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Eureka Times Standard

Peace out

Gene >>>" Red has it exactly right." No. It is only clandestine grows that disturb the ecology. Large fields won't be going up and down mountains. They'll go in the tradtional places.  (Jun 27, 2010 | post #7)

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Ponder Z >>>" Monsanto will also lobby for their DRUG crop to be the legal MEDICIN. So bud will still have a black market and be more expensive and illegal." They may lobby for that, but the 100 million Americans who have consumed marijuana, their friends, family and all concerned about freedom will block those efforts. One of the main planks of marijuana reform is allowing home-growing. That, in turn, will keep the prices down to a reasonable level. I predict average pot will go for $80 and ounce, including taxes.  (Jun 27, 2010 | post #6)

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Medical cannabis industry looks to the future

WillitsWatcher >>>" Vaporization has very little dosage control" No. It has optimum dosage control because of rapid onset. Consumers can get PRECISELY the dose they want. >>>" smoking pot does cause cancer and many other lung and health problems. Dr. Donald Tashkin actually did the research that showed how marijuana smoke causes cancer." Wow! Just a bald-faced lie. He found, like many researchers, that marijuana smoke has some of the same cancerous material as tobacco smoke, but his 30 years of research found there was NO causation of cancer. This is primarily due to the fact that marijuana consumers inhale a tiny fraction of what tobacco smokers do, marijuana OPENS up airways in the lungs as opposed to the way tobacco CLOSES those airways, and that mariuana has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. But the biggest proof is that even among the heaviest smokers, there has NEVER been a case of resultant cancer. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=GJmQ1 6cGBHU The minor irritation causing cough is easily avoided with vaporization or eating, drinking, etc. >>>" Les than 1/100th of 1% of pot users vaporize" Interesting. Where did you get those figures? Vaporization is just taking off. The amount of users at this point is irrelevant. The point is vaporization works and people have the choice to do so if they wish. >>>" and more than 99.9% of pot users smoke it not for medicinal reasons but just to get high." So? They have made the safer choice over alcohol. >>>" Using drugs for anything other than medicinal reasons is called drug abuse" Only by prohibitionists and "treatment " charlatans. So, since you have a beer or a glass of wine on occasion, do you consider yourself a "drug abuser?" -- Nonsense.  (Jun 25, 2010 | post #157)

Eureka Times Standard

Medical cannabis industry looks to the future

Willits Watcher >>>" if Sativex is pure, dosage controled THC with a reduced high then the organic growers will now have no place in the "medicinal " arena. Which in my opinion they never had anyway." Why do you pretend to respond to my post while ignoring the main point? Vaporization is the superior delivery method to this date. Yes, even superior to Sativex, as I already explained. Even smoked marijuana does not cause cancer or any other serious health problems. Preeminent marijuana/cancer researcher, Dr. Donald Tashkin conducted research for 30 years. While he was initially sure he would find a link, after three decades of investigations, he concluded marijuana does not cause cancer. This is backed up, of course, by the fact there has never been a recorded case of cancer caused by marijuana consumption. Again, the best future is in vaporization, which doesn't burn marijuana or produce smoke. That eliminates ALL the toxic chemicals produced in the smoke of ANY plant.  (Jun 25, 2010 | post #154)

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Medical cannabis industry looks to the future

Former Ukiahan Yes, indeed. Those flavors and fragrances are enchanting with an incredible variety, and are not an aquired taste like alcohol. I'll never forget the first time I tasted beer or wine. It was the most disgusting taste I'd ever known - worse than any of the medicines I'd ever taken. Steven >>>" When we come home & relax with a glass of good wine we are drinking it because we like the taste, not to get drunk." Geez. Another alcohol consumer in denial. It appears the key word here is "drunk." You get your little buzz which is far more important to you than some "taste," and you convince yourself you're not really an alcoholic because you don't get falling-down-drunk . Guess what? There are all levels of cannabis altered states as well. From the mild high to the sofa-loving heavy stone. The real differences are that alcohol is addictive, violence inducing, extremely destructive to health and causes much carnage on the highways. Marijuana isn't and doesn't.  (Jun 24, 2010 | post #152)

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Medical cannabis industry looks to the future

