Thursday Must-read: 1. Tonight, the Oakland City Council will discuss sending to voters a ballot Measure in November that would increase taxes on dispensaries — and the new large cannabis farms — from 1.8 percent to upwards of 12 percent. At least one dispensary is howling. Harborside Health Center said the tax increase would either be passed on to patients or be paid by eliminating jobs and services at the popular outlet. They also note taxes in nearby cities would be much lower, leading to price shopping across Oakland's borders. More news after the jump.
3. Today Clinical Psychiatry News (subscription required) reiterated reasons to keep kids away from cannabis, which is more available and less regulated than alcohol. Young adults with PTSD, depression and a bunch of other problems were more likely to have started smoking weed before high school than those without problems, their survey found. “Substance-dependent young people who started smoking marijuana in their preteen years entered treatment with greater impairments than did those who started using marijuana as teenagers in a study of 136 patients in residential treatment.” It seems as if problem kids may start using pot early to self-medicate for a whole host of issues. Adolescent brain growth peaks around age 12.
4. The next International Cannabis and Hemp Expo hits the Cow Palace September 25-26. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 510-377-1990, or visit www.intche.org/ for booth info.
5. Reefer Movie Madness will come out October 1, the second book in the Pot Culture series featuring over 420 films.
6. In related news: High Times Magazine has announced the 10th High Times Stony Awards to be presented September 30th, 2010 in Los Angeles at the Music Box.
The High Times Stoner of the Year Nominees Are:
Jonah Hill (Get Him to the Greek),
Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek),
John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine),
Ed Norton (Leaves of Grass),
Matthew Broderick (Wonderful World),
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin (It's Complicated),
Steve Zahn (Treme),
and Kevin Dillon (Entourage).
While the Stonettes of the Year are:
Kristen Stewart (The Runaways),
Sarah Silverman (Saint John of Las Vegas),
Meryl Streep (It's Complicated),
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie),
and Megan Fox (Jonah Hex).
How Weed Won the West,
Strainhunters India Expedition,
When You're Strange,
and Dirty Pictures.
Hey, Watch This,
Get Him to the Greek,
and Hot Tub Time Machine.
Best TV Show:
Leaves of Grass,
and Happiness Runs.
Best Animated TV Show:
and The Simpsons.
A "Stony Decade" Award may be presented to a host of celebrities who have helped legalize marijuana over the decade.