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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rosenthal case from Hemp Evolution site

26/10: Government Case Against Rosenthal/Watts Shows Cracks

Category: General
Posted by: freemans
Crowd gathered for press conference
San Francisco, CA Oct 25, 2006 -- In a major victory for medical cannabis patients, Judge Charles Breyer dismissed three counts involving marijuana cultivation against Richard Watts, ruling that the U.S. Attorney's Office had violated the Speedy Trial Act. Judge Breyer, who sentenced Ed Rosenthal to one day in jail after previous trial, openly challenged Asst. U.S. Attorney George Bevan several times about the federal government's justification for retrying Mr. Rosenthal and Mr. Watts. Saying the only question for him to decide was whether or not to dismiss the case "with prejudice", Judge Breyer appeared annoyed that the government was continuing it's prosecution of the case and remarked that he had already tried Mr. Rosenthal once.

Rick Watts on right
Rick Watts [r.] speaks to crowd.

Ed Rosenthal's co-defendant, Mr. Watts, son of Buddhist philosopher Alan Watts, has been awaiting trial since his arrest in February 2002. However, due to a serious automobile accident later that year, Mr. Watts was not tried along with Mr. Rosenthal for their involvement with the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center. Nonetheless, Rick was declared competent to stand trial in May 2003, but the government failed to pursue it's case against him and hoped that the superseding indictment, filed last week, would justify continued prosecution on the basis of new charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

Judge Breyer let the old conspiracy charge stand, along with the two new counts against Mr. Watts and suggested that the count of tax evasion be separated in a different trial for both defendants and ordered Ed and Rick to appear in U.S. District Court on December 6th, so he can decide how to proceed with the case.

Ed Rosenthal
Ed Rosenthal, noted cannabis expert and author, was previously convicted in 2003 of three marijuana-related counts but had his conviction overturned in April because of juror misconduct by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The superseding indictment containing the new charges was issued by a recent grand jury in which two witnesses refused to testify, citing their 5th Amendment rights.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

grow class

Grow Class Enrollment Grows Like a Weed

Grow class is always nice but today’s class was a sight for sore eyes. The place was packed and it’s great to see so many active patients gathered together for the common cause of providing for ones self and helping each other. The curriculum for the class was less structured and more just a social type gathering, absent from class was the blackboard that had taught us a lot in the previous classes. But the inspiration and teaching did continue with an open floor question and answer session that covered powder mildew, Dr. Todd and his family, forums and web sites, cloning and of course the ‘Wonders of Cannabis” event next weekend at Golden Gate Park.

Close up of the purple kush in all her glory.

Wonders of Cannabis

Join Ed Rosenthal – the Impresario of Indica, the Sage of Sinsemilla, the Baron of Bud – and the world’s leading advocate of medical marijuana rights. This wonderful, irreverent and informative event brings the entire cannabis community together for fun, fantasy, facts, fashion, fascination, friends, festivities and frivolity.

Ed is facing charges that again could send him away for life. He’s a pioneer of the MMJ movement and if Ed does well the MMJ community does well. When Ed is in trouble the community at large is at risk. I know a lot of the grow class is going, I’ll be there and I’ll take the some space here to push the event. Admission is $20 and it helps a great cause. If you are poor you should have no shame because you can volunteer at a meeting this Monday or Tuesday and get in for free and also volunteers get VIP access, you’ll be medicating with Ed.

She's a lady.

Measure Z

Criminalizing cannabis (marijuana) has unfairly imprisoned thousands of non-violent offenders, including a disproportionate number of people of color. It's time to tax and regulate the supply.
The federal government's Drug War has been costly, ineffective and unjust.
We offer an alternative.

A lot of cities are considering this type of law like this one on the ballot in Oakland.

Summary: This proposed ordinance would require that the City of Oakland establish a system to license, tax and regulate cannabis for adult use as soon as possible under California law and adopt regulations regarding licensing and taxation of businesses that sell cannabis. The proposed ordinance makes investigation, citation, and arrest for private adult cannabis offenses Oakland's lowest law enforcement priority.
This is showing that 65% of the voters feel this laws time has come. Take a look at the site and see what you think.

