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RANT: No matter how one feels about marijuana and its legal status, doesn't it seem like the medical societies and the watchdog agencies should really do something about physicians who sell marijuana prescriptions to people without legitimate medical needs? It's not about marijuana. Full Story
Ethics Issues

Clements, CA

#1 Nov 16, 2010
Re: Medical Marijuana. Yes, it is about ethics. Yours. There is such a thing as privacy in medical issues. While it may look to you like there is no real reason for a persons marijuana prescription, there is no legal reason for you to be considering the issue. The issue is between a patient and their doctor. If you want to go down this road, then you will be removing our doctors right to prescribe what they think is right for their patient. That will be replaced with being able to prescribe only what the FDA has approved for that specific illness. If you think that is a good plan, you need to talk to a pharmacist about this. If doctors could only prescribe what is approved by FDA for specific illnesses, we may as well have robots for doctors.

Who are you to say what illness a person has, just by looking at them? Are you really willing to open up medical records so anyone can see what you have spoken to your doctor about, just so you can be sure no one is getting a marijuana prescription who doesn't have what YOU consider to be a real medical need? Talk about ethics. Are you a doctor? Have you ever been to a doctor who did not charge you for the visit and prescription? What are you talking about, selling prescriptions? How is specializing in illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana different from specializing in illnesses that can be treated with a colonoscopy, or Prozac?
an old pothead in

Nashville, TN

#2 Nov 16, 2010
eventually their will be enough potheads to legalize marijuana. just as there were enough alcoholics who ended prohibition. cocaine and the other illicits will never be legalized and that's a good thing.
i've smoked pot since the early 70's and managed to stay out of trouble with a lucrative legal career. i also consume alcohol but not to the point of inebriation.
moderation is the key.
just sayin'
Kristi van Greunen

Alameda, CA

#3 Nov 17, 2010
The proposed rooster ordinance is a bad idea for Monterey County. Agriculture is an extremely important economy in our county. Therefore, it is inappropriate to deal with noise from a few problem rooster operations with such a broad-based approach that would likely end the beneficial small flock farming in Monterey County. Monterey County has existing animal noise and nuisance ordinances (Chapter 8.36) that should be aggressively used to deal with noise from problem animals.

When considering whether this onerous and costly rooster ordinance should be enacted, County Supervisors also must remember the importance of the ordinances that were enacted in 1993 to protect the agricultural resources of Monterey County (Chapter 16.40). These ordinances limit the circumstances under which agricultural operations may be considered a nuisance.

The requirements and parameters of the proposed rooster ordinance are arbitrary. Why is it okay to have 4 roosters but not 5? What is the basis to show that 2.5 acres is preferable to 2.4 acres if you want to keep 5 roosters? Why can you have 499 hogs on 10 acres but only 4 roosters? Why do you need a manure management plan to keep 5 roosters, but not for up to 499 hogs? The proposed rooster ordinance is a slippery slope. What livestock animal will be next?

As a nationally known breeder of Dutch bantam chickens in a rural density residential area in Monterey County, I supply birds to individuals throughout America, including 4-H and FFA members. I need more than four roosters in order to maintain a healthy breeding program with sufficient genetic diversity. My neighbors have told me my roosters do not bother them.

Concerned citizens (including anyone who has ever considered keeping a small flock of chickens for meat and eggs)– please write letters to your County Supervisor telling him or him that this ordinance is a bad idea for Monterey County and that they should vote against it. Thank you.

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