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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:00 am

Despite a city law forbidding its operation, a medical marijuana dispensary opened in downtown Galt.

In July 2009, the city passed an ordinance outlawing any building or location where someone gives or sells medical marijuana to two or more patients with identification cards or primary caregivers.

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52 comments:

  • posted at 3:19 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.

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    I think the necessary element is the "Fog". Without it, you realize just how bad they are. Kinda like The Grateful Dead.

     
  • posted at 3:08 am on Sat, May 29, 2010.

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    How do you listen to a fog hat? What is that?

     
  • posted at 6:22 pm on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    ...Branch of the National Institute of Drug Abuse stated "We have done a number of clinical papers reporting on marijuana users. In the past we have reported cognitive abnormalities, and a paper in 2005 reported vascular (blood vessels) abnormalities." To state that marijuana has killed zero people in 5000 years is an example of colossal ignorance of the facts.

     
  • posted at 6:14 pm on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    Marijuana has also been shown to raise the risk factors for heart attack and stroke, as reported by U.S. News and World Report in 2008. Dr. Kenneth Mukamal, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School stated " It has negative effects on heart rates, and may even trigger heart attacks". Dr. Jean Lud Cadet, Chief of Molecular Neuropsychiatry Research branch

     
  • posted at 4:39 pm on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    This according to the "National Institute on Drug Abuse" reprinted by the "Missouri Dept. of Mental Health" Fact Sheet: "Marijuana smoke has been found to contain more cancer causing agents than is found in tobacco smoke. Examination of human lung tissue that has been exposed to marijuana smoke over a long period of time in a laboratory showed cellular changes called metaplasia that are considered precancerous. In laboratory tests, the tars from marijuana smoke have produced tumors when applied to animal skin. These studies suggest that it is likely that marijuana will cause cancer if used for a number of years."

     
  • posted at 4:12 pm on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    Also, it's easy to spot the people driving high. Bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos in the passenger seat, doing 35 MPH on the freeway, listening to Foghat. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.

     
  • posted at 4:08 pm on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    Edumacation, the intriguing thing to me regarding this study, is where did they get the 14 year old kids to participate in a lengthy study regarding the long term effects of marijuana use? Could you imagine that occurring here in the US? Were they orphans? But then again, the Germans have somewhat of a history of performing experiments on their fellow man.

     
  • posted at 3:47 pm on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    Cogito This all sounds familiar. Didn't they claim that heroin was medicine to help you quit the opium habit? Ah yes. Okay lets call it medicine...I think gin was originally medicine for the stomach and wine was supposed to be for communion. Maybe you have to already be psycho to try this stuff? The big issue is driving. A wacked out moron sucking on a water pipe drving a big rig during commuter traffic on 99. If they get in an accident, how will you ever know if it was because they were high today or last week. There is no breathalyzer test for pot. I see higher auto insurance premiums. Can you imagine flying at 35,000 feet in a jumbo jet with all, the pilots zonked out and eating brownies and smoking dope. It okay and legal if they ever had a headache or menstrual cramps. LOL I can see the news reports now. 400 people killed from plane crash due to pilot having hallucinations and trying to land on the water.Not impressed with the logic.

     
  • posted at 9:53 am on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    A recently published German study of 2400 participants between the ages of 14 to 24 shows that pot smoking increases the chance for a person to become psychotic. There's a little side effect for ya.

     
  • posted at 3:33 am on Fri, May 28, 2010.

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    You've got to give potheads credit. This is the best scam ever!

     
  • posted at 10:12 am on Thu, May 27, 2010.

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    i'm pretty sure the government could make a huge profit if it legalized prostitution as well doesn't mean it's the smartest idea. It's all become about money. soon there will be more power in the drug companies hands.

     
  • posted at 6:23 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Reverend Doobie- I don't use aspirin so I don't care about regulation. I just want you to be responsible for your own chemo, radiation therapy and hospice care. Do the dope (why do you think they call it dope?) and pay your own way to the Farmville of your choice.

