Herbwise

Obama: gay OK, pot not

Obama's sudden nod to "states' rights" somehow doesn't include medical marijuana

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steve@sfbg.com

HERBWISE President Barack Obama made big news last week when he became the first U.S. president to state his support for same-sex marriage, taking a states' rights position on the issue and telling supporters "where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them." So why is his administration so aggressively going after medical marijuana providers that are fully compliant with state law?Read more »

The capital of cannabis?

An interview with the "Republican-leaning Independent corporate lawyer-type" behind the new DC cannabis regulations

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HERBWISE A few days after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi finally voiced her displeasure that federal agencies were making moves to curtail medical marijuana access, I was touring the hallway outside her offices in Washington DC.

"Access to medicinal marijuana for individuals who are ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is both a medical and a states' rights issue," said Pelosi in a statement released on May 2.Read more »

A teachable moment

Lynching Charlie Lynch tells the story of a crushing federal raid.

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE On the occasion of leaving our gentle green bubble in the Bay, I often find myself in the position of explaining what it is I write about. Sometimes I am satisfied with focusing on my federally legal interests as the Guardian's culture editor. But other times I am compelled to stretch the limits of my extended family's imagination, which usually leads to some pretty interesting conversations.Read more »

We had a party

Hey feds! Here's the shots from our 420 party, in case your spy cams didn't work so good

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE As excited as I was for our Guardian Stoned Soul Picnic 420 party, not everyone in our office was convinced the afternoon at El Rio on Friday, April 20 would pass without incident.

"I'm a little bit worried about getting raided," said my publisher Bruce Brugmann, towering over my cubicle earlier that day.Read more »

High holidays

Stick up for you believe in and party your ass off this 420

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Last year when event producer Michael Gosney staged the first Deep Green Festival at Craneway Pavilion, he was mostly focused on raising awareness of hemp as an environmental and economic resource. But then the past 365 days happened — and with them, the attendant audits, raids, and federal persecution of marijuana dispensaries.Read more »

Oh high!

Gear up for 4/20 with this smashing recipe from High Times' new cookbook

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Say "cannabis," not "weed." Couch discussion in the language of medicine, not intoxication. There are a lot of rules when it comes to talking about marijuana — and the country's most beloved cannabis publication breaks most of them.Read more »

Oaksterdam University gets a Monday morning federal raid

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Good morning cannabis patients. Hopefully you weren't planning on attending horticulture classes at Oaksterdam University today. The cannabis school in the heart of downtown Oakland is being raided by IRS and the DEA with support from US Marshals right now.  Read more »

District attorney distances self from anti-cannabis memo, 'unequivocally supports medical marijuana'

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Don't believe everything you read, especially when it comes out of the District Attorney's office. D.A. George Gascon's press representative Stephanie Ong Stillman says a memo covered in this week's Herbwise column circulated earlier this month outlining the "continued illegality of selling marijuana" -- even in state regulated cannabis dispensaries -- was sent out without Gascon's knowledge and "does not represent his views on medical marijuana."

"He unequivocally supports medical marijuana," Stillman told the Guardian on the phone this afternoon. "Prosecuting illegal marijuana sales is not a priority." Read more »

Two incidents

On what the hell happened with SF medical marijuana last week

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caitlin@sfbg.com

UPDATE: The District Attorney's office has retracted the memo detailed in this article, and told the Guardian that D.A. George Gascon "unequivocally supports medical marijuana." Full story hereRead more »

In the SXSW green room

A DIY potstar runs down her favorite medical marijuana moments from Austin

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culture@sfbg.com

HERBWISE DIY pop star Lisa Dank doesn't smoke marijuana to help with her art — smoking weed is her art. The Seattle singer-producer — known for her florid, handmade costumes and gonzo stage presence — crafts odes to cannabis (check out her aural fixation at www.soundcloud.com/lisa-dank), and has a day job at 4Evergreen Group, a patient network that supplies legal and educational resources to its members, as well as physician recommendations for medical marijuana.Read more »