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Friday, October 28, 2011

White House Responds to Marijuana Legalization Petition

The White House has finally issued a response to a petition created on a White House web site called 'We the People' that gathered more than 70,000 signatures in support of marijuana legalization.

The response was written by a former police chief named Gil Kerlikowske and it reads:

When the President took office, he directed all of his policymakers to develop policies based on science and research, not ideology or politics. So our concern about marijuana is based on what the science tells us about the drug's effects.

According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health- the world's largest source of drug abuse research - marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory disease, and cognitive impairment. We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms. Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health – especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20's. Simply put, it is not a benign drug.

Like many, we are interested in the potential marijuana may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses. That is why we ardently support ongoing research into determining what components of the marijuana plant can be used as medicine. To date, however, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition.

As a former police chief, I recognize we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem. We also recognize that legalizing marijuana would not provide the answer to any of the health, social, youth education, criminal justice, and community quality of life challenges associated with drug use.

That is why the President's National Drug Control Strategy is balanced and comprehensive, emphasizing prevention and treatment while at the same time supporting innovative law enforcement efforts that protect public safety and disrupt the supply of drugs entering our communities. Preventing drug use is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America. And, as we've seen in our work through community coalitions across the country, this approach works in making communities healthier and safer. We're also focused on expanding access to drug treatment for addicts. Treatment works. In fact, millions of Americans are in successful recovery for drug and alcoholism today. And through our work with innovative drug courts across the Nation, we are improving our criminal justice system to divert non-violent offenders into treatment.

Our commitment to a balanced approach to drug control is real. This last fiscal year alone, the Federal Government spent over $10 billion on drug education and treatment programs compared to just over $9 billion on drug related law enforcement in the U.S.

Thank you for making your voice heard. I encourage you to take a moment to read about the President's approach to drug control to learn more.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Marijuana Inc. Releases Products Enhanced by Electromagnets, Soundwaves

Marijuana, Inc. announced today the roll-out of their new KushClear™ line of private labeled wellness products. Developed over the last two years specifically for the Medical Marijuana community, KushClear™ products are designed to target specific needs with 100% natural ingredients, for anyone desirous of alternative health care modalities.

Initially, four products will be available with the premier product being a Hemp Protein mix with Spirulina, AFA blue-green algae, Cordyceps, and Rhodiola Rosea. The three additional products currently available are KushClear™ Male for immediate male enhancement, KushClear™ Male for Daily Use for long term male enhancement, and KushClear™ Desire for female enhancement. For more information, or ordering products, go to: www.kushclear.com.

All products are further enhanced with the Agronifier™ technology that uses a combination of electromagnetic and sound waves to increase their efficacy. This patent pending process is licensed from Ferris Holding, Inc. the developer of the Agronifier™. For more details go to (www.ferrisholding.com)

Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Marijuana Inc., stated, "It was important to us to deliver a line of healthy nutraceuticals that would stand out in a crowded industry. Annually people spend hundreds of dollars on products which claim to work but don't, simply because they do not deliver enough active ingredients to do the job."

The KushClear™ line of products offer three unique benefits: They are either liquid or powder that is added to a liquid, this form of delivery is much more efficient than tablets or capsules that can pass through the body without dissolving. They contain enough of the effective ingredients to get the results a person expects. They are further enhanced with the healthy Agronifier™ technology, increasing the overall effectiveness of the products.

New Indie Movie Features Pothead Zombie Killers


   A new feature film by Mind in Motion Inc. called 'Bong of the Dead' features two pothead characters who set out on a road trip to collect zombie brains to use as fertilizer in their weed plants.

   The film is the creation of first-time filmmaker Thomas Newman who spent just $5,000 and used mostly family and friends for his cast and crew to film what he calls his 'masterpiece calling card film'.

   The movie looks like a real hoot. You can download the complete movie for just $2.99 on the movie's Web site or you can check out the trailer below:



Right-Wing Filmmaker Trying to Discredit Occupy Wall Street with Bongs and Rolling Papers?

