Cannabis

Small town values

HERBWISE: Fairfax's only dispensary is on its way out. A small town politician reacts to the news

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE When we arranged to meet Fairfax (population 7,500) councilperson Larry Bragman, he suggested a rendezvous at "the coffeeshop." When asked to be more specific, he clarified he meant Fairfax Coffee Roastery. "But you'll see it, it's right there."Read more »

You grow, girl?

BOOKS ISSUE: From Blair Witch to blazing weed -- Heather Donahue's book takes on the weed community

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE The average celebrity autobiography follows an arc of learning and growing. The earnestly-made mistake — whether in the form of childhood shenanigan or adult infidelity — and then the ensuing redemption. But rarely do book-sized treatises emerge from the decision to leave the celebrity fold for the greener fields of bud agriculture. Leave it to the girl from the Blair Witch Project to produce that one.Read more »

Dear Obama

Mr. President, we need to talk about Sativex

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Dear Obama,

Hey, how are you? You haven't responded to my tweets, so I though I'd get at you on here. We have some things to discuss.

In all of the hubbub surrounding Occupy, the nationally-coordinated strikes on encampments, the general unrest, and the inspirational organizing taking place during this dour period of history our country is now experiencing, you've made next to no response.Read more »

Some joy in Mudville

HERBWISE: Amid eviction and betrayal, the medical marijuana set still finds cause to celebrate

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caitlin@sfbg.com

"I like the way you trim it/I got to bag it/Bag it up." A ganja-fied version of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" was playing over the speakers the night of Saturday, November 12 at 847 Lounge, an event space above the SoMa dispensary Green Door. The party's mood was — yes — high as patients awaited the announcement of the winners in three categories of cannabis products at the Patient's Choice awards ceremony, conversation with the activists and patients assembled in the room veered towards the serious.Read more »

Uh oh ... feds raid pot clubs in Seattle

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The feds have launched a coordinated series of raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in the Pacific Northwest. The Stranger in Seattle has extensive coverage:Read more »

Welcome to Marijuanaland

HERBWISE: A new book takes a look at Norcal's Emerald Triangle weed industry

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steve@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Marijuana is California's top cash crop, one that has had a major impact on the state, particularly since it was legalized for medical use in 1996. Nowhere is that impact felt more than in the global epicenter of pot production, the fabled Emerald Triangle — the rural northern counties of Humboldt, Menodocino, and Trinity — which has been transformed by the cannabis boom, in ways good and bad.Read more »

That's amoré

HERBWISE: Getting high on love with the new cannabis aphrodisiac

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE The ever- unfolding swath of life's problems that can be solved by cannabis has been extended the length of an aphrodisiac shot made from cannabis, cane syrup, glycerin, citric acid, and other supplements. Product name: Amoré. Don't worry, it's locally made.Read more »

Blowback

HERBWISE: Dispensary owners, politicians react to attempts to curtail cannabis

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE A throng of reporter types had gathered in the lobby of the State Building to listen to State Senator Mark Leno and State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano badmouth the feds.

"It is not the purview of the federal government to upset the will of the people," said Ammiano, to the grunted affirmations of the patients, advocates, and cannabis business owners who had also assembled for the event.Read more »

Weed Wars

The cannabis battle: coming soon to your living room

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HERBWISE "I always knew that doing this show would be a risk," says Harborside Health Center founder Steve DeAngelo in a phone interview with the Guardian. A medical marijuana dispensary could probably always be considered controversial fodder for a nighttime reality TV program, but DeAngelo's enterprise rose above standard controversy when it became the target of the IRS, the federal agency ruling that it could no longer write off common business expenses. It now owes $2 million — an amount that left the rest of the industry quaking with concerns over its future.Read more »

Medical marijuana protesters gather at City Hall in wake of federal raids

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Protesters met in front of the San Francisco Federal Building this afternoon to challenge the recent federal crackdown on California’s medical marijuana industry. The rally formed on the heels of yesterday (October 13)'s raid by federal agents on Northstone Organics, a Ukiah medical marijuana cooperative.   Read more »