Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Marijuana News And Review "Pious Hypocrite" Of The Month!

Morning in Newport Beach CA. I was in the middle of my morning routine, scanning the day’s depression summaries of medical cannabis related stories, when I stumbled upon this month’s candidate for “pious hypocrite of the month” award.

It would seem that we have met the enemy and his name is ROBERT WATSON! Mr. Watson a “high”-ranking legislator from the state of Rhode Island was charged for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on April 26, 2011. While ordinarily I would feel only pity for someone about to do battle with any type of governmental agency, this charlatan of the first order is overdue to be exposed.

Here are a few insights into Mr. Watson’s thought process:
“… Minority leader of the Rhode Island House, dismissed debate over the decriminalization of marijuana as not worthy of legislators' time”, I wonder if it’s worth his time now?

Watson created a firestorm in February when he gave a speech to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. During it, he criticized the state General Assembly by declaring, "I suppose if you're a gay man from Guatemala who gambles and smokes pot, you probably think that we're onto some good ideas here."

Reasonably, or not? Rather than just act contrite and move on, Watson -- while a guest on a radio show soon after that despicable case of foot-in-mouth, and in response to the understandable outcry over his comments -- said, "I reject the suggestion that it's insulting." He then went on to explain,"I apologize when appropriate and/or necessary," to the Providence Journal in February. "I identify this situation as representing neither circumstance."

“Dr. Feel-Good” Watson was pulled over at a police checkpoint on Friday, according to East Haven police. That’s when officers noted a "strong odor of marijuana" coming from the nervy Republican's car, and cited him with possession and driving under the influence.

The ordinarily blustering and intolerant representative seems to have precipitously acquired a love of privacy. (I think I hear a bong). His office manufactured…I mean released a statement on Monday. In this justification…I mean statement, he repudiated the fact he was driving under the influence. He stated he was in Connecticut to help a “friend” move (must have been 4.20), and was driving home from “dinner” (is that what they call it now) when he was stopped.

Why should I care what a legislator from Rhode Island says or does? I wouldn't, if not for the fact that its anal-retentive ass wipes like Watson that stand in the way of cannabis being viewed as something more than political fodder. He claims the "low" road with ridiculous statement’s like “…marijuana as not worthy of legislators' time” as budgets soar, and coffers are drained.

It’s time that “We” the people that elect these weak minded, fat wallet-ed and politically corrupt politicians take a good hard look at the candidates before we have that beer, and smoke that cig going into the voting booth next time. If you want a 420 friendly community, vote for a 420 friendly city council member in your local municipality. That’s where it all starts.

Monterey Bud.

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."

- Albert Einstein quote on Hemp

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

San Jose's Big Middle Finger To Medical Marijuana Tax Revenue

April 20, 2011 - It seems that San Jose’s City Council, in their infinite wisdom, has decided to close down 100 Medical Cannabis Dispensaries. Apparently the 10 medical marijuana collectives that the City Council will allow to remain operational will be split up into 5 separate districts. In each of these five districts they will allow two collectives. In addition to the restriction in numbers of medical marijuana collectives that will be allowed, the new MMJ collectives will also be required to grow all of their medicine on-site at the dispensaries.

While a lot of the MMJ collective owners queued up to speak before the City Council, of the 100 medical marijuana collectives to be closed in San Jose “Medmar” feels that it fulfills one of the biggest requirements of the new Medical marijuana regulations and that is that the marijuana is to be grown on the premises. While Medmar medical marijuana dispensary has only been in existence for 13 months they claim 3000 members and no doubt a nice little slice of tax revenue as well.

Does it seem strange to anyone else that the city of San Jose is trying to restrict the number of MMJ collectives from 110 to just 10, this with the looming state and city tax deficits? Steve DeAngelo executive director of Harborside health center which runs MMJ dispensaries in both the east bay and the south bay displayed a copy of a check for $35,416 to the San Jose city council, which represented one month’s worth of marijuana sales tax that goes to the city of San Jose. To which the San Jose city manager’s office quickly confirmed it was cashing harborside health center’s check to be quickly added to the general fund. So if one was to extrapolate the $35,416 number by 12 months, you could figure that the city of San Jose is now going to be flushing down the toilet approximately $420,000 from one medical marijuana collective in tax revenue for the city of San Jose.

Assuming that harborside health center does twice as much business as other medical marijuana collectives; let’s say the average collective pays $15,000 a month in taxes to the city of San Jose. Again, multiplying that by 12 months we come up with $180,000 per collective that could be added to the general fund for S. J. Take that same $180,000 and multiply it by the same 100 collectives that they are about to put out of business and we come up with a smooth $18,000,000 for the general fund of the city of San Jose. This during a time in which the city projects a $115,000,000 deficit.

In any event I’m done whining, I think. I’m off to celebrate our communities most important and media saturated day of the year. Stay safe and legal...HAPPY 4.20 people!

Monterey Bud.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

US Govt Holds Cannabinoid Patent 6,630,507

What a crazy world we live in. The federal “Gov.” has seen fit in their infinite wisdom to continue to throw good money after bad on their hypocritical “WAR” on drugs (primarily funded by marijuana eradication numbers). When in their dark shriveled up little heart they know there are huge medicinal benefits’ to be had. For god’s sake if we stumbled upon this substance today in the Amazon rain forest, society would hail it as a new found “Wonder Drug”…

Does everyone know and understand that the US Government has Patent # 6,630,507 on …. Drum rolls please… CANNABINOIDS!
Thinking to myself when I first noticed this …surely this is just a pile of crap. How could the Federal Government on one hand call cannabis a schedule I (one) narcotic…
“(1) Schedule I.—
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision." [20]
No prescriptions may be written for Schedule I substances.”. And on the other hand, hold a patent to CANNABINOIDS?

Well I was wrong. The Fed’s know no limits in their quest for ultimate deceit and betrayal. And “they” the US Dept. of Health and Human Services were in fact awarded the patent in 2003 based on research done by the National Institute of Health, and was then assigned to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.

This is nothing overly surprising, right? So just why is this so important? Well, here is a legal document, in the public domain, which contradicts the US Government's specified position with regard to the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance having no "currently accepted medical use".

In their own words and conclusions the National Institute of Health states unequivocally that “cannabinoids are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including auto-immune disorders, stroke, trauma, Parkinson's, Alzheimer’s and HIV dementia.” The powers that would like to keep their foot on the throat of cannabis are loud and well-funded with big industry money, but they are not impervious to persistent effort.

I hope that in broadcasting this information about our Government held patent on Cannabinoids, as widely as possible and to as many people as possible...it can only help to change the public perception of medical cannabis.

Fox Business News: 4/21/2011 General Cannabis, Inc. CEO Jim Pakulis and Tobin Smith.