Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Daily Show: Stop and Frisk Doesn't Go Far Enough

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

This week, a federal judge ruled that New York City's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional and tantamount to institutional racism. New York Mayor Bloomberg and law enforcement leaders had some laughable responses to the verdict.

So take it away, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MPP's Rob Kampia: Alaska Will Be the Next State to Legalize Pot — Not California

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project, a major force in the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington, says that Alaska — not California — will be the next state to legalize weed. "The polling's good," he said of Alaska. "It's a cheap state," he added, referring to the fact that it will be far less costly to run a legalization campaign there than in the Golden State. "We can do it."

Kampia, who is the head of MPP, said Alaskan voters will end pot prohibition at the ballot box. The first legislature to legalize marijuana will be Rhode Island, he predicted.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Judge: NYC Stop-And-Frisks Are Unconstitutional

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

A police policy in the Big Apple that ensares tens of thousands of people for cannabis possession has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal district judge, Reuters reports.

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Monday that New York's notorious stop-and-frisk policy constitutes "indirect racial profiling."

"No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

You Can Support Oaksterdam Raid Victim Coffeeshop Blue Sky

by David Downs
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

An Oakland medical cannabis dispensary raided by the DEA, IRS, and US Marshals last year is down but not out, one of our readers reminds us.

Oaskterdam-affiliated Coffee Shop Blue Sky is operating at 1776 Broadway with a permit from the City of Oakland. The permit was renewed June 10, 2013. As one of our kind readers explains in an email: "Granted, it's a shell of its former self, but it's still a legally permitted dispensary."

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Emerald Cup Moves South to Sonoma County Fairgrounds Dec. 14-15

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Northern California's Tolkien-esque gathering of hairy hill people and their fragrant psychedelic herb will move further south than ever before this year to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the Emerald Cup organizers report.

The 10th annual Emerald Cup — billed as the world's only outdoor organic cannabis competition — will be held Dec. 14-15 at the spacious Sonoma County Fairgrounds, according to Cup founder Tim Blake.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske Out - Questions Loom

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske will leave his post in the White House to become the likely head of US Customs, various news sources report today. Kerlikowske will be remembered for campaigning against Prop 19 in California in 2010, yet staying out the 2012 battles to end cannabis prohibition in Washington and Colorado.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Oakland Dispensary Magnolia Wellness Is Open

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

The City of Oakland now has six operating medical cannabis dispensaries with the August 1 opening of Magnolia Wellness at 161 Adeline Street.

Magnolia joins fellow operators Harborside Health Center, Purple Heart Patient Center, Oakland Organics, Coffee Shop Blue Sky, and Blum.

Magnolia and Blum struggled to find a commercial space to lease, as cannabis remains a federally illegal drug.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fact: Smoking Marijuana Reduces Pain

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Weed reduced pain in five out of five randomized controlled trials of smoked marijuana, reports today, as part of a controversial, ongoing physician education program sponsored by The Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Neuropathic pain results from a wound or disease of the nerves, TheAnswerpage notes. In five out of five highly controlled trials, cannabis therapy significantly reduced neuropathic pain.

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