Proof Marijuana Has Medical Values

Back on episode 2 of Weed Wars there was a story about a father with a young son who is afflicted with severe epilepsy. The child, 5yr old Jayden, was having multiple grand mal seizures each day and the effects of the seizures showed not only on this sweet young boy but on his father also.
For the past 4 years Jayden's dad and doctor's tried every anti-epileptic drug available. However these drugs did not seem to calm Jayden's seizures plus their were side effects. It was clear from watching the program that both Jayden and his father could not continue living like this. He would have up to 10 seizures a day. In video shot of Jayden you could see he was in constant pain and just living a miserable life. Jayden had not had a day without a seizure in over 4 years. The pain Jayden felt physically his father felt emotionally.

CBD: An Overview

"Doctors to Study Effectiveness of CBD

Tod Mikuriya, MD, did not live to see it, but his dream of investigating the medical potential of compounds in the cannabis plant other than THC is now within the grasp of his successors.

The Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the group Mikuriya founded in 1999, has drafted a “Strain Evaluation Survey” to collect data from patients who medicate with cannabis in which cannabidiol (CBD) is predominant.

CBD-rich cannabis will be available at California and Colorado dispensaries by late summer —and soon thereafter, inevitably, in other states where patients can legally use cannabis as medicine.

Cannabis Compound Halts Cancer

The CBD compound found in cannabis is non-toxic
A compound found in cannabis may stop breast cancer spreading throughout the body, US scientists believe.
The California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute team are hopeful that cannabidiol or CBD could be a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy.

Unlike cannabis, CBD does not have any psychoactive properties so its use would not violate laws, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics reports.

The authors stressed that they were not suggesting patients smoke marijuana.


Benefits and Information on CBD

Barriers between pro-Cannabis MDs and the medical establishment are falling. Doctors who monitor cannabis use by patients were bursting with questions yesterday during a talk by Sean McAllister, PhD, who has been studying the anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids in the laboratory (on a grant from NIH and with a license from the DEA). The occasion was the winter meeting of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. "That's a very good question," McAllister would say, and provide the answer, and tie it back into his main thread.

How Can Marijuana Be So Misunderstood?

I recently met someone who is absolutely 100% against marijuana use and she also believes that this plant has zero medical value. She has been taught her whole life that this is an addicting, dangerous drug. She has never tried cannabis but does have people in her life who are "stoners."
Never have I met someone so viahmently against marijuana. She is even in the health industry. I can tell I will never be able to change her mind about marijuana.
I created this site to try to change peoples thoughts and feelings about cannabis. But the propaganda that has been used against pot and it's users has worked for the establishment. They have convinced so many people that weed is horribly bad.


U.S. Using Unmanned Drones Against Marijuana Smugglers

Program Costs Taxpayers
$​2,608 Per Seized Pound of Marijuana

U.S. border patrol agents are using drones -- the same type used to fight the Afghanistan war -- to locate illegal shipments of marijuana being smuggled across the Mexican/American border.

But based on the federal government's own statistics, it remains to be seen if use of the expensive, unmanned aircraft to supposedly halt the flow of weed into the United States can be financially justified, reports Noel Brinkerhoff at AllGov.

25 Denver Homes Raided In Marijuana Cultivation Sweep

​Twenty-five homes were raided across the Denver metropolitan area as part of a big marijuana sweep.

The North Metro Drug Task Force is leading the investigation into what Jace Larson of 9News described as "the large-scale grow operation." The cops are claiming all the raided homes were somehow connected.

SWAT teams began knocking down doors Wednesday morning at about 6 a.m.

Take Action To Support Safe And Legal Cannabis Access In San Francisco



Last fall, several city departments postponed further consideration of the SF Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program to provide the City Attorney’s Office time to determine the potential impact of the Pack v. Long Beach and to get a sense about whether the Supreme Court would review or de-publish the Pack decision.
Last week, the Supreme Court announced their decision to review Pack effectively making the Pack decision null until a decision is announced years from now.  As a result, the SF City Attorney’s office announced that city departments could resume the MCD-Program.
However, a recent article in the SF Weekly noted that despite the advice/opinions of the City Attorney’s Office, SF-DPH has elected to suspend the program indefinitely!  As a result nearly a dozen pending applications were put on hold!

