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News Update – Happy Holidays From PAN

From: “Axis of Love SF, Shona Gochenaur” – December 13, 2012

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Patient Advocacy Network < s..s@a2c2.us> wrote: > Happy Holidays From Patient Advocacy Network – > > Please consider doing any of the follow this Holiday Season: > > Send a card to a Drug War Prisoner – > http://panorg.blogspot.com/2012/11/prisoner-outreach-workshop-update-fall.html > > Visit Elder Cancer Patient Jaime Green in the hospital – > http://panorg.blogspot.com/2012/12/freedom-fighter-jaime-green-in-hospital.html > > Make an end-of-the-year donation to PAN – > Donations to PAN are tax-deductible and can be any amount. Whether it’s > $4.20, $15.00, $25.00 or more, it all adds up and is extremely > appreciated. Due to interference by local and federal authorities, a > number of PAN’s regular sponsors have had to cut back on their > contributions. As a result PAN has an end of the year shortfall. We are > grateful for your support. > > Direct link to PAN’s donate button – > https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=UK0hzI4-IhUfidCRqmF39cIlWm7x9pscXz6L5QZNaR1UJv9nrXy9NIsjNTe&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d0b7e678a25d883d0fa72c947f193f8fd > > PAN has a number of programs that could use regular sponsorship for 2013. > Our annual budget for these programs is reasonable and PAN is transparent > with our sponsors. Please ask about sponsoring any of PAN’s news, > information, educational, advocacy, legislative, prisoner and court > services, legal defense funds and patient care. Contact PAN at (323) > 334-5282. > > Many blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season and through the New Year. > > News and information below. > > Sincerely, > > Degé Coutee > Executive & Program Director > Patient Advocacy Network > > @PAN4Compassion > www.CannabisSavesLives.org > (323) 334-5282 > > PAN is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization > > ******** > > PAN News Update – December 2012 Edition > > > The Limited Immunity Ban on dispensaries in Los Angeles has not yet > appeared on any committee or council agenda since being heard by the > city’s planning commission. The likelihood that it will be considered > before the holiday break is slim, but PAN will continue to keep watch the > movement of this ordinance. > > Many provisions of this ‘limited ban’ would force most collectives to close. > LA City Report On Limited Immunity Ban > http://www.scribd.com/doc/114792340/MMJNEWS-Los-Angeles-Limited-Immunity-Ordinance-City-Report-20121119-pdf > > > Around California – > > Marijuana goes mainstream > http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121205/NEWS/121209804 > > Los Angeles Planning Commission OKs new rules for medical marijuana > http://www.scpr.org/blogs/news/2012/11/29/11316/planning-commission-oks-new-rules-medical-marijuan/ > > Medical Marijuana Business Supported By Majority Of L.A. City Voters > http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/12/medical_marijuana_supported_los_angeles_voters_initiatives.php > > Harborside Health Center: Landlord Can’t Evict Medical Marijuana Dispensary > http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/12/harborside_update_landlord_can.php > > Pot Clinic Can’t Catch a Break With Landlords > http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/11/26/52547.htm > Feds Say City Can’t Stop Medical Pot Crackdown > http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/12/10/52978.htm > > Oakland pot club case goes to magistrate > http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Oakland-pot-club-case-goes-to-magistrate-4106761.php > > Oakland cites surprise medical pot backer > http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Oakland-cites-surprise-medical-pot-backer-4113767.php > > Palm Springs gives illegal pot shops an ultimatum > http://www.mydesert.com/article/20121206/NEWS01/312060046/Palm-Springs-gives-illegal-pot-shops-an-ultimatum?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1 > > RIVERSIDE: Medical marijuana dispensary ban upheld > againhttp:// www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20121203-riverside-medical-pot-dispensary-ban-upheld.ece > MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Wait for Cal Supreme Court, clinic attorney says > http://blog.pe.com/crime-blotter/2012/12/05/medical-marijuana-wait-for-cal-supreme-court-clinic-attorney-says/ > > Prosecutor Unhappy Medical Marijuana Shop Ringleader Was Released On Bail; > But Is Secretive About Her Reasoning > http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/11/john_melvin_walker_marijuana_t.php > > Feds subpoena Mendocino County pot records > http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121127/ARTICLES/121129668 > > Mendocino Co. hires SF lawyer due to fed subpoena over marijuana > http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/ci_22173338 > > Santa Cruz County handling of medical pot records praised > http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_22117778/santa-cruz-county-handling-medical-pot-records-praised > > Los Angeles Councilmember Zine Talks About Mobile Cameras to Combat Crime, > and Medical Marijuana > http://encino.patch.com/articles/zine-talks-about-mobile-cameras-to-combat-crime-and-medical-marijuana-video > > VISTA OFFICIALS SUING MEDICAL MARIJUANA SHOPS TO SHUT THEM DOWN > http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/dec/09/tp-vista-officials-suing-medical-marijuana-shops/ > > So. Lake Tahoe: Arrest, smell could shutter marijuana dispensary > http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20121129/NEWS/1(phone#-removed)&parentprofile=1056 > > Judge orders Rancho Mirage medical marijuana dispensary to shut down > http://www.mydesert.com/article/20121205/NEWS01/312050007/Judge-orders-RM-pot-dispensary-close?