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Saturday, April 29, 2006

O'Shaughnessy quote from Cannabis Culture

"Almost invariably the inebriation is of the most cheerful kind, causing the person to sing and dance, to eat food with great relish, and to see aphrodisiac enjoyments."

- Dr W.B. O'Shaughnessy, 1839

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Cannabis Canada link....

NY Congressman Condemns FDA Ruling on Medical Marijuana
by Jeff Lieberson for Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) (27 Apr, 2006)

Hinchey leads bipartisan House coalition in calling for FDA to explain baseless anti-medical marijuana policy

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Washington, DC -- One week after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a baseless, one page press release claiming that marijuana had no medical benefits, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) led a bipartisan group of 24 House members in calling on the agency to explain its reasoning and show scientific proof to support its view.

Hinchey, who has offered an amendment in the House three times that would bar the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients, doctors, and suppliers in states where medical marijuana is legal, and his colleagues said the FDA’s action appears to be politically motivated and defies the results of a White House-commissioned Institute of Medicine (IOM) study from 1999 that detailed the benefits of medical marijuana use.

“Despite the fact that you are responding to a scientific question, your press release failed to provide any scientific expertise. We call on you to show us the purported scientific evidence for the basis of this response. There is no evidence that you have new scientific proof or that you oversaw clinical trials,” Hinchey and his colleagues wrote in a letter sent today to FDA Acting Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach. “It perplexes us that even though the FDA is responsible for protecting public health, the agency has failed to respond adequately to the IOM’s findings seven years after the study’s publication date.”

On April 20, the FDA issued a one-page press release without any documentation to back up its claim that, “...No sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use.” This statement fails to take into account the IOM report from 1999, which found that marijuana’s active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea, the anorexia of AIDS wasting, and other symptoms, and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials.

“We saw it with the agency’s decision on the emergency contraceptive, Plan B, and we’re seeing it again with medical marijuana: the FDA is making decisions based on politics instead of science,” Hinchey said. “The FDA should not be a political entity. Rather, the agency should be in the business of ensuring all Americans have access to safe and effective drugs, including medical marijuana.”

Hinchey and his colleagues noted in their letter to von Eschenbach that the FDA has an Investigational New Drug (IND) Compassionate Access Program, which allowed some Americans with certain medical conditions to apply to the agency to receive marijuana from the federal government. Seven people are currently still in the program and routinely receive marijuana from the federal government. The House members suggest that the IND is an example of how the FDA could allow for the legal use of marijuana without having to go through the series of steps many other drugs go through before getting approved.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ed Gets off!

Ed Rosenthal's Federal Convictions Overturned
by Safe Access Now (26 Apr, 2006)

Ninth Circuit Orders New Trial for Author Ed Rosenthal; Press Conference Thursday

Ed Rosenthal writes for Cannabis Culture
Ed Rosenthal writes for Cannabis Culture
When Ed Rosenthal, best-selling author of books and articles about how to grow marijuana, was convicted in January 2003 of three federal felonies after a medical marijuana trial that received international media attention, he vowed to appeal even though he was only sentenced to a single day of incarceration and that day was already credited from the time of his arrest.

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vindicated Rosenthal, overturning his convictions and ordering a new trial. The Ninth Circuit ruled that two jurors had been improperly influenced by information they received indicating they could get in trouble for not following the judge’s instructions on reaching a verdict. According to declarations filed with the court, both jurors were struggling with their consciences because they knew the case involved medical marijuana, which made them reluctant to convict.

After convicting Rosenthal, the majority of the jurors on the panel publicly recanted their verdicts on an episode of NBC’s Dateline and signed a letter to U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer asking that he show Rosenthal mercy at sentencing. All said they would not have convicted had they known all the facts of the case.

The federal government had also appealed the case, asking that Rosenthal be sent to prison for six and a half years. The Ninth Circuit dismissed the government’s appeal because it overturned the convictions, but noted that new rulings on federal sentencing guidelines mean they would not have reviewed Judge Breyer’s decision on sentencing anyway.

“That footnote is the panel’s way of telling the federal government not to bother with a new trial,” said Joe Elford, counsel for Americans for Safe Access who also served as an attorney for Rosenthal both at trial and during his appeal. “Why waste more taxpayer resources when the best you can hope for is a conviction but no additional jail time?”

Rosenthal, Elford and others will be available to discuss the case and the Ninth Circuit’s decision at a press conference with Americans for Safe Access tomorrow.

