Friday, April 15, 2011

Comedian Ngaio Bealum on 4/20, Obama and 'Puff Puff Pass' at Punchline

by David Downs
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Comedian Ngaio Bealum hosts "Puff Puff Laugh" April 20th at the Punchline in San Francisco. A host of two previous cannabis comedy shows at Punchline SF and Sacramento, Bealum said the event celebrates an ever-more mainstream holiday this year.

“Everyone knows what 4/20 is in the Bay Area, and they invited me out,” says Bealum, who's credits include The Sarah Silverman Show and Cannabis Planet and about fifteen 4/20s over the years. “I guess they couldn't get Doug Benson.”

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Peep Oaksterdam's Dope Mural Nominated to the Oakland Indie Awards

by David Downs
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Celebrating Oakland businesses and artists, the 5th annual Oakland Indie Awards are back Friday, May 13. America's pioneering cannabis college, Oaksterdam, says they've nominated for an Indie Award for their new 725 7,300 square-foot mural that went up in March on the huge north wall. (click to enlarge)

Oaksterdams new North Wall
  • Oaksterdam
  • Oaksterdam's new North Wall

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Roundup: Big Bust in SoMa After Fire; 'Marijuana Man' to Save the Day

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

1) Pretty big pot farm bust in SoMa, SFWeekly's Chris Roberts reports.

2) The Village Voice on memoir Square Grouper (pot slang for bales of marijuana tossed overboard during a police pursuit at sea).

3) America's drug czar sits down with Foreign Policy magazine to talk about the quasi-new world order of drug interdiction. Read the independent Council on Foreign Relations' assessment about how that's going. More news after the jump.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Indoor Pot Equals 1% U.S. Electricity Use

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM

While nuclear power plant radiation decays in our soil, and the globe warms, it's poetic to know American drug policy took a solar-powered plant — cannabis — and put it on the filthy coal and nuclear grid.

For several months groups like Grow It In The Sun have been saying that the rise of indoor pot farming contradicts the eco-friendly agenda of the marijuana community. Now, an indoor pot farming energy analysis we linked to yesterday is getting picked up by the New York Times, and it'll probably be a highly cited figure by Earth Day April 22. Some more highlights:

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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Roundup: The High Cost of Indoor Pot, and a Pretty Good Album from Snoop Dogg

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Headlines this week: 1) Marijuana stores still violate federal law, another U.S. Attorney writes.

2) Full Spectrum Labs of Colorado — testers for the Denver High Times Medical Cannabis Cup last week — release a rare commercial pot lab validation document.

3) Just in time for Earth Day, a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab energy analyst working independently estimates the immense carbon cost of indoor-grown marijuana: “The emissions associated with one kilogram of processed Cannabis are equivalent to those of driving across country 5 times in a 44-mpg car (3,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions)." Meanwhile, many California cities have banned, or are working to ban, outdoor.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Roundup: Danny McBride's 'Your Highness'; Mark Leno Bill Advances

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Here's your headlines: 1) Stoner fantasy flick Your Highness panned by Village Voice. "The movie’s improvisatory recklessness often relies on stock, fallback comedy: scenes lazily punchlined on four-letter words, pot slang, and gay jokes only offensive in their unoriginality."

2) Embattled Oakland hydroponics salesman Dhar Mann of WeGrow — embroiled in lawsuits with his former partner — is peddling his services in Arizona and other medical marijuana states, according to his Twitter feed.

3) Sen. Mark Leno's medical cannabis patient employee rights moves ahead in California Senate. More news after the jump.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Roundup: Willie Nelson Walks, High Times Weed Cup Hits Denver

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Here's your headlines: 1) AC/DC's Phill Rudd gets his dope charge quashed in New Zealand.

2) And Willie Nelson will walk for his latest pot charge too. "By making a joke of possession and enforcement laws, Mr. Nelson has done more to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of marijuana prohibition than a hundred lobbyists or a thousand politicians could ever do," opines the New York Times.

3) Ziggy Marley plays HempCon Saturday April 2 in this vid.

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