Thursday, March 22, 2012

Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana's Lynnette Shaw on Fox Business News Tonight

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

"Lynnette Shaw, medical cannabis expert and owner of the now closed Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM) will be a featured guest on Fox Business News' "The John Stossel Show," scheduled to air tonight, March 22nd, 9 p.m. (EST.) Shaw was forced to close her dispensary in December because of the DOJ's threatening letters to her landlord. "For fifteen years Shaw operated in compliance with local regulations, with no problems or complaints, and with the support of the mayor and city council," the press release states:

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tonight on National Geographic's "American Weed"

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Weed Wars may be no more, but National Geographic's documentary TV series on Colorado medical marijuana "American Weed" continues tonight with Episode five: "Pot Or Not", set to air at 10 p.m.

"After a tooth-and-nail campaign to determine the fate of retail pot in Fort Collins, the day of reckoning has finally come," Nat Geo writes. The Colorado city ended up banning dispensaries, and the run-up to that ban is main arc of the National Geographic series. Here's a video from Episode 1.

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Harborside TV Show "Weed Wars" Cancelled

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The Discovery Channel's Weed Wars is no more. According to a post on the Harborside Health Center website, "Nothing would please us more than to be able to continue with future episodes of Weed Wars. Unfortunately the Discovery Channel has made a much different decision and will no longer continue with future episodes. We do not know why, nor do we understand why, they made that decision." (via CelebStoner)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

San Francisco District Attorney Gascón: Medical Pot Sales Are Illegal

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón issued a memo this month stating that all of San Francisco's permitted dispensaries are illegally selling marijuana. Could such a position jeopardize safe access to medical cannabis at the epicenter of the movement?

“Yes,” said David Goldman, a medical cannabis patient and leading member of Americans for Safe Access in San Francisco. “It doesn't look good. It severely jeopardizes safe access.”

A PDF of the memo from Gascón’s office began circulating last weekend. Gascon’s office filed the memo in San Francisco County Superior Court in a case against a medical cannabis dispensary that delivered the anti-nausea drug to a collective member.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Berkeley Patients Group Releases Statement on Move

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Berkeley Patients Group received an East Bay Express Best Of Award in 2011 for their extra-chill lounge area. Now, BPG would prefer that everyone chill out while they orchestrate their move, amid federal law enforcement pressure. On March 15, BPG's general manager Sean Luse emailed out the following statement:

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Friday, March 16, 2012

The Green Door: Now With 50 Percent Less Sketchiness

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

SoMa's High Times Cup award-winning, former-check-cashing-facility-turned-dispensary The Green Door is still bulletproof, but friendlier. As the club's management wrote in their March newsletter: "You spoke up, and we listened. We know, you've been telling us for years that you couldn't hear the budtenders well enough. That is now changed. Our new windows are designed with conversations in mind so that you can consult with the budtenders and get exactly what you ask for. Not to mention, check out that tile!"

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Dispensary Alert: Oakland Community Collective Coming to 2101 Broadway

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Oaksterdam's Salwa Ibrahim will be the owner and general manager, while former WeGrow partner Derek Peterson co-owns, and will serve as CFO. LaTanya Linzie will act as board member and manager. Linzie is also reportedly affiliated with Oaksterdam. Oakland's Assistant to the City Administrator Arturo Sanchez announced the selection in an email March 14. Three other finalists did not receive permits, but could, if they get a new location. They are:

Tidewater Patients Group
Board Members: William Koziol, President; Alexis Parle, Managing Member; David Koziol, Jay Dodson, and Michael Stewart

G8 Medical Alliance, Inc.
Board Members: Toni Mims-Cochran, Leo Bazile, Joel Elliott, Ekundayo Sowumni, Ariana Patino, Aaron Goodwin, Joyal Degani

Jeffrey Wilcox, CEO

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Berkeley Patients Group Must Be Out by May 1

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

One of the East Bay's leading lights of medical cannabis distribution, Berkeley Patients Group weathered the Bush Administration, but couldn't make it through President Obama's first term. California Watch has a story today by Michael Montgomery and me, breaking the news that BPG is set to close it's San Pablo Avenue dispensary, quoting the US attorney that caused it, Melinda Haag, and outlining why her reasons are bunk.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

"Spice" and "K2" Fake Pot Chemicals Emergency Banned For Additional Six Months

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

"The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority to extend, by six months, control of five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make so-called “fake pot” products," states the D.E.A. in a release Fed. 29.

JWH and company are burly synthetic cannabinoids created in labs, manufactured in China and un-tested on humans. People are using them to get high and pass a drug test, especially groups regularly drug tested for marijuana, like servicemembers, athletes, and as the D.E.A. relates below, teens and young adults. Their maker, chemist John W. Huffman has said "people who use it are idiots".

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Appeals Court: California Dispensaries Immune to Bans, Must Grow Their Own

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

"California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case," the Los Angeles Times reports March 1. "The decision conflicted with other appellate court rulings on medical marijuana, and attorneys in the case said they expected the California Supreme Court would agree to hear an appeal."

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