Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pot Farmers In Fresno Overgrowing the Government

by David Downs
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Fresno County police have uprooted more than 136,000 weed plants this year, up from 24,000 in 2003, and have found 343 pot farms in 2013, up from 72 for all of 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports today.

It's a classic case of the balloon effect: the nation's pot supplies normally come from Mexico, augmented by illegal grows in the Northern California wilderness. Now that cops have squeezed pot growers in US national forests, and the US-Mexico border is at its biggest military build-up since the Spanish-American War — weed growers have moved into Central Valley farmland where they can hide plants amid vast acres of bitter melon, tomatoes, and other produce.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Is Drought Hurting California's 2013 Outdoor Marijuana Crop?

by David Downs
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Pretty much all of California is listed as in a state of "severe drought" according to the current US drought report from the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

And it's appearing to affect some illegal pot farms.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fact: Cannabis Kills MRSA, Disrupts Prion Diseases

by David Downs
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Marijuana is a potent antibiotic that can kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and disrupt the progression of prion diseases such as Mad Cow disease and Creutzfeld-Jakob disease — just don't expect the federal government to tell you any of this.

The factoids come from TheAnswerPage.com - a medical information resource for doctors sponsored by The Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Is San Francisco's Dispensary Zoning Unfair?

by David Downs
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

The vast majority of San Francisco is off-limits to medical cannabis dispensaries, but that may change, San Francisco Examiner reports today. Supervisor John Avalos wants to revisit the city's 2005 dispensary rules, after the planning department permitted three clubs to open in the Excelsior District - including two on the same block. Dispensaries cluster because more than 90 percent of the city is off-limits to clubs, advocates note.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

For-Profit Prison Company Tells Investors: Economy Recovery Will Put More People In Prison

by David Downs
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Business Insider Australia writes July 18 that "as the U.S. economy improves, people are going back to work, investing in their homes, and preparing to make new purchases. They’re also going to spend a lot more time in prison."

That assessment is based on an investor guide from Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private imprisoner in the US, which notes that the economic recovery will result in more prisoners.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

California Dems Say “No!” to Medical Marijuana Crackdown, Federal Interference in CO, WA

by David Downs
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM

SoCal activist Lanny Swerdlow recently notified us that the California Democratic Party passed two historic resolutions on the issue of marijuana at its Executive Board meeting in Costa Mesa on Sunday, July 21.

“The first resolution called on President Obama to (1) respect the voters of Colorado and Washington and to not allow any federal interference in the enactment of their marijuana legalization initiatives, (2) end the federal raids on patients and providers in medical marijuana states and (3) appoint a commission to look into the reform of our nation’s marijuana laws.

“The 2nd resolution calls on our state legislature to enact statewide guidelines for medical marijuana distribution that respects the rights of local municipalities to regulate and license but will also provide marijuana 'to all patients in all areas of California, rural as well as urban.'

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Should “Kush Docs” Make You Sick to Your Stomach?

by David Downs
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

"Kush docs" make UCLA professor Mark Kleiman, the State of Washington's cannabis consultant, a little nauseous.

On Monday, Kleiman posted “Why I always put 'medical marijuana' in scare quotes” to his blog on SameFacts.com, arguing that some Colorado physicians who specialize in cannabis are “just dope dealing.”

According to Colorado records, one doctor wrote 8,400 recommendations, or about one every 15 minutes. One physician recommended 501 plants for a patient, while another doctor recommended 75 ounces of pot for a patient.

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Colorado Cannabis Industry Lobbying Expenditures Detailed

by David Downs
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Pro-cannabis groups outspent anti-cannabis groups by a ratio of more than four to one in Colorado, The Denver Posts' John Ingold reported this week. "The Medical Marijuana Industry Group, a trade organization for dispensaries, has spent $55,750 on lobbying since July 2012," he wrote. Anti-regulation group Smart Colorado, which opposed Amendment 64, spent more than $56,000 on lobbyists this year, according to public records.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Partnership For A Drug-Free America Has Moment of Clarity: Concedes Marijuana War Is Lost

by David Downs
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The Partnership for A Drug-Free America — a government-funded Drug War advocacy group — is backing away from supporting the arrest of 800,000 Americans every year for marijuana. The 28 year-old New York group of advertising executives funded by major alcohol, tobacco, nicotine and pharmaceutical interests released a new survey this week called "Marijuana: It's Legal, Now What?" Now, we don't trust anything coming from a bunch of failed "this is your brain on drugs" propagandists, but we're intrigued when they admit:

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Medical Marijuana Activists Appeal to US Supreme Court

by David Downs
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will ask the US Supreme Court to review the United States' classification of marijuana as more dangerous than cocaine, meth, or Oxycodone. Oakland-based ASA said Monday that they had filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to appeal a January Circuit Court decision which maintains cannabis' prohibition as one of the world's most dangerous drugs.

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