WHAT: Press conference on overturn of medical marijuana convictions

WHO: Ed Rosenthal, author and activist; members of Rosenthal’s legal team, including Joe Elford, attorney for Rosenthal and Americans for Safe Access; Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access

WHEN: 10:00 am, Thursday, April 27, 2006

WHERE: California State Building in Oakland, 1515 Clay Street, Room 7, 2nd Floor

Media Contact: Joe Elford (415) 573-7842; ASA office (510) 251-1856 x307

A national coalition of 25,000 patients, doctors and advocates, Americans for Safe Access is the largest organization working to advance legal medical marijuana therapies and research. To learn more, see

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Med link overload...

medical links from

Cannabis for colitis eyed (The Ottawa Sun)

Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base (1999) Institute of Medicine (IOM)

Cannabis could treat bowel disease

How Pot Kills Cancer From:

Marijuana and ADD by Kort E Patterson

Center For Research on Pain & Professor Raphael Mechoulam

Dr Tod H Mikuriya, MD

Dr Ethan Russo:


2: Chronic use Study Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics 2 (1) 2002/ PDF Format

3: Book Chapter on Cannabis in Pain Management

4: Articles on Cannabis in Headache Treatment Pain 1998 and Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics 1 (2) 2001

5: Hemp for Headache

6: Article on Cannabis in OB-GYN, Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics 2 (3-4) 2002:

7: LTE in Neurology 2003 by Russo onMultiple Sclerosis

8: LTE in Psychopharmacology 2003 by Russo/McPartland on Cannabis synergism

Cannabis Health.. The Medical Marijuana Journal

International Association for Cannabis as Medicine.

Israeli researcher develops cannabis compound with unique anti-cancer action

Derivatives of cannabis for anti-cancer treatment win

US: Cannabis may help combat cancer-causing herpes viruses.

Web: 'Cannabis' May Help Mentally Ill

Cannabis 'can ease mental illness'

Migraine sufferer finds relief from Marijuana (California)

Fibromyalgia and Medicinal Cannabis Information and Discussion

Cannabinoid Study by Dr. Robert Melamede

Cannabis combats heart attack, stroke

Cannabis ingredient could help heart patients

US Marijuana ingredient slows heart disease progression in mice.

Medical marijuana: a surprising solution to severe morning sickness..

Cannabis: A source of useful pharma compounds neglected in India

Researchers Find Clues to Marijuana Effects

Marijuana as Medicine

Marijuana Chemical Fights Hardened Arteries

Marijuana Ingredient Slows Heart Disease

Current Thinking On Medicinal Marijuana? Seeing the Story from All Sides!

Study: Marijuana Slows Alzheimer's Decline

Marijuana May Block Alzheimer's

Cannabis and Depression (From: Dr Ethan Russo)

Medicinal Use of Cannabis


The Brain's Own Marijuana

Epilepsy patients are smoking pot

Cannabinoid Research Gains Interest, Respect

More Cannabis Anti-Cancer Research

Marijuana Compounds May Aid Parkinson's Disease

Marijuana-Like Compounds May Aid Array Of Debiliatiing Conditions

Cannabis extract makes brain tumors shrink

Report Supressed That Marijuana Components Can Inhibit Cancer Growth

Cancer Killer

Marijuana As Medicine

Parkinson's and ingested Cannabis

Pot Compounds Halt Spread Of Known Cancer Causing Virus, Study Says

Marijuana-Like Chemicals in the Brain Calm Neurons

Marijuana as an anti-viral drug?

Marijuana May Yield Cancer-Fighting Drugs

Medical trials of cannabis show positive results

Cannabis Truly Helps Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

Marijuana Compound Chokes Brain Tumors More evidence found for cannabinoids'

Marijuana Extract Fights Brain Cancer in Mice

Novel pharmacological target for cannabinoid-based therapies

The therapeutic potential of the cannabinoids in..

Cannabinoids and the gut

Cannabinoids as Anti-Cancer Agents

Info on Cannabinoids What all Doctors / patients need to know


Cannabinoids destroy cancer

Cancer Specialist Explains How Cannabis Keeps Steve Kubby Alive

Netherlands: Scientific Conference Hears Of Tumor Reducing

Israël: Researchers Find Cannabis Can Strengthen Bones

An Interview With Lester Grinspoon, M.D.

Spain: Cannabis Found to Shrink Cancerous Brain Tumours!

Brain's own cannabis compound protects against inflammation

Science: Cream with endocannabinoids effective in the treatment of pruritus due to kidney

Marijuana Derivatives May Provide MS Treatment

Cannabis Alleviates Symptoms of Chrohn's Disease

Marijuana's Active Ingredient Kills Leukemia Cells

New Study: Marijuana Users Less Depressed

Cannabis-Based Drug Relieves Arthritis Pain

Evidence reveals genuine health potential for cannabis

Cannabis high eases joint pains

Study Shows Marijuana Promotes Neuron Growth Drug could be used for depression

Cannabis and Tobacco Smoke Are Not Equally Carcinogenic

Marijuana less cancerous than tobacco

Cannabis boosts brain power in rats

Marijuana May Grow Neurons in the Brain

Marijuana may spur new brain cells

Israel: Cannabis against Cancer

US: Role of cannabinoid receptors in alcohol abuse

MJ-Derived Drug Suppresses Bladder Overactivity

Pharmacokinetics and cannabinoid action using oral cannabis extract

Saturday, April 22, 2006

NORML party-the aftermath.....

I'm still recuperating. I have a book review and lots to say. Thanks to NORML and all the hard workers for a great event. The hotel made a few things more difficult but cooler "heads" prevailed. I'll be back tonight to finish when this headache subsides.....

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

killer link!
Cheech and Chong were my heros growing up. I remember my sister playing their record on low so my parents wouldn't hear. Happy 4/20 everyone!

