Gee, those 5x5 grows authorized by Prop 19 that no city or county could have banned are looking pretty good now, eh?
Schaaf's entry into the race represents the Oakland establishment's take on the likelihood of Quan's reelection next year. However, because Schaaf is deeply-involved (15 years of loyal service in City Hall as Council member and staffer and administration staffer), voters who think real change is timely will need to look elsewhere. Interests which enjoy the status quo in Oaktown will be pulling Schaaf's bandwagon.
There's a simple solution to all of this. Currently being circulated is The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lzmxzw9) which has until Feb 24 to gather 504,760 signatures. This is the "Jack Herrer Initiative" for those of you familiar with it. It REQUIRES that "Sufficient community outlets be licensed to provide reasonable commercial access to people of legal age, so as to discourage and prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in, such products". The law would also limit cannabis drug screening for employment and insurance purposes, disallow any and all state, county, and city law enforcement from aiding the feds in any way, and establish a review of all persons convicted of non-violent cannabis crimes.
It's time to spell out in no uncertain terms that sales and cultivation WILL be allowed and that it is the law of the land. We need to take away the ability of local drug warriors to arbitrarily pass laws that are in direct opposition of the peoples will. This initiative can do exactly that. I know that 2014 is an off election year with historically low voter turn out but if everyone in favor of this bill were to take a few minutes out of their day to cast their ballot it would pass. So PLEASE people, get out the vote!
I've been strenuously tracking all cultivation ordinances, pending and current, and I don't know of any jurisdictions that are currently considering a total ban, including Fresno. They did ask (before this decision) for a legal ruling on making anything more than one plant illegal. It is possible they will consider a total ban in the wake of this decision, even though Fresno isn't in the 3rd district (which encompasses Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba).
Apart from Live Oak, Tracy is the only other jurisdiction I am aware of with a total cultivation ban (they snuck it in with 2012 their dispensary ban, Section 10.08.3196). The city of Selma repealed its ban on cultivation this year, allowing only registered indoor grows. Sacramento County passed an ordinance in 2011 zoning out anything federally illegal; police took out patient gardens this year citing a “new law.”
Cultivation ordinances are tracked at: http://www.canorml.org/medical-marijuana/l…
Scary...they closed all the storefront dispensaries in OC now no homegrown?
Many cannabis users are delusional psychopaths
Based on the sudy performed by the Australian National Survey of Mental Health, it appears that regular tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use disorders were much more common in those who screened positive for psychotic disorders. Those with cannabis dependence disorder were significantly more likely to have delusional-like experiences. Compared to nonusers, users with the youngest age of onset (16 years or less) had about ten-fold increased odds of endorse DLE probe items.
Koch brothers conspired to turn 20 million Americans to mentally impaired cannabis addicts and ruin small businesses by forcing the employers to pay for their rehabilitation.
• My only concern is that a solid green lane in other contexts indicates space reserved for bikes, and this is inconsistent with that. San Francisco's "super sharrow" is a sequence of sharrows on green backs, not a continuous one. That said, my approach to this is to wait and see.
In general I would favor a separated cycle track for a street with this kind of traffic and speed, but even more generally, the street should be calmed. Motorists see a wide open road and floor it.
This restaurant has been an absolute gem over the years. The food is authentic, fresh, wholesome, expertly crafted, and supremely satisfying.
I can't wait to return. I wish Noriko-san and Takumi-san the absolute best. They are in good company--only the best suffer fire in Berkeley--they are in the same league as Chez Panisse! I will be there on opening day next year.
Richmond has nothing to lose with crazy schemes. Oakland would pay a far higher price.
With traffic as light as pictured, it looks like the road merited an actual lane reduction from 4 to two plus bikelane.
the width between median and curb seems large enough to handle even two traffic lanes, a bikelane, and curbside parking.
this sharrow alone isn't going to induce timid or cautious riders to get in congested, heavy traffic..... it fails the '8 to 80' test.
While ANY awareness booster of bikes as traffic is a good one, this is not an adequate, equitable or suitable solution for that traffic corridor, and bicycle advocates in the Bay area should continue to ask for improvements there in future rounds of bikeway implementation.
The percentage of THC means very little. It's mg of THC that count. Marinol dosage is 2.5-20mg/day for simple appetite stimulation and 5-90mg/day for chemotherapy applications. A gram of medical grade cannabis that is 20% THC (very few strains, and only grown under great conditions) will yield 20mg of THC.
However, that's a very small part of the picture. Cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBG, THCV, and many others contribute to the "high" or "stone" of any given strain. This translates directly to the medical benefits of that strain. Some strains give you the munchies more than others, for example. Some strains make people paranoid; those would not be good for someone with PTSD. If this sounds complicated, it gets even more so when we bring terpenes into the picture.
This research would have all been done 30 years ago or more, but my Government (yeah, that's a BIG G) has brainwashed the masses for so long into believing that this gift from the Gods was somehow a "devil weed" that they seem unable to give up on the lie. After all, taking me and putting me in a cage for peacefully smoking a plant gives jobs to judges, police, and prison guards, and we can't take away jobs... unless your job is ganja farmer.
