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Prop 215 LAW SECTION 1. Section 11362.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read: 11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. (b)(1) The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows: (A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. (B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction. (C) To encourage the federal and state governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana. (2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede legislation prohibiting persons from engaging in conduct that endangers others, nor to condone the diversion of marijuana for nonmedical purposes. (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no physician in this state shall be punished, or denied any right or privilege, for having recommended marijuana to a patient for medical purposes.

(d) Section 11357, relating to the possession of marijuana, and Section 11358, relating to the cultivation of marijuana, shall not apply to a patient, or to a patient’s primary caregiver, who possesses or cultivates marijuana for the personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician. (e) For the purposes of this section, ‘’primary caregiver” means the individual designated by the person exempted under this section who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that person. SEC. 2. If any provision of this measure or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the measure that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this measure are severable.


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WHAT EMPLOYEES SHOULD DEMAND DURING A DRUG SCREENING

If you are using medical marijuana, then you need to pay special attention to another necessary element of each drug testing program. That is the presence of medical review officers. Those officers have a set of questions that they are expected to ask each tested employee. In that way, any employee who has been using medical marijuana can provide the review officer with the relevant information.

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uppose you rely on marijuana to compensate for the effects of a medical condition. Suppose you accept a job offer, and then your new employer schedules a drug screening. Be clear on your rights. Know what you, the employee, have a right to demand on the day of the screening. If your employer has called for collection of urine, so that a laboratory can test for the presence of any illegal substance in your urine, then your employer should provide you with a clean and roomy lavatory space. You should not be asked to stand in a line, outside of a tiny restroom.

If your employer has chosen to base retention/hiring of employees on a hair test, then the testing personnel should provide each “test subject” with a chair. Failure to furnish a chair, when hair is removed from the test subject, demonstrates a willing deviation from standard testing practices.

On the scheduled day for the drug test, you should expect to see a generous number of laboratory personnel. You should pay attention to the behavior of those lab workers. They should bring with them an ample amount of testing equipment. Moreover, they should not demonstrate confusion, concerning the onsite storage of test samples, following the

A wise employer does not want to cause problems for an employee who is medically dependent on marijuana. If the employee’s doctor has recommended use of that substance, then that same employee should not find it difficult to produce proof of that exact fact. The employer, on the other hand, would need to invest a sizable amount of money, if he or she wanted to disprove an employee’s claim.

by Sue Chehrenegar


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Get Growing The Organic Way

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or many organic growers, farming or gardening is a passion. We feel a connection to the Earth and believe it has become a moral duty to protect her and provide for her. Aside from the apparently spiritual affiliation, it’s just plain fun to be out in the sun playing in the dirt and watching things grow--something I never dreamed I would be doing until my wife Pamela introduced me to organic gardening as a way to help feed our menagerie of exotic pets and help distract me from my hectic business life. Organic gardening has been in existence long before the term “organic” was coined. It is comprised of the methods farmers have used for centuries to grow healthy plants without chemicals, which are actually relatively new to the market. The term “organic” has really only been around for about forty years or so. There has been a mindset in the gardening and farming industry that you cannot produce large enough quantities, large enough fruits, vegetables or flowers, or spot-free produce without the use of chemicals. But as our ancestors knew thousands of years ago, planting the right selections in the right way and carefully maintaining them can produce bumper crops of gorgeous edible and ornamental plants and maintain the natural balance of nutrients in our soil. Chemicalfree foods are the best deal for our planet and provide the best nutritional value STEP 1: Pick a spot for your garden that gets at least half a day of sunshine and has easy access to water. Be sure it drains well, or else plan to build a raised bed garden. STEP 2: Clear the area of all weeds - mow, pull and dig them out. Till the area and rake out the debris. Then wait until it sprouts and clear again to prevent weed problems later. STEP 3: Test your soil and build it with organic matters. Then add compost, bone meal or rock phosphate, and greensand to supply nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Add lime or sulphur to adjust the soil’s pH only if directed by soil-test results. STEP 4: Till or dig in fertilizers and two kinds of organic matter. Add an inch of sharp sand if your soil is clay, then rake your soil into beds or rows. Let your organic garden mellow its nutrients for at least a month before planting. STEP 5: Choose an organic mulch to blanket your garden. Pick a material like ground bark that will decompose over a season or two, and dig it in as it breaks down. STEP 6: Start a compost pile and recycle leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, eggshells and kitchen waste into excellent organic fertilizer. Pile up leaves alone in the back of the bed to make leaf mold - use it for mulch once it’s broken down to a dark brown material. STEP 7: Plant your organic garden for success - rely on plants with good local track records. Look for disease resistance bred into vegetables especially. STEP 8: Practice smart gardening - walk the garden every day with hoe in hand to scratch out weeds as they sprout. Look for insects and diseases, and control them at the earliest stages for best effect.

