Thursday, June 17, 2010

Daily Roundup: Sarah Palin Calls Bud A 'Minimal Problem'; Vegas Drug Cops Execute Unarmed Father

by David Downs
Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Sarah Palin told the Fox Business Network that marijuana is a 'minimal problem': “... I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts. ... If somebody's gonna to smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society.” More headlines after the jump.

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City of Richmond Begins Suing Its Dispensaries Out of Existence

by David Downs
Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM

The wheels of justice have begun grinding up the City of Richmond's budding medical cannabis dispensaries this week in what's become a de facto ban on pot clubs in one of the most liberal towns in the Bay Area.

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Bongs Made from Pineapples and Ballcocks: New Book from Berkeley Publisher Tells How

by Anneli Rufus
Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:58 AM

A six-barrel bong, a beer-keg bong, and bodacious bongs, hookahs, and pipes made from traffic cones, pineapples, fruit-juice boxes, musical instruments, drainpipes, and more: In his how-to book Bongology, new from Berkeley's Ten Speed Press (which is now part of Random House), Spliffigami author Chris Stone is back with ideas and instructions for "creating 35 of the world's most bongtastic marijuana ingestion devices." Most of the projects look surprisingly easy.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Daily Roundup: San Jose Dispensary License to Cost $95,016; Beverly Hills Model Busted Trafficking 500 Pounds to OH

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:52 AM

The City of San Jose readies new laws for its burgeoning dispensary sector. Ten collectives would be picked by a lotto system run by the Chief of Police after a $95,016 registration fee. No Hash allowed. Local protests continue on Tuesday, June 22, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. More news after the jump.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cancer Study Links Pot to Testicular Tumors; San Jose Cannabis Protest Today

by David Downs
Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM

The SJCBC (San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective), Pharmers Health Center Cooperative, and Union Local 13 are protesting to protect all medical cannabis in San Jose today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on June 22nd at the same time. More headlines after the jump.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

iPad for Pot Deal Busted; Kid Cudi Arrested; E3 to Feature Redman, Method Man

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Today's required reading: Medical cannabis users — long-barred from giving blood — host an unprecedented Red Cross blood drive in San Jose. ... The Chronicle profiles Oakland activist Richard Lee. ... California's prisons are so overcrowded (partially with non-violent drug offenders) that the Supreme Court will hear a case to release tens of thousands, the L.A. Times reports. ... That election last week? No one voted, L.A. Times finds. ... The next time someone frets about drugged driving, remind them 'Talking or Texting Behind the Wheel Is Roughly Equivalent to Driving Drunk.' ... iPad for pot sale on Craigslist goes bust. ... Santa Barbara raids dispensary. ... "Lonely Stoner" Kid Cudi arrested in domestic dispute. ... Humboldt cannabis health and safety forum announced. ... Oakland man ridin' dirty leads cops to his stash, Tribune reports. ... And this week is the big video game expo: E3 in L.A. Noted tokers Method Man and Redman are slated to perform in support of Def Jam Rap Star, a new rap karaoke game.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Stoner Video of the Week: Master Bong Chito Pipe

by David Downs
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The Bay Area's own Master Bong, the so-called MacGyver of Pot, likes to film himself turning ordinary objects like chitos and driftwood into pipes on the fly. Pretty pedestrian, we know, but his upbeat attitude and dope fro has sort of wormed its way into our hearts. 'Master Bong Chito Pipe' tutorial video after the jump.

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Texas Juries Refusing to Send Pot Offenders to Prison: NPR

by David Downs
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Drug courts and the state-mandated rehab industry detail their trouble with cannabis decriminalization, in yet another pot piece by NPR — which has recently gone all in on the topic. "These days it's difficult for a lot of people to see marijuana as a problem, even if they have never touched the stuff," says Judge John Creuzot of Dallas, who has presided over drug courts and regular felony courts. "When we get into guilt, innocence and punishment, you see a lot of pushback, especially on marijuana, from the citizens [juries]," he says. "They don't think it should be a felony offense and ... so it's very difficult to get them to commit to sending someone to the penitentiary for possession of marijuana." Our hearts go out Judge Creuzot and the challenges he faces locking up potheads. Also in that piece ...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Home Invasion Robbery, Shooting at Antioch Pot Grow; Smuggling Trend in Ultralight Aviation; More Thursday Links

by David Downs
Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Darwinian Case #100529209: A marijuana dealer on the corner of Scott St. and Fulton called the San Francisco Police Department on Monday, June 7, to report an attempted robbery. When police arrived, they found and arrested the seventeen-year-old black male robber, who was armed with an air-soft gun. They also arrested the 26-year-old white male pot dealer for possession of marijuana and possession for sales of marijuana. ...

Smuggling Evolves: High Times links to a trend in smuggling via ultralight aviation.

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“Pilots don’t land but instead drop the packaged marijuana in remote locations for ground crews to locate. ... Despite the dangers of piloting such an aircraft — essentially a glorified hand glider with a small engine and rear propeller — at night without using lights, smugglers along the boarder are reportedly making such flights several times a week.” More links after the jump.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

James Franco Beatifies Ginsberg in 'Howl'

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Aficionados of beat literature, indie film, or hawt man-on-man James Franco action are probably going to enjoy the 2010 quasi-documentary Howl. It stars Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg circa 1955, going down on Neal Cassady and going on trial for the obscenity in his landmark poem.

James Franco as Ginsberg in Howl with Aaron Tviet
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