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Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

This topic is always full of anecdotes. US DOT did an actual driving study that no one hears about because it didn't show marijuana to have that dangerous of an effect on driving performance, no worse than cold medicine in my opinion. If you actually care here is a link: https://ntl.bts.gov/lib/25000/25800/25867/DOT-HS-808-078.pdf

Posted by Paul W on 05/19/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “For Colored Girls … at Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

Thank you for this great coverage and priceless exposure, Maggie! Kin Folkz

Posted by Kin Folkz on 05/19/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

If Driving High isn't a punishable offense as Driving Drunk is, we are doomed.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/19/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

No one should drive a car while intoxicated on anything ever. That being said people in the United States have been driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs and cannabis in ever increasing numbers since the mass produced automobile was invented. Alcohol and prescription drug intoxication are commonplace as the direct cause in a very large percentage of all fatal auto accidents. Over 21,000 traffic fatalities a year are directly attributable to alcohol and pharmaceutical drug intoxication. Both alcohol and prescription drugs are well known statistical serial killers both in driving and in life in general.

Marijuana prohibitionists are doing and saying everything and anything possible to make cannabis look bad. They nit pick every possible aspect of cannabis consumption in an effort to stop legalization. Even so, there is no real statistically significant data in the crime logs year to year about cannabis and auto accidents by comparison to serial killers prescription drugs and alcohol. All automobile accidents with fatalities require full spectrum blood toxicology for all the involved drivers. If cannabis use did cause large numbers of driving incidents we would see it in the news and the statistical data and we do not. To the best of my knowledge ( I have checked thoroughly), not a single police agency in the US even keeps statistics for fatal accident caused solely by cannabis intoxication. Every police agency in the nation shows ever increasing numbers where alcohol and pharmaceuticals are cited for traffic deaths.

I am completely against anyone driving intoxicated on anything and support severe penalties for intoxicated drivers, but the silly "OMG cannabis users are going to start driving and cause a rash of accidents" argument is just more reefer madness nonsense and has absolutely no basis in actual crime statistics!

Legalize, regulate and TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 05/19/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “It's OK To Demand More Control And More Flavor From Your Cannabis Edible

The new ruling being proposed for CA would limit "Edibles" to 10 mg serving only.

Posted by Xtian Jax on 05/19/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

The Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk report, produced by the Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that while drunken driving dramatically increased the risk of getting into an accident, there was no evidence that using marijuana heightened that risk. In fact, after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, the report found that stoned drivers were no more likely to crash than drivers who were not intoxicated at all.

Posted by Jimmy Perry on 05/19/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What troubles me most is the way our elected officials speak to each other. I am weary of the antics and disgusted by the trash talking of some on our city council, Reid, Brooks.... while complaining about the the ways our city doesn't work. Perhaps more civility and etiquette training would be a better investment of city funds.

Posted by TBGunther on 05/19/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

Forget it gang. BondGraham doesn't write fact checked stories... Just slams them out to make for the most controversy possible and to hell with anyone.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/18/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

They are still set on using, disgusting, dirty, dingy, SHIPPING CONTAINERS for this project. No way, let them spend some money on a nice looking building! They have it, lots of it! Get an architect, sister! And they MUST provide parking in this area, no waivers for parking. Their need to stay open till 2 AM will not work for the neighbors whose homes back up to the Brewery. We are saturated with alcohol establishments in this area and do not need another, especially one connected to Anheuser-Busch InBev. YUK! We will continue to flyer and let people know about this wolf in granny's disguise enterprise in the Temescal!

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 05/18/2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Why do people pretend parking is the issue? I think the issue is an already gentrified neighborhood whining about anyone else being able to enjoy it.

Posted by Dave Potes on 05/18/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

amazing so the city of oakland is trying to play tough guy with local contractors my god what is wrong with this nation.

Posted by Bill Jones 1 on 05/18/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “These Bay Area Businesses Want to Build Trump's Border Wall

what a shame

Posted by Bill Jones 1 on 05/18/2017 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

I love her calling the criticism abusive. She sold out and doesn't want to be called on it, so we are the aggressor. Nice defense.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/18/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What this article does not say is that Richmond reduced its homicide rate by more than 70%. If they can do it, Oakland can also. Since there is absolutely no credible evidence that any community in the country has reduced homicides or crime by increasing the size of its police department, why continue to fall for this fallacy. People, even the Federal Justice Department in reports recognizes that our broken, biased, unaccountable criminal justice system, including cops, CONTRIBUTES to sustain and increase crime. Unlike the Mayor and her administration, Reid and McElhaney are trying.

Posted by Wilson Riles on 05/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “FBI Hid Surveillance Devices Around Alameda County Courthouse

*Seems completely reasonable for bidders to decide not to compete with each other on the courthouse steps. It's a cash sale with bidders showing up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cashiers checks. If no other qualified bidders show up on that day the remaining bidders have the discretion to do whatever they want in regards to bidding or not. After the sale the winning bidder also has the right to resell the property publicly or privately.

Posted by Todd Kollin on 05/18/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Town Business: Landlords Defeat Bill to Preserve Oakland's SROs and Mayor Schaaf Will 'Set Aside' Soda Tax Revenue

I live in an old apartment building in Oakland, the landlords are a married couple who bought it in the 1950's. After 12 years my rent has gone from $1100 to $1350. They could have raised it much higher. I asked them one day why not and they basically said they didn't need any more money. Shame on the greed-heads who have no problem kicking out poor people, the people who clean their toilets and wash their car and nanny to their kids. Heartless.

Posted by Todd Pratum on 05/18/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

'Many view Golden Road as yet another gentrifying force out-of-towners parachuting into town simply to cash in on Oakland's trendiness and tech-worker, market-rate-condo clientele"

Says the author (and editor), who just recently moved into town himself, and figures he will establish his bonafides with the "development is bad" audience. I cant stand InBev (and wont drink any of their products) but there are bigger fish to fry in Oakland.

If the author cared more about Oakland maybe he would be less concerned with trying to establish his own credibility with the activist crowd and more time encouraging his writers to tackle real issues affecting Oaklanders.

An entire complex was burned down in Emeryville/Oakland border (for the second time), under suspicious circumstances. Guess you wont be reporting on that at all. Luckily there's the East Bay Times that still takes reporting seriously.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Tropiglo Fundraiser for La Peña Cultural Center

Dope!

Posted by Natalia Neira Retamal on 05/18/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

GR is a tool in InBev's Disneyfication of craft beer -- that's the truth about the matter: http://wearebrewstuds.com/features/craft-beer-dear-oakland-just-say-no-golden-road-brewing/

Posted by Jeremy Fultz on 05/18/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Sounds like Plan B. Problem is we never got a Plan A.

One major longterm police issue has been staffing. Many Oakland public safety critics think that having about 25% more cops could make a difference. Yet, as far as I know, we lose nearly 10% of our cops each year--a very high attrition rate. Hard to maintain staffing levels at that rate. Expensive. Inefficient.

Reducing attrition no doubt has to do with police morale. Would that be handled under Plan A or Plan B?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 9:02 AM

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