Americans for Safe Access

Certainly all patients know these guys and they had a rep from the South Bay area (who it was nice to meet, btw) and they are willing to help patients in distress. Whether you face legal or financial problems this is one place to go with an online presence second to none.


NORML was there also, they are another patient and user resource we already know who they are, right patients?

More gals than normal showed up but one lady there sort of stole the show. Unfortunately she won’t be with us much longer but I did manage to take a few pictures of her before she heads off to that great chop in the sky.
The purple kush grow class group shot was taken so patients not wanting to appear on the web had time to scatter leaving a sizable group. Our teacher stands over a ready to harvest purple kush female that was absolutely flawless. She was grown in coco and fed on Advance Sensi A+B and very few other additives. Sometimes only pictures can tell the story.

Oaksterdam news pulled up in their new horseless carriage and what a marvelous machine it is. From 1929 it’s a Ford Model T. The proud driver poses with copies of the paper as she makes her way on the daily route. She’s hard to drive but this fellow makes it look smooth and easy.

We are over running the Bulldog and after a break grow class will return possibly at the gift shop on 15th. Richard is the Bulldog’s owner and allowed the class to have the run of the place and couldn’t be a more gracious host. He’s also the Mayor of Oaksterdam and kudos to him for his hospitality. I want to get an interview with him next time, it’s a good idea to let our reader base meet him.

Trick or treat? Well there were treats for the class in the form of Purple Kush Clones available at the SR71 dispensary. You needed a note from teacher though, as supplies are limited. They were $8 but I’m about the only student that didn’t take advantage. I really have no room for adoptions, sucks for me. People came from far and wide to get them though, and there were no complaints. There was a bit more medicating than normally allowed in the class this time, did I mention what we were smoking? The Purple Kush was well grown and tasty and potent.

I’ve seen the other students bring in treats for the teacher ( that plate of Hawian BBQ looked killer from a couple months ago.) So I went over to the OCBC to see what they might have that the teacher might like. Of course as soon as I stepped into the OCBC I got a firm reprimand about skipping class – until I explained I needed a gift for the teacher and at that point they slapped me on the back and helped me decide on metal magnetic grinder. She's a beauty and I picked up one for myself aswell. He’s a pillar in the community and we’ll stick with him through thick and thin. Thanks buddy.

See you next time old friends. Great to see Geezer, Mars, the other Richard, Party toker and all I forgot. Also to the other webmasters there too. Stay safe.

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Medical Marijuana Policy Signed by CHP, Attorney General, Governor
Posted by Peace&Pot on 19 Oct 2006 - 18:14 0 comments

marijuana info for medical users with strain and grow faq inside For Immediate Release–October 19, 2006 Contact: William Dolphin 510-919-1498

Medical Marijuana Policy Signed by CHP, Attorney General, Governor

ASA Lawsuit Settlement Yields Binding “Consent Decree” and $75,000 in Legal Fees
California’s medical marijuana patients are now protected from arrest and seizure of their marijuana, thanks to a binding agreement between an advocacy group and state officials.

The signed agreement settles a lawsuit filed last February against the California Highway Patrol by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on behalf of qualified medical cannabis patients who had lost their medicine in CHP traffic stops. CHP had a policy of seizing any cannabis found, regardless of whether the officer was shown patient documentation or not.

On August 22, 2005, as a result of the lawsuit, CHP adopted a new policy that respects the rights of qualified patients to possess and transport medical cannabis. The new settlement agreement – signed by CHP officials and counsel for Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Governor Schwarzenegger – makes binding the policy adopted last year. Qualified patients, whether they have a state ID card or not, are allowed to have either the quantities specified by SB420 or the local county guideline amounts, whichever is greater.

“We’re urging local officials around the state to adopt similar law enforcement policies,” said Kris Hermes, ASA legal campaign director. “Medical cannabis patients have rights under the law that must be respected, and this consent decree acknowledges that.”