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1 > > San Diego – Marijuana arrests plummet 90% countywide > http://www.nctimes.com/special-reports/crime-fire/marijuana-arrests-plummet-countywide/article_5b303f27-edb6-551f-8043-488b5a05baf4.html > > Repeal of medical marijuana guidelines rejected by Sonoma County supervisors > http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121211/ARTICLES/1(phone#-removed)/opinion?Title=Repeal-of-medical-marijuana-guidelines-rejected-by-Sonoma-County-supervisors > > Declared a nuisance in Berkeley, medical marijuana collective ordered closed > http://www.insidebayarea.com/oakland-tribune/ci_22083911 > > Berkeley targets third marijuana outlet > http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_22170194/berkeley-targets-third-marijuana-outlet > > Humboldt Co. Supes extend pot dispensary moratorium; prompted by federally > inspired evictions, county adds exception > http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_22128370/supes-extend-pot-dispensary-moratorium-prompted-by-federally > > Fort Bragg – City outlines its medical marijuana cultivation policy > http://www.advocate-news.com/local/ci_22089634/city-outlines-its-medical-marijuana-cultivation-policy > > Kern County medicinal marijuana shops stay put for now > http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/Kern-County-medicinal-marijuana-shops-stay-put/5jBFlaUIBk-WMg4h4kjskw.cspx > Kern County supervisors fine medical marijuana dispensary > http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x76662110/County-supervisors-fine-medical-marijuana-dispensary > > Kern Co. – MediPot Groups Say County Changed the Rules > http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/12/13/53091.htm > > Murrieta Police Confirm Investigation into Medical Marijuana Dispensary > http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/murrieta-police-confirm-investigation-into-medical-marijuana-dispensary > > Medical marijuana grow measure wins OK from Yuba supes > http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/marijuana-121731-yuba-measure.html > > Yuba City medical marijuana advocate invents fortified greenhouse > http://www.news10.net/news/local/article/220621/2/Customized-greenhouse-may-be-answer-to-medical-marijuana-grow-bans > > Contra Costa Co. – Pittsburg planners recommend permanent ban on pot clubs > http://www.contracostatimes.com/rss/ci_22173760?source=rss > > Concord Moves Forward with Banning Outdoor Medical Marijuana Cultivation > http://blog.sfgate.com/incontracosta/2012/12/11/concord-moves-forward-with-banning-outdoor-medical-marijuana-cultivation/ > > Evangelicals offer cannabis with Christ > http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/evangelicals-offer-cannabis-with-christ/?cat_orig=faith > > Medical Marijuana Users Can Get Booted From Public Housing at Any Time > http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/12/medical_marijuana_users_can_lo.php > > Around The U.S. – > Holder Says Administration Will Announce Marijuana Policy Soon > http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-12-11/holder-says-administration-will-announce-marijuana-policy-soon > > Lawmakers Introduce Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act > http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/11/lawmakers_introduce_respect_states_and_citizens_ri.php > > The New Chair of the House Judiciary Committee “Opposes Any Effort > to Legalize Marijuana” > http://reason.com/blog/2012/11/28/the-new-chair-of-the-house-judiciary-com > > Senator Leahy To Examine Marijuana Policy > http://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/leahy-to-examine-marijuana-policy > > Does Bill Clinton Support Legalizing Marijuana? > http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-angell/bill-clinton-drug-war_b_2271885.html > > Oregon’s top federal prosecutor addresses medical marijuana panel for > first time > http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2012/12/oregons_top_federal_prosecutor.html > > Oregon – Medical marijuana users question police use of cardholder registry > http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2012/12/medical_marijuana_users_questi.html > > N.J.’s first medical marijuana dispensary set to open > http://articles.philly.com/2012-12-06/news/35649917_1_greenleaf-compassion-center-medical-marijuana-dispensary > > N.J. to tax medical marijuana, Christie administration says > http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/nj_to_tax_medical_marijuana_ch.html > > PTSD Patient Challenges New Jersey Marijuana Laws > http://www.theweedblog.com/ptsd-patient-challenges-new-jersey-marijuana-laws/ > > Medical marijuana bill gets another look in Illinois House > http://www.journalstandard.com/news/(phone#-removed)/Medical-marijuana-bill-gets-another-look-in-Illinois-House > > Arizona Medical Marijuana Law is Constitutional, County Judge Finds > http://www.infowars.com/arizona-medical-marijuana-law-is-constitutional-county-judge-finds/ > > Myrick pushes New York lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana > http://www.ithacaindy.com/2012/12/04/myrick-pushes-new-york-lawmakers-to-legalize-medical-marijuana.html > > Wash. seeks experts on how to develop pot industry > http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews(phone#-removed)_apwamarijuanawashington3rdldwritethru.html > > WA – Appeals Court sides with pot dispensaries > http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/dec/11/apeals-court-sides-pot-dispensaries/ > > Hickenlooper To Create Marijuana Task Force To Iron Out Laws For Legal > Weed In Colorado > http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/hickenlooper-to-create-ma_n_2203818.html > > Marijuana’s Fate May Hinge On Raisins And Wheat > http://www.palisadeshudson.com/2012/12/marijuanas-fate-may-hinge-on-raisins-and-wheat/ > > Indiana’s war on pot is failing; new marijuana policy needed > http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121208/NEWS02/312090029/John-Krull-Indiana-s-war-pot-failing-new-marijuana-policy-needed?odyssey=nav|head&gcheck=1&n

— Shona Gochenaur Executive Director Axis of Love SF http://www.facebook.com/axisoflove http://www.twitter.com/axisoflove

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[SFmcdGroup] Several stories of interest

From: “Axis of Love SF, Shona Gochenaur” – December 13, 2012

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Axis of Love SF, Shona Gochenaur < s..s@a2c2.us> wrote: > Great collection of article, thanks, i did take notice that one article re affirms, Dege well written policy position paper , regarding rescdule dangers , remember pls if your not into goverment supported monopoly of cannabis to support removal of mj from CSA: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, David Goldman wrote: >> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show#50168672 >> >> >> Check out the video above from The Rachel Maddow Show from Tuesday, December 11th, where Ezra Klein explains how AG Holder can reschedule cannabis. >> >> The White House can decriminalize medical marijuana in one easy step >> >> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/11/the-white-house-can-decriminalize-medical-marijuana-in-one-easy-step/ >> >> Posted by Dylan Matthews on December 11, 2012 at 9:00 am >> >> As of Monday, marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper has signed an official proclamation making Amendment 64, the voter-passed amendment that legalizes possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, part of the state’s Constitution. >> >> That sets up a confrontation between the state and the federal government, given that marijuana possession is still a federal crime. >> >> In theory, the Drug Enforcement Agency could try to arrest everyone buying and selling pot in Colorado and Washington, which also legalized the substance last month. But in practice, there just aren’t enough DEA agents to staff an operation of that scale. It would be, in the words of UCLA drug policy expert Mark Kleiman, “an exercise in shoveling sand against the tide.” So a likelier outcome, as Sarah Kliff has reported, is that the federal government will take a lighter touch. Some dispensaries might get busted up, but the drug would be left alone. >> >> But what these discussions often miss is that there’s a way for the Obama administration to decriminalize medical marijuana without even involving Congress. The Controlled Substances Act, the 1970 law that governs federal drug policy, is based on a system known as “scheduling,” in which drugs are sorted into categories based on their potential for abuse and usefulness in medicine. Marijuana, along with the likes of heroin and DMT, is a schedule I drug, meaning it is judged to have a high potential for abuse and little medical value. By contrast, cocaine, oxycontin and PCP are all schedule II drugs, and can be prescribed. >> >> Rulings on scheduling, however, are not permanent. Upon petition from private citizens, the DEA can initiate a process that results in a drug being rescheduled. In effect, that means that the attorney general can direct the DEA to act on a petition for marijuana rescheduling. In effect, Eric Holder could direct the agency to remove marijuana from the list of scheduled drugs, decriminalizing it for medical use federally. That doesn’t help recreational users, but it would let medicinal users and suppliers breathe a lot easier. While states could still ban it for medicinal use, those that opt not to would no longer run afoul of federal law. >> >> But rescheduling is easier proposed than done, of course. Americans for Safe Access, an advocacy group for medical marijuana patients and providers, filed a petition in 2002 to classify marijuana as a schedule III, IV or V drug. That didn’t even get a response until 2011, when ASA sued for “unreasonable delay.” The DEA finally ruled against, causing ASA to appeal from administrative courts to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which isconsidering the case. >> >> ASA’s Kris Hermes tells me that even if the Circuit Court doesn’t force