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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SoCal Cops Adopt Shady Marijuana Raid Tactics Seen In Mendocino

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 7:18 AM

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  • Always a bad sign.
Tensions are high this year in marijuana country, where rumors of a gang of mysterious armed men — who descend from the sky in helicopters to cut down cannabis gardens — have been swirling for the past few months.

At first, ripped-off pot growers in Mendocino and Lake counties suspected private security teams or even crooks dressed up as cops as the perpetrators. After all, the tactics used have been described as paramilitary — lots of camo, no badges —  and no charges or even records of the "raids" are filed or left behind.

That's because police using the "open fields doctrine" to spot marijuana from the sky don't need a warrant to bust a garden. It turns out at least one of the Mendocino raids was a legitimate police operation. And now, reports out of Riverside County reveal that cops are employing the same legal "rip-and-run" tactics there — causing consternation even among weed-unfriendly politicians. 

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Report: California Has 1.9 Million Very Happy Medical Marijuana Users

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

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  • A house of healing, actually.
Pretty much anyone can access medical marijuana in California, provided they have $40 and 10 minutes to sit with a doctor. And pretty much everyone with a card is getting legitimate medical benefits from cannabis, a new study says.

About 1.4 million people in the state have used medical marijuana, according to the Oakland-based Public Health Institute, which is roughly double most estimates of how many of our 38 million people have a medical cannabis recommendation. And there are nearly 4 million recreational smokers in the state. In other words, there are roughly as many weedheads as there are people in Palestine or Ireland.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eric Holder: AG Shaped California's Marijuana Industry And Paved Way For Legalization

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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  • The weed man exits.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama this morning, had a fast and furious ride indeed as the nation's chief law enforcement official.

But gun-walking is not why cannabis-scented lefties will remember Holder. In drug reform circles, his Justice Department is both lauded and derided for the series of mixed messages his administration issued on marijuana, both medical and legalized, over the last few years.

Holder's people essentially said they'd leave states alone on medical weed. But they didn't and then did when it came to legalized weed. That's helped make California's marijuana industry a mess. But it's a profitable mess, one that's undergone several "rushes" — and more than any other one government agency, Holder's Justice Department is responsible for our weed boom, as well as the current trend towards marijuana legalization nationwide. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Watch These Marijuana-Loving Goats Feast on Weed

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Eating marijuana does not get you high. At least, that's the case with raw marijuana. To become stoned, the cannabis plant must undergo the process of "decarboxylation." The most common way to do this is to apply heat, like the flame from a lighter or the heat from a stove. 

This being said, as many cannabis farmers know, animals love to eat weed. In the Emerald Triangle, pot patches are fenced off to protect buds from the ravages of deer, who for some reason love to much on pre-harvest flowers. And if you use fish emulsion on your plants (you wouldn't if your crop is "veganic," a recent trend in marijuana-making) you need to worry about fish-loving bears digging up your crop.

All this to say: if you have excess marijuana trim or mostly worthless male plants to get rid off, why not feed them to animals? And for the rest of us, why not watch some goats go ape shit over a meal of weed?

Watch the video, courtesy of Ed Rosenthal, the Oakland-based marijuana cultivation guru.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NFL Eases Marijuana Restrictions, But Drug Policy Is Still Ridiculous

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 3:57 PM

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  • Coming back.
The National Football League loves drugs. Just the "right" kind of drugs.

Painkillers, for instance, are necessary after an afternoon of Sunday football, which is equivalent to being in multiple car crashes, even if the painkiller is so dangerous that it's banned in Europe. That helps especially if this carnage is fueled by human growth hormone.

The league followed Major League Baseball's lead and outlawed Human Growth Hormone in 2011, but somehow never got around to testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs. Meanwhile, players could be called to pee at any time for marijuana use. Weed was outlawed at levels so infinitesimal that suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's silly-sounding "secondhand smoke" argument might have merit.

This is changing. HGH use will indeed now be tested for, under terms of new standards approved by pro football's players union. The threshold for marijuana use will also be relaxed, but to a standard that is still twice as strict as it is in prison

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

California's War On Marijuana Began 100 Years Ago This Week

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

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  • New High Street in Los Angeles, near the site of the state's first "marihuana" bust.
Inspector Roy Jones was not California's first drug cop. When Jones walked the beat for the State Board of Pharmacy, the state had its hands full with opium. The raw stuff from which heroin would someday be made, opium was a big enough problem that federal agents made a scene of destroying with fire one batch of seized contraband on a public street in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Jones, however, has the distinction of conducting what is believed to be the state's first-ever raid on a crop of "Indian hemp." Jones busted two "dream gardens" containing $500 worth of the stuff in Sonoratown, a "Mexican colony" in Los Angeles. "Much used" by the local brown folks, the L.A. Times reported at the time, "marahuana" sold for $1 an ounce and gave "smokers pleasant sensations and hallucinations [that] sometimes lead to murder," like the shooting deaths of three people at a home nearby. 

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Biggest Poll Yet Shows Majority of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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  • That's the feeling.
Results from surveys are regularly flaunted as hard facts despite clear limitations, including margin of error, telephone "push-polling," and sample sizes.

That said, all the major polling firms in the United States can agree on one thing: a majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization. And the biggest-ever poll on marijuana legalization yet shows that a clear majority of almost a half-million Americans favor an end to cannabis prohibition.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Facebook Still Staunchly Anti-Marijuana

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

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  • Too hot for Facebook.
The Internet is addicted to marijuana, with a Web traffic bonanza usually following wherever the plant leads.

Facebook is an exception.

The dominant social network of our lives is not keen on weed, and has for some time rejected marijuana-related advertisements, especially ads for commercial enterprises connected directly to cannabis.

And even indirectly, as an East Bay cannabis activist and businessman found out this week. Mickey Martin is the founder and main man at the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis. The NIC is a medical marijuana trade school set up in Massachusetts, where the legal medical cannabis industry is just getting off the ground.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If You Like Marijuana, You Should Boycott the NFL

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Josh Gordon is no angel. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 NFL season on Wednesday for marijuana use, is a person, a thinking and sentient human being.

Presumably, he is also one of the 75 percent of NFL players who know that marijuana is more benign than alcohol. Gordon may also be one of the league's marijuana users who recognize that in addition to helping with the myriad aches and pains one must play through in order keep their job in professional football, cannabis may help stave off the "reward" players "enjoy" after a long career: CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disintegration of one's brain thanks to concussions.

The NFL's drug policy calls for a season-long suspension for a repeat drug "offender." This is no secret or surprise; this is the deal to which the NFL's employees agreed and the rules under which they work. The league has a few defenders today, who point out that Gordon knew what he was doing and knew what he risked by using cannabis.

We offer a different point. Anyone who supports marijuana legalization ought to boycott pro football this year. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Marijuana Helps ALS: Take the "Nug Bucket Challenge"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

B-Real is a goofball, but by dumping a bucket of marijuana on his head, the Cypress Hill rapper and certified cannabis incinerator illustrates a very salient point: ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, might not have a cure, but sufferers of the disease do have a drug that works.

And that drug is marijuana.

The much-heralded, done-to-death Ice Bucket Challenge is rightly praised for raising around $80 million for the national ALS Association, which will dispense of the money as it sees fit (to local chapters, to scientists, to ice machines, we'll see). Along with every mention of a billionaire or celebrity taking a few minutes out of his or her day is the message that ALS has no cure. 

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