For some reason, independant filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney, whose been called the conservative answer to Michael Moore, has been walking around the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York with his film crew handing out bongs and rolling papers.

Some have suggested that the filmmaker is trying to cast the protesters in a negative light by casting them as "hippie potheads".

The video below shows Maloney in heated discussion with several with several of the protester, but around the 4:40 mark someone directly confronts him about the paraphernalia and asks why he isn't handing out food and blankets instead. 

Although one protester claims Maloney is trying to "create a visual" for Fox News, Maloney claims he was giving the items away because he's a "nice guy". 

Judge for yourself:




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where Do the Words 'Cannabis' and 'Marijuana' Come From?


  The hemp plant goes by many, many different names, but 'cannabis sativa' is probably the most scientifcally accurate and 'marijuana' is, without a doubt, the most commonly used slang term for the plant.

   So where did these words come from?

   In his book 'Cannabis: A History' author Martin Booth tells us that the name cannabis sativa actually came from the Swedish 'father of botany' Carolus Linnaeus who named the plant in 1753. Sativa comes from the Latin word for 'cultivated'.

    The word 'cannabis' is broken into two syllabals with the first 'canna' being derived from the ancient Greek word for hemp 'kannabis', which was in-turn derived from the Sanskrit word 'cana'. Many other civilizations had similar words for the plant suggesting that the origins of the name are rooted in antiquity. The second syllabal 'bis' comes from the Hebrew 'bosm', meaning 'aromatic'.

   So cannabis is, literally, the 'cultivated fragrant cane'.

   The word 'marijuana' is a different story. The slang term seems to have very ambiguous origins and no one is exactly certain where it came from. Some say the word came from 'Maria y Juana' (Maria and Jane), a Mexican slang term for a prostitute and other say it came from the Aztec word 'mallihuan'. The only thing that's certain is that the word came from the south and caught on in North America.

Czech Republic Working to Legalize Medical Marijuana

By Ninja Smoker/The Weed Blog

   A government advisory body in the Czech Republic is working on a new law to legalize growing and consuming medical marijuana.

   Officials have been examining what models for dispensing medical marijuana might work best for the Czech Republic. The frequently cited example of Israel, where medical marijuana was allowed 12 years ago, involves the state licensing eight farms to grow the plant with distribution organized to the around 7,500 registered users.

   The experts have proposed that marijuana would be imported or grown locally by registered firms licensed for such activity, which is currently illegal. Cultivation of commercial medical marijuana could only be carried out by licensed companies under strict conditions. Home growing of medical marijuana for commercial sale would not be allowed.

   The group also proposed Monday that all patients using marijuana would be registered.

   According to the timetable set itself by the working group, it should compile a list of legislative changes necessary to allow the introduction of medical marijuana by mid-December. That should allow a proposed bill to be drawn up by the end of the year and the Czech parliament to vote on the changes in the early part of 2012.

   Marijuana is the most popular drug in the Czech Republic with the state decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug for personal use and cultivation of a limited number of plants at the start of 2010.

   What was interpreted, somewhat misleadingly, as a Czech move to go soft on drugs has caused problems for the country with neighbors, such as Germany, which continue to take a tough line on marijuana possession and cultivation. Stepped up border checks by German police on Czechs has been blamed in part on the perception that Prague has relaxed its stand on soft drugs.

Study: Cannabis Causes 'Cognitive Chaos' in the Brain

   New research by neuroscientists at the University of Bristol, published in the Journal of Neuroscience [Oct. 25], has found that brain activity becomes uncoordinated and inaccurate during these altered states of mind, leading to neurophysiological and behavioural impairments reminiscent of those seen in schizophrenia.

   The collaborative study, led by Dr Matt Jones from the University's School of Physiology and Pharmacology, tested whether the detrimental effects of cannabis on memory and cognition could be the result of 'disorchestrated' brain networks.

