May 1, 2007 - 420 Magazine Newsletter

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
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May 1, 2007

California Cannabis News - Updated Daily!

Board Wants More Study Of Medical Marijuana
Ill people who want the county to issue identification cards for medical marijuana use didn't get their wish Tuesday and learned that even if they had, they'd still be in a kind of cannabis Catch-22.

Council Delays Cannabis Club Debate
For the second time this month, the Pleasanton City Council decided to continue its discussion of an ordinance that would ban the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in town.

Judge Faults Registrar in City Recount Controversy - Revote May Follow
A judge ruled late last week that the response by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters to a 2004 recount request of a Berkeley initiative violated the California Election Code, the state constitution and “the fundamental right to vote.”

Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Templeton
Several weeks after a medical marijuana dispensary in Morro Bay is raided by federal agents, another facility is on its way to San Luis Obispo County.

OPINION: Make Patients The Priority
It's past time local law enforcement respects state law authorizing medical use of marijuana. The hearing Tuesday that led a 4-1 majority of the Board of Supervisors to take some steps toward having the health department issue photo ID cards to medical marijuana patients marked a welcome beginning to discussion and possible reform.

Dispensaries No Longer Allowed In Ridgecrest
Medicinal marijuana dispensaries will no longer be allowed in Ridgecrest, after a City Council vote banned such businesses in the community.

Palm Desert Moving To Close Doors On CannaHelp
Palm Desert is seeking an injunction to close down CannaHelp, the medical marijuana dispensary that has been in business on El Paseo for a year and a half.

Connoisseurs of Cannabis
Like fine wine, growing medicinal weed has become so specialized as to inspire tastings and a new vocabulary. Stephen DeAngelo bent and sniffed deeply over a clump of frizzy purple nuggets in a petri dish, one of eight sitting in the middle of a long refectory table. They were not labeled or arranged in any particular order, although to the experts assembled in DeAngelo's Oakland loft -- "cannabis is my calling," he says -- their identity was no mystery.

S.F. Deluged With Permit Requests From Pot Clubs
A deadline extension for medical pot clubs to obtain a permit to comply with a new city law is being considered as city departments struggle to process the permit requests, according to Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier.

Butte's Medical Pot Growing & Distribution Policy Is Challenged
A legal showdown is looming in Butte County over whether people who grow medical marijuana can be prosecuted for providing the herb to others too sick or otherwise unable to grow it themselves.

Patients Create Marijuana Collective
With medical marijuana dispensaries in the Coachella Valley facing ongoing legal challenges, patients in the area have decided to create a collective they say will comply with California state law and provide medical marijuana to those who need it.

Rosenthal Asks Judge To Dismiss Marijuana Charges
Oakland marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal - who previously won the dismissal of tax and money laundering charges - has now asked a federal judge in San Francisco to dismiss the remaining marijuana charges he faces.

Worldwide Cannabis News - Updated Daily!

Marijuana Compound May Fight Lung Cancer
While smoking marijuana is never good for the lungs, the active ingredient in pot may help fight lung cancer, new research shows.
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Studies Validate Smoke–Free Medical Marijuana
Vaporization Avoids Exposure to Contaminants in Smoke; Associated With Reduced Respiratory Symptoms. Two new studies, one from the University of California, San Francisco, and the other from the University at Albany, State University of New York, provide strong evidence that technology now allows medical use of marijuana with the rapid action and easy dose adjustment of inhalation, but without the respiratory hazards associated with smoking.
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Medical Marijuana Passes Health & Human Services Budget Division
Minnesota's bill to protect seriously ill patients from arrest for using medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation cleared another critical milestone today as the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division passed S.F. 345 – the medical marijuana bill – 6–4.
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Pot Grower Who May Lose Farm Says His Only Crime Was Caring
Bernie Ellis is an unrepentant soul. When lawmen raided his farm in August 2002, this man of medicine — a professional public health consultant who has worked for anti-substance abuse programs across the country — told officers he was growing marijuana for medical reasons. He also gave it to friends and acquaintances suffering from AIDS, cancer or chronic diseases.
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Marijuana Much Safer Than Alcohol, Says Group
Safer Alternatives for Enjoyable Recreation, or SAFER, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws highlighted national laws and university policies that the group claims drive students to use alcohol instead of marijuana, said Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER.
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Maine's Medical Marijuana Law At Issue In Augusta
Lawmakers are considering changes to Maine's medical marijuana law. A bill sponsored by Senator Ethan Strimling would provide for a regulated supply system by creating a distribution center for medical marijuana in Maine.
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Proteins Change As Pot Plants Clean Up Soil
Cannabis sativa has one further property that can get careless industrialists and farmers off the hook. It can help to clean up soil that has been contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and copper. Plants grown in soil that has been fouled by industrial effluent, metal-enriched fertilisers or herbicides can absorb metals into their root systems. So, ideally, crops could be grown on contaminated soil, then the fibres harvested for industrial use.
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Lies, Damned Lies and Drug War Statistics
Looking back on my career and what I have learned there is a rather consistent theme in my thinking and writing about the subject of crime and justice. It might go something like this: we have a system in place that has a vested interest in keeping crime (including drug use) at a certain level
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Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Bill Progresses In Connecticut
After a contentious hearing, the Connecticut General Law Committee passed House Bill 6715 (H.B. 6715), The Palliative Use of Marijuana, by a vote of 11 to 6 on Tuesday.
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There May Be Hope In Dope
College economics professor Carl Moody has endorsed a report advocating the legalization of marijuana, which, according to research done by a Harvard University professor, would create savings and tax revenues resulting in a net gain of approximately $10 to $14 billion annually.
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Reuters Admits Flawed Marijuana Reporting
Given ONDCP's ongoing claims of 20-30 fold increases in marijuana potency, yesterday's announcement that potency has merely doubled feels more like a concession than the latest drug war scare tactic. Yet thanks to lazy reporting, this lukewarm story became the next great threat to public safety.
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Industrial Hemp Farming Act Introduced
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the second time since the federal government outlawed hemp farming in the U.S., a federal bill has been introduced that would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp.
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