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18 Coachella Music Festival
22| Grower’s Grove by Josh Kaplan
Warm up with the desert heat and hot musical line up at one of the best concert festivals of the year!!
22 | 5 Bars with Bomb Beer by Cloey Kelly
34 Cooking It Up
47 | Strain Review: Blue Dream
St. Patrick’s Day and yummy snack edible recipes from Chef Herb.
40 | Around the State by Gary Hiller
56 | LA Live Music Preview by Michael Dillon
44 Cheryl Shuman
62 | LA Happy Hours
Exec. Dir. of Beverly Hills NORML90210.org -- fighting for a cause while fighting for her life -- an amazing interview with an amazing woman.
66 | Building the Perfect THC Cookie by Cloey Kelly
80 Orange County’s Own
76 | DVD Roundup
David Herrick a pioneer in the fight for Prop 215, is still crusading for legalization and proper regulation of the cannabis industry.
86 | We Dig This By Josh Kaplan
86 Legislative Are we really in the 21st century. It feels like our own lawmakers are living in the past and not in touch with the times. 6 kush
72 | Chasing Mulholland by J Mark Sternberg
90 | Dailybuds.com Dispensary Directory
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certainly not a new concept to want to have your constitutional rights upheld, not to mention not having them wiped out by a bunch of misinformed bureaucrats with a pen in their hands. Why do we as medical marijuana patients feel like we are living in the age of McCarthyism or the Salem Witch Hunts? Patients rights to medical privacy are being eroded faster then all of the lawyers in California can react. As NIMBY’s* in cities throughout California discuss whether or not to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in their backyards, Governor Schwarzenegger is now pushing for a debate on legalizing recreational marijuana. A Petaluma special interest group has contacted Sonoma State University about adding medical marijuana programs to their curriculum. Topical to say the least medical marijuana and marijuana in general has taken over daily conversations and is so commonplace now that we find it on the cover of Fortune Magazine, on the full panel discussions on CNBC, and sometimes even supplanting stories about the economic crisis, Haiti, or other such significant and important issues of today. So why is there still so much controversy? Proponents claim that legalizing marijuana could help to balance the state budget. Betty Yee, chair of the State Board of Equalization, estimates that a regulated marijuana industry could yield California as much as $1.3 billion in annual tax revenue.
In the worst recession since the great depression of 1929, the City of Los Angeles, plans on closing down 1000 businesses.
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So what’s happening in Southern California you ask? Well to start, in the second largest city in the country, the Los Angeles City Council has passed an ordinance that will shut down over 1000 dispensaries, and cause 95% of the remaining dispensaries to move. Yes you read it right, in the worst recession since the great depression of 1929, the City of Los Angeles, plans on closing down 1000 businesses. Instead of following the 81% of the voters in this state who favor legalizing and taxing marijuana the same way we tax liquor and prescription drugs, LA is unemploying thousands of workers, vacating 1000 leased storefronts, and giving our local economy a swift and hard kick in the groin. But wait; am I just talking about money here? I don’t think so! We are talking about them taking away of our constitutional rights, not only without rhyme or reason but without the due process that is supposed to protect us from things like this. Remember, we did vote and pass Prop. 215 in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana in the State of California. Now through a dumb-founded ordinance the city of lost angels is pushing our rights backwards by at least 14 years, and probably a lot more. Let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time before sensible and smart people pass legislation where marijuana is taxed, controlled, and regulated. The tragedy is that in the meantime billions of dollars will be wasted, and these archaic marijuana laws will harm millions of people. It’s up to us as compassionate and caring voters who care about human rights to take a stance and to make sure that the time comes as soon as possible! We all need to seek out opportunities to support laws, referendums, recalls and platforms that support our feelings and opinions. If we don’t, who will? Please join us at www.dailybuds.com and reach out to your brothers and sisters about what really matters to all of us! Kush Editorial Board, www.dailybuds.com
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By JOSH KAPLAN
Coachella Music and Arts Festival known in short as “COACHELLA FEST,” is the Mecca of Music and Art Festivals. It’s also the benchmark by which most festivals are compared, worldwide. Started in 1999 (missing one year in 2000, due to lack of ticket sales), Coachella has come back strong as THE WEST COAST FESTIVAL to attend each Spring. Along with THREE MAIN STAGES AND MULTIPLE DJ TENTS, there are also large art installations set up all over the complex. For those dance-crazed, rave-minded attendees, there is a special area devoted just to DANCE MUSIC - ALL WEEKEND. The hit list of bands who’ve played in years past is a who’s who of contemporary rock ’n’ roll. With such headline acts as BECK, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, OASIS, RADIOHEAD, THE CURE, ROGER WATERS, PRINCE, MADONNA, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PAUL MCCARTNEY & DAFT PUNK, it’s evident that these promoters are in tune with what the people want. After months of message boards and blogs post, the long-awaited reveal of the highly anticipated lineup has been released. It seems that the heads at Goldenvoice/AEG Live have once again put together another KICK-ASS LINEUP FOR 2010.
PREP THYSELF FOR SUNDAY
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Coachella is back to being a three-day festival, this year finds every night filled with great acts from across the musical dial. Among the Friday night eclectic acts is the robo-Diva, Grace Jones - sure to put on a show, given her magnificent performance at the Hollywood Bowl last year. Also on Friday, super-group Them Crooked Vultures (featuring John Paul Jones from the mighty Led Zeppelin on bass and Dave Grohl from, well, you know) brings its ass-kicking rock back to the masses. DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!! Friday night also features the reunion of the oh-so-sweet Johnny Rotten back to the stage with his post-Sex Pistols group Public Image Limited (PIL), but most notably, headliner Jay-Z (Hova, Mr. Shawn Carter) will be poppin’ bottles into the desert sky, bringing hit after hit into the late night. So far so good, right?
Being that this show is in the desert, it can be a long, grueling weekend. It gets hot, and with all the partying going on, some people forgo the Sunday wrap-up in exchange for a relaxing day at the resort pools. This is a great option to have, but this year might find those pools empty, as Sunday’s lineup is just as strong as Friday’s and Saturday’s. Starting with the reunion of Sunny Day Real Estate, even the Emo kids will be out at Coachella - all lathered up in sunscreen. Ol’ skool hip-hoppers De La Soul will be on hand with their quirky lyrics and jazzy beats, while electronic pioneer Gary Numan plugs into the desert sky with his often imitated synthesized hooks. Among other notable legends – and the requisite throwback band -- is the slightly unpredictable, but always great Sly and The family Stone. Sunday night also has the reunion of indie, lo-fi faves Pavement. Thom Yorke, of Radiohead fame and outstanding solo work, will be paired up with bass master Flea for what promises to be a great set. These two are a truly kismet pairing. Head over there early, as this will surely be high on everyone’s watch list.
Well, save your energy kids -- it’s a long three days. Whether you’re partying or not? And let’s face it, Coachella Fest is not only a haven for great live music and art, but it has also become a safe haven for those who “….like to partake in mind-altering substances…..”. Along with the well stocked VIP tent with food and mixed drinks, there are plenty of concessions and friendly staff to make the whole Coachella experience great.
Closing the weekend is a pop-art project called Gorillaz, designed as a “virtual band” composed of four animated characters. In the past, Gorillaz have performed live, using video screens to project their animated counterparts as the main act, further selling their audience on their storyline. What’s in store for this set, we’ll have to wait and see.
Saturday night is chock full o’ great bands too. Favorite spudboys, Devo, are making the scene, as well as MGMT, and a reunion by Faith No More - should be great. Musical genius Jack White is presently drumming in his latest venture The Dead Weather – and he’s always a treat.
Coachella has become a favorite weekend for serious concertgoers, bringing a friendly atmosphere and good vibes to all who attend - so whether you’re a first timer planning a one day outing, or a diehard weekend warrior ready to plunge into the full threeday commitment, make sure you get your tickets early, as years past have sold out.
Saturday’s late-night roster promises to be great -- one side of the giant Polo field finds DJ extraordinaire Tiesto returning from the Netherlands, filling dance tents with hordes of loyal followers – and on the other side, British darlings Muse attack the main stage with their worldly and grandiose sound.
Come early - stay late - kick off your shoes and enjoy the greatest Music and Arts Festival in the world. Once you go to Coachella, you’ll be hooked for life. So remember, have a “Happy Coachella”, and pass it on……. Coachella Music and Arts Festival takes place 4/16,4/17,and 4/18 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio CA. You can find out more by visiting www.Coachella.comor see what the people think about it at www.HappyCoachella.com.
GROWER'S GROVE: “Tips for pruning Tips”
When pruning, keep these simple steps in mind:
1.) The beginning stage
by JOSH KAPLAN
With any landscape, tree or shrub, pruning
can be advantageous to the growth of the plant. This holds true for our favorite plant in this wild kingdom - marijuana. Pruning is the removal or reduction of certain plant parts that are not required, that are no longer effective, or that are of no use to the plant. It is done to supply additional energy for the development of flowers, fruits, and limbs that remain on the plant.
