Marijuana Clinic Wins in Court

Marijuana Clinic Wins in Court
Posted by CN Staff on July 07, 2005 at 10:10:14 PT
By Shirley Hsu, Staff Writer
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Hacienda Heights -- The first medical marijuana dispensary in the San Gabriel Valley is now free to distribute marijuana to patients with doctors' notes, a judge ruled Wednesday.Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Yaffe ruled against Los Angeles County, denying its request for a preliminary injunction against Hacienda Heights-based dispensary California Medical Caregivers Association.
The decision is a victory for locals who use marijuana as medicine to treat cancer, anorexia, glaucoma, AIDS and other illnesses, said Richard Gordon, an attorney for CMCA."Now, patients on the east side of the county will be able to have access to their medication,' he said.County Supervisor Don Knabe, who led efforts to stop the dispensary, was disappointed with the decision. "What we are trying to do here is protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods, just like we would do in any other zoning issue,' he said in a prepared statement. "We would not build an oil refinery next to a school or a (residential area) without some checks and balances in place. That is exactly what we should have when it comes to the location of a medical marijuana dispensary.'County attorneys argued CMCA flouted a 45-day moratorium on dispensaries in unincorporated areas, which the county passed May 31 soon after learning of two dispensaries' plans to open - CMCA, and another in Rowland Heights. The county won a temporary restraining order three weeks ago against CMCA, prohibiting it from distributing marijuana.But the court ruled the county's ban does not comply with state code regarding urgency ordinances. The dispensary does not need more approval to operate because there are no ordinances in the L.A. County zoning code regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, Yaffe ruled.Dispensary operators said they were exempt from the ban anyway, because they were registering patients before it took effect, even though they hadn't actually provided any marijuana to patients. They signed a lease for the office at 15838 Halliburton Road in March, and have since registered at least 100 patients."It's like a real estate firm before the first sale,' Gordon said.CMCA director David Nam declined to comment on advice of his attorney, but has said in the past the dispensary will have security guards to prevent reselling or smoking at or around the site.The county will consider appealing the decision, and has not yet determined if the ruling upturns the countywide moratorium, said David Sommers, spokesman for Don Knabe.Mike Williams, Hacienda Heights Improvement Association president, said he will again invite dispensary operators to attend his group's next meeting to discuss the concerns of residents, many who say the dispensary is too close to schools. Dispensary operators did not attend a previous HHIA meeting on advice of their attorney."We'd like to understand their selection of a location. And, of course, we'd like to understand how they're going to operate,' Williams said. "The community has very little information. It would be nice if they would come and talk to us.' Note: Local facility cleared to distribute pot.Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA)Author: Shirley Hsu, Staff WriterPublished: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 Copyright: 2005 San Gabriel Valley TribuneContact: shirley.hsu Website: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #23 posted by jose melendez on July 08, 2005 at 19:44:00 PT
dangerous truths - oil acts as solvent
Throughout history, leaders have authorized public executions as entertainment to satisfy an intolerant and schadenfreude driven public. Death and torture were once common for such crimes as suggesting the earth revolves around the sun, healing the sick on the sabbath or practicing witchcraft with herbs and daring to help themselves and others feel better.'s drug war follows in the same tradition, funding an entire underground economy and waged against many millions of our own citizens and enforced by threats of asset forfeiture and prison rape. Constitutional law unambiguously defines such acts as treason. Perhaps amnesty, with civil fines and prison time for repeat offenders would be most appropriately dealt to prohibitionists.Even as Angel Raich bravely faced today's most cynical and unethical opponents to her federal lawsuit demanding to be allowed the use of cannabis, the resulting decision in denial of her prayer for relief and even omitting outright any consideration of a common law necessity argument did in fact concede that Congress is not telling the truth about the safety and efficacy issues of cannabis, and further deemed the herb an item in commerce. - Jose Melendez - - -IN compliance with a custom as old as the Government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be taken by the President "before he enters on the execution of this office."	  1
 I do not consider it necessary at present for me to discuss those matters of administration about which there is no special anxiety or excitement.(snip)I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.	35- Abraham LincolnFirst Inaugural Address
Monday, March 4, 1861
Concerned Citizens Coalition to Criminalize Prohibition
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Comment #22 posted by Max Flowers on July 08, 2005 at 15:34:23 PT
Not very easy to make a patch as I understand it, because cannabinoids/THC are fat-soluble oils, not drug salts or alkaloids, and therefore don't go through the skin transdermally as you're thinking. 
