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Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

Keep in mind there will still be room in the prisons & Rehab centers for those whom have substance abuse problems. And then those that fall outside of societies norms will end up in either place. The fact that nicotine, alcohol & various hospital errors kill a large number of people each yr ( CDC REPORT FOR '14 most current stats). No 1 that I've seen can tell me why Methamphetamine is a sched 2 drug? Cannabis needs to be made available to those whom need it(in this instance a medical avenue) its also apparent that the folks who currently grow for medical receivers need to continue & to educate the general public. Its quite scary in the fact that the govt could stomp in at any time & destroy what those who are in the production end of this business model. If the govt was really wanting to help us, they would make nicotine illegal. Instead of subsidizing the tobacco farmer lets retool their industry to aid them in the growing of medicinal cannabis. The govt does not oversee the making of supplements, which have also done its fair share of harm to the public(also CDC stats) there has to be a reasonable ground for all to share in. The problem is the 'reasonable' heading. Vote out those that do not follow the wishes of the constituents. Its already started, it needs to continue. My expectations for reasonable medical care have at times been very cruel & unusual; all in the name of m3dical practise. I just wish my physician had the ability to Rx cannabis: I have no idea if i would benefit or be harmed by its use and various components? I do know as a spinal cord injured person; I want & need a better way to address my neurological problems along w/pain-discomfort created by a spinal cord injury. Not asking for the world, just a desire to be actively involved in this world.

Posted by Jon S. Adams on 08/01/2016 at 9:15 AM

Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida β€” Again

I am so sick of these old codgers being jealous of young people and hoarding beach properties to keep young people out and bashing marijuana users. If they want to live in an anti marijuana place, then they should move to some redneck corn fart state up north. Florida is the tropics and meant to smoke marijuana in. Furthermore, state leaders are complete morons by keeping it illegal, because they would make huge amounts of tax dollars if they legalized it. People don't give a shit what these old codgers do to rid of marijuana, it will always be in Florida and people will always be smoking it. Florida state leaders either legalize it and make tax dollars or who fucking cares. Millions in Florida are toking it up right now and laughing at them.

Posted by Adam Horton on 08/01/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

It's disappointing to read that people like Linda Arnold pressured the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office into dropping a class that could save deputies' lives, all without having seen the Bulletproof class in the first place. Then there is someone like Rashida Grinage praising her for doing so. People, ignorance is nothing to be proud of.

Miles Monroe, you are correct in that law enforcement is a dangerous job and not for everyone. With people like Linda Arnold and Rashida Grinage, it likely just got a little more dangerous for them. As Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) we know what we signed up for and what we're getting ourselves into. We don't complain about risking our lives in order to ensure the safety of yours. However, there is a war out there if you haven't noticed and LEOs need all the tools available to them to win the fight. It may not be pretty, but no one wants to fight a war they cannot win. And, if we don't win, you don't go safely home at night either...

I plan on bringing this article up this week on our LEO Round Table law enforcement talk show. I'll post a link when it's published.

Posted by Chip DeBlock on 07/31/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Richest One Percent Moves to Kill Medical Marijuana in Florida β€” Again