Each time a growing tip is clipped, the stem branches into two shoots, which begin to grow from the nearest leaf axils (the area where the leaf and stem join). By pruning your plants, you will be improving its health, while increasing its value. And let’s face it, the better your plant, the better its value - right? So now that we have our objectives and a few basic principles down, let’s keep in mind the most important factor in all of this - common sense. Basically, use your head, and don’t get too overzealous with the scissors. 22 kush
Pruning a growing marijuana plant is an easy way of controlling uneven growth without seriously harming the plant. Ideally developed from a clone, you’d want to wait until at least two weeks, or until after the first five-bladed leaves have formed (this is when the vegetative stage begins). Many growers choose to wait until the fourth or fifth week to prune the growing tips, to allow development of lower branches, thus filling in horizontal space.
2.) Have a game plan It is always better to plan a pruning strategy for your developing plants, rather than haphazardly clipping off growth on an irregular basis. Each time a growing tip is removed, the plant takes a few days to recover before its growth resumes. The marijuana with the greatest potency is found in the growing tips, and by the three month mark, they should make a high quality of smoke. So again, try not to mess with them too much, and your patience should pay off. Pruning is fine at any stage of the plant’s development, just don’t overdo it. Severe pruning can harm the growth of your plant. Remember, you just want to eliminate the excess dead leaves that are potentially sapping all the light, and blocking other leaves in the process.
Be patient and understanding with your plant (‘node’ what we mean??) The amount of new growth formed with continued pruning is limited by the genetic structure of the seed, and the conditions of the environment. It’s not recommended that you prune every node in a developing plant. Try to prune every second or third node to allow the plant time to recover. Wait for the new node to start growing before clipping the
young branch a few millimeters above the previous node’s newly formed leaves. It’s also advisable to use small scissors as opposed to simply plucking off the growing tips by hand.
4.) Know what you’re pruning Never prune more than the single growing tip, or uppermost node, from any branch on the growing plant. The uppermost growing tip of an un-pruned marijuana plant will always be more potent than that of the top of a pruned plant grown in similar conditions. But let’s not get caught trippin’ on just the top. Let’s think about the whole plant. Pruning the tallest branches ensures that the lower branches grow upward, forming a larger surface area for the light to cover. The clear fluid that often flows from the end of a newly pruned branch contains substances which seal the wound and aid the healing process. Although it is recommended that you remove all dying leaves from the plant, you should resist the temptation to prune too many healthy leaves. Keep in mind that even though it may be better developed, a pruned marijuana plant does not always produce more buds than an un-pruned plant. Another good reason for pruning is to take healthy cuttings from a strong growing, or favorite plant, for further hydroponic development (cloning).
5.) Use “if needed” as your pruning rule of thumb Marijuana growers often prune their plants in an attempt to limit their height and prevent unwanted detection. If you have that type of operation, all of this is probably old hat for you. If you are the average “home grower,” remember that by pruning a growing tip, you are removing the most potent part of the plant, thereby spoiling its chance of reaching full maturity. By pruning all the buds at harvest time, rather than cutting the stem off above the ground, you could easily harvest your plant a second time. One great advantage to pruning your marijuana plant is that you’re lowering their resistance to harmful natural enemies such as insects, fungus and temperature fluctuations. Do not prune any growing tips if you notice that your plant’s health is declining or has started losing leaves. Although smoking your pruned tips is ok, plants should be pruned to develop their growth, rather than for smoking purposes. While it may be tempting to prune female buds during early flowering, your harvest will be severely reduced by doing so. Cannabis indica is genetically smaller and bushier than cannabis sativa, and usually requires less pruning. So remember, be patient and concise when pruning. You know when you need a haircut don’t you? Well the same patience and concern should be taken with your little babies.
Good luck, and happy growing!! kush 23
by CLOEY KELLY Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage of choice for good reason. It can be so many different flavors, delivered by different
methods and, of course, has different ancient histories. As a social lubricant, the fermented refreshment holds the power to get a party started, with an abundance of flavors and spices. It even carries some antioxidants (who knew?)! It compliments sporting events, goes well with many meals, and is generally associated with a good time – especially at bars. Where can you find the best beer? LA has a plentitude of bars that provide a variety of flavorful brews, but here are six of our favorites:
Naja’s Place is on the boardwalk near the Redondo Pier, just feet from the sparkling sea – enabling you to breath in the fresh ocean air while throwing a few back (two of LA’s great draws). Their motto is “fear no beer” and while inside their open-aired joint one has an array of bottles and 88 drafts, with Belgium beer being their specialty. While sipping on one of these exotic beverages, you can mingle, listen to live entertainment, and even dance—all with that harbor view only a few yards away. 154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 :: (310) 376-9951
FATHER’S OFFICE Inside Father’s Office two locations craft beers are the thing. They have 36 craft beers on tap that are rotated seasonally to ensure your potentially new favorite beer is always in style. They strive to master the ‘craft’ of pairing beers with food to further please your taste buds. What’s the best part about Father’s Office? You can supplement your beer with one of their renowned and mouthwatering burgers. That’s right; the culinary geniuses who work in this office have discovered the secret to the perfect burger: aged beef topped with caramelized onion, bacon, gruyere, blue cheese, and arugula, sandwiched between a fresh baguette (yum!).
RED LION TAVERN You don’t have to travel to Germany for authentic beer and merriment. The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake is a German pub where Oktoberfest is celebrated all year round. The environment is authenticated by a Bavarian-style beer garden that evokes optimism, a German-enthused décor and menu, and a wait staff that’s decked out in lederhosens and the appropriate Teutonic apparel. There is also a rooftop, ornamental patio on which the fine beer and bratwurst can be enjoyed. 2366 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 :: (323) 662-5337
1018 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 :: (310) 736-2224 3229 Helms Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034 :: (310) 736-2224
BOWERY BAR AND BISTRO Start spreading the news … Bowery Bar and Bistro brings the personality and flavors of New York to Hollywood – and along with this Big Apple vibe, comes a large selection of beer. This friendly joint considers itself “LA’s first gastropub,” and it was started by a true New Yorker to give it that genuine East Coast flair. While surrounded by these Gotham-inspired walls, you can sip on everything from a nice Belgian pale ale to the ever-famous Pabst Blue Ribbon. 6268 West Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 :: (323) 465-3400
YARD HOUSE As written on their logo, the Yard House claims to offer the “largest selection of draft beer,” clocking in at 100-250 tap handles depending on the location. No matter what type of beer you’re craving, you’ll be able to find it -- and then some. The only problem you’ll have while inside this house of beer is deciding which one to savor. However, the options create a sense of excitement and encourage experimentation and sampling. The Yard House takes beer to the next level and supplies beer blends and draft beer floats, where chocolate stout is topped with vanilla ice cream. 800 West Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015 :: (213) 745-9273 330 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 :: (626) 577-9273
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CHEF HERB whose nickname is Mota, which is Spanish for marijuana,
knows the benefits of medical marijuana and has decided to incorporate his two passions: cooking for peopleâ€™s pleasure and creating gourmet medicinal food. In the Basics, Chef Herb teaches us how to create THC butter and oil that can be used in countless recipes from party food horsâ€™dourves to sweet desserts. This month of March Chef Herb will have another birthday. If you would like to send him birthday wishes you can contact him at his web site WWW.COOKWITHHERB.COM or email him at: email@example.com. If you are interested in learning more about cooking with cannabis or want to order his great DVD series call: 310.462.1649
Saint Patrick day and great winter party food CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE INGREDIENTS
3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet 10 small red potatoes 5 carrots, peeled and julienned 1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges
Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender. Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes. Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.
CREAMY COLCANNON INGREDIENTS
1 pound cabbage 1 pound potatoes 2 leeks 1 cup milk salt and pepper to taste 1 pinch ground mace 1/2 cup THC butter
In a large saucepan, boil cabbage until tender; remove and chop or blend well. Set aside and keep warm. Boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Chop leeks, green parts as well as white, and simmer them in just enough milk to cover, until they are soft. Season and mash potatoes well. Stir in cooked leeks and milk, salt a pepper to taste, and mace. Blend in the kale or cabbage and heat until the whole is a pale green fluff. Make a well in the center and pour in the melted THC butter. Mix well.
