Friday, June 28, 2013

The US Drug Czar's Twitter Wins the Award For Most Orwellian Newspeak

by David Downs
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

This week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors — representing 1,309 cities with a population of 30,000 or more — unanimously approved a resolution calling on the United States government to cease its immoral, racially biased, disastrously failed eighty-year war on marijuana.

Well, the Office of National Drug Control Policy — aka the Drug Czar — has responded to the U.S. Conference of Mayors via Twitter thanking them for supporting the Drug War.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Meet Medical Weed's New Donor: Google

by David Downs
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Internet search kingpin Google has granted $250,000 per year in AdWords credits to a Michigan marijuana group, MMJ Business Daily reports.

Michigan Compassion - a non-profit cannabis education group - received the in-kind donation from Google's donation program Google Grants. Google says it is the first donation of its kind to a marijuana group.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Oaksterdam Raid Protestor Back in Court Friday

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Oaskterdam raid protestor and KPFA contributor Jose "Alacran" Gutierrez returns to the Oakland Federal Courthouse Friday to deal with charges stemming from a scary scuffle during the now-infamous federal action last April.

Dozens of U.S. Marshals Deputies, Drug Enforcement Agents and Internal Revenue Service investigators descended on the storied downtown cannabis college and ancillary businesses the morning of April 2, 2012, drawing hundreds of protestors and media.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Feds, LA Narcs Teaching NorCal Cops How to Raid Dispensaries Today in Dublin

by David Downs
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Californians legalized cannabis for medical use in 1996, but that doesn't mean California's cops and their federal patrons just decided to respect state law. Quite the opposite; the 18-month-long crackdown on medical cannabis outlets in California has been a joint effort, with local marijuana foes doing most of the work of their Washington, D.C. funders.

Finding loopholes in Prop 215, SB 420, and numerous court cases spelling out medical cannabis patients' rights isn't easy. To that end, the feds and the California Narcotic Officers' Association is in Alameda County today teaching cops how to most effectively harass medical cannabis dispensaries, growers and patients, Legalization Nation has learned.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Berkeley Patients Group Takes Top Honors at SF Cannabis Cup

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Berkeley Patients Group, as well as new Oakland dispensary Magnolia Wellness, took home top honors Sunday night at the fourth annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco, held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

The beloved, besieged Berkeley dispensary took home a first place trophy in the Best Indica category for Girl Scout Cookies, which patients report using for stress. GSC is a vanilla and mint-smelling combination of OG Kush, Cherry Pie, and Durban Poison launched at The Hemp Center in San Francisco.

A flower bud of Girl Scout Cookies

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Video: SB 439 Hearings on Medical Marijuana Regulation

by David Downs
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Senate Bill 439, which would better protect medical cannabis collectives and cooperatives in California, cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday 5 to 1. The bill's sponsor, Senate Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg, states that it's a step toward regulating medical marijuana statewide.

Right now, medical cannabis patients who follow the rules can still be raided, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned in anti-MMJ counties like San Diego and Los Angeles. So there's little incentive to follow the rules when they don't protect you. As written, SB 439 would provide legal immunity to collectives, cooperatives and dispensaries who follow the Attorney General's guidelines on medical marijuana.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

UCLA Professor Mark Kleiman — Washington's Weed Consultant — Speaks in Oakland

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

UCLA professor of Public Policy Mark Kleiman — who is helping the state of Washington set up its legal cannabis industry — will speak Wednesday. June 26 at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland as part of Councilmember Libby Schaaf's Safe Oakland Speaker Series.

Professor Kleiman will talk from 7 to 9 p.m. about how clear rules and credible sanctions could control crime without crowding prisons.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Time Magazine: The Drug War Is Blocking Cancer, Alzheimer's Treatments

by David Downs
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Kudos to Time magazine for leading the pack of mainstream journalists questioning why politics trumps science in drug policy. Friday, Time's excellent Maia Szalavitz posted that "potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and many other illnesses are being blocked by anti-drug laws."

That opinion comes from a new editorial review published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, wherein lead author David Nutt — chair of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London — and his colleagues argue the drug war is "hindering progress in neuroscience and deterring drug companies from pursuing important leads in major disorders affecting millions of patients."

Medical cannabis strain Cherry AK
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  • Medical cannabis strain Cherry AK

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Monday, June 17, 2013

What Montanans Hear About Medical Marijuana

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Good morning, how about some modern reefer madness from flyover country?

"The average 'medical' marijuana user is a 32-year-old white male with a history of alcohol, cocaine and meth use, but NO history of a life-threatening illness," wrote a rehab industry shill in Sunday's Montana Standard.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Best Buds: Harborside Health Center Reveals Entries for High Times Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco 2013

by David Downs
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

High Times magazine's fourth annual Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco returns to the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond June 22 and 23. Upwards of 10,000 people will likely attend the county fair of cannabis, and many of the best dispensaries in the Bay Area are gearing up for the expo and cannabis contest this week. On Thursday, Oakland dispensary Harborside Health Center revealed on Facebook its Cup entries for 2013. Here's a sample:

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