Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Interview: 'Baked' Author Mark Haskell Smith (Pt. 2)

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Funny, naughty, and hyper-contemporary, hard-boiled summer paperback Baked follows Miro, breeder of hit marijuana strain Elephant Crush, as he wins the High Times Cannabis Cup and ends up shot in a gangland dispensary dispute. Los Angeles novelist Mark Haskell Smith releases Baked — his fourth book — this fall on the Black Cat imprint of Grove/Atlantic press. Below, the 53-year-old screenwriter and professor continues chatting with Legalization Nation about the wild world of million-dollar marijuana strains, literary research in Amsterdam, notorious Los Angeles gangbangers, and Prop 19. [Edited for space and clarity. Pt. 2 of 5]

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Interview: 'Baked' Author Mark Haskell Smith (Pt. 1)

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Funny, naughty, and hyper-contemporary, hard-boiled summer paperback Baked follows Miro, breeder of hit marijuana strain Elephant Crush, as he wins the High Times Cannabis Cup and ends up shot in a gangland dispensary dispute. Los Angeles novelist Mark Haskell Smith releases Baked — his fourth book — this Fall on the Black Cat imprint of Grove/Atlantic press. Below, the 53-year-old screenwriter and professor talks with Legalization Nation about the wild world of million-dollar marijuana strains, literary research in Amsterdam, notorious Los Angeles gangbangers, and Prop 19. [Edited for space and clarity. Pt. 1 of 5]

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

HempCon Blasted for Cheap Medical Pot Doctoring

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Doctors, patients, and industry are bashing the organizers of HempCon, which took place August 6-8 in San Jose, for running a de facto medical marijuana prescription mill out of the trade show. Eyewitnesses noted long lines of young adults without medical records quickly processed by seven or eight doctors for $40 per person.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Daily Roundup: Facebook Rejects Prop 19 Ad; Bears Patrol B.C. Pot Farm

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 11:32 AM

You know the Internet has gone a bit ballistic when Facebook rejects a Prop 19 ad featuring a cannabis leaf. Facebook says the leaf violates advertising policy. Hope they share that info with the half million enjoying the Facebook game 'Pot Farm'. More headlines after the jump.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Daily Roundup: Meet Kestrel, the Hemp Car

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM

1) Fast Company reports on a Canadian vehicle to be built from hemp. "The vehicle, dubbed the Kestrel, gets its hemp ... from an industrial hemp farm in Vegreville, Alberta. Beyond the novelty factor, hemp actually makes sense as a vehicle material — it's lightweight, renewable, and as strong as glass composite."

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Daily Roundup: Police Pro/Anti-Prop 19; Doonesbury on Oakland

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM

1) California Police Chiefs Association president told Chronicle readers Prop 19 will lead to more drugged driving, stoned kids, decreased quality of life, and a litany of other problems. Other law enforcement officials says prohibition causes these problems not pot. 2) Meanwhile, the National Black Police Association endorses Prop 19, noting whites use more pot than blacks, while minorities suffer the brunt of prohibition. More headlines after the jump.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

California Cannabis Goes Pro - With Baseball Cards?

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 5:42 PM

California's $14 billion a year cannabis economy has created all-star marijuana strains with as much cachet as marquee athletes. A combination of genetics, local variation, effects in the field, and marketing have promoted ten such California hits to such great heights, they have their own baseball cards.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Ye Gods: Jesus Dragged Into Dope Debate

by David Downs
Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Apparently, "thou shalt not bear false witness" is no longer a commandment. Today, the 1.5-million-strong Christian political group Vision to America e-blasted its followers with a No on 19 political ad, appealing for donations and threatening a stoner economic apocalypse if California voters pass the measure. Here's their pitch:

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Debate: Pleasant Hill Brass Considers Pot 'Deadliest Drug in the Country'

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Ex-San Jose Chief Joseph McNamara and Pleasant Hill Police Chief Pete Dunbar squared off on Prop 19 during a live broadcast on the Internet facilitated by the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Addressing the "Societal Consequences of Prop. 19," the two offered starkly different takes on the ballot initiative, with McNamara using what he called common sense and referring to empirical studies, while Chief Dunbar mostly relied on his experiences in the suburb of Pleasant Hill and anti-19 talking points. Highlights:

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California Chamber of Commerce Puts Prop 19 on Blast

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Today the California Chamber of Commerce, one of the most powerful lobbies in Sacramento, held a press conference bashing Prop 19, claiming employers would have to permit employees to smoke marijuana at work. But First Amendment lawyer and Prop 19 author James Wheaton says the Chamber is lying. Employees don't have to let workers come to work drunk, and they wouldn't have to let them come to work high. Furthermore, employers can already fire employees at will, as well as if they fail a drug test, and that will not change if Prop 19 passes. On page 3 and 4 of the Prop 19 text it states "This Act is not intended to affect the application of enforcement of the following state laws relating to public health and safety or protection of children and others: ... nor any law prohibiting use of controlled substances in the workplace or by specific persons whose jobs involve public safety."

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