IRISH FONDUE CASSEROLE INGREDEINTS
12 slices firm white bread 1/2 cup THC unsalted butter, softened 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/2 pound (2 cups) shredded Swiss cheese 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste 4 eggs 1-1/2 cups half and half 2/3 cup milk 1/2 cup chicken broth
Cut the crusts off the bread slices. In a small bowl, stir together the THC butter, mustard and
garlic. Spread each slice of bread with some of the butter. Arrange 6 slices, THC butter side down, in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine the shredded cheese, chopped chives, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Evenly sprinkle the cheese over the bread in the baking dish. Top with the remaining bread, THC butter side up. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, half and half, milk and chicken broth. Pour over the bread. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover the fondue and bake it for 1 hour, or until the top is lightly browned and the inside is fairly firm. Remove the fondue from the oven. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 or 10 wedges.
KICK ASS IRISH BREAD PUDDING INGREDIENTS
2 cups granulated sugar 5 large beaten eggs 2 cups milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups cubed Italian bread , allow to stale overnight in a bowl 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) THC butter, softened 1 cup chopped pecans For the sauce: 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) THC butter, melted 1 egg, beaten 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup brandy
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. Mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes. In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, THC butter, and pecans. Pour bread mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.
FOR THE SAUCE
Mix together the granulated sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until the sugar is melted. Add the brandy, stirring well. Pour over bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.
IRISH SODA BREAD INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/3 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 cups buttermilk 1/4 cup THC butter, melted
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour,baking powder,sugar,salt and baking soda. Blend egg and Buttermilk together,and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in melted THC butter. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or unit a toothpick inserted into center of loaf. Comes out clean. Cool on wire rack and wrap in foil over night for best flavor
Fun Food THC CARMEL CORN INGREDIENTS
3 quarts popped popcorn 3 cups dry roasted mixed nuts, unsalted 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup 1/2 cup THC butter
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250°. In a large roasting pan combine the popcorn and nuts. Place in the oven while preparing glaze. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, THC butter, and salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, then continue to boil for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla, then pour over the warm popcorn and nuts, tossing to coat well. Bake another 60 minutes, stirring freqently, about every 10 minutes. Cool and break apart. Store in an airtight container.
EGGS BENEDICT HERB SUPREME Three recipes in one, think of the Eggs Benedict recipe as toast and ham topped with a poached egg recipe, topped with a hollandaise sauce recipe. 4 English muffins, split, toasted and buttered or 8 crumpets 8 1/4-inch slices ham, warmed and cut to fit 8 poached eggs 1 1/4 cups (about) Hollandaise Sauce
POACHED EGG RECIPE
Water 1 tablespoon salt 2 tablespoons vinegar (any variety) 8 eggs Bring 2-3 inches of water almost to a boil in a large sauté pan. Add the salt and vinegar. One at a time, crack the eggs into a cup and then slip the eggs, one at a time, into the barely simmering water. Reduce the heat, if need be, to maintain that low simmer. Cook just until the whites are set and the yolks are glazed but still very soft, about 3 minutes. (Wait until the eggs are set to dislodge any that may have stuck to the bottom of the pan.) Using a slotted spoon, transfer the poached eggs onto a dish towel to drain. Trim the edges of any streamers so they’re nice and tidy. (If the eggs get too cold, slip them back into the simmering water for a few seconds and drain again.)
Cook as above but remove the eggs from the water after 2 minutes. Immediately place them in ice water to prevent them from cooking further. Cover and refrigerate the eggs and water for up to 12 hours. To reheat, slip them into simmering water for about 30 seconds.
HOLLANDAISE SAUCE RECIPE
4 egg yolks 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon water 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste 1 pinch of cayenne pepper 1 cup THC melted butter Combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, and water in a small, heavy saucepan. Whisk the mixture constantly over very low heat until thickened. Immediately remove the pan from the heat but continue whisking for 1 minute. Add the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cool slightly. Scrape the mixture into a blender. With the motor running at medium-high speed, add the melted (but not hot) THC butter in a slow, steady stream until it is well-incorporated. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if necessary. To keep warm, place the Hollandaise Sauce in a bowl over (but not touching) hot water, stirring occasionally, or simply place the blender container in warm (not hot) water.
NOW PUT IT TOGETHER HOW TO MAKE EGGS BENEDICT
Start by preparing the Hollandaise Sauce. Keep it warm. Start the water for the eggs. Warm the ham slices, and toast and butter the muffins or crumpets. Keep them warm in a warm oven. Finish preparing the Poached Eggs. To assemble, place a slice of ham atop an English muffin half or crumpet, place a poached egg on the ham, and spoon a little Hollandaise Sauce over the top. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings
EASY CRAB CAKES
2 pounds lump crab meat 2 tablespoons THC olive oil and/or THC butter 1/2 cup green onions, minced 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup THC mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced Salt and ground black pepper to taste 2 1/4 cups toasted bread crumbs (more or less) 4 tablespoons THC butter and/or THC olive oil
HOW TO MAKE CRAB CAKES THAT DON’T FALL APART
First, thoroughly pick the crabmeat over for shell fragments and set aside. Sauté the green onions, bell pepper, and garlic in THC olive oil and THC butter. Cool. In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, sautéed mixture, beaten eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. Pour the remaining (2 cups) bread crumbs onto a plate. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or plastic wrap. Form the crab cake mixture into 1/2-inch thick patties, 8 large or 12-16 small ones. Press both sides of the patties into the bread crumbs, and place them on the baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to 6 hours, until firm. In a large, non-stick sauté pan, brown the patties in THC olive oil and/or THC butter over medium-high heat, about 4 minutes each side. Drain on paper toweling. Serve with lemon wedges or tartar sauce. Makes 8 large or 12-16 small crab cakes.
AROUND the STATE
Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Quantity Limits as Unconstitutional. On January 21, 2010, the California Supreme Court’s decision in People v. Kelly struck down the California Medical Marijuana Program Act’s limits on the amount of dried marijuana and number of marijuana plants a qualified patient can possess as unconstitutional. However, the numbers 8, 6 and 12 (referring to 8 ounces of dried marijuana, 6 mature marijuana plants and 12 immature marijuana plants) remain very important to patients and cooperatives. The court eliminated the right for prosecutors to use the 8 ounce and 6 (or 12) plant numbers as “caps” against patients. In this context, the court held that it is unconstitutional to use the quantities in the 2003 Medical Marijuana Program Act as limitations on the right to use medical marijuana established by the 1996 Compassionate Use Act which does not specify an amount of medical marijuana that a patient may possess or cultivate. The court held that a qualified patient may assert, as a defense in court, that he or she possessed or cultivated an amount of marijuana “reasonably related to meet his or her current medical needs” and not have to worry about the 8 ounce and 6 (or 12) plant quantity limits. This language stems from the language of the Compassionate Use Act itself, which states that the marijuana possessed or cultivated must be for the patient’s “personal medical purposes” (Section 11362.5(d)). In reality, the court merely reiterated the First District Court of Appeal’s 1997 decision in People v. Trippet, which stated that “the quantity possessed by the patient or the primary caregiver, and the form and manner in which it is possessed, should be reasonably related to the patient’s current medical needs.” The bottom line is that the court held that to the extent the quantities set forth in Section 11362.77 of the Medical Marijuana Program Act are used as limits against patients — such as when the government tries to use them to limit patient access and use — then they are unconstitutional.
