Friday, March 29, 2013

Health Costs of Pot Tiny Compared to Tobacco or Alcohol

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The health costs associated with marijuana are $20 per year versus $800 for tobacco and $165 for alcohol, according to this new infographic from designer Adrienne Erin, who works at the detox business Clarity Way.

In her infographic, Erin runs through the latest polls, the national legalization picture, Colorado and Washington legalization details, and more to create a nice little primer on what's going on. The $20 per year annual health cost of pot can be traced back to the Canada's national health department: Health Canada, in 2006. Check the infographic below:

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Concord Medical Pot Grower Promises Lawsuit Over Outdoor Growing Ban

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

All across California, spring is bringing a bumper crop of bans and restrictions on outdoor medical pot cultivation. The latest: The City of Concord voted unanimously to ban all outdooor cultivation of medical marijuana last night, though affected growers promise to sue the East Bay suburb.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Supreme Court Upholds Pot-Grower's Privacy, to the Benefit of Us All

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Chalk one up for civil liberties in the age of the police state.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that cops can't go around without warrants having drug dogs sniff everyone's front porch for suspected pot farming.

Warrantless drug dog sniffs of porches violate each American's Fourth Amendment right to privacy in their home, Justices Scalia, Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan — ruled in the case of Florida v. Jardines.

The case comes out of Florida, where in 2006 police acted on an anonymous tip by taking a drug-sniffing dog to a person's front porch when they weren't home. The dog gave a positive alert for narcotics and based on the alert, the officers obtained a warrant for a search, which revealed marijuana plants. The homeowner was charged with cannabis trafficking.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Drug War Profiteers Named and Shamed

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Substance use and abuse news site The Fix lays out some of the more obvious ways drug warriors turn a profit punishing medical pot patients.

Two of the loudest anti-marijuana spokespeople are two elder drug warriors, Peter Bensinger (DEA chief, 1976—1981) and Robert DuPont (White House drug chief, 1973—1977), who run a corporate drug-testing business.

“Their employee-assistance company, Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, the sixth largest in the nation, holds the pee stick for some 10 million employees around the US. Their clients have included the biggest players in industry and government: Kraft Foods, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, the Federal Aviation Administration and even the Justice Department itself," writes Kevin Gray for The Fix.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Wasted Resources: San Diego Dispensary Operator Willl Be Re-tried for Third Time

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Constitutional law forbids double jeopardy — that is, trying someone twice for the same crime. But it doesn't say anything about triple jeopardy, does it?

San Diego dispensary operator and Navy veteran Jovan Jackson will be re-tried for the third time for running his club Answerdam Collective, in what activists are calling a gross waste of scarce police resources.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Medical Marijuana Patients Wary of Booze Cops Regulating Pot

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Californians have gone seventeen years without a statewide system to regulate the medical marijuana — something they voted for under Proposition 215 in 1996. Somehow, the sky has not fallen. But the make-it-up-as-you-go era may be coming to an end, as yesterday, Representative Tom Ammiano issued a press release stating that he has put forth AB 473 — a bill to regulate California medical marijuana through the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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Congrats to Washington's New Cannabis Consiglieri, UCLA Professor Mark Kleiman

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

The state of Washington has tentatively chosen UC Los Angeles professor of public policy Mark Kleiman and his firm Botec Analysis Corp. to consult with them on implementing the state's marijuana legalization Initiative 502.

Based on experience with Kleiman through reporting on his book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know, as well as hearing of his reputation — it sounds like the state made a pretty good choice. Kleiman isn't some drug warrior hell-bent on pursuing disastrous public policy, nor is he some weed-cures-everything fanatic who lacks credibility. He'll give it to Washingtonians straight.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Which California Senators You Need to Pressure to Stop the New Sober DUI Bill

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM

On April 23, the California Senate Public Safety Committee holds a hearing on a bill to send sober drivers to jail — and you can stop it.

Sen. Lou Correa's SB 289 makes it a crime to drive a vehicle up to six weeks after taking physician-recommended medical cannabis, even though cannabis' effects wear off after a few hours. Why? Because SB 289 would "make it unlawful for a person to drive a motor vehicle if his or her blood contains any detectable amount of a drug ... unless the drug was consumed in accordance with a valid prescription issued."

Medical marijuana's broken-down metabolites stay in the human body up to six weeks, and due to federal law, the pain, nausea and multiple sclerosis drug is not available by prescription, rather by doctor's recommendation only. There are thought to be hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients in the state.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

United Nations Tells Obama To Crack Down on Potheads

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

We don't have one government for the entire world yet, but we do for the world of drugs, and that governing body is not happy with Colorado, Washington, and by extension, the U.S.

Reuters reports that Raymond Yans, president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), said the U.S. is doing an "insufficient" job of preventing the growing, selling, or possession of the globally banned drug.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Medical Pot Sales Tax on the Terminally Ill May Be Lifted

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The only thing for certain is death and taxes — OK, so maybe not all taxes.

Terminally ill medical marijuana patients may be able to avoid paying the 7.5 percent state sales tax on the pain-, nausea-, and wasting-combating drug if a new proposal from the California Board of Equalization becomes law.

The BOE currently mandates all sales of medical cannabis be taxed, netting the state an estimated $100 million per year in sales taxes. Scores of California cities like San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Richmond also assess their own local "sin" taxes on medical pot, on top of state sales tax, bringing in tens of millions of dollars more annually, reports show.

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