Headlines this week: 1) Marijuana stores still violate federal law, another U.S. Attorney writes.
2) Full Spectrum Labs of Colorado — testers for the Denver High Times Medical Cannabis Cup last week — release a rare commercial pot lab validation document.
3) Just in time for Earth Day, a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab energy analyst working independently estimates the immense carbon cost of indoor-grown marijuana: “The emissions associated with one kilogram of processed Cannabis are equivalent to those of driving across country 5 times in a 44-mpg car (3,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions)." Meanwhile, many California cities have banned, or are working to ban, outdoor.
1) Federal authorities continue to sword-wave at Oakland, but won't go on record saying they'll raid permitted Oakland pot farms. At least three other California cities, including Berkeley, are also going forward with permitting cultivation — as is the entire state of Arizona. Unnamed officials told California Watch that the feds told Oakland a month ago that their grows would be illegal. So are the medical pot programs of fifteen states. So what? California Watch's story follows The Washington Post who got a no comment and the Chronicle who got a retired federal authority to sword-wave. More news after the jump:
1. Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan repeated a rumor to the L.A. Times that celebrity Montel Williams wants to grow cannabis in Oakland. "He has wanted for years to open up a facility where he could produce really high-end medical cannabis extracts," she said, explaining that Williams heard through the grapevine that Oakland was the place to do it. "I would love to have Montel Williams here running a business." Williams could not be reached for comment. The L.A. Times also reported that the DEA has requested a copy of Oakland's ordinance. More news after the jump.
Today's must-reads: 1. Reuters says Oakland's Jeff Wilcox aims to be the Trader Joe's of cannabis in a lengthy Friday piece entitled 'Special Report: High finance and corporate pot, California style' "The new Two Buck Chuck will be $40-an-ounce pot," Wilcox said in an interview, looking forward to a day of full legalization. Boutique growers could produce the high-end stuff in their "gardens," he explained, while he supplied the masses with a clean, controlled, great-value product. More headlines after jump.
The groundbreaking study showing how the City of Oakland could make $2 million per year licensing a medical cannabis growing warehouse caught many locals by surprise this week. Even though city officials and the cannabis industry are looking toward licensing large-scale grows allowed under state law SB 420, the hard numbers appear to be the first of their kind. Economist Joanne Brion of Brion and Associates, who did the six-month, $16,000 report said she was surprised at how potent an economic force cannabis is.
The City of Oakland can make $2 million per year and add 350 jobs to its economy by licensing a seven-acre cannabis growing facility near I-880 at the Embarcadero, a new study reported Friday. The study by Brion and Associates was commissioned by AgraMed, a non-profit company owned by
JohnJeff Wilcox of Lafayette, CA. AgraMed wants to redevelop a seven-acre parcel near I-880 and the Embarcadero, so they commissioned Brion and Associates to do the six-month study. The study found the 170,000 square-foot facility would:
IGrow owner Dhar Mann's brash capitalism irks the “progressives” who've gone to jail for the freedom he's monetizing. But it's not slowing down his plans.
Cannabis has gone so mainstream, its effects on the environment have become a political and media issue. So how about some context, please? Any environmentalist will tell you modern factory farming makes growing illegal pot look clean.
Today in the headlines: college kids lobby for grass over booze, citing 97,000 alcohol-related sexual assaults each year; a local dispensary cultivates a no-buzz cannabis strain for pain relief; edibles to be regulated in Berkeley; and growers team up with narcotics cops to give a tacit endorsement to legalization. Read them after the jump.
Highest-rated Comedy Central series South Park confronted the medical marijuana issue in a new episode “Medicinal Fried Chicken” which aired March 31 at 10 p.m. In a story ripped from the headlines, legislation closes the local Kentucky Fried Chicken. It re-opens as a medical cannabis dispensary. Cartman joins the emerging fried chicken black market as a heavy. Stan's dad Stephen induces testicular cancer to qualify for some Acapulco Gold. The take-away? Watch for yourself. The creators of South Park celebrate their 14th anniversary and talked to NPR's Terry Gross about it.
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