From Jennifer Yang in today’s Toronto Star:
It's been a long and winding road..." Photo via Rebel Rebel Tumblr
“An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that the federal medical marijuana program is unconstitutional, giving the government three months to fix the problem before pot is effectively legalized.
In an April 11 ruling, Justice Donald Taliano found that doctors across the country have “massively boycotted” the medical marijuana program and largely refuse to sign off on forms giving sick people access to necessary medication.
As a result, legitimately sick people cannot access medical marijuana through appropriate means and must resort to illegal actions. Continue reading
David E. Gumpert of The Complete Patient blog writes for Grist.org:
“Humboldt County in northern California has long been known as a mellow place, thanks in large measure to all the marijuana that’s grown there, legally and illegally.
But while Humboldt County may be the marijuana capital of America, it has no intention of becoming a mecca for another controversial natural product: raw milk.
Indeed, Humboldt County is having a very difficult time deciding whether to even allow the sale of unpasteurized milk, though decision time is rapidly approaching. On Tuesday evening, Jan. 11, the county’s Board of Supervisors is due to take up the issue — and it’s not at all clear what it will do. Continue reading
Coming from a raw milk perspective, it’s interesting to follow the debate over the continued criminalization of marijuana usage. Here, for instance, is a story detailing the role of Canada’s Maclean’s magazine in the prohibition of marijuana in this country in the last century, titled “The Secret Shame of Macleans”:
Marc Emery, Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot", before his extradition to face charges south of the border. Photo via Abort Magazine.
“A couple of weeks ago I ordered a copy of Emily Murphy’s The Black Candle (1922), the notorious, influential book that first defined drugs as a social problem in Canada, introduced the public to their varieties and effects, and led directly to the addition of marijuana to the Restricted List in 1923.
I placed the order after reading the Sept. 3 Seattle Times op-ed by John McKay, the former U.S. attorney who (in connivance with our federal ministry) had Marc Emery extradited and jailed. McKay, forced out of his job because of political controversies and tergiversations you’d need a scorecard to comprehend, is now a professor of law. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a surprising Washington Post story by Andrea Billups on an educational initiative in Detroit to teach people how to grow Marijuana — for medical purposes only, of course:
Photos by Bryan Mitchell for Washington Times
“SOUTHFIELD, Mich. | Nearly a year after voters in this economically disadvantaged state overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative approving the consumption of medicinal marijuana, a new trade school has opened its doors to educate aspiring growers.
Med Grow Cannabis College, located in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, is set to graduate its first class of students later this month. Its co-founder and president, Nick Tennant, the 24-year-old son of a General Motors Corp. employee, said he sees a significant opportunity to teach standards and safety in an industry that can eventually improve the state’s sagging business climate.
“This is profitable and poised for tremendous growth,” Mr. Tennant said.
Although some might jokingly call him the dope dean, Mr. Tennant is serious, even as his appearance is blond, hip and wholesome. Continue reading