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on July 08, 2005 at 07:46:32 PT
Three Cannabis Club Related Articles
Medical Marijuana Grower Sentenced***Deputies Shut Down Marijuana Dispensary***Pot Dispensary Owner is Arrested at Home
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Comment #20 posted by OverwhelmSam on July 08, 2005 at 04:21:04 PT
How Easy Would It Be... simply legalize medical marijuana and develop an epidermal marijuana patch for those suffering from MS, AIDS, Cancer, and other maladies?Of course some people who prefer to smoke should still have that option.
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Comment #19 posted by runderwo on July 07, 2005 at 20:12:54 PT
" Doctors and pharmacists who recommend medical marijuana to their patients would be shielded by federal prosecution"I hope that meant "from" and not "by".
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Comment #18 posted by ekim on July 07, 2005 at 20:02:09 PT
Jack and Elvy in Traverse City MI July 23--2pm
NOTE: This event will start at 2 p.m. July 23 at the UAW Hall, 703 Rose
Street Traverse City, MI 49686 (corner of Rose and Hannah).Last summer, disabled Gulf War veteran Matthew Barber brought the issue of
medical marijuana to the attention of local citizens and officials.After a routine traffic stop led to his arrest for possession, Matthew and
his wife, Laura, went public with the story of his long battle with multiple
sclerosis, the laundry list of treatments and medications which had carried
debilitating side effects and brought him no relief, and the desperation
which pushed them to follow the recommendation of a neurologist that Matthew
try cannabis. The herb allowed him to discontinue or greatly reduce many of
his other medications, increasing his alertness and his ability to care for
himself. Although cannabis cannot cure MS or reverse the course of Matthew's
disease, it has slowed its progression, and significantly improved his
quality of life.At Matthew's sentencing, Judge Michael Haley acknowledged the need for
legislative change on the issue of medical marijuana, and urged the Barbers
to continue their efforts toward reforming the laws. He even gave Matthew
time off from house arrest to speak in support of a medical marijuana
initiative in the city of Ann Arbor (which was ultimately successful).This year, through the newly-founded patient advocacy group, Coalition for
Compassionate Care, the Barbers are bringing an initiative on medical
marijuana before the voters of Traverse City,and they need your help.Soon, the Coalition will begin gathering signatures, and petition
circulators are needed to ensure that the measure will be placed on
November's ballot. Circulators must be registered voters residing within the
Traverse City limits. Training will be provided, so even if you've never
petitioned before, you will be prepared.On July 23, at the UAW Hall, the Coalition will host a Compassionate Care
Conference to educate the community about issues around the medical use of
cannabis and patients' quality of life.Speakers will include, among others, medical experts; local patients who
will share their stories; Elvy Musikka, a patient in the discontinued
Federal Investigational New Drugs (IND) program, which will provide her with
a cannister of pre-rolled joints to treat her glaucoma every month for the
rest of her life; activists from around the state and nation; and Jack
Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes (widely regarded as the Hemp
Bible), and himself a medical patient. Space will be provided for
alternative practitioners who wish to set up displays, demonstrations, etc.,
and for vending. Dinner will be available for a donation, and evening
entertainment provided by the bands Soul Pollution and Buddha Fulla Rymez.Tickets are $15, but because our primary goal is education and outreach, no
one will be turned away for lack of money.We need:1) Participation. Come on out! We need patients and caregivers to tell their
stories or just be willing to wave when we say "Look at all the patients
here. Don't they look just like the rest of us? Imagine all these folks
going to jail just for trying to be well." We need people with questions
about the initiative or medical cannabis in general to come out and ASK.
(Even if they don't agree with us. We are seeking honest dialogue.) There
will be plenty of literature and time for Q&A. We need vendors and
alternative practioners willing to share their creative energies and juice
up the vibe. If you know any of these people (or if you are any of these
people), CALL US. Let's talk.2) Volunteers. We need volunteers to help with fundraising events (bake
sales, etc); we need volunteers to help with publicity (you can start by
passing this email on to anyone/everyone and announcing us at your events);
we need volunteers for set-up, clean-up, and every phase in between.