Humboldt supervisors extend marijuana dispensary moratorium. discuss future outdoor medical marijuana growing ordinance

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend a temporary moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries for an additional 10 months and 15 days. The supervisors also added language to the ordinance that is meant to protect existing dispensaries from closure.
Assistant County Counsel Carolyn Ruth said there are currently three medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the county. The Humboldt County Collective has a conditional use permit with no time limit, Redwood Legacy LLC has a two-year permit and the Hummingbird Healing Center has a one-year permit. Ruth said the moratorium's extension will affect the Hummingbird Healing Center.

Healdsburg Medi-MJ Theft Victim To Seek Payment for Stolen Medicine

In what may be the first case of its kind in state history, a Healdsburg man whose marijuana was stolen in a home-invasion robbery will be allowed to seek restitution from the defendants.
“It certainly does represent a milestone,” said Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, an Oakland advocacy group for medical marijuana users. “I appreciate the court recognizing this as a lawful substance. Victims should be compensated.”


S.F. Green Lights Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits Again

San Francisco has begun issuing medical marijuana dispensary licenses again, following a recent state Supreme court decision that will allow local pot dispensaries to do business -- for now.

The city's Medical Cannabis Act permitting process had been on hold for several months, following a state appeals court ruling in Pack vs. Long Beach. The ruling said that city or county laws regulating medical marijuana violated federal law; the decision led cities and counties throughout the state to suspend, reconsider, or repeal their regulatory schemes.

Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK

SAN FRANCISCO—A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.

A British company, GW Pharma, is in advanced clinical trials for the world's first pharmaceutical developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents— a mouth spray it hopes to market in the U.S. as a treatment for cancer pain. And it hopes to see FDA approval by the end of 2013.
Sativex contains marijuana's two best known components—delta 9-THC and cannabidiol—and already has been approved in Canada, New Zealand and eight European countries for a different usage, relieving muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.


Feds Crack Down on Colorado Med Pot Dispensaries

Colorado -- Federal prosecutors in Colorado launched a crackdown on Thursday against nearly two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools, giving the proprietors 45 days to cease operations or face civil and criminal penalties.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh issued the ultimatum in letters to 23 dispensaries and landlords he said were in violation of federal and state law, a statement from the U.S. Justice Department said.

Enacting The ‘States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act’ (HR 1983) Makes Sense For Everyone

House Resolution 1983 has been stalled in committee since Last June

HR 1983, the State’s Medical Marijuana Protection Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), explicitly states it will exempt people complying with state medical marijuana laws from federal arrest and prosecution.

Officially titled “To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various states”, the measure also calls for an immediate rescheduling review by the federal government that would reclassify cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III under the federal Controlled Substances Act, officially recognizing the plant’s accepted medical use and streamlining the federal approval process for medical marijuana research. It is cosponsored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Fortney Stark (D-CA). and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Patriots Super Bowl Bound!!

Congratulations to the New England Patriots (my boys!!) in their 23-20 victory today and advancement to the Super Bowl. Great victory fellas.
Now my second favorite team the San Francisco 49ers take on the NY Giants. Good luck 9ers, I know you gonna show the world something special again.
All my Patriots fam, put it in da air, 9ers fans roll it up and have the victory smoke ready.


Greasy Napa Officials Investigate and Arrest Pot Club Applicant

A man who sought to open Napa’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary in 2011 was one of two men arrested last week on suspicion of growing and selling marijuana, according to the Napa Special Investigations Bureau.
Mark Hammond, 50, of Napa, and Ryan Maeda, 29, were booked Jan. 12 into the Napa County jail in connection with alledgely growing marijuana for sale on an estate in the 2100 block of Soda Canyon Road, NSIB Lt. Leroy Anderson said.


California Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Medical Marijuana Cases

The California Supreme Court issued an order today indicating its intent to review two controversial medical marijuana cases that have resulted in the suspension of several local dispensary ordinances across the state. As a result of today’s order, Pack v. City of Long Beach and City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Ctr., Inc. have both been vacated in anticipation of the High Court’s ruling. The Pack decision held that some dispensary regulations may be preempted by federal law and the Riverside decision held that localities could legally ban distribution altogether.


