Cannabis

Oaksterdam University gets a Monday morning federal raid

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Good morning cannabis patients. Hopefully you weren't planning on attending horticulture classes at Oaksterdam University today. The cannabis school in the heart of downtown Oakland is being raided by IRS and the DEA with support from US Marshals right now.  Read more »

District attorney distances self from anti-cannabis memo, 'unequivocally supports medical marijuana'

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Don't believe everything you read, especially when it comes out of the District Attorney's office. D.A. George Gascon's press representative Stephanie Ong Stillman says a memo covered in this week's Herbwise column circulated earlier this month outlining the "continued illegality of selling marijuana" -- even in state regulated cannabis dispensaries -- was sent out without Gascon's knowledge and "does not represent his views on medical marijuana."

"He unequivocally supports medical marijuana," Stillman told the Guardian on the phone this afternoon. "Prosecuting illegal marijuana sales is not a priority." Read more »

Two incidents

On what the hell happened with SF medical marijuana last week

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caitlin@sfbg.com

UPDATE: The District Attorney's office has retracted the memo detailed in this article, and told the Guardian that D.A. George Gascon "unequivocally supports medical marijuana." Full story hereRead more »

In the SXSW green room

A DIY potstar runs down her favorite medical marijuana moments from Austin

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culture@sfbg.com

HERBWISE DIY pop star Lisa Dank doesn't smoke marijuana to help with her art — smoking weed is her art. The Seattle singer-producer — known for her florid, handmade costumes and gonzo stage presence — crafts odes to cannabis (check out her aural fixation at www.soundcloud.com/lisa-dank), and has a day job at 4Evergreen Group, a patient network that supplies legal and educational resources to its members, as well as physician recommendations for medical marijuana.Read more »

Power puff

Photographer Robyn Twomey's shots of women puffing tough come at a crucial time in cannabis history

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HERBWISE I remember the first time I saw photographer Robyn Twomey's work — talk about simpatico. It was a huge print of a photo of an elderly woman sitting in front of a piano and a mirror with an immense Persian cat, lighting a joint firmly held between her lips. I'd never seen anything like it — documented in a gallery, that is.Read more »

The patient that time forgot

Irvin Rosenfeld's cannabis dealer is Uncle Sam

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE I contact a lot of stoners throughout the course of writing Herbwise — activists, businessmen, artists — but none has had a more crisp-sounding receptionist answer the phone than Ft. Lauderdale stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld, who is one of four citizens of the United States legally allowed to smoke marijuana by the federal government.

No really, he is.Read more »

Cannabis' unlikely new crusader: Pat Robertson?

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File this one under #OKsure: Televangelist and all-around dubious individual Pat Robertson has come out in support of the decriminalization of marijuana. Read more »

Herbwise: Shambhala Healing Center next on the federal chopping block

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When Al Shawa, founder of Shambhala Healing Center, was asked about what he was going to do now that the federal government is trying to shut down his business, he was (understandably) irresolute. 

“I have no idea. Who comes first, the chicken or the egg? Do I blame the federal government or the city? Somebody did me wrong.” Read more »

Wicka wicka

HERBWISE: Butane, beware. We present to you, the hemp wick

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HERBWISE I absolutely hated the hemp wick the first time I saw one on of my stoner friends' lighters – and oh yes, at the moment this particular product will only show up in connection with your most stoner of friends. 

“What the hell is that?” They were sparking a joint with this awkwardly long waxed hemp string that they'd wrapped around the torso of their lighter. 

I was an idiot. I apologize, hemp wicks. Now I know you only have my best interests at heart. Read more »

A taxing situation

An interview with the tax attorney who is trying to save medical marijuana

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HERBWISE It's happening again. Last autumn when your favorite dispensary got shut down in the wake of receiving a threatening cease-and-desist letter from the Department of Justice — well there's warning signs that the remaining 21 cannabis collectives in San Francisco won't be 21 for much longer. The DOJ requested the Department of Public Health records for 12 dispensaries in January, a move that preceded its last round of forced dispensary shut-downs.Read more »