Thursday, August 9, 2012

Berkeley Patients Group Announces New Location

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Embattled Berkeley dispensary Berkeley Patients Group has made good on its promise to keep serving patients in the East Bay after U.S Attorney Melinda Haag shut the venerated San Pablo club down this year. BPG has continued to run a delivery service, and today they announced their intentions to open a new storefront location at 2366 San Pablo Ave. Berkeleyside's Frances Dinkelspiel posted the story at 2 p.m., and updated it with the formal BPG announcement at 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ACLU Tells San Diego U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy To Shut It

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

San Diego's U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy sure has some strong opinions about medical weed.

At the beginning of the crackdown she dared to threaten newspapers and magazines for running medical cannabis stories and ads. Facing blowback for the threat, Duffy retracted her attack on the First Amendment, but has gone on to threaten local city officials in Del Mar with jail time for administering lawful medical cannabis regulations.

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union told Duffy to can it. Registered voters in Del Mar will have a choice to regulate clubs at the ballot box this November, and Duffy's threats against Del Mar officials amount to "unjustified interference in local legislative matters," wrote David Loy, legal director for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, in an open letter.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Federal Asset Seizures, Marijuana Eradication Funds Hit Historic Levels

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

California's weed users, growers and dispensaries have become a money-filled piñata that federal and state police are taking eager whacks at, a new report indicates NORML's Paul Armentano picks apart a July 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: "The Justice Department's asset forfeiture fund under President Barack Obama is the largest on record, having grown from $500 million in 2003, to $1.8 billion in 2011. According to the GAO, the fund paid out approximately $79 million to California law enforcement agencies, the most in the nation, for their participation in federal raids and seizures."

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Infographic: "The Scheduling of Marijuana"

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Killer Infographics in Seattle has this "The Scheduling of Marijuana" thingy for us below. It's hosted at a drug rehab search engine Rehab International, which is pursuing an interesting way to boost SEO that includes overdose listicles. Ok, here we go:

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Oh Sh*t, "Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde" Turns 20 in SF Tonight, Berkeley Tomorrow

by David Downs
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

“Oh, sh*t. Has it really been 20 years?” Yup, the seminal hip hop album “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde” turns 20 this year, spawning a nostalgia tour that swings through San Francisco tonight.

Bizarre Ride Live” tonight at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco's SOMA District will re-unite co-founders and former members of The Pharcyde, Fatlip and Slimkid3, with “Bizarre Ride ...” producers J-Sw!ft and L.A. Jay for a performance of the gold album in its entirety.

Produced by Low End Theory, tickets are $20 for the all-ages show, which is expected to sell out. (And if fans can't make it to the city tonight, “Bizarre Ride Live” holds court at Amoeba Records in Berkeley tomorrow, August 4.)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vapor Room, HopeNet Funeral Procession in SF Starts at 4 p.m.

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

From Americans for Safe Access: "As two city-permitted dispensaries are shut down [July 31] after 9 years of service to thousands of medical marijuana patients, a coalition calling itself San Francisco United for Safe Access will stage a funeral procession with somber marching band, and a press conference [today] to bring attention to the federal government's ongoing attack on medical marijuana."

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag closed the dispensaries with threats of criminal prosecution and asset forfeiture. Haag has threatened and closed nine dispensaries in SF, Chris Roberts reports for San Francisco Examiner.

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