Category: Dispatches

‘Renew or Not to Renew’

On the eve of ‘legalization’ in California, Laurie Vollen, MD, reviewed her patients’ options: As most of you know, the November, 2016 passage of Proposition 64 has created a whole new legal framework for non-medicinal cannabis use which will dramatically change the entire landscape of Cannabis in California. Most significantly, beginning in 2018, adult use (commonly called “recreational “) dispensaries will open in cities that have chosen to authorize recreational dispensary sales. Recreational dispensaries will allow anyone age 21 years or older to purchase products. So, you may be wondering if YOU should renew your medical marijuana recommendation. To...

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Pebbles Trippet’s Achievement

By Fred Gardner On New Year’s Eve, NBC San Francisco will air a documentary that gives Albion activist Pebbles Trippet proper credit for advancing the movement to legalize marijuana. Peter Coyote narrates the 45 minute video, which uses the Ken Burns template of integrated interviews, still photos and spoken commentary. This is must-see TV. Forgive the imperfect transcription from the Bay Area Revelations site. Coyote (as the camera zooms slowly in on Susie Trippet’s high school yearbook photo): “Pebbles Trippet grew up in Oklahoma when the world was at war. [This is inaccurate. She grew up during the Cold War.] She...

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The Meaning of Mistletoe

By Fred Gardner Dear SCC Reader: If you’re thinking, ‘It’s the annual Christmas column, I can pass…” Scroll down to the PPS. It could not be more timely… Also timely is this image from Haven Kimmel. 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...

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A Score at the Used Bookstore

Kerry Drake was an “ace investigator for the D.A” in a comic strip widely syndicated in US newspapers. Written initially by Allen Saunders and drawn by Alfred Andriola, the strip ran from 1943 to 1983. New American Syndicate issued a book of Kerry Drake strips in 1987. The featured episodes were from 1946, when Kerry —”handsome, fearless, resourceful”— and his devoted flunky Firetop and his desirous secretary Sandy Burns confront the marijuana menace. I found that book last night on the bargain stand outside Alameda’s lively used bookstore, Rocket Reuse. New American Syndicate was not being campy in choosing this...

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Dustin Costa is Free at Last

Inmate 62406097 – COSTA, DUSTIN ROBERT no longer has access to the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System; therefore, he/she may not send or receive messages. El preso 62406097 – COSTA, DUSTIN ROBERT ya no tiene acceso al sistema de computadora limitada de presos del fondo fiduciario; por lo tanto, el/ella no puede enviar o recibir mensajes. Here’s the story of how this well-intentioned Vietnam-era vet —abiding by California law!— wound up in federal prison for eight years!  Read ’em and weep! As of last week-end, Dustin resides in a half-way house in Fresno. If you are a ganjapreneur...

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