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San Diego City Embarks On Regulations For Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries

thank you smiles2U! I couldn't have said it any better (and now I don't have to)!

may your endocannabinoid receptors always be in balance with their appropriate neurotransmitters :o)

September 15, 2010 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County Supervisors Say No to Clean Syringe Exchange

Yet another inane act by the County Board of Supervisors to frustrate public health. Who exactly is Diane Jacobs to substitute her own entirely unsupportable opinions for scientific facts? How is it possible that Jacobs could chair this committee?

When will the people of San Diego ever wake up and vote the Board of Supervisors out of office (with the exception of Ron Roberts, the only one on the Board actually concerned with public health, regarding scientific evidence as such, and following the law.

What a sad comment this makes about our community.

September 21, 2009 at 5:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Speaks: Medical Marijuana

FYI - The proprietor you interviewed here, Sean Grady, one of the owners of the PB Collective, was arrested during last week's raids on medical marijuana dispensaries. How about a follow up story?

September 17, 2009 at 9:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Speaks: Medical Marijuana

It is hard to understand why debate continues re: the medicinal value of marijuana when no controversy exists. Prop 215 and SB 420 were passed because all evidence-based, scientifically validated, peer-reviewed published studies mandate the conclusion that marijuana has demonstrated medical benefits. For this reason, these laws are codified in the Health and Safety Code.

Legitimizing the question about whether or not lay people believe in the medicinal value of marijuana shrouds the incontrovertible fact that marijuana is widely recognized as a safe, effective medicine for numerous conditions world-wide by well-renowned experts in their fields. It is like asking the man on the street whether he thinks statin drugs are effective to reduce high cholesterol -- the point is, it doesn't matter what he thinks about the effectiveness of a particular drug, it only matters what recognized experts in the field believe BASED ON SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE.

The whole conversation in San Diego regarding medical marijuana has devolved into fear mongering of the lowest type. When the SD DA works tirelessly to avoid enforcing California law, basing her decisions on thoroughly refuted claims regarding lack of medicinal value, potential for addiction and crime-related activities and speculation about possible diversion, the people who suffer the most are those least able to safeguard their rights - the sick, dying and disabled.

Make no mistake - Bonnie Dumanis' campaign to roll up every medical marijuana provider who attempts to comply with the law ensures that all patients are forced into the black market of real drug dealers - the ones who make no attempt whatsoever to comply with the law. How does this make sense? How can people ignore flagrant violations of the law perpetrated by the leaders and law enforcement officers of the community?

If the media ignores the well-established research evidencing the efficacy and lack of harm of this highly valuable medicine, how can we expect the public to know any better? This is an issue of monumental significance. It is disappointing the media cannot get beyond they hype and parse the real issues at stake.

September 17, 2009 at 9:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )