growing and selling of cannabis will go to the
California Highway Patrol to find a protocol
for determining if a driver is impaired because
of ingesting marijuana.
What, if any, is your personal connection
to cannabis? Before taking my job with the
City of San Rafael, I was the caregiver for my
father-in-law as he experienced an extensive
and painful period of illnesses involving
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple sclerosis
and cancer. At first the doctors prescribed
heavy medications, some of them opioids.
However, they not only didn’t ease the pain,
they seemed to make him groggy, even
depressed. We gave it considerable thought
before turning to medical marijuana, and it
was intriguing for us to learn how different
strains of cannabis perform different medical
roles. There are forms of cannabis that don’t
have a psychoactive effect, just pain management. My father-in-law eventually passed
away, but I am witness to the fact cannabis
made the last months of his life at least bearable. He regained much of his appetite, his
pain diminished significantly and he was definitely more mobile. As to my husband and I
using recreational cannabis, the answer is no.
To date, what are your firsthand impressions
of the legalization of cannabis? The immense
thoughtfulness and level of scrutiny that this
product and business are going through are
unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and
it surprises people. I’m lucky I had those two
years in Santa Rosa and watched its cannabis
economy evolve. And I realize every community has to go at its own pace in coming
up with a cannabis program that works for it.
This is a rare moment in time; this is a movement, and it’s coming. My job is never dull
because there are a lot of unknowns. All the
different lenses to look through: social justice,
economics, enforcement and public safety.
Overall, I think we are going to be OK as long
as we keep adapting and evolving. m
San Rafael, like the County of
Marin, seems headed to
licensing delivery services of
medical marijuana only.
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