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SHERIFF John D'Agostini speaks at the Board Of Supervisors meeting Tuesday regarding medical marijuana. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Sheriff D'Agostini speaks at the Board Of Supervisors meeting Tuesday regarding medical marijuana. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

From page A1 | November 18, 2011 | 36 Comments

Despite three hours of emotional testimony by medical marijuana patients, El Dorado County Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to impose a moratorium on new dispensaries and all outdoor gardens.

Effective immediately, the moratoria will remain for 45 days or until the county crafts a set of ordinances governing the growing and distribution of medical cannabis.

Under state law, a moratorium can be extended twice for up to a total of two years, however supervisors were anxious to have ordinances in place by April 1, 2012. That date generally represents the time when legal growers would begin planting their crop for next year.

The point, supervisors reiterated, was to “get rid of the bad guys, the people with guns” and not to deny individuals safe access to their medications.

Prompted by numerous complaints from residents, county staff along with Sheriff John D’Agostini and District Attorney Vern Pierson, drew up two distinct moratoria — one proscribing new dispensaries and the other disallowing new outdoor cultivation of the medicinal herb.

Tuesday’s hearing drew a more than standing-room-only crowd to supervisors chambers. About two dozen spoke against the proposed moratoria. One spoke in favor, and a couple of others said they supported stronger laws, but opted not to say so publicly, considering the overall tenor of the meeting.

Dave Sisson operates River City Wellness and Pain Management, which dispenses medical marijuana in Shingle Springs. Sisson told supervisors that he “represents 3,000 people in the county who are legitimate medical cannabis patients.”

“At our facility, we make damn sure it doesn’t go to the wrong people,” he said. “We don’t want any trouble with law enforcement or the neighbors or our community. We don’t want any marijuana going to children, and it is unethical for us to allow a patient to use it on our premises or to encourage anyone to drive after using it.”

Sisson said he would be happy to work with the sheriff, the district attorney and the board to come up with an acceptable body of ordinances and regulations governing cultivation and distribution. Supervisors adopted the moratoria and added a directive to establish a committee representing the various stakeholders in the issue.

Sheriff D’Agostini opened the testimony saying he has “no problem upholding what the people of California voted for” (Proposition 215 the Compassionate Use Act in 1996 that authorized growing marijuana for medicinal use by the grower. Senate Bill 420, the Medical Marijuana Program Act was passed in 2003 to clarify the scope of the CUA).

However, he went on to note that “there was no intent to have widespread use” and that many cultivation sites are large, illegal, commercial operations. Illegal money from such enterprises finds its way to “criminals and terrorists,” he said.

D’Agostini also said incidents of marijuana being found at local schools have jumped from eight in 2007 to more than 50 last year.

“You can craft a reasonable ordinance, and I urge you to pass these urgency measures,” D’Agostini concluded.

Several residents explained to the board that they are not able to use prescription medicines because of negative side effects or lack of therapeutic effect on their conditions.

“We believe in safe, clean medicines for patients like myself who can’t stomach pharmaceuticals,” Mary told supervisors. A man in the audience called the criminal view of marijuana compared to other drugs a “double standard” citing drunk driving and methamphetamine use as far more harmful than pot.

Bob McGee of Placerville described his own use of medical cannabis some years ago following cancer and chemotherapy treatment. He said he could not eat or sleep and suffered from constant nausea. A friend gave him a marijuana cookie which brought immediate reduction of some symptoms.

After that, “I smoked marijuana. I ate it in brownies, cookies or Jello. I slept like a baby and ate like a farmer. I used marijuana three or four times a day for a month. When my treatment was over I quit. No addiction. No gateway (to other drugs). Not even a hangover,” McGee said.

McGee and other speakers mentioned the political/economic opposition to marijuana, saying that the liquor industry including wine makers “do not want competition from an inexpensive relaxant.” He said the prison guards union does not want any decrease in dues-paying members, “this in a country with more prisoners per population than any other nation.”

He also said the timber industry opposed legalization of hemp because “it is a far more efficient crop for producing paper than growing trees.”

Dave Bishop of Garden Valley said he “can’t afford to go to a dispensary, (and by growing my own), I’m going to be an outlaw.”

Lynette Davies, representing Crusaders for Patients’ Rights said her group has been actively working for ordinances governing collectives that grow or distribute medical marijuana. She acknowledged that like other drugs “cannabis has side effects, but they’re not physical. They’re political.”

