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Giving and Ganja Go Hand in Hand
Posted by CN Staff on December 29, 2010 at 07:37:42 PT
By Tovin Lapan
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Soquel, CA -- Nancy Black, called Granny Purps just like the pot dispensary she owns on 41st Avenue, is known for her palate-pleasing recipes for brownies, cookies and other treats containing medicinal marijuana. This holiday season, however, Black and co-owner Phil Hicks demonstrated that their recipe book also includes the secret ingredient to bringing in outsized donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank holiday food drive: a complimentary joint. For every four cans of food they donated to Second Harvest, patients received one pre-rolled marijuana joint, with a maximum of three per day.
"We had experience with Second Harvest because my husband is a retired chiropractor, and we use to collect donations from his patients at his office," Black said. "We used to do some sort of incentive to encourage people to donate, and so we decided to do the same thing here to get momentum."In all, Granny Purps handed out 2,000 joints to dispensary clients and collected 11,000 pounds of food, a large and exceptional contribution for a business of its size. "We look at pounds donated per employee, and Granny Purps, with about eight employees, received the amount of donations that we'd expect a business with 30 to 40 employees to get," said Danny Keith, chief development and technology officer at Second Harvest. "They had a good recipe for a small business. It takes the focus of the owner to implore employees and customers to participate. They focused on a goal of raising food for people who need it, applied resources and came up with a creative angle."When the Second Harvest barrels were first put out at the dispensary in November, donations were trickling in. After word of the promotion spread to the dispensary's 1,900 patients, the employees at Granny Purps could barely keep up with the flood of food, and even reduced the minimum amount for the promotion from four cans of food to three."We only had the barrels out for three or four days before the incentive was announced, and I think our patients would have come out even without the incentive," Black said. "We have an incredible group of compassionate patients ... I love that our patients are so compassionate. When we told them that we were doing this, their response was amazing." Some patients donated way over the minimum amount, such as one person who brought in five pounds of rice. It wasn't just the patients that chipped in either. According to Black, one of the growers that supplies the dispensary donated some marijuana to be used for the promotional joints, which typically sell for $10.Second Harvest, founded in 1972, helps feed an estimated 17,200 different people per week and 45 percent of the clients are children. Almost three quarters of the clients earn wages below the federal poverty level and a quarter are homeless. The organization's goal for its 2010 Holiday Food Drive, concluding this week, is 2.1 million pounds of food."Businesses like these fill half our coffers," Keith said. "There are some big contributors, a handful of them, but these food drives from small businesses and other groups really do a lot. With everything going on in terms of the economy, it's definitely tighter out there. It has been a rough year for everyone, and to have new businesses like Granny Purps pitching in is great."After the successful drive this year -- the promotion ended Christmas Eve -- Black plans to do it again next year and has other community initiatives in the works."We are planning to organize a beach clean-up in January and have a promotion associated with it, but we haven't finalized anything yet," Black said. Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)Author: Tovin LapanPublished: December 29, 2010Copyright: 2010 Santa Cruz SentinelContact: editorial santa-cruz.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #45 posted by ekim on January 07, 2011 at 19:53:03 PT
Woody please get a hold of Willie
convince him to do 2011 Hemp AID in rememberance of 
Rainbow Farms 1997 May 24-26 Hemp AidAsk the Father and Son Lawmakers Paul to come speak to the Fact that the Govt made a movie called Hemp for Victory about growing and producing Hemp in Kentucky which put thousands to work.Have estimate of how much the prohibition of cannabis has cost the State of Ky.
and for the rest of the Country.Dennis Kucinich sorry sp could help compile the numbers as he is being forced out he can show how real jobs are being kept from the People.
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Comment #44 posted by ekim on January 03, 2011 at 14:02:53 PT
Jerry Brown was sworn in today as 3 term Gov of CA
please Gov Brown compile and submit to CA Congressman Darrell Issa a detailed account of how much CA can make competing against over 30 Countries growing and processing 
Hemp.But the DEA will not allow it -- what is that costing CA
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Comment #43 posted by ekim on January 03, 2011 at 12:33:12 PT
how many jobs could 4.7 billion hemp plants create, DC -- According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) data it has funded the destruction of 4.7 billion non-psychoactive industrial hemp plants also called "ditchweed" since 1984. 
