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Posted on March 21 at 3:36 p.m.

It is a shame that people like Ethan are being prevented from obtaining medicine, because clearly marijuana has medicinal use. The problem however is that the governments response to dispensaries in California is a reaction to, right or wrong, its determination that there are those using the medical marijuana law to use marijuana recreationally (still illegal) and to make profits (still illegal). Don't the doctors that are handing out recommendations to anyone who walks in the door with $500 and the dispensaries who are in it to make money carry some if not almost all the blame for the current problem?

On The ‘Green Rush’ Is Crushed

Posted on June 28 at 7:56 p.m.

CopWatcher and GoinSurfin, both new profiles created today. Genis fancies himself a cop watcher and a surfer. Not very creative. What will the next post be by? The Gambler? Been to Hollister ranch lately Darryl?

On Judge Finds Lawyer Must Pay for Courtroom Violations

Posted on May 4 at 3:28 p.m.

You all are smoking too much of the herb if you can't understand what is going on. It is all political. Those of you that support legalization of MJ aren't going to vote for a republican instead of Obama because of this, because the republicans will approve more enforcement. On the other hand, Obama, by seeming tough on drugs will appeal to those that are opposed to legalization and might be leaning towards voting for him but aren't sure. He will only gain votes from this enforcement action, not lose any.

On Dispensary Raided

Posted on March 1 at 8:02 p.m.

Correct me if I'm wrong but Guatemala is not some sort of totolitarian dictatorship. We act like being deported back to the country she was born in is like an exile to Siberia. Last time I checked American isn't all that popular with the rest of the world, so I think it is a bit arrogant to take the position that this country is such an obviously better place than Guatemala. If she is smart, good looking, and hard working, she should prosper in Guatemala, and be a productive part of the society that she was born into. She will be fine, and a hard working american can take her place at UCSB.

On UCSB Student Faces Deportation

Posted on February 10 at 5:26 p.m.

I think we can all agree that the jail is not the best place for the mentally ill, but with no comments from the other side, it is hard to know what is actually happening. The mother of this man is hardly going to give a rational unbiased recitation of the facts. What I can gleen from the story is that her son has been to PHS and the hospital and they have returned him to the jail. So two groups of professionals, which this mother is not, determined that it was safe for him to return. PHS is as overcrowded as the jail is, so maybe that is the problem, but I have one question for this mother: where were you when your son was homeless and on the street with a mental condition that can be treated but was obviously not? If his mother cared half as much then as she does now, maybe he would't be on the street causing danger to other by stealing vans and driving them around while he is psychotic.

On Distraught Mother of Autistic Inmate Speaks Out

Posted on December 14 at 11:20 a.m.

"Admire Braun for maneuvering to protect his wife and children"?
How is someone who operated a business for years in clear violation of federal law protecting his family? How is a man who operated a business that at best was operating in a "grey" area of state law protecting his family? A good husband and father would have steered far away from anything that could be close to illegal and potentially hurt his family. He knew what he was getting into from the beginning and clearly thought the rewards outweighed the risk. It appears he was wrong, but he has only himself to blame and I hope his family forgives him for choosing the almighty buck over his family.

On Pizza and a Beer, Hold the Beer

Posted on December 2 at 6:55 p.m.

Judging from the divergent comments it seems to me that everyone is suffering from what is called confirmation bias. Those of you that have a negative view of the police see something in the video to confirm that bias, those that support the police see something In the video that confirms their support. The problem is that probably none of the people commenting here know how cops are trained on the use of force and if this activity was within the accepted protocol. The independent should show the video to a use of force expert and see what they say.

On Police Department Releases Tony Denunzio Arrest Footage

Posted on August 11 at 10:23 a.m.

Funny how when Casey Anthony is found not guilty by a jury, everyone says you have to respect the decision of the jury, but when this jury found Mr. Frimpong guilty there is no respect for their decision.

On Frimpong Habeas Corpus Petition Waits Longer

Posted on May 22 at 7:43 a.m.

It is too bad to have these cuts but I applaud the County for making the hard choice to do so. During these tough economic times, those programs should rely less on the government and more on the citizens to fund their non-profits. If the community really needs and appreciates these services, let them donate money that will keep them alive.

On County Deep-Sixes Funding for 75 Nonprofit Programs

Posted on November 7 at 9:31 p.m.

Still not seeing this as anything more than a bunch of people wanting to get high so The Simpsons is REALLY FUNNY or so they can think the Dead is actually a good band. I get it, getting high makes you feel good, but, sorry to tell all you advocates, that if that is the only reason you think it should be legal, you are never going to win a vote from those that don't smoke pot.

On Toking Rights

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