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Conference 2006

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NORML's 2006 National Conference
April 20-22, 2006
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco


The National NORML Conference is the most respected and well attended marijuana law reform conference in the US. Join us for the widest range of panels and speakers, on topics of interests to cannabis consumers, and law reform activists, consisting of celebrities, medical and legal experts and effective grass roots activists.

This year's keynote speaker is the legendary Tommy Chong. He will speak to conference attendees on the need to reform America's laws criminalizing the use and possession of cannabis. He, along with producer/director Josh Gilbert, will also screen their award-winning documentary A/K/A Tommy Chong.

Don't miss the High Times Cannabis Comedy Night -- A Benefit for NORML Saturday, April 22 at 8:00pm

HAPPY 420!

Conference 2006

Conference Info
Agenda (New)
Speakers (New)

Online Registration is closed. Please register at the conference
High Times Comedy Festival
view line-up
Conference Gear

NORML's 2006 National Conference
April 20-22, 2006
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco


The National NORML Conference is the most respected and well attended marijuana law reform conference in the US. Join us for the widest range of panels and speakers, on topics of interests to cannabis consumers, and law reform activists, consisting of celebrities, medical and legal experts and effective grass roots activists.

This year's keynote speaker is the legendary Tommy Chong. He will speak to conference attendees on the need to reform America's laws criminalizing the use and possession of cannabis. He, along with producer/director Josh Gilbert, will also screen their award-winning documentary A/K/A Tommy Chong.

Don't miss the High Times Cannabis Comedy Night -- A Benefit for NORML Saturday, April 22 at 8:00pm


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Sunday, April 16, 2006

List of clubs-thanks to NORML

I know it a lot to read but knowledge is power...

Cannabis Patients' Cooperatives and Support Groups

Cal NORML makes no representation as to the quality, service, reliability, or compassion of any of the following coops, dispensaries, delivery services, and patients' groups. For some consumer reviews see and

For a discussion of the legalities of cannabis clubs, see California NORML's Tips for Would-be Cannabis Providers.

North Coast - Central Valley to Redding - Sacto - S.F. - North Bay - East Bay - S. Bay - StaCz - S. Central Valley/Bakersfield - Central Coast - Southern CA - LA - OC/Riv/SBd- San Diego - Oregon - Wash - Hawaii - BC

North Coast

  • MendoHealing (Ft Bragg) (707) 964-3677
  • Herban Legend, 18300 Old Coast Hway#3, Fort Bragg (707) 961-0113; M-Sa 11am-6pm.
  • Mendo Remedies, 42400 Highway 101, Laytonville (707) 984-7101.
  • Caregiver Compassion Center - Santa Rosa - 4349 Mongtomery #D (707) 537-7303 (waiting list - limited membership).
  • North Bay Wellness Coop- 3386 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa Open 10-6:45 M-F; 10-4:45 Sa.
  • Sonoma Alliance for Med MJ (707) 522-0292 - Advocacy & education (Does not distribute).
  • Sonoma (Guerneville): Marvin's Gardens 707-869-1291
  • Sonoma Co. Compassionate Services Delivery 707-972-7818
  • Cheops Herbal Apothecary Delivery (Sonoma & Napa Co.) 707-974-9465
  • Lake Co. Holistic Solutions, 14240 Lakeshore Dr, Clearlake (707) 995-9000 Open 11-7 M-Sa.
  • Lake Co D & M Compassion Center, 15196 Lakeshore Blvd, Clearlake (707) 994-1320
  • Lake Co Alternative Caregiver Clinic, Clearlake Oaks (707) 998-0358
  • Ukiah Compassionate Caregivers: (707) 462-0691 (INFO ONLY)
  • Ukiah Hemp Plus Ministeries, 892 N. State St. (707) 468-1478.

Central Valley & Foothills to Redding

  • Amador Co: Sierra Foothills CC (delivery service) 209-274-6727.
  • NorCal Medical Cannabis Collective - Chico (530) 354-1114
  • Calaveras CC (delivery service) 866-401-2228. Open 7 days, 8am-8 pm; low-income patients welcome.
  • Merced Patients' Group (209) 726 - 5216 (patient support)
  • Merced County Patient Coalition (patient support)
  • Total Healthy Choice, 4213 McHenry Ave. #E, Modesto (209) 521-2557 Open 9-8 everyday.
  • California Healthcare Collective - 1009 McHenry Ave.#D, Modesto (209) 577-4556
  • MMJ Caregivers Association of El Dorado Co. (Placerville) (530) 642-8258
  • Golden State Patient Care Collective, 233 Hwy 174, Colfax (530) -346-2514. M-Sat 9 - 5.
  • Dale's Delivery Service (Nevada City - Roseville) (530) 277-1810. M-F 10-6pm, Sa 11-3pm.
  • Plumas Co. - Feather River Coop: 530-283-4517 (info)
  • Roseville area deliveries - Jim'z Deliveries (916) 519-5328 Hours 10 - 6.
  • San Joaquin Medi-Caregivers delivery (209) 456-0680
  • Shasta Patient Alliance (information only)
  • Dixon Herbs, Redding 800-730-0772 (CLOSED by raid, 12/05)
  • Siskiyou County Medical Cannabis Co-op Research & Registration Center: Weed CA (530) 938-1768
  • Stanislaus/Central Valley Co-op: Primary Caregivers & Consultants (209) 818 - 2932
  • High Flight Deliveries - Stockton/Tri-Valley area , (209) 346-4489 - 10% discount for cancer patients
  • Sutter Co. Patient Care Collective (hospice caregivers info & support) (530) 671-0459
  • Yuba County CBC (530) 749-7497


