Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Embattled Medical Marijuana Mavens Berkeley Patients Group Reopens Today

by David Downs
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

You can't keep a good club down.

Berkeley Patients Group writes on its website that it has reopened today, December 19, at 2366 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. In an email this morning to Group members, the club announced hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its new storefront.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag shut down Berkeley Patients Group's original storefront location at 2747 San Pablo Ave. in May of this year, signifying a then-high point of the now-fourteen month-long federal crackdown on California medical marijuana businesses.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Harborside Health Center Back in Federal Court Thursday

by David Downs
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Oakland (and the country) is bleeding from gun violence. Aren't you stoked that US Attorney Melinda Haag is spending scarce resources fighting a state-legal anti-nausea botanical for cancer patients? We aren't.

The legal maneuvers continue this week in the US government's forfeiture case against Harborside Health Center's dispensary in Oakland, and its second location in San Jose. Representatives from Harborside are scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Thursday in US District Court, Courtroom D, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco.

The court will hear three motions: two from Harborside's landlords asking the feds to make the club stop selling pot, and one from the City of Oakland asking the feds to stay those motions while it fights the federal government's forfeiture action.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Drug War Facts: How Many Stoners Are There in America?

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Last week, Snoop Lion went on and claimed he smokes 81 blunts a day, 7 days a week, which seems a bit excessive. But it got us thinking, 'How many other Americans out there smoke weed every day?'

The answer: about 5 million.

According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, "nearly 5.0 million persons used marijuana on a daily or almost daily basis over a 12-month period."

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Friday, December 14, 2012

President Obama Says Targeting Pot in Colorado and Washington Should Not Be a Priority

by David Downs
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

President Obama indicated last night that you probably won't see DEA agents arresting college students for joints in Colorado or Washington. In an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, the president said that he does not believe that it should be a priority of his administration to target marijuana users in states that have legalized pot:

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Check out High Times Editor's 'Legalized It! Inside Colorado and Washington State's Historic Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition'

by David Downs
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

David Bienenstock, a High Times Medical Cannabis magazine editor, Santa Cruz resident, and friend of Legalization Nation, has released a new e-book titled (taking deep breath) Legalized It! Inside Colorado and Washington State's Historic Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition and Other Tales of Adventure from a Fully Embedded High Times Reporter. (phew)

Afer you've got done reading our fine analysis on the Colorado and Washington wins (click here), as well as our forecast for legalization in California, read our best Bud Lit of 2012 picks (click here).

But after that go check out the e-book, which in addition to a large, previously unpublished section on the CO and WA legalization initiatives, also collects Bienenstock's best feature writing from High Times for the past ten years. Which is nice.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Video: Fox News Rigs Stoned Driving Simulation for Failure

by David Downs
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Max Montrosee captures Fox News rigging a story
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  • Max Montrosee captures Fox News rigging a story

Denver Westword's William Breathes points us this morning to a fabulous illustration of dumb TV media bias against people who smoke pot. A Fox News affiliate in Colorado subjected three stoned drivers to a simulator to videotape how they did. The catch: the simulator simulated driving an 18-wheel truck, and the testers rigged it for crashes.

When Fox News got the simulated "collisions" they were looking for, we hear "Cut!"

Turnabout is fair play, though. One of the medical marijuana patients, Max Montrosee, recorded the entire Fox News shoot to show how he was unfavorably edited. He also catches the Fox News cameraman admiting that the simulator was a setup.

Bottom line: No one should drive under the influence of anything, ever. But if driving under the influence of the active ingredient in pot, THC, is such a heinous danger, then why has it been FDA-approved for decades under prescription Marinol? And how come no one seems to recall this?

"Patients receiving treatment with MARINOL® Capsules should be specifically warned not to drive, operate machinery, or engage in any hazardous activity until it is established that they are able to tolerate the drug and to perform such tasks safely," the FDA states.

We can look forward to more rigged dope studies in the time to come.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Stoners: Get Used to Life Under The Microscope

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Are stoners ready to be a model minority?

They better be, because now that pot legalization passed in two states, any two-cent story with a weed connection has national legs. Over the weekend, it was the case of one bar owner in Washington who said he would — stop the presses — allow people to smoke pot on the premises. SHOCK! Horror!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

The New York Times Is on 'A Yoga High With a Little Help' (from Ganja)

by David Downs
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

"The number 420 is code for pot smoking," the New York Times learns today in its report 'Yoga High With a Little Help'. In the story ...

Screw it: Let's play a game of West Coast stereotype bingo, and see how many the Times can cram into this one. Here we go!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Watch 'The Daily Show' Discover 'The Silver Tour', Mess With Ignorant Sacramento Bishop Ron Allen

by David Downs
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

On the Wednesday, December 5 episode of The Daily Show, the segment 'Old Tokes Home' features
Al Madrigal investigating "medical marijuana's effects on America's most vulnerable, Jazzy-riding citizens," and messing with Prop 19 foe, and self-appointed Sacramento Bishop Ron Allen.

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Good Morning, Pot Is Legal in Washington (!!)

by David Downs
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM

From the Seattle Police Department:

"the police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to. ... The Dude abides, and says “take it inside!”"

That is all.

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