Cannabis

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST FRESH FLOWERS

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All over the news last year: Medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco and other cities were being shut down by a spasm of overzealous and anachronistic enforcement by the federal government (see "Why?" 8/14/12). But a wave of young clubs were undaunted by the headlines. Indeed, many went through the entirely navigable local approval process for cannabis clubs and threw open their doors, come what may from Kamala Harris, Eric Holder, and the rest of the "drug warriors." Among the best of the bunch? Read more »

Elsewhere on election night, cannabis could get fired up

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What's on the California ballot this year that pot activists should be stoked on? Absolutely nothing! (Unless you're interested in eliminating the death penalty, labeling Frankenfoods, and saving City College of course -- in which case check out our smart phone-viewable SFBG election guide)

But there's a lot going on in other states. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has a list of ballot measures across the country that, if passed, will improve access to cannabis. The site will also be offering live coverage of how the propositions are lookin'. And so will we, so check back here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  Read more »

Panther medicine

An original member of the Black Panther connects the dots between marijuana access and justice

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE The night before our interview, Elder Freeman spoke alongside Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate (and beloved sitcom sassmouth) Roseanne Barr, 2008 Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, and others about the political possibilities of marijuana at a panel discussion held inside Oaksterdam University.Read more »

Roseanne vs. mind control

Everyone's favorite sitcom queen may have been high when she decided to run for president -- and she's not apologizing for it

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE A world in which everyone waits with bated breath for you to turn the bitch on must be an odd one to live in. But such is — presidential candidate — Roseanne Barr's world, so I am equal parts thrilled and terrified when she reprimands me for going off subject with a question about how she takes her cannabis.Read more »

A studied approach

Donald Abrams started examining cannabis at SF General in 1992 -- and thinks the cure to Prohibition lies elsewhere

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE In 1992, Donald Abrams was in an Amsterdam hotel room watching the arrest of a volunteer at his hospital, SF General, on TV. 73-year old Mary Jane "Brownie Mary" Rathburn was being taken to jail for providing AIDS patients with THC-infused pastries.Read more »

PR problems

Some neighbors are bummed that a new pot club is coming to Mission Street, but does their reasoning make sense?

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Though I'll admit the waves of federally-mandated dispensary closures that have washed over the Bay in recent months make it hard to keep in mind, I can't shake the feeling that the key to legalization is not burning effigies of US Attorney Melinda Haag and harassing Barack Obama when he comes to town. Though those things can be fun.

These nonsensical days of the government blocking our access to cannabis will only stop when regular old citizens realize that the War on Drugs is not making them any safer.Read more »

Temporarily blunted

Facebook saw fit to block marijuana advocacy ads -- what does this say about public discourse on the Internet?

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culture@sfbg.com

We're not sure what troubles us most about this story: the suppression of marijuana imagery, a corporation impinging on our buzz, or the serious threat of private companies shaping public discourse.Read more »

Drug peace

Strange times call for strange measures: an interview with author Doug Fine

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HERBWISE Author Doug Fine's last book, Farewell My Subaru, is about the year he moved to a secluded New Mexico farm and attempted to live without petroleum. He's just as creative about advocating against the War on Drugs as is his against fossil fuel dependency -- for his new book Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution Fine spent a cannabis season living in a Mendocino grow town. Read more »

Why?

San Francisco did everything right. Now the feds are shutting down legal marijuana in town. And nobody can figure out what happened

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steve@sfbg.com

Just a couple years ago, it seemed like the golden age of marijuana in San Francisco, the birthplace of the movement to legalize medical pot and a national leader in creating an effective regulatory framework to govern an industry that had become a legitimate, respected member of the business community.Read more »