Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will
blow your mind.
Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just
because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of
a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the
movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the
drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are
curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the
creatures' trippy little brains.
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It's no secret that hemp is one of the most misunderstood plants in
history. For centuries, it has been used by all kinds of people for
all kinds of things - clothing to car construction, bioplastics to
building supplies, food to fuel.
Though it was grown by the Founding Fathers, was a major crop in the
U.S. for many years and doesn't contain enough THC to get people
"high," it was blacklisted along with marijuana in 1937 and later
listed as a Schedule One drug under the Controlled Substances Act in
1970, at least in part because the federal government couldn't tell
the difference between the two plants.
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The Lake County town of Clearlake has backed off of its marijuana
cultivation ban following public backlash and a lawsuit filed by one
of the city's former mayors.
Clearlake was one of the few municipalities in the state to ban
cultivation (several counties ban growing as well) and it had become
a contentious topic; Lake County's struggles with marijuana
regulation were reported in the Los Angeles Times last year.
The Press Democrat reports that the Clearlake city council had
adopted the ban - despite the fact that it already had a law limiting
parcels to between six and 12 plants - to combat illegal grows.
Medical marijuana advocates said it deprived people of medicine and,
besides, the city wasn't enforcing its current limits.
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Proposition A upheld, slam dunk, weed is gone!
Why is this substance illegal? It has nothing to do with promoting
the general welfare, but instead the federal government's intent is
to subjugate minorities.
The drug war is nothing more than a jobs salvation/creation program
necessitated by the end of alcohol prohibition. All those prohibition
agents needed work. The drug prohibition gained a life of its own and
is now a crowded gravy train.
While the promoters of prohibition proudly carry their tired flag and
cross, the truth has become clear to all but those who will not see -
that once again, our government has promulgated a big fib.
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Dear Stoner: Do you have any good infused product recipes that
require smaller amounts of pot? I'm looking for a mentor in making
pot edibles and dabs.
Dear Mckenzy: If you don't want to pay for classes on extraction or
cooking with cannabis, there are plenty of recipes to help you whip
up something quick and strong on a budget.
For starters, infusing small batches of peanut butter, cooking oil or
hot chocolate is an easy process. Mix a couple grams of fine herb
into a half-jar of all-natural peanut butter, put it in the oven for
about 35 minutes at 280 degrees, and have pot PB&Js for lunch. Simmer
a cup of olive oil with a quarter-ounce of chronic for over an hour,
and you'll have a healthy alternative to butter for use in all sorts
of half-baked goods. Or empty out a tea bag, fill it with finely
ground pot and simmer it in a few cups of whole milk for forty
minutes, then stir in some hot-cocoa mix. You won't notice the
difference - until your eyes glaze over.
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I like taking my medicine in the form of a joint while walking around
the block. It gets me thinking, though: Is it legal to do that as
long as I'm a patient? Where are places I can smoke if I can't smoke
at my apartment?
- -Juan DeRoor
A little exercise, a little medicine. You sound like a health-minded
person. According to California law, medical cannabis patients are
allowed to consume cannabis anywhere tobacco consumption is allowed,
except for a moving vehicle, so a walk around the block is a great
idea. Be aware that some cities have designated entire areas as
"smoke-free zones," mostly in the chichi downtown spots (looking at
you, Walnut Creek), so if you aren't paying attention, you could get
a ticket. But in general, although you may get a few odd looks and
maybe a knowing smile or two, a good walk and a good weed go a long
way toward creating a good day.
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I'm eating in a McDonald's for the first time in years. I'm here
looking for drugs.
To enter the Haight Ashbury's most dangerous business, I must run a
gauntlet at the door. A quick sidestep is needed to avoid bumping
into three unattended young children bounding out into the Saturday
evening sunlight, presumably in the throes of a salt-and-fat rush.
Inside, the L-shaped dining room is half-empty. A few people stand by
the bathrooms; older solitary men nurse cups of coffee and shuffle
through newspapers at tables near the service counter. Scanning the
menu, I try to remember what Michael Pollan - or was it Eric
Schlosser? - said is acceptable to eat here. I opt for small fries,
and $1.95 later I'm seated on a plastic stool at a plastic table,
ready to observe a hotbed for drug sales and violence in action.
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I woke up today feeling extremely good (more on that in next week's
major announcement). While that may not be news to some it is to
those close to me. I've been miserable for the last couple years; I
admit, I fake happiness all the time. I exhibit cheesy smiles,
fraudulent greetings, and I hold back on foul thoughts. I'm not happy
with what happened with my life. It just isn't where I thought it
would be, my relationships with my kids aren't where I thought they
would be maybe I've been too obsessed with destroying the MJ laws,
but they destroyed me first: I attribute most of my misery to the
asinine marijuana laws and the idiotic enforcement of them, which
everyone also knows I've fallen victim to a few times but I have
everyday issues that affect my persona to the core as well. In my
Nov. 6, 2014, column I even wrote "Suicide Is Not a Crazy Option."
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The dose makes the poison. - Paracelsus
Millennials are the strongest advocates for legalizing marijuana, but
they may be paving their own pathway to a problematic educational
future through their political support.
Photo - Students walk to and from classes on the campus quad of the
University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Monday April 20, 2015. The
University of Colorado was open to the public on this 4/20 marijuana
holiday for the first time in three years. The university has blocked
public access in recent years in an effort to snuff mass smokeouts to
mark the unofficial marijuana celebration.
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Regarding "Legal pot's big issue: what about schoolkids?" (May 20):
Here we go again. Every time the issue of legalizing marijuana comes
up, we get the bogus, hand-wringing about "the children." We are
awash in liquor stores and bars on practically every street corner.
