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Election Special
Center Spread Prop 19 Poster
www.WestCoastLeaf.com
ISSN 1945-221X • VOLUME 3 NO. 3
FREE
Autumn 2010
ALL EYES ON CALIFORNIA VOTERS
Hundreds of LA dispensaries fighting closures
Prosecutor Cooley's bid for attorney general worries patients
Important measures on state and local ballots across USA
By Mary Jane Borden Media Awareness Project Voters will be deciding on a number of ground-breaking initiatives this Nov. 2. The most prominent is Proposition 19, to allow Californians 21 and over to tend a small cannabis garden, possess up to one ounce, and give state and local governments the authority to control its sale.
Other states and communities are considering cannabis initiatives.
Similarly to Prop 19, voters in Detroit, Michigan may decide whether to allow those 21 ancholder to legally possess less than an ounce on private property. However, as of this writing, the Detroit Election Commission has rejected this proposal, and the matter is back in Court.
By approving Measure 74, Oregon state voters could authorize opening state-licensed cannabis dispensaries.
Arizona (Prop 203) and South Dakota (Measure 13) have medical-marijuana initiatives on their ballots.
At the local level, proposals to permit or ban dispensaries will be voted on in the Colorado cities of Fraser, Granby, Loveland and Paonia, as well as Colorado counties of Alamosa, Garfield, Grand and Windsor.
An advisory referendum will ask Dane County, W1 voters whether they think the
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New national study released
By Paul Armentano, norml Lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associated with emergency room visits, according to an analysis of epidemiologic survey data published online by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Investigators at the University of Michigan reviewed the overall prevalence of drug-related emergency department (ED) visits among lifetime users of illicit substances. Researchers analyzed national data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, a representative survey of 43,093 residents age 18 or older.
The study is the first to use nationally representative data to examine patterns and correlates of drug-related ED visits.
Among those surveyed, subjects who reported using cannabis were the least likely to report an ED visit (1.71 percent). Respondents who reported lifetime use of heroin, tranquilizers, and inhalants were most likely (18.5 percent, 6.3 percent, and 6.2 percent respectively) to report experiencing one or more ED visits related to their drug use.
Investigators concluded, "[Mjarijuana was by far the most commonly used (illicit) drug, but individuals who used [it] had a low prevalence of drug-related ED visits."
A 2009 Swiss study published in the journal BMC Public Health previously reported that the use of cannabis was inversely associated with injuries requiring hospitalization.
A prior case-control study conducted by the University of Missouri also reported an inverse relationship between cannabis
By Jessica Gwyn Gelay, CannAssist.com The glory days of dispensing medical cannabis in Los Angeles are over. That's a get-tough theme that GOP candidate Steve Cooley is running on in his bid for California state attorney general.
The streets of LA tell a different story. In one central-city neighborhood patients say
use and injury risk, finding, "Self-reported marijuana use in the previous seven days was associated ... with a substantially decreased risk of injury."
Most recently, a RAND study published in July reported that fewer than 200 total patients were admitted to California hospitals in 2008 for "marijuana abuse or dependence." By contrast, an estimated 73,000 annual hospitalizations in California are related to the use of alcohol.
These findings belie the myth that adult cannabis use is a primary cause of hospitalizations or ED visits. The reality is that few if any therapeutic or psychoactive substances possess a safety profile comparable to that of cannabis.
Size worries small growers
By Dale Gieringer California norml The Oakland City Council approved an ambitious ordinance July 20 to license four commercial medical cannabis cultivation facilities of unprecedented size. Licensed collectives will still be able to buy from members and do not have to rely on the large producers for a supply.
The proposal, coauthored by Council members Rebecca Kaplan and Larry Reid, sparked heated debate among marijuana proponents, many of whom complained that it froze out small- and medium-sized growers while granting a monopoly to selected
18 of 23 collectives are still open, in defiance of city law. These clubs began operating after the city declared a moratorium, and are dubbed the "post-ICO" clubs. Some of the post-ICO groups have filed suit against the city. A first move failed when a District Court judge denied an injunction preventing the law from taking effect. This decision has been appealed.
The day after the ruling, June 7, LA Municipal Code Ch. IV, Art. 5.1 governing cannabis collectives went into effect; since then any entity in the city that is not part of the pre-ICO collectives is in violation of the ordinance and may face stiff penalties.
