A second opinion

Ngaio Bealum is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at ask420@newsreview.com.

What’s the deal with the “childproof” bags at the clubs now? Some are reusable, some are disposable—all easily cut open with safety scissors, but also likely difficult otherwise for elderly-slash-infirm.


I know, right? So annoying. My budtender showed me how to open it, but by the time I got home, I had forgotten the instructions, and it took me like two minutes to figure it out. It’s a small annoyance, but not a big deal. I remember when all the clubs would put all your weed, er, medicine in a paper bag and staple the bag shut. This is just a variation. State law says clubs have to do this, so I suppose this is one of those “what about the children!?!?” deals, as if parents haven’t been hiding their cannabis from their kids for decades. I wouldn’t get too worked up about it. Just think of it as more proof that cannabis creates jobs not just for growers and sellers, but for all sorts of ancillary businesses. You can always put your dank in your stash box (or your pocket) when you get home.

Hi Ngaio, I have fibromyalgia and take Norco as prescribed by my doctor. I have discovered that also using medical cannabis greatly relieves my discomfort. However, my doctor says he will not prescribe the Norco as long as I am using cannabis, and he insists on a urine test before he will represcribe Norco. Is there a solution to this dilemma? Thanks. NEED BOTH.

—Bud Wiser

I am not a medical professional, but I would say: Get a new doctor. A doctor that would prefer you use opiates instead of cannabis is most likely not the doctor for you. Cannabis has fewer side effects than opiates, and there is less chance of becoming addicted. States with legal marijuana have lower rates of opiate overdose and death. If finding a new doctor isn’t an option, you may be able to change their mind. I would recommend you point your doctor to some studies that show cannabis to be effective in treating fibromyalgia. Good luck.

I read your column every week, and I have a question for you: Back in my day (1960s), pot was pot, but now I find I know nothing about it. I want to become more informed, specifically about something I can take to make me feel calm but not stoned. I can’t smoke but hoped there might be an edible or tincture that could be taken in small amounts. And, which dispensary would you recommend for a beginner, where I can learn more?


Thank YOU! And welcome back! You are correct. There are plenty of edibles and tinctures that could probably smooth you out. Look for a low THC (5 milligrams or so) high CBD edible or tincture. Leafly.com and Weedmaps.com are excellent sources of information. Most clubs and dispensaries these days are very reputable and knowledgeable, so find one close to you and go for a visit! Have fun, stay groovy.