The court did not, however, eliminate the right of patients to use the stated quantities as “protective caps” under which possession is permitted and immunized, provided that the patient has a valid county-issued Medical Marijuana Program identification card. In other words, the quantities cannot be used by law enforcement against patients, but they can be used by patients as protection from law enforcement. The recently passed Los Angeles medical marijuana ordinance states that dispensing cooperatives and collectives may possess quantities of medical marijuana plants and harvested marijuana “in strict accordance” with state law. What does that mean now? The Supreme Court’s decision in People v. Kelly opens the door for a qualified patient to individually possess in excess of 8 ounces and 6 (or 12) plants if it is subjectively reasonable for such patient to do so based on such patient’s current medical needs. Cooperatives and collectives should be careful, however, not to exceed these quantities unless they are able to demonstrate the reasonableness of the quantities. This is because a patient who elects to possess quantities of marijuana that exceed the immunized levels set forth in the Medical Marijuana Program Act has the burden of proof with respect to the reasonableness of such quantities if challenged by law enforcement. Chief Justice Ron George wrote in the unanimous court decision that “[t]hese individuals are not subject to any specific limits and do not require a physician’s recommendation in order to exceed any such limits . . . [i]nstead they may possess an amount of medical marijuana reasonably necessary for their … needs.” Although the Chief Justice wrote that a physician’s recommendation is not required in order to exceed the quantities set forth in the Medical Marijuana Program Act, the question is whose determination whether or not a certain quantity is reasonably related to one’s current medical needs would be trusted by a hypothetical jury in the event of prosecution? The most obvious answer is a qualified health care professional. Only time will tell, however, whether physicians will put in the time and energy required to learn more about the patients they are evaluating and about the benefits of medical marijuana as a therapeutic treatment in order for them to make recommendations for marijuana use that will stand up in court. It doesn’t help that the California Medical Association (CMA) discourages physicians from providing specific recommendations regarding usage levels. In guidance published in January 2009, the CMA wrote that it “does not advise physicians to specify the amount of cannabis that would be consistent with the patient’s needs” (CMA On-Call, Document #1315, Item 26). Without clear advice from physicians to exceed the 8 ounce and 6 (or 12) plant limits in the Medical Marijuana Program Act, patients that elect to exceed these quantities may be at risk, notwithstanding the Chief Justice’s words. by GARY HILLER
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hen given this assignment to interview Cheryl Shuman - Executive Director of the Beverly Hills NORML90210.org, I was familiar with “NORML” of course, but I was unaware of a very special woman doing such important, noble work. Getting only a slight glimpse of this story by a short clip on the NORML blog, the video depicted a strikingly beautiful blond woman testifying in front of the L.A. City Council. With the calmness of a Hollywood starlet delivering a line, she goes on to say that she is terminally ill, and because she is a legally prescribed Marijuana user, her insurance will not cover the liver transplant needed to save her life. This short and direct speech was as compelling as it’s outcome is disturbing. Maybe there’s a superior strength that one musters up when faced with such mind-boggling hurdles? Maybe in light of such magnanimous frustrations, the bigger picture takes hold, and becomes the focus? These are questions we all hope to avoid in life. Where does one turn, when the walls of bureaucracy come crashing down on you? These are the types of trials and tribulations that might bring the average person to their knees? This is not the case in Cheryl Shuman. When contacted by Cheryl, I was overwhelmed by her upbeat attitude, and positivity. Here is a woman who has a terminal illness, and is taking the time to spread the word about NORML, and the positive effects of medicinal Marijuana. Fighting for a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts, and one that has extended this activist’s life beyond her doctor’s projections. Cheryl Shuman, I commend you. Q: Cheryl, How long have you been the Executive Director of the Beverly Hills NORML90210.org? What drew you into being an activist for such a controversial issue? A: “I have been an activist for Medical Cannabis since 1987. At the time I was known as the ‘Optician to the Stars’, working with such notable Hollywood stars as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more. With my business as a licensed optician, I knew that Cannabis had healing properties for patients impacted by Glaucoma. In my personal life, I first became a legal medical Cannabis patient in 1997. My doctors had prescribed a number of medications for my anxiety, including Xanax and other highly addictive pharmaceuticals. My body didn’t react well to pills, so my physician suggested the use of medical marijuana. I laughed at the time, because I didn’t drink, had
never done drugs, and had never even smoked a cigarette in my life. He wrote a recommendation letter giving me permission to try it as an alternative health choice. It was very difficult for me to find a ‘safe’ provider or caretaker, so that was discouraging. Once I found safe cannabis medicine, it changed my life. For the first time in my life, I felt healthy, calm and able to handle the stress load. Cannabis was far superior to any pill that doctor’s had previously prescribed. For many years, I was a financial supporter to any and all organizations that supported Marijuana Law Reform. Because of my work at the time with so many celebrities, I was fearful of coming ‘out of the closet’ regarding my status as a patient. I was afraid it would have a negative impact on my career and my family life, if anyone knew about my personal secret of using Cannabis. I was intimidated by the negative stereotype associated with being a Cannabis consumer. As the years went on, I learned more about the leaders in the Cannabis movement. I followed the stories of Valerie Corral of the WAMM. org group in Santa Cruz. I was so inspired by this remarkable woman working with terminally ill patients. When I learned about the federal raid on their group, I was outraged, and worked to start documenting the stories of patients impacted by the prohibition of Marijuana on a federal level. I continue to document these events on video, and hope to organize the footage into a documentary film.” Q: How has Medical Marijuana made your illness bearable, if at all? What hope does Marijuana provide you with, in dealing with your health issues? A: “While Cannabis has saved my life thus far, prohibiting the growth, spread and metastasizing of the tumors throughout my system, I recently learned that the mere fact that I used Cannabis as an alternative health treatment, could disqualify me from a life-saving organ transplant. My hopes and prayers are that the cannabis medicine that I use daily will keep me alive until the laws can change. One of the most difficult issues I deal with daily, is the fact that since my quality of life has improved, I do not ‘look’ seriously ill. I don’t need a wheelchair, and am no longer hooked up to machines in a hospital bed. My condition is visible through CT Scans, MRI’s, and Ultrasounds.” Q: While giving your brief statement in front of the L.A. City Council, did you realize just how impacting your presentation was?
A: “I had never spoken in front of city council. I had to fight back tears and emotions, but when my name was called, I tried to condense a lifetime of experiences in to 60 seconds of testimony. I was terrified and intimidated, but felt like I had to say something. I had no idea that video cameras were capturing my testimony and I certainly had no idea that the video would be spread virally throughout the Internet and make it to other news outlets. It appears that people are responding and I’m happy to try to make a difference. After the hearing, I had to return to my home to recover for a few weeks. Now I realize that we need to educate the mainstream as to how these laws are truly impacting patients, families, and the community as a whole. Each day we receive hundreds of emails and phone calls asking for guidance on the latest regulations. The legal system is confusing at best. We need to clarify concise, and consistent legislation.” Q: Are people with medical Marijuana prescriptions really being discriminated against for their Marijuana smoking? A: “Medical Cannabis patients are discriminated against each and every day. They are losing their insurance. They are losing their jobs. They are losing their homes. They are losing their children. Why? Discrimination from employers, landlords, and government agencies forcing these people to be ruined by the current laws.” Q: Cheryl, You and NORML90210.org’s co-founder Frederic Rhoades are featured keynote speakers at Hempcon coming to the L.A. Convention Center Feb 19th -21st , and at the San Francisco San Mateo Event Center, Aug 6th -8th. Can you tell me a little bit about what issues you’ll be covering at these two events? A: “Beverly Hills NORML90210.org is thrilled to be working with the respected production team of Mega Productions with the 2010 Premiere event of HempCon.com and the Medical Marijuana Show on February 19th, 20th & 21st at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We are expecting 150,000 people to attend the event and learn about the latest legal news impacting collectives and patients. There will also be educational seminars specifically for women wishing to join the cannabis reform movement, build cannabis related businesses and become politically active.” Q: As an activist, and spokeswoman for the NORML causes, what messages would you like people to take from you, and NORML?
A: “We support the full legalization for responsible adult use of Marijuana throughout the nation. With my health issues, I am working towards full legalization in my lifetime, which is ‘immediate‘. It is my support and belief that with the TaxCannabis2010 initiative on the ballot, we have enormous momentum in California to pass this bill in the fall. Every ounce of my energy will be working to educate the public, motivating them go get out and VOTE this law into effect - statewide. It is my strong belief that California leads the world in Cannabis politics, therefore, I believe that the moment we pass legalization in California, there will be a domino effect spreading throughout the other states.” “When we have full legalization, with a tax and regulate business model, the world will see the true benefits of this miraculous plant. We will see health improved for millions not only through cannabis medicines, but through the funding of educational programs, mental health programs, support for our veterans suffering from PTSD and other health issues.” “We cannot do this alone. It takes a village to make this happen. Our mission with Beverly Hills NORML90210.org is to gather our celebrity and media contacts to produce a Public Service Announcement campaign to educate the world about the need and benefits of legalization.” Cheryl Shuman and Frederic Rhoades have worked together starting a small farm in Northern California, where they hope to bring all their focus and knowledge to the business of healing. Complying with the Attorney General guidelines of California they formed “Shaman Therapeutics” a Private Non-Profit Medical Cannabis Collective that serves seriously ill patients in both Northern and Southern California. This is an inspirational time in the history for Marijuana. Sometimes one get’s behind an issue because it sounds good, and just feels right. In the case of Cheryl Shuman, it’s not just about fighting for personal freedom’s, but fighting for one’s own vital lifeline. It’s a shame that the stuffy political side of this issue has swept into the very personal lives of people like Cheryl Shuman, and countless others. Let us thank them for their never-ending drive, determination, and strong will. Thank you Cheryl for all your hard work. You are an inspiration to many, and your efforts will continue.