     
  • posted at 6:19 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    ReverendDoobie I never said that Cannabis caused cancer. I said smoking anything that burns carbon is inhaled deeply into the lungs --like pot ---will cause heat damage (that why they invented the water pipe) as well as carcinogenic byproducts of burning cannabis. The American Cancer Society does not recommend smoking anything. One study showed that light, occasional smoking of a joint showed no cause effect relationship with cancer of the lung, but cancers of the bladder, kidney and testes increased markedly.So I guess you are saying smoking dope infequently, you "only" increase risk of kidney bladder an nut cancer. As you smoke more, you are more risk for a primary cancer lesion in the lung. When that metastatizes to your brain and other organs you can now smoke all the dope you want to kill the pain from the cancer you gave yourself!I would be for pot use, as long as you paid tax on it so I don't have to take care of you in a hospice as you wait for the big Doobie in the sky and huff and puff all you want.

     
  • posted at 4:42 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Looks to me like "edumacation" needs a real edumacation. . ."Smoking anything causes lung cancer so smoking dope can frequently do damage to the lungs."Only one major flaw in your misinformed argument - Cannabis *prevents* cancer, and even kills certain kinds of head/neck cancers. . .Fact: Aspirin kills 500-1000 people *every year*Fact: Cannabis has killed exactly 0 (zero) people in 5,000 years.Which should be more regulated? Perhaps the one that kills people?

     
  • posted at 3:57 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    malcomkyle- The 4th largest crop in California is cannabis. Prices remain high. The drug is so plentiful that the medi-pot experiement serves to advertise and promote medicinal uses.Under Calfornia medi-pot laws, licensed medical pot users are allowed to grow pot for personal medication. Cannabis potency has also increased from 3-4% in the 70's to 25% today.There are hundreds of legal or state sanctioned pot growers.Garbageville, California has so much dope in the air, you can get high by driving through town on the freeway. Don't stop to buy a pizza, there might be too much oregano in it. Heroin ILLEGAL FELONY - low price high quality---and children users.Medical pot is legal under state law with state medical-pot farms...and potency has increased as well as its price. Pot- semi-legal (cops don't care), medium demand, high availability, high quality, high prices.Heroin- ILLEGAL, high demand ONLY from addicts, high availability, highest quality, lowest prices in history.Explain!

     
  • posted at 3:38 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    malcomkyle- Explain this!W.H.O. found the export of opium from Afganistan INCREASED since 911.Street prices of heroin dropped to a record low of today. As the supply increased so did the purity. From 4% purity before the war to 80% purity today. The recent gang drug wars in Mexico are partly because Mexican heroin is now competing with heroin from the Middle East.Market competition promoted quality and smuggling increases as prices drop lower and lower!Heroin WAS injected because of the low potency. Today, at 80% quality and at record low prices it is sprinkled in cigarettes or marijuana and smoked or snorted instead of injected. There are no dirty needles to worry about. HEROIN is now cheaper than pot or tobacco! Ask any smoker! In 2009, more than 3,000 died from Heroin overdose because of the high potency.The Ollie Norths of the world and the DEA are no longer the middlemen.Why is the market increasing? The average age for first use of heroin use has dropped to 11-12 years old. The drug is addicting and using has increased.

     
  • posted at 12:40 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    The war on drugs is a tale of a once great and free nation which fell down a rat hole into a fantasy world riddled with peculiar and dystopian logic. No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are we willing to foolishly risk our own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? For those of you who are still living in some strange parallel universe, one where prohibition actually works, may I suggest that you return to high school economics class, and learn about supply and DEMAND. Learn that you cannot up DEMAND simply by upping supply. Contrary to popular held superstition, drugs are not PUSHED, the drug dealers are filling a DEMAND not creating one. The DEMAND is here in the US and is impossible to control, but what is possible to control, is the income from that DEMAND. All we have to do is allow legal businesses to meet that DEMAND. Under proper regulation drug use will not rise, as it couldn't get any worse than it is at present.

     
  • posted at 6:28 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Dogs, I thought you said you didn't take any pain meds? So all of a sudden you take them for your runny nose and to go ni-ni? I don't think it's the pills that are your problem, but all the wine and beer you wash it down with. Why don't you losers talk about the great white man's favorite past time? Crack, meth, heroin and booze. That's ok cuase the white boys prefer those addictive means? And T&C, if you want to know who the good old boys are, get off your arse and look up good ol' boys on Wiki and then maybe you'll have some clue. You and dogs both need to sleep it off again tonight.