Tips & Warnings Interpret soil-test results with this formula: to apply a recommendation of 3 pounds of an element (say phosphorus) over 1000 square feet, divide the number of pounds you need (3) by the percent of that nutrient in the fertilizer. (The percentage will be on the label; for example, bone meal is 20 percent phosphorus.) Three divided by 20 percent equals 15 pounds per 1000 square feet. Use Garlic Barrier to warn off bugs. Call Jay to have him help you!

by: Jay North www.goingorganic.com


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HISTORY OF MEDICINAL MARIJUANA

by Mark E. Rose, BS,MA Licensed Psychologist

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tested its effect on patients with a variety of medical conditions. In 1839, he published his findings, where he described various successful human experiments using cannabis preparations for rheumatism, convulsions, and severe muscular spasms of tetanus and rabies.

The medicinal use of cannabis never achieved the significance in China that it eventually attained in India, where medical and recreational use of cannabis was widely disseminated. The broad application of cannabis is likely the result of its association with religion, where sacred virtues were ascribed to the plant. The Atharva Veda (a collection of sacred texts of unknown authorship) mentions cannabis as one of five sacred plants, referring to it as a source of happiness, donator of joy and bringer of freedom.

As an assistant physician at the Charenton Asylum, near Paris, Moreau investigated the potential medicinal uses of cannabis from a different angle than O’Shaughnessy. A common therapeutic practice at the time was to accompany psychiatric patients in long trips to exotic and distant countries. During those trips he observed the common use of hashish among Arabs, and around 1840 decided to systematically investigate the effects of different cannabis preparations on himself and later on his students. The outcome of these experiments was detailed in his book, published in 1845 and entitled ‘Du Hachisch et de l’Alienation Mentale: Etudes Psychologiques’, which is considered one of the most complete descriptions of the acute effects of cannabis.

he use of cannabis products for the treatment of human ailments spans throughout recorded history and across multiple civilizations. The Chinese emperor Shen Nung, also the discoverer of tea and ephedrine, is believed the first to describe the properties and therapeutic uses of cannabis in his compendium of Chinese medicinal herbs written in 2737 BC, where it was recommended to treat malaria, constipation, rheumatic pains and childbirth, and, mixed with wine, as a surgical analgesic.

The medical and religious use of cannabis in India began around 1000 B.C. The plant was used medicinally as an analgesic (neuralgia, headache, toothache), anticonvulsant (epilepsy, tetanus, rabies), hypnotic, tranquilizer (anxiety, mania, hysteria), anesthetic, anti-inflammatory (rheumatism and other inflammatory diseases), antibiotic (topical use on skin infections, erysipelas, tuberculosis), antiparasitic (internal and external worms), antispasmodic (colic, diarrhea), digestive, appetite stimulant, diuretic, aphrodisiac or anaphrodisiac, antitussive and expectorant (bronchitis, asthma). Cannabis was considered sacred in Tibet, where its medicinal use was widespread due to the concepts of Tibetan medicine which stem from Hindi medicine, where botanicals were strongly emphasized in its pharmacopoeia. Evidence suggests that the Assyrians used the plant externally for swellings and bruises, and internally for depression, impotence, arthritis, kidney stones, ‘female ailment’, and for the ‘annulment of witchcraft’ beginning around the 9th century B.C. In Persia before the Christian Era, the biphasic effects of the plant were known, with a clear distinction made between its initial euphoric and its late dysphoric effects. Reference to the use of cannabis by the Greeks and the Romans are scarce, suggesting that it was little used by these civilizations. From the beginning of the Christian Era to the 18th century, the medical use of cannabis remained extensive in India, and then spread to the Middle East and Africa. In the Arabia peninsula, prominent physicians mentioned cannabis in their medical compendiums, such as the Avicena in the year 1000 A.D. Muslim texts mention the use of cannabis as a diuretic, digestive, anti-flatulent, ‘to clean the brain’, and to soothe pain of the ears. In 1464, Ibn al-Badri reported that the epileptic son of the caliph’s chamberlain was treated with the plant’s resin, and stated that although cannabis cured him, he became an addict who could not for a moment be without the drug. Cannabis is known in Africa since at least the 15th century, where it was probably introduced by Arab traders connected to India. The medicinal uses of cannabis in this region included the facilitation of childbirth and the treatment of snake bite, malaria, fever, blood poisoning, anthrax, asthma, and dysentery. In Europe during this period, references to the medical use of cannabis are scarce.