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A high from the Blue Dream strain makes you feel like you’re up in the clouds. Above all the BS in life. You’re getting work done and making stuff happen. Putting life in motion. Living the dream, with nothing but clear blue skies ahead. Blue Dream is a member of the sativa species of Cannabis. A sativa high tends to involve more thinking, productivity, and increased energy in general. Significant levels of pain and nausea are usually also curbed. And while an indica strain will help you to relax, de-stress, chill out, and/or overcome insomnia, a pure sativa like this should inspire exercise, a deep conversation, or an ambitious to-do list. Fits of laughter and an overwhelming sense of well being are some other nice side effects. (Why is this stuff illegal again?) The physical characteristics of this strain consist of copious red hairs and crystals with a moderately sticky and dense feel. The smell is pungent and dank, a smell that almost gives you a high on its own. Blue Dream is very sweet, both before and after ingestion. It has an undeniable fruitiness. The blue part of its name likely comes from its partial roots in the blueberry strain. Dream is a somewhat odd choice of words, considering sleep is not often a part of the package. Day dreaming was probably the inspiration. Alternatively, with an indica you’re likely to dream while sleeping, although you probably won’t remember those dreams upon awakening. On the darker side of the Blue Dream, and sativa for that matter, many people become overwhelmed with paranoia, anxiety, and an increased heart rate. This can be a bit frightening, but shouldn’t last more than 10-15 minutes. An indica’s negatives would likely point towards laziness, forgetfulness, and a lack of motivation. Depending on what you’re needing, these negatives can quickly become refreshing positives. Marijuana is a person-to-person, situation-to-situation, strain-to-strain experience. Your high will often depend on the mental state, physical condition, and environment you bring to the table. And of course, one’s genetic makeup and health are undeniable factors. But when everything is right and you know it, it’s alllll good... and you know it. Overall a very pleasant experience is in store for the Blue Dream toker. It is a fairly cheap sativa, averaging around $45 for an eighth at most established dispensaries.
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With the glorious, un-glamorous festival season just over the horizon, a lot of us are itching to see some live tunes now. And while nothing will get your aural juices flowing like Coachella, Bonnaroo, or the other great music fests, there is still plenty to see & hear in the City of Angels. Here are a few sweet shows to get you warmed up for the fast approaching spring time! by MICHAEL DILLON
Los Lonely Boys 2.16.10 @ Wiltern (Wilshire/Vermont) With influences from hip hop, electronic, rock, blues and jazz, The Garza brothers that make up Los Lonely Boys are from San Angelo, Texas. They recorded their self titled breakout album in Willie Nelson’s Austin studio and haven’t looked back since. Their 2008 album Forgiven was recorded in a three session live setting, and their live show has always been held in high regard. Fans can expect some good old fashioned Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roll @ the Wiltern on Feb 16th. www.loslonelyboys.com
Fitz & The Tantrums 2.19.10 @ the Echo (Echo Park) One day, Fitz’s ex-girlfriend called with news about an old church organ that her neighbor was selling for 50 bills. “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” was written that same night, using the pain of the split as inspiration and the organ to create their debut EP, Songs For A Break-Up Vol. 1. With touches of 60’s Soul, Motown, and early Hall & Oates, this show should be a real floor burner. www.fitzandthetantrums.com
Mariah Carey 2.23.10, 2.24.10 @ Gibson Amphitheater (Universal City) Dreamlover. Radio nightmare. Wet dream. Whatever place Mimi holds in your heart and head, she’s still killin’ the pop game and brings her almost-40 hotness to the Gibson in February for two magical nights.
Mariah is touring in support of her 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which was written and produced with TheDream and Tricky Stewart. www.mariahcarey.com
Jason Mraz 2.27.10 @ Terrace Theater (Long Beach) Floating around in cyber space, Jason Mraz has a sweet “Billie Jean” remix with Nikki Kerkhof. That is only moderately important info, but primarily demonstrates his knack for improv -- which bodes well for a spicy live show. This night down in Long Beach is called Cord Progression, a night of music supporting the Life Rolls On tour (motivational speakers), and Spinal Cord Awareness. Should be inspiring! www.jasonmraz.com
El Perro Del Mar, Taken By Trees 3.3.10 @ the Troubadour (West Hollywood) Sweden’s own El Perro Del Mar and their friends, Taken By Trees, are playing the last show of their North American tour together at the Troubadour on March 3rd. With their super mellow nature, you can count on a delightfully intimate experience. El Perro Del Mar’s hit song “Change of Heart” has been stirring up quite a buzz as of late, so get your tickets sooner than later. www.elperrodelmar.com
Experience Hendrix 3.5.10 @ Gibson Amphitheater (Universal City) The Experience Hendrix Tour is held in honor of the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Participating legends on this tour are Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith), Doyle Bramhall II, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Double Trouble’s Chris Layton, and bassist Billy Cox who first met Jimmy in the Army played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. Hendrix songs performed throughout the show with the kind of passion that does him justice. www.experiencehendrixtour.com
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Boyz II Men 3.6.10 @ Club Nokia (LA Live) Since Cooleyhighharmony, the Motown legends that are Boyz II Men have pretty much defined bedroom romance R&B. It’s not quite the end of the road for the Boyz, as they celebrate 20 years together in 2010. And in case you haven’t been paying attention, they recently released a Randy Jackson produced album with a name that pretty much sums up the Men: Love. www.boyzIImen.com
Little Boots, Dragonette, Fan Death 3.10.10 @ El Rey (Wilshire) England’s Little Boots and Toronto’s Dragonette are briefly touring the Western states before hitting Coachella in April. Little Boots has been a bit of a hermit as of late, working hard on writing and creating new music. Fan Death are a couple of bad ass ladies touring the world with Vampire Weekend before this show. The night features a bunch of righteous chicks, so expect estrogen levels to be through the roof... in a good way. www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk / www.dragonette.com
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 3.11.10, 3.14.10 @ the Echoplex (Echo Park) BRMC recently released a 3 Disc live DVD with footage from sold out shows in Berlin, Dublin, and Glasgow. Check that out if you need an idea of what the San Fran grown, LA based rock band is all about. They are generally known for their brand of garage rock, folk revival, blues, neo-psychedelia, often coupled with religiously inspired lyrics. (See our “We Dig This” story that previews this show on Page XX.) www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com
E-40 3.13.10 @ Key Club (West Hollywood) The rap legend E-40, or Earl Stevens, has been popping out hip-hop hits since the early 90’s. Due out in 2010 is his most recent release, a preemptively titled double disc, Revenue Retrievin’ Day Shift & Night Shift. Be sure to check him out while he’s still doin’ his live thang. www.e-40.com
be merry LA Happy Hours That Won’t Depress Your Wallet
Okay, so the economy’s still in the toilet and money seems to be tight but people still need to go out and get together with their friends. Does this mean we should cut back on our partying and bar attendance to keep our wallets thick? Heck no! It simply means we should find great happy hours that serve up tasty cocktails and grub for a fraction of the price. And, lucky for us L.A. residents, many of the bars and restaurants in the area offer affordable happy hours to keep our spirits and funds high. Here are just a few: Barney’s Beanery
Barney’s Beanery first ignited a spark in West Hollywood in 1920 by offering free beer to the thirsty travelers in exchange for their license plates, and since then this blaze has spread to Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Burbank. Each of these four locations heat up the LA nightlife, and they offer their own sizzling happy hours, along with a hot line-up of activities such as Wii bowling tournaments, Guitar Hero rock-offs, and karaoke nights. Don’t worry—you won’t find a singing purple dinosaur at Barney’s karaoke! However, you will find a weekday happy hour from 4-7pm that supplies $3.50 beer of the month and $5.00 premium drinks (available at some locations), and discounted appetizers (Did someone say chicken fingers, Irish nachos, mozzarella sticks, and fried zucchini?). Some locations extend 1 kush 62 kushL.A.
