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President or no president, medical marijuana shows up in Oakland

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So the President was late. Around the time the "Fire Melinda Haag" press conference (as it had been called in emails I'd received from the various cannabis advocacy groups) at downtown Oakland's federally-threatened Oaksterdam University was starting, one attendee drily mentioned that Obama was reported to still be in Las Vegas.

"I mean, I know the private jets can get you places really quickly and all, but still."

It didn't matter -- medical marijuana had assembled in Oakland, the world cannabis community was watching, and there was going to be a show of numbers, regardless of what Air Force One was doing or when the President's scheduled appearance at the Fox Theater a block away would actually get going. Read more »

Spark that joint, Barry

Another closed dispensary, another sexist pot movie -- at least we've got an Obama protest to look forward to

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE First things first, because I just saw the new Oliver Stone weed movie and I'm dying to tell you which of the grisly marijuana murders was my favorite. But there are bigger things afoot, namely the President's journey to the East Bay on Mon/23.Read more »

Herbwise radio: Catch Caitlin Donohue today on Cannabis Cuts

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Our culture editor-cannabis columnist Caitlin Donohue interviewed Cannabis Cuts' Vaperonica Dee and Merry Toppins for her weekly Herbwise rant-and-rave back in June and now the on-air marijuana news duo is repaying the favor. Their smoke-filled catch-up will air live on the Mutiny Radio website today, Tue/17 at 4-6pm (the podcast will also be available for free download after airtime.)

Toppins was in the audience for last week's "Bay Area Feminism Today" panel, which she informed us inspired some questions she'll have for Donohue on the subject of cannabis feminism. What's that mean? Given the popularity of portraying women in cannabis as pot-leaf-over-the-aureole airheads, it sounds like a term that needs coining.  Read more »

Oakland councilperson responds to Harborside Health Center targeting by feds

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Have you heard the news about our most Hollywood dispensary getting put on notice by the feds? Harborside Health Center staff, stars of everyone's favorite marijuana reality show Weed Wars, arrived to work July 9 to a letter from US Attorney Melinda Haag.

She's no one's favorite pen pal in the medical cannabis industry these days. Read more »

Meanwhile, in Uruguay

Another cannabis dispensary closure? Time to move to South America, where the president has just proposed a legalization plan 

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Happy Independence Day hangover (yes, still)! I'll leave aside all discussion regarding the wisdom of the mid-week holiday and head straight into the fact that I spent the evening of the Third of July very, very sadly.

It was for this reason: after work I tore over to my beloved neighborhood dispensary Shambhala Healing Center (www.shambhalasf.com), arriving ten minutes before closing time. It was closed. Peeved, I called in to lightly berate them for shuttering early.Read more »

Cash your bowl

Cash-only cannabis, the Vapor Room closes -- this week, we're scraping for good news 

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After the raid

Oaksterdam update: A hero is honored, a new president is forged 

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE It is exceedingly difficult to get Oaksterdam University founder Richard Lee to talk about himself. I have him — the person who drove the Proposition 19 legalization campaign, whose house and cannabis trade school were raided by federal agents in April, who through his businesses' success has helped revitalize and make safe a previously gloomy stretch of downtown Oakland — on the phone to talk about the lifetime achievement award he will be receiving from High Times at this week's Cannabis Cup (Sat/23-Sun/24).Read more »

This toke's for history

A counterculture icon captures the imperfection of weed's hippie renaissance

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE We have to be careful about how we are documenting marijuana. If we aren't, future generations might be forgiven for thinking that cannabis culture occurred solely in courtrooms and during federal raids. After all, when do you read an account of a really great high, or the everyday reality of scoring from a dealer (and not going to jail for it, natch) off the pages of High Times?Read more »

Wall down, joints up

A journey through Berlin's burgeoning weed scene
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The tallest structure in Germany is a sky needle with a majestic ball sitting well up its length. Due to some vagaries of the physics of light and the shiny, Epcot-like nature of this ball, Berlin's Fernsehturm (a.k.a., television tower) casts the shadow of a cross over the city, much to the consternation of its East German builders.Read more »

Outer Mission opposition

HERBWISE: "People who are ignorant assume we're all a bunch of hoodlums or stoners looking to get high"

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steve@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Most medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco are clustered around the central part of the city, with the heaviest concentration in SoMa, leaving patients in many outlying parts of the city — such as the Outer Mission and Excelsior districts — with long journeys to visit a cannabis club.Read more »