     
  • posted at 4:57 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    All I can say is wow. You people are lame. For years I have taken care of sick people. People with Ms, Cancer, Parkinson disease and among other illness. I watch my patients suffer I watch them struggle day to day. It’s incredibly sad. I medicate them with much harsher drugs! Drugs that help but kill you at the same time! In my eyes pot is a much better drug than lupron or other medications! If its medically necessary and the patient wants it than let them have it in peace. Its there life there decision. Just like when they take other medications that are worse! Until you have something seriously wrong with you please shut your mouth. And as for bashing Katrina saying shame on her? Shame on you! If this was an illegal operation in anyway it would of already been shut down. People really need to get there facts straight especially when they don’t have a clue what is really going on.

     
  • posted at 3:33 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    KGORLEY1- I am sorry to hear about your daughters' pain. But don't you think that that the appropriately prepared brownies, honey slides or lollipops would be more healthy than sucking up carcinogenic smoke? If she got the munchies she would lose the pain faster?

     
  • posted at 3:15 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Here's an idea...why dont all of you complainers go onto the Megans Law web site and see how many sex offenders live in your neighborhood, that way you have a ligitimate reason to complain! Are you serious? Some sound a little "anxious" to me...if you like, I can refer you to my Dr. Instead of looking at the negative, why not see the positve? I have seen the benefits first hand when my daughter had to recover from a serious and very painful operation. She's in her late 20s, and owns a successful business (may I add that these days, that is to be respected since so many are failing to keep the doors open), she chose to smoke instead of taking heavy pain medication. It worked for her and I have been for it since then. One thing that we can agree on as parents...regardless of how old your kids are, you don't want to see them suffer. Thanks to pot, I didnt have to. Bottom line...unless you know the facts your comments are based on ignorance!

     
  • posted at 2:37 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    OMG! I don't get why this is such a big deal! It isn't pot that you have to worry about, it's meth and alcohol! I bet there are plenty of liquor stores in Galt and no one seems to be worried about that!

     
  • posted at 1:36 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Two ways to get relief Max, either get you head or foot out of your orifice. Or roll a really big one.

     
  • posted at 1:23 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    I have situational dorsal orifice blogger adhc. Can I get anything that will help ???

     
  • posted at 1:09 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    lodivice, you left yourself open in your rant on T&C, there`s a big difference between wanting to get loaded and a need to get loaded, I had problems with my gut, to get relief I took a little pill every 6 hours, worked great. Granted both are narcotics, but the pill every 6 hours beets the hell out of sucking your brains out every couple of hours. I am no one to pass judgement, especially at 2 AM. Take a pill and go back to sleep and no pain, works for me.

     
  • posted at 12:55 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    T & C Sounds Like U Could Use Some T.H.C. Thank God U Don't Need What U Don't Want Others 2 Have Must B A Neat World U Live In (Say R U A M.D.?)

     
  • posted at 12:43 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    edumacation wrote on May 25, 2010 4:36 PM:" LJ Great link yesterday on Money Masters I have never seen it before. It is very accurate with a few areas that were not explored.Back to the GOB. The GOB does exist and they are a disease that many times afflicts small towns. If you want to know who they are...try reading some the names of some street signs and other markings like dogs on a bush."Are you trying to (IMPLY) that smoking pot could (CURE) this so-called (GOB) disease? LOL!

     
  • posted at 11:36 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    I could go to a doctor, though just like judge shopping , I might have to shop around to find one that would issue me a get loaded card. If I say I`m hurting, there isn`t a doctor or test that can prove I`m not. Not all the CT scans, Endoscopy, X-rays, blood tests, pee in a cup test and a million others can tell a doctor that I`m not, and I need to get loaded in order to get relief, every two hours. That took allot of nerve to open a pot house when a city ordinance won`t allow it, though it could be gone tomorrow. No need to break into the house of weed with all it`s security, just wait until the buyer comes out and rob him/her. If the house of weed is allowed to remain, a tax will have to be worked out, better still get it from the kid on the corner and cut out the middle man and tax. Who loves `ya baby, Garberville does.

     
  • posted at 11:36 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    LJ Great link yesterday on Money Masters I have never seen it before. It is very accurate with a few areas that were not explored.Back to the GOB. The GOB does exist and they are a disease that many times afflicts small towns. If you want to know who they are...try reading some the names of some street signs and other markings like dogs on a bush.