i have spent most of my life living in the worst nieghborhoods in tampa,fl. through this time i have helped many poor and impoversed people, many mentally ill people, and many people who just can't get it anywhere. i remain poor too with little to none assets also but my joy and reward has been knowing that i have helped such people. i have bipolar schitzo effective dissorder for the past 18 years of my life and no matter what any doctor politician or the lying wealthy, marijuana helps us too. in their ignorance they will say mentally ill people won't be included for medical use. mentally i'll people account for a very large amount of pharmacudical drugs which do help for the benefit of the mentally ill. mentally ill people struggle and are bassically outcasts of society and trully have no voice in this matter either. their lives are filled extremely with derision and too much emotional pain also. marijuana has helped us all with this pain and it frees our minds bodies and souls. mostly they can barely afford it. so i dedicated the last 22 years of my life to help my fellow poor and ailling brothers and sisters in my community. i have no finnantial gain from it all, but i am still poor also. i am rich in the fact that i have helped all who i have through 3 dollars five dollars and the occasional ten dollars. too many injustices against the poor from the oppressive wealthy. there will be a revolution against these injustices because one day we won't take it anymore. our american ancesters revolted against slavery and houndred of years earlier revolted against the spanish english an other nations that still exist to this day. in europe we fought against the oppressors and people of power. africa pronounced slavery for thousands of years. we must fight back and fight these present day injustices and we must regain what we know as human beings to be right and fight against wrong or we are just as guillty as the oppressors themselves. we as americans just look the other way like people who witness murder and say nothing at all. how long will these injustices remain? untill we the people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE STAND UP AND DO WHAT IS MORRALLY RIGHT AND RID OUR FUTURE OF THESE REOCCURRING WAYS. HISTORRY DOES REPEAT ITSELF AND INSTEAD WE MAKE NO CHANGE. NUFF SAID NUFF RESPECT AND WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. I SMELL BULLSHIT AND THE COFFEE IS OVERWATERED AND OVER PRICED. AMERICA FUCK YOU AND YOUR BULLSHIT SMELLING COFFEE TOO. YOU ARE ALL PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOW WE MUST STAND UP AND BE A PART OF THE SOLLUTION AND THIS GOES BEYOND MARIJUANA. MOST OF YOU COWARDS WOULD MOST LIKELY WALK AWAY IF YOU SAW A WOMAN BEING BEAT AND SAY NOTHING EXCEPT LETS GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE. SOONER THEN LATER I AM GOING TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE TOO. ITS A SHAME PEOPLE SAY AND DO NOTHING. TO ME THAT IS THE GREATEST INJUSTICE OF ALL. GOOD PEOPLE SEE WRONG AND TRY TO MAKE IT RIGHTAND IF THEY MUST THEY FIGHT. BAD PEOPLE SEE WRONG AND DO NOTHING AT ALL, THE TRUE DEFFINITION OF A COWARD. THE REMAINING QUESTION IS UP TO US ALL. WHICH SIDE ARE YOU? THE LIVING COWARD OR THE DYING HERO. I WOULD RATHER BE A FREE DEAD MAN IN MY GRAVE THEN A LIVING SLAVE WAITING FOR NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JOSEPH KULCINSKI SIGNED SEALED AND APPROVED. PLEASE STAND UP BECAUSE WE ARE AMERICANS AND LET US PROVE THAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JOSEPH KULCINSKI on 07/31/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

The city administrator, who presently supervises and hires and fires the chief, works at the pleasure of the mayor so whoever is the mayor already has that power.
But the new commission would water down the mayor's power over control of OPD, and up until now not even federal oversight has been able to reform that department. This charter change has the potential to begin that shift towards community control and significant reform.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 07/30/2016 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

Probably the same reason why Indians in India might protest against Americans for eating beef.

Posted by David Ell on 07/30/2016 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

The argument over all appointments thru selection/nomination ctee. or having Mayor directly appointment three was not about increasing or decreasing the power of the Mayor, it was so not about Libby...it was not about saving democracy and Mayoral accountability.........It was about both removing direct influence of the OPOA over who gets nominated and more importantly, getting the OPOA and electoral politics influences out of the Commission's decision making. In a City where the police union both bullies politicians and has a substantial role in running OPD, that separation is essential. The Oakland Post reports that the Mayor told Council members that she would run an opponent against them if they voted against her direct appointments.....And believe me, if Post has facts right, that threat is not about her career or preserving the executive powers as Mayor.....it's Libby going to war on behalf of the OPOA. Lastly, the undue influence of police unions is a problem throughout CA (they bully the State Legislautre, too). As I told the Council, in SF (Police Commission appointments are direct by the electeds and shared between Bd. of Supes and Mayor).....SF District Attorney Task Force (made up of retired judges) issued study earlier this month saying SFPOA had way too much influence over SFPD policy and operaions and that the SF Commission, to the City's detriment had failed to exercise many of its policy oversight prerogatives....

Posted by Mary Vail on 07/29/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

Congrats to Susan Harmon and the others in the Privacy Council who prevailed in stopping this training. There is a growing movement in law enforcement to embrace the idea of guardians instead of warriors. Training such as that put on by the Killology Research Group go against this trend and perpetuate the 'us' vs 'them' mentality that relies on the use of force rather than de
escalation strategies that are now being taught in San Francisco.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/29/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

But what about this: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/MMP/Pages/MMPPatientsRespon.aspx

Posted by Dave Butler on 07/29/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Controversial 'Bulletproof' Police Firearms Training Canceled by Santa Clara Sheriff

If you want to make sure you'll go home to your family every night, don't be a cop--or a fireman, Coast Guard seaman, infantryman, etc--because that's not part of the job description; making sure the rest of us get to go home to our families *is*.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 07/29/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

when a Union Official squanders over half a Million Dollar$ of unclean money in Las Vegas, on personal property, paying street gang bills and secret interests, isn't there a tax liability?

Where's the IRS?

Posted by Alan Anderson on 07/29/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

I haven't read the measure in detail, but if Brooks and Kaplan are against it, it's probably good for Oakland.

