Category: CBDiary

The City Council Considers Cannabis

It was standing room only September 5 as the City Council held a “workshop” on the prospect of the cannabis industry coming to Alameda. The council intends to come up with an ordinance regulating commercial production and distribution before January 1, 2018, when California’s “legalization” laws kick in. City staff had paid the SCI Consultancy Group $60,000 to draft an ordinance for the city council to customize. Neil Hall of SCI provided a 20-minute power point presentation on the history of the industry and the relevant laws. Community Development Director Debbie Potter  reported that staff had done a “randomized”...

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When the Village Voice Broke the Medical MJ Story

Another outlet done gone for your correspondent. The Village Voice has folded as a print publication. Some of my friends wrote for them regularly —Paul Cowan, Bob Christgau, Sally Kempton, Alex Cockburn, Jack Newfield— and I did occasionally. In 1978 I helped break the Paraquat story in The Voice. In 1996 they ran a cut version of a piece about Prop 215, California’s medical marijuana initiative, that I’d been assigned by The New Yorker.  “If it passes,” I wrote on the eve of the vote, “the drug war as we have known it will end. California will become a demilitarized zone in...

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The Man in the Picture With Robert Mueller III

Chris Conrad emailed this 1978 photo of Assistant US Attorney Robert Mueller III gazing impassively at 574 pounds of confiscated hashish in Concord, California. Conrad commented: “Who would think that, 37 years later, this guy would end up being one of our best remaining hopes for the US’s political survival?” The man in the photo with Mueller is Dan Addario, who in 1978 was Special Agent in charge of the DEA’s San Francisco office. Some 17 years later, when Terence Hallinan became District Attorney of San Francisco, he named Addario as chief of the Investigative Division. Some of Hallinan’s allies...

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Pat McCartney’s Wake

Family and friends of Patrick McCartney gathered at the edge of Donner Lake on Sunday, July 30, to remember him. Pat died unexpectedly last November, at age 68.  There were friends from when he was growing up near San Diego and from his days as a newspaperman in the Sierra foothills and from his 20 years of covering the medical marijuana movement (now known as “the industry”) and friends from the Truckee-Donner Historical Society and friends from the small lakeside community in which he had settled. The cabin Pat rented was almost visible from where the wake was held....

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Towards a Protocol for Treating Glioblastoma

A poster at the recent ICRS meeting —Case Report: Clinical Outcome and Image Response of Two Patients After Chemoradiation Treatment in Association With CBD— gave Joe D. Goldstrich, MD, some confirmation for the protocol he has been using for glioblastoma patients. Here is the poster by Paula B. Dall’Stella, Marcos F. L. Docema, Marcos V. C. Maldaun, Olavo Feher and Carmen L. P. Lancellotti. The authors are in the Department of Neuro-Oncology, Sirio Libanes Hospital, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Gliomas, the most common primary brain tumors, account for more than 40% of all CNS neoplasms and are highly resistant to the...

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