   Brain activity can be compared to performance of a philharmonic orchestra in which string, brass, woodwind and percussion sections are coupled together in rhythms dictated by the conductor. Similarly, specific structures in the brain tune in to one another at defined frequencies: their rhythmic activity gives rise to brain waves, and the tuning of these brain waves normally allows processing of information used to guide our behaviour.

   Using state-of-the-art technology, the researchers measured electrical activity from hundreds of neurons in rats that were given a drug that mimics the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. While the effects of the drug on individual brain regions were subtle, the drug completely disrupted co-ordinated brain waves across the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, as though two sections of the orchestra were playing out of synch.

   Both these brain structures are essential for memory and decision-making and heavily implicated in the pathology of schizophrenia.

   The results from the study show that as a consequence of this decoupling of hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, the rats became unable to make accurate decisions when navigating around a maze.

   Dr Jones, lead author and MRC Senior Non-clinical Fellow at the University, said: "Marijuana abuse is common among sufferers of schizophrenia and recent studies have shown that the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana can induce some symptoms of schizophrenia in healthy volunteers. These findings are therefore important for our understanding of psychiatric diseases, which may arise as a consequence of 'disorchestrated brains' and could be treated by re-tuning brain activity."

   Michal Kucewicz, first author on the study, added: "These results are an important step forward in our understanding of how rhythmic activity in the brain underlies thought processes in health and disease."

   The research is part of a Medical Research Council (MRC)-supported collaboration between the University and the Eli Lilly & Co. Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience that aims to develop new tools and targets for treatment of brain diseases like schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Company Offers Line of 4:20 Watches and Clocks for that "Special Time of Day"

The Cadence Watch Company, a Philadelphia-based business that sells novelty time keepers, is offering a line of special watches and clocks that any stoner would appreciate. Each clock has only one time represented in numbers on it's face: 4:20.

All of the descriptions for the watches and clocks on the Cadence Web site read:

"If you think 4:20 is the most important time of day, this watch is for you. If you have no idea why 4:20 is a special time of day, there is nothing here for you."

The wall clock features shatter-resistant polycarbonate safety crystal and a high-impact, black plastic textured case. The watches are water resistant and come with your choice of leather or steel straps.

You can check out the full line of Cadence watches and clocks here. Unfortunately, there is only one model of wall clock and they appear to be sold out at the moment. 

Willie Nelson Writes Poem for Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Country music star and marijuana activist Willie Nelson recently wrote and poem with his wife Annie D'Angelo to show their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The poem reads:

We stand with humanity, 
Against the insanity,
We’re the ones with the 99,
We’re the seeds and we’re the core,
We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
We’re the windows and we are the doors,
We are the ceiling and we are the floor,
We’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
Stand up against tyranny,
You now have the floor,
We’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
The whole tax set-up is a little unfair,
But some of us don’t mind paying our share,
We’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
We’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
You’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
We stand with humanity against the insanity,
We’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
Our hearts in Z park against the old guard,
We’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
Even though all our bodies can’t be there,
We’ll be there in spirit because we care,
We’re the ones that we’ve been waiting for,
We’re the ones with the 99,
We stand with humanity against this insanity,
For all people to be free, 
Us and them and you and me,
We’re the ones with the 99


You can watch Willie and Annie read their poem in the YouTube video below:



Friday, October 21, 2011

State of California Sues B2K Singer For Involvement in Pot Shop

   TMZ.com is reporting that B2K singer Dreux Pierre Frederic - aka Lil' Fizz - is being sued by the State of California for running an illegally zoned medical marijuana dispensary in West Hollywood called Little Amsterdam. 
Li'l Fizz
   The state is demanding a fine of $2,500 a day from July 2010 until now, a total of more than a million dollars. Frederic may also be responsible for up to $750,000 in law enforcement costs and lawyers fees. 