Introduction in Western civilization

The effective introduction of cannabis in Western medicine occurred in the mid-19th century through the works of William B. O’Shaughnessy, an Irish physician, and by Jacques-Joseph Moreau, a French psychiatrist. O’Shaughnessy served in India with the British for several years, where he studied the literature on the plant, evaluated its toxicity in animals, and ultimately

O’Shaughnessy and Moreau’s contributions greatly impacted Western medicine, especially because of the scarcity of therapeutic options for infectious diseases such as rabies, cholera, and tetanus. The medical use of cannabis spread from England and France to all of Europe and then to North America. In 1860, the first clinical conference about cannabis took place in the US, organized by the Ohio State Medical Society. During the second half of the 19th century, over 100 scientific articles were published in Europe and the US on the efficacy of cannabis. Because medicinal cannabis use was recognized as not leading to physical dependence, it was considered superior to the opiates for a number of therapeutic purposes, and was also used to treat opiate addiction itself. Besides investigating the physical effects of medicinal preparations of cannabis, nineteenthcentury physicians observed the psychic effects of the drug in its therapeutic applications. They found that cannabis first mildly stimulates, and then sedates the higher centers of the brain. Several drawbacks encountered with medicinal cannabis were identified during this period, and recognizing its therapeutic potential, researchers began working to overcome these difficulties. They included lack of water solubility, delayed onset of action, variability in potency, difficulty in standardization of dosing, and significant individual differences in individual response. Despite these problems regarding the uncertainty of potency and dosage and the difficulties in administration, several advantages over other substances used as analgesics, sedatives, and hypnotics were identified. These included lack of the development of physical dependence from long-term use, minimal development of tolerance, extraordinarily low toxicity and potential for lethality, and lack of disturbance of vegetative functioning (unlike opiates which inhibit the gastrointestinal tract, the flow of bile and the cough reflex). In 1880, Reynolds summarized 30 years of his clinical experience with cannabis, finding it useful as a nocturnal sedative in senile insomnia, valuable in treating dysmenorrhea, neuralgias including tic douloureux and tabetic symptoms, migraine headache and certain epileptoid or choreoid

muscle spasms; of uncertain utility in asthma, alcoholic delirium and depressions; and ineffective in joint pains that were aggravated by motion and in cases of true chronic epilepsy. He stressed the necessity of titrating the dose of each patient, increasing gradually every third or fourth day, to avoid “toxic” effects.

