San Francisco Supervisors Approve ‘Office Of Cannabis’

CALIFORNIA: San Francisco officials have approved a new Office of Cannabis in advance of recreational marijuana sales starting in California next year.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday also directed the new office to analyze disparities that keep certain minority groups out of the cannabis business.

Its other task is to make recommendations on how to keep medical marijuana affordable

Board President London Breed suggested San Francisco follow in the steps of Oakland, California, where lawmakers established a cannabis equity program this year.

The program sets aside half of business licenses to city residents who have been arrested on a cannabis crime or who live in neighborhoods with historically high numbers of marijuana arrests.

San Francisco Prepares For Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana Use

CALIFORNIA:  Expecting California voters will legalize recreational marijuana use next year, San Francisco is assembling a task force to propose regulations for the industry, addressing everything from drug potency to where pot businesses can locate.

Cancer survivors, those living with HIV, business owners and medical marijuana dispensary operators were among the 48 applicants vying for 14 seats on the newly created Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. The body will advise the Board of Supervisors on regulating the marijuana industry.

On Thursday, after more than five hours, the board’s Rules Committee selected 11 people to serve on the task force, postponing a decision on who should serve on three other seats to a another day. The full board is expected to approve the task force members next week, and the task force is expected to hold its first meeting in January.

Erich Pearson, founder of SPARC, one of San Francisco’s largest dispensaries, said the biggest issue facing the task force, which he will serve on, is changes to land use controls to allow for more pot businesses. “We need to determine how many cannabis users we are going to have in San Francisco and how many stores that’s going to take to distribute that cannabis once it’s legal,” Pearson said.

Got pot? San Francisco To Host Medical Marijuana Food Fair

CALIFORNIA:  If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, imagine what a pancake breakfast might do for medical marijuana.

Marijuana is only legal for medical purposes in California, but that isn’t stopping purveyors of pot-infused cupcakes, nuts and other edible forms of the drug from putting on an outdoor food festival to showcase their wares.

The “Get Baked Sale” happening Saturday at a food truck hub in San Francisco comes as marijuana advocates are working to legalize recreational use of the drug through a statewide voter initiative in November 2016.

“It’s going to be legal next year, so if we integrate it now, people can come see what it’s like and have fun, that it’s not what they think and it’s definitely going mainstream,” event creator Jared Stratton said.

 

Eaze For All: Free Medical Marijuana Delivered To San Francisco Bay Area Patients

CALIFORNIA:  On-demand technology service, Eaze (eazeup.com), today unveiled its “Eaze for All” campaign to deliver free medical marijuana to San Francisco Bay Area patients in about 15 minutes. No purchase is necessary. The company also announced today that it is now serving 34 cities.

Any legally verified, first-time Eaze patient in the San Francisco, Peninsula, South Bay and select East Bay areas can order online, enter promo code EAZE4ALL and receive a free one-eighth ounce of cannabis delivered to their doorstep. Eaze now features high-CBD (cannabidiol/healing) products on the menu so that patients requiring medicine without psychoactive ingredients can have convenient access via home delivery.

“We’ve received an enormous response from the city of San Francisco since we launched six months ago. Eaze is thrilled to extend its cannabis delivery service Bay Area wide to provide more patients with quick, easy and professional access. Through the ‘Eaze for All’ campaign, we invite new patients to try a free delivery – no purchase necessary. This promotion runs now through Valentine’s Day,” said Keith McCarty, founder and CEO of Eaze.

To qualify, each patient must submit proof of a California physician-issued medical marijuana recommendation and a valid driver’s license to become verified on www.eazeup.com. Once verified, patients order via desktop or mobile device and enter promo code EAZE4ALL to receive a $35 credit. There is no additional charge for delivery and no minimum order is required. Delivery usually takes about 15 minutes. The promotion is valid for first-time Eaze patients only and ends at 11:59 p.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015.

 

 

Women Grow Presents “Understanding Cannabis Products For Women”

CALIFORNIA: Women are poised to become the dominate cannabis purchasers. Beyond the fact that women control the majority of household spending, women are more likely to be treated for a chronic illness, try alternative health care, and be responsible for their family’s health & wellness decisions. Cannabis entrepreneurs & investors are missing a market opportunity if they don’t address women in their products and their marketing.