Frankly, we need volunteers for so many things we're not even sure yet what
they all are --- but we WILL let you know.3) Of course, donations. In order to put on a quality conference with
high-caliber speakers from around the country, we need to raise $5000, and
we need to raise it now.As a fledgling organization, we don't have any long-term relationships with
the traditional funders of drug-policy reform measures, and the very idea of
a conference in support of a ballot initiative is new to them. In the past,
their strategies have not included such large-scale, transparent efforts to
engage the whole community in dialogue; but we believe that the people in
this area respect openess and have a sincere desire to be involved and
educated on the issues. So we are relying on grass-roots efforts (donation
jars in businesses, bake sales, dinners), our own grocery money, and the
generous hearts of our commUnity.Won't you please help to educate the community and protect patients' quality
of life? Checks or money orders can be made out to Coalition for
Compassionate Care and mailed to 2802 Holiday Pines Road Traverse City MI
49686.For more information, to volunteer, or to obtain advance conference tickets,
please contact Melody at (231)885-2993 or Laura at (231)218-0204, or email
us at tcmedmj you in advance for any help you can offer.Together, we will speak the Truth and stand in solidarity to protect our
most vulnerable citizens.
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on July 07, 2005 at 13:51:56 PT
Frank Introduces Medical-Marijuana Shield Bill
   July 7, 2005
Doctors and pharmacists who recommend medical marijuana to their patients would be shielded by federal prosecution under a measure introduced in Congress by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).The Washington Times reported May 5 that Frank's legislation would shield doctors in the 10 states that currently have medical-marijuana laws. Frank has proposed similar measures in the past, but the latest bill has attracted some bipartisan support."The federal government should butt out," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). Added Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): "The only problem with this bill is it's so modest."Paul said that the fact that he could survive primaries and elections in a conservative Texas district despite his position on the nation's drug laws should encourage others to support the bill. "I hope my example is such that maybe they'll reconsider that and vote the right way," he said. Standing in the way, however, is Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), chair of the House subcommittee with jurisdiction over criminal justice, drug policy, and human resources. Souder has repeatedly said that he does not consider marijuana a legitimate medicine. "Patients who are smoking marijuana are being denied legitimate care that could improve rather than worsen their medical conditions," Souder said. To avoid Souder's committee, supporters of Frank's measure may try to add it to an appropriations bill.
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Comment #16 posted by jose melendez on July 07, 2005 at 13:28:55 PT
Is NIDA Corrupt, or simply misunderstood?
The Hype: More Harmful Than Tobacco 
   Marijuana has n
ever caused a known case of lung cancer as of December, 1989,
according to Dr. Donald Taskin of UCLA.
   In 1976, Dr. Tashkin sent a written report to Dr. Gabriel
Nahas at the Rheims, France, Conference on Potential Cannabis
Medical Dangers.
   The report Tashkin sent became the most sensationalized story
to come out of this negative world conference on cannabis.
   This surprised Tashkin, who had sent the report to the Rheims
conference as an afterhought.The Facts: Only in One of the 29 Areas of the Lungs -and Marijuana
Even Helps Other Areas 
   What Tashkin reported to the Rheims conference was that of 29
areas of the human lung (pulmonary) studied, one -the large air
passageway- found marijuana 15 times more an irritant than tobacco.
   Afterwards, the U.S. government offered more money to fund
ongoing marijuana/pulmonary studies (which they had de-funded two
years earlier when Tashkin was getting encouraging therapeutic
results with marijuana/lung studies), but limited the research to
the large air passageway.
   However, Tashkin admits that tobacco has little effect on this
area (the large air passage way) and marijuana has a positive or
neutral effect in most other areas of the lung. (See chapter 7,
"Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis.")
   He admits the biggest health risk in the lungs would be a
person smoking 16 or more "large" spliffs a day of leaf/bud because
of the hypoxia of too much smoke and not enough oxygen.