Sativex is a good product because it is essentially, liquid marijuana. That Sativex is so effective is also a testament to the effectiveness of marijuana itself, of course. So, Sativex just joins the ranks of marijuana in its many forms: smoked, vaporized, in drinks and food. I believe vaporization will remain the most desireable and effective method, since it eliminates the minor irritation of smoke, enables excellent titration, and requires no expensive processing.  (Jun 24, 2010 | post #147)

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Medical cannabis industry looks to the future

Willits Watcher >>>" The state of CA has, against federal law, legalized for "medicinal purposes" limited cultivation and possession" But principally, the enactment of marijuana prohibition was a fraud perpetrated at the federal level in 1937. http://www.drugwar rant.com/articles/ why-is-marijuana-i llegal/ *** The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. *** After two years of secret planning, Anslinger brought his plan to Congress — complete with a scrapbook full of sensational Hearst editorials, stories of ax murderers who had supposedly smoked marijuana, and racial slurs. It was a remarkably short set of hearings. The one fly in Anslinger’s ointment was the appearance by Dr. William C. Woodward, Legislative Council of the American Medical Association. Woodward started by slamming Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics for distorting earlier AMA statements that had nothing to do with marijuana and making them appear to be AMA endorsement for Anslinger’s view. He also reproached the legislature and the Bureau for using the term marijuana in the legislation and not publicizing it as a bill about cannabis or hemp. At this point, marijuana (or marihuana) was a sensationalist word used to refer to Mexicans smoking a drug and had not been connected in most people’s minds to the existing cannabis/hemp plant. Thus, many who had legitimate reasons to oppose the bill weren’t even aware of it. Woodward went on to state that the AMA was opposed to the legislation and further questioned the approach of the hearings, coming close to outright accusation of misconduct by Anslinger and the committee.... Yellow journalism won over medical science. The committee passed the legislation on. And on the floor of the house, the entire discussion was: Member from upstate New York: “Mr. Speaker, what is this bill about?” Speaker Rayburn: “I don’t know. It has something to do with a thing called marihuana. I think it’s a narcotic of some kind.” “Mr. Speaker, does the American Medical Association support this bill?” Member on the committee jumps up and says: “Their Doctor Wentworth[sic] came down here. They support this bill 100 percent.” And on the basis of that lie, on August 2, 1937, marijuana became illegal at the federal level.  (Jun 23, 2010 | post #137)

Monterey County Herald

Embracing conservatism

Doesn't "conservative " mean keeping the government out of citizens' lives as much as possible? If so, then why do today's "conservative s" support the persecution of innocent Americans who consume a non-addictive plant (marijuana) that is FAR less harmful than alcohol? One of the old-time pillars of conservative thought, William F. Buckley, believed marijuana should be re-legalized. So what happened?  (Mar 14, 2010 | post #9)

Monterey County Herald

Monterey pot club loses in court

Nancy >>>" I just hope when it happens they really make it a whole lot harder for anyone under the age of 30, to become legal." Why should addictive, destructive alcohol be available for purchase by all adults (no matter how young) but not non-addictive, near-benign marjuana?  (Mar 13, 2010 | post #49)

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Monterey pot club loses in court

Tom >>>" Isn't moonshine illegal? Isnt that an analog to potent homegrown marijuana?" These days, moonshine is just a nostalgic rarity. When we discuss policy, we have to consider the typical consumer experience. The norms just don't have much to do with moonshine anymore. On large scale, we have retail with a small contingent of legal home brewers and wine makers. BTW, the most potent marijuana is far less destructive than beer.  (Mar 13, 2010 | post #46)

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Monterey pot club loses in court

Tom >>>" I personally believe that medicinal marijuana should be sold, distributed, and regulated through legitimate hospitals and pharmacies. These Marajuana lemonade stand dispensaries lack legitimacy. It makes a mockery of the system." What system? The medical marijuana system? That system only has to exist because of the great fraud of marijuana prohibition. We are now turning our focus to ending this insane witch hunt. Hopefully, Californians will put it out of our misery in November. If so, we won't need a medical marijuana program. And people will laugh at the idea of regulating near benign marijuana more strictly than very harmful alcohol.  (Mar 13, 2010 | post #41)

