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‘Cannabis Crusades’ returns to airwaves

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KVMR (89.5 FM) returns "The Cannabis Crusades" to the airwaves from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, with a conversation about the benefits of medical marijuana therapy for treating — and even curing — some types of cancer.

Guests will include Dr. Sean Devlin of Highland Springs Wellness Center in Grass Valley and Stage Four cancer survivor Ed Bost, who will discuss his "miraculous" remission from liver cancer using a highly concentrated form of cannabis oil called Phoenix Tears. Patients are encouraged to call the studio line (530-265-9555) to share their experiences.

Patricia Smith, host of the Cannabis Crusades and chair of Americans for Safe Access, cites cases like these for her obsession with helping patients find a safe, reliable source of medical grade cannabis.

"It is so important that patients know that the medicine they take is free of contaminants and is labeled accurately with the strain, potency and cannabinoid content," Smith said.

"It is high-time Nevada County had a safe, well-regulated dispensary with a range of products including tinctures, capsules and edibles," she added. "It is the lack of regulations that have allowed the massive proliferation of dispensaries in some areas and a total ban in others. We strongly support the guidelines recently issued by the Department of Justice that, if followed, would allow a dispensary to operate in a manner that enhances the community."

In response to the ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington that legalized recreational marijuana, Deputy Attorney General James Cole released a three-and-a-half page memo outlining eight guidelines for states to incorporate when writing laws that regulate marijuana use by adults.

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Regulations must forbid sales to minors, the diversion of product to states that have not passed laws authorizing the use of marijuana, using sales to cover cartel or gang activity, using violence or firearms to protect marijuana cultivation or distribution, driving under the influence of marijuana, and growing marijuana on public lands.

Shortly after the announcement, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and Senate President pro Tem, Darrell Steinberg co-sponsored AB604 which sought to incorporate the new guidelines (for medical use only). Americans for Safe Access and CANORML joined forces to support AB604, but their efforts were derailed when state lawmakers buckled under pressure from John Lovell, the lobbyist shared by the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Sheriff's Association, Smith said.

"Until prohibition ends, scientists cannot unlock the mystery hiding inside of the cannabinoids found on marijuana flowers," she said.

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