Posted by alphie noakes on 07/29/2016 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

Grinage: "The ballot measure strips the City Administrator of that authority [to discipline officers] and hands it to a sub-committee of the police commission -- a group of Oakland residents who are volunteers." That is welcome candor, folks. Ms. Grinage, who has spewed demagogic venom at OPD since her son started a gunfight with officers sent to pick up his vicious dog in 1993, has her "group of Oakland volunteers" all ready to jump on this. Meanwhile, Oakland residents suffer in a city that has half the police and two to three times the burglaries, robberies, and assaults of most major cities.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 07/28/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Fake 'Organic' Pot Gardening Products Yanked From Oregon Stores

SNS 217C Stop Order Lifted
Update: The Washington State Department of Ag informed SNS that they have lifted the Stop Sale of SNS 217C.

Posted by Teri Perigen Vitigo on 07/28/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

With all due respect, Darwin, I cannot agree with your analysis. Currently, the Mayor appoints all of the members of the Citizens' Police Review Board. Under the proposed measure, the Mayor can appoint only 3 of the 7 commissioners and they are subject to public input and Council confirmation. Currently, the City Administrator who is hired by the Mayor and reports to the Mayor decides on discipline for officers who are found to have violated OPD policy or General Orders. The ballot measure strips the City Administrator of that authority and hands it to a sub-committee of the police commission -- a group of Oakland residents who are volunteers - not employees. The Commission can also unilaterally fire the police chief with a super majority vote.

So, the notion that this measure enhances or enlarges the power of the Mayor is difficult to accept, given the historical and current circumstances. The fact that it is not as independent as the Coalition for Police Accountability had intended cannot be translated into an argument that it increases the power of the Mayor.

There are other provisions as well that serve to increase the community's involvement in police practices and policies, budget allocations and the Commission can investigate any public safety issues that arise even if no official complaint has been filed.

All in all, if this measure is passed by the voters, it will significantly shift the authority over the police department away from the City Administration and provide a much greater role for Oakland residents to impact how our neighborhoods are served by Oakland police officers.

In summary: although it is not as much as the Coalition had hoped for, this Charter change is a dramatic improvement over the status quo and sets the stage for further reforms in the years to come.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/27/2016 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Designer's Ugly Donald Trump Coloring Book Raises Thousands for Immigrants

Trump deserves to be treated as a buffoon and as a serious danger. Congrats to Joey Yang for covering the buffoon angle so well!

Posted by Will Leben 1 on 07/27/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Oakland Cell Phone Surveillance Vote Postponed to Improve Privacy Protections

What are the penalties for police violating the policy, or using the surveillance equipment to spy on people without justification? If they can still use the gear to wrongfully invade our privacy and no one is held accountable, that's not acceptable.

Posted by Starchild on 07/27/2016 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

I am glad to hear that Rashidah Grinage and Pamela Drake of the Coalition are still positive about the likely benefits of the prospective Police Commission.

It is a sad fact that the realization of the Commission is coming at possibly the worst possible time with the Police Officers Association with its hackles up so the process is fraught with a great deal of mistrust. And of course the Mayor is concerned above all with protecting her administrative power. The Council is having to do a lot of work in a very short period of time in their characteristic reactive "last minute" mode rather than in an extended process of democratic outreach and reflection and planning ahead. This sort of policymaking, although typical of Oakland, isn't guaranteed to produce the best possible outcomes.

Although I have for many years supported a Police Commission for Oakland, these days I am also feeling very sympathetic with our cops because of the revolving door of the Chiefs, the ongoing low morale and constant high level of attrition and the Mayor's utter irrationality and incompetence.

I'm also very concerned about the citizens who don't have nearly the level of police service they need and deserve, and who at the same time bear the high dollar costs of our department due to lawsuits and constant turnover. All this in a time when there is no evident leadership or vision for the future.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/25/2016 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

Pamela is correct. Does the Commission still have 'teeth?' It may not have wisdom teeth, but it still has molars. The most important accomplishment of the measure is that it cuts the City Administrator out of the disciplinary process. This is a major reform. Although the Coalition is not getting everything we wanted, placing this item on the ballot is a significant step in what will be an ongoing process to bring the Oakland community into the process of how it is policed and will strengthen the ability to hold accountable officers who abuse their authority, racially profile and violate Department policy. The glass is not full, but it is more full than empty. No doubt there will be more work needed in the future, but make no mistake: this is a victory that should be celebrated and the work will soon begin to ensure a win in November!

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 07/25/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

Wow. How many more teeth will get pulled out of this thing by Tuesday?

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 07/25/2016 at 1:40 PM

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