   According to the TMZ report sources close to Frederic say he got out of the pot business in 2008 and authorities are now searching for the dispensary's true owner. But so far Frederic is still named as the Defendant in the case.

$500 Reward Offered for Finding San Diego Dispensary Location

A user named Kelly has offered a $500 reward on the Web site Rewarder.com to the first person who can find  a storefront or empty lot for lease or for sale that fits within San Diego County's medical marijuana rules.

The ad reads:

Looking to Expand our Patient Care Service, providing Medical Marijuana & Education to our patients.
Need a Store Front OR an Empy Lot to Lease or Private Finance to Purchase within San Diego County Prop 215 Rules & Regulations.
This is 100% Legal Business, need help from the network to find a busy foot traffic location that is available and allowed.

According to Rewarder.com's Web site:

Rewarder is the marketplace for offering and winning rewards. Rewarder connects people that have a personal need with other people who are looking for an alternative source of income. Our goal is to develop our marketplace so people get rewarded for solving each other's problems.

You can check out the dispensary challenge here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Medical Marijuana Product Review: Kief



   I’ve been a huge fan of kief, also known as keef, since the first time I tried it. So what is kief? For the uninitiated, kief is a fine powder made up of the collected resin glands of the cannabis plant. Kief can be collected directly from the plant by shaking the branches and holding something under the plant to collected the falling kief, or it can be collected in specially designed bud grinders that have a sifter built into the bottom to collect the kief. Kief can also be bought in many medical marijuana dispensaries in California. I got mine from the San Diego Organic Collective on Shelter Island Drive. SDOC regularly stocks at least four different kinds of kief and they’re super friendly too! Check them out if you’re in the area.

   Whatever way you manage to come by your kief, you’re sure to enjoy it. Smoking kief is similar to smoking good hash. It’s quite a bit stronger than the highest grade buds, providing a sleep-inducing, dreamy, opium-like high that lasts for a long time. The area where kief bests hash is in the flavor. Good kief has a wonderful flavor that is hard to describe and must be experienced. It’s strong and biting, sort of like a cigarette but tastier, and has a hashy, spicy flavor that will linger in your mouth forever.

   You can smoke kief any number of ways. It can be smoked in a bowl, but you’ll need to pack quite a bit to make sure you don’t just suck it through and it will burn up pretty quickly. I’ve also smoked it out of a bong with similar results.

   My favorite way to smoke kief is as a supplement to regular weed. You can sprinkle it on top of your favorite buds to give your first couple of hit’s a little extra oomph, or you can put it on schwag to transform it into high-grade. Either way the kief seems to smoke better when sprinkled on top of another medium. It’s just too fine to smoke by itself, but if you do I recommend rolling it into a little ball before putting it in your bowl. The more compacted, the better.

   Kief generally runs around $10 a gram, but you won’t need much more than a hit at a time and a gram goes a long way, especially if you’re just adding it to buds.

   I hope all you stoners out there get a chance to try kief some day because it really is a pleasant experience. Happy smoking!

Willie Nelson: "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die"

Country singer and long-time marijuana legalization activist Willie Nelson has been singing a new tune at recent concerts called 'Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die', and according to a report from Celebstoner.com, the song will be the title track for Nelson's new album due out in January.

In a super catching chorus Nelson sings:

“Roll me up and smoke me when I die / ‘Cause if anyone don’t like it / Look them in the eye / I didn’t come here and I ain’t leaving so don’t sit around and cry / Just roll me up and smoke me when I die"

Nelson introduces the tune as a 'gospel song', but it's definitely from the gospel according to Willie. Check out the new song below:



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Stoner's Guide to the U.S. Republican Primary

   If we ever hope to make any headway in the fight for full legalization of marijuana we're going to have to elect a president who has a common sense approach to drugs. With that in mind, The Chronicle is proud to present our guide to the 2012 U.S. Republican Primary Election. We'll be covering all of the major candidates and providing their stance on marijuana legalization, medical or otherwise.