She also pointed out that “this place is full; usually there’s no one here.”

Cody Bass runs the Tahoe Wellness Collective, which dispenses medical cannabis. He told the board that in three years of operation, there have been zero “incidents.” He said the South Lake Tahoe City Council had some of the same concerns as the supervisors and added that “safe access is much better than the criminal element. Take this off your agenda,” he urged.

In a phone interview Wednesday, Sisson said his “overall impression was that they (the board, DA and sheriff) listened to our feedback, but I’m afraid it may have fallen on deaf ears, because they passed it anyway.”

He explained that he sees patients for a wide range of conditions from HIV, depression, Krohns Disease to victims of cancer and other trauma. He added that most of his clientele is over 30, and some well over 30. The demographic in the room Tuesday appeared to fit the latter description.

“Unlike how the sheriff described it, there’s not a bunch of young kids who don’t look sick loitering around,” he said.

Sisson also called the proposed ordinance unnecessary and “overkill as a way to get rid of drug cartels growing marijuana on BLM lands.”

The cost for medical cannabis varies from free to some patients who can’t afford it to $300 an ounce. As a non-profit business, the collective receives “donations” of marijuana grown by its members.

Supervisor Norma Santiago asked why the moratorium on outdoor growing would take effect at this time of year “when it’s not growing?”

Assistant County Counsel Paula Frantz explained that “there’s no easy time to do this, but we wanted to give people enough time to do the least amount of harm and cost.” People needed to know well in advance of growing season whether or not it will be allowed Frantz pointed out. She also clarified that any final ordinance will take longer than 45 days to devise and implement.

Santiago later amended the proposed moratoria language to include forming a committee to “make the guidelines black and white.”

Supervisor Jack Sweeney recalled complaints from people “afraid to go into their own backyards.”

“We want to craft an ordinance that will help us go after the bad guys and abide by the laws of the voters,” he said. “Help us do it correctly. Give us the right words.”

Supervisor Ron Briggs called the proposed ordinances tools for the sheriff and district attorney to “go after the guys who have the guns.”

In summary, as proposed, the first adopted ordinance “imposes a 45-day moratorium on the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana in the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County.” That was later clarified to read “new” cultivation.

The second part of the ruling “imposes a 45-day moratorium on the establishment of new medical marijuana distribution facilities, including all dispensaries, cooperatives and collectives.”

Part 3 directs staff to “develop and return to the board (with) zoning and other appropriate regulations governing the cultivation of medical marijuana and medical marijuana distribution facilities.”

The board directed county staff and law enforcement to come back to supervisors on Dec. 20 with a progress update on the ordinances.


Discussion | 36 comments

  • Evelyn VeerkampNovember 17, 2011 - 5:56 pm

    The sheriff needs more tools to go after "bad guys with guns"??? (Excuse me while I rush down a dark and scary ally to find a dope head who will sell me a marijuana-laced cookie.) Norm Stamper, former Chief of the Seattle Police Department, states that in all his years on the streets, generally whenever he was called in on a domestic abuse case, alcohol was involved. Not marijuana. Of fellow officers he asks: “When was the last time you had to fight someone under the influence of marijuana?” The plain and simple truth, he says, is that alcohol fuels violent behavior. Marijuana does not.

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  • tom gibneyNovember 18, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Pot makes you lazy and sloth like it also gives you really bad breath... just saying hehe

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  • Evelyn VeerkampNovember 18, 2011 - 9:03 am

    dark and scary "ally" = ALLEY

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  • timNovember 18, 2011 - 7:46 am

    This is all a joke.I have been getting pot in Placerville for years. The only people that really care about this is city officials with nothing better to do. (not counting buying property and passing laws to profit from that property). Pot is growing all over this area and legal or not it is not going away. I guess if all the pot in this area isn't legal the city thinks it will go away.They also thought Machado was a wonder civic leader,remember.

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  • martinNovember 18, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    The law is the law and should be enforced equally and those we elect should be allowed to complete the tasks that we trust them to do, or change the laws not how we might want them to state. If it is illegal in the state it should also be illegal federally and in both ways enforced the same. Sounds simple huh....Under the influence is just that and cannot be stated any other way, as to how it affects each person remains to be seen. But it is still illegal and there are laws and rules to follow so just do it.

