Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Whoopi Goldberg and East Bay Edibles-Maker Announce Company to Treat PMS

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Whoopi Goldberg announced in Vanity Fair magazine today that she is developing a mainstream medical cannabis product line with East Bay edibles-maker Maya Elisabeth, who we profiled last week in our 2016 TASTE issue.

Goldberg and Elisabeth have formed the company “Maya & Whoopi” and are launching a line of products to battle menstrual cramps, including CBD-rich cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and a THC-infused bath soak it describes as “profoundly relaxing.”

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 5:15 PM

John Hudak, a researcher with the nonpartisan Brookings Institution think tank, concluded in a March 22 study that the White House and Congress must act immediately to save American lives by passing the CARERS act, a marijuana liberalization law that would lift barriers to medical marijuana research, protect doctors and patients, and ultimately re-schedule marijuana so that therapeutic formulations can be made available in all 50 states and territories.

Uneven medical marijuana access puts Americans at risk,  according to a researcher at the Brookings Institution. - BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
  • Brookings Institution
  • Uneven medical marijuana access puts Americans at risk, according to a researcher at the Brookings Institution.


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Friday, March 25, 2016

B-Real, Berner, High Times Alums, Oakland Museum Fuel Heatwave of Bay Area Marijuana Events

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Springtime is here, and with it a heat wave of medical cannabis events.

First off, the stoner holiday April 20 is shaping up spectacularly in the Bay Area. Cypress Hill are celebrating their 25th anniversary at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as part of "Berner Presents Hippie Hill" with Juicy J, J Boog, Chronixx, Kool John and Dizzy Wright performing. Berner will be shuttling 4/20 partiers from Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium downtown. Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album came out in 1991 and went double Platinum, selling over 2 million copies.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Harper’s Magazine: War on Drugs Invented to Destroy Blacks, Anti-Vietnam Left

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:22 AM

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In a story by journalist Dan Baum in the most recent issue of Harper’s magazine a former policy advisor to President Richard Nixon is quoted as saying that the war on drugs was created as a political tool to undermine Black communities and attack the anti-Vietnam War movement.

In 1994 Baum interviewed John Ehrlichman, President Nixon’s domestic-policy adviser from 1969 to 1973. Ehrlichman was a Watergate co-conspirator who spent a year and a half in prison. By 1994 he was working in Atlanta. In the interview, Ehrlichman blatantly admitted that the war on (some) drugs was designed to crush Nixon’s perceived enemies.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 9:27 AM

A seemingly historic medical marijuana summit by several US government health agencies will largely exclude evidence coming from the states that have legalized medical cannabis — another example of entrenched Washington, DC bureaucrats placing politics over science in the marijuana debate.

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The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and four other NIH institutes and centers is holding the “Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit” today and tomorrow in Bethesda, Maryland.

“The overarching goal is to present current basic research and evidence-based information to identify research gaps to ultimately inform science, practice, and policy,” an NCCIH release states.

But the presence of at least one co-sponsor, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ensures that the summit will be less about healing and more about Reefer Madness. NIDA’s official mission is to fund studies to find harms in cannabis — not any benefit. The summit will not include leading doctors who treat patients with medical marijuana, or patients themselves.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Marijuana Industry Is So White, BuzzFeed Reports

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Blacks are underrepresented as owners of legal marijuana businesses, BuzzFeed reports in a sweeping story this week. About 1 percent of the estimated 3,200 to 3,600 storefront pot shops are owned by Blacks.

Institutional racism targets Blacks for drug felonies, then bars drug felons from holding legal pot licenses, further stacking the deck against minorities.

“It really does piss me off,” Henderson said. His friend still works at that dispensary, and makes a lot more money than Henderson does. “And to see a lot of people come to Colorado to work in weed, that pisses me off even more. They’re coming here, living comfortable, and it’s like, I could be doing the same thing, but I can’t, because of my past with marijuana.”
Moreover, vast amounts of cash and land are often required to enter the legal trade, and the group with the most access to raw capital tend to be old white dudes.