Pace Yourself When Enjoying Concentrates

Today's stoner tip is brought to you by me. When your enjoying hash, oil, or kief it is important to pace yourself and allow more time between each hit than with buds.
Even the most experienced of us need to be reminded of that from time to time.
Concentrates are super harsh on the lungs, so let your body fully recover and absorb each hit's high before you go in for another. You'll be able to breathe, and take bigger hits with some patience.

San Francisco Not Issuing Any New Permits for Pot Clubs

San Francisco, the hotbed of marijuana law reform, has frozen medical cannabis dispensary permitting this winter as the City — and dozens of others across the state — nervously await a decision by the California Supreme Court on the very legality of such permits.

Nine groups that are seeking permits to open new San Francisco clubs — mostly in the Mission — have been caught in limbo, the Department of Public Health told Legalization Nation. San Francisco currently has 26 permitted dispensaries. However, an October decision by California's Second District Court of Appeals, in the case of Pack v. Superior Court, states that local regulations — such as permits and fees — are preempted by federal drug law.

Feds Raid Medical Marijuana Collectives in Costa Mesa

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents reportedly raided at least three medical marijuana collectives in Costa Mesa, California, starting at about noon today.

Reportedly raided, according to California Cannabis Coalition, were Otherside Farms, Simple Farmer/Burning Farms and American Collective.


Feds Looking To Seize Building Of Sacramento Dispensary

U.S. authorities filed suit Thursday seeking to seize the building of a Sacramento dispensary, charging the marijuana store violated federal laws against drug transactions near schools.

The forfeiture complaint filed over the Sacramento Holistic Healing Center – a Southside Park dispensary also known as "Grass on 10th" – marks the first formal federal seizure action against a medical marijuana outlet in the city.

California Lawmakers Will Vote On Two Important Marijuana Bills This Month

By Ellen Komp, Cannabis Culture
Californians have a chance to make strides for human rights in the coming weeks in Sacramento with two important marijuana-related bills before the legislature.
The two important bills must be voted on this month. SB129 (Leno) would grant employment rights to medical marijuana users, and AB1017 (Ammiano) would reduce penalties on marijuana cultivation.

Cannabis Patients Denied Sec. 8 Housing in Redding

One of Redding’s most vocal medical cannabis advocates is questioning whether a low-income housing program run by the city illegally discriminates against marijuana patients, and he’s asked the Shasta County district attorney to weigh in on the matter.
Meanwhile, city officials maintain they’re following guidelines set forth by the federal agency funding the program, Sean Longoria reports in the Record Searchlight.
Rob McDonald, 50, said the city’s policy of denying or terminating assistance to Section 8 participants who use medical marijuana may be illegally discriminatory, regardless of any federal policies in place.


Mendocino County May Freeze Growing Permits

Mendocino County's one-of-a-kind, income-generating medical marijuana cultivation permit process has been suspended pending the outcome of a Southern California court case that challenges the legality of issuing permits for activities that are illegal under federal law.

“We're waiting to hear something,” said Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman.
The popular permits allowed medical marijuana collectives to as many as 99 plants under a fee structure that includes inspections and zip-tie identification markers for each plant. 


Why is This Dude Yappin Bout iPhones, I Thought This Was A Weed Website...damn I'm Baked

Hey all you bud smoking Apple iPhone 4s and iPad 2 users. A lot of you who have been sitting in front of a web browser for the past 3 days, eagerly awaiting a download link to finally jailbreak your virgin devices. I think you all should just go burn one and

Musclenerd, (da name totally fits) of da iPhone dev team like always, always releases new jailbreak programs on SUNDAYS.

Marijuana Growers Boost Revenue For Sonoma Hydro Shops

As plastic bottles shuttle along humming conveyor belts in General Hydroponics’ vast Sebastopol factory, a row of nozzles fills the bottles with a bright pink liquid.

The production of this proprietary mixture of phosphates, sulfates and potassium is being fueled by the popularity of growing plants indoors.

Once an industry focused on orchids, roses and tomatoes, hydroponics is now being propelled into mainstream business by marijuana, Julie Johnson reports in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.


A Moving Documentary-Waiting To Inhale

Marijuana, Medicine and the Law.

