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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 »

Feds crack down

Dispensaries around the state draw heat, from tax scares to seizure threats

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steve@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Reversing its previous pledge to abide people's rights to legally obtain medical marijuana in California and the 14 other states that have legalized it, the Obama Administration has launched a crackdown on the industry using several different federal agencies.Read more »

Spreading smoke

Green Cross delivery service plans to open a walk-in dispensary in the Excelsior neighborhood

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE When asked to describe herself, Green Cross Dispensary patient Nicole Williams laughs. "I work full time, I go to school, I care for my mom. My brother's taking the LSATs on Saturday — what else should I say? Native San Franciscan, long time resident."Read more »

Counting calories

Oakland edibles classes usher marijuana chefs onto a higher plane

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE An old factory sits in the outskirts of Oakland. In decades past, this building produced name brand snacks, but the smell of baking still permeates the factory air.Read more »

Brrap! Brrap!

Herbwise: In the Bay, every night is reggae night

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HERBWISE There is a land where talk of marijuana legalization barely penetrates the pungent cloud of ganja smoke. In this world, blunts are the size of carrots, and you get so high that you forget to finish your rum and coke. You rarely have to pay to get in, the crowd is equal parts dancing and chilling, and — sigh — you can wear your Bob Marley shirt.

You already know what I'm talking about: it's your local reggae night.Read more »

Harsh times

Mule asks: Do outlaws love drug-running or is it the economy, stupid?

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE It's what you would call a recession novel.

The lead character of Tony D'Souza's Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight (292 pp, Mariner Books, $14.95)has nearly navigated the entirety of the upward-downward spiral to drug kingpin-dom we know so well from Scarface. This is how his story ends, in part:Read more »

Sticky palms: check out our nug porn gallery

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I touched base with some of the guys with the toughest job in the world this week in Herbwise, our month-old marijuana column. Yessir folks, meet your professional weed photographers -- potographers, if you will. Danny Danko, senior cultivation editor at High Times -- who included some indoor growhouse shots that he told me were the trickiest to get due to light wave vagaries -- and Ryno Barela, who is in charge of photography and social media over at SF's Vapor Room were kind enough to send over some of the shots they think best represent their profession. Point, click, pass. Read more »

Pot shots

From the cultivation of culture to itchy bong fingers, "potography" plays a big role in the world of marijuana

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HERBWISE High Times senior cultivation editor Danny Danko remembers how a photo from the early 1990s changed his life. It was “Field of Dreams” by Andre Grossmann, an aerial view of a corn field south of the Mason-Dixon line that had 300 marijuana plants growing in its midst. 

“This was before the days of these massive open air gardens,” Danko told the Guardian in a recent phone interview. “It definitely is one of those images that is worth a thousand words. It shows you the possibilities are endless when it comes to growing.”Read more »

Refusing to be hotboxed

HERBWISE: The huge International Cannabis and Hemp Expo descends upon Oakland

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HERBWISE Karen Cue, CEO of this weekend's International Cannabis and Hemp Expo is taking me to school. "It's insulting to switch up those terms," she tells me.

The terms I switched up? I just asked her why it was important to have legal-for-cannabis-consumption "215 areas" at her upcoming event, which will draw a projected 30,000 marijuana patients and cannabis-curious folk, turning a full mile's worth of streets into an exhibition area in middle of downtown Oakland.Read more »