As part of the settlement, ASA received reimbursement of $75,000 in legal fees for prosecuting the case. ASA received the money yesterday.

“California’s private attorney general statute encourages concerned citizens to fix flawed policy through litigation and allows for the award of attorney fees where appropriate," said Joe Elford, ASA Chief Counsel. "This case corrects an egregious policy that completely ignored the right of sick and dying Californians to possess marijuana for medical use.”

The new consent decree is at

A photo of ASA staff members with an enlargement of the $75,000 check can be seen at

The CHP policy that went in to effect in August 2005 is at

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Harborside Health Center NOW OPEN in OAKLAND
Posted by Peace&Pot on 15 Oct 2006 - 02:26 0 comments

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Harborside Health Center NOW OPEN in OAKLAND

The Harborside Health Center (HHC) is now open to serve patients at 1840 Embarcadero, in Oakland CA. HHC is a not-for-profit community oriented medical cannabis dispensary, offering:
*abundant, free & secure on-site parking
*large selection of flowers, concentrates, clones, edibles
*full disabled access: lift, restroom, service counter
*beautiful waterfront location, close to parks and restaurants
*knowledgeable, courteous, & diverse staff
*fully secure facility
*free holistic health care clinic

some patient reviews:

just got back from harborside, this place has huge potential. The staff here are excellent. They are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and clearly qualified for their respective positions. Their opening day selection may leave something to be desired but the intensive care grand daddy is top notch and some of the others look pretty decent as well. This is a patient and caregiver collective, they do not force you to designate them as your caregiver in the way many other clubs do. These people are on the up and up, and are clearly trying to provide safe access to medicine for patients while also providing services above and beyond the call of duty. I'd say this place reminds me of BPG, just a lot more classy and a lot less hippy-style(not meant to be derogatory to hippies.

this club is a keeper, folks... the space is clean & bright, with tons of natural light coming in from the windows (yes, you can see in from outside). and the staff is as friendly & professional as they come, too. at this point they've got edibles, extracts, a few clones (jack flash, the odious HMW skunk & a couple others) and a decent though small selection of herbs (a little outdoor, some purples & a few other odds 'n ends). they're striving to have over thirty different varieties to choose from-- a noble goal if there ever was one.
go check this place out & give them the business... they deserve it!

as for harborside - oh my gawd! makes the BPG look like a soup kitchen. We stopped by because we'd heard that they were opening this month and were curious to see the space. We got a little preview (lucked into someone working on the space who gave us a mini tour) and can't wait - this is the club Oakland has been waiting for! Classy, classy, classy. Great BIG space with lots of room in the dispensory and seperate rooms for classes, massage, counseling, etc. If the herb lives up to the space I may just park my car in their big 'ole lot and move into it.

I was able to visit the ultra clean, brand new facility @ Harborsie health center 1840 embarcadero in oakland and I was highly impressed. Upon entrance I was greeted in with a handshake and after being properly checked by security I was instructed into there oreintation room. It was a painless verification process and although I had ocbc my compadre had medicann and his sf card and was able to get verification painless as well. The staff was courteous and they seemed like they were eager to get to helping me.

Med selection:

About 15 different varieties (could be more)

8ths range from $50-60 donation and they have some great concentrates as well. I purchased some Intensive care granddady Purple that was topnotch both in curing and effect.The jarred meds they sell are all sealed and weigh 3.5 grams (checked on my scale at home)

They also had some killer sour deisel best i'd seen in a long time for 55 and some odd 5 purple strains,

For patients on a budget they had purple budlets wich were the same purple nugs they had just smaller for 30$ quite a deal if you ask me..

and for you edible fans they had the standard butter bros products and a couple extras Im sure once they get going they will have a lot more..

Overall Vibe:

Im glad they gave these people the permits to operate this faciltiy because they seem really decdicated to helping patients they have such a huge facility with holistic massage rooms, really nice clean bathrooms and the best part is that the counters. the counters are sort of magnified i guess in wich the buds are very visible and sit on nice glass plates wich are very visible unlike some places where you gotta bend down and get on your knees to look at whats in the bottom of the case.. The place really gives off a more medical vibe than most places and they had a kinda spiritual vibe that i dug in there..

overall Im glad that this place is the feauture of oaksterdamm and I know once the secret gets out this place will be flooded with business..

bottom line:

If your in oakland this is the place..easy freeway acess,good staff and most importantly good meds..



