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Local SAM Opposes Both Marijuana Initiatives

There are expected to be two competing state ballot measures in November on the future of marijuana use. In addition to the more publicized initiative that would legalize recreational use, another initiative would keep recreational use illegal, while still providing medical marijuana for what is described as “safer conditions”. But the Nevada County chapter of Smart Approach to Marijuana, also known as SAM, is against both measures. Director Don Besse says that’s because the opposing initiative would also ban privately-owned cultivation, in favor of one state-owned site….

click to listen to Don Besse

Meanwhile, Smart Approach to Marijuana supports the urgency ordinance recently approved by Nevada County Supervisors that bans outdoor growing and limits indoor growing to 12 plants, while also placing the ordinance on the June ballot. Besse says it’s more in the spirit of the state’s medical marijuana law which, he says, was meant to address only private, individual needs, without opening the door to large commercial growths…

click to listen to Don Besse

Besse also says limiting medical marijuana growing to smaller, indoor plots will still adequately address a patients’ needs.


January 20, 2016

Patricia Smith

What does Don Bessee know about a patients' rights? Absolutely nothing. All of his information comes from second-hand sources that do not work directly with patients. He even offered the parents of an 8-yr old with severe epilepsy free drugs from G W Pharmacueticals - like he has any pull with the Euorpean drug maker. It is irresponsible to make claims to a family that you can't back up. Their son's life hangs in the balance while you play your petty politics. Shame on you.

February 12, 2016

Craig Marquard

Pharmaceutical corporations like Purdue Pharmaceutical and Abbott Laboratories are not only making tens of billions of dollars per year selling deadly and addictive opiate-based pain killers, they’re also using those proceeds to fund state-sponsored anti-marijuana organizations like the SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana),
Partnership for a Drug Free America, Partnership for Drug Free Kids, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America. Purdue manufactures and sells Oxy-Contin, one of the most addictive and deadly opiate pain killers in existence, for a yearly profit of $27 billion. Abbott Labs makes and sells Vicodin, with an equally shocking number of deaths and annual profits.

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