   Tashkin feels there is no danger for anyone to worry about
potentiating emphysema "in any way" by the use of marijuana
-totally the opposite of tobacco.The Single Most Important Fact: Not One Recorded Case of Lung
Cancer Linked to Cannabis 
   We have inerviewed Dr. Tashkin numerous times. In 1986 I asked
him about an article he was preparing for submission to the New
England Journal of Medicine, indicating that cannabis smoking
caused as many or more pre-cancerous lesions as tobacco in 'equal'
   Most people do not realize, nor are the media told, that a
pre-cancerous lesion is any tissue abnormality; abrasion, eruption,
or redness. Unlike the radioactive lesions caused by tobacco, the
THC-related lesions contain no radioactivity.
   We asked Tashkin how many people had gone on to get lung
cancer in these studies -or any other studies of long-term smokers
like Rastas, Coptics, etc.?
   Dr. Tashkin, sitting in his UCLA laboratory, looked at me and
said, "Well, that's the strange part. So far no one we've studied
has gone on to get lung cancer."
   "Was this reported to the press in the article?"
   Well, it's in the article," Dr. Tashkin said in passing, "but
no one in the press even asked. They just assumed the worst." pot cause cancer?Donald Tashkin, a professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and a leading expert on the carcinogenic effects of marijuana, has for years produced studies proving that the drug causes cancer of the lung, upper airways or esophagus. Tash-kin’s and other, similar studies—most of them funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse—have been widely used by anti-drug campaigners to underline the perils of pot.But now Tashkin says those earlier studies were wrong—and that there is in fact no evidence that marijuana causes cancer. From CounterPunch:  Over the years, Tashkin’s lab at UCLA has produced irrefutable evidence of the damage that marijuana smoke wreaks on bronchial tissue. With NIDA’s support, Tashkin and colleagues have identified the potent carcinogens in marijuana smoke, biopsied and made photomicrographs of pre-malignant cells, and studied the molecular changes occurring within them. It is Tashkin’s research that the Drug Czar’s office cites in ads linking marijuana to lung cancer. Tashkin himself has long believed in a causal relationship, despite a study in which Stephen Sidney examined the files of 64,000 Kaiser patients and found that marijuana users didn’t develop lung cancer at a higher rate or die earlier than non-users. […] Tashkin decided to settle the question by conducting a large, prospectively designed, population-based, case-controlled study.Although the study found a clear and positive correlation between tobacco use and lung, upper-airway and esophageal cancer, it found absolutely no positive correlation between marijuana use and cancer (CounterPunch has the details). It did, however, find a negative correlation between marijuana-only smokers and lung cancer—in other words, it appears that marijuana may offer some protection against the disease. Asked whether this was in fact the case at the annual symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society in late June, Tashkin responded:  “…in [this] one category that relationship was significant, but I think that it would be difficult to extract from these data the conclusion that marijuana is protective against lung cancer. But that is not an unreasonable hypothesis.”No word yet from the NIDA. also:
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Comment #15 posted by jose melendez on July 07, 2005 at 13:16:54 PT
ideaology of hope . . .
 RE: Carboxyhaemoglobin - - - My not so humble opinion: Even heavy pot smokers generally quit with reasonable side effects before major health problems ever become an issue. The most dangerous component to cannabis consumption remains JAIL. 1998: The possible adverse effects of long term Cannabis use were described by Donald Tashkin and colleagues (UCLA) who reported that treatment of mice with THC (5 mg/kg four times a week) led to more rapid growth of implanted lung cancer cells and decreased survival. It was suggested that THC may suppress immune-mediated eradication of tumor cells. The evidence for the harmful consequences of marijuana smoking is preliminary and requires long-term study. In the interim, prudent advice must serve where substantial clinical evidence is lacking. Habitual marijuana use, as often as one joint per day, may result in serious pulmonary consequences. In the short term, breathing may be restricted, coughing may be increased, and resistance may be lowered to opportunistic infections of the lungs such as pneumonia. Respiratory cancer is a likely result in the long term. Heavier use of marijuana is likely to have more potent, adverse health consequences. Airway effects of marijuana, cocaine, and other inhaled illicit agents.
