Cannabis in the News
Those concerns have persisted even as Prop. 64 backers and experts argue that the language of the ballot measure doesn’t affect the rights of medical marijuana patients established when Californians passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996.
Indeed, the language of the initiative supports the view that properly credentialed medical patients would still be permitted to smoke the drug most places tobacco smoking is allowed. And, while recreational consumers would be limited to growing six plants at a time, medical marijuana patients would continue to be allowed to cultivate up to 100 square feet of pot plants.
“It preserves the existing regulatory scheme that we worked for so hard for in California,” said Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access, an organization that fights for medical marijuana rights but stays neutral on recreational cannabis legalization. “I don’t see any huge landmines for patients.”
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We moved a mountain. There are lots of individuals who have made a difference. When I first started advocating for cannabis I thought change would happen faster, but it’s not that simple. I think a lie got started about cannabis and then more lies were added onto that original lie and that’s what people believed. A key turning point in the perception of cannabis came when Dr. Sanjay Gupta apologized on CNN for his original opinions about marijuana and released a documentary called “Weed.” Today support of cannabis legalization among Americans is outpacing opposition to it, 25 states have legal medical marijuana, and we are on the cusp of rescheduling cannabis. I’d say that’s pretty huge.
Could you walk into a room, take a sniff, and blindly identify the strain of cannabis burning? Or based solely on a drag off a pipe, joint, or vaporizer, could you describe in detail what you taste? What’s the flavor that lingers on your tongue and on your palate (the “roof” of your mouth), in your nostrils and lungs? Does it taste of toasted oak or black tea? Does it burn smoothly or sporadically? Where do these variations come from?
The answers to those questions tell the story of terroir — where the plant was grown, who grew it, how and when it was grown, and even to a certain extent why.
According to the United States Department of Labor, “drug testing does not determine impairment or current drug use.” Meaning, the employer has a right to know if you’re using, even the smallest dose, and can impose disciplinary measures for whatever minute trace elements, up to and including termination.
The Department of Labor’s site further reveals that “most private employers are not limited in the number of substances they can test for and may include drugs that individuals legitimately and/or therapeutically take based on a physician’s prescription.” So private companies (most companies let’s say) can test to see if you are on antidepressants, in effect bypassing the concept of private medical records.
Sheriff’s Stamp of Approval: Adapting to California’s New Medical Marijuana Laws
I remember the days of crouching under manzanita bushes while helicopters circled overhead, hoping to be invisible along with the cannabis plants. I recall being fearful of every California Highway Patrol vehicle that drove past, even if there wasn’t a reason to be, because perhaps there was a roach somewhere on the floor of the car. Memories of squads of cop cars clustered at the local gas station in Laytonville following a raid, or small planes flying back to the station with dangling netting full of chopped plants from some unlucky person’s garden are hard to forget. We are so blessed that this was the very first visit by anyone from the sheriff’s department to our ranch and it started with a handshake. We truly exist in a new paradigm.
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