THE GOOD:


RON PAUL

   Ron Paul takes more of a common sense approach to drug use in American than any other major candidate in the race and he therefore receives The Chronicle's official endorsement.

   Ron is a constitutional libertarian and vigorously defends the right of states to set their own drug regulations and also supports the medicinal use of marijuana.

   "The federal government takes over and overrules states where state laws permit medicinal marijuana for people dying of cancer. The federal government goes in and arrests these people, puts them in prison with mandatory sentences. This war on drugs is totally out of control. If you want to regulate cigarettes and alcohol and drugs, it should be at the state level. That’s where I stand on it. The federal government has no prerogatives on this," Paul says.

   Paul takes a common sense approach not only to marijuana and drugs, but also to fiscal responsibility, foreign policy and many other important issues and we think he is the best choice for our next president.

   Find out more about Paul's stance on drugs by watching the video below:




GARY JOHNSON

    With a new poll showing that a record 50 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson says he's surprised that more of our political leaders refuse to support legalization.

   "Where is the political leadership that should be reflecting that common sense belief?" said the former New Mexico governor in a statement this Tuesday. "This may be the only issue on the national scene where half the American people support something, but zero percent, statistically speaking, of elected officials and politicians will publicly agree with them," he added. "Yet, for the most part, there are no politicians who will speak that truth, much less act upon it. With 50% of Americans open to the idea of legalization, why won't the ruling class at least let us have the conversation?"

   Johnson admits that he used marijuana in his youth and in 2007-08 after a skiing accident left him in severe pain and fought hard for legalization when he was the governor of New Mexico.

   Johnson would make a great president, but so far his campaign has failed to gain steam and he's way off the radar of most voters. 

RICK PERRY

   Although Perry seems like a George W. clone (and in many ways he is) and The Chronicle doesn't support his stance on most issues, he surprisingly supports state's rights to regulate drugs themselves. 

   "When the federal government oversteps its authority, states should tell Washington they will not be complicit in enforcing laws with which they do not agree," he writes. "Again, the best example is an issue I don't even agree with - the partial legalization of marijuana. Californians clearly want some level of legalized marijuana, be it for medicinal use or otherwise. The federal government is telling them they cannot. But states are not bound to enforce federal law, and the federal government cannot commandeer state resources and require them to enforce it. If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California."

   It should be noted however that Perry opposes legalization on the federal level and is personally against the use of marijuana. 

THE BAD:

RICK SANTORUM

   Santorum is the worst kind of politician: The kind that admits to smoking weed in the past (and therefore knows how harmless it is) but still supports current drug laws that put tons of peace-loving potheads behind bars every day. 

   “Well, yeah, I admitted you know, back when I was running for the Senate, that when I was in college that I smoked pot and that was something that I did when I was in college,” Santorum said. “It was something that I’m not proud of, but I did. And said it was something that I wish I hadn’t done. But I did and I admitted it. I would encourage people not to do so. It was not all it’s made up to be.”

   Not only is Santorum fiercely against marijuana legalization, he even attacked Rick Perry for supporting state's right to choose their own marijuana laws. What a douchebag. 

MITT ROMNEY

 From a stoner's perspective Mitt Romney is among the worst candidates running for president. He doesn't support legalization or the medical use of marijuana. When asked about his stance on marijuana during his 2008 presidential campaign, Romney replied simply:

   "I don't want marijuana to be used in our country. I'm not going to legalize marijuana."

   Well Mitt, we don't always get what we want and the fact is that most Americans now disagree with your statement. 

   Romney also strongly opposes the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, saying that people should instead use synthetic forms of the drug. 

   "I don't want to encourage more involvement in or allow more people to get involved in the marijuana and the drug culture."

   Well I don't want to encourage more involvement in or allow more people to get involved in the Mormon culture, but like I said, we don't always get what we want, do we Mitt?