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I don't get it. If it is unconstitutional, and never has been done, how can this administration kill a filibuster AND get its way with less than the required votes (60)? Will that also affect the insurance law? I just don't get it.
where can we buy?
There's a big difference between Richmond and Oakland. Richmond is a city in distress with some real leaders who are willing to assume risks and the possible tangible benefits to the citizenry from bold initiatives.
Oakland's electeds prefer symbolic gestures which are good for their egos but do absolutely nothing for our distressed citizens.
This is not surprising. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps regulating nearly every system and major function of the body. It is your body's maintenance system. Even if we ignore the majority of its roles, and only focus on the issue of cancer, we would still have over 100 studies from roughly 20 different countries showing that ECS manipulation can kill cancer. Yet we hamstring research, preventing it from accelerating, because we're too stuck on the fact that the best source of cannabinoids comes from a contraband plant.
World wide "Marijuana Cures Cancer" studies:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Regarding the failure of the Wildfire Prevention tax to pass, there is a much larger story to tell here in terms of understanding why those residents in Oakland who would presumably stand to benefit from the measure wouldn't pass it overwhelmingly. I don't know what % of voters passed the assessment measure in 2005, but many who were hopeful (I was one) then that the measure would include an Environmental Impact Report to make sure that vegetation management was being done with care on city public lands and parks have been soured by the failure of the Oakland Fire Department to carry through with that.
Those of us who care about Knowland Park, for instance--the largest and most biodiverse park in the city and the site where the largest amount of goat grazing takes place--repeatedly have asked for greater care to be taken to protect the sensitive resources there. These pleas have fallen on deaf ears, and each year the park is grazed down to bare mineral soil by the careless practice of the OFD--way too many goats left there for way too long. Goat grazing is one of the main expenses covered by the measure-- the City could have achieved cheaper and more resource-sensitive fuels management had it only cared to do so. The goat grazing practice is also currently in violation of the Endangered Species Act since Knowland Park has a confirmed population of Alameda whipsnakes for which ANY major disruption of habitat must be permitted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This legal requirement is simply ignored by the OFD.
The language of the measure that failed was ambiguous to the point of being incomprehensible: stating that all environmental laws would be complied with yet exempting the creation of the measure from the California Environmental Quality Act. The California Native Plant Society and the SIerra Club each submitted letters to the City Council asking that the measure include clear language guaranteeing an Environmental Impact Report and the funding for it. Without that provision these organizations would not actively support the measure. This warning was not heeded. Ambiguous language is what sank the Oakland Zoo's county parcel tax measure (A1) a year ago. Apparently, this lesson has not yet been learned. Increasingly sophisticated local voters are reading the fine print on ballot measures because they've watched money that they thought would be spent wisely on issues they care about getting shifted around, being wasted, or being spent in ways that cause collateral damage. This is unacceptable.
It's possible to have good fire prevention practices, protection of sensitive resources, and fiscal responsibility. But the City has not yet fully committed itself to that concept. I support my City Council member Dan Kalb's desire to craft a better measure for next year but only if it contains provisions that guarantee these three components.
The City Auditor has just released a report on the Inspection Services program operated by the OFD (funded by the General Fund, not the WPD) to ensure that homeowners have defensible space, the single most important measure to prevent loss of homes and lives. The report found that inspection services were lax and failed to collect penalties from property owners for failure to comply with the inspections. The inspections vary in terms of their effectiveness. Some inspectors have required overly harsh and unnecessary vegetation removal while others have left standing large amounts of fuel. Greater consistency is critical to creating compliance.
And finally it must be noted that OFD's commitment to prevention of wildfire safety must be viewed as schizophrenic. Sounding the alarm about the dangers of wildfire to the public while hypocritically bending to the Oakland Zoo management's insistence upon approving the siting of its proposed expansion plan in the midst of a state designated High Fire Hazard Severity Area is an example of planned folly and self-contradiction. The City has been repeatedly warned by an informed community that this ill-conceived plan violates Oakland's own fire code. Aspects of the plan are just plain foolish: the aerial gondola which would be the only means by which visitors could gain access to the "California Trails" exhibit to be located on the western highlands passes directly over a rare chaparral plant community which is also known to create crown fire conditions. Dubbed the rotisserie ride, the gondola will require removal of the some of the rare plant community and yet will still risk public safety and damage to valuable equipment. The simple solution would be to change the location, but zoo management perversely continues to cling to this flawed concept. The OFD should never have gotten itself into this highly compromised position, but the negotiations took place behind closed doors. Such clear inherent contradictions can only erode the public's sense of confidence in OFD decision-making. Once again, better solutions are there--what is lacking is political will.
Little Shin a Shin does a pretty good salt and pepper crab . Nothin' fancy or revolutionary, just good. You want fancy try Camino
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