Monday, November 18, 2013

Tipping Point: Almost Every State Addressing Medical Marijuana

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Forty-two states have passed or are in the middle of legislatively addressing laws regarding medical marijuana, an analysis by WestlawNext found.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Choose the Bay's Best Medical Weed in Patients' Choice Nov. 15-25

by David Downs
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The 7th annual Patients’ Choice San Francisco - a medical weed contest and celebration - is shaping up in the Bay Area this week. The deadline for dispensaries to enter strains and products to win one of sixteen awards was Tuesday. Judge’s Packets filled with samples from contestants are nearly sold out at $300. They ship tomorrow and are quite the bargain.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oakland Dispensary Group Tidewater Finds a Home

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Another medical marijuana dispensary is set to open in Oakland now that it has found a suitable home.

The Tribune reported that Oakland officials signed off on 3007 Telegraph Avenue as the new home for a dispensary run by Tidewater Patients Group, "which has strong ties to Carlos Plazola, a one-time aide to former Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente."

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Alameda County To Feds: Stop the Pot Interference

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Alameda County is asking President Obama to end federal interference in states and cities that regulate cannabis for adult or medicinal uses.

The Tribune reports, that the Alameda County Board of adopted a resolution last week supporting medical and adult use of cannabis, and asking the feds to stop harassing lawful dispensaries. Many East Bay cities successfully tax and regulate medical marijuana.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Senate Hearing on Rogue Surveillance Operations Wednesday

by David Downs
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing Wednesday on the "The Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013," in response to the disturbing ongoing snooping of innocent Americans by the federal government.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dan Rather Goes on a Marijuana Mission in Humboldt for AXS.TV

by David Downs
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

CBS News' legendary ex-anchor Dan Rather sorta comes out in favor of weed regulation in his new feature for cable channel AXS.TV.

“Unlike other agriculture, there is no crop insurance for marijuana growers. That means that many farmers will use any means necessary to guarantee a return on their investment — even when it means spraying harmful chemicals or draining a creek dry that is home to endangered fish. This needs to change,” he writes in a companion article for Huffington Post. “... we must move beyond debates on whether or not it should be legal. It is time we start discussing how we can guarantee that marijuana is not destroying the environment or poisoning the people who smoke it.”

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bevy of Weed Wins on Election Day

by David Downs
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Marijuana policy reform measures cruised to victory in several states across the nation last night.

Portland, Maine became the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana when voters approved Question 1 by a margin of 67-33, removing all penalties for possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older.

Marijuana Policy Project was the largest backer of the initiative, and "the huge showing of support in Maine’s most populated city bodes well for our efforts to pass a statewide measure in 2016 to regulate marijuana like alcohol," wrote Rob Kampia.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New York Times Breaks Down Medical Marijuana Science

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Remember when people used to deride the pairing of the word "medical" with "marijuana?" Perhaps those days are finally over. The New York Times' Well Blog provides a rundown on the current science of the health benefits related to cannabis:

The strongest evidence for the health benefits of medical marijuana or its derivatives involves the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain and the spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis. Medical marijuana is widely recognized as effective against nausea and appetite loss caused by chemotherapy, although better treatments are now available. But preliminary research and anecdotal reports have suggested that marijuana might be useful in treating a number of other conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, migraine, cancer growth, abnormal heart rhythms, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, incontinence, bacterial infections, osteoporosis, intense itching, Tourette’s syndrome and sleep apnea.

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