Stuff co.nz 18 June 2015Prime Minister John Key is unconvinced by a doctor’s claim that the pure form of ecstasy is safer than alcohol and should be legalised.Emergency medical specialist and clinical toxicologist Paul Quigley told Fairfax Media there was mounting evidence that MDMA was one of the safest intoxicants around, especially when compared with alcohol. Liquor-related injuries and illnesses made up about two-thirds of late-night and weekend admissions at Wellington Hospital’s accident and emergency department, he said.Although Key said he had not seen any official advice on the safety of ecstasy, and was unfamiliar with Quigley’s reasoning, he thought it unlikely his Government would legalise it. “Anything I’ve seen in relation to this drug has been deeply negative, so I can’t see why it would be.”He believed the societal harm from such a move would be “very, very significant”. Such legalisation would be a very different step from harnessing the non-psychotic medicinal properties of cannabis for patients such as Alex Renton, whose mother’s quest to treat her son’s prolonged seizures with cannabinoid oil hit headlines this month.But Quigley’s controversial call has been backed by the New Zealand Drug Foundation, and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said that, although the idea was a “long shot”, he would discuss its merits with Quigley, the head of Wellington Hospital’s emergency department.Legalising and regulating the sale and manufacture of MDMA – or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine – could put a dent in the black market for other more harmful drugs flooding the market, Quigley said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/69462806/john-key-unconvinced-by-emergency-doctors-call-to-legalise-mdmaResource: The Truth About Ecstasyhttp://www.saynotodrugs.org.uk/ecstasy.pdf
MONTEBELLO – There might be no better place to meet with voters than their polling place, and that’s exactly what Robert Urteaga did Wednesday night at the Senior Villas. Urteaga, one of six candidates running for two seats on the Montebello City Council, held a “coffee klatch” with some of the 200 seniors who live at the facility. Some of Urteaga’s opponents were unhappy with the setting of the event. “The property is not only a polling place, but it’s leased from the city,” said incumbent Bob Bagwell, who is running against Urteaga. “Everyone should have been invited to speak.” “There are no prohibitions related to this sort of activity,” said spokeswoman Marcia Ventura. “Other than on Election Day.” The Montebello Senior Villas is one of four senior housing developments in the city. The property itself was built by TELACU and is owned by Hank Attina, a developer who is backing the recall of City Councilman Jeff Siccama. Attina did not return a call seeking comment. Siccama is not up for re-election. Besides Urteaga and Bagwell, the field includes incumbent Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid, former Councilwoman Kathy Salazar, Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano and Leo Rodriguez. The off-year election is scheduled for Nov. 6. Bagwell said Thursday he was concerned that low voter turnout coupled with solid support for Urteaga from within the Montebello Senior Villas could sway the election. Montebello has about 61,000 residents and about 20,000 registered voters. Voter turnout could be as low as 4,000 or 5,000, Bagwell said. “It could change the election,” Bagwell said. “Because we’re probably looking at a small turnout. These voters could sway an election and separate the winners from the losers.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But, Urteaga, 32, defended the campaign stop, and claims his opponents are slinging mud in an election he’s said he’s “100 percent sure to win.” “I got to speak to 100 seniors who live there and are on board with me,” Urteaga said. “Yes, it is a polling place, but I don’t find it as a conflict.” Urteaga said if the meeting poses a problem to other candidates he would back any effort to monitor the polls at the Senior Villas. “If we need to bring some extra poll watchers so there’s assurances there’s nothing illegal, I would back that,” he said. “I don’t want there to be a perception of something that it’s not.” A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk’s Office said meeting with voters at the place where they vote is perfectly legal – except on Election Day.
Inishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that his office has received numerous calls from worried constituents after the HSE announced that a total of 23 gluten-free foods have been removed from the HSE drugs list.Cllr Murray said that these are essential food items for those with coeliac disease and should not have been considered for removal.He said “I have been contacted by many people with coeliac disease in Inishowen who are deeply concerned about the HSE’s removal of these essential food items from the medical card drugs list. None of those who contacted me were aware that these cuts were coming until they went to buy food. “At least 1 in 100 people have coeliac disease and cannot consume gluten. These people must therefore buy gluten-free foods which can cost up to 5 times the price of similar items.“No one makes the choice to become a coeliac. For the sake of their health they have to consume gluten-free food. Like everyone else, they should be entitled to avail of basic food such as bread – gluten-free bread is not a luxury item.”The Buncrana-based councillor said one man who contacted me, has four other coeliac sufferers in his family.The HSE is now asking his family to spend 5 times what others would, just to eat basic food, he said. “Minister James Reilly is forcing the HSE to make drastic decisions and heap hardship onto thousands of families in Donegal in order to keep up with his cuts. He needs to abandon this destructive course of action immediately.“My colleague Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has committed to raising this issue with the Minister as a matter of priority as soon as the Dáil reconvenes.”http://tinyurl.com/c663jmlHUNDREDS OF DONEGAL PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY GLUTEN FOOD MOVE – MURRAY was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Jack Murraygluten foodHSE