Our present findings and those previously reported (1-3) demonstrated acute airway dilatation after smoked marijuana. In contrast, mild, but significant, reductions in forced expiratory flows and SGaw after chronic, heavy marijuana smoking were recently reported (24), suggesting airway obstruction secondary to a chronic irritant effect of the smoke. An acute, deleterious effect of the gas phase of marijuana smoke on alveolar macrophages has also been demonstrated in vitro (25). Consequently, smoking would not appear to be an appropriate long-term method for administration of bronchodilator cannabinoid compounds for potential therapeutic purposes. Although ingestion of Delta 9-THC in a sesame oil vehicle has produced bronchodilatation in asthmatic patients (3), less dilatation was noted than that after smaller doses of Delta 9-THC delivered by smoking (3). In preliminary studies in our laboratory, aerosolization of an ethanol solution of Delta 9-THC using a Freon® propellant resulted in mean peak increase in SGaw of 88 per cent in 4 normal subjects, but unwanted psychological effects were not circumvented. Regardless of its route of administration, Delta 9-THC does not appear to be a suitable bronchodilator for therapeutic use because of its systemic psychotropic and possible undesirable endocrine, immunologic, and cytogenetic effects (26). Related cannabinoid compounds, however, such as cannabinol and cannabidiol, do not produce the central nervous system effects or tachycardia characteristic of cannabis (27), but appear to share another and potentially useful property with D-THC. reduction of intraocular pressure (28). These compounds should be further investigated for possible bronchodilator activity and therapeutic utility. Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine. 7(2):43-61, March 2001.
Tashkin, Donald P. MDAbstract:
Several substances besides tobacco are inhaled for recreational purposes, including marijuana, crack cocaine, amyl and butyl nitrites, heroin, methamphetamine, and phencyclidine. Abuse of most of these inhaled substances has risen in recent years, thereby increasing concern about potential pulmonary and other medical complications. Regular marijuana use can lead to extensive airway injury and alterations in the structure and function of alveolar macrophages, potentially predisposing to pulmonary infection and respiratory cancer. We can conclude that in clinically stable asthmatic subjects with minimal to moderate bronchospasm, both smoked marijuana and oral delta-9-THC resulted in bronchodilatation lasting as long as 2 hours and 4 hours, respectively. Further studies to evaluate the effects of smoked marijuana and oral delta-9-THC on bronchomotor tone during spontaneous or experimentally induced asthmatic attacks would be of interest. Because only the acute effects of marijuana smoking on airway dynamics in subjects with bronchospastic disease were studied, the results did not preclude the possibility of an aggravation of existing bronchial pathology secondary to chronic marijuana smoking in these same persons. Furthermore, the profound psychotropic effect of marijuana and delta-9-THC, in addition to such side effects as tachycardia and the atropine-like drying effect, might severely limit any clinical therapeutic usefulness. find anything among the peer reviewed studies on that supports the "a-joint-equals-a-pack-a-day" line. However, NIDA-funded UCLA researcher, Donald Tashkin, has said that marijuana users do not seem to be at risk for emphysema.'s some good news, though, for dope-smoking cricketers and footballers: marijuana smoke won't lead to blocked airways or emphysema. Despite all the cellular changes noted by Tashkin's team, the researchers found that even heavy smoking of marijuana had no impact on any physical measure of lung function. In fact, among their subjects, smoking three joints per day caused no greater rate of decline in lung capacity and the ability to breathe than smoking no marijuana per day.And the reason for this silver lining? It could well be back to those sluggish immune cells, speculates Tashkin: "If cannabis impairs the ability of immune cells to produce inflammatory cytokines, you might be spared mucosal damage in peripheral airways.", the hazards of marijuana smoking can be reduced by various strategies: (1) use of higher-potency cannabis, which can be smoked in smaller quantities, (2) use of waterpipes and other smoke reduction technologies6, and (3) ingesting pot orally instead of smoking it.
Is Homeland Security Corrupt?
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on July 07, 2005 at 12:51:18 PT
I never heard that reality is a crutch. Very good stuff there.You have to go out of your mind to use your head.
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Comment #13 posted by E_Johnson on July 07, 2005 at 12:25:37 PT
Angelina Jolie made that Lara Croft film in Cambodia and some people including her father say she got a bad case of secondary trauma from witnessing the poverty in the country and learning about its past. That's why she adopted a child from Cambodia and got involved with the refugee issue through the UN.Maybe she's "one of us" so to speak.
