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]
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]
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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:
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:
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."