  • Sacramento - River City Patients' Center (916) 649-0114
  • Sacramento -Capitol Alternatives 2020 - 16th St. 916-497-0277 or 916- 728-1967 Open 9-7 M-Fr; 9-5 Sa.
  • Sacramento - Advanced Holistic Health Center: (916) 256-5277. By appointment only, callback required. Hours M-Sa 11-6.
  • Sacramento- Doctor's Orders 4011 Winters St. (916)564-2112 M-Th 10-6, Fr 10-8, Sa 10-6, Su 10-3.
  • Sacramento - Canna Care, 320 Harris Ave #G (916) 925-1199 M-F 9-6; Sa-Su 10-3.
  • Sacramento The Greenhouse (916) 366-0420 or (916) 868-9566 call for verification and directions; Hours 10-6 everyday.
  • Sacramento - MedSac916: (916) 806-2314
  • Sacramento - End of the Rainbow deliveries: 916-369-6000 or 916-698-6249.
  • Sacramento/Solano/Central Valley/San Jose/Santa Cruz deliveries: Growth Unlimited 1-888-MED-CANN
  • Sacramento area deliveries -Today's Holistic Caregivers (661) 946-6600
  • Sacramento area Sam's deliveries (916) 717-4848. Hours 10-6.
  • Sacramento Healing Hands of Nature (916) 256-5277 deliveries
East Bay

Contra Costa Co.

  • ME Delivery (510) 758-3269
  • Maricare - 127 Aspen Dr., Pacheco (also deliveries) (925) 459-2929 11am - 7 pm
  • Natural Remedies Health Center Collective, 3817 Macdonald Ave, Richmond (510) 965-1735.
  • Holistic Solutions, 2924 Hilltop Mall Rd, Richmond (510) 243-7575
  • Tender Holistic Care, 5230 Pacheco Blvd, Pacheco (925) 798-MEDS (6337)

Alameda County - Hayward/Tri-Valley

  • Hayward Patients Resource Center 22550 Foothill Blvd. 510-581-8640. Open 11- 9 daily, also deliveries & MD clinics (888) 389-6360.
  • Local Patients' Cooperative (22630 Foothill Blvd 2nd Floor, Hayward) 510-537-2405. Open 10am-10pm everyday; (wheelchair access to 9:30 pm - call in advance).
  • Garden of Eden, 21227 Foothill Blvd Hayward (510) 881-2160 Open 9-9 daily.
  • Compassionate Collective of Alameda County, 21222 Mission Blvd, Hayward. Open M-F 9-7, Sa-Su 11-7.
  • We Are Hemp (San Lorenzo) 913 East Lewelling Blvd (510) 276-2628 M-Sa 11-8.
  • The Health Center - 15998 E. 14th St, San Leandro (510) 278-4251. Open 11-7 Daily
  • Alameda Co. Resource Center 16250 B E. 14th St San Leandro (510) 317-2150. Open M-SA 11-9 (specializing in high grade organic).
  • Tri Valley Area: The Greene: Easy 580/680 access. call for appointment (925) 989-0724. Open M-F 2-8pm, Sa 12-4pm.


  • Official city ID cards & patient info available at the Coop Store: 1733 Broadway (510)832-5346