Phone: 510- 533-0147
Address: 1840 Embarcadero, Oakland CA 94606

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Agents Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Posted by Peace&Pot on 04 Oct 2006 - 17:37 0 comments

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Agents Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensary

(CBS) PALM SPRINGS Federal and local officers converged on a medical marijuana dispensary in Palm Springs Wednesday to execute a search warrant, authorities said.

The warrant was being served at 1733 N. Palm Canyon Drive by officers with the Palm Springs Narcotics Task Force and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the DEA's Sarah Pullen.

The raid came one day after the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to formally ban marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated county areas, which does not apply to city areas like Palm Springs.

Supervisor Roy Wilson, who represents the area around Palm Springs and eastward to Blythe, was the lone dissenter. He said the county ban is in defiance of state law that requires local governments to establish ways for patients to obtain "medical" marijuana.

The supervisors stopped short of an outright prohibition on marijuana-growing cooperatives, but did ban the distribution of marijuana to "caregivers," qualified patients or patients with a state identification card even at marijuana-growing co-ops that are legal under California law.

Riverside County also joined San Diego and San Bernardino counties in a court challenge of state medical marijuana laws, which are at odds with federal law, which bans the sale of marijuana.

Supervisor **** Stone, a former pharmacist, said the board is seeking clarity in the courts about conflicting state and federal laws.

Voters in 12 states, including California, have decriminalized medical marijuana.

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Federal Agents Make Multiple Marijuana Raids In SF
Posted by Peace&Pot on 03 Oct 2006 - 16:48 0 comments

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Federal Agents Make Multiple Marijuana Raids In SF

October 3, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal drug enforcement agents Tuesday raided a medical cannabis dispensary in San Francisco's Mission District.

The raid happened at Mission Caregivers, located at 1756 Mission St.

Federal police and drug enforcement agents loaded into a van computers, printers and boxes labeled "MJ & Hash" at about 1 p.m. after raiding the dispensary.

According to a federal agent who did not give his name, the raid was part of a "large-scale trafficking" operation and also part of an ongoing investigation.

Kevin Reed, the owner of the now-defunct Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary and who was at the raid, said that several patients were lined up and taken away in handcuffs.

"At least half of the dispensaries in San Francisco are closing down because of (this) raid," he said.

The DEA said it performed multiple searches Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan was at the raid. He said he needs to get out more and be on scene, which is why he appeared at one of Tuesday's raids.

Four people were arrested and one person was detained during the raids, NBC11 reported.

Members of the community protested on the streets during the Mission Street raid.

At least 20 protestors and members of the community stood outside and chanted "DEA, go away!" and "Patients rights!" on the street outside Mission Caregivers, at 1756 Mission St.

Four arrested in raid of S.F. pot dispensary

Demian Bulwa and Marisa Lagos
SF Chronicle
October 3, 2006

(10-03) 13:23 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco was raided by federal agents this morning, authorities said.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Casey McEnry would not offer details of the "law enforcement action," citing a sealed search warrant. She said the warrant was served at 10 a.m. at a "marijuana distribution center," but refused to give an address.

At 12:45 p.m., federal agents brought five people out of the front door of 790 Tennessee St., a brick and stucco warehouse building with blacked-out windows and at least three surveillance cameras on the outside.

A federal agent at the scene indicated that three men and a woman had been arrested and another woman had been detained for questioning.

Neighbors said there has been a long-standing rumor -- fueled by the smell of cannabis -- that marijuana was being grown in the building, which is located just off 19th Street east of Highway 280.

The building has a logo hung outside leftover from a former business, but no other signage.

Under Proposition 215, passed by voters in 1996, it is legal in California to use medicinal marijuana with the recommendation of a doctor, and San Francisco is home to a number of marijuana clubs.

