Monthly Archives: December 1969

My Take on the Jackson Decision

It’s official – a ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeals unequivocally states that it is not required by law that every member of a collective has to roll up their sleeves, put their fingers in the dirt and sing Kumbaya in order for the collective to operate legally under California law.

This everyone cultivates or else mantra has been preached by the dynamic duo of San Diego’s lesbian District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Los Angeles’s no-one-wants-to-know District Attorney Steve Cooley.

It has always pissed me off that Dumanis has been such a hard-nose on this – marijuana and the LGBT community are in an extremely healthy and beneficial symbiotic relationship and as a member of that community she should know it and be doing everything she can to advance it.

I would truly love to have been a fly on the wall in their offices (and that of Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos as well) when they learned of this rational and humane ruling. I can just see them now jumping up and down and stomping on the floor and thundering “WE SHALL APPEAL.” I am sure they will continue to deprive school children of after-school arts programs by squandering the public’s money on their reefer madness campaign to overturn Prop. 215.

This not-so-surprising decision came as a result of the trial and conviction of collective operator Jovan Jackson. In that case, Jackson was operating a collective in San Diego which was raided by a Narcotics Task Force team. A year long trial ensued with Jackson eventually being found not guilty. A thoroughly outraged Bonnie Dumanis had the cops raid Jackson’s collective a second time and re-filed all the charges.

Manipulating the court system as only a County District Attorney can, Dumanis was able to get the case before Judge Howard Shore, a staunch opponent of medical marijuana who promptly denied Jackson a medical marijuana defense. With no testimony being presented that Jackson was doing anything legal under state law, the second jury convicted Jackson.

The dynamic Americans for Safe Access took the case up on appeal with their attorney Joe Elford successfully arguing that this was all BS. The result was a unanimous ruling reversing Jackson’s conviction and affirming the common sense that bedridden cancer patients don’t have to dig in the dirt to get their medicine.

In summation, this decision does three things:

1. Guarantees the right to have a medical marijuana defense in state court 2. Patients do not have to participate in the cultivation of marijuana to get some marijuana. 3. Just because a collective has a whole bunch of members (like Harborside’s 100,000+) that doesn’t mean it is operating outside of state law.

Unfortunately Ms. Dumanis doesn’t think the decision applies to her as she orchestrated a raid on a collective in San Diego just a couple hours after the 4th District Court of Appeals ruled against her.

One of the reasons we get people like Ms. Dumanis into office lording over us and threatening us is because too many marijuana consumers, medical and/or recreational, don’t vote. Check out the websites of ASA, DPA, MPP and NORML for information on candidates. And it wouldn’t hurt if you called up some of your local candidates’ offices and ask them just where they stand on issues relating to the medical and recreational uses of marijuana.

So VOTE and get your friends and family members to vote as well. Just be sure and let them know who the candidates are that support us.

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Cancer & the Colorful Mr. Eastman on Radio Show

Cancer and politics are the focal point of the Monday, Oct. 29 broadcast and simulcast of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense. Our first featured guest is Roxanne Brown, author of Chemo: Secrets to Thriving. Based on her own experiences as a breast cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, the book is a blueprint for living life to the fullest while undergoing this life-saving but severely debilitating treatment. Of interest is that this book includes advice on using marijuana to mitigate some of these debilitating effects.

Our 2nd guest, Richard Eastman, is running for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council Richard is longtime activist dating back to the 1990s where he, along with Dennis Peron and others, opened up the first cannabis buyers club in the nation.

An HIV/AIDS patient, Richard knows that his use of marijuana is why he is still alive and kicking today. One of the most colorful and outspoken medical marijuana advocates anywhere, Richard will explain why his running for City Council, what he will do if elected to the L.A. City Council and provide some insight into what it is like to be a medical marijuana activist running for the LA City Council.

Join Uncle Ronnie, Kali Smith and myself with Roxanne Brown and Richard Eastman this Monday, October 29 at 6 p.m. on IE Talk Radio station KCAA 1050AM and simulcast on You can also access past shows on the podcast at the website. Listen in every Monday at 6 p.m. to Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense, the show that tells the truth about marijuana.

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From: lannyswerdlow – January 1, 1970

An attorney challenging an ordinance that severely limits a patients ability to cultivate medicinal marijuana and a code enforcement officer whose duty it is to enforce the ordinance provide their perspectives on this hot-button issue on the award winning Internet radio show Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense heard at www.blogtalkradio.commarijuananews. Butte County is in a turmoil over marijuana with growing and water use inflaming passions on all sides. Measure A a voter passed initiative limits grows in unincorporated Butte County of a half-acre or less to an indoor only growing area of no more than 120 square feet and in larger properties to indoor or outdoor growing areas ranging from 50 square feet for parcels less than 5 acres to 150 square feet for lots 10 acres or larger. A letter to the local newspaper claimed Marijuanas high water demands deplete wells. Growers divert water and transport it to stay afloat until harvest season. Encouraging residents to report marijuana grows to county officials the letter concluded that A dedicated team of code enforcement officers make site inspections to ensure compliance. Butte County sheriffs deputies accompany them to assure safety. To find out what is going on in Butte County hear from Butte Co. Code Enforcement officer Chris Jellison and attorney Scott Candell who filed a lawsuit to have Measure A overturned. Mr. Jellison will explain how complaints are made how many complaints are being investigated how they respond to them the dangers involved in investigating the complaints and their role in managing water use by marijuana cultivators. Attorney Candell will discuss the legal situation in Butte County how Measure A is affecting patient access what is being done to overcome the restrictions in Measure A and whether the drought issue is a red herring. Hear both sides of this contentious issue on the newest edition of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense right now just go now or anytime to: www.blogtalkradio.commarijuananews. — You received this message because you are part of the SaveCannabis group. To post to this group send email to To Unsubscribe from this group send email to savecannabis View Archives at — You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups “Save Cannabis” group. For more options visit To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it send an email to savecannabis