    City Licensed Clubs
  • SR-71 - 377 - 17th St. (510) 251-0690. Open M-F 9 - 8; Sa 10- 8, Su 10 - 6
  • CARE - 701 Broadway
San Francisco
  • SF Medical Cannabis Clinic #1, 122 Tenth St (at Mission) 415-626-4781 Open M-W 11-7; Th - Sa 10-7; Su 11-6.
  • CannaMed Care Center, 1211 Sutter St (lower) (415 )885-8007 Open 1-9 M-Sa, 1-6 Su.
  • Alternative Herbal Health, 442 Haight St. (415) 864-1300. Open 11-8 M-SA.
  • The Vapor Room, 609A Haight St. (MD consultations available). Open M-Sa 11AM - 9PM; Su 12 - 8PM
  • The Hemp Center (4811 Geary Blvd) 415-221-HEMP
  • Love Shack (502 14th St. at Guerrero) (415) 552-5121
  • SF Medical Cannabis Clinic #2, 194 Church St. (open 11- 7 M-F, 11-5 Sa-Su) (415) 626-4781
  • Ketama, 14 Valencia St. (415) 706-2679 open 11-8 M-Sa, 12-6 Su.
  • Holistic Solutions, 722 Columbus St. (415) 296-7614 open 11-6 everyday
  • New Remedies Cooperative (1760 Mission at Duboce) (415) 864-0114 (open everyday 8 - 8)
  • Green Door, 843 Howard St. (415) 541-9590 Open 11-8 everyday
  • Alternative Patient Caregivers, 953 Mission St. #40 (between 5th & 6th) (415) 618-0680 (11-7 M-F, 11-5 Sat).
  • Alternative Relief Co-Op 1944 Ocean Ave.(415) 239-4766 natural herbs & tea (noon - 7 pm M-Sat). Deliveries to in-patients in SF hospitals.
  • San Francisco ACT-UP (1884 Market St): (415) 864-6686
  • Valencia Street Caregivers, 208 Valencia St. (415) 621-0131 Open 8am -10pm.
  • Sweetleaf Collective (415) 273-4663 - For low-income AIDS, cancer patients
  • San Francisco Patients' Cooperative (350 Divisadero St): (415) 552-8653
  • Golden Triangle - 1334 Haight St (415) 431-67644 Open M - Sat 11 - 9 PM ; Sun. 11 - 8.
  • The Hopenet Coop, 223 Ninth St. (415) 863-4399 Open M-F 12-7, Sa 12-5.
  • Bernal Heights Co-op Dispensary 33 - 29th St. (415) 642-4702 Open 10-9 M-Sa, 12-7 Su
  • The Divinity Tree, 958 Geary St. (415) 292-6052 Open 11-7 except Tues.
  • Mason St. Dispensary (124 Mason St. downstairs) (415) 433-4420 7am-9pm daily
  • Mr. Nice Guy, 174 Valencia St.(415) 865-0990 Open 11-9 Su -Th; 11-11 F-Sa.
  • Emmalyn's 1597 Howard St. #A 800-588-4218/415-345-8248 Daily 10-9
  • Patients Helping Patients Home Bike Delivery (415) 240-7190
  • Good Fellowes Smoke Shop, 473 Haight St (415) 346-4338
  • Sanctuary, 669 O'Farrell (415) 885-4420
  • Purple Heart, 1326 Grove St. (415) 409-1002. Open 11-9 daily
Marin - North Bay South Bay
  • Cal Medical MJ Patients Association (Belmont) (650) 520-9971- 24 hours;
  • Mobile Herbal Therapy (San Mateo - San Jose deliveries) 866-240-9121
  • Kind Care Resource Center, 5423 Central Ave. #13, Newark (510) 796-KIND Open 10-8 daily.
  • San Jose & Santa Cruz area deliveries: Growth Unlimited 1-888-MED-CANN
  • My Green Heaven Ministry, Millbrae

Santa Cruz

  • Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical MJ: (831)425-0580 (NOT a dispensary, but a collective for seriously ill Santa Cruz patients in hospice care)
  • Greenway Compassionate Relief, 140 Dubois St #D (831) 420-1640 Open 11-6 M-F, 10-6 Sa.
  • Med Ex Delivery Service: (831) 425-3444
  • Hemporium - LLC Delivery Service (831) 295-9381 or (831) 295-3511

Central Coast - Santa Barbara

  • Hezekiah Inc, 92 - 2nd St. #H, Buellton (805) 693-5790 - open M-F 9-6, Sa 10-4.
  • Buellton Patients Group, 224 E. Hwy 246 #B (805) 693-5808. Open 10-6.
  • Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers, 780 Monterey Ave #B, Morro Bay (805) 772-4879
  • Compassion Center of Santa Barbara County - SBC Collective, 119 N. Milpas St #C, Santa Barbara, 805-963-9797 Hours 12-5 M-F, 11-3 Sa.
  • Santa Barbara Patients' Group, 3114 State St. (805) 687-8988; for patient preverification FAX MD documentation to: 805-456-0710 - open M- SA 11am - 5pm.
  • Helping Hands Wellness Center, 4141 State St. #F-4 Santa Barbara (805) 692-1419. Open 10:30-8:30 daily.
  • Santa Barbara Patient Doctor Coalition (805) 687-2380

Central Valley South - Bakersfield

  • Medicinal Marijuana Awareness and Defense, 209 W. Main St #1, Visalia - by appointment only (559) 627-6623
  • Charity Caregivers of Tulare, 219 N. M St. #106, Tulare (559) 688-2001
  • Nature's Medicinal, 323 Roberts Ln, Bakersfield (661) 392-9353 Open 11-9 everyday.
  • Canna-meds, 1450 Crestmont Dr, Bakersfield (661) 871-0420 Open 11-7 M-Sa.
  • Sweet Relief Compassionate Center, 1340 Roberts Ln. #1, Bakersfield (661) 399-4200. Open 9 am - 10 pm M-F, 9-5 Sa.
  • American Caregivers Collective, 5640 District Blvd #111, Bakersfield (661) 396-7800. Open 10 - 7 daily.