This massive annual eradication effort stands in sharp contrast to farmers across the globe that continue to legally produce industrial hemp for export to the United States. 
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Comment #42 posted by ekim on January 03, 2011 at 10:45:09 PT
was hoping to hear from someone in HI
about this old hemp study. Seemed a good chance to draw 
President Obama's attention to a new job creation idea, 
especially since the study has allready been paid for.Wonder if the MT. hemp grow went forward.
National Public Radio
December 15, 1999
The state of Hawaii has declared it "Industrial Hemp Day" and state officials are planting live hemp seeds for the first time in nearly 50 years. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency gave Hawaii special permission to do this but there are signs the agency is re-thinking its policy on a nationwide ban Issues License To Grow HempLaura Murphy, of Bozeman, was the first to apply for the two-year license since the state Legislature approved hemp's commercial cultivation in 2001. Federal law prohibits such activity, but the license issued by the Montana Agriculture Department on Oct. 14 2009 could challenge whether the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is willing to override the state. 
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Comment #41 posted by ekim on January 01, 2011 at 08:15:35 PT
Has Pres Obama allowed a Hemp Growing study
Comment #5 posted by PonziScheme on August 23, 2002 at 11:33:03 PT 
State Sponsored Hemp Studies
* Hawaii * Illinois * Kentucky (1998) * Kentucky (1995) * Missouri * North Dakota * Oregon * Vermont Introduction Numerous state governments have commissioned studies examining hemp's feasibility as an agricultural product. Virtually all of these have praised hemp's economic potential and concluded that the crop's viability is challenged not by agronomic factors, but rather by legal ones. The summary conclusions of these studies appear chronologically below. Hawaii "There is no guarantee for a future of hemp in the U.S. or in Hawaii, but given hemp's versatility there is a fair chance of success. Legislators, seeking to minimize the political risk associated with the hemp issue, are looking for commitments by large and respectable companies interested in investing in the new industry. That, however, may be putting the cart before the horse. What is needed first is a better understanding of the issues involved and small scale experimental cultivation to generate some of the data that businesses would like to have in hand before committing themselves." - G. Roth-Li. 1996. Industrial Hemp - Economic and Political Concerns (White Paper prepared for Representative Cynthia Thielen). State Capitol: Honolulu. Illinois "Based upon the review of literature and testimony presented before the task force, the members find that there is potential for industrial hemp to be an important alternative crop in Illinois. [Therefore,] the task force believes that the General Assembly should enact immediately upon the following recommendations: Encourage Congress to make the necessary changes in the United States Codes: 21 U.S.C. 812 (10), 21 U.S.C. 841, and 21 U.S.C. 844 that relate to cannabis sativa L. (industrial hemp) for production, possession and delivery [and] recommend the Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Office of Drug Control Policy to adopt a new definition of industrial hemp that would allow a 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level in industrial hemp and to make it legal to produce, possess, and deliver industrial hemp in the United States and internationally." - Illinois Industrial Hemp Investigative and Advisory Task Force. 2000. Report of the Illinois Industrial Hemp Investigative and Advisory Task Force. State Capitol: Springfield. Kentucky "Using current yields, prices, and production technology from other areas that have grown hemp, Kentucky farmers could earn a profit of approximately $320 per acre of hemp planted for straw production only or straw and grain production, $220 for grain production only and $600 for raising certified seed for planting for other industrial hemp growers. In the long run, it is estimated that Kentucky farmers could earn roughly $320 per acre when growing industrial hemp for straw alone or straw and grain, and $340 an acre from growing certified hemp seed." - E. Thompson et al. 1998. Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky. Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Kentucky: Lexington. Kentucky "Legal prohibition of Cannabis cultivation is the overriding obstacle to reintroduction of hemp fiber in Kentucky. Significant progress on agronomics, marketing, or infrastructure development is unlikely, and of relatively little importance, unless legal issues are resolved. Legislative reaction would be required at both the state and federal level. Such consideration would likely receive strong diverse reactions from both private and public sectors." - 1995. Report to the Governor's Hemp and Related Fiber Crops Task Force as cited by the USDA in Industrial Hemp in the United States 2000: Status and Market Potential. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC. Missouri "Large crops are grown and marketed in Europe. With current interest in natural fiber clothing, hemp's advantages of strength and absorbency suggest it could establish a viable place in American textile markets. Human and animal food uses are another traditional market for exploration. Missouri farmers could gain an early advantage in such markets." - R. Miller. 1991. Hemp as a Crop for Missouri Farmers: Report to the Agricultural Task Force. Missouri House of Representatives. State Capitol: Jefferson City. North Dakota "[P]roduction and processing of industrial hemp has the potential to be a viable industry in the United States and possibly North Dakota. Advantages from an agronomic standpoint seem to be that it requires few pesticides or herbicides, is relatively disease free, and is a good rotation crop because it may enhance yields in crops that follow it. It is recommended that the North Dakota Legislature consider legislation that would allow controlled experimental production and processing." - D. Kraezel et al. 1998. Industrial Hemp as an Industrial crop in North Dakota: A White Paper Study of the Markets, Profitability, Processing, Agronomics and History. The Institute for Natural Resources and Economic Development at North Dakota State University: Fargo. Oregon "There is little doubt that hemp can be successfully cultivated in some areas of the Pacific Northwest. Application of agricultural technology such as intensive plant breeding and improvement in harvesting technology could increase hemp yield and enhance production efficiency. Development of these improvements will take time and resources. Until legislative restrictions are removed from hemp, it is unlikely that investments in improved production technology will be made or that the required industrial infrastructure will be developed." - D. Ehrensing. 1998. Station Bulletin 681: Feasibility of Industrial Hemp Production in the United States Pacific Northwest. Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University: Corvallis. Vermont "This study examines public attitudes toward industrial hemp based on information gathered through a random survey in Vermont. Major findings about public attitudes from the study include: (1) 87% have heard about hemp and 50% know the difference between hemp and marijuana; (2) 59% believe hemp and marijuana should be controlled by different laws, and 63% do not think legalizing hemp would lead to marijuana legalization; (3) 72% indicate that legalizing hemp would not negatively affect drug education efforts; and (4) 77% support changing the laws so that farmers can grow hemp in Vermont. Analysis of willingness to buy hemp based products reveals: (1) if hemp jeans were price competitive with cotton jeans 53% would substitute all current purchases and an additional 12% would substitute between 1% and 99% of their purchases; (2) 36% would pay more for hemp jeans; (3) 39% would buy hemp based computer paper if price competitive; and (4) 66% would pay up to 10% more for hemp based writing paper. - C. Halbrendt et al. 1996. Alternative Agricultural Strategies in Vermont: The Case of Industrial Hemp. University of Vermont: Burlington. 
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Comment #40 posted by ekim on December 30, 2010 at 21:10:41 PT
runruff got me thinking of this HI Hemp study wonder how many shirts are sold in HI/ and how cotton is getting costly as more and more oil or rayon is used.hope for the new year that the people will come to value hemp for all its good uses.please take the time to read this peak into the great unknown. facts on how hemp prohibition came to be.
Legalize It! 
Text by Ted Williams 
Audubon: Contents -- November-December 1999 sativa is a low-maintenance crop that can be used in paper, clothing, rope-even cars. So why, when it's grown in 32 other countries, is hemp still
illegal in the United States?unlike marijuana, it is high in cannabidiol-an antipsychoactive compound that inhibits THC. Because of this, says David West, a plant breeder
hired by the University of Hawaii to grow an experimental plot of hemp under special permit from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), hemp
"could be called antimarijuana. 
have allways wondered what ever happen to the Hawaiian study the lady lawmaker Cynthia  was some kind of woman as she made that study happen.
She showed the market for cloth as the pineapple was running out.
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Comment #39 posted by Hope on December 30, 2010 at 19:30:46 PT
That judge in the article in comment 13
She's right on in her verdict.Those "Robberies" were true armed and terrifying home invasions. Those monsters should have had the book thrown at them. All of them. Real low lives is what they are. Their defense lawyers pleaded it was just the way it is and it was a sort of druggie against druggie thing. One guy pleaded ... "It wasn't even a real gun".... after tying a family up and putting bags over their heads and ransacking their home and stealing lots of stuff. Low lives. The sheriff and the DA claimed that it comes with the territory when you grow pot. It shouldn't!That's not the judge Runruff was talking about.
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Comment #38 posted by Hope on December 30, 2010 at 19:23:56 PT
I appreciate you guys. So much.
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 15:35:51 PT
Amen and Amen! Sounds like we're having Church! 
