Tuesday, May 15, 2012

UC Davis Clinical Trial of Smoked Cannabis for Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Now Recruiting

by David Downs
Tue, May 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

The University of California Davis, in collaboration with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, has permission to conduct a clinical trial of smoked cannabis on 60 M.S. patients. It's extremely rare to see something like this National Institutes of Health study. This field of science has been dangerously politicized, critics note.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Rep. Torres' 'Sober DUI' Bill Catches Flak From Cops

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

The retired cops at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition dressed down Chino Assemblywoman Norma Torres' AB 2552 earlier this week, saying her proposed bill - which makes any amount of cannabinoids in the blood the benchmark for intoxication, thereby forcing people who haven't smoked a joint in weeks to go to jail - would imprison sober drivers.

"It is absolutely conceivable that, if passed, this bill will become the foundation for DUI checkpoint abuses where the answer to the simple question, 'are you a legal medical cannabis patient?' will result in arrest and conviction under circumstances where impaired driving never occurred. And if it happens to the same patient on three occasions, they will face a mandatory ten-year prison sentence, all while still being innocent."

"Keeping impaired drivers off the road is one of law enforcement's most important jobs, but this bill has no basis in science. Enacting this legislation would not only be disastrous for our state's legal medical marijuana patients, but would impede public safety for all Californians by distracting police from catching actually dangerous drivers. Assemblymember Torres should withdraw this legislation immediately."

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Countdown to 4/20: Snoop and Willie Get Back Together

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

"On 4/20 of last year, Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg were smoking weed and singing tunes. Around the same time four years ago, they did it in Amsterdam. Now, Willie Nelson has announced that they'll be working together again," The Daily Swarm reports.

"The new track featuring Snoop is entitled "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die," likely an ode to smoking marijuana until one's life end," ALLHIPHOP astutely reports.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CSU Full? UC, No Way? Oaksterdam Is Wide Open

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht comes to town and catches up with Oaksterdam founder Rich Lee, painting a picture of growing pot that is less luminous than the one painted by the Los Angeles Times the day before.

"Oaksterdam once ran seven classes, each with 70 students paying $700 to $800 a semester. Now, it has one class of 50. Introductory two-day weekend programs and advanced seminars in how to run dispensaries draw about half the peak attendance of 120 students."

Part of it is the federal crackdown, which has touched Lee's businesses. There are also many, many more cannabis colleges today than when Lee began, he told us - a fact he said he was happy with.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Even the Los Angeles Times Likes NorCal Weed

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

From the LAT: "I put everything into this ... When you're a grower, you're in a cave mostly. I'm like a monk," says San Francisco "Master Breeder" "Nova".

We hope Nova's not putting everything into it when he's Master Breeding alone in a cave, like a monk.

Jesus, the Los Angeles Times' Joe Mozingo really dug in with "Big Wes", "Wally", "Nova" and the gang in this wide-eyed, March 25th piece on the state of professional cannabis cultivators. Mozingo proves more curious than critical, which is refreshing for a mainstream publication.

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Richmond Begins Grand Re-Opening of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The embattled City of Richmond used to be a hub of the world's finest wine - until alcohol prohibition choked that off. Almost a century later, the city's fine medical cannabis seemed like it would be next to succumb. Dispensaries like Seven Stars Holistic Healing Center and Ken Estes' GDP Collective won serious awards, only to be shut down or chased out of town on pain of lawsuit.

Water under the bridge, as they say.

In December, Richmond approved business permits for three dispensaries: Compassionate Care Collective DBA Greenheart; Green Remedy Collective; and Greenleaf Natural Wellness. On Wednesday, March 21, the council approved three more. With a population of 103,701, that equals one dispensary per 17,283 people, meaning Richmond residents, per capita, will have some of the best access this state can offer to some of the best medical cannabis in the world; a life-saver of a drug for those with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, M.S., epilepsy, chronic pain and other serious problems.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

So the Trayvon Martin Case Has a Marijuana Angle

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

From the L.A. Times: "At the time, Martin was suspended from high school after he was found to be in possession of an empty marijuana baggie ... Martin's school has a 'zero-tolerance' drug policy."

Surely this will be handled with all manner of decorum and proportionality. Surely.

SF Dispensary Sales Illegal? Nah, Says Oakland Attorney Robert Raich

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The San Francisco District Attorney's office stated in a court memo this month that sales of medical marijuana at dispensaries are illegal. It was news to us, and news to Oakland lawyer and cannabis law expert Robert Raich, who took a cannabis case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Raich sent us this email outlining why DA's office is off-base. Put your law review caps on after the jump.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

The Dude Abides ... on New Spoke Art T-Shirts

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Just over fourteen years old now, The Big Lebowski is probably one of the greatest movies of all time, in addition to being a stoner masterpiece. The pop culture lovers at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco re-embrace Jeff Bridges' character, The Dude, in a line of new t-shirts, a first for the gallery. Designer Oliver Barrett created a limited run of these Lebowski-inspired prints from Spoke Art's 2011 "Quentin vs. Cohen" art show. "All shirts are hand silk screened by us using only water based inks and American Apparel shirts for a super soft and comfortable fit," Spoke writes. Now available in the Spoke Art store. Check out Oliver Barrett's website. T-shirt designs below.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Assemblywoman Norma Torres: Sober Drivers Should Go To Jail

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

According to the vehicle code, it's already a crime to drive stoned, yet Chino Assemblywoman Norma Torres has introduced Assembly Bill 2552, which would make it a crime to drive sober. How?

Because she wants to make it "unlawful for any person who has any level of cannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoid compound in his or her blood or urine to drive a vehicle."

Cannabinoids — the active in ingredient in cannabis — can stay in the body for up to sixty days. Pot's effect wears off in 90 minutes to three hours. Ergo, someone who's had a a joint thirty days prior to any collision can be jailed for DUI under Torres' ignorant bill. AB 2552 creates more costs to the state, criminalizes innocent people and does not the make roads any bit safer.

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