EP67 (11/26/2018) Iker from Fundacion Renovatio & Regulacion Responsable (Non-Profit Organizations in Spain)
On Episode 67, Interview with Iker, founder of: www.fundacionrenovatio.org (a patient's Spain rights advocacy organization) & www.regulacionresponsable.es/ (a foundation that lobbies and educates for political change surrounding cannabis).
Iker, himself, is a 20+ year patient's rights advocate & cannabis researcher from Spain's Basque Country.
Translation from the Fundacion Renovatio website:
"Fundación Renovatio is an institution born out of extensive experience in the work and management of groups of cannabis users. After several years of praxis in this sense, this project is framed based on the need to address the normalization of cannabis from a scientific perspective, which allows creating tools for drug policy. Specifically for the process of regulation of associations of cannabis users that began in 2011 in the Basque Parliament. Our objective is to contribute rigor and scientific character to the regulatory process through different research carried out at different levels. The RENOVATIO FOUNDATION is composed of 4 main areas: (1) Research area. (2) Quality area. (3) Area of organization of cultural events. (4) Area of publications."
Translation from the Regulacion Responsable website:
"The initiative for a Responsible Regulation of cannabis in Spain is a platform that starts from a group of citizens, citizens and social organizations that support the proposals that advocate for a regulation of the production and consumption of cannabis in Spain. This initiative is supported by numerous social and collective agents working in Spain, in one way or another in the field of cannabis, drug addiction or harm reduction with broad representation at the state level."
Upcoming "Cannabis-Related" Events:
//CANNABIS NEWS!// (Nov. 19-Nov. 26, 2018)
This week we are bringing you a Local Smoke Radio 'exclusive' story! Thanks to an anonymous community member, Local Smoke received information regarding a circulating email from the nearby city of Mt. Shasta in Northern California that apparently is still dealing with 'reefer madness' within their community. An email was sent out essentially warning citizens against the 'dangers' of LEGAL TAXED and REGULATED cannabis production in their city. The letter cites numerous unrelated or irrelevant stories about such things as ILLEGAL and UNLicensed extraction facility explosions among other issues like: false claims of lowered property values resulting from non-licensed, black-market or poorly regulated operations as well opinion-based and outdated editorial stories of the impact on communities. However, current research, the latest news and just plain common sense along with critical thinking continue to debunk many of these stigmatizations and myths when it comes to black-market vs. well-regulated cannabis that intentionally integrates into our communities and society. As a member of the media community that strives to produce truthful, fact-based programming, Local Smoke Radio felt obligated to share the bigotry, stereotyping, and ignorance that still pervades our communities. We share this only with the hope that we can end the intolerance and oppression of our rights as citizens in order to PROTECT our communities by regulating an industry that could still be operating underground and continuing the very dangers of which this article seems to think legal cannabis causes! Education with FACTUAL information is the only thing that will change ignorance into acceptance. In a place like Mt. Shasta, where cannabis is and has been an inseparable and integral part of the community for GENERATIONS, the economy and progress of their localized society depends on debunking the myths and demonstrating how legalizing and regulating cannabis is the only way to tackle the issues about which they are so fearful!
If you are interested in more information, please see the full text of the letter--found on localsmokeradio.com--below (the underlined portion in quotes). If you are a concerned citizen on the other side of the issue and wish to help educate the groups who are keeping up the reefer madness and still trying to spread misinformation and antiquated 'reefer madness' ideologies, contact information for the groups responsible for spreading these emails are information are:
Neighbors for Safe Mount Shasta - Email: Neighbors4SafeMtShasta@outlook.com
Mount Shasta Cares - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org"
"All of Mount Shasta's day care centers, private and public schools could lose half of their protection from marijuana processing operations and their fumes, in order to accommodate a new Oregon based marijuana dealer (and one other applicant) who want licenses to set up marijuana processing operations (these are different from dispensaries). Studies show that environmental impacts and lowered property values can affect all residences, businesses and schools within a one mile radius (which is most of Mount Shasta). Constant skunk-like stench and pollution from these types of factories extend a minimum of 15 yards or 4500 feet. However, the Mount Shasta Planner wants to reduce protection around schools down to 300 feet only. The industry is offering lots of taxes and jobs but reports from other communities who fell for that promise show that the expected windfalls never happened, due to the the long term costs in managing crime, fires, lowered water table during droughts, increased hospitalizations, increased youth marijuana addiction, negative impact on property values and non-marijuana businesses, decline in tourism as the character of their charming towns were altered by BIG WEED (the weed industry),
Many communities in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California deeply regretted that they opened the doors to so many harms to their community, a lesson that came at a cost far greater than the money that the marijuana industry had promised. We don't have to repeat those lessons if we can learn from them and heed their cautionary tales (see just a few articles below).