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Comment #36 posted by BGreen on December 30, 2010 at 15:31:10 PT
FoM and Hope re: post 34
And the congregation says, "Amen."Bud
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Comment #35 posted by Hope on December 30, 2010 at 15:28:49 PT
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Thank you, Museman.
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 15:26:12 PT
That's my New Year's wish. I believe in prayer and you know how I have prayed for your full recovery. Remember I have said it so many times. God is good.
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Comment #33 posted by Hope on December 30, 2010 at 15:14:52 PT
FoM Comment 24
You've about got me convinced I'm going to make it, and for quite a while, too.:0)That means so much.All Things Must Pass is a beautiful, beautiful song. 
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Comment #32 posted by Hope on December 30, 2010 at 15:05:37 PT
Ann? That woman? That judge? Is something happening? Is she sniffing around after you again?
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 10:43:08 PT
Just a Note
I have to turn off my computer to charge my wireless connection. I'll be back as soon as it's charged up. Stick really is enjoying having a computer. He was contacted by a Veteran that was in his group in Nam. Stick even found a picture of him that he took flashing the Peace Sign 40 years ago. 
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 10:29:10 PT
I don't remember that story but my memory just isn't what it was. I love My Sweet Lord.My Sweet Lord
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Comment #29 posted by museman on December 30, 2010 at 10:25:08 PT
Oh I miss him too. Do you know that George Harrison was instrumental in saving my life? I probably already told everyone, hard to keep track after telling so many for so many years, who I said what to!The US Navy tried to murder me with one of their bio-experiments. I was dying, seeing the white light, all alone in the barracks, spasming with intensity that caused severe damage to my spine (what they now begrudgingly give me token compensation for) -and just as I was about to go into that light, a song came on the radio I hadn't heard; "Mt Sweet Lord" - my whole being stopped for just a second and listened, and by the time the song was over, my fever had broken and I was on the long road to recovery.Coincidence? Not if you experienced it the way I did!So as far as I am concerned George - a fellow Pisces by the way- saved my life that day, and one of my chief regrets is that I never got to tell him.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 10:14:41 PT
How right you are. Love you guy.
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Comment #27 posted by museman on December 30, 2010 at 10:07:06 PT
I have been crying over John since that fateful day so many years ago. The only man who ever made me cry -because the damn Status Quo murdered him and took him away!I pray for Hope's full recovery as well.The sadness give us real contrast as to where we have been, where we are, and where we are hopefully going. And when we feel the joy, it will be real, not some madison avenue sales pitch.Peace
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 10:05:29 PT
My Song Contribution
This song means alot to me. All things will pass so this very hard year will pass away too. All Things Must Pass
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 09:54:15 PT
I don't know why but I am crying now.
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 09:52:59 PT
Yes I hope so too. Thank you for the song. My biggest wish for the coming New Year is for Hope and that her health returns and cancer never returns again. 
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Comment #23 posted by runruff on December 30, 2010 at 09:49:40 PT
The most sage, golden wisdom of the gods he said,
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Comment #22 posted by museman on December 30, 2010 at 09:43:08 PT
and another one
from the same old friend, too bad he's not around to give his take on the 21st century, .. not much change in some areas, like government, politics, commerce, religion, and 'law.'
Lennon speaks
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Comment #21 posted by museman on December 30, 2010 at 09:34:19 PT
a message from an old friend
"Lets hope its a good one, without any fear."
War Is Over (if you want it)
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Comment #20 posted by runruff on December 30, 2010 at 08:07:45 PT
I was jut sayin....mmmmph..gumpfp...
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 07:54:30 PT
Happy New Year 2011
I know it is a little early but I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year. It has been a very hard year for so many people and hopefully the New Year will be a good and positive one.PS: I don't know if I will find any news to post but I will keep checking.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 07:45:24 PT
Runruff is so funny.
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Comment #17 posted by Garry Minor on December 30, 2010 at 07:00:07 PT
I believe that runruff is just messing with us about the comment being withheld! He has that wonderful sense of humor.I'll bet you that he found that Bunsen burner again!
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on December 30, 2010 at 06:20:01 PT
Did you have trouble posting somewhere? 
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Comment #15 posted by runruff on December 30, 2010 at 05:18:05 PT
Some people will do anything!