     
  • posted at 11:32 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    I don't see what all the fuss is about. There is more illegal (non-medicinal) pot around at low prices so I doubt if the doper-dirtbags who use the drug illegally will want to pay the higher price and be around people who actually have medical need for the drug. The main problem I see is not the drug or the business, its the route of administration. Smoking anything causes lung cancer so smoking dope can frequently do damage to the lungs. The marijuana coffee or tea is understandable, but not the joints, blunts or water pipes. This dope paraphernalia is so dirt-bag and detracts from the medi-pot argument.

     
  • posted at 9:26 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    T & C - It is better to be thought a FOOL then open your mouth(or blog) and be known as one. Ha Ha, I hope the GOB's in this town read this post!!

     
  • posted at 8:49 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Gee Wilickers T&C, I'm sure glad you don't need to get high. How does it feel being the only person in the world, by the way? Good? Lonely?

     
  • posted at 8:18 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Anybody else notice the sleeve of Ritz crackers she has open on her desk. Can you say MUNCHIES??

     
  • posted at 7:45 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Shame on you Katrina Mora!You are in violation of the Law. GPD, Cite her, and chain lock the door.To allow them to remain open contary to LAW means they might as well open up a massage parlor without and CMT's. Obey the law, everyone else has too.

     
  • posted at 7:43 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Well said Verity. Pot is a crutch and medical dispensaries are just an excuse for potheads to stay high legally. It's an addiction too. Sure, those with chronic whatever will find temporary relief, and pretty soon they will have to smoke more and more to find it. And then how do they feel once they come off the high? Irritable? Moody? Combative? Hostile? Violent? Don't kid yourselves re: pot. It's an addiction that costs, and who ends up paying are the innocent hard working people - families are destroyed, lives are ruined. Ask anyone who has watched a loved one addicted to pot and worse.....it's no day at the beach. All pot clinics should be shut down and pot should remain illegal.

     
  • posted at 7:43 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Legalizing POT does not slow or stop drug dealers in any way shape of form. Legalizing accesss to pot/possession simply allows more people to buy pot.There is no shortage of drs. who for a fee and office visit will be happy to give a patient a simple note so they can get high!Ahhh, life is so much better now after someone smokes pot and eats all the munchies they can. The problem is, after you are done smoking weed, you have less money; money you should have spent on necessary things, (Bills) not drugs to make someone else rich.

     
  • posted at 7:37 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Look here at the medical conditions you can say you have and get (A Simple Drs. Note so you can get as high as you want:Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), HIV infection Anorexia, Cachexia Arthritis Cancer Chronic pain Glaucoma Migraine Persistent muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis Seizures and Epilepsy Severe nausea Any other chronic or persistent medical condition that limits the ability of the patient to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Or if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient's safety, physical, or mental health --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Other diagnoses include, but are not limited to ADD, ADHD Hepatitis C (in conjunction with anti-viral treatment only) Neuropathy Chronic low back pain Asthma (treated via vaporizer only, smoking is not recommended) Parkinson's disease Huntington's chorea Wasting syndrome And others Under this Criteria Chronic low back pain which I have had since 1974, allows me to get HIGH 7 days a week.NO THANK YOU!I don't need to get high.

     
  • posted at 7:31 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Here is how EASY it is for POT SMOKERS to get a Calif POT Medical Card so they can get high as much as they want:A document signed by a California licensed health provider stating your qualifying diagnosis. This document needs to be less than 12 months old, unless you have a permanent condition (ex: HIV or MS). A simple note from your doctor stating your medical condition is sufficient. This note does not need to mention cannabis - that's our job. Prior medicinal marijuana recommendations do not qualify. A recommendation from Rainbow Cannabis can NOT be provided without appropriate verification your diagnosis. We rely on your documentation to maintain our low fees.http://cannabisdoc.com/"A simple note from your doctor stating your medical condition is sufficient.." hOW absurb IS THAT?"

     
  • posted at 7:27 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    If someone says they have (SEVERE Migraines, or are Depressed, or have long term Back pain, like I do and a host of other NON-Life-threatening conditions, you qualify for a (POT) smoke all you want to get high Medical card! What a joke! This is just a way for people to GET HIGH Legally and go over to your apt for a (Smoke-Out)!Pot should be STRICTLY regulated by the government and only thru tight MEDICAL documentation and Drug testing and Criminal records check, be allowed to go to a LICENSED pharmacy that already regulates Narcotic drugs. POT SHOPS have one purpose and one purpose only, to give drug addicts access to pot!SHUT that place down GALT!

