Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Roundup: Santorum Attacks Perry's Marijuana Stance

by David Downs
Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Here's your headlines: 1) It looks like San Jose wants to go to war with its cannabis patients. According to local dispensary operator Dave Hodges, yesterday, "the council moved forward with the second reading of the new Medical Marijuana Regulations (Title 6 & Title 20). The ordinance will go into effect in thirty days. In addition to [imposing] unreasonable conditions and a limit of ten [clubs], this ordinance will require all clubs in the city to shut down starting October 27, 2011." Can the clubs unite and fight? Or will they fall divided? Meeting tonight: Citizens Coalition for Patient Care, 6 p.m. 240 South Market St., San Jose

2) In Kern County, supervisors struggle to contend with an organized resistance to bad cannabis law.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Roundup: Doritos Creator Dies ...

by David Downs
Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:34 AM

1) ... a Nation mourns. [WaPo, LATBlogs, via R/Trees]


2) Obama hecklers in L.A. want: a) Armageddon; b) or maybe just a little legal medical marijuana. [CBS]

3) "Three Houston Cops Accused of Eating Evidence in May Pot Case" [Houston Press]

4) The new High Times has Phil Anselmo of Pantera, and a preview of The Rum Diary.

5) The Onion A.V. Club reviews Mastodon's The Hunter (as did the Express last week!).

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Monday, September 26, 2011

The Roundup: Testing the Cannabis Testers; San Jose to Close all its Clubs by Next Month

by David Downs
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Good morning. Here's your headlines.
1) White House asks people online to have a voice in government. The first petition to hit the tipping point for review: legalizing cannabis.

2) Federal bill to end marijuana prohibition gets fifteen sponsors — but is still a long shot.

3) New York city police commissioner orders cops to stop arresting people for cannabis unless its in public view.

4) Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson busted for accepting 2.5 pounds of pot mailed from Humboldt.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Going Dutch: Teen Marijuana Use in the US vs. Netherlands — the Full Interview with Cal Professor Robert MacCoun

by David Downs
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 8:59 AM

The results of a new study published in the journal Addiction earlier this month challenged the United States' "provincial" drug policy rhetoric, especially as it relates to youth. The study compared data on cannabis use among US teens to newly available numbers on usage rates in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. The results: The Dutch have about 700 adults-only clubs that sell 50 to 150 metric tons of cannabis per year, yet Dutch teens report lower levels of weed usage and availability than youth in the United States. The author of the study, Robert J. MacCoun, a professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and Boalt School of Law, shared with Legalization Nation some thoughts on what's going on:

(A print version edited for space is on newsstands or here.)

Legalization Nation: It seems like the major take-away from your paper is that marijuana stores can cause an increase in use, but only a modest one and it doesn't lead to harder drugs.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

RAND Study: Crime Increases When Dispensaries Close

by David Downs
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Closing medical cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles is associated with an increase in neighborhood crime, according to a unexpected new study released by the RAND Corporation today.

Researchers there looked at 21 days of crime reports for 600 L.A. dispensaries around the time the city ordered the clubs closed June 7, 2010. The city blamed the clubs for nuisances and crime, but RAND study lead author Mireille Jacobson said that after looking at the data “it's pretty clear we don't find evidence for the crime magnet hypothesis.”

“Overall crime increased almost 60 percent in the blocks surrounding closed clinics in the ten days following their closing,” RAND states. “The effects are concentrated on crimes, such as breaking and entering, and assault, that may be particularly sensitive to the presence of security.

“Incidents of breaking and entering increase by about 50 percent within four blocks, and assaults increase by about 90 percents after the dispensaries are closed.”

A dispensary operator in Los Angeles said the study's theory that a secure business makes a neighborhood safer jibes with him.

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The Roundup: Green Door iPhone App; Sexist HempCons

by David Downs
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM

1) “Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday turned up pressure on the United States to curb demand for illicit drugs, hinting that legalization of narcotics may be needed to weaken the drug cartels.” [Reuters]

2) More from Mexico: Narco-pets, exotic animals owned by captured drug lords, are flooding zoos [BoingBoing]

3) And shocker: more alleged corruption on the Texas border — cartels holding political fundraisers. [El Paso Times] More headlines after the jump.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

'For Tobacco Use Only' Taking Submissions

by David Downs
Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Heads up. Oakland glass pipe art show “For Tobacco Use Only” opens for one day Oct. 8th, at a private home in Oakland. They're taking submissions through Sept. 25, but the bar is set pretty high.

“It's the cutting edge of glass art and hardly anyone has heard about it,” says a press release from show promoter “Ginger ELA”. “Fantastical figures sprouting curling horns, meticulously detailed color schemes, the elegant and the grotesque—these works represent the highest levels of glass mastery, although for their carefully placed holes they are persecuted as paraphernalia....As the lowbrow art movement gains momentum, the focus has been on cartoonists, graffiti and tattoo artists. The annual "For Tobacco Use Only" exhibition seeks to bring public recognition to the street art equivalent from the glass world."

For Tobacco Use Only” is Saturday, October 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. at 814 60th St. Oakland, California. Check out the web site for entry details. Pictures and video after the jump.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pot Less Available to Teens In Netherlands Than U.S.

by David Downs
Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 9:36 AM

In an article published earlier this week in the journal Addiction Robert J. MacCoun — a professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and the UC Berkeley School of Law — finds that teen pot use in Netherlands dropped from 1997 to 2005. He also found that "Dutch youth report high rates of availability of cannabis, but not as elevated as reported rates in the United States and several other countries."

So while the U.S. has spent one trillion dollars over forty years in a failed war on drugs we have more weed in our schools the Netherlands. That's a drug war fail.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

The Roundup: Cannabis and Obesity; Harold and Kumar

by David Downs
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

1) Time Magazine writes about a large study that found "the prevalence of obesity is lower in cannabis users than in nonusers."

2) A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas gets four new posters.

3) The sex and pot book Sex Pot from Skunk Magazine's Mamakind gets reviewed by Toke of the Town; as it turns out, "marijuana and sex are a lot of fun together."


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Slightly Stoopid To Talk Tech With SF on Monday

by David Downs
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Globe-trotting, weed-loving, tech-savvy rock-reggae band Slightly Stoopid is set to play a $10 pay-per-view webcast — put on by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir — on Tuesday, September 13. The day before, your Legalization Nation columnist will interview two members of the successful ten-year-old band as part of the 9th semi-annual SF MusicTech conference.

Held all day at the Hotel Kabuki, Monday, September 12, tickets are $420 until tonight (Thursday) and $699 at the door. That's because SF MusicTech IX will feature more than 100 speakers and 26 panel sessions, interviews, and engaging group discussions, featuring the likes of Weir; Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid;
Lincoln Parish of Cage the Elephant; Cellist and Composer Zoë Keating; Guitarist Joe Satriani; Dave Dederer of The Presidents of the United States of America; and many others.

The conference's 800-plus registrants include top industry leaders, all converging in San Francisco on Monday and all presumably ready to do some deals.

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