Friday, January 1, 2010

Sparking Interest: The Year in Marijuana Reporting

Posted By on Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 8:00 AM

In San Francisco, Marijuana is always a topic of interest. This past year saw the city dealing with the ins and outs of medical Marijuana and grappling with a debate over decriminalization. Here are some of our most read posts on the issues.

Get Up, Stand Up: Ammiano Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill to the Press

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Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's press conference this morning announcing his

Marijuana-legalization bill started punctually and stayed relentlessly

on-point -- thereby denying a barb to every journalist present. Read More.

Chronic City: Yes, I'm a Medical Marijuana Patient. No, I'm Not Sorry.

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There are many among us who obviously harbor some enormous moral

judgments about Marijuana and about those who legally use it as

medicine -- as if we should somehow feel guilty about the relief that

is afforded us through using this herb. Read More.

Mark Leno Introduces 'Joint Resolution' Urging End to Crackdowns on Medical Pot. We Are Not Making This Up.

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Sen. Mark Leno today announced today he has introduced a "joint resolution" to end the federal crackdown on medical Marijuana

use in California. While this is a matter of serious legislation, one

can't help but notice the howler of a Marijuana-related "joint"

resolution. Leno's spokeswoman, Ali Bay, confirmed that this was not an

attempt at a cute double-entendre by the senator; "We do not have any

choice in the wording." If you're going to introduce legislation

simultaneously to both houses, this is what you've got to call it. So

there you go. Read more.

S.F. Sheriff: Decriminalize Marijuana Now

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Sherriff Mike Hennessey accepted Carol Ruth Silver's resignation

from his department over her concerns that the War on Drugs is an

unjust failure that ought to be called off. But he sympathizes with her

contentions. Read more.

Marijuana Legalization TV Ads to Hit Airwaves Today

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At a time when the governor and legislature have all but exchanged

small arms fire over Arnold Schwarzenegger's insistence on a "no new

taxes budget," a group of Californians today will begin airing ads

pleading for the right to pay more taxes. Of course, a

number of stations, including at least a pair here in San Francisco,

proved to be as fond of these ads as the governor is of taxes --

because the Californians in question are, as they put it, "Marijuana

consumers" hoping to benefit the state's coffers via government

regulated and taxed pot, a scenario proposed earlier this year by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Read More.







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