Federal anti-drug laws, however, contain no such exemption for cannabis.

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Pot Busts Exceed Arrests for Violent Crimes Nationally
Posted by Peace&Pot on 30 Sep 2006 - 08:42 0 comments

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Pot Busts Exceed Arrests for Violent Crimes Nationally

by Megan Tady

Sept. 21 - A person is arrested for a marijuana-related crime every 40 seconds in the United States, according to data from an FBI report released this week.

The annual Uniform Crime Report announced that a record 786,545 marijuana-related arrests were made in 2005. The number comprised almost 43 percent of all drug arrests in the country and exceeded the total number of arrests for all violent crimes in the US.

Eighty-seven percent of the marijuana-related arrests were for possession of the drug.

"These numbers belie the myth that police do not target and arrest minor marijuana offenders," said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), in a press statement. "This effort is a tremendous waste of criminal-justice resources that diverts law enforcement personnel away from focusing on serious and violent crime."

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Federal Raids on Modesto Medical Marijuana Dispensary Spark Statewide Protests
Posted by Peace&Pot on 28 Sep 2006 - 18:47 0 comments

marijuana info for medical users with strain and grow faq inside For Immediate Release–September 29, 2006 Contact: Rebecca Saltzman 510-251-1856 x308

Federal Raids on Modesto Medical Marijuana Dispensary Spark Statewide Protests
Patients and supporters Outraged, Call for Immediate End to Harassment

OAKLAND—Medical marijuana patients and advocates will be protesting at federal buildings and DEA offices across California at noon tomorrow in response to federal raid on Wednesday in Modesto, California. Federal agents, acting in concert with Modesto police, closed the California Healthcare Collective, arresting four of its staff and creating a crisis of access for medical cannabis patients in Modesto.

City officials report that the DEA and the City of Modesto had been cooperating in an investigation of the dispensary and its operators for more than a year before the raid. This investigation raises concerns with the community due to the fact that the city was also negotiating to allow the collective to remain open during that time.
The City of Modesto had adopted a ban on dispensaries in December 2005. Yet, a provision within the ordinance allowed non-profits to exist. The CHC is a non-profit corporation, and per the ordinance was allowed to continue operating. After the ordinance went into effect in July 2006, attorneys for CHC negotiated an agreement with the Modesto City Attorney to ensure that no enforcement action would be taken against the dispensary.

On September 19, a day before the raids, the Modesto City Council voted to repeal the non-profit provision, thereby prohibiting the dispensary's operation. The subsequent raids indicate bad faith on the part of the city, in spite of claims that the timing was a coincidence.

“Modesto should be adopting regulations that work rather than helping the DEA attack medical cannabis patients,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, the medical cannabis advocacy group. “We have some real questions about the legality of the city’s actions and we are currently conducting our own investigation.”

The four arrested face federal charges that could result in sentences up to life in prison. Because they have been charged with federal, and not state offenses, the defendants will be prohibited from including any reference to medical marijuana during their prosecution.

WHO: Medical cannabis patients and supporters
WHAT: Protest against federal raids on medical cannabis dispensaries
WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2006 at 12:00 noon
WHERE: DEA offices and federal buildings statewide (see below for addresses)

Modesto - Modesto Police Department, 1010 10th Street
Los Angeles - Edward R. Roybal Federal Building & Courthouse, 255 E Temple St.
Oakland - Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street
Sacramento - Sacramento Federal Courthouse, 501 I Street
San Diego - San Diego Federal Building, 880 Front Street
San Francisco - San Francisco Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue
Santa Ana - Ronald Reagan Federal Building & US Courthouse, 411 W Fourth St.

# # #

With more than 30,000 active members with chapters and affiliates in more than 40 states, Americans for Safe Access is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Grow Class

Enough already! Real Purple Kush will be on display to satisfy public demand! This Saturday from 2:30-4:30 at the bulldog in Oakland we will be unveiling live flowering purple kush in all her purple glory! We will be sampling it after and I know those who came to the Odyssey unveiling will be there to sample the ultimate toking championship! Please note, you must bring a club card to be admitted. No one will be allowed in without one. This will be a blast! Not to be missed.