But somehow, the nervous nellies seem to shrug and the children seem
to survive. It is time for those self-appointed, guardians of our
youth to redirect their energy toward something like homelessness,
hunger, and police brutality. Like gay marriage (something else they
opposed), pot legalization is here to stay.
Vernon Burton, San Leandro
The state Supreme Court this week summarily denied an appeal filed by
Yuba Patients Coalition and six individuals challenging the urgency
designation attached to Yuba County's new marijuana cultivation ordinance.
The state's highest court Wednesday posted the notice a petition for
review and an application for a stay in enforcement of the ordinance
The ruling was the latest in a series of appeals filed by ordinance
opponents challenging a Yuba County Superior Court ruling that left
the urgency designation intact. That designation effectively removed
opponents' ability to circulate petitions for a voter referendum.
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OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant
governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of
marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education
and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential
upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a
pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.
Meeting at a youth center in a part of East Oakland scarred by
violence, poverty and addiction, the panel held a public discussion
on the issue that could make or break a legalization campaign in the
nation's top pot-producing state: concerns about keeping the drug out
of the hands of minors and young adults once it can be purchased as
easily as a six-pack of beer. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the commission's
chairman, acknowledged that crafting a system of retail sales and
regulations that satisfies fearful parents will be a tough sell.
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Sonoma County Fairgrounds officials have scaled back the marijuana
trade show events to be held at the Santa Rosa event center in 2015,
bringing back an event with North Coast origins but passing over the
Cannabis Cup run by international event powerhouse High Times magazine.
The homegrown Emerald Cup will return to the fairgrounds event center
in December for its third run in Santa Rosa as a fair celebrating
organic marijuana grown outdoors. Organizers are expecting bigger
crowds but are also restricting it to adults for the first time.
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A Prescott Valley anti-drug group is drawing fire for using money
seized by law enforcement to warn about the dangers of marijuana.
The criticism comes from supporters of a proposed ballot measure to
legalize the drug, who are also raising legal questions about the
line between educating and campaigning.
Matforce, a non-profit organization, has received $110,612 in
government-seized racketeering money over the past five years to
educate the public about the harmful effects of marijuana,
methamphetamine and other drugs. The group advocates against the
legalization of marijuana using other funds, including private donations.
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The city is missing out on tax revenue.
As the May 18 front-page article "Legal pot in the District is a boon
for illegal dealers" reported, D.C. voters' determination to legalize
marijuana possession through Initiative 71 is having significant
unintended consequences. Because residents can legally use and
possess marijuana but can't legally buy it, the illegal drug trade
has increased and the city is missing out on the tax revenue it would
receive if the sales were regulated.
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After he sold his cable-television firm for $18 million in 1999,
Bruce Nassau was a wealthy man looking for a new industry.
He wanted to invest in a product with broad consumer appeal.
Eventually, he settled on marijuana. "I'm an old guy in this
business," says Nassau, 62, the chief executive of Tru Cannabis, a
company with five marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area and plans
to expand within Colorado and to four other states.
Last year, the company's sales reached $10 million.
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The public can now weigh in on Alaska's first round of proposed
Local option law and marijuana definitions are the focus of the first
wave of regulations, unveiled at the Alcoholic Beverage Control
Board's meeting in April.
The proposed definitions include basics like what constitutes a
"marijuana plant" and "edible marijuana product," but also what it
means to "possess" a plant or help someone grow marijuana.
The definition of possession could affect how many plants are allowed
per household. Under Ballot Measure 2, the initiative that legalized
marijuana in the state, a person is allowed to possess six marijuana
plants. But under the proposed regulations, if marijuana plants are
in a person's home, they are potentially in that person's possession,
regardless of the number of residents. That would mean only six
plants would be allowed in the home, instead of six plants per adult
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This week, David asks a two-part question:
I have read the initiative along with the newly passed H.B. 123. I
have gone over again and again, and I have yet to see any writing
prohibiting a marijuana business from starting before the state
starts issuing cannabis business licenses. If anything, I see that it
says that a person can, so long as they are 21 or older, act as a
lawful business. (Also) H.B. 123 states that one seat on the board is
reserved for "one person actively engaged in the marijuana industry,"
and "marijuana industry" means "a business or profession related to
marijuana in which the person is lawfully engaged and that is in
compliance with the provisions of state law, including this chapter
and regulations adopted under this chapter." How can someone qualify
for this seat if what (authorities) talk about is true and no
marijuana business can be lawfully engaged at this moment?
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We've heard lots of lip service from Governor Baker about the need to
do something about drug addiction. I heard something shocking.
There's a peanut factory in Springfield which employs mostly
pre-release prison inmates. While this seems like pure altruism on
the surface, it looks to me like the same old exploitation routine.
Keep our jails full of folks with minor drug offenses, and then use
them for cheap labor, displacing regular workers with full pay and
benefits. I knew they were using "slave" prison labor down south to
keep costs down, but I had no idea Massachusetts got in on the act.
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"American Sniper" was ranked the No. 1 movie in United States for the
week of Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, 2014, when competition for this top
listing is intense.
This is an excerpt from the magazine, Salon:
"In his best-selling memoir, 'American Sniper: The Autobiography of
the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,' Navy SEAL Chris
Kyle writes that he was only two weeks into his first of four tours
of duty in Iraq when he was confronted with a difficult choice.
Through the scope of his .300 Winchester Magnum rifle, he saw a woman
with a child pull a grenade from under her clothes as several Marines
approached. Kyle's job was to provide 'overwatch,' meaning that he
was perched in or on top of bombed-out apartment buildings and was
responsible for preventing enemy fighters from ambushing U.S. troops."
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