Marin Pot Club: Kids Welcome!
Speaking before the Fairfax Planning Commission, Shaw, the founding director of the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, suggested that a local rule keeping minors out of pot stores was tantamount to failing to provide youthful cancer victims with proper medical attention.
"No other club would deny a young person in chemo from coming in and picking out the kind of medicine that appeals to them," Shaw was quoted as saying in the Times story.
According to the Contra Costa Times article, Shaw has become a significant economic player in the small Marin town; her business is among Fairfax's top-10 sales tax contributors. She's asked the town's planning commission to allow her to deliver pot door-to-door in order to better compete with out-of-town deliveries from places such as San Francisco.
"Some of our patients have been scared by the people who showed up when they called for service: people with terrible police records, people who came in with stuff that was old. We think it's important for patients to know who's coming to their door," she was quoted as saying.
The Fairfax Planning Commission aims to take up proposals to change that and other pot club rules May 20.
Her assertion that cancer-suffering kids need to be able to buy pot directly from her wouldn't be the first time Shaw publicly expressed broad views about the herb's medical value.
In 2001 I wrote a column about Shaw's failed drive to recall Marin DA Paula Kamena as punishment for bringing to trial just one out of 73 pot arrests over a two year period. I asked Shaw about her motivations for founding a pot business. She said reefer helped what she called her "chemical injury illness," one of a number of pot-treatable conditions she said she suffered.
"I was formerly a battered woman; I was almost strangled to death. I have a shoulder injury that's a source of constant chronic pain. I had to go through abused women's services here. I got a lot of support. I will never be the same and will always hurt every day of my life. I can't take common medicines they prescribe for this. I have to live in Marin County, a pollution-free area. I'm always having allergic reactions. The use of cannabis really helps to strengthen me. I think it balances me out, or strengthens my immune system -- actually I have a hyper immune system. I used to have anorexia. It seems to reduce the symptoms of having a hyper immune system. If someone sprays pesticide, I have an allergic attack. I'm shaking. I'm ready to throw up. My boyfriend will run and get me a joint. I'll take one hit -- it's a bronchial dilator -- and I can relax, I can breathe, the swelling reduces. One hit will reduce a lot of these symptoms, and it reduces the panic. It treats the panic and anxiety along with the physical symptoms. Also, eating the brownies with marijuana was also good for me. It balances out my system. Now I can even go to L.A. with all that smog. I can be less of a woman in a bubble, and if a car drives by, I don't faint. I really just want to be a normal person. I tried everything -- everything. I was on disability, I was on welfare. It was very frightening, and the doctors couldn't figure out what was going on. Finally I found a doctor who believed me. He started me on macrobiotic brown rice, then we started on cannabis, and that stopped it."Last we checked, by the way, kids of any age can enjoy macrobiotic brown rice. And without a prescription, too.