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KVMR show to address medical marijuana issues


KVMR and Americans for Safe Access have announced the debut of a new program, “The Cannabis Crusades.” The first episode will air from noon to 2 p.m. Friday on 89.5FM or on 105.1FM in the Tahoe area. The hosts are Gaynell Rogers and Patricia Smith, president of Americans for Safe Access — Nevada County.

“The last time I was doing an interview at KVMR, I was walking to my car, and I said, ‘We never get to get into depth on anything. We just barely scratch the surface when we end the show,’” Smith said. “We need a more in-depth take on the issues.”

Smith pitched the idea of her own show and was invited to write up a proposal.

Smith and Rogers were introduced as potential co-hosts because “we have so much in common we’d probably make a good team,” Smith said.

Rogers is the public relations and personal manager for Stephen D’Angelo of Harborside Health Center, which has been called the state’s most prominent medical-marijuana dispensary. Rogers is married to blues musician Roy Rogers and also manages Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Smith said.

“She’s really an incredible powerhouse of a woman,” Smith said.

Guests will include Congressman Tom McClintock, D’Angelo, Kris Hermes, the spokesperson for Americans for Safe Access, Irv Rosenfeld, a federal marijuana patient, and Dan Levine, who is running for a California Senate seat in District 4.

“Medical marijuana is legal for adults in this state when they have a doctor’s recommendation, yet patients are being harassed and prosecuted every day for using one of the safest medicines known to man,” Smith said. “We feel it is time for an honest and frank discussion about the pros and cons of medical marijuana. Most people’s concerns are formed by baseless fears, and we hope to lay those outdated beliefs to rest.”

Several national polls show that a majority — 86 percent — of people in every demographic now support states’ rights to regulate medical marijuana and 56 percent support outright legalization for adults over 21, Smith added.

The topic of the first show will be, “Can Medical Marijuana Issues Sway the Outcome of this Election?”

All eyes will be on Colorado to see which way its electoral votes fall, as citizens in that
state decide whether to legalize cannabis for adults over 21, Smith said.

“Conventional wisdom would argue young people will vote for the initiative and Obama, but this administration has angered many in the cannabis community who plan to vote for Gary Johnson,” she said, adding that Washington and Oregon also have legalization measures on the ballot this November.

“I just hope people who have any question about the subject will tune in, not just preaching to the choir,” Smith said. “It will be very informative and will be a chance for people to ask questions. I promise I’ll tell the truth whether it favors my position or not.”

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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