Friday, May 28, 2010

Announcements: First Bar-Certified CannaLaw Seminars, Oaksterdam Marijuana-Logues; AB 2650's Do or Die Moment

by David Downs
Fri, May 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Northern California's new Cannabis Law Institute has become the first cannabis law education group to be certified by the California State Bar as a "Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Multiple Activity Provider" and is authorized to offer official California MCLE credit for legal education activities. Only a handful of spots are left in their first 75-person seminar June 5, to be held at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for $420 a head. CLI co-founder and noted San Francisco medical cannabis defense attorney Omar Figueroa said another seminar is planned for Los Angeles October 30th, followed by one in San Francisco. Medical cannabis law in California is undergoing rapid transformation, Figueroa says, with new precedent being set daily. "[State Bar approval] was surprisingly easy. They've been fantastically cooperative. the writing is on the wall," he says. "The fact that they issued the certification with our name I think signals a cultural change. The taboo against marijuana or even the concept is eroding quickly." Figueroa said nationwide classes are next for CLI. See more events after the jump:

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'Oaksterdam A Model American Business', Union Leaders Say

by David Downs
Fri, May 28, 2010 at 5:00 AM

The unprecedented unionization of Oaksterdam serves as a model for the entire country and a significant boon to the Tax Cannabis 2010 ballot initiative, which could get tens of thousands of more votes by appearing on a union slate this fall, according to labor and management involved.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oaksterdam Unionizes, Boosts Legitimacy of Tax Cannabis 2010

by David Downs
Thu, May 27, 2010 at 11:23 AM

The nation's most high-profile cannabis education group, Oaksterdam University, boosted its legitimacy and ended a long-simmering internal issue today with an announcement that the school is unionizing about one hundred jobs. A unionized Oaksterdam benefits from a closer relationship with one cornerstone of the Democratic party going into a tough fall fight over Oaksterdam's related ballot initiative, Tax Cannabis 2010.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Huge, Legal Cannabis Farm Study Surprises Industry, Officials

by David Downs
Wed, May 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

The groundbreaking study showing how the City of Oakland could make $2 million per year licensing a medical cannabis growing warehouse caught many locals by surprise this week. Even though city officials and the cannabis industry are looking toward licensing large-scale grows allowed under state law SB 420, the hard numbers appear to be the first of their kind. Economist Joanne Brion of Brion and Associates, who did the six-month, $16,000 report said she was surprised at how potent an economic force cannabis is.

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DEA Threatens Veterans’ Docs For Recommending Medical Cannabis

by David Downs
Wed, May 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Cannabis is a legitimate medicine in more than a dozen states, but that legitimacy has created endless conflicts with a “straight” medical community. The latest flare-up is over American military veterans, some of whom could be helped by the herb, but not via the Department of Veterans Affairs, evidently. Monday, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey and Drug Policy Alliance director Jason Flom blasted the VA for their policy of prohibiting VA physicians from recommending medical cannabis to their patients.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Facebook's 'Pot Farm' Game Nears 500,000 Growers

by David Downs
Tue, May 25, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Facebook's game "Farmville" is like a bad case of herpes that rapidly spread across the entire site, causing millions of people to start emitting annoying, pustule-like updates of "So and so bought a cow." With 82.4 million active users, FarmVille's an unstoppable force of nature from San Francisco company Zynga, who's making $50 million a month off people buying fake crap for their fake farm. Props to them. Never one to let a bandwagon go un-jumped-on, cannabis aficionados can waste their own time with "Pot Farm", a trending new Facebook game with almost 500,000 players. Monday, "Pot Farm"s spokesperson "Uncle Floyd" answered some questions in a cute little Q/A on SocialTimes.com. Highlights after the jump:

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Bank of America and Wells Fargo Denying Service To Dispensaries

by David Downs
Tue, May 25, 2010 at 6:02 AM

Turning around seventy years of failed drug policy in America is like making an aircraft carrier do a U-Turn. It takes a while, even after the steering wheel is moved. So even though the Department of Justice has stated that it could care less about medical marijuana, the Treasury Department has been telling banks they could be prosecuted for serving dispensaries. Bloomberg is reporting on a letter sent from Congress to Treasury, wherein fifteen members of Congress ask Treasury to stop telling banks that. Turns out, Bank of America and San Francisco-centered Wells Fargo have been routinely denying banking services to dispensaries, ostensibly to protect themselves against federal prosecution.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Study: $2 Million in Taxes, 350 Jobs From Oakland-Licensed Cannabis Grow Facility

by David Downs
Mon, May 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The City of Oakland can make $2 million per year and add 350 jobs to its economy by licensing a seven-acre cannabis growing facility near I-880 at the Embarcadero, a new study reported Friday. The study by Brion and Associates was commissioned by AgraMed, a non-profit company owned by JohnJeff Wilcox of Lafayette, CA. AgraMed wants to redevelop a seven-acre parcel near I-880 and the Embarcadero, so they commissioned Brion and Associates to do the six-month study. The study found the 170,000 square-foot facility would:

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Shocker: Foodies Like Doobies

by David Downs
Fri, May 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

This week, New York Times food writer Kim Severson outlines a dubious trend of what she dubs "haute stoner cuisine." In it, Anthony Bourdain notes, "Everybody smokes dope after work. ... People you would never imagine.” Shocker. Severson goes on to detail sweet, savory, and rich plates like cereal milk self-serve ice cream in Manhattan, Kogi Korean taco trucks in Los Angeles, and breakfast burrito pizza in Brooklyn. It's sort of interesting, but the macro-trend is more fascinating. "Stoner haute cuisine" may or may not exist, but the entire concept of the "stoner" as this junk food-eating wastrel is a vision with racial overtones because of its "lazy Mexican" origins. Case-in-point: the Spanish slang "marijuana" became cannabis' nom de guerre. The reality is there never was "stoner" food, any more than there is "alcoholic" food" or "junkie" food. Profit, policy, and power determine such societal generalizations. No shocker then that an emerging market of elite taste for the former immigrant's "ditch weed" reads like a trend, and can be sold as one too.

Hiring: Cannabis Lobbyists CannBe Announces Internships

by David Downs
Fri, May 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The New York Times' recent story subject, CannBe -- a California cannabis marketing, lobbying, and consulting firm -- has announced the hiring of several research assistants. “CannBe says it expects to expand its business model nationwide. ... The for-profit company is made up of four proprietors of nonprofit dispensaries and their lawyer. ... an 'A-team of cannabis professionals,'" the Times reported. The summer internship pays $10/hr, and "is a perfect position for a student looking for a summer job, or a recent grad looking to move up," CannBe says. It might be one of the only summer jobs in this so-far jobless "recovery." Find out more info at CannBe.


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