NEWT GINGRICH

   Even worse than Mitt Romney is good old boy Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is not only against marijuana legalization, he also advocated for a death penalty for anyone caught smuggling 2 ounces or more of marijuana into the country. He says possession should be punished by community service two days a week and if the person misses a day they would go to prison for five years. It's a good thing this nutcase will never be president.


HERMAN CAIN:

   So far up and coming political star Herman Cain has failed to make his stance on marijuana clear. You can find out just how actively he avoids the question by watching the video below. Cain actually physically runs away from someone who's trying to ask him about his stance on medical marijuana:




THE UGLY:

MICHELE BACHMANN




   Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann has also failed to address the issue of marijuana making no direct statements on the issue, but given her conservative stance on most social issues we can assume that she has no love for the herb. So why does Bachmann belong in the 'Ugly' category? Because SHE UGLY

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Canadian Scientists Crack Genome of Cannabis Sativa

   It was announced today that a team of Canadian researchers have sequenced the genetic genome of Cannabis sativa, the plant that produces both marijuana and industrial hemp, and in the process have uncovered clues about how the plant gained it's psychoactive properties. 

   Jon Page, a plant biochemist at the University of Saskatchewan, explains that a simple genetic switch is likely responsible for the production of THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, the precursor of the active ingredient in marijuana.

   "The transcriptome analysis showed that the THCA synthase gene, an essential enzyme in THCA production, is turned on in marijuana, but switched off in hemp," Page says.

   Page's partner Tim Hughes explains:

   "Detailed analysis of the two genomes suggests that domestication, cultivation, and breeding of marijuana strains has caused the loss of the enzyme (CBDA synthase), which would otherwise compete for the metabolites used as starting material in THCA production," Hughes says.

This means that hemp farmers selectively bred Cannabis sativa into two distinct strains over thousands of years – one for fibre and seed and one for medicine.

   "Plants continue to be a major source of medicines, both as herbal drugs and as pharmaceutical compounds," Page says. "Although more than 20 plant genomes have been published, ranging from major food crops such as rice and corn, to laboratory models like Arabidopsis, this is the first genome of a medicinal plant."

   The researchers hope that the sequencing of the genome might lead to further understanding of the plant's biology and help with the development of the plant's many uses.

Rapper Soulja Boy Arrested With $70K in Cannabis, Cash

   21-year-old rapper Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Cortez Way, was arrested in Georgia at 3:15 a.m. today after being pulled over for a traffic violation with four other males who were also arrested.

   Authorities say they found guns, along with a 'substantial amount' of marijuana and cash. One source said the drugs and cash were worth at least $70,000, according to a report from My Fox New York

   Soulja Boy is best known for his 2007 release "Crank That." The hit was nominated for the Best Rap Song Grammy award but lost to the Kanye West and T-Pain duet "Good Life."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tommy Chong Calls for Release of Marc Emery

In a recent YouTube video, comedy legend and marijuana activist Tommy Chong calls for the release of fellow activist Marc Emery and asks for support for a White House petition to free the wrongly-jailed Canadian citizen. Watch the video below:



You can learn more about Marc Emery and his case at Wikipedia.

$82M Worth of Cannabis Burned at Australian Sugar Plant

Workers at the Farleigh Sugar Mill in Queensland, Australia
prepare to destroy 33,000 cannabis plants.
   Authorities in the Australian state of Queensland just made the biggest marijuana bust of the year, hauling in 33,000 plant worth an estimated $82 million dollars from a Mt. Pelion property. Unfortunately, with a complete ban on fires in effect, they had no way of disposing of the seized cannabis and had to truck it to a nearby sugar mill to be destroyed.

   Farleigh mill factory manager Terry Doolan told the Daily Mercury newspaper that the mill was surprised to receive a call from police seeking its assistance to dispose of the cannabis haul.

   "It was out of the blue," he said. "We burnt the whole lot. It doesn't happen very often at all and we probably won't do it (burn cannabis at the mill) for the next few years. It was only because there was a total fire ban on (at the time)."