In late August, the city halted the entire process after only 41 collectives were found eligible during pre-registration, and requested a judicial opinion on the constitutionality of the ordinance. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed a complaint seeking a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction to close 125 collectives listed as ineligible on a "Preliminary Priority List" published by the City Clerk's office Aug 25. Judge Anthony Mohr set a hearing date for Sept. 21.
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large corporate interests. Aside from the four licensed mega-grows, the ordinance prohibits any other collective grows over 96 square feet indoors.
The plan calls for licensing four football-field sized indoor grows, large enough to supply up to 20 percent of the state's medicinal pot, by January 2011. Each facility would pay a $211,000 annual licensing fee plus a business tax currently set at 1.8 percent of revenues, but likely to increase to 5 percent under a proposed November ballot measure. Proponents saw the proposal as a progressive measure to keep Oakland on the forefront of the cannabis industry and generate much-needed employment and revenue for the city. "This is an industry that's going to grow," said Councilwoman Please turn to page 6
VA shifts course on cannabis use
Directive protects vets' use
By Eugene Davidovich San Diego asa
Undersecretary of Health for the Dept, of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert E. Petzel, MD, issued a July 27, 2010 directive to provide clarification and guidance on the use of and access to cannabis by veteran patients. It states, "Patients participating in state medical marijuana programs must not be denied VA services."
Although Directive 2010-035 prohibits VA doctors from actually prescribing or recommending cannabis, veterans who use cannabis can now participate in VA sub-stance-abuse, pain-control, and other clinical programs where cannabis might otherwise be considered inconsistent with treatment goals, without being denied services.
The directive follows a letter sent to Michael Kravitz, executive director of Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access (VMMA), in which Dr. Petzel wrote, "If a veteran obtains and uses medical marijuana in a manner consistent with state law, testing positive for marijuana would not preclude the veteran from receiving opioids for pain management in a Dept, of Please turn to page 11
Feds raid THC Ministry
Christie arrested, denied bail
By Don E Wirtshafter
Rev. Roger Christie, leader of the THC Ministry based in Hawai'i, is in jail without bond. In the last issue of West Coast Leaf, an optimistic Christie said he had been raided but not charged and felt safe. Early on the morning of July 8, agents from the Drug Enforcement Admin, stormed the THC Ministry and the homes of many of its practitioners, and 14 were arrested.
The Ministry, Roger and others had sued in federal court in 2004 to establish their legal right as sincere believers to use their chosen sacrament.
The government responded by arguing that even though the Ministry was engaged in the production and distribution of marijuana, it was not under federal investigation or prosecution. Since the ministry could not prove that arrest and prosecution for use of their sacrament was imminent, the court ruled Christie did not have standing to pursue the suit.
Six years later, the government pulled out the big guns to bust Christie and his flock. Over a period of two years, countless agent-hours were spent on round-the-clock surveillance and wiretaps that captured more than 17,000 telephone calls. The bust was conceived as a big publicity stunt and show of government power. The government even used a huge Coast Guard C-130 military plane to transport the 14 arrestees to their hearings in Honolulu.
