From the Wall Street Journal today, (pardon all the stupid puns they use, they can't control themselves): “The Silver Tour, ... has been delivering its pot pitch at retirement communities and places of worship around Florida. The group was founded in 2010 by an unlikely activist: Robert Platshorn, who served nearly 30 years in federal prison for his role in what drug-enforcement officials call one of the biggest marijuana-smuggling rings of the 1970s. Pot promoter didn't top Mr. Platshorn's list of preferred careers upon his release in 2008. But he says that after meeting numerous older patients whose conditions would be relieved by cannabis, but who had no access to it, he felt moved to champion their cause.
"Nobody in the marijuana movement is talking to seniors," Mr. Platshorn says. Yet "seniors are the only damn people that go to the polls." In Florida, people 65 and older represent 24% of eligible voters compared with 18% nationally, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data.
As sensible cannabis policy continues to trend across the land, more Americans approve of taxing and regulating pot than they do of President Obama's job performance, according to a new Rasmussen poll released May 17.
In a telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters nationwide conducted May 12 by Rasmussen Reports, the pollsters asked: "Would you favor or oppose legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today?"
Ugh, hipster-bashing is, like, so 1890s.
We were doing research for our column on historian Isaac Campos' Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs, when we came across what, for us, might be the oldest case of hipster-bashing known to mankind.
Witness the “Don Chepito Mariguano” lithographs — an extremely popular political and social cartoon in Mexican tabloids of the 1890s.
“Don Chepito was the bourgeois figure enamored with all things foreign, the always ostentatious dandy continually showing off his appreciation for the latest imported fad,” writes Campos in the book.
From the Oakland Tribune's Matthew Artz on Thursday: "One of Oakland's highest-profile cannabis entrepreneurs is scheduled to be arraigned on 13 felony counts for allegedly pocketing city grant money that was to be used for upgrades at four of his properties. In a complaint filed Thursday, the Alameda County District Attorney's office accused Dharminder "Dhar" Mann of submitting copies of checks made out to contractors for city reimbursement without actually submitting the checks to the contractors."
Today the East Bay Express looks at the darkening cloud over another beloved Bay Area dispensary. Haight street icon Vapor Room faces imminent closure by local U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Vapor Room may shut its doors June 13, a staffer said on the phone Tuesday. As we write in the review, we may be witnessing the closure of one of the coolest cannabis lounges on the planet.
"Hey Folks, we're taking the day off. Sorry for the inconvenience. Check back this week. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
The tweet instantly set off speculation that the nine-year-old dispensary had succumbed to a months-long crusade by U.S. Attorney Haag. "Are you guys remaining open? I thought today was the last day?" a fan commented.
Connecticut's Democratic governor, Dannel P. Malloy, has said he will sign a bill to make Connecticut the 17th medical cannabis state. The bill passed the state senate early Saturday, Reuters reports, after already having passed the House. Under the law, marijuana would be sold in multiple forms at dispensaries, which must have a licensed pharmacist on staff.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi saw the writing on the wall and came out in defense of medical cannabis patients and dispensaries under assault by the federal government this week. San Francisco dispensaries served her a petition with thousands of signatures May 2. Subsequently, Speaker Pelosi released the May 2 statement saying: