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Santa Rosa Snippets - October 2016 - Elaine Holtz


Santa Rosa Snippets - October 2016 - Elaine Holtz

Cannabis helps Veterans with PTSD 

At t their monthly meeting of Women Grow, an organization that connects, educates, and empowers diverse leaders in all segments of the cannabis industry, Dr. Perry Solomon, M.D., Sgt. Aaron Augustis and Lynnette Shaw of the Veterans Cannabis Group ( talked about how Cannabis is helping veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). Statistics show that an average of 22 veterans commits suicide daily. According to Dr. Solomon doctors who treat veterans at the veteran’s hospital continue to rely on alternatives such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet for PTSD which he thinks could be adding to their PTSD.

Like many Iraq veterans, Augustis said he suffers from PTSD and found that cannabis was a major help for him. A slide presentation of his experience in the USA Army where was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 was shown and one could see and feel the stress he was under. He attests to the medical effects of cannabis when dealing with such traumatic life events such as the war in Iraq.

While concise medical research has yet to prove to the FDA the benefits of cannabis in treating post-traumatic stress, many veterans have turned to medical cannabis as an effective alternative to addictive and mood altering painkillers. The number of vets turning to cannabis has led the DEA to approve a medical cannabis study in relation to PTSD earlier this year. A group representing millions of U.S. military veterans has called on Congress to reclassify cannabis as a drug with potential medical value. Solomon said the Department of Veterans Affairs can no longer deny medical treatment to veterans who test positive for cannabis as it once could, but Veterans Health Administration doctors still cannot prescribe or recommend cannabis for their patients. 

Northbay Organizing Project (NBOP) “Under One Roof: Strength in Diversity:” 

The NBOP public meeting is happening on Oct. 16 at the Santa Rosa High School auditorium from 3-5pm. The meeting will celebrate the enormous victories of rent stabilization and just cause eviction policies in Santa Rosa and challenges the greed that is organizing against those victories. NBOP is also working for fare-less transit for all students, restorative discipline in our schools and the implementation of ethnic studies. The purpose of the event is to celebrate and advance NBOP’s campaigns, where participants can experience the power of people in our Democracy along with uniting leaders in common cause to fight for the public good. 

Saturday Morning Coffee – Advocacy for Black Students 

A group of concerned citizens meet every Saturday morning at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa from 10-12am to discuss school climate around race and compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people from discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title VI states, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Saturday Morning Coffee was founded by Raquel Mack, whose son experienced racial discrimination and harassment while a student at Analy High school. After going public with their story, she became aware that other Black students throughout the county were having similar experiences. The focus is on students of color however all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions or concerns contact her at 

Happy Birthday to the National Organization for Women (NOW) 

NOW is celebrating 50 years of the history of activism on behalf of women. Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique (1963) was a co-founder along with Rev. Pauli Murray, the first African American woman Episcopal priest. Murray wrote NOW’s original Statement of Purpose which begins with, “The purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.”

On October 22, the Sonoma County NOW Chapter will celebrate the 50th Anniversary with a buffet at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa. A fifteen minute film on the life of Inez Milholland Boissevain (August 6, 1886 – November 25, 1916) a suffragist who was active in the National Woman’s Party and a key participant in the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 will be shown. For further information call (707) 573-9373. 

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15: 

A Gold Resolution was given by the Board of Supervisors in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15. The day is also the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries. During National Hispanic Heritage Month recognition is given to contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. 

Elaine B. Holtz is producer/Host of “Women’s Spaces” on KBBF 89.1FM Monday 11-12 noon & 11-12 midnight. Visit her website at: Become a Fan on Facebook.