     
  • posted at 5:55 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    maybe this will get galt off of the meth

     
  • posted at 4:14 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Really what is the big deal? It is regulated and dispensed in a responsible way. Not only that it would allow someone in this highly unemployed country to gain a position. I know, I had an interview with them yesterday. Wow, weed!! You know and I know that if someone wants to get high wether it be for medicinal purposes or not, they will find it. Whats better, legally purchasing it or taking it to the streets and illegaly purchasing it? Looks like this place is a better option all around.

     
  • posted at 3:46 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on May 25, 2010 8:28 AM:They're afraid. Why are they afraid to hire an investigative reporter to expose the corruption rather than hiding it? Thru your eyes pre$$ur$on... EVERYONE is AFRAID to STOP the Good Old Boys! Not just other people in power in Lodi, but the Court System in Lodi, The County, The State and Federal Levels as well. Heck, the entire nation as you allege, is afraid of Lodi GOB's!I submit that You and only YOU pre$$ur$on is afraid of what you amusingly refer to as (GOB'S).

     
  • posted at 3:42 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on May 25, 2010 8:28 AM:" Selmers, thanks for the blog of the year. The Weybrets at the Sentinel protect the good old boys, of which they belong themselves along with their editor, and seem to protect the group of corrupt and once well respected good old boys and their families, associates, relatives, corrupt businesses, city management and council, etc."By (NAME) pre$$ur$on, please (IDENTIFY) Every (GOB) in Lodi and state the evidence supporting your belief that GOB's Exist... contracy to City, County, State Or Federal law. If you REFUSE to present your FACTS about GOB's Wrong-doing to a LEGAL Court of JURISDICTION, all it boils down to is that you are JEALOUS of those who have MONEY and that you are poor.I am poor but surprisingly see NO GOB's in Lodi, and if I did I would not resent them. There will always be those who have more then other people alll accross America.Be a man and suck it up, and leave the GOB's alone!

     
  • posted at 3:39 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Great Post Longtimer - Doesn't the city have bigger fish to fry??

     
  • posted at 3:37 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    If it is against the law, why is Galt Police not shutting it down right now?

     
  • posted at 3:35 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Too bad for you, O City "Leaders" of Galt - Since you've not only failed, but refused, to comply with State Law, these people are complying for you.Sit! Stay!

     
  • posted at 3:28 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Selmers, thanks for the blog of the year. The Weybrets at the Sentinel protect the good old boys, of which they belong themselves along with their editor, and seem to protect the group of corrupt and once well respected good old boys and their families, associates, relatives, corrupt businesses, city management and council, etc. They make their own rules and even one doesn't break them, they can eject you any time they like, sometimes without warning. Seems they're afraid of the good old boys and girls and don't want to lose their place in the pecking order and pig trough. Why do you think their own friends and council members let them off so cheap on their $50 million share of the pollution-contamination lawsuit? And why haven't they even made an effort to clean up the contamination on the property they are presently on? Same goes with Mayor Katzakian and the Lodi Printing property. That property sits vacant Katz should be forced to pay to have the contamination removed. Why doesn't the Sentinel ever write any articles concerning corruption like this? They're afraid. Why are they afraid to hire an investigative reporter to expose the corruption rather than hiding it?

     
  • posted at 3:11 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    We Need One In Lodi

     
  • posted at 2:56 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Well, one trip to Wal Mart in Lodi will show you there's more dopers there than any med MJ dispensary ever dreamed of having come through the doors. It is not pot though. Its meth and oxycontin killing the community, killing any motivation, any hope of a future. But, thats what our government wants, a brain dead society that will elect people like Obama to actively take away everything you ever worked for, and give it to the entitled and illegals. Wake up folks, and choose some good battles.

     
  • posted at 2:28 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    So Selmers...you are in favor of personal attacks, ridicule, and disparaging comments? As a private business, the Lodi News Sentinel has every right to expect civil discourse in the comments section.

     
  • posted at 1:47 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    I see Nazism is alive and well at lodinews.com! I am referring to the NOTE FROM EDITOR. Freedom of speech, as long as you say what we like, or you're banned! This is the garbage that is shaping our culture to look like it supports immoral issues when in fact, it doesn't. But how are we to know when we don't have a voice? Shame on you, lodinews!

     
  • posted at 1:41 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    Just what we need in Galt. Another dope house. Why not, People of Galt says NO on Wal-Mart, Yes on Dope House.

     
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