Thursday, January 13, 2011

'National Geographic' debuts 'Drugged: High on Marijuana' Sunday

by David Downs
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Take a CGI tour of the human body whilst it smokes the reefer in new National Geographic special Drugged: High on Marijuana, airing this Sunday, January 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. "Most medicines that doctors prescribe, there’s a lot of side effects, there’s a lot of risk and you have to balance out the risk benefit ratio, but with cannabis it’s very much non-toxic," friend of LN and author of The Pot Book Dr. Julie Holland tells NatGeo in the special. Video after the jump.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jerry Brown: Drug Offenders to Get Jail, not Prison

by David Downs
Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown outlined plans this week to save $500 million a year by keeping citizens with “non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenses,” and no prior convictions out of state prison. Such felons would have to stay at county jail, Brown is proposing, and that's a step in the right direction, drug law reformers say.

The Drug Policy Alliance endorses Brown's proposal, because it reverses a historic trend toward sending low-level offenders to state prison that was “part of the tough on crime insanity that got us mass incarceration in the U.S.,” said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, deputy state director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Daily Roundup: Montel Williams popped for pipe; 'Cannabis Closet' gets a book

by David Downs
Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Here's your headlines: 1) Montel Williams popped for pipe, High Times blogs. 2) Clear out your text messages, cops can go through them, the court rules. And don't give any private health information to state authorities, it's only a matter of time before the DEA comes after it. More news after the jump.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Steep Hill Cleaning Up the 'Bathtub Gin' of Ganja: Pics and Links

by David Downs
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM

In 'The Cannabis Clean-Up Team', published today in the print version of Legalization Nation, we detail how Oakland's Steep Hill lab and its chemists have partnered with Mendocino cops and growers to ensure that pot is safe. With pending National Geographic coverage devoted to the strange alliance, Steep Hill is an unlikely East Bay economic success story with roots in our first feature on them in early 2009. 'If cannabis is medicine, shouldn't it be standardized,' we asked the back then, describing how the lab developed a methodology for testing weed using mass spectrometry and gas chromotography. ... [Click More]

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Netherlands Beats Berkeley to Scratch and Sniff Pot Cards

by David Downs
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Five months ago we wrote about weed trading cards making their way out of Berkeley Patients Care Collective into the wild. BPCC manager David Bowers had said the dispensary was looking into next-generation scratch and sniff cards, but it looks like the Netherlands got there first. The Wall Street Journal reports Monday on Dutch utility Stedin Netbeheer BV, which has created the skunky cards to aid a crackdown on illegal indoor pot farms. [Picture after the jump.]

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