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Sun Apr 22 2012Thousands Celebrate Cannabis at Annual 420 Festival at UCSC
On April 20th, thousands of people descended upon Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz for Four Twenty (420), a counterculture holiday observed in cities throughout the world, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Four Twenty in Porter Meadow at UCSC is an unorganized annual tradition. Last year, rain caused people to seek shelter under the forest canopy. This year, it was the hot sun which drove people to the shade provided by the trees.
Sun Apr 8 2012 (Updated 04/10/12)DEA and IRS Raid Oaksterdam University in Oakland
Sun Apr 8 2012 (Updated 04/10/12)Feds Pursue "Senseless Act of Intimidation" Against California Medical Marijuana Pioneer
On April 2nd, law enforcement agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service raided the businesses and home of licensed medical cannabis provider and activist Richard Lee in Oakland. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) put out a call for patients and advocates to go to Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland to protest the raids and support the victims. At least two people were arrested in the street while the raid continued. Richard Lee called the raid a "senseless act of intimidation."
Tue Jun 21 2011 (Updated 06/23/11)Hundreds Protest Drug War & Mass Incarceration
Tue Jun 21 2011 (Updated 06/23/11)SF Rally and March Protests 40-Year War on Drugs and Criminalization of the Poor
Hundreds of people turned out at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, June 17th, to participate in the "Communities Rising to End the Drug War and Mass Incarceration" rally and march to protest the 40-year "war on drugs" and continued criminalization of the poor, the addicted, and communities of color. The protest then marched to the state and federal buildings nearby.
Thu May 19 2011 (Updated 05/21/11)Activist San Diego Screens Medical Cannabis Film
Thu May 19 2011 (Updated 05/21/11)"Impact on Human Health" Documentary Produced in San Diego Exposes Lies About Marijuana
A new film, Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health, exposes the lies about the medical use of marijuana that led the San Diego City Council to enact a virtual ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Director James Schmachtenberger, who works at a local dispensary, appeared with the film on April 30th at a showing sponsored by Activist San Diego. The film is a bit dry, and even Schmachtenberger describes it as not especially entertaining, but it lays out the facts about marijuana's medical uses and makes the case for allowing the substance to be used to treat disease and preserve health.
Mon Apr 18 2011 (Updated 04/26/11)420 Cannabis Celebration at UC Santa Cruz
Mon Apr 18 2011 (Updated 04/26/11)April 20 at UCSC, "Keep Santa Cruz Stoned"
April 20, aka 420, is the international day to gather with friends and strangers to celebrate cannabis. Thousands of people converged on Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz. People adapted to the drizzle throughout the afternoon and took shelter in the woodlands and under redwoods surrounding the meadow. As in past years, UCSC police and administration restricted access by only allowing people with UCSC identification to drive onto campus.
Tue Apr 5 2011 (Updated 04/06/11)San Diego Hammers Down on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Tue Apr 5 2011 (Updated 04/06/11)Despite Public Support for Medical Marijuana, San Diego Virtually Bans Dispensaries
The San Diego City Council spent nearly six hours on March 28th listening to public input and debating a proposed permit process for medical marijuana dispensaries. The Council passed a measure that dispensary members and their supporters say amounts to a virtual ban. Though public speakers in support of medical marijuana far outnumbered opponents at each stage of the process, the Council enacted an ordinance that would make it virtually impossible for dispensaries to locate anywhere in the city of San Diego.
Thu Sep 30 2010 (Updated 10/01/10)New Poll Shows California Marijuana Initiative With 52% Support
Thu Sep 30 2010 (Updated 10/01/10)Prop. 19 Polling Better Than Any Candidate or Initiative on California's Ballot
A new poll released Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Proposition 19 — the statewide initiative to control and tax cannabis (marijuana) — leading 52-41, with just 7 percent of likely voters still undecided. "Controlling and taxing cannabis is polling higher than anything else on California's ballot, including the gubernatorial and Senate candidates, as well as all the other initiatives," said Richard Lee, a proponent of Prop. 19.
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