Addressing this need, Women Grow has put together a special event for cannabis entrepreneurs & investors of all genders to learn about the needs of female consumers and experience female-centric cannabis brands. The one-time-only education and networking event takes place Monday, February 16, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST) in San Francisco, CA: Tickets and sponsorships are available here:

Pot Start-Ups Get Chance To Pitch VCs

CALIFORNIA:  So you’ve heard this one before: Venture capitalists are in San Francisco to hear start-up pitches. Well, this time the story’s not about tech. It’s about cannabis.

The crowd at the grand ballroom of The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco earlier this week could have been at any tech investment event. Everyone’s dressed in businesswear and talking start-up lingo. But the entrepreneurs are pitching things like a medical marijuana delivery app, gluten-free low-glycemic edibles and $20,000 glass guitars and banjos that double as bongs.

Yes, you heard that right: glass instruments from Seattle’s Sasquatch Glass that can make music or be used to smoke marijuana — potentially both at the same time. I am not sure, as I did not test one.

 

Medical Marijuana Just Scored A Huge Victory At A San Francisco Hospital

CALIFORNIA:  San Francisco General Hospital is making strides in developing a marijuana-derived treatmentfor sickle-cell anemia, a blood disorder that affects over millions worldwide, including 10% of African Americans in the U.S. It causes severe pain throughout the body. The condition is currently treated using opiate painkillers, but researchers believe that CBD, one of the compounds in marijuana, could cure the disease without the dangerous addictive, often lethal qualities of pharmaceutical painkillers.

Rather than administering cannabis intravenously or through smoke, the study used vaporized cannabis extracts, specifically, oils that are high in CBD. After administering CBD to lab micewith sickle cell anemia, doctors discovered that the mice had far less pain and inflammation, reducing the need for high doses of opiates. That could mean that tens of thousands of human patients will be relieved from their ailments without having to turn to corrosive opiate drugs.

It’s making great headway now, but the study was delayed for over a year by the FDA because they wanted to ensure that CBD vapor wouldn’t be harmful to lab animals like mice and dogs. That seems rather ridiculous considering that the FDA has approved animal testing for countless chemical pharmaceuticals and held up a study because they were worried that a plant derivative would harm lab mice. Protecting lab animals is not part of their testing protocol.

 

San Jose Cracks Down On Pot Clubs After Eschewing SF’s Regulatory Approach

CALIFORNIA: San Jose’s current (and harsh) crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries contrasts with San Francisco’s decade-old (and still working well) regulations.

Over the last five years, cannabis club after cannabis club sprouted throughout San Jose while the city’s local government debated, wavered, and faltered over the best way to regulate their pot clubs. But last month, San Jose City Council members, citing an abundance of pot clubs as the cause of a surge of marijuana use in schools, got tough. They voted to enact regulations that would make it too costly for more than 70 of their pot clubs in the city to operate. Only about 10 would survive.

Meanwhile, San Francisco pot clubs rest easy, undisturbed, and untouched — at least by the San Francisco officials who pioneered regulations in the city early on. In fact, the city’s Planning Department has recently recommended expanding the so-called Green Zone where dispensaries are allowed to operate by allowing dispensaries closer to schools.

Unprecedented Pot Study Planned at SF General

CALIFORNIA:  An unprecedented human trial of vaporized cannabis is set to begin this summer at San Francisco General Hospital, Legalization Nation has learned.

Pending final clearances, SF General Hospital Chief of Hematology and Oncology Dr. Donald Abrams will use government dollars and government-supplied weed to see if cannabis reduces the pain and inflammation associated with sickle-cell disease. Such scientific studies are extremely rare, because of the ongoing federal war on marijuana.

Scientists need government permission and government-grown grass to conduct any research deemed acceptable. Problem is: the US government doesn’t grant that permission, and it almost never coughs up the weed.

Court Says Feds Can Police Pot Collectives

CALIFORNIA:  An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the federal government’s right to crackdown on California medical marijuana dispensaries complying with state law.

The unpublished ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addresses a lawsuit from four San Diego dispensaries and a patient, as well as separate but similar suits in Sacramento and the Bay Area.

In the appeal, the lawyers for the dispensaries argued that the federal raids violated their constitutional rights.

The court cited a prior 2007 ruling in rejecting the argument.

Preventing federal enforcement “would compromise a governmental interest in enforcing the law and would therefore be inappropriate,” the ruling says.