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Posted on May 23 at 8:07 a.m.

Our elected officials—bd of supervisors, city council, mayor, sheriff, chief of police, and district attorney, etc.—knew in advance that these federal raids on medical marijuana collectives were going to take place. With all the controversy about medical marijuana in Santa Barbara, and the fact that voters in Santa Barbara support it, I don't doubt for one minute, that our elected official requested that Feds include Santa Barbara, in there crackdown. It's a win-win. They don't "lose face" for shutting them down, and all the blame goes to the feds.

On Dope Days Are Over?

Posted on May 20 at 2:31 p.m.

With the DEA’s Marijuana Cultivation Eradication programs, and now targeting the medical marijuana collectives...thank god we still have Mexico.

The drug cartels must feel like they hit the lottery.

Only problem for those of us who truly use cannabis medically is there’s no way to determine how pure their cannabis is.

On Dope Days Are Over?

Posted on May 5 at 11:38 a.m.

5 major special interest groups lobbying to keep marijuana illegal.

On Details Released on Medical Marijuana Crackdown

Posted on December 19 at 4:22 p.m.

Maybe, just maybe; if law enforcement wasn't so busy with their year+ long investigations into busting, and thereby discrediting the medical marijuana collectives, in order to shape public opinion...

Maybe, just maybe, they'd spend more time and manpower, preventiong the increase in heroin distribution, the increase in prescription drug dealing on all the campuses, and their time would even be better spent preventing DUI's. Why doesn't law enforcement put their energy into shaping public opinion to support legislation limiting the number of alcoholic beverages a bar tender can serve to an individual, before they become intoxicated and drive home.

Oops, almost forgot. Law enforcement would have to limit their off-duty drinking as well. And that''ll never happen.

On Are Drug Deaths on a Frightening Rise?

Posted on October 29 at 10:40 p.m.

I miss the good old days, when cannabis was completely illegal.

I could buy it in any town I visited with no hassle.
Didn't need a doctor's recommendation.
Didn't pay a sales tax.
And didn't have to disclose all my personal information to the dealer.
The cops hardly wasted their time busting us or the local dealers.

So maybe some of the money went back across the border and not back into our communities. A small price to pay, if it means less hassle, less oversight, and less law enforcement. AND less stolen lawn signs.

Ah, the good old days when cannabis was completely illegal and nobody cared.

On Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's (No) Signs

Posted on October 28 at 11:45 a.m.

Law enforcement in this town has sure been working hard to shape public opinion against the medical marijuana collectives. Their year-long campaigns against the collectives, and the arrests have made the front pages of our newspapers numerous times.

Why is this a political and not truly a law enforcement issue?
Well, why haven't we seen any heroin drug ring busts in this town??? Heroin use is on the rise according to the local hospitals and drug treatment stats.

Why haven't we seen any large "meth" busts. Methadrine abuse is on the rise according to all local stats.

Cocaine is still easily available any friday or saturday night along the State St. club scene. When was the last time we read about a large scale cocaine bust in Santa Barbara?

What about Adderall? No bust for Adderall (amphetamine) dealing. And this drug use is considered epidemic among high school and college kids. Does Adderall fall from the trees? Who is dealing it all over the place? Who is prescribing it?

These are all serious drug problems facing Santa Barbara, and run by organized crime and drug cartels.

Yet, law enforcement focuses on medical marijuana collectives to bust. Year-long investigations, valuable manpower wasted on cannabis. A drug who laws against its use, are more harmful than the drug is!

Shame on you Santa Barbara law enforcement for making politics a priority over far more serious and dangerously escalating hardcore drug problems.

On Measure T Is for Total Ban

Posted on March 18 at 8:45 a.m.

How many people are in residential recovery facilities for treatment of marijuana addiction? What percentage? I bet it's 0% or very close to it.

And I bet the majority are in these recovery facilities for alcoholism, second only by "hard" drug addiction.

So what is the impact on these people in recovery when they see alcohol sold in every grocery store, and consumed in drinking establishments, including restaurants?

What is the impact when the drug addict in recovery goes anyplace where there is a pharmacy that sells narcotics, pain killers, and amphetamines (Adderall, Ritialin, etc.) or goes to an event where there are drugs being used?

I wonder how many people in recovery would actually relapse at the sight of a medical marijuana dispensary?

People in recovery need to learn relapse prevention skills to cope with the hundreds of environmental cues in our society (and even in their homes) to consume alcohol, or to use drugs. Otherwise, they will most likely relapse.

