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Secret Service relaxes pot rules; California as weed 'sanctuary state'; Cannabis Cup winners announced

June 5, 2017
Surf industry pioneer,, Jack O'Neill  at his cliff-side home in Santa Cruz,Ca., on Thursday April 26, 2012.
Michael Macor | San Francisco Chronicle
Surf industry pioneer,, Jack O'Neill at his cliff-side home in Santa Cruz,Ca., on Thursday April 26, 2012.
SOURCE: Michael Macor | San Francisco Chronicle

Good morning,


The California Assembly passed a cannabis sanctuary state bill Friday, prohibiting local and state law enforcement from working with federal forces to interfere with state-legal cannabis activity. Police strongly opposed the bill. ...

Friday was a do or die day for California bills this legislative session. That includes dozens of cannabis-related proposals had till Friday to clear their house of origin. ... We'll have more what on moved out of the Assembly as the dust settles.

A review in the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences finds, "Since 1975, 140 controlled clinical trials using different cannabinoids or whole-plant preparations for the treatment of a large number of disorders." ... The review found "substantial evidence for the use of cannabinoid receptor agonists in cancer chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, appetite loss and cachexia in cancer and HIV patients, neuropathic and chronic pain, and in spasticity in multiple sclerosis. ..."

Coda: "... In addition, there is also some evidence suggesting a therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines in other indications including Tourette syndrome, spinal cord injury, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and glaucoma. In several other indications, small uncontrolled and single-case studies reporting beneficial effects are available, for example in posttraumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and migraine.

"The most common side effects of THC and cannabis-based medicines rich in THC are sedation and dizziness (in more than 10% of patients), psychological effects, and dry mouth. Tolerance to these side effects nearly always develops within a short time. Withdrawal symptoms are hardly ever a problem in the therapeutic setting."

Social use laws take baby steps forward in Denver.

Northern California's High Times Cup went down in Santa Rosa. ... And the winners are ...


A south Asian ethnic group known as the Hmong is growing big in Trinity County, California, the New York Times reports. ... 1,000 Hmong families are in the hills. ... "In Trinity County, they are reinvigorating a struggling, rural area that was losing population." ... See, pot farming reminds them of rural Laos. … "This is the life that they left. They love it.” ... Just a beautiful, layered story.

The Secret Service will relax rules on past cannabis use in new hires.

Right-wing firebrand Michelle Malkin says 'keep your hands off' her daughter's medical marijuana. ... "For Veronica, CBD provided more relief than all the other mainstream pharmaceutical interventions she had endured, and without scary side effects. ... As a lifelong social conservative, my views on marijuana policy may surprise some of you. I used to be a table-pounding crusader for the war on drugs. ... But the war on drugs has been a ghastly quagmire ..."

Quotable: "Players don’t need to be losing game checks or any money in particular getting suspended for marijuana use." -- George Atallah, National Football League Players Assoication Union Exec

A McDonald's billboard in New Mexico has gone viral. … My guess is the regional sales guys didn't run this one through corporate.


A federal weed crackdown might backfire, two former U.S. Attorneys say. ... "'Nothing gets you unelected quicker than people losing jobs,' said Bill Nettles, former U.S. attorney for South Carolina." ... The cannabis industry has an estimated 122,000 workers.


Sacramento Bee pot journalist Peter Hecht took a buy out. ... Well deserved, comrade.


Jack O'Neill. Surfing legend and wetsuit pioneer.

O'Neill's Surf Shop, in Santa Cruz, Ca., on Thursday April 26, 2012, displays vintage products and a photo of Jack O'Neill in a dry suit,  as they celebrate their 60th anniversary. 89-year-old, Jack O'Neill a surf industry pioneer, who invented the wet suit, is celebrating 60 years since he opened the world's first surf shop, in San Francisco in 1952.
Michael Macor

best wishes for a productive week, dd