Friday, April 29, 2011

Medical Marijuana Sugar Cookies: A How-To

by David Downs
Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 8:51 AM

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Here's a weekend project, from the always positive Master Bong 420. Also: how to make "green butter." (Disclaimer: keep all edible marijuana products away from pets, kids, and grandmas.)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

High Times Cannabis Cup SF Returns for Year Two

by David Downs
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

That's "medical cannabis", y'all. And same as last year, guests will not get pot with admission to the High Times 2011 Medical Cannabis Cup, held June 25 and 26, 2011 in San Francisco. Per a High Times press release, "Awards will be given to the best cannabis, hashish and edibles, as well as the most medicinal cannabis. The San Fran Cup will also feature a two-day expo, seminars focusing on cultivation, legalization and activism and a special VIP party." Sniff out 2010's winners with adults-only YouTube video.

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SLO Partier's Parents Sue Pot Doc for Wrongful Death

by David Downs
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

The bereaved parents of Matthew Hurlbutt, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student hit and killed by a car in October, are suing everyone this week — and that includes the physician who gave Hurlbutt a medical marijuana recommendation. "The lawsuit doesn’t mention that in addition to marijuana, Hurlbutt had a high level of alcohol as well as cocaine in his system when he was struck, according to a CHP investigation," reports The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Former colleagues of the doctor allege she held "Marijuana Fridays" at her SLO clinic.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Who Wishes They Were a Gay Guatemalan Immigrant Now?

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Leading anti-marijuana Republican lawmaker from Rhode Island Robert Watson tells the Boston Herald police targeted him for being a politician during a DUI bust last weekend that included pot possession charges. According to the Herald, "A police report on Friday’s traffic stop said Watson smelled of alcohol and marijuana and performed poorly on sobriety tests. An officer found a bag of suspected marijuana and a wooden pipe in Watson’s pocket."

Of course, just this February the prohibitionist dissed Rhode Island's legislature for its liberality. Watson told a Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce group the legislature's priorities are correct if:

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Roundup: "Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife"

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM

1) The IRS' new strategy of auditing medical marijuana dispensaries for taking business deductions comes to Colorado, the Denver Post's John Ingold reports.

2) The Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two leaks and gets a full stream.

3) Medical marijuana patients fight for their right to own guns in Oregon.

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Narco-NIMBYism in San Jose?

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Medical marijuana patients in San Jose are in for a tumultuous summer, and patient access is liable to get worse before it gets better. That's the word from the dispensary group Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition, which said this week that San Jose's eighty or so dispensaries must pay new city sales taxes, even though the town's leaders may effectively ban clubs this summer.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

U.S. Marshals: No Dope Growing in Antarctica!

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM

News aggregator and forums web site Reddit has a famed "I Am ______, Ask Me Anything" section where famous people like Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings and the Mythbusters log on and do Q&As. Over the weekend "Celtica" from the McMurdo Station in Antarctica started an AMA and right off the bat we learn something interesting.

"before you ask, I can't grow any marijuana — there is a US marshal here who sweeps the greenhouse once a week."

That's right, the drug war extends to the South Pole.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Reporter's Blood Helps Gut "THC DUI" Bill in Colorado

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

A Denver Westword medical marijuana reviewer played a role in the apparent overhaul of Colorado's first-ever law to limit stoned driving when he used his own blood to demonstrate the fallacy of the proposed law's limits.

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to gut HB 11-1261, the “THC DUI” bill. The Committee decided the issue needed more study, amending the bill to remove all the language about a THC DUI limit.

The proposed study still needs several more final approvals, but Kathleen Chippi at the Cannabis Therapy Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado said in an e-mail Tuesday that patient advocates had “scored a victory." Chippi also saluted the activist journalism efforts of Westword pot reviewer William Breathes, whose blood became proof positive on the committee floor Monday.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Video: Oaksterdam Mural Time-Lapse

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM

East Bay artist R.B. Morris III sent over this time-lapse video of him and artist Munir "painting the sh*t out of a 7,300+ square foot mural." (We blogged about the mural here.) Rain slows things down at first, but the two eventually tear through the last half of the gargantuan mural day after day, as the shadows of Oakland's downtown skyline scrape by. There's even time for some donuts in the hydraulic lift, 'cus that's how we do it in The Town.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Facebook's "Pot Farm" Nominated for Video Game Award

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Facebook's hot Farmville clone for weed, Pot Farm, is up for a Canadian Video Game Award this month. Developed by Downtown East Side Games in Gastown, Vancouver B.C., the year-old simulation allows players to grow different kinds of dope in the national forest, combining a bit of “chilled out camping with a bit of gardening on the side.” It has almost one million monthly users this week, down from 1.5 million in December, when Legalization Nation estimated DES Games might be making around $150,000 per month off sales of “fertilizer” and other in-game items for the free casual title. Fans can vote up "Pot Farm" for a Canadian Video Game Award for the next 28 days.

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