Growing & Eradication

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Roundup: The High Cost of Indoor Pot, and a Pretty Good Album from Snoop Dogg

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

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.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Daily Roundup: Feds Don't Know What To Do With Oakland, Nelson Won't Get Jail

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM

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:

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Daily Roundup: Montel Williams — Oakland Farmer? Baby In Coma After Eating Hash

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

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.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Daily Roundup: $40 Oz. The Next 'Two Buck Chuck'; T-Wolves Coach Fined Over 'Pot' Quotes

by David Downs
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM

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.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Huge, Legal Cannabis Farm Study Surprises Industry, Officials

by David Downs
Wed, May 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

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.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Study: $2 Million in Taxes, 350 Jobs From Oakland-Licensed Cannabis Grow Facility

by David Downs
Mon, May 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

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:

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Acapulco Gold Rush: iGrow Launches University of Cannabis Saturday

by David Downs
Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

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.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cannabis: An Environmental Disaster of Lettuce Proportions

by David Downs
Tue, May 18, 2010 at 2:31 PM

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.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Headlines: Alcohol deaths; 'No-high' strains; Edible regulations

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Legalization Nation Announcements: South Park, Oaksterdam Spring Cup

by David Downs
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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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