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Pot package leads to bust

Original post made on May 2, 2013

A Danville man was arrested for shipping nearly a pound of marijuana after a UPS driver noticed a package with an odd smell and brought it to the Pleasanton police department, according to police reports.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

We have bigger crimes to solve .. stop wasting resources on petty ones.

Thanks for listening.

Julia Pardini from beautiful Alamo

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Posted by Marrushi
a resident of Alamo
on May 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I agree, Julie, marijuana needs to be decriminalized immediately. End the marijuana prohibition today!

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Posted by Debora
a resident of San Ramon
on May 3, 2013 at 10:50 am

Are you friggin' kidding me???!!! Marijuana is killing our kids, breaking up families, it is a depressant, a gateway drug to much worse, increasing our crime etc!!!! Marijuana makes you stupid! Right now I would love to go out and grab every dope feen and try to get them the help they need. Marijuana now is not the marijuana thatwas smoked in the 60's and 70's people! In working with people here in the San Ramon Valley I tell you come to a Nar-anon Meeting of friends and family members who deal with those that are addicted to Marijuana and other drugs and listen to their stories and lives and you will change your mind in a heartbeat! Please from the bottom and top of my heart I pray they never legalize marijuana here in California or anywhere because marijuana has caused alot of grief in my life and I would not wish it on my worst enemy!

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Posted by Jake
a resident of Alamo
on May 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Sorry for your problems Debora. A member of my family had a drug problem and it made life very difficult for a lot of friends and family. Decriminalizing is not the same as condoning or promoting use. We can still have penalties for being under the influence, as we do for drinking. We have not done well with the current system so there are those who would look for other ways to work this problem rather than within the criminal justice system. Perhaps some of the resources used for criminal prosecution can be diverted to prevention and treatment and by having things in the open more people would seek help. A side affect could be removing the gangs and drug lords from the system.

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Posted by Debora
a resident of San Ramon
on May 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Jake thank you and I too am sorry for what the disease of addiction may have played in your family and friends life. I understand completely what you are saying. Yes I don't believe that the marijuana user should go to prison even tough it might save their life. I would like to have a diversion program to send them to in the community to have them work and make a better place right here by having them working in the areas so that we can free up some funds to have those much needed facilities and programs for those here locally that need help. Our kids here in the San Ramon Valley have to go to Oakland, Antioch, Concord etc. to find help and that is ridiculous! Put a facility right by the police station where the old Mudds Restaurant used to be. There are other areas that could be used. I feel so bad for those parents whose children are young now and as this gets worse because no one is doing anything about it well their job is going to be really hard. One thing there are no outlets for those students who do not fit within the box at schools or in the community. There are no vocational programs for those students who may need something different to interest them in going to school like auto shop, domestic classes like cooking and sewing or just basic life skills etc. Unless you are college bound well you are sh*t out of luck . Does your 4.0 - 5.0 student know how to change their oil or change a tire? Maintain a checking account or even how to open one? How about turn the water or power off at your home? Unplug the toilet? Mend a piece of clothing like just replace a button? Cook or clean the house? I can go on and on. These kids are feeling lost. They feel like an alien and are in pain and have nowhere else to turn but to self medicate with marijuana and drugs to relieve the pain. So continue to build more houses and bring in more people, especially those from countries who basically find that education is everything and there is nothing else in life, no sports, no fun, no extracurricular activities and School Spirit will be a thing of the past too. I heard today that at one of the schools in Windemere turned their baseball field into something else because they could not make a baseball team! So if we went to their country they would turn their field into a Baseball Field? Not!!! Anyway I have lived in this Valley for 31 years and have seen a lot of change. Change is good but when it starts killing American Kids in my community and their heritage well I am really sad that we are allowing this to happen as Americans! God help us!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on May 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Deborah -

Are you saying that, in America -- this land of immigrants -- the residents of Dougherty Valley are not Americans?

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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

@Deborah, it's clear that you have had some experience around addiction issues (me too, but with siblings, cousins and two nephews), and I am so sorry for that. I also think that it is tough for some kids to find their place in the world, whether that be college, vocational school, some other passion that is meaningful to them outside of employment, etc.

Many of the things you mention in your post, however, are things that my husband and I taught our kids and didn't expect them to learn from school (car maintenance, emergency shut offs in the home, domestic chores for example). I also don't find that extracurricular interests are being marginalized by smart kids (4.0+ students - I didn't end up with one of those either) or by families from other countries.

I think it's really hard to be a parent and watch kids struggle in any way, whether it is with grades, addiction, bullying, etc. I'm not sure I follow how you arrive at seeing immigrant families or the 4.0+ kids and their families as the reason behind these difficulties, however.

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