19 yo boy killed by cop in marijuana bust

From: lannyswerdlow – January 1, 1970

A Cop Killed A White Teen And The AllLivesMatter Crowd Said Nothing His name was Zachary Hammond. Headshot of Nick Wing Nick Wing Senior Viral Editor The Huffington Post Posted: 08042015 07:19 PM EDT Edited: 08052015 01:21 PM EDT On the evening of July 26 Zachary Hammond pulled into the parking lot of a Hardee’s in Seneca South Carolina. Seated next to him was a young woman who had arranged to meet someone there to sell a bag of weed. It’s unclear what Hammond knew about the transaction but neither the 19-year-old nor his passenger had any idea that the buyer was actually an undercover police officer. Moments later another officer fatally shot Hammond. What we know about how Hammond ended up dead in a minor marijuana sting depends on whom you believe. Police say a uniformed officer on hand to support the undercover cop was approaching Hammond’s vehicle. There’s disagreement about what happened next. Seneca Police Chief John Covington says Hammond drove the car at the officer who fearing for his life fired twice into the vehicle shooting a fatal round into Hammond’s upper torso. Eric Bland a lawyer for Hammond’s family says that the officer shot Hammond twice from behind and that an autopsy supports this claim. More than a week after the shooting Oconee County coroner Karl Addis — one of the few people who should know for sure — has still not said publicly which direction the bullets came from. Wherever the bullets struck Hammond police say they were fired from near point-blank range through the open driver’s side window. This detail has raised particular concern amid a string of police killings in which the official law enforcement narrative has not always held up. As in those previous incidents Hammond’s family is left with painful questions: Was the car headed directly at the officer or as Hammond’s father has suggested did the officer shoot because his son was beginning to flee Was the officer truly in danger Or does the fact that he was so close to the vehicle when he fired indicate otherwise Will the dashcam video reportedly turned over to state investigators and requested by local news outlets offer any answers These questions sound familiar because they’ve been asked before. Many of us have gotten used to asking them. We’ve gotten used to the confusion and disbelief around a life taken so abruptly used to the frustration of hearing an officer’s claim that the only choice was to shoot. Police have released minimal information about Hammond’s killing but with familiar questions have so far come familiar answers. http:www.huffingtonpost.comentryzachary-hammond-police-killing55c0e240e4b0c9fdc75dfda3 Nick Wing Senior Viral Editor The Huffington Post Posted: 08042015 07:19 PM EDT Edited: 08052015 01:21 PM EDT While aspects of Hammond’s case evoke memories of other police shootings over the past year one element does not: Hammond was white as is the still-unidentified officer who shot him. When so much national focus has recently been on the police killings of black Americans Hammond’s race is one reason — though not the only reason — you may not have heard his story until now. Hammond’s whiteness has certainly factored into the response to his death. No public outcry has questioned the media’s use of family photos that appear to show a younger boy still wearing braces. No wave of Internet denizens has scoured the victim’s social media profiles in search of ways to somehow blame him for his own death. Nobody appears to have called for a discussion of white-on-white crime. No stories have been written about whether Hammond’s parents had criminal records or asked if he was ever in trouble at school. At least not yet. These points are no consolation to a dead 19-year-old. But they differ from the reality of what black people routinely face in similar situations. Hammond’s death also highlights a truth many white Americans seem reluctant to face: that police violence can affect anyone — their white friends cousins brothers sisters even themselves. Though bad policing may take a disproportionate toll on communities of color the calls for reform now being voiced loudest by people of color would benefit all of us. Many people in the Black Lives Matter movement have been saying this since the beginning which is why in the absence of much mainstream media coverage black Twitter has taken the most active role in making sure Hammond’s name and story are heard. — You received this message because you are part of the SaveCannabis group. To post to this group send email to To Unsubscribe from this group send email to savecannabis View Archives at — You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups “Save Cannabis” group. For more options visit To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it send an email to savecannabis


From: lannyswerdlow – January 1, 1970

As the Vice-Presidential candidate for the 3rd largest political party in the United States Judge James Gray is a voice that is heard across the nation. The issues raised in his best-selling book Why the Drug War Has Failed and What We Can Do About It have become an avocation that impacts everything he does since ending his 25 years of service as a California Superior Court judge. On this special edition of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense heard at www.blogtalkradio.commarijuananews Judge Gray traces his evolution from a government prosecutor to a vice-presidential candidate. Along the way there are discussions on how events in his life led him to make ending the War on Drugs a major focus of his efforts. From the drug wars almost comedic absurdities to the tragic and senseless loss of human life Judge Gray provides solutions and insights with a rational and humane perspective. With the heat soaring into triple digits in many areas Uncle Ronies Cultivation Corner explains how to protect your plants with proper watering and containers. All this and more is available for you listening enjoyment and edification right now just go anytime to www.blogtalkradio.commarijuananews — You received this message because you are part of the SaveCannabis group. To post to this group send email to To Unsubscribe from this group send email to savecannabis View Archives at — You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups “Save Cannabis” group. For more options visit To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it send an email to savecannabis