Supervisor Proposes County-Run Pot Clinic 

Supervisor Proposes County-Run Pot Clinic 
Posted by CN Staff on May 09, 2005 at 23:01:34 PT
By Erin Hallissy, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Calif. -- Alameda County could become the first public entity in the nation to run a medical marijuana clinic at a government hospital if a majority of county supervisors agrees to a proposal that Sheriff Charles Plummer -- an opponent of medicinal pot -- called a brilliant idea. Supervisor Nate Miley proposed at a committee hearing Monday that the county open a medical marijuana dispensary at Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro as an alternative to private or nonprofit clubs that sometimes run afoul of residents or businesses concerned about loitering and other nuisances.
"It is the right thing to do,'' Miley said after he and Supervisor Scott Haggerty directed the county's counsel to draft either an ordinance to permit the public-run clinic or new regulations on the number and operating practices of private clinics. "If it's medical, let's put it in a hospital setting. Let the county go about doing it. It just makes sense to me.'' Haggerty agreed the full board should be allowed to consider the idea, which will come before it May 24. But he expressed skepticism over medical marijuana and said he believes there is rampant abuse of regulations at pot clubs. "We call it medical, yet we don't distribute it through pharmacies,'' Haggerty said. Even if the county's Board of Supervisors approves the idea, the federal government could swiftly move to quash the clinic. "Marijuana is illegal to cultivate, to possess and to distribute,'' said Drug Enforcement Administration agent Richard Meyer. "The Controlled Substances Act doesn't make any exceptions'' for medical marijuana. Snipped:Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Erin Hallissy, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - Page B - 1Copyright: 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: Related Articles & Web Site:Medicinal Cannabis Research Links Puts Cannabis Club in County Hospital on Pot Clubs Smolders
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Comment #4 posted by runderwo on May 10, 2005 at 15:08:46 PT
BBC article
That article sucks.Like cigarettes, cannabis needs controls in place and a "strong message" to deter its use. Sooo.. he'd be in favor of treating cannabis exactly as cigarettes?Evidence that it causes schizophrenia - I'm so tired of hearing this. It's repeated over and over again and yet there isn't a shred of evidence that shows a causal relationship.He cites driving as an issue. Well look around. You can't find a single scientific study that shows cannabis as a risk factor in driving, while the same studies show alcohol to be exactly what we know it as - a killer on the roads. Surely he must be unaware of this evidence as opposed to outright ignoring it?
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Comment #3 posted by Dr Ganj on May 10, 2005 at 13:10:30 PT
DEA comments are futile
"Marijuana is illegal to cultivate, to possess and to distribute,'' said Drug Enforcement Administration agent Richard Meyer."So why are there are 43 cannabis clubs in San Francisco selling marijuana? Looks like the DEA knows the battle is lost, and all they can do is bark like an old dog without teeth.
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Comment #2 posted by potpal on May 10, 2005 at 06:17:16 PT
What's goin' on...
...with cannabis?
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on May 10, 2005 at 05:34:34 PT
Miley said Monday that the proposed clinic at Fairmont Hospital, which now has rehabilitation and HIV services, could be a pilot program to show that marijuana could be distributed safely and under proper medical supervision without causing problems to surrounding communities.This could give medical cannabis more perceived legitimacy in California. As far as I'm concerned it's already totally legitimate as it's legal under California state law, but if cannabis was to be distributed by a government hospital maybe the old timers who question it's efficacy or simply fear being arrested would give it a try. You can bet the feds are putting major pressure on the supervisors to quash this idea since the last thing they want is cannabis as medicine to be seen as legitimate.Related article...Medical pot plan taps into hospital: to ask Denver voters to legalize pot: pols 'open' to medicinal pot law: farcical war on marijuana:,1413,204~21479~2860387,00.htmlTHE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...9/11 Fax to the "Conyers' 90": German Defense Minister Confirms CIA Involvement in 9/11: Alex Jones Interviews Andreas Von Buelow: Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance For 9/11 Truth:
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