Health Care Issues

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Is Still too Expensive

    Being poor is not so bad. Not in San Francisco at least, where in addition to free housing, city officials are now also handing out taxpayer-subsidized puppies to panhandlers. The disabled, terminally ill, or downright dirt-poor also "enjoy" an advantage over the healthy or the merely struggling to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Clubs Still Don't Cause Crime, Study Says

    Whenever a new medical marijuana dispensary applies for a San Francisco permit, a troop of naysayers is ready with a predictable script: dispensaries cause crime, harm children, and destroy neighborhoods. However, the city's Planning Commission tired of this long ago -- because it's simply not based ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Fire, Not Obama Crackdown, Shuts Mission Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    Prior to the four-alarm fire next door, the coffee shop behind the nameless awning and signless storefront at 208 Valencia St. was notable not for what was behind the white door opposite the barista -- a pot club -- but for the dispensary's flaunting of federal law.Exactly how 208 Valencia Caregiver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Users Don't Need to be Marijuana Farmers, Court Says

    It doesn't take much to join a collective or cooperative in California, be it a grocery store or a medical cannabis dispensary. In the former, perhaps all you need is a small fee; in the latter, a doctor's recommendation and the scrill required to purchase some medical bud.It certainly doesn't requi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Activists Occupy the Capitol

    As the pleasant Sacramento spring turns into the furnace of the Central Valley summer, so too is the heat turned up in the corridors of the state Capitol: It's budget season, and it's also last call for certain bills stalled in the Legislature to get a hearing before a June 1 deadline sends them int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Cops Fight Clarity of Medical Marijuana Sales

    Police in California have long expressed displeasure with the state's medical marijuana laws. And with good reason: Cops just might have the legal right to haul into court medical marijuana merchants who exchange cash for cannabis. But then again, they might not. Much police behavior depends on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Meet the California Lawmakers Who Are Enabling the Marijuana War

    Losing efforts sometimes score wins. Medical marijuana scored such a moral victory late Wednesday, when 163 members of Congress voted in favor of not allowing federal dollars to be spent on busting pot growers, distributors, and dispensaries in states with medical cannabis laws.The brainchild o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Advocates Petition Nancy Pelosi to End Federal Crackdown on Pot Clubs

    Pot patients are marching to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco office as we type to deliver a petition demanding she do something to stop the ongoing and significant crackdown on local pot clubs. The petition, which you can find here, asks Pelosi to defend medical marijuana users who rely o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Obama Explains Medical Marijuana Crackdown -- Sort Of

    Mystery accompanied the federal Justice Department's crackdown on California's state-legal medical marijuana industry since Oct. 7, when prosecutors formally declared their war on weed. Who was behind the feds deciding it was time to shut down hundreds of California dispensaries -- rogue prosecutors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Local Democrats Ask Obama to Leave S.F. Marijuana Clubs Alone

    San Francisco Democrats turned on one of their own as they issued a scathing rebuttal to President Barack Obama's explanation of his unpopular crackdown of medical marijuana clubs.The local Democratic Party passed a resolution yesterday, demanding that President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Anti-Marijuana Rally Draws Chinese Families, Supervisor Candidates

    Medical marijuana is not a political issue for Leon Chow. Or so the labor organizer insisted Saturday morning, when he led about 100 mostly Chinese men, women, and children on a mile-long march in opposition of three proposed medical cannabis dispensaries down the main drag of Mission Street in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    #OpCannabis: Anonymous Pushing Marijuana For 4/20

    Not every innocuous schoolboy joke becomes a worldwide cultural phenomenon, but this one -- 4/20, 4-20, four twenty -- has had legs since it began 41 years ago at San Rafael High in Marin County.This year, the universal code for marijuana use is being co-opted by everyone's favorite "hacktivist" col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Mayor's Office Says Medical Marijuana Is a "Nuisance" Akin to Liquor Stores, Strip Clubs

    It took some doing, but Mayor Ed Lee at last gave medical marijuana the lip service it had been seeking for months with a statement where Lee dubbed state-legal medical cannabis "legitimate," and expressed "concern" over more city-licensed dispensaries risking federal closure from the United States ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Mayor Ed Lee Finally Breaks Silence on Medical Marijuana

    "If you get Ed Lee on record about medical marijuana," more than one well-connected San Francisco politico has told us, "you deserve a medal."Our best efforts were all deflected, including a situation when we physically blocked Mayor Lee's path to his hybrid Mayoralmobile and still did not win a com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Stay Open Despite Federal Deadline

    On the day the federal government wished HopeNet to close, the operators of San Francisco's oldest licensed and taxpaying medical marijuana dispensary prepared accordingly: They grilled hot dogs."We made about 220," said Catherine Smith, whose Ninth Street medical cannabis dispensary is one of the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Oaksterdam University Pledges to Re-open After Federal Raid on Marijuana Leader

    What many saw as the inevitable hit Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee on Monday, when federal agents came knocking at the home and businesses of the man who has become the marijuana movement's de-facto figurehead.After Lee revived a moribund part of downtown Oakland with a school dedicated to the pot t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Ban in Daly City Means More Business for S.F. Pot Clubs

