Day: July 20, 2015

“Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana” by David Casarett M.D.

“Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana” by David Casarett M.D. c.2015, Current $27.95 / $32.95 Canada 304 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You can barely breathe. You hurt so much – your back hurts, your shoulders hurt, your head hurts. You feel like you’ve gone ten rounds with Rocky Balboa, three quarters with an NFL team and two performances of Swan Lake. You. Ache. So what’re you going to do about it?  Read “Stoned” by David Casarett M.D. and see if hemp can help. Skeptical.  As a doctor specializing in hospice and palliative care, that’s what David Casarett was when it came to marijuana and the supposed effectiveness of its medical benefits. On one hand, anecdotal evidence said that pot could help people suffering an array of afflictions and symptoms. On the other hand, Casarett wanted to know what science said – never mind that in most states, marijuana is an illegal substance. Bottom line: does medical marijuana work? And if it does, is it safe? Though it contains many ingredients, there are two main substances present in cannabis sativa: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The first, says Casarett, is what makes your brain feel euphoric, while the second ingredient tempers the effects of the first. Or, well, at least they think that’s how it works. There are a lot of things about weed that we don’t...

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Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders last Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted, the president has issued 89 commutations—more than the previous four presidents combined. Among the 46 commutation recipients, 14 were serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes. That’s why the president had to act. The war on drugs distorted the criminal justice system so completely over the past few decades that, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 42 percent of life sentences imposed in federal courts in 2013 were for drug offenses—as opposed to 12 percent for murder. As a younger candidate, Obama had been highly critical of federal mandatory minimum sentences. Critics of the war on drugs had expected Obama to use his unfettered pardon power granted in the U.S. Constitution to commute the sentences of nonviolent offenders serving decades for their small-fish roles in the drug trade. After all, Congress could not stop him. Instead, the president signed the Fair Sentencing Act, a compromise bill to reduce the disparity of crack cocaine to powder cocaine sentences in 2010—and asked Congress to pass further reforms. In 2014, then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced an initiative to grant commutations to nonviolent inmates...

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Ed Dougherty

To the Editor: Ed Dougherty was an icon. For years in the Salem-Keizer area and beyond, Ed touched many lives through EJD Enterprises. Ed along with his wife,  Jan, worked together for years to bring concerts and events to the people of our community. Some of the greatest musicians from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s were brought here thanks to Ed’s dedication, passion and connections. Just a few of the many great musicians he brought to our area included; Johnny Cash, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Sonny and Cher, The Kingsmen (Louie, Louie) Paul Revere and the Raiders, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and the Mandrell Sisters. Although I had known Ed for 40 years, I recently had the chance to get to know Ed much more in depth in the last six months. After he fell ill back in February, I spent quite a bit of time with him and heard many of his incredible life stories. What was reaffirmed was just how big his heart was. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known and was always helping others. The love he had for his wife and family was immeasurable. Ed taught me a lot about the music industry, concerts and events. I admired and respected him so much and he will be incredibly missed. Clint Holland...

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I fought the good fight this year

From the Capitol by Bill Post The legislative session just came to a close and as your state representative, I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some of the highlights from the past months. You may remember that this is my first time representing you in Salem, and it has been an incredible experience. There is one thing that has stood out to me most: the power of building relationships. Relationships are how good things get accomplished for our state. Keep in mind, the majority party didn’t need the minority party votes for any bill this session, they had all the numbers, yet they killed many of their own bills including a transportation package that would have made a real difference for Oregon’s roads and bridges. The partisan bickering you often hear about was not as prevalent this session as was the bickering between the House Democrats and the Senate Democrats. Before coming to the Capitol I made a couple of promises: I would do nothing to hurt Oregonians and I would try to make a positive difference. I introduced very few bills. One bill made life easier for small businesses. I was honored to be there as Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law (HB 2969). I was privileged to serve on the Judiciary Committee and as such was pleased to support bills...

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