Monterey County Herald

Monterey pot club loses in court

Adult >>>" I believe marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed, just like alcohol and tobacco, both of which are far more injurious to the body than marijuana." As do a growing majority of Californians (now at 56 percent) and Americans. It's quite possible Californian's will end the monstrous fraud in November. Tom >>>" Had the owner acted in a professional manner and taken the proper steps to reach the proper zoning approval we probably would not be having this debate." I agree with perplexed. Those avenues are not really open. California authorized medical marijuana in 1996, yet there STILL exist no services for patients in Monterey county. These obstructionists appear to be protecting some interest other than the public good.  (Mar 13, 2010 | post #26)

Monterey County Herald

Monterey pot club loses in court

Stoned on the Corner >>>" Again, the minority has out weighed the majority." So true. The approval of medical marijuana is over 80 percent - nationwide. It speaks to the power of the marijuana-prohibit ion-industrial-com plex and their silent partner, the behomoth, marijuana black-market. For a glmpse underneath the iceburg, see Catherine Austin Fitts' "Narco Dollars For Beginners." Keep in mind that while Fitts employs cocaine because it best suits her metaphor, government research puts marijuana at over 80 percent of the "illegal " drug market. http://solari.com/ articles/scoop_nar co_dummies.htm  (Mar 13, 2010 | post #25)

Monterey County Herald

Monterey pot club loses in court

deporter >>>" Smoking dope" I assume you mean consuming marijuana, since many other recreational drugs are also called "dope." A little clarity, please. >>>" causes anxiety," Generally only in newbies who didn't know what to expect, or consumed too much. When it does occur, it subsides quickly. >>>" paranoia," If the government wanted to put you in a cage for your pastime, you'd be "paranoid " too. >>>" decreased motor skills," Right. Like with Michael Phelps, Tim Lincecum and at least half the NBA. 8^) >>>" lower productivity levels," Baloney. Marijuana consumers are more aware of their altered consciousness than alcohol consumers. The vast majority do not consume before working. Plus, marijuana does not cause hangovers like alcohol does. >>>" lower academic scores," Not for college students. No one is saying it's okay for minors to consume recreational drugs of any kind. >>>" insolence" LOL! - Buried in all the standard, bogus propaganda, is your REAL reason. How DARE people think they can consume marijuana and be treated like a good citizen! The very idea! >>>" and impaired jugement" No. Again, you're confusing marijuana with alcohol. Most consumers find it ENHANCES thinking. http://www.marijua na-uses.com/read.h tml >>>" i.e. driving," No. You operate under a common misconception. That is, that marijuana consumers cause accidents like alcohol consumers. They don't. All the studies have shown marijuana is less intoxicating and less impairing than alcohol. More importantly, research shows while alcohol consumers think they are better drivers, driving faster and more aggressively, marijuana consumers are more aware of their altered consciousness and prefer not to drive. If they must, they drive slower and more cautiously to compensate. Some studies show marijuana consumers have less accidents than totally straight people. >>>" and leads to further drug abuse." Whoops. Watch out. Your preacher, the Drug Czar sponsored the 1999 Institute of Medicine study which determined there is no "gateway " effect of marijuana - confirmed by every legitimate study since. Better keep up with the party line. >>>" dope is for slow witted, mal-adjusted malcontents." Ahh. The last part of your REAL reason. You're simply a bigot that likes to demonize marijuana consumers - and Mexicans, I gather. SAMHSA research found 100 million Americans have consumed marijuana. That's HALF the of-age population. There are 30 to 50 million current U.S. consumers. The vast majority are hard-working, respected members of their communities, loved by the families they support. - Marijuana is as American as apple pie.  (Mar 13, 2010 | post #24)

Eureka Times Standard

Bill to legalize, regulate marijuana reintroduced into st...

The point is marijuana prohibition is a fraudulent law. Every major government study has found marijuana is not addictive and far less harmful than alcohol. People who "break" a fraudulent law have no actions to be accountable for. Professor Charles Whitebread gives an excellent account of the how the fraud of marijuana prohibition was perpetrated. http://www.druglib rary.org/Schaffer/ History/whiteb1.ht m  (Feb 26, 2010 | post #62)