    ​It's not often that a police department will recommend -- by name -- a medical marijuana delivery service.Yet the Daly City Police Department did just that this week, endorsing the Purple Dinosaur delivery service as a preferable alternative to permitted medical marijuana dispensaries in our neig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Pot Grows on File: Bill to Force Medical Marijuana Users to Register with the State

    ​Whatever scent you may detect on street corners on a sunny day in the Mission, know this: Marijuana users aren't exactly out of the closet. The city's medical marijuana activist groups continue to struggle to organize and turn out supporters, who have proven less than eager to go public.Folks who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    UPDATED: Medical Marijuana Clubs No Longer Asked to Get Rid of Hash, Kief

    (UPDATE 4:00 p.m.): The Department of Public Health has rescinded an earlier memo in which it suggested San Francisco's medical cannabis dispensaries not provide products made from concentrated cannabis, including hash and edibles, according to Stephanie Tucker, spokeswoman for the city's Medical Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Crackdown Explained: Feds Are Saving the Children

    ​Melinda Haag finally gave us a reason. The United States Attorney for Northern California broke her media near-silence last week week, granting an extensive, exclusive interview to KQED in which Haag sought to explain the Justice Department's crackdown on medical marijuana.The reasons why Haag's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Booted from UCSF

    ​Angel Raich is busy dying. The famous marijuana activist -- who took the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis -- was, earlier this year diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor, a condition that causes frequent seizures as wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Wait Until 2014: Marijuana Legalization All But Dead in California

    ​Union Pulls Plug on Medical Reform, Other Ballot Measures Starved For Cash; Legislature, Ammiano Last Hope for Reform NowNobody likes to celebrate with a loss, but for the medical marijuana movement, 2010 and the historic defeat of semi-legalization measure Proposition 19 already look like the go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    San Francisco Might Have More Medical Marijuana Users Than Black People

    ​The medical marijuana movement and hyperbole often go hand-in-hand. It wasn't more than a few years ago that the office of George W. Bush's drug czar spread the rumor that there were more pot clubs in San Francisco than Starbucks coffee shops, a drum they banged loudly and proudly (and one that, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Feds Dismiss Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Without Hearings "Because They Know They're Wrong"

    ​Medical Marijuana Fight May End Up At Supreme Court ... By The Time We Are All Really Old.San Francisco attorney Matthew Kumin was defeated this week, when his lawsuit that challenged the feds' recent crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries was dismissed by a federal judge in Sacr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Ammiano Bill to Allow Marijuana Businesses and Sales That Are Already Legal

    Mr Fix-It​Call it an industry, call it a movement, call it a gigantic scam. Law enforcement and politicians can't agree what to call California's medical marijuana scene, except to say it exists in a legal gray area.And how. A dispensary operator in Vallejo was arrested last week -- twice -- becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Week: Protest President Obama, Mail Nancy Pelosi a Heart.

    Pot smokers getting no love from Obama this Valentine's Day ​The week doesn't often begin on Friday. But then again, it's not often Medical Marijuana Week -- is it?Indeed not. And that Medical Marijuana Week coincides with Valentine's Day is no mistake: It was the Compassionate Use Act that got us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Tea Party Warrior: Report Medical Marijuana Clubs to the IRS and Get Rich

    ​For Paul Chabot, the War on Drugs is personal indeed: Before he became a Navy man, a campus cop, and a former National Drug Control Policy staffer, he was in drug rehab for alcohol and marijuana addiction himself -- at the young age of 12, according to his online bio.In his latest tactical maneuv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    BREAKING: San Francisco Suspends Medical Marijuana Licensing Program Indefinitely

    ​San Francisco city officials indefinitely suspended the city's medical marijuana dispensary permitting program on Wednesday, according to the Department of Public Health.Pending permits had been on hold since December, after a ruling in a state appeals court case halted similar permitting program ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    S.F. Begins Issuing Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits Again

    It's a go -- for now.​San Francisco has begun issuing medical marijuana dispensary licenses again, following a recent state Supreme court decision that will allow local pot dispensaries to do business -- for now. The city's Medical Cannabis Act permitting process had been on hold for several month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Feds Force Another San Francisco Pot Club to Close

    Times they did a-change.​Pressure from the Justice Department is forcing a fourth San Francisco pot club to close early next year, with a fifth closure expected soon thereafter.Market Street Cooperative -- one of the city's lowest-profile cannabis dispensaries, with a modest sign outside its 1884 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Medical Marijuana Patients Opposing Federal Approval of ... Medical Marijuana

    umpp.orgStanding Up Against... Medical Marijuana​Medical marijuana can be good for the brain. No less an authority than the federal government's Department of Health and Human Services says so: HHS awarded to a group of doctors in 2003 a patent titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Is Medical Marijuana a Low Priority for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown?