   Mr. Doolan said the cannabis was shredded and put straight into the mill's furnace. According to the Daily Mercury's report, Doolan didn't comment much on the smell created by the burning marijuana plants, but said it was "very strong". 

   Police say the area where the plants were discovered was uninhabited and no one has been charged with a crime in connection with the case.

Would-Be Dispensary Owner Sues City of San Francisco

Greg Schoepp/Courtesy the SF Examiner
   San Francisco resident Greg Schoepp got the go ahead from local planners to open his Bay Area Compassion Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary planned for the city's sunset district, only to have his permit revoked by an appeals board who claim that typo in the city code and opposition from a local church and a tutoring center means that the planning commission made a mistake in issuing the permit.

   Now Schoepp says he's planning to fight back and has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Examiner.  The lawsuit will be the first of it's kind in the nation.
   “I followed every rule, I did my due diligence all the way through,” Schoepp told the Examiner. “I just want my permit.”

   City officials have so far refused to comment on the litigation. A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Nov. 4. 

   Schoepp's lawyers claim that the board "abused it's discretion" with it's decision.

   “The board had no legal or factual basis for taking these actions ... because the building permit was not the real issue considered by the board,” the filings say. “It was under the guise of reviewing [Schoepp’s] building permit that the Board instead took liberties to unlawfully review and effectively reverse the Planning Commission.”

California Medical Association Calls for Legalization of Marijuana


By Ninja Smoker/The Weed Blog
   California’s largest doctors trade association is calling for legalization of marijuana.

   The state’s largest doctor group questions the medical value of marijuana but says it’s time for it to be legal and regulated like alcohol and tobacco, reports the Los Angeles Times. The group’s spokeswoman claims it is the first major medical association in the country to call for the drug’s legalization.

   The federal government considers cannabis a drug with no medical use. The CMA wants the White House to reclassify it to help promote further research on its medical potential. Earlier this year, the Obama administration turned down a request to reclassify marijuana. That decision is being appealed in federal court.

   Dr. Donald Lyman, the Sacramento physician who wrote the group’s latest policy, called current laws a “failed public health policy.”

   Dr. Lyman tells the newspaper that physicians are increasingly frustrated by being put in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether to recommend a drug that’s illegal under federal law.

   “It’s an uncomfortable position for doctors,” Dr. Lyman said. “It is an open question whether cannabis is useful or not. That question can only be answered once it is legalized and more research is done.”

   The group immediately came under fire from the California Police Chiefs Association as well as from other doctors, who qualified the move as irresponsible.

   The CMA acknowledges some potential health risk associated with marijuana use and proposes that it be regulated similarly to alcohol and tobacco. But the group says the consequences of criminalization outweigh the dangers.

   The CMA represents more than 35,000 California physicians across the state.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pharmaceutical Company Preparing to Release Cannabis Extract

   Biotech company Cannabis Science, Inc. announced today that they have finished production on their first line of drugs extracted from cannabis plants and are currently packaging the product for commercial sale later this month. The drugs will initially be released through the company's labs and one state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado. 

   Dr. Robert Melamede, Ph.D., the Company's CEO, said, "We hear from so many people wanting a reliable, high-quality formulation that they can self-administer to treat a wide variety ailments. A quality, standardized formulation is essential for long term care. As far as I know, we have the only formulation made from organically grown cannabis bud, and produced in a professional, Colorado State licensed, laboratory facility. Initially, we have chosen two facilities in Colorado to work with, both of the facilities were chosen for the quality of their botanicals and patient care. We are looking forward to expanding availability to other legal medical marijuana facilities and States along with an increased multiple formulation offerings."

Feds Plan Crackdown on Media Outlets That Advertise Marijuana

Publications that specialize in Medical Marijuana
Advertising are now common place in many states.
   In another sign of the Obama Administration's escalating war on medical marijuana, Federal prosecutors in California announced Wednesday that they are set to begin actively targeting newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana.