This comment is pending approval and won't be displayed until it is approved.Chief Circuit Judge Ann Aiken-Kolinsky's head is the size of a boxcar. She is so full of herself her ego alone fills the court chamber. I cannot help but despise someone who does so much harm in the name of good and gets to stand on that grand pedestal meant for real heroes. This person has damaged so many people, separated families, in the name of her favorite law, prohibition.There is nothing on earth more galling than an individual with power doing harm in the name of good! I steam at that notion! They are rewarded for their acts of personal aggrandizement while mindlessly destroying the life and welfare of innocent folks!Those close to Ann say she is extra hard, tough in order to prove she can put 'em away with the best of them. This is how she made it from Federal Circuit Court Judge to Chief Federal Circuit Court Judge.The system is set up thus. In the DoJ judges are monitored and steered from the AG's office. Those judges that send the right amount of people to prison and for the right reasons [prop up the PIC for instance and send in the pot people, they do good time real easy and always good workers on the inside. Plus it helps industry with their war on hemp]. I could have saved myself a lot of typing here if I would have simply said that Ann and her ilk are tools of industry.
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Comment #14 posted by runruff on December 30, 2010 at 02:53:54 PT
Marijuana growers don't look kindly... judges that rob and incarcerate them!
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on December 29, 2010 at 17:36:42 PT
News Article From The Register-Guard 
Judges Donít Look Kindly at Those Who Rob Medical Marijuana Growers***By Karen McCowan, For The Register-GuardPublished: Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010 Potential criminals, take note: Marijuana growers may seem like soft targets, but hard time awaits those who rob them in Lane County.This month alone, Lane County Circuit Court judges have sentenced six men to a collective 58 years in prison for armed robberies of area medical marijuana growers.URL:
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on December 29, 2010 at 16:06:32 PT
Happy New Year!
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Comment #11 posted by HempWorld on December 29, 2010 at 16:03:16 PT
Water is more dangerous than pot!
Cheers! Happy New Year!
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Comment #10 posted by Ras James rsifwh on December 29, 2010 at 14:08:00 PT:
Peanuts & Pot
Peanuts are more dangerous then pot.
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Comment #9 posted by John Tyler on December 29, 2010 at 12:58:39 PT
Conservatives donít care about conserving anything, but their own wealth and power.Part of Gilís job description is to work against any type of Drug War reform. So whatever comes along he will be against it. 
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Comment #8 posted by Storm Crow on December 29, 2010 at 12:40:18 PT
Prejudice and hunger. 
Last year, a local dispensary collected food donations and a local food bank refused their donation- as if the canned food was tainted somehow! (another food bank took the food eventually) Last year, some people in my county went hungry because of the insane prejudice against cannabis. It is so good to see more acceptance this year! Happy New Year's everyone! 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on December 29, 2010 at 10:35:46 PT
They all seem to want to go back and live in the 50s. We aren't there anymore and changed that in the 60s. 
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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on December 29, 2010 at 10:01:29 PT
The times they are a changin'
Gil and conservative America will still be denying it even as it comes to pass.That's what conservative politics largely is ....failure to progress. 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 29, 2010 at 09:39:23 PT
We don't need a drug czar. I have a bad back but don't want to take any narcotics. Someone gave me a few non narcotic patches to see if they would help. They really help. They are prescription. It makes me angry because they are so expensive and why are they a prescription? They are about $120 for 30 of them plus you must get a doctor to prescribe them. The drug laws are getting down right crazy.
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on December 29, 2010 at 09:28:34 PT
Gil ain't dumb,
he is just selfish!Gil does not see Portugal as model for the US because it would also be a model for the end of his career!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 29, 2010 at 09:23:45 PT
I never thought Gil would think it's good. We have a very conservative right wing portion of our country. They don't believe in even decriminalizing marijuana so they sure wouldn't want to follow Portugal's lead. I can imagine if Obama's administration even tried to be progressive in this area. He would not win a second term which I am fairly sure he will win. I think when he has nothing to lose marijuana reform will move along better in his second term.
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on December 29, 2010 at 09:08:58 PT
-Correction-keystone cops position
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on December 29, 2010 at 09:07:21 PT
News Flash - correction from Gil 
Clarification: Drug war story"The story should have made clear that Kerlikowske does not think Portugal's approach is right for the United States."Because, doggonnit, we're the best!
 Whew! Glad we can all rest easy now. Gil's trip to Portugal was pointless.
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