Pot Smoking and Politics At The Cow Palace
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Pot Smoking and Politics At The Cow Palace
Posted by CN Staff on April 18, 2010 at 20:06:42 PT
By Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Daly City, CA -- People have been toking up in the Cow Palace parking lot for more than fifty years. This was the first time it was legal.The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo, the first trade show in the U.S. to allow on-site pot smoking, attracted an estimated 15,000 enthusiasts to Daly City over the weekend. They talked bud, sold products ranging from a $500 water bong to a $19,500 mobile grow house, and discussed how efforts to legalize marijuana would impact their livelihoods.
"We're exercising our rights as patients to peacefully gather," said Bob Katzman, chief operating officer, as he stood near the designated puffing area. "We're here to talk about changing some of the existing laws, but we're not here to break the law."Katzman said it took organizers four years to negotiate a permit with a venue that would allow marijuana consumption. It wasn't possible, he said, until a "massive change in the political climate."That climate is set to be tested in November, when an initiative that would legalize marijuana is sent to California voters. Now, marijuana is available only to those with a medicinal use card.Such cards were easy to attain at the exposition.For $99 - cash only - attendees such as Shawna Spencer of San Jose received a temporary "recommendation" from doctors that allowed her to smoke at the event. Spencer, who said she suffers from bipolar disorder, said she had waited for more than an hour."It's worth the wait because I need it," Spencer said.Dr. Daniel Susott said he expected to sign-off on 1,600 people by the end of the weekend. He said a portion of the fees would go to charity."We're making history today," he said as his visitors complained of chronic pain, depression and insomnia, among other ailments. "We're operating within the guidelines of Prop. 215 and helping people get the medical marijuana they need."If marijuana becomes legal, Susott expects that his patients will self-prescribe."People will start growing their own medicine in their homes," he said. "And the big pharma companies aren't going to like it." Snipped   Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: Sunday, April 18, 2010Copyright: 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: CannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archives
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on April 18, 2010 at 20:12:54 PT
We're making history today!
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