California’s loose medical marijuana laws have given Blacks the most opportunity, Lewis finds, while East Coast state medical pot regimes are all but shut.

The overwhelming whiteness of the legal pot industry is even greater outside of states with relatively open markets, such as California and Michigan. In most states that allow the medical use of marijuana, a small, unelected commission determines who will receive a limited number of business licenses. With almost no oversight or transparency, the licensing has been rife with accusations of cronyism. At least six states and Washington, D.C., emphasize vague and coded qualifications like “character.”

A cannabis investing event in the Twitter building in San Francisco in 2015 lacks diversity. - DAVID DOWNS
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  • A cannabis investing event in the Twitter building in San Francisco in 2015 lacks diversity.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Emeryville to Legalize Medical Marijuana Deliveries, Dispensary, Labs

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Emeryville is set to fully legalize medical marijuana deliveries in thirty days and could see its first dispensary, as well as cannabis labs in the coming year.

In a special study session on Tuesday evening, Emeryville city councilmembers called for an urgency ordinance to immediately legalize delivery of medical marijuana into Emeryville by current regional providers. “I have heard from people who are in pain,” said Councilmember Nora Davis.

The council also will permit at least one medical marijuana dispensary to serve its 10,000-person population and could make Emeryville a cannabis laboratory hub, analogous to its thriving biotech industry.

The historic session on Tuesday marked a new chapter in the tiny, strategically located city and its marijuana history — it has total bans on all pot activity — and is one of the clearest examples yet of statewide regulations incubating local progress.


Emeryville could permit one dispensary outside state-mandated buffers from its schools. - EMERYVILLE
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  • Emeryville could permit one dispensary outside state-mandated buffers from its schools.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Which Pesticides Are Allowed on Marijuana?

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Last week, Legalization Nation reported about more contamination issues with California’s medical cannabis supply. As spring planting season approaches, some people want to know which pesticides are allowed on marijuana? 

State regulators are beginning to weigh in on which pesticides should be allowed on marijuana, however basic research is missing. - DAVID DOWNS
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  • State regulators are beginning to weigh in on which pesticides should be allowed on marijuana, however basic research is missing.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’; Our Rating: Sell

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Legalization supporters who buy a new penny stock are not directly supporting legalization, but rather a shady corner of legal marijuana market — unregulated, often fraudulent world of pink sheet securities, experts warn.

This Tuesday, a new Nevada company going by the name “KUSH” said it was donating “$1 million” to a California marijuana legalization initiative dubbed the MCLR.  The purported $1 million campaign donation to the long-shot initiative looks more like a stock scam than a serious effort, though, cannabis experts said. 

Lake Tahoe activist Steve Kubby peddled penny stocks in the name of legalization this week. - COURTESY OF STEVE KUBBY
  • Courtesy of Steve Kubby
  • Lake Tahoe activist Steve Kubby peddled penny stocks in the name of legalization this week.
Longtime California activist Steve Kubby, KUSH's CEO, has been under attack for the effort, and today replied, "No good deed goes unpunished. ... We believe in it. We think it's going to work out."

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pesticides on Medical Marijuana Force Huge Pot Contest, The Emerald Cup, to Tighten Its Rules

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM

The world’s biggest cannabis contest will tighten its contamination rules and publish the names of growers and dispensaries who fail screenings for pesticides and residual solvents, Legalization Nation has learned.

The Emerald Cup, held in December in Santa Rosa each year, also will add contest categories for butane hash oil and CO2 hash for 2016, organizers told me this week, but all entrants will have to meet stringent new cleanliness standards and face the public.

The announcements promise to spur better quality control in the state's multibillion-dollar medical pot market, addressing a serious issue: America’s medical cannabis crop is routinely tainted with pesticides, as well as high levels of dangerous bacteria, mold, and fungi.

More than 15,000 attendees flocked to The Emerald Cup each day in December. Contest screenings tighten up in 2016. - DAVID DOWNS
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  • More than 15,000 attendees flocked to The Emerald Cup each day in December. Contest screenings tighten up in 2016.

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