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  • Ken SteersNovember 18, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    Jack, Do you realize how old and out of touch you sound? It's far more fun to not hold anyone or thing to account. To simply ask why not? And how do you know? On this subject there is no reason or reality. It is Pandora's box and the hinges to the door are broken. Maybe it is better that way. Those with the most common sense might prevail in the chaos.

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  • ConcernedNovember 18, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    Evelyn Veerkamp, you are in a dream you advocate a pot shop on every corner purely because pot mellows you? Get real people, we have 4 pot shops in Cameron Park and 1 by the Shingle Springs Post Office. There is big money in selling pot and they hide behind the "non profit" sign. I voted for the compassionate act, but I did voe for every ailment one can think to be added to the list in order for people to self medicate themselves. I say the State should take it over and tax the crap out of it.

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  • Evelyn VeerkampNovember 19, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Concerned: You think I'm advocating for "pot shops on every corner"? No, I am not. What I WOULD like to see is sanity and truthful discussion. At this moment, if I am advocating for anyone in particular, it is for a friend with cancer suffering significant pain. Marijuana DOES help. It has been pointed out that "dispensaries" are the norm. They are legal, promoted, and highly profitable. Most everyone patronizes them; they are called pharmacies. Likewise liquor stores. The law is quite capable of dealing with people who "drive under the influence". I do not advocate for any sort of substance abuse. But think of hundreds of thousands (millions?) who regularly relax with alcoholic beverage. They are not persecuted unless their behavior hurts others. In fact, alcohol is glamorized. I am not advocating for alcohol, by the way. For me personally it's existence is a matter of supreme indifference. And I DO recognize that it is abused. But I ask: "Why is alcohol glamorized and promoted while marijuana is vilified?"

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  • tsbNovember 18, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    does this mean they close the places down or not? Sac Co. has already shut down most in sac

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  • traNovember 19, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Thank goodness. Too bad it's not for good. I'm tired of living next door to a pot farmer who doesn't have any medical issues but has a "medical license" to grow the stuff. As far as I'm concerned it's just a way to be a legal drug addict and bring down the value of the neighborhood.

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  • KariNovember 19, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    I know of someone who grows and sells to kids.he even supplied my pregnant niece,I reported to sheriff and nothing changed,something has to be done!

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  • Evelyn VeerkampNovember 20, 2011 - 8:30 am

    The US Dept of Transportation reports that in 2009 El Dorado County had 7 fatalities in crashes involving an alcohol impaired driver. (Injuries? Unstated, but certainly a MUCH larger number.) - Did we arrest the vehicle salesmen? - Did we arrest those who aided and abetted by by selling products and/or services that kept those vehicles on the road? - Did we arrest the purveyors of alcohol? There IS a problem. It needs to be correctly defined. But the problem is NOT medical marijuana.

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  • cmsNovember 20, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with you on every post you've added on this topic, Evelyn. I'm your arguments will mostly fall on deaf ears, just like it did at the Board of Supervisors meeting. This county has been steeped in fear and ignorance on this issue ever since the Compassionate Use Act was first passed 15 years ago now.

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  • Evelyn VeerkampNovember 20, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    cms: You are correct in stating that truth will fall on deaf ears. The Board of Supervisors and Placerville City Council (to meet this Tuesday, 7pm, City Hall) will do as they are commanded from above. ("We were just following orders.") Some are only ignorant; others are bought. Distinguishing between the two requires a first-class crystal ball. As the above article states, opposition to marijuana comes from: - The liquor industry, who do not want competition. - The prison guards union, not wanting any decrease in dues-paying members, and - The timber industry, which opposed legalization of hemp because “it is a far more efficient crop for producing paper than growing trees.” These lobbies ALWAYS couch their arguments “in the name of the people”. And always they misrepresent the truth. And we have been lied to so pervasively for so long that most people are weary of trying to sort out fact from fiction. Other, even MORE powerful interests oppose legalization of marijuana, but that is for another time.

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  • steveDecember 14, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    To Kari, Your pregnant niece shouldn't never have to take responsibility for here own actions right? Thats why you blame the babies father for the pregnancy and the weed dealer for her smoking pot. At what point do you realize that your niece is a moron?

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  • MARTINNovember 20, 2011 - 7:43 am

    Abide by the law or face the punishment, far more false scripts than real prop 215 users, just another attempt to get away from the laws we have to prevent illegal activity. A large loophole that was created by those who grow, sell, profit from illegal activities and hide behind prop 215.

