Medical Marijuana: Ok, It’s Legal. Now, How Do We Live With It?

Health officials: Student infected with measles may have spread illness on BART, UC Berkeley campus

BART riders make their way to San Francisco from Lafayette. Public health officials released a warning after a student diagnosed with measles used BART to

Mr. LaBonte maintains that the HOA was out of line in trying to keep people from smoking pot for medical reasons in their own homes and says he is glad common sense prevailed. “They’re there to dictate things about house callers and make sure that nobody does car repairs in their front lawn and have cars up on jacks, things of that nature,” he says of association leaders. This HOA in Chandler, Ariz., and others like it, more accustomed to dealing with gaudy decorations than pot smoking, are having to tread into uncharted waters as states increasingly liberalize marijuana laws. Arizona voters narrowly passed a medical marijuana law in 2010. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz It’s just one example of the issues arising across the US as new marijuana laws take hold. In Tigard, Ore., the city council voted Tuesday night to outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries, even before they become legal in March. Last week, a state Senate panel in Salem, Ore., heard testimony on whether municipalities should be able to issue such bans. Meanwhile, Michigan’s highest court last week ruled that cities cannot bar medical marijuana because that would conflict with the state’s 2008 law that allows the use of medical marijuana. “It’s a brand-new ball game,” says Bob Meisner, a Michigan attorney who focuses on laws related to community associations.

in the know

BART riders make their way to San Francisco from Lafayette. Public health officials released a warning after a student diagnosed with measles used BART to travel between the UC Berkeley campus and his home in Contra Costa County last week. (Contra Costa Times/Nader Khouri) Public health officials confirmed that the student had not been vaccinated and was likely infected with measles during a recent trip to Asia. Before being diagnosed, the student spent time in Berkeley, attending classes and using BART on several days. “Measles is a very serious viral illness and very contagious,” said Erika Jenssen, communicable disease program chief for Contra Costa County Public Health. The student is now recovering at home and not attending classes. His is the second case of measles diagnosed in Contra Costa County in the last five years. Measles symptoms can begin one to three weeks after exposure and can include high fever, runny nose, coughing and watery red eyes. A rash may develop on the face and neck two to three days after the fever begins and can spread down the body. The rash usually lasts five or six days. An infected person is contagious for several days before and after the rash appears. Serious but rare complications can include ear infections, pneumonia or encephalitis.

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