Herbwise

Staff of shut-down Mission dispensary opens SoMa's newest cannabis club

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Today was the grand opening for a new dispensary just steps from the front door of Mezzanine and right down the block from a rapidly-changing Sixth Street. Long-time medical marijuana patients may recognize some familiar faces -- Bloom Room employs many of the staff and management from Medithrive, the Mission Street dispensary was was forced to close "for the children" back in November of 2011. Read more »

Medical marijuana is over

... and so is this cannabis column.

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE Hey potheads, welcome to what figures to be the last Herbwise column for the time being.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 »

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 »

We need a hero

And why look to the Olympics when Vice made a documentary about said savior?

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Dab'll do ya

Despite the actions of our president, we will continue to dab

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caitlin@sfbg.com

HERBWISE The neatly-dressed line of donors waiting outside the Fox Theatre on July 21 gawked at the procession coming down Broadway Avenue. Was it the impassioned protesters in wheelchairs, the oversized fake joint, or the realization that stoners could be so... vehement that had them transfixed? Read more »