struck. It was indigenous to this continent and only this continent. It had thirteen rattles (I always thought they had rattles according to their years)... like the Thirteen Colonies. It's "message" was, "I won't bother you, but don't try putting your foot on my neck... I can sting. Bad. Leave me alone." The Gurdon flag was a battle flag for freedom loving and appreciating people.I am fully one of the women who dislike snakes...dramatically, but I always held a certain admiration for the Gurdon flag and it's motto, "Don't Tread On Me". Even it does not mean to me what it once did... "Do Not Threaten My Freedom or Liberty". It's old history. Today, our government "burden" in this country is very, very heavy. It is a hard "yoke". Onerous, even. A heavy burden. An onerous yoke. We are "led" with "carrots" and "driven" without mercy with big, unbelievably big, and cruel "sticks" and whips.
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Comment #12 posted by fight_4_freedom on March 20, 2008 at 09:40:03 PT:

related article about the couple w/ video
http://cbs5.com/local/medical.marijuana.conviction.2.681233.html
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Comment #11 posted by sam adams on March 20, 2008 at 08:19:11 PT

sad day
It's come to this - we put compassionate doctors in jail for 5 YEARS for violating ideological dogma.  we can't seem to conquer our demons; some of us continue to scapegoat & persecute others for their own gain. We've declared victory over racism and sexism but now it seems like we just glossed over the fundamental problems underlying those issues.They want people to be angry at Obama for not reciting the pledge, I'll never recite or pledge allegiance as long as the federal govt of this country engages in medieval cruelty.
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Comment #10 posted by dongenero on March 20, 2008 at 08:11:28 PT

this stuff is sick, the system is sick
Sad is right. 
 
Why have we not done away with the terrible mandatory minimum sentencing laws? These laws are thoughtless, unyielding and inflexible. It does not work, obviously.Same with asset forfeiture. There is nothing just in the way these laws are used.And the grand daddy of laws desperately in need of reform?, the cannabis laws.The People are tired of waiting for their elected officials to right the wrongs. I certainly am.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on March 20, 2008 at 06:56:49 PT

Runruff
It is horrible. It's wrong. Horribly wrong and unjust. God knows you know that well and first hand.Five years in a penitentiary for trying to help people that are suffering find relief from their misery by using a simple non-deadly plant.I was just thinking a couple of days ago about the the importance of "merciful" judges according to the Biblical tomes, and that if enough judges, over half of them, would band together and stand up against the terrible injustice and cruelty of the War on Drugs and especially the outrageousness and cynical cruelty of the War on Cannabis...the Federal Government would be forced to pay attention.I guess they're not really people... those judges, though. They have no judgment. They are allowed no mercy and no judgment. They are merely icons and automatons of a cruel state.Actually, I'm more than sad or even mad.... I'm so ashamed of our government, it's judges, and our so called "Representatives", and the citizens that support this kind of injustice and our unholy friggin injustice system. 
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Comment #8 posted by runruff on March 20, 2008 at 00:45:20 PT:

Hope,
It makes you sad, it makes me fire spitting mad!!!I know to well what went on in that bust and inside and outside of that courtroom.By the way you can believe nothing that judge says.
If he believes he is being forced to do wrong and hurt people unnecessarily he should look for more honerable work. He is admitting to selling out his princables here.He was himself a prosecutor once-heartless!
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on March 19, 2008 at 22:57:48 PT

Comment 5
That makes me so sad.
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Comment #6 posted by fight_4_freedom on March 19, 2008 at 21:01:57 PT:

5 years of their lives taken away from
them because they were compassionate people with a deep sense of caring that grew medicine for people in need. Too sad. When will these injustices end?
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 19, 2008 at 20:46:28 PT

Breaking News From The Sacramento Bee
Doctor, Wife Sentenced To 5 Years in Prison in Medical Marijuana Case***By Denny Walsh Wednesday, March 19, 2008CA -- A doctor and his wife from El Dorado County were both sentenced Wednesday in Sacramento federal court to five years in prison for conspiracy to grow marijuana and manufacturing it in a medicinal marijuana case.U. S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. said federal law left him with no choice but to impose the mandatory minimum sentence in each case.The statutory minimum applied because a jury in August found Dr. Marion "Mollie" Fry and attorney Dale Schafer guilty of conspiring to grow and distribute at least 100 pot plants at their offices in Cool and their home in Greenwood. Snipped:Complete Article: http://www.sacbee.com/102/story/798951.html
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on March 19, 2008 at 18:49:10 PT

Respect
I respect his honesty.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on March 19, 2008 at 18:48:11 PT

I'm very impressed with this officer.
"Allman did say that returning to state minimums for medical marijuana cultivation would cause some problems as it would force an increase in the number of officers necessary for full time marijuana enforcement."I would have to have a six-person marijuana team, year round, for two years," he said.The Sheriff's Office currently has two deputies working full time on marijuana cases."Regardless of whether or not Measure B passes in June, Allman said priorities at the Sheriff's Office will remain the same."
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on March 19, 2008 at 18:12:04 PT

not less, but more
Regardless of what the prohibitionists may be ranting, the first area, county or state that legalizes the cannabis industry will see a huge economic increase. It will be good for farming, large and small, business, employment, entertainment, travel and the local and state government. Iím sure a lot of people would like to visit and spend money (did I mention MONEY?) in a place here in the good olí USA where cannabis products are legal. (I did mention money, didn't I?) Most stores are open everywhere on Sunday. That was an absolute no no a few decades ago. Most states sell alcoholic beverages everywhere now. That was a big no no too, (this was way after prohibition also). Most states have some type of gambling too. Another big no no. Now they canít do without it. Most younger people canít believe we actually had such stupid laws at all. (Actually there were a whole lot more.) Cannabis prohibition is another one of those stupid anachronistic laws that need to change also. Itís holding back progress. Itís holding back economic development and it is no longer justifiable.  

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Comment #1 posted by charmed quark on March 19, 2008 at 16:13:02 PT

60 Minutes, Deep Sleep, Cannabis
A bit OT.Did any of you see last Sunday's 60 minute story about the health impacts of reduced deep sleep ( or slow wave sleep - SWS)? Disruption of SWS leads to insulin resistance and obesity. As we get older, we get less SWS. This may be one of the reasons type 2 diabetics and weight gains occur in middle age. A number of animal and human studies show that THC and CBD increase the amount of SWS without reducing REM. So these cannabinoids essentially return us to youthful sleep pattern. I know that taking my THC before bed results in a very restful sleep. Without it, my neuropathy and other symptoms allow me only a light sleep.This may be a huge medical use of cannabis.
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