"Few standards apply to quality of marijuana, because the federal government considers all use illegal." — Los Angeles Times, "Testing pot in a legal vacuum". Related content from over four years of lab coverage in the East Bay Express: "The Manhattan Project of Marijuana"; "The Cannabis Clean-Up Team"; "Testing The Weed Testers".
Scenes from day one of the first ever HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles, February 11, 2012.
From Harborside Health Center's latest newsletter: "As many of you may know, Jason David and his son Jayden (as seen on "Weed Wars") are using CBD-rich tinctures to treat Dravet Syndrome [otherwise known as infant epilepsy]. Jason continues to come to Harborside Health Center to get CBD tinctures to treat Jayden's condition. The results of this CBD treatment have varied from excellent to inconsistent. When the results are excellent, Jayden has 90 percent fewer seizures that are also less severe. When the results are inconsistent, his seizures continue to cause him suffering. The inconsistencies are mainly due to the active ingredient, CBD, being in too short a concentration within the glycerin tincture.
President Obama was in California for a series of fundraisers Thursday, when a small plane carrying about forty pounds of pot wandered into a no-fly zone near the President and Los Angeles Airport. According to a statement from NORAD : "Two F-16 fighters under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a general aviation aircraft in the vicinity of Los Angeles shortly after noon today, MST."
The fighters scrambled out of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California in response to a temporary flight restriction violation by a Cessna 182 aircraft over Los Angeles.
"After intercepting the aircraft, the F-16s followed it until it landed without incident at approximately 12:30 p.m. MST, where the plane was met by local law enforcement."
On the ground, law enforcement officials found seven kilos of marijuana. The plane had taken off from Santa Maria, CA. Its destination, and pilot remains undisclosed.
From the magazine that brought you Fear & Loathing, a roundup of Presidential flip-floppery on the topic of the sticky-icky: "'Whether you call it medical or recreational, the marijuana genie is out of the bottle, and there's no one who's going to put it back in," insists Sheriff Allman of Mendocino, whose department had been targeted by federal prosecutors for its attempts to regulate medical pot. 'For federal officials who plug their ears and say, 'No, it's not true, it's not true,' I have some words for them: You need to get over it.'"
"Sometimes lost in the discussion of medical marijuana is the extent to which it has become a small but growing source of new tax collections for cities and states that have been struggling to balance their budgets for more than four years now." - New York Times "Struggling Cities Turn to a Crop for Cash"
Californians overwhelming support medical marijuana, but many don't want their kids to know about it, or see storefront dispensaries. Totally unregulated delivery services have emerged as one compromise, serving thousands of patients across the state in places with dispensary bans like San Diego, Walnut Creek, and beyond. This month Mr. Purple Skunk joins the mix in the Bay Area. Check WeedMaps.com for all the delivery options near you, but buyer beware.
At a pre-Grammy gala, noting the deaths of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Whitney Houston, singer Tony Bennett appealed for drug legalization, saying "Let's legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam. No one's hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it, [not] gangsters that just sell it under the table."
Comments Sterling on Justice & Drugs: "What strikes me is that in this context the argument is implicitly a public health claim, not an argument grounded in opposition to legal injustice, favoring individual liberty, saving taxpayer's money, or fighting crime. Given the very different circumstances of the deaths of Jackson, Winehouse and Houston, it seems to me Bennett seems to have an understanding of the negative ways drug prohibition abuse affects so many features of drug use patterns and treatment. It is also striking that on the occasion of Whitney Houston's death, instead of simply lamenting drugs or substance abuse, or endorsing the importance of treatment, Bennett felt moved to endorse a policy change, namely, drug legalization. Bravo Tony Bennett!"
We couldn't agree more.
Oakland's medicated chocolate company Bhang takes takes home another prize. Here are all the winners:
1—Sonoma Coma by Happy Lil’ Trees
2—Organic Blue Dream Haze by American Organic
3—Dutch Treat #5 by Buds and Roses Collective
1—Doc’s Cut by The Therapeutic Healing Center
2—Kosher Kush by Buds and Roses Collective
3—Kosher Kush by Magnolia Wellness
1—Master Yoda by Kush Connection
2—Starberry Cough by Buds and Roses Collective
3—Platinum OG by Vivid Research Cooperative Inc.