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  • Ken SteersNovember 20, 2011 - 8:12 am

    Jack, To be clear, the loop holes in the law were not created by those who sell grow profit directly from marijuana. 215 was written by "Law Makers" at the capital. And passed by the voters of California. Yes I too believe that the loop holes are not over sight but purposeful. Watching our Supervisors, I don't think they have the ability to supplant 215 but are trying to regulate those who are prospering from the industry. From purely a Libertarian point of view, I think that it would be much better to have local citizens cultivating the product than the Mexican drug gangs. But that's the only positive I can come up with. Like the Lotto and Indian Casinos, this too has become a fact of life here in California. This is what has happened because of our politicians in Sacramento. This is how politics and bureaucrats can affect our lives. Even in our County we have a Supervisor up for election sticking his wet finger in the air to see how being pro 215 might help him get re-elected. That's where I draw the line and where I'll fight. Right here at home

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  • Electricfred ShultsNovember 21, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    It's sad that in 21st century America we still see our governing authorities making policy on the basis of woefully inadequate and fabricated information. One reason our young people have so many problems with alcohol and other drugs is that they don't believe what they are told. Why don't they? The first things most young folks hear about drugs start with the pot lie. After that nothing else is credible in their mind. Pot 101 tells us that Federal marijuana policy is based on a significant amount of disinformation (lies), and is driven and carried out by "Dominant Financial Interests". Marijuana/Cannabis (source of "canvas") has 8000 years of mostly positive history. Most of the lives adversely affected by pot are the result of the law and policy, not the substance. The voters of El Dorado County made it one of the few foothill counties to vote in favor of prop 215 in 1996. Did we get dumber? There are many reasons that Pot is bad for kids. We should address these issues with facts and logic. The present trend that benefits a few yet greatly hurts many, particularly our kids, has to be stopped.

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  • DeeDeeNovember 25, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Kids in this county are doing more pills and alcohol than pot. And they are getting the pills and alcohol from their parents homes.

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  • Electricfred ShultsNovember 21, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    Sheriff D'Agostini, Mr. Pierson et al: Perhaps to add a little perspective, could you give us the comparative statistics of the Bar room brawl arrests vs. the pot club brawls. Convictions? Actual damage?

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  • Not a dummyNovember 24, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    If this is medicine, fine. Try selling it in a pharmacy and not at a dispensary by people who used it far before it was legal, bums who sold it before it was legal and neighborhood sluts who did every guy in town for it before it was legal. You can't opEn a dispensary for Valium or oxy, so why should it be any different for pot. These people selling it are not trained physicians, chemists or pharmacists. Get the proper education to sell drugs to keep the community safe, or you are no different than a drug dealer on a corner, you just stand behind a counter. The profits are illegal, no one donates pot to dispensaries - it's commerce bought and sold. Also known as dealing drugs. You cannot sell it out of your home, but in a store I have to drive by with my kids on the way to church and school makes it better? If you really want your meds people, show your face and let it be regulated and sold by the correct parties, try a pharmacy, you know, where all medicine comes from. But we are supposed to believe this is about patients when everyone selling at a dispensary has no other job??? It's about profits. Wake up el dorado county, this means you D'Agostini.

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  • Patriot PaulNovember 24, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    @Not a Dummy: Why all the anger? If you have ever known someone who struggles with cancer and has not been able to get relief from the nausea of chemo with OTC medicines, you'd see the value of marijuana. Currently, our pharmacies aren't in a position to create the marijuana supplies that dispensaries create and sell. If the drug was regulated and grown, for example, by pharmaceutical makers, you'd better believe it would cost a bundle, because the people who need it would be willing to pay whatever they could to get it. So my feeling is that it's best to leave this in the hands of people who believe in compassionate care and can grow and dispense per defined prescriptons, and make it much less of a money-grubbing event for those in need.

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  • James E.November 24, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    ?? neighborhood sluts who did every guy in town for it before it was legal ?? Isn't there a nicer way to say this?

