Thursday, May 20, 2010

Acapulco Gold Rush: iGrow Launches University of Cannabis Saturday

by David Downs
Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

IGrow owner Dhar Mann's brash capitalism irks the “progressives” who've gone to jail for the freedom he's monetizing. But it's not slowing down his plans.

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New Polls: TaxCann2010 Is Ahead, But By How Much?

by David Downs
Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Yesterday, Tax Cannabis 2010 released the results of an EMC Research poll indicating 51 percent of voters support Tax Cannabis 2010 and 40 percent don't. EMC Research found the slight majority of support when they phoned 800 California voters May 6-12 and read them the initiative's title only. When voters heard the Attorney General's summary, support went to 52 percent. The margin of error on this poll is plus or minus 3.46 percent. But a second poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found the race closer. That poll had Tax Cannabis 2010 winning 49 percent to 48 percent with 3 percent undecided.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oakland City Council, LEAP, Teachers' Union Chief Endorse TaxCann 2010

by David Downs
Wed, May 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The road to legalizing over-21 possession and cultivation of cannabis is a long and winding one whose true distance remains unknown. Last night, the Oakland City Council officially joined local businessman Richard Lee on that road by endorsing Tax Cannabis 2010. The endorsement joins the support of select police officers, teachers, and about 78,000 Facebook supporters. Diametrically opposed: narcotics enforcement associations, police chiefs associations, select growers in Northern California, and both radical and conservative elements of the drug law reform community itself.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Drug Warrior Mark Souder Admits Affair, Resigns

by David Downs
Tue, May 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Leading national drug warrior and now-former Congressman Mark Souder resigned today after he admitted to having sex with his office temp. Souder is infamous for championing insanely dickish laws like denying federal financial aid for college kids who get a pot ticket. More cosmic irony after the jump:

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Cannabis: An Environmental Disaster of Lettuce Proportions

by David Downs
Tue, May 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Cannabis has gone so mainstream, its effects on the environment have become a political and media issue. So how about some context, please? Any environmentalist will tell you modern factory farming makes growing illegal pot look clean.

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Shooting, Fire At Two Indoor Grows in Oakland

by David Downs
Tue, May 18, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Cannabis is a booming, unregulated, $15 billion California industry comprised of 2.9 million monthly consumers. Such lax oversight has led to some recent problems, chief among them: Indoor cannabis farm fires and robberies. The Oakland Tribune reports this morning on two separate instances of emergency response to Oakland grow houses.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

NPR Makes 'Plummeting Marijuana Prices' Look Like a Bad Thing

by David Downs
Mon, May 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

National Public Radio jumped on the 'plummeting pot prices' bandwagon over the weekend with a segment on more Northern California growers who are wringing their hands over a perceived decrease in pot prices in the state. Boo effing hoo. We're hereby breaking out the world's smallest violin for growers.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

'Good Plant! Bad Law!': Do Your Part this Sunday

by David Downs
Fri, May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Say you're the type who believes "God created Hebrew letters and then used them to the create the Universe and to each Hebrew letter was assigned a musical vibration!" Maybe you've watched Pi one too many times. Either way, you're probably thinking, 'I need a pro-pot flyer for all the parking lots of churches this Sunday. A ransom note lookin' thing with lots of quotes from Abraham Lincoln and bold, italic, underlining'. Well, Legalization Nation has got you covered. These just came in via email. Print them out. Make a bunch of copies and send us your pics of church parking lots white with the Lord's literature. All hail the vibrating Strings!

Announcement: Cannabis Law Institute Hosts Symposium in Wine Country

by David Downs
Fri, May 14, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Some of the top medical cannabis lawyers in the country will host a seminar on the rapidly evolving field Saturday, June 5 at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country. Admission is $420. No cops please. Full details after the jump:

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Associated Press: $1 Trillion Drug War Has Failed

by David Downs
Fri, May 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

The Associated Press, using Freedom of Information Act requests, figured out the tab for America's War on Drugs this week, and checked to see if the war has met any of its goals. The answer: After 40 years and $1 trillion, the War on Drugs has failed.

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