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April 3rd, 2002 Katherine Sharpe | News Stories
 

"What do you think about the proposal to make medical marijuana available to more people?"

     
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Match the photo with the response. Answers below.


(A)
JUSTIN COPP
, 26 Doorman, Southeast Portland


(B)
KAREN SHIELDS
, 53 Office manager, Gearhart

 


(C)

ROBERT AONGUS, 34 Freelance photographer, Cornelius


(D)
JENNIFER DUKE
, 21 Student, Bellingham, Wash.

 

ANSWER #1: "I'm all for expanding who can use it, even for things like sleep-deprivation cases, because that stuff'll knock you right out. To tell you the truth, I think it should be legal anyway. They say it's a gateway drug, but there's cigarettes and alcohol before that."

ANSWER #2: "I say decriminalize it altogether. It just makes sense. It's possible that it has medical value; I don't know. Make it accessible to the people who think they need it, and if that opens a door to decriminalization, I think that's good."

ANSWER #3: "I think it's perfectly justified to use it for medical reasons; if you've got cancer and that's the only way you can get the food down, then you need it. It's a tricky area because there's not really a line between medicinal use and free use. I think that if you want to keep it illegal for recreational use, you'll have to keep the medicinal laws strict. It's a political question."

ANSWER #4: "I'm really liberal, and I think that they should legalize it totally. I think that it makes people feel better, but I can't smoke it because it makes me choke. Have you ever seen the tar that comes out of the pipes? Though if you're really sick I guess it doesn't matter that you'd be putting tar in your lungs. I'd rather have a martini, personally."

 

 

 

 

 

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In addition to the 26 emails exchanged, his site also provides links to a Better Business Bureau report on Sound City (thumbs down) and other customer feedback (double thumbs down) and details of an investigation by Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers' office.

Swain was one of 50 customers who filed complaints with the AG's office alleging that Sound City never shipped some CDs they'd paid for, didn't refund money promptly and charged customers' credit cards far in advance of delivery.

Last month, in a settlement with Myers' office, Simmons (who could not be reached for comment) agreed to stop doing business in Oregon and to provide restitution.

The settlement wasn't the first for Simmons' family: In 1990, her husband, Ladislav Hanousek, then president of Sound City USA, signed an agreement with the AG not to sell counterfeit, bootlegged or pirated merchandise.

And, thanks to Swain, all the details are only a mouse-click away. "This turned into a real grudge match," says Swain, who is a software developer. "Had it happened pre-Internet, I wouldn't have had a forum at all."

 
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