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  • MARTINNovember 24, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Are you kidding me you think that you Cannabis Shops are better than a Pharmacy and all the trained, educated personnel that have college degrees and are Dr.'s and can better control any regulated product. This all smells of the dopers who want to get rich off of selling an illegal product and will at all costs try to sell the public that this is a cure all for anything that my be an excuse to use a mind altering Drug (THC).It make us all sick to see what lengths that the dopers will go to convince us all that it is all OK, kind of reminds us all of the "Snake Oil Salesman" "It Cures Anything That Ails Ya" Give me a break, it's not all that and a box of chips, call it what it is ILLEGAL.

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  • Evelyn VeerkampNovember 24, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    Martin: We've got it. You think people who use marijuana are "dopers" And you're going to continue finding inventive ways to say so. However, your strongly held views are based in ignorance - or you have a hidden "agenda". And I'm hoping - wicked person that I am - that one day you'll need marijuana (though I won't go so far as wishing cancer upon you). Illegal? Anything can be made so. "I was just following orders." Known as the "Nuremberg Defense". Did you learn about this in school? Life itself can be made illegal. Just depends on who is in power. But it takes moral sensitivity to get the point.

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  • ARNOLD LANGENovember 24, 2011 - 10:37 pm

    tom - alcohol makes your breath reek, your body reek, loss of motor function(falling down drunk), cause thousands of traffic fatalities, drive up the cost of insurance and healthcare, destroys lives, un-inhibits wife./child beaters and in general causes people to be annoying and beligerent. just saying he he. not a dummy... really? you don't need a dispensary for oxycontin, they have pharmacies for that. You ever read the fine print on your prescriptions? Talk about dangerous products. you afraid you may have to drive past a dispensary on your way to church? West end of Main St. is a liquor store, next to a cigar shop, across the street from a gun store. West end of town you have two liquor stores and a cigarette store. Downtown you have people standing out in front of restaurants and bars blowiing smoke in childrens faces as they walk by and you want to rail on somebody with multiple sclerosis trying to get some relief? Martin the law is indeed the law. It's called Prop 215, codified into the california health and safety by SB420. The county supervisors, city council, mayor and govenor can't change prop 215. Neither can the state legislature. what they can do though is go after the bad actors while allowing safe access to patients. And mr steers, I actually am in partial agreement with you(i think). I too believe it better for cannabis(on the commercial level) to be produced in a more managed and controlled (regulated) environment as opposed to mexican nationals destroying public lands(Producing 'pot' that has no market in california) or asian gangs from san jose converting residentials into million dollar operations. I wonder if we agree that an individual has the right to grow cannabis on his/her own private property within the constraints of Prop 215 as set forth in SB420? I have yet to see one study that proves thc is a 'mind altering' substance, All we hear is the same old 'hippie this' and 'doper that'. It reaks of ignorance. Show me the statistics showing the number of deaths directly attributed to cannabis, show me the statistics of the number of "minds altered". Some one explain to me how drugs sythesized by chemists are safer or better for me than something that grows on good ole mother earth? I have to carry a piece of paper (my recomendation) to protect me in the very unlikely event I have to interact with law enforcement. Several years ago I was taking a medication that required me to carry a card so that if the drug caused me to go into seizures the EMT's would know what to do. Tell me why I should want a chemist to grow my cannabis for me, I don't need one to grow my tomatoes, I don't even need their chemical fertilizers. I am re-posting the following link with the hope(futile I am afraid) that some of the anti-cannabis folk will make an effort to read real science. hope ya all had a great turkey day!! Arnold

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  • ARNOLD LANGENovember 24, 2011 - 10:42 pm

    correction to above post:placerville doesn't have two west ends, should have read "east end of town has two liquor stores and a cigarette store.

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  • firestarterNovember 25, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    If I'm understanding this correctly. Agriculture in El Dorado County cannot be declared a nuisance. The primary right in El Dorado is to conduct agricultural operations. 17.13.010 Right to Farm That's why "Dogs worrying livestock may be shot" and cannabis farming can't be declared illegal. That's why the Supervisors were wondering if this was Serrano...apparently Serrano is it's own little government and is able to outlaw agriculture. These are people who are afraid of everything...that's why they live in "Wannabe 1% Fantasy Island".

