Herbwise

By the roots

HERBWISE: Everything you need to know about cannabis in 2012, from the headlines you missed to a one-stop activist app

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Where (besides this column, of course) do you get the latest on marijuana? When it comes to distributing accurate information about buds, Steph Sherer, executive director of medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA), makes no bones about her organization's role. "Most of our members depend on us for news," she told the Guardian in a recent phone interview.Read more »

What the new year brings

Medical cannabis backers propose a statewide regulatory body -- that'll make the feds happy, right?

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE 2011 was a harsh year for medical marijuana. During its first half, the number of California dispensaries burgeoned. But a federal crackdown in September has left much of the industry shaking in its buds. By bombarding landlords with cease-and-desist letters threatening 40 years of jail time if they continue to let marijuana be sold on their property, the Department of Justice has effectively closed down walk-up operations for many smaller dispensaries.Read more »

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 »

For the kids?

HERBWISE: An SF cannabis dispensary gets shut down because of its proximity to Marshall Elementary -- but the school's principal says the actual bad neighbors remain

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Mission District dispensary Medithrive has started doing home deliveries. Since Nov. 22 its medical marijuana patients can have buds, tinctures, Auntie Dolores' brownie bits, and more delivered straight to their apartment doors.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 »

Ongoing research

Celebrating 25 years of drug research with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is better known for its scientific research on hallucinogenic drugs than on marijuana. That's because the federal government is holding, but it won't share with the decades-old nonprofit.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 »

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 »