VA Softens Stance on Medical Marijuana

In states where medical marijuana is legal,The Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs will begin next week allowing veterans to use the plant without fear of also losing access to their other prescriptions.  Under current rules, former military personnel could face the loss of pain medications if found to be using any form of illegal drug.  Because cannabis is against federal law

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Out in the Open–Growers Converge for a Meeting in Arcata

Times change fast!  Saturday’s meeting at the Bayshore Grange in Arcata will gather together in one room growers and people who have a wealth of information to share with them.  Last year this could never have happened. Anna Hamilton, who garnered international attention with a meeting she put together last March entitled What’s After Pot, is organizing this new gathering

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Cannabis and Police Logs

Just in time for the big grower’s meeting at the Bayside Grange this Saturday, The Arcata Eye is putting out its second issue devoted largely to cannabis issues. I have a piece on the struggles of new cannabusinesses and county officials trying to navigate untested waters where no other business has gone before.  I haven’t got my hands on a

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Oakland went to Pot

The future of growing marijuana took a dramatic turn towards a corporate future yesterday when Oakland approved four mega pot farms. The largest of these farms will produce over 58 pounds of pot a day. These farms tap into our electric grids and suck thousands and thousands of kilowatts, draining our resources and spewing carbon into our atmosphere.  And, for

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Budding Hopes for Marijuana Legalisation Mite be Weakened by Democrats

Democrats, once again are unwilling to play to their base.  In spite of raucous support at the convention, Prop 19 will not get an endorsement from the party which elected instead to remain neutral on the initiative. The Courage Campaign’s public policy director,  Robert Cruickshank, argued to the assembly, “If we endorse Proposition 19 and take a courageous position to

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Are "Citizen Farmers" being Shut Out?

Will large scale cannabis factories such as those proposed in Oakland eventually destroy small mom and pop growers?  An article in the New York Times discusses the current battle for the right to grow buds which is sweeping the medical marijuana industry. According to the article by Kate McClean, “Under the proposal, which will be debated by the City Council

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Arcata Eyes Cannabis

Do you think of ink as black and white?  Do newspapers seem dull visually?  Then you need to get a copy of this week’s Arcata Eye. You’ll be delighted with the eye candy.  Rich color photos, cartoons (I stole the one above from mid paper), and in depth articles open a window into Humboldt’s marijuana culture. California is at a

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Patients Push Back–Mendocino Marijuana Meeting

MEDICAL CANNABIS CALENDAR Alert! — “Patients Push Back” Medical Marijuana Community Strategy Meeting Sat July 17 2010 1-6pm Saturday Afternoon Club 107 South Oak, Ukiah Joy Greenfield–1st Approved Applicant in Sheriff’s Zip Tie Program Raided by DEA Tells Her Story. Sheriff Urged to Respond to Community Meeting. Also: Plaintiffs from Nuisance Ordinance Lawsuits; Asset Forfeiture; Sheriff’s Gardensite Guidelines; Collectives as Legal

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