    Blindsided as he was during a "bloodbath" of a House Judicial Committee hearing, in which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was hung out to dry over the teeny-tiny issue of injecting American-made weaponry into the Mexican cartel wars, you could forgive the Justice Department head for mincing his wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Weed Wars: Watch a 5-Year Old Smoke Medical Marijuana Tonight

    If it makes parents tolerable ... ​A few common schools of thought persist in the medical marijuana debate -- on one end, doubters point to young men at dispensaries and say that the drug is widely abused by people who are "not that sick." On the other hand, believers say that you don't need to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Pot Club Crackdown Continues, Judge Rejects Demands to Stop Feds

    ​A judge has ruled that she would not interfere with the feds' efforts to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries across California. Oakland U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled on Monday that pot clubs failed to show that  the federal government was violating their rights by cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Medical Marijuana: Feds Move to Forfeit Marin Pot Club's Property

    ​The choice offered by the Justice Department was clear: Select California medical cannabis dispensaries needed to close up shop or have their properties seized and operators thrown in prison.This was the ultimatum issued in September by United States Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Marin Alliance For Medical Marijuana Dodges Federal Threat -- for Now

    Praise Legalists​Second SF Dispensary Closes Under Federal PressureAn eviction notice was never so welcome.Last Wednesday, California's oldest storefront medical marijuana collective, Fairfax-based Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, received an eviction notice from its landlord -- which means t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    S.F. Pot Clubs Threatened by Government Crackdown Won't Sue

    On defense​It was only a matter of time before the state's medical marijuana collectives went to the courts -- and the time was nigh Monday for Lynette Shaw of the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana to announce at a downtown San Francisco law firm that she's suing the feds. Her deadline to close ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Gavin Newsom, SF Supes Blast Feds' War on Medical Marijuana

    Drug warrior in words only?​Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom shared a Los Angeles stage on Thursday with GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico who wants to end marijuana prohibition and free all nonviolent marijuana offenders from jail.While it's unlikely Newsom would sac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Obama Dodges S.F. Protesters, Leaves Through Side Door

    Flickr/Steve RhodesAaaaand, scene!​President Has Yet to Publicly Address Medical Marijuana CrackdownPresidential visits are a big deal, even in big cities like San Francisco: As president, George W. Bush never visited us. But after President Barack Obama's reception Tuesday -- where some prominent ... More >>

  • News

    October 26, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Obama's Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Two S.F. Pot Clubs to Close

    And Divinity Tree, and Green Door Sacramento, and maybe Medithrive​Lombard Street is in the city's oft-posh Marina District, but that stretch of US-101 that leads from the Golden Gate Bridge down through Van Ness Avenue includes seedy motels as well as high-end boutiques. It might have also contai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Is Nancy Pelosi Too Powerful for Pot?

    Right Behind You​Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- who, despite no longer being House Speaker, is arguably still the most powerful resident of San Francisco -- is a very busy politician. Just this week, the highest-ranking woman in American political history had her fingers in everything from the Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Feds Now Fight War on Medical Marijuana with Passive Aggressive Strategies

    ​Hard to believe it's been only two years since Attorney General Eric Holder shocked -- and relieved -- California's medical marijuana users when he said the federal government had no interest in prosecuting state-legal cannabis activities. The Bush Era was over -- no more doors kicked in by Kevla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Unemployed Still? Cannabis Jobs Fair at Cow Palace This Weekend

    ​This being election season means it's also jobs season. Jobs are on the lips of every politician worth his or her soft money -- from Barack Obama's jobs plan to Mayor Ed Lee's own Wilsonesque 17-point jobs plan (in some ways eerily similar to the 17-point jobs plan offered in June by mayoral oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Should San Francisco Ease Restrictions on Pot Clubs Near Schools?

    The titty bars are fine; it's the pot club that a-fears us.​San Francisco's notorious land-use restrictions and zoning laws send neighbors to court over the construction of a porch, and they also mean that the city known as the birthplace of medical marijuana is tougher on pot clubs than most of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Senator Lou Correa, Author of Vetoed Medical Marijuana Restrictions Bill, Just Wanted to Help

    The LiberalOCHere to help​Medical marijuana advocates celebrated Wednesday with Governor Jerry Brown's veto of SB 847. The brainchild of State Senator Lou Correa (D-Orange County), the bill would have made a 600-foot barrier between medical cannabis dispensaries and homes state law (except in citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owners Facing Criminal Charges for Operating a "Flower Shop"

    Pretty flowers​The former owners of Wellness Solutions Group, a Pacifica medical cannabis dispensary ordered closed by city officials on Monday night, will face criminal charges for operating a business under false pretenses, police said Tuesday.The owners, Ruben Salvatierra of South City and Timo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Marijuana Advocates Unsure if New State Law Is Good or Bad

    Who's he helping?​Earlier this summer, medical marijuana advocates sounded the legislative alarm over a bill penned by a Southern California assemblyman that gives local governments the right to ban medical cannabis dispensaries, as many a Bay Area burgh from Danville to Daly City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Pot Legalization Measure Has Support of Mendocino Growers

    Drug Policy AllianceThat's the idea​Can Protections for Medical Patients Help Succeed Where Proposition 19 Failed?Cannabis advocates promised they'd be back at the California ballot following marijuana legalization measure Proposition 19's historic failure in November 2010 (the measure received mo ... More >>

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