Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

October 6, 2017 21:00 pm · 5 comments

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This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

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1 Giddyup October 11, 2017 at 7:48 PM

Looks like apathy has crept back in.

2 Concord Mike October 12, 2017 at 8:58 PM

Smoke is bad for you. Every year hundreds of thousands of people die of lung diseases due to smoking. It not only hurts the smokers lungs, but all those around them. Make no mistake. There is no 100% safe level of smoking tobacco or marijuana. Both contain dozens of known carcinogens. The small particles inhaled also damage the lungs and reduce their capacity to absorb oxygen.

On October 24th, the Concord City Council will consider whether or not to make Concord the go-to place for people to buy their smokes.

I think we can live without promoting marijuana smoking. Let some other city bear the burden of increased crime and decreased health, especially for our young people.

3 Hope Johnson October 12, 2017 at 10:45 PM

Whether you support people being allowed to purchase pot in Concord or not, be sure to stay informed and not base your decision on assumptions or fear.

“The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.”
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

“In summary, the accumulated weight of evidence implies far lower risks for pulmonary complications of even regular heavy use of marijuana compared with the grave pulmonary consequences of tobacco.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23802821

“The professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA once sought to prove pot causes lung cancer, but the evidence forced him to conclude the opposite.”
http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2015/06/09/worth-repeating-marijuana-decreases-risk-of-lung-cancer/

“Tashkin also discusses the fact that smoking marijuana, unlike smoking tobacco, does not cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “Reasoning for this may be that marijuana is a potent anti-inflammatory and suppressive,” he says. But “COPD is activated by tobacco smoke and other toxic substances.””
http://www.laweekly.com/music/ucla-professor-finds-marijuana-is-safer-to-smoke-than-tobacco-5658317

4 Concord Mike October 13, 2017 at 5:45 AM

@Hope,

As we all are being exposed to smoke this week due to the wild fires, it is a good reminder of the negative health effects of all smoke, including marijuana smoke. The articles you cite, if you read the details, confirm the negative health effects of marijuana. These articles suggest marijuana smoke is not as toxic as cigarette smoke. Not exactly the kind of endorsement that would make me want to hand a joint to one of my kids and suggest they light up.

There are a lot of drugs on the market that have some beneficial effects but also have serious side effects. That is why we require doctor’s prescriptions and have pharmacies where strict controls exist. That is where legal marijuana belongs: In the pharmacy managed under typical medical protocols so the well documented negative effects can be minimized. I wish the Feds would change the status of marijuana and allow legitimate testing to occur. I have a feeling you would agree with me on that point.

Prop 64 is not the first bad idea that has passed in California. Money works in elections. In spite of objections from most reputable health and law enforcement organizations in California prop 64 passed by a wide margin because the proponents outspent opponents 10:1.

Thankfully, Prop 64 does allow individual cites freedom to decide whether or not to allow storefront retail sales of marijuana in residential neighborhoods. Keeping pot shops out of our struggling strip malls in Concord is a battle worth fighting for. I don’t want more crime, and vagrancy in my neighborhood. Have more than enough of that all ready.

Here are some credible reports describing some of the negative health effects, particularly on young people:

Marijuana use can be addictive: People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are 4 to 7 times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-addictive

Habitual marijuana use correlates to lower IQ and less grey matter in frontal cortex:
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-regular-marijuana-shrinks-brain-20141110-story.html

From American Lung Association website – marijuana contains cancer causing chemicals and does other bad things to the lungs:

http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/marijuana-and-lung-health.html

5 Anonymous October 13, 2017 at 9:44 AM

Scott Weiner, State Senator from SF ,is organizing relief for the big fires.
Guess what he calls his efforts? Team Weiner. Names it after himself and is trying to horn in on news conferences.

With Weiner it’s all about Weiner.

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