Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

May 18, 2010
Forum stirs discussion on medical cannabis, community issues

As the City of Sacramento looks to cap the number of marijuana dispensaries in town and county zoning officials seek to disallow them, Sacramento's Capital Public Radio and The Sacramento Bee will convene a panel Wednesday night to illuminate the medical, legal and community debate.

Insight host Jeffrey Callison will moderate the 6 p.m. forum that will be broadcast on 90.9 FM in Sacramento, 90.5 FM in Tahoe/Reno, 88.1 FM in Quincy and 91.3 FM in Stockton/Modesto. A web chat will begin at 6 p.m. at www.secondopinions.org.

Panelists include Dr. Barth Wilsey, a clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain medication at the UC Davis Medical Center, Dr. Deborah Malka of the MediCann medical marijuana clinics, Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness and local dispensary operators Sara Sinclair of SaraJane and Sonny Kumar of the El Camino Wellness Center.

The Bee's California Forum section kicked off the discussion Sunday with a review of contrasting research on marijuana. On Monday, readers debated a pointed question: Do you consider marijuana to be medicine or purely a recreational drug? See a link here.

Meanwhile, the Bee's editorial cartoonist Rex Babin stirred the debate with his provocative Sunday cartoon, below.


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