1) The Drug Czar says one in three fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs but can't say they were under the influence. The Druz Czar's office makes a point to single out pot, even though the FDA approved of driving while high on THC. More news after the jump.
1) Willie Nelson Busted for Weed in Texas. Texas police arrested Willie Nelson at 9 am on Friday at a border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca. The C&W legend was charged with possessing six ounces of marijuana. He was released at 1:30 pm after posting a $2,500 bond. [CelebStoner]. More news after the jump.
'Tis the season for “harm reduction”. This school of psychology assumes rational adults sometimes engage in risky, unhealthy behavior. Teaching them to reduce the associated harms picks up where outright banning and criminalizing fail. With more than 300,000 qualified medical cannabis patients in California alone, and Arizona becoming the fifteenth medical marijuana state, there's a huge demand for safer, more sustainable ways of cannabinoid administration, and the market is meeting that demand head on this Christmas. Legalization Nation consulted doctors, dispensary operators, growers and Haight Street retailers to round up six legit items in a nebulous, largely unregulated field.
1. Militant pot growers bombed a bus and threatened to blow up the Shasta Dam in a "Red Cell" terrorism drill held by the federal government last week. [via DWC] The scenario's use of cultivators was called "stupid," "absurd," and "insulting" by leading drug law reformers. Recent cases of actual domestic terrorism have stemmed from anti-government types (IRS plane bombing), angered Muslims (Ft. Hood shooting), neo-Nazis (Holocaust Museum shooting), and anti-abortionists (Dr. George Tiller). More news after the jump.
In the land of hard core foodies just south of the Emerald Triangle, it was only a matter of time. The holiday eating season is upon us, bringing with it some seasonal innovations in edible medical cannabis, as well as new regulations and professionalism in the maturing industry.
1. And the winners of the fourth annual San Francisco Medical Cannabis Competition over the weekend are: 1st Place - Boss OG Kush - an indoor organic hybrid from Mendocino grower Boss. Edibles: 1st Place - Bhang Medical Cannabis Dark Chocolate Bar - from Alameda's Bhang of California Chocolate Company. Extracts: 1st Place - Frosty Hash Oil - a Sativa from San Francisco's The Green Cross Collective. Tied for 1st Place in Extracts: Blue Moon Rocks (a mix of Blue Dreams and Space Queen) from San Francisco's Vapor Room Cooperative. SF Weekly has a slideshow. So does SF Appeal. And Fog City Journal.
1. Police in Oakland shot and killed a man armed with pot and a scale, after he reached into his waistband, Henry K. Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Oakland's police chief says shooting people who make furtive movements is not working.
"I do want to focus on the fact that we need to better ourselves in dealing with people who are going into waistbands, going into clothing, going into different aspects." Aggrieved family members note, "My brother is gone over the fact that he had weed." More news after the jump.
Decorated Bay Area news man John Geluardi released his first book, Cannabiz: The Explosive Rise of the Medical Marijuana Industry this October. A former staff writer for the SF Weekly and current East Bay Express contributor, Geluardi saw so much momentum building behind medical pot, he researched and reported a 200-page non-fiction paperback, released by Pollipoint Press of Sausalito, available nationwide and online. An essential primer to the rise of and challenges facing the sector, Cannabiz offers a front row seat to one of America's historic new movements. Geluardi concludes his Q&A with Legalization Nation, picking up where he left off — on new fissures in the field, the fallout from Proposition 19's failure, and the medical pot industry's political forecast. Edited for length and clarity.
Veteran Bay Area investigative reporter John Geluardi (an East Bay Express contributor) released his first book, Cannabiz: The Explosive Rise of the Medical Marijuana Industry this October. A former staff writer for the SF Weekly, Geluardi saw so much momentum building behind medical pot, he researched and reported a 200-page non-fiction paperback, released by Pollipoint Press of Sausalito, available nationwide and online. As essential primer to the rise of and challenges facing the sector, Cannabiz offers a front row seat to one of America's historic new movements. Geluardi talks with Legalization Nation about investing in pot, economies of scale, and new fissures in the field in this two-part Q&A edited for length and clarity.
1. San Jose doesn't know whether to tax, license, or jail its medical pot providers, so it's doing all three. Leading medical pot lobby Americans for Safe Access says over the past month, the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team, a local multi-agency police force, has arrested dozens of people in multiple raids. Local police say dispensary sales are illegal under state law. Patients say "reimbursements" are legal, pointing to the fact that local voters just approved taxes on them, and the city council prepares to issue historic pot club regulations. That has activists fuming. More news after the jump....