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Comment #12 posted by afterburner on July 07, 2005 at 12:10:03 PT
Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we shall die.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (New International Version)
"So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun."'They use to call it copping out but everyone needs to step out of reality...' One of my favorite buttons, seen in the late 1960's was "Reality is a crutch." "You have to go out of your mind to use your head." --Dr. Timothy Leary
A Game of Mind Tennis with Timothy Leary
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Comment #11 posted by SystemGoneDown on July 07, 2005 at 11:49:50 PT
Is any of this True?
-Below is a passage I'm reading about the "facts" on drugs. I found it in a "tell-all" book about all drugs on the plantet. Here's a paragraph on the part about marijuana...It has been estimated that smoking a cannabis cigarette (containing only herbal cannabis) results in an approximately five-fold greater increase in carboxyhaemoglobin* concentration, a three-fold greater increase in the amount of tar inhaled, and a retention in the respiratory tract of one third more tar than smoking a tobacco cigarette.*Carboxyhaemoglobin is formed when carbon monoxide binds with haemoglobin. This prevents the normal transfer of carbon dioxide and oxygen during the circulation of the blood. Increasing levels of it result in various degrees of asphyxiation.
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Comment #10 posted by jose melendez on July 07, 2005 at 11:43:01 PT
the great zamboni
Apparently on Halliburton Road in Hacienda Heights, you can buy prescription drugs, hunting rifles, real estate and wigs for kids . . .
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on July 07, 2005 at 11:32:39 PT
The more complicated the world becomes I always think of this.Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we shall die.They use to call it copping out but everyone needs to step out of reality from time to time and it happens more when the world seems unstable.
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Comment #8 posted by runderwo on July 07, 2005 at 11:26:24 PT
prescription drugs
""The problem can be seen in every stage of life: rich and poor, old and young, teens partying or cramming for exams, stressed executives, women juggling the challenges of work and care-giving, seniors struggling with illness and loss, the mentally ill searching for relief, movie stars, rock musicians and athletes," the report said."The reality that intoxication is a part of existence for many people, and that attempting to prevent otherwise responsible people from seeking intoxication causes more harm than the drugs themselves do, may well hit these people in the face some day.
 Study: Prescription abuse double since '92
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on July 07, 2005 at 10:56:12 PT
I wondered about the middle name too.
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Comment #6 posted by E_Johnson on July 07, 2005 at 10:54:32 PT
OT Angelina Jolie
She named her new baby Zahara Marley Jolie.I wonder if Brad Pott er I mean Pitt helped her choose the name?
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Comment #5 posted by E_Johnson on July 07, 2005 at 10:48:28 PT
Note the address
Halliburton Road -- are they in some industrial park owned by Halliburton perchance? 
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Comment #4 posted by jose melendez on July 07, 2005 at 10:38:49 PT
OT, but not really . . .
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 07, 2005 at 10:37:30 PT
Max Flowers
I agree with you. Parents should be responsible for their own children. How a family raises their children should be their decision. The only time I feel we should step in is if a child is being abused. That's the only reason to me.
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Comment #2 posted by Max Flowers on July 07, 2005 at 10:35:57 PT
On a lighter note
Hooray for the honorable Judge David Yaffe! That was the right decision.
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Comment #1 posted by Max Flowers on July 07, 2005 at 10:34:10 PT
City officials deep in denial
"Ooh the children, it's too close to the school, we have to protect the children!!" I'm so sick of these stupid "save the children" fear responses to medical dispensaries. Children are already going to be able to get it through their little friends when the time comes. These morons have to face that fact and deal with the reality that it is all about parental influenc--- not law enforcement.Even back when I was 12 years old in 1974, I was able to get it through my friends easily, and things have not exactly changed much in that respect since then! My parents were disconnected from me, and were smoking, drinking type people and I'm sure that had a lot to do with my desire to explore a substance I knew they would not be happy I tried, and one that I heard would make me happy. If they had showed more love and communicated and trusted me, perhaps things would have been much different. This pathological, neurotic shunting off of parental duties onto governmental entities is at the heart of all our problems in this country, and the Drug War is at the top of the list.
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