Southern CA Deliveries

Los Angeles Area

  • The Holistic Caregivers, 1321 E. Compton Blvd, Compton (310) 889-4799; for deliveries phone (310) 764-4740. Open M-Sa 9am-7pm.
  • Inglewood Wellness Center 318 S. Market St. (310) 674-4444
  • Los Angeles Medical Caregivers, 1704 W. Manchester Ave. Los Angeles (323) 971-5302. Open M-Sa 10 - 7.
  • A-1 Compassionate Collective, 301 N Prairie Ave #512, Inglewood (310) 673-2122 ("A1CC"); M-Sa 11-7.
  • Cal Medical Caregivers Assoc., 15838 Halliburton Rd. Hacienda Heights (626) 336-2652 Open 11-7 daily.
  • Arts District Healing Center, 620 E. 1st St. Los Angeles (213) 687-9981 Open Tu-Sa 11-7.
  • @ Downtown Wellness Center, 312 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles (213) 746-3355.
  • Tahoe Medical Collective, LA Area (323) 595-3841
  • United Medical Caregivers Clinic, 1248 S. Fairfax, Los Angeles (310) 358-0212 Open 10-7 M-F.
  • KUSH Collective, 1111 S. La Brea Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 938-KUSH Open 11-11 M-Sa.
  • Quality of Life Activities (QOLA) Silverlake - Los Angeles Call for info: (323)-644-1209 Hours: 10-7 M-Sa.
  • LA Compasionate Care Silverlake 13th - 2227 Sunset Blvd (213) 484-1001; en español (213) 272-9489
  • California Patients' Group, 6208 Santa Monica Blvd Hollywood (between Vine & 101) (323) 464-7052 Free valet service M-F after 4 pm.
  • Hollywood Patients' Group, 6115 Selma Ave #103 Hollywood (323) 464-6465. Open 10-10 daily
  • Earth Collective, 5115 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (323) 668-7633.
  • Hollywood Compassionate Collective (HCC), 1110 N. Western Ave #204, Hollywood (323) 467-7292. M-F 11-7; Sa 12 -8 pm
  • NoHo Caregivers, 4296 Vineland North Hollywood (818) 754-0834 Open 11-8 daily.
  • Caregivers Christian Alliance Discount Dispensary - 122 S. Lincoln Ave #204, Venice (877) 219-3809. Open M-Sa 12-8.
  • Marina Caregivers, 3007 Washington Blvd. #225, Marina Del Rey (310) 574-4000. Open 4pm - 11pm.
  • The Lomita Vapor Lounge, 14829 Hawthorne Blvd #203, Lawndale (310) 432-3262. Open 11-7 daily.
  • Westside Compassionate Caregivers, 2355 Westwood Blvd, West LA (310) 474-8459 Open M-Sa 10-8, Su 10-6.
  • Comfort Care Group, 1720 Westwood Blvd, Westwood (310) 441-8315 Open 7am-8 pm.
  • Crescent Alliance for Sickle-Cell / Nigritian Kief Society (Sister Somayah) Los Angeles (323) 232-0935
  • W. M. P. C. 11618 Washington Blvd #D, Whittier (562) 692-3576 Open 11 am - 7 pm.
  • Whittier Collective 12450#A East Washington Blvd. (562) 696-9696 Open M-F 11-7; Sa 11-6; Su 10-3.

San Fernando Valley

  • Trichome Healing Caregivers, 7100 Van Nuys Blvd #204, Van Nuys (818) 373-5000. Open 10-8 daily - disabled access
  • Southern California Caregivers, 15333 Sherman Way #Q, Van Nuys (818) 988-0699 Open 10-7 daily. Deliveries, disabled access.
  • Mother Nature's Remedy Caregivers, 17302 Saticoy St, Van Nuys (818) 345-MEDS Hours 2:15 - 10 pm Tu-Su.
  • Therapeutic Medicinal Health Resources, 14836 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks (818) 988-9615 Hours M-F 11-7; Sa-Su 12-6.
  • Valley Collective Co-op, 12500 Riverside Dr #201B, Studio City (818) 508-8787 Open M-SA 11-7, Su 11-5
  • Valley Independent Pharmacy, 19459 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana (818) 345-5477 open 10-7 daily.
  • Cannamed of Northridge, 9349 Melvin Ave. #9 (818) 882-4849 - 10 am -7 pm M-Sa.
  • Valley Co-Op, 8363 Reseda Blvd #203, Northridge (818) 727-1419. Hours 11-7 M-Sa, 11-5 Su.
  • Compassionate Care of Studio City (no relation to "Compassionate Caregivers") , 11314 Ventura Blvd (818) 506-7207 (med. menu on website) Open M-Th 11-7, Fr 11-8, Sa 12-8.
  • North Valley Discount Caregivers, 15600 Devonshire #203, Granada Hills (818) 920-3110. Open 12 - 8 daily.
  • West Valley Caregivers, 23067 Ventura Blvd #102, Woodland Hills (818) 222-9212 Open 12 - 10 daily.
  • H.I.M., 22831 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills (818) 225-2426. Open 12-8 everyday.
  • RNS Caregivers United, 10545 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood (818) 763-7479 M-SA 11-7.
  • Natural Relief Center, 7223 Owensmouth, Canoga Park (818) 703-8599 Daily 11-7.
  • Chatsworth Caregivers Group, 21708 Devonshire St, Chatsworth (818) 998-9700,
  • North Hollywood Collective, 10929 Vanowen St. #110 (818) 763-4008.