215 ten year BLOWOUT

Come and celebrate 215 with the folks who made it possible. I remember standing in front of Safeway day after day gathering signatures. I remember when Dennis, Bill, Tod and Dale put a large piece of paper on the floor and wrote prop 215.

Prop 215 Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Sat. Nov 4th* 2006 7- 10 PM. - San Francisco
with Dennis Peron, Tod Mikuriya, Dale Gieringer & friends
Free Entertainment & Food
at the San Francisco Gay Community Center
1800 Market St. @ Octavia
Contact: Wayne Justmann (415) 441-3859
Join us in celebrating the tenth year of California's Compassionate Use Act with the original crew who helped bring it about it, thanks to your and the voters' support for Californians' right to medicine.
(If you can't make it to SF but are in Sonoma that night, check out the SAMM Harvest Dance at the Sebastopol Community Center, 7pm - midnite)
*Technically, Prop. 215 was approved on Nov. 5th, 1996, becoming law that midnight
California NORML (415) 563-5858 //
2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114

See ya there.
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Monday, October 16, 2006

Pro Tibet video game.

Protest the use of the Tibetan antelope by the Chinese for the upcoming Olympics!

Shooting of Tibetan pilgrims

Chinese Forces Shoot and Kill Escaping Tibetans: Take Action Now!

UPDATE: A film crew recorded the entire shooting and their video is now available online

A Romanian film crew at Nangpa Pass recorded the shooting on film. View the video at

Shocking eyewitness reports from Tibet have confirmed that Chinese forces opened fire on a group of Tibetans escaping into Nepal, killing a young nun and a small child. Five others are reported to have been killed when the border patrol opened fire on the over 70 Tibetans who were crossing the Nangpa Pass between Tibet and Nepal. Although 43 Tibetans are reported to have safely made it to Nepal, the whereabouts of the more than 30 remaining members of the group are unknown and it is feared they may have been apprehended by the Chinese authorities.

Please speak out against this atrocity now by participating in SFT's online action appeal.
Click here if you live in the United States
Click here if you live in an Europe Union member country
Click here if you live in Canada
Click here if you live elsewhere

More information including news stories and blog posts covering the incident are available on the SFT blog.

Tibetans and mountaineers describe shooting at Nangpa Pass

October 15th, 2006 | Posted by kate

Radio Free Asia posted statements today from Tibetans and climbers who witnessed the deadly shooting at Nangpa Pass. The eyewitness accounts add to the mounting evidence that completely contradict the Chinese government’s outrageous claims.

Here’s an excerpt from one interview:

“There was no one who fought with the Chinese soldiers. I saw everything and in fact I am only Tibetan who saw everything. I threw my bag on the side of road and entered in the camp of the Western climbers,” said one man, who said he had hidden in a toilet at a mountain-climbing camp.

“I concealed my other stuff behind the tent and put on a cap and stood in the midst of the Western climbers. I saw Chinese [troops] shooting at the Tibetans. All were running as fast as they could in the snow and no body tried to fight back.”

Those interviewed at the Tibetan Reception Centre in Kathmandu also describe the emotional shock and trauma of the fleeing Tibetans. Clearly, these were not people capable of confronting armed Chinese guards. Rather they were ambushed in a manner that is incomprehensible, deplorable and once again indicative of the Chinese government’s complete disregard for Tibetan lives.

“It was so tense and confusing that I just thought of staying alive and escaping. I couldn’t think of anything else or help the others.”

“I think the Chinese fired for about 15 minutes. I felt bullets whizzing past my ears. In fact I felt about five bullets pass by me and luckily they missed me. I was so frightened that I crawled in the snow using my hands and feet. The snow was about knee-deep,” he said.

Judging from this irrefutable evidence of Chinese abuse of escapees, we have both the need and the opportunity to truly shame the Chinese government in front of the whole world.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


When the public finds out about this place, it's gonna really take off!! Get there now while it's still reasonably quiet.

