Seattle Hempfest: One Week Until the World's Largest Marijuana Celebration
Category: Events | Posted on Sat, August, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE, WA — For three days in August, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on Myrtle Edwards and Centennial Parks on Seattle’s waterfront for the 22nd annual Hempfest, traditionally the largest annual gathering of pro-cannabis supporters in the world. But following last year’s historic passage of Initiative 502, which legalized the adult possession of marijuana in the state, this year’s Hempfest promises one thing that the previous 21 did not: a victory celebration.
What started out as a “humble gathering of stoners” in 1991, conceived during a peace vigil in opposition of the first Gulf War and attracting a crowd of about 500 people, has grown to a world-renowned 3 day “protestival” celebrating human rights, equality, freedom, and of course, cannabis.
Spanning 1.3 miles, two public parks, six stages, and more than 300 vendors and being staffed by over 1,000 volunteers, Hempfest isn’t just the largest annual pro-pot rally in the world — it is also one of the largest special events in the State of Washington.
With a Special Events permit requiring a $1 million insurance policy, emergency evacuation plans, and safety and security personnel, Hempfest is not a “pot party in the park”; it is a bona-fide political rally whose organizers work closely with city officials to ensure a successful — and peaceful — annual tradition.
Past performers have included well known bands such as Potluck, the Kottonmouth Kings, Fishbone, Rehab, and countless others, with notable speakers including Jack Herer, Woody Harrelson, Rick Steves, and many local and national political figures and marijuana reform activists addressing the crowds.
Read more: http://www.thedailychronic.net/
Sanjay Gupta backs medical marijuana, apologizes for previous views
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
One of America's most prominent doctors says he has shifted his stance in support of medical marijuana.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent at CNN and a CBS News contributing medical correspondent, wrote a post today on CNN.com called, "Why I changed my mind on weed," in which he describes his change of heart that occurred while filming a documentary, aptly titled, "Weed."
"Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive," wrote Gupta. "Well, I am here to apologize."
Gupta says he was too dismissive of the "loud chorus" of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved with help from medical marijuana. He now says, "I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance [a category of dangerous drugs] because of sound scientific proof."
"They didn't have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true," wrote Gupta, citing patient cases including a 3-year-old whose seizures were dramatically reduced from 300 a week to three a month with medical marijuana's help.
He adds that marijuana does not have a high potential for addiction compared to cocaine, or even cigarettes.
Gupta is a faculty member in the department of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and in 2009, reports suggested he was offered the post of Surgeon General by President Barack Obama.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com
L.A. County's 1st Dispensary Shut Down
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, August, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
An Inglewood marijuana dispensary that was the first pot shop in Los Angeles county, according to its owner, was shut down by police today and will likely close for good, he told the Weekly.
Paul Scott of IMCC Wellness Center says numerous police officers showed up shortly after 1 p.m. and raided his store. He told us that cops at the scene said the other dispensaries in Inglewood -- he estimated there were 3 of them -- would also be put out of business today:
Scott said he was led to believe the city, under mayor and former Santa Monica police Chief James T. Butts, decided to essentially outlaw cannabis outlets within its jurisdiction following a California Supreme Court ruling last year that allows municipalities to do just that.
"I guess they decided they no longer want medical marijuana in the city of of Inglewood," he said. "That's sad."
Scott says his shop at 318 S. Market St. opened in 1999. In 1996 the voters of California legalized medical marijuana. The store owner, 50, says he was also a board member for second pot shop in the state, one that opened in Oakland in the mid-1990s.
Scott, who's living with HIV, said he was inspired to open his store because patients like him were suffering and unable to easily access cannabis in Inglewood.
Read more: http://blogs.laweekly.com
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