Waiting to Inhale examines the heated debate over marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States. Twelve states have passed legislation to protect patients who use medical marijuana. Yet opponents claim the medical argument is just a smokescreen for a different agenda-- to legalize marijuana for recreation and profit. What claims are being made, and what are the stakes?

Pack Ruling Threatens Mendocino Cultivation Law

The one-of-a-kind cooperation between medical marijuana growers and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department — which legitimized cannabis cultivation in the eyes of the law and saved the jobs of deputies facing layoffs — is at risk, pending the outcome of a court case.

Since 2010, Mendocino County marijuana growers with a doctor’s recommendation have been permitted to license plants with Sheriff Tom Allman’s department, Chris Roberts reports in S.F. Weekly. Growers wishing to cultivate up to 99 plants must pay the Sheriff’s Department an inspection fee and a $50 per-plant permit fee under chapter 9.31 of the Mendocino County Code. In return, growers receive zip-ties that mark each of their 99 plants as certified legal, and the promise that the inspected medical marijuana crop won’t be raided by local law enforcement.

Arcata Council Passes Ban On New Dispensaries

Confusion took center stage Wednesday night at the Arcata City Council meeting with the council ultimately voting to move forward with a medical marijuana dispensary moratorium that would not affect any existing dispensaries.

The meeting ended with new clarity over the city’s proposed temporary hold on processing applications for new medical marijuana cooperatives and collectives, not personal use grows. Staff will return to the council with a draft moratorium, Donna Tam reports in the Eureka Times-Standard.

L.A. Times: Too late for city to close dispensaries

City Councilman Jose Huizar is asking his colleagues to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. It’s a great idea. Or rather, it would have been a great idea three or four years ago — before the city purported to regulate the storefront cannabis-selling shops. The idea would not be to ban dispensaries forever but to track court rulings, determine what regulations are and are not allowable, and then construct a smart and enforceable ordinance.

But it’s too late for that now, this Los Angeles Times editorial concludes. L.A. city government took its seat on a legal roller coaster when it first signaled that it couldn’t or wouldn’t block dispensaries from opening, then stayed for a second ride when it adopted and tried to enforce ordinances regulating where and when purveyors could operate. There’s no getting off now. This city is in the front car for the duration.

Study Finds Long Term Marijuana Smoking Does Not Reduce Lung Function

By Lindsey Tanner
Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn’t harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn’t do the kind of damage tobacco does.
The results, from one of the largest and longest studies on the health effects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy users — those who smoke two or more joints daily for several years. The data suggest that using marijuana that often might cause a decline in lung function, but there weren’t enough heavy users among the 5,000 young adults in the study to draw firm conclusions.

California’s ‘Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act’ Offers New Ways To Fight Federal Discrimination

An urgent message for all dispensaries regarding hostile audits by the IRS

Bill McPike, Chief Counsel for Regulate Marijuana Like Wine(RMLW), deliberately included language in RMLW to protect dispensaries from IRS attacks. Bill has won over 150 medical marijuana cases and was Jack Herer’s personal attorney. McPike pioneered new defenses for patients and is Bar Certified to teach other attorneys how to defend medical marijuana cases. Bill was also featured in a cover story in the National Law Review. When McPike crafted the tactical aspects of RMLW, he carefully inserted language that provides ample tools for driving the IRS away.

California Lawmakers Have Opportunity To Ease Cultivation Penalties For Medical Marijuana Patients

The California Assembly will be voting this month on a bill that would reduce penalties for marijuana cultivation from a mandatory felony to a "wobbler" or optional misdemeanor.

Assembly Bill 1017 would allow prosecuters and courts the discretion of treating marijuana cultivation as a misdemeanor offense, avoiding costly felony charges against small-scale home growers and medical marijuana patients.

San Jose Mayor Seeks Comprise On Dispensaries

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Tuesday he would consider softening the city’s recently approved medical marijuana ordinance after critics succeeded in qualifying a referendum to repeal the new rules.

The ordinance the City Council approved in September would shrink the number of medical marijuana collectives allowed in the city from more than 100 to just 10, in addition to requiring them to grow all of the marijuana they distribute on site.


Arrests Continue in Humboldt County Growing Operation

While looking to arrest the landowners associated with a massive marijuana growing operation busted in October near Mad River, police uncovered an entire McKinleyville apartment complex dedicated to growing pot.