This important item will be discussed at the Mount Shasta Regular Planning Commission Meeting Agenda City Park Upper Lodge 1315 Nixon Rd. Mt. Shasta Tuesday, November 20, 2018; 6:00 p.m. but the agenda item will come up at 6:30 p.m. The Planning Commission will vote to either reduce the protection around schools down to 300 feet or to conduct a community outreach program. Since most communities take one-two years or longer to study the environmental and public health impacts of recreational non-medical weed product factories, many community members are hoping that Mount Shasta will provide our local citizens the same opportunity and not rush to let the industry take over our town. The marijuana industry has already been granted 10 licenses in Mount Shasta (in just a few months) while towns much larger than Mount Shasta are still studying the long term costs of marijuana manufacturing and the public health, fire and safety hazards (including increase in crime) that comes with this type of industry. We already have an over-saturation of marijuana related businesses, so the addition of two factories would make this town a marijuana magnet, not the diversity of businesses that appeal to tourists. This is the time for us to take a 5000 foot view and ask ourselves what type of community we want to have.
Please write emails to the Commissioners below and ask for a one-year moratorium on applications, similar to what most California cities and counties have done to allow for more public education and input. You don't have to do a lot of research, (unless you want to). Simply express your honest views as a resident, parent, grandparent, property owner, business owner, professional, etc. (and please send us a bcc copy). Its important that we be courteous and respectful in all our communication, since Democracy works best in a calm atmosphere where folks can peacefully educate each other to explore solutions that work for the entire community, not just one industry who wants to make Mount Shasta the "number one marijuana manufacturer" for all of California (according to their website).
You can attend the Tuesday November 20 meeting and either observe or testify for 3 minutes. and or you can email the following Mount Shasta Planning Commissioners:
Melanie Findling -(Chair) email@example.com
Alan Pardee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Belinda Higuera - email@example.com
Emily Derby - firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Beck - email@example.com
Tousan Saryon - firstname.lastname@example.org
1. City Planner: Juliana Lucchesi - email@example.com
2. City Manager Bruce Pope - firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Mayor Pro Tem Timothy Stearns - email@example.com
See Articles below:
The Denver, Colorado Warning Voters about Side Effects of Legal Weed:
Unintended Consequences of Marijuana processing operations (on youth and adult health):
Most California communities see a trap in the marijuana money lure: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/09/database-of-marijuana-rules-from-every-city-and-county-in-california-shows-slow-acceptance-of-prop-64/
Journal of Pediatrics: https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(17)31081-8/pdf
Colorado Schools: http://www.rmpbs.org/blogs/news/under-siege-marijuana-and-colorado-schools/
Eugene Oregon article about what it is like to live near a marijuana processing operations. The Eugene, Oregon marijuana processing plant got weapons with targets that go out for 2 miles! In Mount Shasta, 2 miles South of Ream avenue is I-5 South exit, 2 miles north is I-5 North exit and the mountain and lake are on the other 2 sides. Environmental impacts were within one mile of the processing operation. This article from Eugene Oregon, published a year ago, written by a professor and school board member, describes health, social and environmental impact within 1-2 miles of marijuana processing plants. Earlier in the year, the Eugene City Council told the Eugene, Oregon newspaper: “Before the council breaks for a spring recess, we will discuss a requirement for a 1,000-foot buffer separating marijuana retail establishments, a decision that is increasingly urgent as more and more retailers are opening.” In July, 2018 (after this article was posted) there was a shooting at the marijuana processing plant: https://www.registerguard.com/rg/opinion/36109717-78/living-near-marijuana-grow-can-be-unhealthy-experience.html.csp
Cupertino near Santa Barbara now stinks like weed: https://nypost.com/2018/05/10/beach-town-used-to-smell-like-flowers-now-it-stinks-like-weed/
Boulder Colorado dominated by marijuana skunk-like stench: https://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/26/marijuana-odor-cultivation-center-continues-to-seep-into-north-boulder/
Guns and weapons come with this industry when they have to protect large inventories of marijuana Products):
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Report:
Fires are also a concern with marijuana processing plants:
Impact on Property Values: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-ways-marijuana-legalization-affects-real-estate-2014-11-25
Worker's Safety Concerns shows environmental hazards: https://workersafety.3m.com/growing-worker-safety-concerns-medical-marijuana-industry/
See the attached file on the Colorado outcomes of the legalization of marijuana.
One of the applicants for the marijuana processing license said that they want Mount Shasta to produce all of California's marijuana.
Do we as a community want Shasta to be a tourist destination and safe, healthy community to raise children or a "marijuana magnet?"
Please let the Mount Shasta Planning Commission know how you feel.
Neighbors for Safe Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta Cares
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org"The initiative for a Responsible Regulation of cannabis in Spain is a platform that starts from a group of citizens, citizens and social organizations that support the proposals that advocate for a regulation of the production and consumption of cannabis in Spain. This initiative is supported by numerous social and collective agents working in Spain, in one way or another in the field of cannabis, drug addiction or harm reduction with broad representation at the state level.