2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy UC's Hastings College of the Law hosts a five-day international conference free and open to the public. The Marijuana Policy Project's Executive Director Rob Kampia will speak on Sunday, August 1, at approximately 1:30 p.m. during the "Action and Media" session. Oaksterdam founder and Prop 19 author Richard Lee will speak at 3 p.m. Friday, July 30- Wednesday, Aug. 4. Free.
More events after the jump.
1. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske said California and its cities are "doing a really good job of licensing, land use, those kind of regulations" in regards to medical cannabis, the Sacramento Bee reports. The Drug Czar came to California to do press for Operation Trident, a crackdown on large-scale pot farming on public lands in the foothills and mountain areas of Tulare, Fresno, and Madera counties. Two dozen local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies arrested nearly 100 and seized 430,000 marijuana plants. [via DPFCA] More headlines after the jump.
1. Los Angeles attorney Hanna Liebman Dershowitz, a Proposition 19 legal subcommittee member opines in the Los Angeles Times that federal-state law inconsistency shouldn't stop Californians from legalizing cannabis, because states often lead the way in repealing unjust policy.“The law is the law. If we unquestioningly accepted that maxim, imagine where we would be today. Jim Crow would be alive and well, rivers and skies would be polluted, and women wouldn't be allowed to vote. ... During alcohol prohibition (1920-33), commerce in alcoholic beverages was prohibited not only by federal law (the Volstead Act) but by the laws of most states. In 1923, New York repealed its state prohibition laws, leaving enforcement, for the remaining 10 years, entirely to the feds. California voters overwhelmingly did the same thing in 1932, one year before national prohibition was repealed.” [via DPFA]
Here's your Wednesday Roundup: 1. The second and final reading of Oakland's new medical cannabis cultivation ordinance passed last night, 6-0 with 2 abstentions, the Tribune reports. More than 100 businesses are likely to respond to the city's request for proposals this fall, which will result in four permits issued January 2011.
Here's your Tuesday must-reads: 1. Cannabis has been a boon to energy sellers in Northern California. Indoor growers can spend as much as $4,000 a month on electricity. Energy use in Mendocino County has risen 27 percent - more than three times the state's average - since medical marijuana was legalized in 1996. Humboldt County's usage has risen 51 percent, more than six times the state's average, PG&E told the Press-Democrat. The average California household used 561 kilowatt hours in 2009, according to PG&E. In Humboldt County, the average was 673 kilowatt hours, and among PG&E's Mendocino County customers, it averaged 768. [via DPFCA] More headlines after the jump.
San Francisco's boutique, glass pipe of the month club Pipes 2 the People goes national this week on bucking consumer demand for chillums, bubblers, and dazzling table pieces. So says the three-month-old company's 28-year-old co-founders and Mission district residents Jesse and Gabriel (last names withheld), both glass snobs who were amazed someone else hadn't already thought up the concept, which they claim is the world's first glass pipe of the month club.
Today's must-reads: 1. Reuters says Oakland's Jeff Wilcox aims to be the Trader Joe's of cannabis in a lengthy Friday piece entitled 'Special Report: High finance and corporate pot, California style' "The new Two Buck Chuck will be $40-an-ounce pot," Wilcox said in an interview, looking forward to a day of full legalization. Boutique growers could produce the high-end stuff in their "gardens," he explained, while he supplied the masses with a clean, controlled, great-value product. More headlines after jump.
Friday Must-reads: 1. Cannabinoids, the active ingredients in pot offer a new way to treat chronic and acute pain from sickle cell disease, ScienceDaily reports. Currently the only treatment for the blood disease is opiods. “Pain in SCD is described to be more intense than labor pain. The pain starts early in a patient's life, often during infancy, and increases in severity with age. ... [Cannibinoids are] effective in much lower amounts than opioids — the only currently approved treatment for this disease." More headlines after the jump.
A new ordinance passed by the Richmond City Council this week that legalizes the sale of medical marijuana may be in direct conflict with previously issued injunctions against the city's eight dispensaries. And it's creating an awkward legal limbo-state for Richmond's pot club employees and managers, as well as calling into question continued access for customers.
A popular dispensary owner has found himself at odds with his long-time peers, city officials and former business associates at a time when Oakland has made an historic move to allow the country's first large-scale commercial medical cannabis cultivation farms.