their HH to the weekend and late night, so check in with your local Barney’s to join in on the fun and save money while doing so! Hollywood: 8447 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90069 Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91105 Santa Monica: 1351 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401 Burbank: 250 N 1st St Burbank, CA 91502 (818) 524-2912
Within the Los Angeles metropolis, there lies a distinct territory of flavor and deals. While situated in this Ciudad, you can immerse yourself in flavors from South and Central America, Cuba, Spain, and Portugal, and enjoy the lush and trendy scenery. As a citizen, you can take advantage of the weekday happy hour from 4-7, known as the
Border Grill Happy Hour and indulge in a house mojito, margarita, sangria, select beer and wine, and leblon caipirinha for $4.50 (half off regular price), $3 tacos including cilantro chicke, carne asada and crispy potato rajas tacos. For $5 they have a chef ’s special quesadilla or creamy guacamole. They also have entre specials during happy hour. 445 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 486-5171
Buffalo Wild Wings As the name suggests, this is your one stop for wings, and you can enhance these meaty bites with a plethora of sauces from mild to mango habanero to extremely hot. Don’t be a chicken—sample the spicy ones! Nothing supplements wings better than an intense sporting match, and these large locations offer multiple flatscreens for you to simultaneously view all your favorite games. And, if you visit Buffalo Wild Wings between Monday-Friday at 4-7pm, you can sip on Bud Light Wheats for $1.50 and receive half-off select appetizers. If you’re really hungry for wings, stock up on fowl at Wing Tuesdays (50 cents a wing) or Boneless Thursdays. Torrance: 3525 W Carson St Torrance, CA 90503 Burbank: 127 E Palm Ave Burbank, CA 91502
The Cellar The Cellar is a hidden treasure within a sea of buildings in Century City. Stumbling upon this unique bar and grill is like finding money in your pocket. They offer a lengthy happy hour Monday through Friday from 4pm-8pm (some evenings until 9pm). In addition to these drink and appetizer specials (and complimentary chips and salsa): Monday features $10 buckets of five domestic beers, Taco Tuesday offers dollar tacos (beef and chicken), karaoke with $3 draft beers, and Wednesday they have double well martini specials and $15 draft pitchers. On Thursday they feature $4 margaritas, and be sure not to miss Free Pizza Fridays with $15 pitchers of draft or imported beers. 1880 Century Park E # 102 Los Angeles, CA 90067
Dukes is a Hawaiian inspired dining establishment that’s situated on the Malibu shore, and it houses the Barefoot Bar, which allows you to enjoy tasty fare and cocktails amongst the dancing ocean. Every Monday through Friday from 4pm-6pm, the happy hour wave comes to shore, and it will splash you with ½ priced bar entrees, like a chicken sandwich for $6.25 and a mango BBQ burger for $7.25 (prices subject to change). Taco Tuesdays supply fish tacos for $2.50 until closing at the bar, Big Wednesday Bud and Bud Light draft specials and prizes galore, and Fridays get the party started with $4 mai tais from 4pmclosing and authentic hula dancers from 5pm-7pm. 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
Hennessey’s is a festive Irish tavern that’s conveniently located in the successive beach cities of Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo. You are bound to get lucky every Monday through Friday (4pm-7pm) with $3.00 shots (with the purchase of any drink), domestic draft beer for $2.50, $5.00 CaboRitas (with Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila), as well as $5 bacardi and vodka drinks. They also feature delicious shots for $3.50 (made with Tuaca and Bailey’s), their famous vodka “Sweet Tea” for only $5. Their happy hour nachos are a meal for 2 for $8.50 and they also have a yummy giant pretzel for $4.50. The deals don’t end there; there are early bird dinner specials every day of the week, two-timing Tuesdays, where 2-for-1 breakfast options and burgers are offered. They also feature special value meals for $9.25 which include a complimentary draft beer, house wine or a well cocktail. And, if you really want to party like the Irish, there is a late night happy hour available Sunday-Thursday from 10pm-closing. Manhattan Beach: 313 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Hermosa Beach: 8 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Redondo Beach: 1712 S Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Sure, we’ve all visited a Daily Grill and indulged in satisfying comfort food, but did you know they present a hearty happy hour Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm? This nourishing HH really gives you some bang for your buck (or three bucks), as for only $2.95 you have a choice to feast on a hot dog, hummus and grilled flat bread, BBQ side kicks (meat loaf sandwiched with crispy fried onions), popcorn shrimp, fried calamari, side kicks (mini cheeseburgers with thousand island), mac and cheese, or a chicken quesadilla. But wait… there’s more: for an additional dollar, you can enjoy spinach artichoke dip with crostini toast, seared ahi sashimi, or a chicken pot pie. Yum! El Segundo: 2121 Rosecrans Ave. El Segundo, CA (310) 524-0700 Santa Monica: 2501 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA (310) 309-2170 Brentwood: 11677 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (310) 442-0044 Downtown: 612 S. Flower St. Los Angeles, CA (213) 622-4500 Studio City: 12050 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA (818) 769-6336 Burbank: 2500 Hollywood Way Burbank, CA (818) 840-6464
Please keep in mind that happy hours are known to change frequently, so keep updated with your favorite bar to take advantage of its bargains. The important thing is that you know these hours are there for you, determined to keep you “happy” and satiated. The bar industry understands our needs, and L.A. restaurants are determined to keep the party going, even in a failing economy! This glorious intoxication will last for hours, so try to eat and share the cookies early in the day. Then, enjoy your journey to Pleasureland, where everything is humorous and relaxing, and life is, well, sweet.
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Creating the Cookie
he perfect THC chocolate chip cookie is a round piece of culinary heaven — moist, chewy, and tasty. It has a bit of a kick, but that same chocolaty, gooey goodness you remember from childhood … and continue to crave. The best part is that it makes you feel as good as it tastes, creating an experience that’s simultaneously delicious and medicinal. It’s the ideal “big kid” treat.
With a few of our tips, the perfect THC chocolate chip cookie is easy to create, making it all that more perfect. You won’t have to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen, which means you can spend more time enjoying the cookie’s effects. Before you bake, preheat the oven to 350. To make the dough, you simply mix together a package of yellow cake mix (yes, cake mix), 2 eggs, half a cup of vegetable oil (or Smart Balance oil if you’d like to health it up), and a package of chocolate chips, and then blend the ingredients into a thick batter.
anything else you can think of that would enhance the flavor— follow your cravings! If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could even lace the chocolate chips and create a doubly effective cookie. You can melt some baking chocolate, add some bud butter, put the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet (in small balls), then put the tiny morsels in the fridge to harden.
Adding the Special Oil
Once you have the dough evenly distributed on cookie sheets, and you’re clear about which cookies are “special” and which ones aren’t (very important), bake them for about 8-10 minutes, possibly longer depending on your oven (keep an eye on them). Once the bottoms are golden brown, they’re ready to be savored ... after they cool off of course.
Now comes the tricky part, but don’t fret because even the tricky part isn’t that tricky. You need to make the hemp oil (aka the fun part) to add to the dough, but first, you need to decide how much weed to incorporate into the mix. If you have about a joint’s worth, you can make a few potent cookies, and a few joints will create about 4 cookies (and so on). Therefore, decide how many “green” cookies you’d like to make, and do the math (the most thinking you’ll do all day). Be mindful of how much bud you use to ensure you ingest the proper amount of cookies later. Take the small pieces of weed and sauté them in a tiny bit of oil, just enough to adequately heat the bud to perfection (brown and cooked, but not burnt). This should be done in a small pot on low to medium heat. (Remember: you already added oil to the original mix, so keep the sautéing oil to an extreme minimum to avoid over-saturating the dough.) Look at the dough to decipher how much will get fused with the “fun” oil. (Note: the batter makes around 2 and a half to 3 dozen cookies.) Once the oil concoction is nice and ready, take the appropriate amount of dough and add it to the pot (literally). Thoroughly mix the oil into the dough, ensuring it is evenly distributed and that each “green” cookie will be equally stimulating.
Baking it Up
Eating & Enjoying the Cookie Although the laced cookies taste delicious and you’re going to want to gobble them right up, remember how much weed you put into them, and weigh the amount against your tolerance while you’re munching away. Then, be patient and give the cookie time to work its magic; this high takes around an hour and a half to become fully induced. At first, your unbuzzed mind may tell you to eat more, but ignore its gluttonous pleas, because you know how much you can handle and an overindulgence will come back to haunt you (not fun). However, the right amount will give you a full body high, heightening your senses and elevating your state of mind. And, remember the plethora of regular cookies you whipped up in this process? They will taste better than ever right now! (Be sure you have some milk on hand.) This glorious intoxication will last for hours, so try to eat and share the cookies early in the day. Then, enjoy your journey to Pleasureland, where everything is humorous and relaxing, and life is, well, sweet.
If you’re feeling creative, you can add other goodies to the cookies such as Reese’s Pieces®, M& M’s®, nuts, coconut, or kush L.A. 67
MULHOLLAND Sometimes, itâ€™s hard to spot history in Los Angeles. The old is so often thrown away for the cleaner and safer, or even just the new and improved. One has to look hard at the tarmac in the Hollywood Hills with a pair of nostalgic eyes to see the glory days gone by.
AND AT THE VERY TOP IS By J. MARK STERNBERG
MULHOLLAND DRIVE. Once upon a time these hill roads were dominated by a group
of passionate, misunderstood people. The freedom sought by the Mulholland Drive racers isn’t as tangible as that of a surfer, or any other of California’s well embraced traditions. For better or worse, this is the pastime of the shunned and, at times, the prosecuted. Built in 1924, Mulholland Drive was billed as ‘a gift to Los Angeles.’ In reality, the road was built with the same intention as much as the rest of LA; to make some real estate prospectors rich. The plan was to connect LA to the San Fernando Valley, and sell houses in between. The idea was solid, but, early on, nobody who invested really stood to make any sort of money off of the deal. Mulholland did live up to its original billing though. Originally made out of dirt, it was a motoring enthusiasts dream with beautiful vistas and enigmatic bends. Even in the early days, there were stories of people like Gary Cooper ravaging the Drive in his supercharged Duesenberg after a long day’s work at the studio. The road, however, wouldn’t reach its legendary status until the 1940s. After World War II, the mechanics returned home with newfound knowledge of the internal combustion engine, and opinions on how to improve it. Hot-rodding, at least as a facet of American pop culture, was born. Racing on Mulholland hit its peak from the 1960s through the 1980s. Back then racers and fans alike would come out after sundown and race through the hills. The rules were simple; because overtaking was too dangerous on the narrow public road, one car would start in front of the other, if one car could pull away from the other, that car was the winner. Night after night for years, LA’s amateur racers would come out to prove who was fastest, just for the hell of it. There were serious drivers too. Professional racing drivers based out of LA were said to have taken their race cars out for laps around Mulholland for quick shakedowns when the racetracks were too far, or too expensive. James Dean and Steve McQueen also famously used to hone their skills there.
