by David Downs
Here's your headlines: 1) CA. Sen Mark Leno's hemp bill 676 — which would authorize a pilot project to grow fields of the plant, which can damage pot crops — moves out of Assembly appropriations on a 11-3 vote.
2) Berkeley Patients Group gets a counter-lawsuit after their attempt to spin off a Maine business went bad.
6) In always-progressive Tennessee, a call for more pot prohibition, and maybe some alcohol prohibition too.
7) Jonah Lehrer at Wired Science asks "Does pot make you dumb?" and finds "Heavy marijuana use doesn’t seem to cause any sort of lasting brain damage. All the negative side-effects are relatively temporary. (But those side-effects are real, so don’t try to study, drive, or play chess while high. You really will perform much worse on most tasks.) Furthermore, the sort of anxiolytic giddiness triggered by THC comes with its own unexpected benefits, which is probably why humans have been self-medicating with cannabis for thousands of years."
8) High Times takes its Medical Cannabis Cup event to Detroit.
9) Pot farmer joins farm bureau in Napa.
11) Bakersfield citizens plan to battle county marijuana bans with a referendum.
12) Dispensaries compared to street prostitutes in classy Vallejo.
13) Danville has come up with a novel way to regulate dispensaries: ban them. (But industry insiders say a city with a ban is considered among the best places to set up a dispensary, because of the lack of competition, and the fact that the ban can be fought in court.)