The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant Oct. 26 in a remote area of eastern Humboldt County that resulted in more than 40 arrests, the seizure of almost 2,000 growing plants, more than 1,450 pounds of dried marijuana and 240 pounds of processed marijuana buds.

Split Petaluma Council Retains City Dispensary Ban

Petaluma Mayor David Glass says that three months ago he might well have voted for lifting his city’s ban on marijuana dispensaries.

He has no doubt medical cannabis helps some and has the support of many more, Sam Scott reports in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

But times have changed. When the topic of lifting the ban arose at Monday’s City Council meeting, Glass told the audience his views had been tempered by the recent federal crackdown on the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Cannabis-Infused Soda Top Story in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ — A soft drink laced with the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, a tsunami that swept through the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor and a woman arrested on suspicion of throwing a duck were just a few of the stories that captured online readers’ attention in 2011.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel website averages more than 400,000 unique visitors each month, and the top story of the year about Canna Cola was viewed more than 150,000 times since it appeared in January 2011, Stephen Baxter reports.

Canna Cola, a soft drink aimed at medical marijuana dispensaries, contains tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

CBD: Marijuana Compound Has No High, But Relieves Neuropathic Pain

Scientists at Temple University in Philadelphia who are exploring the medical benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), a marijuana compound that does not produce the high associated with THC, have found that it’s effective in helping prevent neuropathic pain.

CBD, the second major cannabinoid in pot after THC, has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, but no psychoactive effects, according to the scientists, reports Tom Avril at Philly.com.

In a study using lab mice, CBD showed promise in preventing the kind of neuropathic pain that can result from the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel (sold as the brand-name Taxol, among others).


Health Officials Endorse Cannabis Legalization Report

The Health Officers’ Council of BC endorsed a report Thursday from the Stop the Violence BC coalition – an organization that includes doctors and four former Vancouver mayors.

Allen St. Pierre of NORML Doesn't Support Medical Marijuana

Defending the "medical" cannabis industry is so yesterday. Why not acknowledge the political and legal farce it is and focus on the real problem at hand: ending cannabis prohibition?

The law and court precedents are fairly clear here. Self-preservation (yes), large-scale cultivation and sales (no). It's just this simple. The numerous actions by the Feds and state governments over the last few months make this abundantly clear:


Black Market Marijuana Prices Rise Amidst Federal Crackdown


So who's benefiting from the federal crackdown on medical-marijuana dispensaries? Why, black-market pot growers and dealers, that's who.

Weed Wars Episode 4

Weed Wars follows Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the nation's largest medicinal cannabis dispensary serving over 90,000 patients. The man behind Harborside is founder and executive director Steve DeAngelo whose mission is to provide the best possible product to his diverse client base of patients while using his business as a megaphone to the rest of the country about the full regulation and taxation of medicinal cannabis.

Sheriff's Deputies in Sac Told To Give Weed Back To Dispensary


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Deputies returned seized marijuana to a Sacramento dispensary Friday after a court ordered that the plants had been improperly seized.

Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid Is "Safe," "Well Tolerated" In Humans, Study Says

Thursday, 22 December 2011

"CBD is non-toxic ... and does not alter psychomotor or psychological functions"

Sao Paulo, Brazil: The administration of the non-psychotropic cannabis plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is "non-toxic" to healthy cells and is "well tolerated" in humans, according to review data published online in the scientific journal Current Drug Safety.

Investigators at the University of Sao Paulo, Clinical Hospital reviewed over 130 papers assessing the impact of CBD in humans and animals. Studies describing the effects of multiple cannabinoids or CBD extracts were excluded from the analysis.

California Attorney General Calls For Medical Marijuana Regulation


Attorney General Kamala Harris urged California lawmakers Wednesday to get serious about clarifying the state's 15-year-old medical marijuana law, saying numerous holes in the notoriously liberal statute have left law enforcement and legitimate patients in a near-constant state of uncertainty.


California Advocates Looking For Regulation in Medical Marijuana Industry

San Francisco -- Medical marijuana advocates want to create a statewide system for licensing, regulating and taxing the industry as a way of persuading federal officials to ease up on their crackdown of California's pot clubs and growers.