Each generation of canyon racers had its own cliques and rock stars. There are stories of one Porsche 911 pilot who would drink to complete excess, than rip through the course with savage abandon, throwing empty beer cans at slower racers as he shot by. Some of the stories are sure to have been embellished over the years, but that adds to the mystique of it all too. In the 1980s, the scene became a victim of its own success. With the notoriety the racers had earned over the years came popularity and unwanted attention. Amateurs would come out and push themselves beyond their limits with more and more regularity. The scene became excessively unsafe, even by street-racing standards. Pairing the growing number of accidents with advancements in technology (and, of course, Ralph Nader), a police crackdown was inevitable. There have been more than a few over the years; one, the cleverly named ‘Operation Safe Canyons’, was as recent as 2005. Today the road has fallen into disrepair. Large cracks in the concrete are tough on cars with sporty suspensions. Traffic has become a problem too; the road is often cluttered with star map clutching tourists, and people just trying to commute from their houses. Go out at night or on a weekend and you might spot a dedicated corps who still head out to put their cars through their paces on California’s most notorious canyon road. They are the truly afflicted who stuck it out through the popularity surge that came from the “The Fast and the Furious” movies and the drifting craze. In that, the road almost becomes a perfect metaphor for LA as a whole. Marred by overpopulation and general government neglect it sits as a shell of glory days gone by, preserved in the actions of the passionate enthusiast; reliving the glory days of a past lifetime.
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By DAVID L. HERRICK
“David L. Herrick walks the walk.
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And here he talks the talk in his own voice. First, though, a bit of biography. Herrick is a medically retired deputy sheriff from San Bernardino County. He opened the Orange County Cannabis Buyers Club (along with Marvin Chavez) – the second such club in Southern California to the Los Angeles Patient Resource Center. He is a court certified expert witness who has done extensive work with the Kern County Public Defender’s Office, and has been used by them as an expert witness in medical cannabis use cases. Mr. Herrick was a combat infantry medic in Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry Division 1969-1970, He worked in law enforcement for fifteen years until rendered 100% disabled from a traffic accident, and he has been involved in the medicinal use of cannabis issue since 1995. Mr. Herrick currently works part time for the Cannabis Association for Research and Education a 501© (3) organization out of Orange County, he also teaches classes on law enforcement encounters, and he has appeared on the end-of-season episode of “Weeds” on DVD. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.” (From the Editors of Kush Magazine)
he other day I was browsing through my e-mail, and I came upon a discussion between two very active members of the “Medicinal Use Community.” I got caught up with one of them acting like he was a “Father” concerned for his child. The other author continued with the discussion by adding that although not a Forefather, he felt as though he owed it to the “Movement” to keep an eye open for those deals and dealers that were too good to be true, and, who were more a detriment then asset. Please allow me to introduce myself; I am a man of no wealth and a little fame. I was the first person in Orange County, and in Southern California for that matter, to be arrested, tried, convicted, (using Proposition 215 as a defense) and sentenced to four years in state prison for using marijuana as medicine. After spending 29 months incarcerated, I had my conviction reversed by the Fourth District Court of Appeal for “Prosecutorial Misconduct with Tacit Judicial Approval.” But there is more to the story then just my trial, since it involves the early history of Prop 215 as well as the “Movement” in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and all points south of Fresno and north of Mexico. You see there was the northern contingent and the southern contingent, which was all held together by Californians for Compassionate Use, run by our good friends and well known activists, Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris. Now this was the group responsible for collecting all of the petitions gathered throughout California, and they made certain that the total signatures collected were enough to get Proposition 215 on the ballot. They did an awesome job as usual, for Chris and Mikki are known for their involvement in this issue, and there credentials are astounding, to say the least. Meanwhile, I was caught in an unfortunate situation: In late 1995 I was discovered to have in my possession two, clear-plastic sandwich baggies containing one-eighth ounce of cannabis, each. Unable to prove “Sales” the deputy district attorney decided to charge me with “Possession for Sale” do to the “Packaging.” He succeeded in getting a felony conviction in early 1996, where I was placed on felony probation, given community service, drug testing, and constant visits to my home and business by the County Probation office. Prior to this incident I was involved in a vehicle accident in January 1990. I sustained a major injury to my lower back and discs. Surgery was required, and, needless to say, I got to experiment with all the prescribed pharmaceuticals -- and we know what those are now, don’t we? (The accident was caused by a “Park to Reverse” situation, in which while exiting the vehicle, the door came back and caught me causing me to fall, and subsequently the vehicle ran over me). I was fortunate to have a physician who was interested in Proposition 215, and he told me that if it ever passed, he would recommend cannabis for me. And I was all in favor of anything that would get me off of those pills. Now fast forward to early 1996 and my community service order where the judge specifically stated that I could not do
community service with any group that catered to my “political beliefs.” So off I went to the office that issued the basic community service jobs. I was promptly asked if I was a child molester. I responded “definitely not, I’m here for pot,” at which point the nice clerk handed me a form and a book which listed the various positions available. In the book I came across the Orange County Hemp Council, and immediately called them, and they assured me that they could and would sign off my “Community Service” verification form. Needless to say, I was in the best community service position. And, since I commuted from Hesperia to Huntington Beach, I got credit for driving time as well as for holding “Yes On 215” signs on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach. I collected signatures and registered people to vote. I enjoyed my time with the O.C.H.C. so much that I stayed even when my community service time had expired. It was at this point that the push to get “215” on the ballot became our top priority. We held “Yes On 215” rallies at the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. We held rallies in Long Beach, in Riverside, and every place we could secure that allowed us to vend, or have live music -- and somehow they all came together. ince the primary goal of our little band of activists was hemp education, we found we had friends all over the state. Due to that, the O.C.H.C. became one of the most active groups involved in getting locations, setting up rallies, and getting those much-needed signatures. We worked closely with the L.A.P.R.C. and others, and made certain that we were represented at the threeday seminar held in San Luis Obispo, which was attended by practically everyone involved in getting Prop 215 on the ballot. If I had to make a guess, I would say that fewer than 300 people were responsible for getting 215 on the statewide ballot. It was a one-time shot, and we all knew it, so we went all out. When the proposition secured a spot on the ballot, we turned our efforts to registering new voters, and attended mandatory classes put on by the Registrar of Voters, so that we would be able to register thousands, if need be. When all was said and done, we held an election-night party at a local sports bar in Santa Ana, and watched as it looked as though the proposition would be defeated. But much to our surprise, the very next morning we discovered that 56% of those who bothered to vote that day, voted in favor of implementing “The Compassionate Use Act of 1996.” We had endured all of the lies being spread by then-Attorney General Dan Lungren. We survived the last-minute push to get signatures and the need to raise funds to pay professional signature gatherers to get them. And we survived all the hate and discontent, all the ego, all the animosity, and all the innuendo being made about us that was so far from the truth, that we would have laughed if we had the time to do so. That movement was similar to the civil rights demonstrations, in my opinion. And since I am now 60 years young, I can honestly say that I was a part of both the civil rights issue and the ending of the war in Vietnam. I marched in both Vietnam Veterans against the War marches in Washington D.C. (continued on the next page) kush 81
nd now the next big issue to come down the pike is the medicinal use of cannabis. Its legitimacy as a viable medicinal substance with very few side effects is beyond question, and the science is there to prove us right. With countless stories of tremendous success, I cannot deny the validity of this drug. Yes, by definition, it is a narcotic, but then again so is alcohol. I prefer the safety of cannabis towards poisonous alcohol any day. (The definition of a narcotic is that it must alter the psyche, eliminate or alleviate pain, and induce sleep.) Cannabis does do that and so does alcohol. Some older activists are indeed right when they say a lot of people have joined in these last 13-plus years, and not all of them are nice. Some are entrepreneurs, some are thieves, some are flatout scandalous -- and they need to be exposed. When one comes across these types of individuals, then I would hope that one would do what is right. If you are sitting back
entertainment centers, etc. They file income tax returns, pay taxes, and for the most part are law-abiding citizens. None of us set out to make anyone else a second-class citizen. It was never our intention to do anything but let the people decide, and therefore the push to get the necessary number of signatures became tantamount to fulfilling our dream, our goal. Safe, affordable access, no black market, and legal cultivation. That’s all. Now we see Pandora’s Box open, with who knows how many dispensing facilities, delivery services, and recommendation writing locations, with fees that forces one to wonder, how can this be? How safe am I? And will this discount physician testify in court? Is this discount physician even a physician? And in the dispensaries: is the medicine safe? How was it grown? No this isn’t one of those “my case is more severe than yours,” nor am I professing to be something I am not. The fact remains that we were the second cannabis dispensing operation in all of
