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image Santa Cruz County Cannabis EIR Update and Important Meeting Dates we-support-santa-cruz-cannabis.jpg by GreenTrade Santa Cruz
A draft Environmental Impact Report on establishing a regulated cannabis trade in the County concludes that a more permissive approach is an “environmentally superior alternative” to either a ban or a more restrictive proposed ordinance under consideration....
Posted: Tue Sep 5, 2017 6:32PM
document Recommendations for Action in the MHCAN Crisis backup_of_norse_s_mhcan_demands_flyer_9-3.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
MHCAN (Mental Health Clients Action Network) has faced a crisis for the last several years with police and city agencies breathing down its neck. The management of MHCAN and its Board of Directors has chosen to pursue, largely a low-profile work-behind-the-scenes approach. There's been little publicity about the upcoming Special Use Permit meeting of the Planning Commission which Board Chair Steve Pleich says is slated for 9-28. A month ago, I wrote the following suggestions to the community....
Posted: Sun Sep 3, 2017 6:06PM
image Support Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) for City and County License 480_wamm-march-church-street_7-16-05_1.jpg by via Valerie Corral, WAMM
WAMM is the longest continually running Medial Cannabis Collective in the nation....
Posted: Sun Sep 3, 2017 3:56PM
image Time for Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Broaden Narcan Policies 480_19388669_1380692842020038_1574328814128116170_o_1.jpg by Steve Pleich
Saving Lives Should Be Top Priority...
Posted: Sat Aug 5, 2017 9:14AM
image Time to Revisit All-Volunteer Needle Exchange 480_18891699_10155529045959739_1950062665863627233_o_1.jpg by Steve Pleich
Needle Exchange is Not the Problem, It is the Solution...
Posted: Wed Jun 7, 2017 4:19PM
image Mother of Cyprus Speaks Out on Using Cannabis to Treat Epilepsy 480_cbd-oil-extracts-18-1_1.jpg by Keppra Kills
A wonderful interview featuring one of many breakthrough stories on how medical cannabis is helping children deal with crippling seizures....
Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:50PM
image Interview with Valerie Corral of Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) 480_steef-fleur-photo-valerie-corral-wamm-santa-cruz_1.jpg by via Green Gold Stories
‘I don't work with pot, I work with people.’ - Valerie Corral...
Posted: Tue Apr 4, 2017 12:50PM
text Regarding the "No Drugs No Alcohol" agreement at The Village in Oakland by The Village
Q: "So why is there a 'No Drugs No Alcohol' agreement in effect at #thevillage?"...
Posted: Tue Feb 7, 2017 11:34AM
image The Longest Walk 5.2 “Calling an End to Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence” 480_thelongestwalk5-2_1.jpg by Angel Heart
The National Field Office of The American Indian Movement proudly announces, The Longest Walk 5.2, “Calling an End to Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence.” Dennis Banks, National Field Director and Co-Founder of The American Indian Movement issued a three phase - 3 year walk across America in 2016. Dennis Banks stated, “Because of the extremely high rate of abuse, suicides, drug related deaths and destruction, which is at a pandemic stage, our mission is to cross this continent on foot; seeking...
Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:02PM
image SCPD Must Revise Immigration Determination Policy 480_15871769_1283221918423732_8490887593269594755_n_1.jpg by Steve Pleich
Now Is The Time to Protect Immigrants Rights...
Posted: Sun Jan 8, 2017 11:44PM
image Woman Used As Salami Tray at Altai Brands Event in Las Vegas 480_altai-brands-meatgate_1.jpg by Bradley Allen
Altai Brands of Salinas, California, purveyors of gourmet cannabis edibles, objectifies woman as salami tray at Marijuana Business Conference after-party in Las Vegas....
Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:39AM
text Bill to limit property seizures by cops heads to Governor by Lynda Carson
The people of California are still waiting to hear if Governor Jerry Brown will sign SB 443 into law, meanwhile our U.S. Troops remain to guard the fields of poppies in Afghanistan for the drug kingpins involved in shipping heroin to the streets of Oakland, and across the country!...
Posted: Wed Sep 7, 2016 12:17AM
image Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment Continutes to Help Medical Marijuana Defendants in Federal Court 480_judge-o-scannlain_1.jpg by Americans for Safe Access
An opinion today (August 16, 2016) issued in the federal 9th Circuit by a three-judge panel has found that federal prosecutions of medical cannabis defendants may not proceed unless there is a violation of state law. In the opinion of U.S. vs. McIntosh, written by 9th Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, the court held that the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment prohibits the federal prosecution of conduct that is allowed by the state's medical cannabis law....
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:12PM
text Four Days…the Slaying of Krista Deluca in the Santa Cruz County Jail by Dr. Bruce Loisel
A description and analysis of the incarceration and pain she endured in the four days and nights she was held captive by the officials in charge of the Santa Cruz County jail. She was deprived of the medication that, without question, would have ended her agony and saved her life. The limitlessness of her four sleepless days and nights of torture and mayhem, that culminated in her choking on her own vomit and dying, is not easy to imagine....
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:16AM
text Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform by Steve Pleich
Critics Off the Mark...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:35AM
image Patient Advocates Denounce Sonoma Sheriffs for Raids on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers 480_rally-for-patients-rights-santa-rosa_6-16-16_1.jpg by Americans for Safe Access
"Thousands of California patients woke up today fearing for the future of their medicine" said Don Duncan, California Director of Americans for Safe Access. “It is time for local authorities to address perceived violation of regulations by means of civil penalties instead of criminal action. The path taken by Sonoma law enforcement yesterday is counterproductive to moving cannabis businesses towards licensing and regulatory compliance.”...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:08PM
image California: Marijuana Infractions Unfairly Enforced Against People of Color cop_writing_ticket.jpg by via ACLU of Northern California
Oakland, May 31, 2016 – New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California (see PDF) find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011. Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is punishable in California by a base fine up to $100 (plus substantial fees)....
Posted: Wed Jun 1, 2016 5:06PM
image Medicine for Real: California Lawmakers Should Tax and Regulate Cannabis Like Medicine 480_medical-marijuana-taxes_1.jpg by via Americans for Safe Access
We would not tolerate a sin tax on insulin or chemotherapy, even if the revenue was dedicated to a laudable goal. Lawmakers must resist the temptation to lump medical and non-medical cannabis use together when making policy choices....
Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 5:01PM
image No on Medical Marijuana Tax Bill AB 2243 in California 480_no-tax-on-medical-cannabis_2-23-16_1.jpg by via California NORML
The CA Assembly is expected to vote on Asm. Wood's bill AB 2243 to impose a $9.25/ounce tax on cultivation of medical (only) marijuana in coming days....
Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 11:29AM
text California Apartment Association targets medical marijuana users by Lynda Carson
The California Apartment Association has sponsored a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, that advanced yesterday from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) is author of AB 2300....
Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:18PM