Now Christie's prosecutors are using their power to prevent his release on bond. Christie is a military veteran with a perfectly clean criminal record. There are no allegations of violence at all in this case. Please turn to page 21
Few emergency room visits related to marijuana
Oakland mega-medical gardens plan approved


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ELECTION SPECIAL Center Spread Prop 19 Poster WWW .WESTCOASTiEAF. C O M FREE AUTUM N 2 010 All EYES ON CALIFORNIA VOTERS Imp ortant measures on stat e and local ballots acro s s USA B y Mary Jan e Bor d e n Media Awareness Project Voter s will be deciding on a number of ground-breaking initiatives this Nov . 2 . The mo st prominent is Proposition 19, to a llow Californians 21 and over to tend a small canna bi s garden, po ssess up to one ounce, and give s t ate and local govern ments th e authority to control its sale. Other sta tes and communities are con s idering canna bi s initiatives. Similarly t o Prop 19, vo t ers in Detroit , Michigan may decide whether to allow those 21 and'older to legall y possess l ess than an ounce on private property . However, as of thi s wr iting, the Detroit Electio n Commissi on has rejected thi s pro posal , and the matter i s b ack in Court. B y approving Measure 74, Or ego n state vo t ers could a uthorize opening state licensed canna bi s dispensaries. Arizona (Prop 203) and South Dakota (Measure 13) have medical marijuana ini tiatives on their ballots. At th e local level, proposals to permit or ban di s pensaries will b e voted on in th e Colorado cities of Fraser, Granby, Lovelan d and Paonia , as well as Colorado counties of Alamo sa, Garfield, Grand and Windsor . An advisory referendum will ask Dane __ 'W.l volen whether ths.JUhink the Please turn to page 21 Hundreds of LA dispensaries fighting closures Prosecutor Cooley's bid for attorney general worries patients By Jessica Gwyn Gelay , CannAssist.com T h e g l ory days o f di s pen s in g m e dic a l cann abi s in L os Angeles are over. T h at's a get-to u g h theme that G O P candida t e Steve Coo l ey is running on in his bid for California s t ate a tt o rne y g en e r a l . The streets of LA tell a different story. In one central-city neighborhood patient s say 18 of 2 3 c ollectives are still open, in defi ance o f city la w . T h ese clu b s b egan o p erat ing after th e city d eclared a moratorium , and are dubbed the "post-IC O " clubs. Some of the post-ICO groups have filed sui t agains t th e c ity. A firs t move faile d when a District Court judge denied an injunction preventin g the law from takin g effect. This decision h as been appealed. Few emergency room visits related to marijuana The day after the ruling, June 7, LA M unic i p al Cod e Ch. IY, Art. 5.1 governing cann a bis collective s went into effect; s inc e then any entity in the city that i s not part of the preICO collective s i s in violation of the ordinanc e and ma y face s tiff penalti es . N e w n a tional study released B y P aul Arme ntano , NORML Lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associat ed with emergency room visits, according to an analys i s of e pid emio l ogic survey data published online b y th e American Journal of EmergenCIJ Medicine. Investigators a t th e U ni v er s ity of Michigan reviewed the overall prevalence of drug-related emergency department (ED) visits among lifetime users of illici t s ubstances. Researchers analyzed national data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditio ns, a representative survey of 43,093 residents age 18 or older. The stu d y is the first to use nationally representative data to examine patterns and correlates of drug-related ED visits. Among tho se surveyed, subjects who r eported using cannabis were the least like l y to report an ED visit (1.71 percent). R es pondent s who reported lifetime use of heroin , tranquilizers, and inhalants were most likely (18.5 percent , 6.3 perce nt, an d 6.2 percent respectively) to report experi encing one or more ED visits related to their drug use. Investigators concluded, " [M]arijuana was b y far the most commonly u sed (illicit) drug , but indivi dual s who used [it] had a low prevalence of drug-related ED visit s . " A 2009 Swiss s tud y publi s hed in the journal BMC Public Health previously reported that the u se of cannabi s was inversely associa ted with injurie s requiring ho s pitali zatio n . A prior case-control s tudy conducted b y the University of Missouri also reported an inverse relationship between cannabi s u se and injury risk, finding, "Self-reported marijuana use in the previous seven days w a s a ss oci a ted . . . wi th a subs tanti ally decrease d risk of injury." Most recently, a RAND stu d y pub lished in July reported that fewer than 200 t o t a l p atien t s were admitted to California hos pital s in 2008 f o r "marij u ana abu se o r dependence. " B y contrast , an e s timat e d 73,000 annu al ho s pitali za tion s in Californi a are re lated to the u s e of alcohol. T h ese findings b e li e the m y th that a dult canna b is u se is a prim ary cau s e of hosp i t