We have not gone anywhere, we are still around, still available, still active, still concerned, still keeping an eye on our baby, and still wanting to see positive results, safe access, and affordable, good quality medicine. waiting for someone else to take the flame and run with it, I have news for you: It won’t happen. For you see, even we are surprised we got this on the ballot, much less passed. And if you look at the California map depicting which of the fifty-eight Counties passed “215,” you will note that it was the northern contingent that pulled it out. I appreciate the dialogue being bandied back and forth on the chat lists, because it just proves that this issue is just as important to those who have joined recently as it is to those who have been around since the beginning. I was not in the “back rooms” where this issue was being hammered out. And, yes, I do know a lot of the forefathers and foremothers -- and some people even remember me. But like so many of us, we have not gone anywhere, we are still around, still available, still active, still concerned, still keeping an eye on our baby, and still wanting to see positive results, safe access, and affordable, good quality medicine. It has always been my desire to see this issue succeed, but unless we are willing to regulate our industry I can assure you the governments will do it for us. And considering the bans, moratoriums, ordinances, and zoning regulations sprouting up all over the state, it doesn’t appear that law enforcement is going to let up -- much less local, county, and state government. Face it, they don’t like us, and the ironic part is we are the least of anyone’s concern. People who use cannabis usually have stuff. They have houses, cars, computers, televisions, home 82 kush
southern California back in 1996. I have been around the block with this issue on more than one occassion . Even after incarceration that stole more than four years of my life, I am not bitter, and never have been. I continue to be active. I continue to attend as many functions and meetings as possible and I support the gains and efforts of all involved. Just realize that not all cannabis users are good people. That just because they are involved in this issue doesn’t make them extraordinary. There are rip-off artists at every level. I just hope that in 2010 we can start putting aside our many differences, and start working on regulating, and forming alliances, and weed out (no pun intended) those who are criminal in intent and means. I have worked with too many people over the years to not believe for one instant, that cannabis is a viable medicine, and since we have placed it in to this category, we don’t have much choice, we need to get more States to come on board with their own medicinal use laws, or we need to register every patient that we can, to prove that the numbers do exist. Personally, I like the 26-state theory of “get 26 states to enact medicinal use laws, then what are the Feds going to do?” Hopefully they’ll move it from a Schedule One, to a Schedule Two or Three offense. It will be nice to see cannabis placed where it really belongs for a change -- off of Schedule One and back in the U.S. Pharmacopeia where it has always belonged.
By GARY HILLER
STATE LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE ON-SITE CULTIVATION With the passage of The Compassionate Use Act (Proposition 215) in 1996, California became the first state to decriminalize personal use, cultivation and possession of medical marijuana. Fourteen years later, Los Angeles may become the first city to force multiple hundreds of dispensing cooperatives and collectives to shut down and force scores of others to attempt to relocate within a limited number of available areas. Representing the culmination of years of deliberation, on January 26, 2010, the Los Angeles City Council approved a far-reaching, draconian medical marijuana ordinance by a vote of 9 to 3. The stated purpose and intent of the ordinance is “to regulate the collective cultivation of medical marijuana,” and this concept was reiterated on numerous occasions by council members throughout the course of its work on the ordinance. If enforced as drafted, however, the ordinance may look more like an effort to strangulate, rather than simply regulate, safe access to medical marijuana in Los Angeles. The ordinance caps the number of dispensing collectives and cooperatives at 70, but permits between approximately 137 and 150 of the 186 pre-ICO entities (those that filed with the City Clerk’s office on or before November 13, 2007 pursuant to Interim Control Ordinance No. 179,027) to apply to continue operations, provided that such entities comply with two requirements set forth in the ordinance regarding location. First, such entities must not be within 1000 feet of a school, park, public library, religious institution, child care facility, youth center, substance abuse rehabilitation center, or any other medical marijuana dispensary. Second, such entities may not be on a lot that is abutting, across the street or alley from, or having a common corner with, a residentially zoned lot or a lot improved with a residential use, including a mixed use residential building. In addition to placing constraints that will severely limit where dispensing collectives or cooperatives may be located, the ordinance also imposes many wide-ranging operational requirements including, but not limited to, cultivation, security, surveillance, community relations, on-site activities, audits, recordkeeping, compensation, reimbursements, inventory storage and quantity limits, banking procedures, product testing, hours of operation, membership, signage, lighting, and fire and burglar monitoring. The ordinance also includes a detailed timetable of mandatory actions and requires operators to be in a position to act quickly. The first key
deadline is one week following the ordinance’s effective date, which will be determined based on when the City Council approves a registration fee structure as is required by the ordinance. Remarkably, because City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s office controlled the drafting of the ordinance rather than the City Council’s staff, final language in the measure does not even reflect the will of the legislative body that approved it. This occurred because remnants of earlier versions of the ordinance, all of which were drafted by the City Attorney’s office, remain in the final ordinance despite the fact that such remnants directly contradict decisive votes taken by the City Council. For example, and perhaps most notably, the Council unanimously approved an amendment that specifically rejected an on-site cultivation requirement proposed by the City Attorney’s office. The City Attorney had drafted language that would have prohibited any cooperative from possessing or providing marijuana that was not cultivated at the current or previous “location of the collective.” By a vote of 13-0 on December 8, 2009, the Council replaced that language with amendment “DD” proposed by Councilman Ed Reyes that simply requires all marijuana to be “cultivated by the collective in strict accordance with State Law and this article.” Despite this clear statement of intent by the City Council to reject an on-site cultivation requirement, a later section of the final ordinance (Section 188.8.131.52(B)(10)) prohibits providing medical marijuana to any persons other than members who participate in the collectively cultivation of marijuana “at or upon the location of that collective.” A remnant of the City Attorney’s on-site cultivation requirement also appears in the definition of “Medical marijuana collective” which refers to individuals “who associate at a particular location to collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. . . .” THE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY REJECTED AN ON-SITE CULTIVATION REQUIREMENT. STATE LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE ON-SITE CULTIVATION. State appellate courts have not interpreted the 1996 Compassionate Use Act or the 2003 Medical Marijuana Program Act as requiring onsite cultivation.
California Attorney General’s August 2008 Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use specifically states that cooperatives “should acquire marijuana only from their constituent members” and “then allocate it to other members of the group” --- clearly indicating that cultivation should not, and cannot, be conducted at a single location. And, ironically, Los Angeles County’s medical marijuana ordinance that regulates entities in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County specifically prohibits growing at dispensary sites (Title 22 – Planning and Zoning of the Los Angeles County Code, Section 22.56.196(E)(12)). AND YET, AS APPROVED, THE LANGUAGE OF THE LOS ANGELES CIT Y ORDINANCE DRAFTED BY THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REQUIRES ON-SITE CULTIVATION. Another drafting issue was fortunately addressed at the eleventh hour at the urging of an attorney with the Medical Marijuana Law Group. Although the City Council deliberately expressed its desire to protect the rights of all pre-ICO entities to continue to operate in the city, the City Attorney’s draft only protected entities that filed with the City Clerk on or before November 11, 2007 – two days prior to the 5PM deadline set forth under the ICO. This language was changed at the last moment to allow entities that filed on or before November 13, 2007 to seek protection under the ordinance. Had the language not been changed, entities that filed with the City Clerk on November 12th and 13th 2007 would have lost their ability to legally continue operations. Fortunately, the ordinance expires two years following its effective date, thereby requiring the City Council to review its terms to determine whether any changes need to be made. Although it has yet to go into effect, it is already clear that many changes will in fact need to be made. Even Councilman Ed Reyes who led the effort to pass the ordinance said “this is not the end,” noting “we still have a lot of work to day . . . it’s a living document so it’s going to continue to change.” Until that time, dispensing cooperatives and collectives should carefully follow guidance offered by state Supreme Court and appellate court decisions, as well as the 2008 Attorney General guidelines, to protect themselves from law enforcement personnel who may look to flex their muscles enforcing poorly drafted, draconian regulations. GARY HILLER is a partner at MMLG, the Medical Marijuana Law Group, LLP. He is also Of-Counsel to Fenton Nelson, LLP, a leading California healthcare law firm. He previously practiced corporate law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP, representing companies and investors in a variety of debt and equity capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and asset-backed securitizations.
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