Doctors Back Increased Pot Restrictions

Doctors Back Increased Pot Restrictions
Posted by CN Staff on April 16, 2008 at 06:23:02 PT
By Mike Geniella, The Press Democrat
Source: Press Democrat
Ukiah, CA -- Leading Mendocino County physicians Tuesday endorsed a local ballot measure to sharply limit marijuana cultivation, calling current county guidelines "fraudulent."Some of the best-known doctors in the Ukiah Valley joined three dozen others in the medical community to endorse Measure B. If passed in the upcoming June primary, the initiative would impose new local restrictions on the amount of pot individuals may grow and use.
Among the signers were Dr. Frederick Burris, Dr. Don Coursey, Dr. Thomas Kilkinney, Dr. Bernard Lemke, Dr. Harry Matossian, Dr. Jon Portnoff, Dr. Vincent Valente, Dr. Jens Vinding, and Dr. Marvin Trotter, the county's public health officer."The medical community is very unhappy with the fraudulent misuse of the compassionate medical marijuana program as a front for rampant commercial growing," said Dr. Robert Werra.Under Proposition 215, passed statewide in 1996, and subsequent state law, an individual is protected from state prosecution if he has a physician's recommendation and if the amount in his possession is within local guidelines.State law set a medical marijuana limit of six mature marijuana plants plus ½ pound of dried marijuana. But the legislation allows individual counties to adopt higher limits.In 2000, Mendocino voters approved a measure allowing an individual to grow up to 25 plants for personal use, without regard to medical reasons. The measure also directed local law enforcement authorities to make marijuana prosecution the lowest priority.Medical marijuana advocates are fighting back, contending the current public backlash is being fueled by exaggerated claims of profits, crime and neighborhood fears."Measure B does nothing to stop commercial growers. Instead it makes criminals out of residents with small, personal-use gardens," said Laura Hamburg, campaign coordinator for the No On Measure B campaign.Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)Author: Mike Geniella, The Press DemocratPublished: April 16, 2008 Copyright: 2008 The Press DemocratContact: letters pressdemo.comWebsite: Articles: Mendocino Doctors Back Pot Measure B Argument Heard
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Comment #9 posted by Storm Crow on April 16, 2008 at 14:37:50 PT
Sometimes I wonder......
If the doctors are more concerned with their pocketbooks, than they are with their patient's health! If a simple, easy to grow, herbal remedy is available, rather than pills (often with side effects that are "UNPLEASANT" to quite DEADLY)that require a prescription (and expensive office visits), I know I would (and do) go with the herbal remedy! With an aging population, medical care will skyrocket. Cannabis will provide some relief from over-priced prescriptions for cash-strapped seniors. As far as I'm concerned, the doctors mentioned in this article can shove it! 
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Comment #8 posted by Had Enough on April 16, 2008 at 12:40:28 PT
The Doctors backed these drugs
Drug giant Merck accused of deaths cover-upIt is perhaps the biggest drug scandal of recent years. Before Merck withdrew Vioxx in 2004 , the popular painkiller was linked to heart attacks in tens of thousands of people.More…
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 16, 2008 at 09:12:54 PT
This song means a lot to me. I thought you might understand why.Bruce Springsteen-Streets Of Philadelphia
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 16, 2008 at 09:04:45 PT
Thank you. That is really cool.
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Comment #5 posted by museman on April 16, 2008 at 08:55:53 PT
not about medicine
This is about economics, not 'health' -unlesss you're talking about the health of the local bankers-So, according to these "doctors" (someone please investigate their 'credentials'?) having more medicine on hand than immediately necessary is some kind of bad thing?I guess they don't need all that money they got lying around here and there, just sitting in their accounts drawing interest? Following their 'logic' and 'reason', they should give it up, and there should be a legal limit to the size of their bank account, say only up to 50 thou per person. Or in most people's cases, about $1,000 after bills (if they're lucky- mine's about %50)Duality, hypocrisy, more lies, and then...more lies.These people need a good butt whoopin'.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 16, 2008 at 08:47:42 PT
Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama for president Apr 16,
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Comment #3 posted by Treeanna on April 16, 2008 at 08:16:12 PT
Why is the same paper running essentially the same lame story two days in a row?
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on April 16, 2008 at 07:25:06 PT
OK, I'm confused....
If voters in Mendocino approved a measure allowing an individual to grow up to 25 plants for personal use, without regard to medical reasons, then why do doctors have anything to say about it? If it's without regard to medical reasons, it's not medical use and not a medical marijuana law is it? It sounds more like re-legalization. That would not be an abuse of medical marijuana laws.As it's being reported, this is confusing.
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Comment #1 posted by mydnytmover on April 16, 2008 at 06:54:44 PT
But Its ok that doctors over prescribe all the dangerous man made drugs that end up on the street???
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