The Week in Weed 12-8-12 Cannabis News

Graffiti on an Italian Train

Photo by Mitch Mandell

This Week: Parents Defend 7-Year Old Leukemia Patient’s Marijuana Use; Did Cannabis Cure Baby’s Brain Cancer?;Why Pot is Illegal Everywhere; CA Medical Marijuana Users Can Get Booted from Public Housing and Fired; Federal Authorities Subpoena Mendocino’s 99 Plant Program; See the Film Breaking the Taboo Free; Obama’s Pot Problem; Richard Branson Says War on Drugs a Trillion Dollar Failure; Harborside Health Center Wins Huge Legal Victory; and more.

This week’s photo: The only cannabis graffiti I saw on my recent trip to Italy (and the entire country is COVERED in graffiti) is pictured here. This is on the private railway train that runs between Naples and Sorrento and was written over the “No Smoking” sign. The Italians on the train were laughing at my friend taking a picture of graffiti when Mount Vesuvius was just out the window. I gave my card to two of the young guys laughing the loudest and then they got it.  A spirited discussion on the merits of cannabis, in broken Italian and broken English ensued.


Parents Defend 7-Year Old Leukemia Patient’s Marijuana Use – Little Mykayla Comstock consumes a gram of cannabis oil every day. She’s also battling leukemia—and her embattled parents tell Winston Ross it’s ‘amazing’ how much the marijuana has helped their daughter.

Did Cannabis Cure Baby’s Brain Cancer? — Dr. William Courtney talks about his youngest patient’s “miracle cure.”


Why Pot is Illegal Everywhere — Mother Jones reports on the international treaty keeping marijuana illegal the world over.

Obama’s Pot ProblemRolling Stone weighs in on the feds options now that two states have legalized marijuana.

Federal Authorities Subpoena Mendocino’s 99 Plant Program — A federal grand jury is demanding information about Mendocino County’s 9.31 medical marijuana zip tie program, including names of participants and the amount of money Mendocino County made from it.  Local officials remain unclear as to the motivations behind issuing the subpoena.

CA Medical Marijuana Users Can Get Booted from Public Housing and Fired — Medical marijuana users enjoy protection from criminal prosecution under California law — but that’s about it.  A medical cannabis patient can be fired solely for using the preferred drug, and any medical marijuana user living in public housing can be evicted at any time.

Richard Branson Says War on Drugs a Trillion Dollar Failure — Sir Richard Branson weighs in on the trillion dollar failure that is the “War on Drugs” in this insightful article.

Harborside Health Center Wins Huge Legal Victory — Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, widely considered the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary, was handed a huge legal victory Friday when a superior court judge ruled that their landlord cannot evict the business on the grounds that it violates federal law.

Record 58% of Americans Believe Marijuana Should be Legal — According to a national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from November 30 to December 2, a record high 58 percent of American voters said they think marijuana should be made legal, compared to only 39 percent who do not. In addition, 50 percent of respondents said they think marijuana will become legal under federal law within the next 10 years.


Former Microsoft Manager to Open the “Neiman Marcus” of Marijuana — Jamen Shively is looking to cash in on the green.  The former Microsoft manager told Seattle’s KIRO that he’s planning on getting into the “premium marijuana” business now that weed is legal in Washington.  “By creating the category of premium marijuana, we want to position it similar to a fine cognac, a fine brandy, a fine cigar,” Shively told KIRO’s Amy Clancy.


See the Film Breaking the Taboo Free — Narrated by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, “Breaking the Taboo” is produced by Sam Branson’s indie Sundog Pictures and Brazilian co-production partner Spray Filmes and was directed by Cosmo Feilding Mellen and Fernando Grostein Andrade. Featuring interviews with several current or former presidents from around the world, such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years.  In order for as many people as possible to see this important film, it has been released, free, on You Tube!


White House Petition to Pardon Montana’s Chris Williams – Chris Williams is a Montana man who opened up a Medical Marijuana production facility after 62% of voters approved the law in his state. Chris William’s operated his facility according to the law that was passed by Montana voters.  However, his facility was raided by the Federal Government in March of 2011, and he was charged for operating the grow facility.  Mr. Williams was convicted and is facing 80 years in prison. He has been offered numerous plea deals to reduce his sentence, but has refused them because he believes he has committed no crime.  Mr. William’s sentence, a sentence that will take him away from his family for the rest of his life, is most certainly cruel and unusual.  Tell the White House to grant Williams a full and complete pardon.

Tell Your Representatives to Respect States’ Rights on Marijuana — Urge your legislators to support a new bill in Congress that would enable the states to implement their own marijuana laws free from federal interference.


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