alizations or E D visi ts. T h e reality i s that few if any th erapeutic or psy ch oactive su b s t ances p ossess a safety p rofile compa rable to tha t of c anna bis. In l a t e Augu s t , the city halt e d th e e ntir e process after only 41 collectives were found eligible during pre registration, and re qu es t ed a j u dicial opinion on the consti tution ality of th e o rdinance. City A tt orney Carm e n Trut anich filed a compl ain t seek in g a t e mp orary restraini n g or d er and per man e nt injuncti o n t o close 1 2 5 collectives lis ted a s ineligible on a " Pr e lim inary Priority Lis t " publi s h e d by the City Cle rk' s office A u g 25. Jud ge Anthon y Mohr se t a hearing d a t e for Sept. 21. P lease turn t o page 8 Oakland mega-medical gardens plan approved Siz e worri e s small growers B y D al e G i e ri nge r Calif ornia NORML The Oakland City Council approve d an am b itious ordinance July 20 t o license four commercial me dical canna b is cultivation large corporate in t erests . Aside from the four licensed mega-grows, the ordinance pro hib i t s any other collective grows over 96 sq u are feet indoo r s . The plan calls for licensing four foot ball-field sized indoor grows, large enough facilities of unprece dented size . Licensed collectives will still be able to buy from mem bers and do not have to rely on the large pro ducers for a supply. _.-----__,....... t o s u p ply up to 20 p ercen t of the The proposal, coauthored by Council members Rebecca Kaplan and Larry Reid, sparked heated debate among marijuana proponen ts, many of whom complained that it froze out smalland medium-sized growers while granting a monopoly to se l ected state's medicinal pot , by January 2011. Each facility would pay a $211,000 annual licensing fee p l us a business tax curren tly set at 1.8 per cent of revenues, but bke l y to increase to 5 percent under a pro po sed November ballot measure. Proponen t s saw the proposal as a progressive measure to keep Oakland on the forefront of th e cannabis industry and generate much-needed emp l oyment and revenue for the city. "This is an industry th at's going t o grow," sai d Councilwoman Please turn to page 6 VA shifts course on cannabis use Directive protects v e ts' use B y Euge n e Da vi do vi ch San DiegoASA Undersecretary of Health for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert E. Petzel , MD, i ss ued a Jul y 27, 2010 directiv e to provide clarification and guidance on the use o f and acces s to cannabis b y ve teran p atients. It states, "Patien t s participating in s tat e m e dical marijuana programs must not be deni e d VA se rvice s." Although Directi ve 2010-035 prohibit s VA doctors from actually prescribing or recommending cannabis, veterans w ho use cannabis can now participate in VA s ub stance-abuse, pain-control , and other c lini cal programs where cannabis might other wise be considered inconsistent with treat ment goals , without being denied services. T h e directive follows a letter sent to Mic h ae l Kravitz, executive d irector of Veterans for Medica l Marijuana Acce ss (VMMA), in which Dr . Petzel wrote, "If a veteran obtains and uses medical marijua na in a manner consiste n t with state law , testing positiv e for marijuana would not pre clud e th e vet e r an from receiving opi oids for pain managem e nt in a D e pt. of Please tum to page 11 Feds raid THC Minislrv Christie arrested, denied bail By Don E Wirtshafter Rev . Roger Chri s tie , le a d e r o f th e THC Mini stry b ase d in Hawai'i , is in jail wi th o u t bond. In th e l as t iss u e of West Coast Leaf, an o p timistic Christie said he h ad b een raided but no t charged and felt s afe . Early on th e morning of July 8, agents from the D rug Enforcement Admin. s tormed the THC Ministry and the homes of man y of its practitioners , and 14 were arre s ted. The Iyfinistry, Roger and other s h ad s u e d in fed eral court in 2004 to establi h th eir l ega l r ig h t as sincere bebever s to u e th e ir ch ose n sac r a m e nt. Th e g o ve rnm e nt r es p onde d by arguing that eve n tho u g h th e Minis t ry was e n gage d in th e produ ctio n and distri buti on of m arij u ana , it was n o t under fed eral inves t iga t io n or pros e cution. Since the ministry could not pro v e that arres t and prosecution for use of their sacrament was imminen t , the court ruled Chri s tie did not h ave s t anding to pursue the suit. Six years la ter, the government pulled out the big guns to bust Christie and hi s flock. Over a period of two years, countles s agent-hour s were s pent on round the-dock surveillance and wiretaps that captured more than 17,000 telephon e calls. The bust was conceived as a big publicity s tunt and show of government power. The govern ment even used a huge Coa s t Guard C-130 milit ary plane to transport the 14 arrestees to their h earings in Honolulu. Now Chr . istie's prosecutors are u sing their power to prevent hi s relea se on bond. Chri s tie is a military veteran with a perfect l y clean criminal record . There are no alle gations of vio lence at all in thi s case. Ple ase turn to page 21