Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Award-Winning Richmond Chronic Banished

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Richmond used to enjoy the honor of being home to the biggest winery the world — until the year 1919, that is, when alcohol prohibition ended all that. Today, a different kind of prohibition is erasing local accolades in the hardscrabble East Bay city: Richmond is home to some of the best medical marijuana in the world, but its purveyors have been forced to close.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Roundup: Fort Bragg Councilman Shot During Investigation

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Here's your headlines:
1) Savage craziness from the wildlands far north of San Francisco: Someone who appeared to have been guarding a marijuana operation poppy garden “jumped up and opened fire” on Fort Bragg councilman Jere Melo on Sunday. Melo, who stumbled upon the farmgarden while was working security for a timber company, was killed. SWAT searched fruitlessly for the gunman, a transient named Aaron Bassler, but he's still at large. According to the LAT, “in 2009, Bassler faced federal charges after allegedly throwing packages containing strange drawings and writings into the Chinese consulate in San Francisco four times.”

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Elijah Wood in 'High Times': Weed Not My Thing

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM


When the dark sitcom Wilfred launched on cable channel FX this summer — replete with a foul-mouthed talking dog, and copious bong hits out of a little honey bear bottle — a lot of people wondered just where its star, Lord of the Rings hero Elijah Wood, stood on the issue of weed, a schedule one drug. The October issue of High Times dives into the topic with a long Elijah Wood interview on the heels of Wilfred's renewal for a second season. Long story short: Wood has inhaled but it's not his thing:

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wired's Illustrated Price of Pot Map Arrives in Mailboxes

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 9:19 AM

In another testament to the mainstreaming of maryjane, High Times now has competitors publishing weed prices in the U.S. Using data from PriceofWeed.com, a collection of geographers called Floatingsheep have designed a groovy map of the price of sticky icky across America. Wired magazine writer Cameron Bird covers the results in the September issue of the print magazine, coming out now.

On this map, yellow means not at all mellow
  • On this map, yellow means 'not at all mellow'

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Monday, August 22, 2011

'Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012' Filed

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

2012 promises not one but a flurry of legalization initiatives in battleground states Colorado, California and perhaps Washington.

Today, East Bay physician Dr. Frank Lucido, Mendocino activist Pebbles Trippett, as well as attorneys Joe Rogoway, Omar Figueroa, and William Panzer announce a second California pot initiative, following 'Regulate Marijuana Like Wine'.

The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 would allow adults to legally possess up to three pounds of pot and grow a ten-by-ten-foot garden. It puts the California Department of Public Health in charge of administering the commercial side. The text of the initiative now heads to the State Attorney General's office for a title and summary.

The groups says some online surveys point to support for change. However, legalization measure Prop 19 lost in 2010 with 46 percent of the vote. Rogoway and Figueroa were involved in a separate 2010 legalization initiative that failed to gather enough signatures to be placed on the ballot. But this year's measure comes with the imprimatur of Panzer, an attorney who co-authored California's landmark medical marijuana initiative, Prop 215, in 1996.

California adults could lawfully possess up to three pounds under the Repeal ... Act
  • David Downs
  • California adults could lawfully possess up to three pounds under the 'Repeal ... Act'

The folks behind the act have a fundraiser planned for October 1. And a Facebook page.

The full text of the proposed initiative is available after the jump.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Roundup: Pot Farmer Joins Napa Farm Bureau

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM


Here's your headlines: 1) CA. Sen Mark Leno's hemp bill 676 — which would authorize a pilot project to grow fields of the plant, which can damage pot crops — moves out of Assembly appropriations on a 11-3 vote.

2) Berkeley Patients Group gets a counter-lawsuit after their attempt to spin off a Maine business went bad.

3) The Fix discusses the sad reality — previously covered here — that "Uncle Sam wants to be your one and only dealer—on behalf of its supplier, Big Pharma."

4) Some guys claim to have mapped the cannabis genome, and say "regulation is going to come through genetics and fingerprinting of which strains are [federally] approved." (via RB)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

iPad Weed Menus Added to Harborside San Jose

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:08 AM


San Jose has gone from zero clubs to more than one hundred in the last two years, a rise so dramatic that it’s siphoned off business from Oakland’s biggest dispensary, Harborside Health Center.

But Harborside is not content with being cut out, so it’s been beefing up a San Jose location of its own. That location is starting to find its groove this fall after winning third first place in the recent High Times San Francisco Medical Cannabis Cup’s Indica category for “Boggle Gum.”

Wanna be sedated?
  • Wanna be sedated?

Legalization Nation hit the road recently to check out Harborside San Jose, and found a clean-smelling, professionally run, high-tech spot that’s among the least shady ways to buy cannabis.

First off, nobody walks in San Jose, so expect to drive and find ample parking in the business park that's home to Harborside in the northeastern section of the city.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Legalization 2012 Forecast: Mad Hype, Little Change

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM

The first marijuana legalization effort of California's 2012 election cycle isn't off to a great start.

Despite token mainstream press from the likes of the Washington Post and California Watch, the ballot initiative best known as “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine” has little to show for itself, and almost no funds.

The hype so far has, in fact, yielded a teachable moment: Almost anyone can file an initiative in California and few of them go anywhere. Those serious about legalization should be looking at the fundamentals.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

The Roundup: The 25 Biggest 'Heads in Sports

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Here's your headlines.

1) The Bleacher Report lists its 25 Biggest Potheads in Sports History. (via CelebStoner)

2) Actor and "Celebrity Rehab" alum Eric Roberts is on the weed warpath, says TMZ.

3) And in another questionable endorsement, Roseanne Barr campaigns on the weed ticket, notes WaPo. More headlines after the jump.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Roundup: Peter Tosh Estate Sponsors a 'Legalize It' Video Contest

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Peter Tosh’s estate is partnering with Amnesty International and Greenpeace for re-release of reggae albums Legalize It and Equal Rights. The Tosh estate also is collaborating with Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and Marijuana Policy Project, which is sponsoring a “Legalize It” video contest on the first-ever marijuana legalization bill in Congress. More news after the jump.

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