rescheduling, it could force the DEA to hold an “evidentiary hearing” to determine whether marijuana is safe for medicinal use. “There’s a mountain of evidence” that it has medicinal value, he insists. That could cast the overall policy in a bad light, even if it fails to change it. >> >> Of course, all this would be short-circuited if the Obama administration were to stop fighting the suit and reschedule on its own. Again, that doesn’t mean much for recreational users in Colorado and Washington, who’d still be guilty of using a controlled substance without a prescription. Nor does it help those in states that still ban medical marijuana. But it would be a huge federal move toward laxer drug policy, and it’s one that can be accomplished without any help from Congress. >> >> Update – Steve Fox at the Marijuana Policy Project gave us a call and fleshed out a bit more how rescheduling would work. The DEA would have t> < http://sas-origin.onstreammedia.com/origin/gallupinc/GallupSpaces/Production/Cms/POLL/jf2aokthkuidfz1wt-hi-g.gif > >> >> The issue of what the federal government should do in these situations is particularly relevant, given recently passed initiatives in Washington and Colorado that legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. These state-level laws are at odds with the federal Controlled Substances Act that makes marijuana use illegal. Although all of the precise specifications of the new law in Washington have not yet been determined, the fact that a number of pot smokers gathered near the Space Needle in Seattle last week to publicly celebrate their state’s new law underscored this potential conflict between what could be legal under new state laws while remaining illegal at the federal level. >> >> The results from the Nov. 26-29 USA Today/Gallup poll indicate that the average American sides with the states in these instances of conflict. >> >> At the same time, Americans remain quite divided in their overall support for legalization of marijuana use, with 48% in the poll saying it should be legal, and 50% saying it should not be. Americans’ views are roughly the same as they were last October, but as recently as 2005, only about a third of Americans supported marijuana legalization. In 1969, when Gallup first asked about the issue, 12% supported legalizing pot. >> >> < http://sas-origin.onstreammedia.com/origin/gallupinc/GallupSpaces/Production/Cms/POLL/ev7shbngguu4uvikvflhqw.gif > >> >> Gallup’s trend question wording does not specify whether the legalization in question is at the federal or the state level. It is possible that Americans have differing views on the issue of making marijuana legal in certain states as opposed to a blanket law at the federal level that covers the entire country. >> >> Six in 10 Americans aged 18 to 29 support legalizing marijuana, while about as many of those 65 and older are opposed. The bulk of middle-aged Americans — those aged 30 to 64 — are split on the issue. >> >> < http://sas-origin.onstreammedia.com/origin/gallupinc/GallupSpaces/Production/Cms/POLL/jixar8_p80otnhsesm2laq.gif > >> >> Americans also differ on this issue by partisanship, with a majority of Democrats in favor of legalization and a majority of Republicans opposed. Independents are split. >> >> Bottom Line >> >> The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has highlighted the challenges the federal Justice Department faces in its decision-making on how to handle state laws on marijuana use that conflict with national laws. The significant majority of Americans would advise the federal government to focus on other issues, even though public pot smoking in states where it is legal flouts national laws currently on the books. >> >> By contrast, there is no clear-cut direction from the American public on the underlying issue of legalizing use of marijuana. Although support for legalization has risen substantially over the past 43 years, the public remains divided, with Democrats and young people most in favor, while Republicans and older Americans are most likely to be opposed. >> >> Survey Methods >> >> Results for this USA Today/Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 26-29, 2012, with a random sample of 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. >> >> For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points. >> >> Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample includes a minimum quota of 400 cellphone respondents and 600 landline respondents per 1,000 national adults, with additional minimum quotas among landline respondents by region. Landline telephone numbers are chosen at random among listed telephone numbers. Cellphone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday. >> >> Samples are weighted by gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, adults in the household, population density, and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both, cellphone mostly, and having an unlisted landline number). Demographic weighting targets are based on the March 2011 Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting. >> >> In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls. >> >> View methodology, full question results, and trend data. >> >> For more details on Gallup’s polling methodology, visit www.gallup.com . >> >> Salon [1] / By Alex Pareene [2] >> < http://www.alternet.org/sites/all/themes/custom/alternet/images/talk_box_living.jpg > >> >> Let’s Make Obama Regret His War on Weed >> >> December 10, 2012 | >> >> Barack Obama has pissed off the stoners again. He always does. In 2009 a question about marijuana legalization made him laugh [3], a hard to miss sign that he didn’t take the issue seriously. Worse than laughter has been his DEA, and its increasingly heavy-handed war on legal marijuana dispensaries. [4] Now that recreational marijuana has been legalized in Colorado and Washington, his Department of Justice is weighing its options [5], and, reportedly, none of their options seem to be “just let people smoke their marijuana, because it’s harmless.” >> >> Instead the feds are either looking to have a judge declare the state regulations invalid, or are out to browbeat states into recriminalizing the demon weed by withholding federal money. (A similar strategy [6] got the drinking age raised to 21 in every state, though it required legislation.) >> >> Andrew Sullivan is not thrilled. [7] There is some talk of “giving them hell.” >> >> Libertarians have been [8] mocking [9] the liberal Obama supporters dumb enough to think the president secretly supported legalization, but most of the liberals I know have always been aware that the president’s been awful on drug war issues. We just hoped he’d be persuadable, or susceptible to pressure. >> >> In June, I urged Obama to come out in favor of ending marijuana prohibition [10], as he belatedly came around on gay marriage. I still think that if he did, it would aid the cause of legalization, and justice, immensely. I imagine Obama doesn’t think the drug war is winnable, because he’s not a stupid man. But that’s just what I imagine, and it’s his actions that matter. His actions have so far been quite annoying. The president says his administration made a decision not to arrest or prosecute users, but decided to crack down on “traffickers” — the ones who grow and sell the legal-in-the-state-but-not-in-the-country weed. [11] That’s not a great argument — it’s not terribly fair to arrest people growing and selling domestic pot while not arresting people smoking pot sourced from violent Mexican cartels — but it’s an argument that’s pretty Obamaesque. >> >> Arguably Obama is being entirely consistent with his liberalism in being such a dick about marijuana, because federal law does trump state law, and Tenth Amendment arguments to the contrary are usually wielded by extremist right-wingers. The arguments people use to claim that the feds shouldn’t act to block Colorado from licensing and taxing marijuana frequently resemble ones Tenthers use to say they should be able to opt out of Medicaid and the Clean Air Act. >> >> I happen to support both the Clean Air Act and the legalization of marijuana, so I’d prefer that the Obama administration not enforce federal law in this instance. And Jacob Sullum points out that the Justice Department has never once tried to have medical marijuana laws overturned with preemption arguments [12], possibly because a state legalizing the possession and sale of a substance under state law doesn’t affect, and therefore contradict, the substance’s status under federal law. (I have a feeling, though, that there are a lot of courts and judges who’d happily buy the federal government’s anti-drug case, no matter how poorly argued, in the event the Department of Justice ever decided to attempt a preemption-based suit.) >> >> Here’s what I know: The DEA is full of people who went to go work for the DEA, and the Justice Department is full of prosecutors. Professional drug warriors, shockingly, are drug warriors. The Pentagon, similarly, is staffed with a lot of people who like dropping bombs and firing missiles, and every postwar president has ended up doing quite a bit of both once in office, no matter what they said they’d do before they were elected. The American state’s brutal machinery of death and prosecution is difficult to slow or stop. But the Obama administration presided over the most deportations of undocumented immigrants ever, then said they’d stop deporting people eligible for the Dream Act. It’s not hard to imagine something similar happening with marijuana, but there we go imagining again. >> >> As Sullivan says, we should be giving them hell. We should be bitching constantly and loudly. Unfortunately, a second-term president is far less dependent on his “base” than a candidate or a first-term president. He is responsive to Congress, and Congress is not really full of legalization advocates. But it should be, and filling it full of legalization advocates ought to be a goal. It’s silly to depend on presidents, especially when prohibition is based not on executive orders but on federal law. >> >> If Obama is not persuadable, it should be every liberal’s job to ensure that the issue becomes a litmus test for the next candidate, and the one after that, as gay marriage has become. (We won’t see another anti-same sex marriage Democratic presidential c– > Shona Gochenaur > Executive Director > Axis of Love SF > http://www.facebook.com/axisoflove > http://www.twitter.com/axisoflove > >

— Shona Gochenaur Executive Director Axis of Love SF http://www.facebook.com/axisoflove http://www.twitter.com/axisoflove

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