West Hollywood

  • LA Patients and Caregivers Group - 7213 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood (at Formosa) (323) 882-6033
  • AHHS (Alternative Herbal Health Services) 7828 Santa Monica (@ Fairfax) West Hollywood (323) 654-8792 call for hours.
  • Medical Marijuana Farmacy 7825 Santa Monica Blvd (323) 848-7981 (LA area deliveries) M-Sa 10am-8pm; Su 12 pm-7pm.
  • West Hollywood Caregivers 7901 Santa Monica Blvd #206 (323) 656-2033 open 11-8 everyday.
  • California Cannabis Pharmaceuticals, 8464 Santa Monica Blvd, W. Hollywood (323) 656-6666.
  • West Hollywood Center for Compassionate Healing, 8921 Sunset Blvd. @ San Vicente (park across street at Hustler) (310) 626-3333 open to midnight.
  • The Health Center, 8961 W. Sunset Blvd W. Hollywood (310) 275-0446.
  • West LA Collective Caregivers delivery service (310) 953-2475 Serving the west side 9:30am-10pm Daily.

Long Beach and South Beach Cities

  • Cancer Help Center Herbal Collective, 3381 Long Beach Blvd @ Wardlow. Some free medicine given to every patient who asks. Long Beach 562-424-HERB Open M-F 11-8, Sa-Su 11-7
  • CCLB (not affiliated with other "Compassionate Caregivers") Long Beach (562) 621-9777 call for details.
  • Nature's Way Compassion Group, 1111 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro (310) 514-9665 Open M-Sa 12-7.
  • The Lawndale Collective, 14829 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 204, Lawndale (310) 644-9420. Open 11-7 daily.
  • Med/A/Cab delivery service - Long Beach and mid-cities (562) 256-5066 open 11-7 everyday.
  • Low Cost Deliveries - downtown Long Beach & surrounding area (562) 753-3165 Hours 10-10 daily.
  • Freeway Farmacy delivery Beach cities El Segundo to Huntington Beach (310) 349-9135
  • South Bay 420 Collective Delivery Service - Palos Verdes and South Bay beach cities only - (310) 908-7764; FAX (866) 619-5942
  • Diamond Delivery - Long Beach to North Orange Co. (562) 331-5415
Orange - San Bernardino - Riverside
  • 215 Patient Bakery (edibles only) and 420 Primary Caregivers delivery service 421 N. Brookhurst #130, Anaheim (714) 758-3500 Bakery open M-Sa 11-7.
  • Legal Ease 1077 E. Main St., Tustin (714) 508-3633, Hours 10-8 M-F, 11-7 Sa-Su
  • OC Collective, Newport Beach (949) 307-6504. Open M-F 11-7, Sa-Su 11-5.
  • C-3 Deliveries, Orange Co/S. LA/N. SD, (714) 396-6770
  • Med-Drop deliveries Norco/Riverside/Corona (951) 833-3668
  • Inland Empire Herbal Caregivers delivery service San Bernardino Co. (951) 537-0235.
  • Green Ease Collective & Delivery serving San Bd'no/Big Bear/Hemet/Riverside (951) 258-6712 -
  • C.A.P.S. (Palm Springs) (760) 325-1112
  • CannaHelp, 73350 El Paseo #204, Palm Desert, 877-760-4367 Open 10-8.
  • OCMC Cooperative, Orange County (949) 855-0310.
  • Humble House deliveries to Orange County (949) 395-9588.
  • South Orange County Primary Caregiver deliveries (949) 246-9395
  • A.R.C. Collective - Orange Co. deliveries (714) 999-9696.
  • KGB Meds (San Bernardino - High Desert delivery service) (760) 246-7047 Hours: 8am - 7pm
  • Dank Meds (San Bernardino deliveries) (760) 246-7396 Mon-Sat. Daily 9am - 6pm.
  • Freeway Farmacy delivery Beach cities El Segundo to Huntington Beach (310) 349-9135
  • Northern Lights Church (statewide support group) Laguna Beach (949) 222-4209 or
San Diego
  • North County Medical Caregivers delivery service (760) 277-4059 Open 12 - 9 everyday.
  • San Diego area deliveries:
  • San Diego Legal Ease, Inc. 3024 Meade Ave #D (North Park) 619-398-3467. Hours: 10-8 everyday. Deliveries to members.
  • San Diego Caregivers delivery service (760) 580-0745 (serving S.D. and south Riverside Co.)
  • California Medical Center, 5544 La Jolla Blvde, San Diego (858) 405-9496 Open 12-7 everyday.
  • P.B.R., 1165 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach (858) 270-MEDS (6337). Open 11 -9.
  • Ocean Beach Dispensary, 4230 Voltaire Ave. #2, San Diego (619) 549-2014 Open 10-10 M-Sa, 10-5 Su.
  • Co-Op Mira Mesa, 11271 Camino Ruiz, San Diego (858) 271-8020. Hours 11-7 everyday.
  • Native Sun Dispensary, 3806 Rosecrans, San Diego (619) 299-2837. Open 11-7 M-Th, 11-8 F, 10-6 Sa-Su.
  • Co-Op SD, 7875 Convoy Ct #6, San Diego (858) 610-1674. Open 11-7 everyday.
  • Mother Earth Co-op, 4017 Brant St. San Diego (619) 955-5611 Open 10 - 7 M-Sa.
  • American Caregivers Co-op, North SD County deliveries (760) 420-0478.
  • San Diego Patients Health & Caregiving Co-Op, 1806 W. Washington St, San Diego (619) 417-0006 Open 12-7 daily.
  • The Healing Room, 4438 Vandever Ave, San Diego (619) 501-1970 Open 12-7 except Sun.
  • San Diego Compassionate & Safe Access, 3778 - 4th Ave. (619) 795-9447 Open 11-8 everyday.
  • Morena Care Group, 1231 Morena Blvd. San Diego (619) 276-1146 Hours: 12-8 daily.
  • Farm A.C., 6070 Mt Alifan Dr #202 (behind Coco's on Balboa) San Diego (858) 278-5880 Hours 10-10 daily.
  • Utopia Dispensary, 4843 Voltaire St. #A, San Diego (619) 222-6900 10 -8 M-Sa, 12-6 Su.