   U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy, a prosecutor in San Diego, is leading the effort.

   “I’m not just seeing print advertising,” Duffy said in a recent interview with California Watch and KQED. “I’m actually hearing radio and seeing TV advertising. It’s gone mainstream. Not only is it inappropriate – one has to wonder what kind of message we’re sending to our children – it’s against the law.”

   Federal law makes it illegal for any person to place an advertisement for a controlled substance. Up until now, courts have generally interpreted that to mean that the person paying for the ad would be responsible, but now officials are saying that media outlets themselves could be held accountable because they are the ones physically placing the ad for publication. 

   My personal message to Mrs. Duffy: I'm well aware of the message that these ads send to our children. They send the message that marijuana is a natural medicine that can help with a whole slew of debilitating illnesses. They send the message that marijuana can ease the suffering of people who really need it. I think the message being sent to our children is exactly the one that needs to be sent. People like you go around spreading disinformation and demonizing what is essentially a medicinal herb. Why not start a campaign against advertising St. John's Wart instead? It makes just about as much sense as attacking marijuana. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Medical Marijuana Strain Review: Lindsay Lohan


Overview: I guess it was just a matter of time before America's #1 skank Linday Lohan got her own medical marijuana strain, unfortunately, much like the actual person, it is a bit of a disappointment.


Looks: Lindsay Lohan is a beautiful strain with short, stubby and super dense light green leaves that are covered in a light frost and plenty of rust-colored hairs that come tangling out of the buds.

Taste/Smell: The taste was a little bit hashy and a little bit spicy. Not really a strong flavor here, but not entirely unpleasant.

Buzz: Lindsay Lohan has the looks and a fairly decent taste, but the buzz is where it falls short. It made me super lethargic and sleepy. I wasn't good for anything for the rest of the day. Not only did these buds shut my body down, but my mind was also slowed down which is unusual for me because weed usually gets my creative juices flowing and gets me thinking. This strain might be good for insomniacs looking for relief, but I probably wouldn't recommend it for any other medical uses and I have a feeling it could make the symptoms of depression even worse.

Overall Grade: C-

California Could Opt Out of Controlled Substances Act with Ballot Initiative

In response to a recent crackdown on medical marijuana by the Obama administration, one California activist has come up with a novel new way to get around the Federal Government's marijuana laws: By using a ballot initiative to opt out of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. He admits that the Feds will probably challenge the initiative, but says the legal tools necessary to defeat them are written into the initiative. Read the whole story at Cannabis Culture Magazine:

California Could Opt Out of Controlled Substances Act with Ballot Initiative | Cannabis Culture Magazine

Wife Shares Marc Emery Prison Photos

Jodie Emery, the wife of jailed marijuana activist Marc Emery, hosts a regular show on YouTube called the Jodie Emery Show. On this week's episode Jodie shares some photos of Marc to mark the one-year anniversary of his imprisonment. Jodie reports that Marc is in good health, has lost 5 pounds during his year in jail and is in good spirits, playing gigs with his new prison band which the warden calls 'the best he's ever heard'. Check out this week's episode of the Jodie Emery Show below:

Kid From 'Harry Potter' Movies Busted for Growing Marijuana, Possessing Bomb

Jamie Waylett
London authorities have announced a slew of charges against actor Jamie Waylett, best known for playing Draco Malfoy's sidekick Vincent Crabbe in six 'Harry Potter' movies, including possession of a homemade petrol bomb and growing 15 marijuana plants in his bedroom.

Waylett was found with the bomb during the London Riots that took place in early August. He was released on bail on Sept. 29 on the conditions that he live with his mother and observe a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. His court date is set for Nov. 17.

Waylett was previously arrested for possession of marijuana in 2009 which led to his character being written out of 'The Dealthy Hallows: Part II'. He served 120 hours of community service for the crime.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011