Friday, October 12, 2012

Listen to Science Friday: 'Feds to Debate Marijuana as Medicine'

by David Downs
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

At least 14 people have died from a tainted pain drug injected into their necks over the last few weeks, which is 14 more than have ever died from smoking pot to ease neck pain. And yet, ...

"The federal government lists marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance — meaning it has no medically accepted use. Next week, interest group Americans for Safe Access will present the scientific case for marijuana's therapeutic effects to a federal appeals court, in hopes of relaxing federal restrictions." Listen as UCSF oncologist Donald Abrams debates the evidence with Bertha Madras professor of psychobiology, Harvard Medical School. It gets pretty heated.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

San Diego Chargers Safety Atari Bigby Hails from "University of Jah Rastafari"

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Watch Jamaican-born San Diego Chargers safety Atari Bigby subvert convention with a shout-out to the "University of Jah Rastafari" in this NBC Sunday Night football clip.

The NFL's overseers frown on such insolence, Atari. Expect a fine. And watch out for racial profiling in San Diego, or, as we call it, 'the Florida of California'.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oakland Sues Feds To Block Harborside Forfeiture Attempt

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

In one of the more rare legal actions out there, the City of Oakland sued the federal government today to try and block Uncle Sam from seizing Harborside Health Center's leased property at 1840 Embarcadero.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Study: Cannabis Eases Muscle Stiffness of Multiple Sclerosis

by David Downs
Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

A decent-sized group of multiple sclerosis patients reported less muscle stiffness using weed than they did using placebo, the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry reports Oct. 8 in "Multiple Sclerosis and Extract of Cannabis: results of the MUSEC trial". The ancient herbal remedy doesn't work for everyone, and side effects may include highness, but that's better than a lot of other side effects we know of.

The important part about this study is it used actual weed on a lot of real people, not some synthetic cannabinoid on cells, or a mouse, or a monkey. The US strongly frowns upon such cannabis+human treatment protocols. This study went down in the UK.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Pot Legalization: Who Will Protect the Kids?

by David Downs
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Over in Colorado, the ballot measure to severely decriminalize adult use of marijuana, Amendment 64, is polling above 50 percent, and has a chance of passing. Opponents are trotting out the "protect our kids" message.

According to Governor Hickenlooper, "Amendment 64 has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK.”

Problem is, Hickenlooper runs a brewery.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Vote Yes on 36 To End Life in Prison for a Joint

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Yup, you can get life in prison in California for a joint. Such is the insanity of California's "three strikes" law - a sentencing guideline based on a sports metaphor.

According to the Drug Policy Forum of California, which has presented this handy California voter's guide, "under current law, offenders with two strikes (i.e. serious or violent felonies) automatically receive a 25-year-to-life sentence for any third felony, including non-serious, non-violent marijuana and drug offenses. Numerous prisoners have received "Three Strikes" sentences for marijuana crimes, such as smoking a joint in prison. Prop. 36 would require that the third strike be serious or violent, thereby excluding drug offenses."

Other marijuana crimes that can get 2-strikers life in prison: possessing hash, possession with intent to sell (presence of cash and phone), and cultivation of any amount of pot.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Los Angeles Dispensary Ban Math: There Are Not 1,000 Dispensaries in L.A.

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Round numbers. They're bullshit. The truth is never round like 1,000. It's spiky — like the number 472.

Four hundred and seventy-two is arguably the best guess we have at the number of storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. It comes from a recent UCLA study, as opposed to thin air, which is where L.A.'s elected leaders, paid staff of Los Angeles and major media are happily pulling from.

According to the UCLA release: "To determine the actual number of dispensaries in operation, the researchers compiled lists using multiple electronic and hard-copy sources, including the city's finance list. These lists referenced 875 unique locations, including 762 dispensaries registered with the city. When the researchers went to these locations, they found that only 472 were actually operating as dispensaries.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Rolling Stone: "Nine Signs Pot Legalization is Coming Soon"

by David Downs
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Good morning, sinners. Rolling Stone has 'nine signs that pot legalization is coming soon' for you. It includes record-high polls, legislative support for change, legalization initiatives in three states, and libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

How soon, though? We're taking bets.

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