  • State registration program - Dept of Agriculture, Carson City (775) 688-1180 x0 Jennifer Bartlett
  • Nevada Primary Caregivers and Consultants (Las Vegas) (702) 328-4420
Oregon Washington State Hawaii Alaska.
  • State registration program, Dept of Health and Social Services 907-465-5423
Colorado Montana Canada
  • Vancouver: British Columbia Compassion Club Society (604) 875-0448
  • Victoria: Vancouver Island Compassion Society (250) 360-8955

Cross country ride...
Well, it appears the ride is well underway. Good luck to all involved. Follow the trip at the above link. See ya in San Francisco this summer!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

4/20 info-NORML party

Conference 2006

Conference Info
Panel Topics
High Times Comedy Festival
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NORML's 2006 National Conference
April 20-22, 2006
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco


The National NORML Conference is the most respected and well attended marijuana law reform conference in the US. Join us for the widest range of panels and speakers, on topics of interests to cannabis consumers, and law reform activists, consisting of celebrities, medical and legal experts and effective grass roots activists.

High Times Cannabis Comedy Night -- A Benefit for NORML

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Alameda card program.

Chris Metinko and Rebecca Rosen
Lum Contra Costa Times

Walnut Creek, CA Apr 11, 2006 -- Contra Costa County and Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday took divergent steps down a previously charted -- and largely parallel -- path toward the local future of medical marijuana.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors agreed to place an urgency moratorium on any new medical marijuana dispensaries in the county's unincorporated areas. That action comes after County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, the sponsor of the moratorium, heard dispensaries might soon open in Pacheco, Rodeo and an unspecified East County location.

On the other hand, Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract for an outside company to provide identification cards to that county's medical marijuana users.

Just last week, Alameda County supervisors agreed to a map that breaks down the county's unincorporated land into three areas, with no more than one dispensary allowed to operate in each.

The geographical mapping goes along with a 2005 decision by Alameda County supervisors to limit the number of clinics in unincorporated areas to three, and to set up a permit application process.

Neither county's decision affects dispensaries within incorporated cities.

The interim Contra Costa ban gives the county 45 days to study traffic congestion, noise and other secondary effects of so-called "pot clubs." The ban could be renewed for another 101/2 months, and then another year beyond that.

Until now, zoning for these dispensaries has been lumped in with that governing retail establishments. "This is a relatively new land use," said Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia of Richmond. "It's new ground."

The moratorium would not restrict either of the two dispensaries, in El Sobrante and Pacheco, already operating legally in Contra Costa's unincorporated areas.

However, some at Tuesday's meeting saw the moratorium as a step toward closing the centers down.

"I think this is a smokescreen," said Charles Kaiserlian, a 62-year-old business manager who says marijuana helps alleviate his symptoms of leukemia.

Conversely, Alameda County supervisors' action Tuesday may have made it easier for medical marijuana users to avoid legal headaches.

Alameda County Patient Services and its parent company, OCB Cooperative Inc., will be in charge of verifying applicants' eligibility and need for medical marijuana, as well for collecting fees and issuing the cards.

Alameda County's program is similar to the one Contra Costa set up late last year for medical marijuana users. However, Contra Costa's program has issued only 14 cards to date. Both counties' programs are part of the California Department of Health Services' Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program.

The identification cards address one of the shortfalls in the Compassionate Use Act. While the act made medical marijuana use legal, it put no system into place to identify patients who may use the drug legally.

Jeff Jones, OCB Cooperative's executive director, said that while the cards are not mandatory, they may be useful to people who fear legal hassles from police, or who are worried about entering a dispensary to buy medical marijuana. A patient now needs only proof that he or she is a resident of the state and a doctor's note prescribing use of marijuana.

Jones, who estimates there are between 7,000 and 12,000 medical marijuana users in Alameda County, said he anticipates OCB issuing between 10,000 and 15,000 cards over the 18-month contract period. The identification cards will expire after one year.

While there are no fixed prices for the cards, Jones estimates each card will run about $50, with Medi-Cal patients to receive a 50-percent discount. It is estimated the California Department of Health Services will receive $13 from each card, and that the county's public health department will receive $10, in both cases for administrative costs.

The Alameda County Public Health Department is contracting the identification card program to an outside business because the department lacks the resources and knowledge necessary to run it.