Friday, September 13, 2013

Republican Grover Norquist Jumps on the 'Fair Taxes for Weed' Train: Bipartisanship!

by David Downs
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Lawful medical and adult-use cannabis businesses cannot take "ordinary and necessary" business tax deductions because of an arcane section of the Internal Revenue Service tax code called 280e.That section threatens efforts to regulate and control the drug, operators and activists say, and should be done away with. Now, far right anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist has jumped on the bandwagon.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Author Michael Castleman Slings 'Killer Weed' at Oakland's Diesel Book Store Next Wednesday

by David Downs
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Bestselling author Michael Castleman - a Bay Area resident since 1975 - released a new murder mystery this week titled Killer Weed, and he's signing copies next Wednesday at the Diesel book store in Oakland.

"Killer Weed hooked me on page one and I savored the references to San Francisco in the 1960s. A fascinating story with a strong ending,” stated Grace Slick, vocalist for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ammiano, Steinberg Throw A Medical Marijuana Hail Mary

by David Downs
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

A last-ditch effort is underway this week to clarify California medical cannabis laws and get the feds off the state's back. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg gutted and amended Senate Bill 604 on Friday and turned it into legislation that would regulate California's medical cannabis industry.

The bill has to pass the Senate by midnight Thursday, a lighting-quick pace for a piece of legislation that has repeatedly stalled over the last few years. The difference now is the federal government is explicitly urging states like California to enact tight medical pot rules in order to stay out of prosecutors' crosshairs.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

California Legalization On Deck for Marijuana Policy Project

by David Downs
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The nation’s largest marijuana policy organization announced Monday it will throw its weight behind a major effort to legalize cannabis in California in the 2016 general election. The Marijuana Policy Project plans to work with a broad coalition of local advocates and leaders in California to pass an initiative that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. A February Field Poll showed that 54 percent of Californians support taxing and regulating pot.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Senator Dianne Feinstein Is a 'DINO' on Marijuana, Extinction Looms

by David Downs
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

"DINO" is political jargon, meaning "Democrat in name only," and it's the perfect term for US Senator Dianne Feinstein, who continues to parrot the die-hard drug warrior line with regard to marijuana law reform.

The Chronicle's Joe Garofoli writes Thursday that during the historic Senate Judiciary hearings on the conflict between federal and state pot law coming up this Tuesday, Feinstein will not be there representing the majority of Californians, even though 54 percent of state residents want to end the failed prohibition on pot.

Feinstein opposed Prop 19 in 2010 and even Proposition 215 in 1996, which legalized medicinal marijuana.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wall Street Journal's Anti-Marijuana Legalization Op-Ed Sad, Embarrassing

by David Downs
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM

The Wall Street Journal exhibited its classic duality this week, with a sober look at the growing commercial sector of bongs on the front page Wednesday, and then one of the most clownish anti-weed legalization op-eds in the world today.

In piece entitled “The Beltway Choom Gang," the Journal's editorial writers called the medical uses of cannabis “fake,” and then proved they can't read federal law.

“All states are explicitly barred from regulating the possession, use, distribution and sale of pot and narcotics under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970,” the Journal opined.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wall Street Journal Puts Bong on Front Page Today

by David Downs
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Woah, heady Piper 'Salt' is on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Ana Campoy from the Journal writes today that glass pipe blowers, or pipers, are getting more respect than ever before with the legalization of marijuana.

Twenty-thousand-dollar pieces, international recognition, museum exhibits - "These pipers are not just a bunch of dumb stoners," said piper Ryan Harris. "We know our art."

Mainstream glass artist Robert Mikelsen is piping under the name RAM.

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