1. Lots of parking. Finally a club where you don't brawl with metermaids as you get your meds.
2. Metal detector. Some don't like it but this insures no bs. I like it, it's a good thing. Trust me.
3. Friendly staff. A big plus. Enough thug clubs out there, Oakland doesn't need one, thank you.
4. Huge bar.
5. HUGE selection
6. Lots of clones
7. Lots of extras. Massage Yoga etc. Alternative medications deserve alternative treatments.
8. Poltical literature. The Oaksterdam news and O'Shaunessy are both available there. There are enough apolitical clubs. It's nice to see a club that cares!
9. Lots of concentrates!
10. A web site. Enough hiding, finally another club that doesn't stick it's head in the sand!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

We love you Dr. Tod!!!

He has an amazing anount of work to his credit.
Good reading here...
and here
and here,_M.D.
uh huh
had enough?
didn't think so
last one
ok I lied
see what I mean?
I told you he did a lot..

Yahoo results were as follows
1 - 10 of about 35,600 for tod mikuriya

Google results
Results 1 - 10 of about 30,000

We love you Dr Tod!!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Oaksterdam history

Oaksterdam: Ten years old and gaining international recognition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Lee

On the Fourth of July, 1996, Jeff Jones moved the Oakland Cannabis Buyer's Cooperative, his medical marijuana delivery service, into a fifth floor office space at 1755 Broadway in Uptown Oakland. This historic moment was made possible in large part by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, who spearheaded numerous resolutions while on the Oakland City Council, eventually deputizing Jones as a cannabis control officer in an effort to shield him from federal prosecution.

ImageWhen Dennis Peron's San Francisco CBC was raided and temporarily closed in August of '96, the OCBC was there for patients with no where else to go. That November, Prop 215 won and patients began coming to Oakland from all over the state. By 1997 the OCBC had outgrown it's original location and relocated to the third floor of the same building. The front office verified doctor recommendations and issued cards while in the back cannabis products, gardening supplies and starter plants were available to members.

Image In the summer of '98 Andrew Glazier, the OCBC gardening expert, opened the Four Seasons Hydroponic Garden Center at 1737 Broadway. This was the first retail space leased in what would soon become the heart of Oaksterdam.

Earlier that year, the federal government had filed a civil injunction against the OCBC and five other clubs. The OCBC was forced to close it's dispensary in October of 1998 while the case worked it's way up to the US Supreme Court.

In December, Jim McClellan, the OCBC's chief financial officer, left the coop to open The Zoo dispensary at 1736 Telegraph. McClellan also operated a large cannabis production facility at the Glove Building in West Oakland and founded the Berkeley Patients Group before dying of AIDS in 2001.

The OCBC continued to verify recommendations and issue cards, as well as opening a hemp store at their new location, 1733 Broadway. The Zoo would move to 1734 Telegraph in 1999 as again more space was needed for the new Oakland cannabis industry that was revitalizing an area that had seen retail properties sit empty and idle for years.
Quotation more space was needed for the new Oakland cannabis industry that was revitalizing an area that had seen retail properties sit empty and idle for years. Quotation

In April of the same year Richard Lee saw the beginning of a cannabis friendly shopping district similar to the Dutch coffeeshop areas of Holland.

He leased 1739 Broadway, which would become the Bulldog Coffeeshop later that year, named after a chain of Amsterdam coffeeshops famous for their tenacity. The Bulldog, and it's founder Henk Devries were raided by the police hundreds of times in the 1970's, sometimes more than once in a week. Today Devries operates nine locations including a cannabis friendly hotel, selling cannabis and paying millions in taxes.

Today the name Oaksterdam is recognized around the world as a symbol of the over-the-counter cannabis culture that emerged here and has gained acceptance in communities throughout the state.

Look for part 2 of the Oaksterdam saga in the next issue of the O'dam News.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Delay in posting...

Sorry folks, I've been dealing with some seriously messed up personal issues from my breakup and I apologize for the down time. Thanks to all my friends for their kind words. I'll be back on track soon.