By O’Shaughnessy’s News Service February 24 2014 Bonni Goldstein, MD, flew into San Jose yesterday to address some 120 serious, devoted, desperate, courageous parents on the subject of “CBD and Pediatric Epilepsy.” Goldstein is 40-something and could be Bette Midler’s body double (or vice versa). The seminar was held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Milpitas, and was organized by Realm of Caring California, a foundation associated with the Stanley Brothers of Colorado. An extract from the Stanleys’ CBD-rich plant provided dramatic seizure relief to a little girl named Charlotte Figi, whose improvement was reported to the world by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN last summer. The strain was dubbed “Charlotte’s Web.” Many of the parents who came to hear Goldstein are on a waiting list to get oil made from Realm of Caring plants being grown by Ray Mirzabegian, who also spoke.
Goldstein is the medical director of Canna-Centers, a chain of clinics. She had previously given seminars in concert with Realm of Caring in Santa Monica and Irvine. “There’s a lot on the internet that’s opinion,” she said, “I’m here to give you the facts.” read more
February 28, 2014 San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says he’s “shaken” by the federal indictment of five SFPD narcotics officers. Bwa bwa bwa, as Dennis Peron used to say. The criminal behavior perpetrated by Suhr’s troops was standard operating procedure and he knows it. He’s shaken that the men got caught on camera doing their thing —ripping off poor people and planting drugs— and that the feds did not give them a pass. Chris Roberts wrote about Chief Suhr’s response to the indictment in yesterday’s San Francisco Examiner. “Nobody on the Police Department’s command staff is suspected of wrongdoing,” according to Suhr (according to Roberts), and “there is no evidence of a systemic problem throughout the SFPD.”
Greg Suhr is himself a former SFPD narcotics officer and a longtime honcho in the narco-clique that, for about a decade starting in 1996, did not completely rule at the Hall of Justice. (Terence Hallinan was DA, Willie Brown mayor, and Fred Lau and Heather Fong running SFPD in this interlude. Gavin Newsom restored Suhr to power as he left for Sacramento to become Lieutenant Governor.) read more
By Fred Gardner February 2, 2014 The fact that people of color are punished disproportionately by drug prohibition is now widely acknowledged in the United States. Just last week the New Yorker quoted President Obama stating: “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do. And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”
Still unacknowledged, however, is the role that African Americans have played not as victims but as leading opponents of prohibition. This being Black History Month (I knew her when she was Negro History Week) O’Shaughnessy’s is honoring some men and women whose contributions to the abolitionist cause have been underappreciated or overlooked. Starting with… read more
By Fred Gardner
Why does the presence of mistletoe —a parasitic plant that roots in oaks and other host trees— confer the right to kiss whoever you’re with?
The answer occurred to John Lee, MD, a family practitioner in Mill Valley, back in 1967. Lee was then editing the Marin Medical Society Bulletin and on the lookout for topics for his monthly column. He came across an article in a Harvard alumni publication describing the pagan rituals of the Celts who lived in the British Isles in the millennium before Christ. For their winter solstice celebration, the Celtic priests —Druids— would collect berries from trees bearing mistletoe. read more
When Prop 215 passed, many optimists thought it would mean the beginning of the end of a destructive, costly prohibition. They assumed the significance of the vote was unmistakable —the people of California had told the government to lay off citizens who were using marijuana for medical purposes. These optimists clung to the naive belief that the United States is a democracy and that laws created by the people will be implemented.
But the law created by the passage of Prop 215 was viewed by Attorney General Dan Lungren and the law enforcement lobby as a mistake by the people that they would have to rectify. Lungren instructed police and prosecutors to keep arresting and charging people who used marijuana, even if they had the approval of a physician. read more
By Fred Gardner Yesterday (December 15, 2013) at the Emerald Cup, a sprawling hempfest held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Dennis Peron got a lifetime achievement award and I got to present it. The marijuana legalization movement would not have achieved its great breakthrough in 1996 had it not been for Dennis, the founder and maitre’d of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club.
Proposition 215, the ballot initiative by which California voters legalized the herb for medical use in November ’96, was for sure a collective effort; but Dennis’s biography and personal fearlessness made him the indispensable leader. He had been challenging the marijuana laws by direct action since 1969, when he came back from Vietnam with two pounds in his Air Force duffle bag, and by legal and political means since 1970, when he was first busted by the SFPD narcs.
December 1, 2013 By Jerry Whiting
Washington State voters passed I-502 last year, legalizing posession of one ounce for those 21 and older. No personal cultivation allowed, DUI is defined by metabolites in the driver’s blood (five nanograms per millileter), and growing, processing and retail sales would be licensed by the Liquor Control Board (LCB).
So where does the Evergreen State stand a year later? The most obvious fact is that implementation is late. Dec 6, 2013 was the initial date but the month long application period began Oct 18th. After an undetermined period of time LCB will issue licenses and licensees will have 6 months to begin using theirs. That’s the easy part.read more