A recovered alcoholic with good relapse prevention skills, can actually go to a bar or social event and order a non-alcoholic drink and not relapse because everyone else around them are drinking . The same holds true for the addict who finds himself in an environment where drugs are being abused.

Relapse prevention skills can make the difference in their recovery, far more effectively than hiding everything from them that may trigger a relapse.

On Stricter Interpretation

Posted on March 9 at 8:11 a.m.

I'm glad Dr. Josef Mengele isn't running. He was a doctor, too. Just because someone is a doctor, doesn't make them the best candidate.

What ever happened to critical thinking skills in this country? All one has to do is look at the popularity of Sarah Palin, and all the people in this country who believe she is qualified to be president. It's a direct correlation with our educational system, that appears to have failed in teaching critical thinking skills, especially in political science.

On Janet Versus Dr. Dan; The Rematch?

Posted on March 2 at 8:47 a.m.

Alcohol is used in many medications, both over-the-counter, and prescription. Red wine has been recommended for medical and health reasons, as long as it isn’t abused by over-drinking. If a person comes home from a long day at work and has a glass or two of wine, or beer, or a shot of hard liquor to simply unwind from the stresses of the day. Society accepts and “approves” this behavior as normal. If a person drinks too much alcohol and becomes a danger to himself or others, that is unacceptable and there are criminal laws and enforcement to address the misuse of alcohol.

Marijuana has been proven an effective medication for numerous ailments, and pain management. It too, is also used as a recreational drug. If a person comes home from a long day at work and enjoys some marijuana to unwind from the day‘s stresses, society does not consider it acceptable, and disapproves of this behavior. WHY?

Some of the comments on this issue are beyond hypocrisy. Booze is everywhere in this town. Over-drinking can be seen on any night, especially weekend nights on State St. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism have destroyed more families, marriages, relationships, careers and lives than any pot head I’ve ever worked with.

Alcohol is far more damaging for the alcohol abuser, the alcoholic, their family, society and the economy as a whole. Drunk driving accidents, violence, sexual promiscuity, rape, and the dozens of adverse medical consequences of over-drinking contribute to alcohol’s economic burden on our society.

Are the comments from those who are opposed to marijuana from people who do not drink alcohol? Do you never have a drink to socialize with friends? Do you never drink alcohol during parties, celebrations, or just to unwind? Do you not offer alcohol to guests visiting your home, especially during the Christmas holiday season? Why is alcohol use acceptable, and not marijuana? Especially, when alcohol is far more dangerous and debilitating than marijuana.

What makes you anti-marijuana crusaders so “holier-than-thou?”

On Cannabis Conundrum

Posted on February 5 at 7:11 p.m.

What is all the fuss…ever since homo sapiens walked this earth they have found ways to alter their state of conscientiousness. For thousands of years, coca leaves, mushrooms, cactus, grapes, herbs, cannabis, kava roots, and even bugs have been ingested by humans in order to experience an altered state of mind. Even animals get high, and they do so without peer pressure, problems at home, or being unemployed. Cats love catnip, horses eat locoweed, birds eat fermented pyracantha berries, etc.

The truth is there are recreational cannabis users. The majority of them function quite normally in our society. They work in all fields and professions, are good parents, good people, pay their taxes, and they also enjoy marijuana as a way to relax at the end of the day, or to socialize when they have company, etc. A small minority of marijuana users become dysfunctional; their marijuana use becomes obsessive; they lose interest in their jobs, families and other responsibilities; and wind-up at local drug programs and drug counselors. The drug and alcohol counselors get to see the worst of these chronic users, and they see it on a regular basis. In their eyes, they may not see anything positive about marijuana use, and understandably so. But the truth is the majority of recreational marijuana users lead normal healthy happy lives and never need to enter a program, nor do they need to seek drug counseling.

What’s my point to this? Get a life, people. You can’t change human nature. Marijuana has been used for over 4,000 years, and is one of the least harmful drugs of them all. No fear tactic can change that fact. And all this bickering and finger pointing about dispensaries isn’t going to change the law, nor the intent and spirit of the law. The people voted for it, so lets make it work.

Besides, take a good look at what is going on in the world: natural disasters, unemployment, hunger, homelessness, wars, global warming…In other words, there are far more important and life threatening issues we should be worried about.

On Green Well’s Offering Spurned

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