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  • Not a dummyNovember 25, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    Not angry, just educated, a medical professional. And as far as at least one EDC dispensary goes, I know it to be run by individuals who work for profit. Who have lost custody of children for being losers, and barley hang on to custody of the rest. They accept medi-cal insurance and free school lunchs on all of your dime- but make thousands a week selling pot. They love to travel, eat fancy dinners and get wasted. They are not compassionate, they are money hungry. I do not knock anyone with a legit illness, I knock those who get $45 doc recs for pot for made up reasons (the majority of the card holders) I have no issue with marijuana, but the lack of regulation allowing low lives to peddle it is a disgrace. You have to have a govt issued license to even sell cigs or booze- why not pot? And as far as it not being available in legit pharmacies, push for that people- not dispensaries that laugh all the way to the bank with your cash. Anyone who would take any drug, pot or otherwise, and not know where it came from and what is in it is asking for it. Sorry, big pharma is just as much a money making op just like dispensaries, at least they do it legal, tested, regulated and with risks outlined. We make choices of what we put in our bodies- and to support dope dealers is not how I choose.

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  • @ not a dummyDecember 11, 2011 - 2:15 am

    So what about the millions of side effects that come along with big pharma's "legal, tested distribution". Doesn't that fuel the bums and losers more. Every time you cash a dollar in for your medical prescriptions you give a dollar to the same ppl who create drugs that ppl actually rob and steal and yes sometimes murder over. Remember that. I am related to someone who shops impulsively as a side effect to her Parkinson's medication, am I to assume that it's all okay as long as she stimulates your economy? Because I'd love to give her the medicine she deserves.

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  • SMOKEYDecember 17, 2011 - 6:52 am

    Just a mazing how all the "Legal Pot Stores" are closing down b 4 the Feds step in n arrest them, thot that they were just "Helping" those who needed relief from their pain..NOT, just another attempt by profit sneaking SOB's who smoke dope n provide it to all their friends under the abuse of prop. 215. Glad to c that they can still reason and figure out that they too will go to the grey bar hotel when caught, boy ain't it funny when ya strip off the blankie find the real snakes living under it. Dope is for dopes n only dopes use it......

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  • Evelyn VeerkampDecember 17, 2011 - 7:04 am

    ANY substance could be made illegal and the users criminalized. HEMP: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HISTORY (Read up. It's really quite interesting. )

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  • EvelynJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:08 am

    "Study accidentally exposes chemotherapy as fraud - tumors grow faster after chemo!" - HERE

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netJanuary 24, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Treatment-induced damage to the tumor microenvironment promotes prostate cancer therapy resistance through WNT16B....the article is about the cancer becoming resistent to the type of although the blogs have omtitted and changed the article--it is still very concerning. The cancer "prostate cancer" is becoming immune to this treatment. I have friends that need to smoke weed in order to relax, eat, have some sense of relief during chemo. and other illnesses. I know that after my fall I was offered many scary pain relief drugs...I will be in pain the rest of my life--so I monitor what goes in my body--and I normally take back any drug with strange affects. Marijuana would not work for me--I can eat well. But for my friend who stood at 5'8" and went to 90 pounds--marijuana worked for him. I know people can see the advantages of this drug...I know in the back ground--it is about money. However this study is an example how cancer is adapting and resisting chemo. My friend was in so much pain from chemo--she would be down a week and then it would be time to do it again...she had blisters on her face, hair falling out, and she just wanted to give up. Marijuana gave her the relief she needed to build her own strength up to fight back. People need relief from pain...if only a temporary relief. I hope our county steps up to the plate and finalizes this issue. People voted for it--honor that. I agree to keeping it out of the drug companies hands. I also agree there should be a tax on it. If you legalize it-tax it...I just dont see the difference between alcohol and liquor stores vs. marijuana and distribution facilities. I also would like to see the charts of both in relation to being "under the influence" in a crime.

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  • El dorado county res.May 10, 2013 - 11:26 am

    (tom gibneyNovember 18, 2011 - 8:27 am Pot makes you lazy and sloth like it also gives you really bad breath... just saying hehe) ----------------------------------------------- Irrelevant opinion ----------------------------------- martinNovember 18, 2011 - 2:24 pm The law is the law and should be enforced equally and those we elect .... Obviously there is a division in the general consensus, otherwise californian's as well as rising number medical states would not have enacted laws for safe access. We need to choose who's voice to listen to ,The one set in an unchanging grave stone, or the progressive voice creating new jobs for people, taxes for the government, hemp as a multifaceted resource, not to mention providing relief to many. Change is inevitable don't fight it'll only make it worse.

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  • James E.September 03, 2013 - 11:47 am

    I'm a big fan of hemp.

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Horoscope, Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Horoscope, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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