Pot Committee Seeks Lowest Police Priority
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Pot Committee Seeks Lowest Police Priority
Posted by CN Staff on February 05, 2010 at 08:20:39 PT
By Tony Evans, Express Staff Writer
Source: Idaho Mountain Express
Idaho -- Hailey's Marijuana Oversight Committee will present its first recommendation to the City Council in March, asking Mayor Rick Davis to require police officers to consider marijuana-use violations the police department's lowest police priority, despite a judge's ruling that portions of the ordinance were in violation of state law."I will have to look at the recommendation and have the city attorney review it before deciding whether to enforce it," Davis said.
The recommendation was put forward by Marijuana Committee Chair Peter Lobb at a committee meeting in City Hall chambers last week. It follows the original language of the Lowest Police Priority Ordinance, passed following a ballot initiative vote in November, but removes portions that the committee thought would limit federal funding for drug investigations.Lobb said the original ordinance language was redacted at the request of Committee Secretary and Hailey Police Lt. Steve England to reduce potential conflict with federal authorities, which could reduce federal funding for the city."It may be difficult to enforce," Lobb said. "But if this passes, it will show that Hailey is moving toward more liberal policies regarding marijuana use."The committee was formed last year after three controversial marijuana initiatives were passed by Hailey voters—twice.The initiatives proposed allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, legalizing industrial hemp and making enforcement of marijuana laws the lowest priority for Hailey police.Large portions of all three ordinances were redacted by 5th District Judge Robert Elgee, rendering them ineffective, but the oversight committee was formed and charged with gathering information and making recommendations to the City Council on how the city should handle several issues regarding marijuana policy.The Marijuana Committee members are Tom Hickey, Steve England, Joanie Allen, Peter Lobb and Frank Halverson. All voted to support the recommendation except Lobb, who disagreed with England and the others over the need to redact portions of the ordinance."I wanted everything in it, because it is what the people voted for," Lobb said.Source: Idaho Mountain Express (ID)Author: Tony Evans, Express Staff WriterPublished: Friday, February 5, 2010Copyright: 2010 Express Publishing, Inc.Contact: letters mtexpress.comWebsite: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on February 20, 2010 at 11:03:55 PT
If his head gets bigger, does that mean he might be "Making my day" even more than he already does?The Kaptin has taught me so much.So much.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on February 20, 2010 at 05:49:50 PT
I received a message about CNews from a person who has never posted but has been reading the site for 10 years. He said because of CNews he looks at our issue totally differently. You were also mentioned as someone this person really enjoys reading your writings.Now listen to me fella. Don't get a big head! LOL!
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Comment #9 posted by kaptinemo on February 20, 2010 at 05:44:26 PT:
Guys, cut it out
You're making me blush. Mum said our people came from County Cork in Ireland, home of the Blarney Stone, which supposedly confers the gift of glibness, and quite a few ancestors had the opportunity, so mebbe it's genetic. But if I wanted to, you'd be reading that cussing that you were talking about, the kind that would blister battleship paint at 20 yards. Drug prohibition deserves no respect in the same way that racism doesn't. It's morally wrong, logically indefensible and intellectually are its' proponents.I get mad, alright. 'Black Irish' mad. But...that's what the opposition wants. They want someone mad enough to chew neutronium so they can point to that and say, "See? See? Pot makes ya crazy! What did I tellya?" So instead, I give them cold-as-a-cryogenically-cooled-computer and refute their emotionalism with facts. As does just about everyone here. Which is why in 11 years we've only had a handful of members of the bottom-feeder level of the prohib community dare attempt to debate us here...and they didn't even know how to debate.It doesn't matter who wields the rhetorical scalpel, BS-flushing fire hose, turkey-carving knife or laser, whatever, just that it gets done. But I do admit to guilty pleasure when writing, as I know that the opposition really are reading here, and have been so from CNEWS's inception. If by my writing I can make them cry bloody tears by slashing their eyes with the facts about why they're on the losing side of history, so much the better. 
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Comment #8 posted by runruff on February 05, 2010 at 23:57:19 PT
And the Kaptin is so good at butchering
the status quo. Of course he can also perform well with a verbal scalpel as well.I must say however that everyone here is a heart talker. I find that an individual may not have certain communication skills but to speak from the heart, there is no better way to get a point across. 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 05, 2010 at 11:52:03 PT
Yes he is good.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on February 05, 2010 at 11:48:32 PT
The Kaptin
When he's sharp, he's so sharp.And he's nearly always sharp.Ouch! To the bone!The man can tell you the truth, and say what so many would say, if they could have put it into words like he can.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on February 05, 2010 at 11:43:47 PT
Speaking of articulate.
I can't help but think of our own Kaptinemo. What a blessing he's been.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 05, 2010 at 10:47:37 PT
It's been good for me too. Anyone can swear and curse and shock people but that doesn't solve any problems or help anyone understand anything. Issues are complex and need thoughtful comments. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on February 05, 2010 at 10:03:02 PT
You have to be articulate
and able to think to post here. It used to say something here about not using profanity, or something like that, in comments. The low, filthy language, and freaking, and spitting, and raining down expletives thing is so easy to fall in to. Some people on some websites just seem to be showing off their skills at how far they can reach in to the vilest piles of profanity they can find. It doesn't take much thought to just start spewing expletives . I know. I do it sometimes without typing it all out. If you can't just throw a hissy fit and rain down verbal hellfire and abuse on everyone, as your comment on the situation, you have to stop and think. You have to think of something to say to try to express what you're feeling about this social and political problem we're all so appalled with. We've done that here and found the civility more comfortable and inducive to clear thought. Imagine... civility of a large group of people. That's pretty amazing in this day and age.It's been good for me.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 05, 2010 at 09:13:46 PT
I think maybe because we have been around so long that CNews has matured into a good place with smart and wise people. We seem to look deeper and further then some younger blog type forums do I have noticed.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on February 05, 2010 at 09:08:44 PT
I don't mean to sound all uppity about C/news...
but I do read other blogs and the administrator and posters here seem the most well informed and articulate of any.
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