Use in the twentieth century

The climax of Western medical use of cannabis occurred in the late 19th and early 20th century. Various pharmaceutical laboratories, such as Merck (Germany), Burroughs-Wellcome (England), BristolMeyers Squibb (United States), Parke-Davis (United States), and Eli Lilly (United States) marketed cannabis extracts or tinctures. In 1924 the medical indications for cannabis were summarized in Sajous’s Analytic Cyclopedia of Practical Medicine in three areas: 1) Sedative or Hypnotic: for the treatment or management of insomnia, senile insomnia, melancholia, mania, delirium tremens, chorea, tetanus, rabies, hay fever, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, coughs, paralysis agitans, exophtalmic goiter, spasm of the bladder, and gonorrhea; 2) Analgesic: for the treatment or management of headaches, migraine, eye-strain, menopause, brain tumors, tic douloureux, neuralgia, gastric ulcer, gastralgia (indigestion), tabes, multiple neuritis, pain not due to lesions, uterine disturbances, dysmenorrhea, chronic inflammation, menorrhagia, impending abortion, postpartum hemorrhage, acute rheumatism, eczema, senile pruritus, tingling, formication and numbness of gout, and for relief of dental pain; 3) Other uses: to improve appetite and digestion, for the ‘pronounced anorexia following exhausting diseases’, gastric neuroses, dyspepsia, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, nephritis, hematuria, diabetes mellitus, cardiac palpitation, vertigo, sexual atony in the female, and impotence in the male. However, Western medical use of cannabis significantly declined during the first three decades of the 20th century due to a variety of factors that included the difficulty in obtaining replicable effects, the inability of scientists to isolate the active constituent of cannabis, and the introduction of various medications near the end of the 19th century with known efficacy for the treatment of the primary indications of cannabis. Among these were vaccines for various infectious diseases such as tetanus; analgesics such as aspirin; hypodermic syringes that allowed the injectable use of fast acting water soluble analgesics such as morphine; and chloral hydrate, paraldehyde, and barbiturates for sedation. Cannabis preparations remained widely available in the 1930’s, and in 1937 Sasman listed 28 pharmaceuticals containing cannabis. Cannabis was still recognized as a medicinal agent that year by the American Medical Association. Legal restrictions were enacted that severely limited the medical and recreational use of cannabis. As the result of pressure from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the Marihuana Tax Act law was passed in the US in 1937, which required anyone using the plant to register and pay a tax of a dollar an ounce (28.35 g) for medical purposes and 100 dollars an ounce for any other use. This law brought difficulties for the use of the plant due to the excessive paperwork and the risk of severe punishment. A

few years later, in 1941, cannabis was removed from the American pharmacopoeia.

The modern era In 1964, the chemical structure of Δ9-THC (the primary psychoactive molecule in cannabis) was identified by Gaoni and Mechoulam, and this increased understanding of its chemical composition contributed to a proliferation of studies. The number of publications on cannabis peaked in the early 1970’s, slowly declined during the following two decades, and then experienced a resurgence in the early 1990’s with the identification and cloning of specific receptors for the cannabinoids in the nervous system and the subsequent isolation of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid. The number of publications on cannabis has been continuously growing, reflecting the intensifying interest in research involving this plant. With the growth of scientific interest for cannabis, its therapeutic effects are once again being evaluated, this time using more accurate scientific methods. Many studies on a variety of medical conditions have either been recently completed or are currently being conducted. Thus, we are experiencing the beginning of a new cycle for the use of cannabis derivatives as medication. The structures of chemical compounds derived from cannabis are now known, the mechanisms of their action in the nervous system are being elucidated with the discovery of an endogenous cannabinoid system, and treatment effectiveness and safety are being scientifically proven. Medicine has not hesitated in the past to utilize a substance first used for recreational purposes* in the pursuit of healing and relief of pain and suffering, and these scientific advances, coupled with a more progressive and enlightened administration inhabiting the White House, bring a renewed promise of the scientific validation and legislative sanctioning of cannabis as a valuable therapeutic agent for the treatment and management of a variety of medical conditions. * Morton in 1846 “discovered” ether for anesthetic purposes after observing medical students at “ether frolics.” References Ben Amar M. Cannabinoids in medicine: A review of their therapeutic potential. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2006 Apr 21;105(1-2):1-25. Hubbard JR, Franco SE, Onaivi ES. Marijuana: medical implications. American Family Physician. 1999 Dec;60 (9):2583-93. Marmor JB. Medical marijuana. Western Journal of Medicine. 1998 Jun;168(6):540-3. Mikuriya TH. Marijuana in medicine: past, present and future. California Medicine. 1969 Jan;110(1):3440. Robson P. Human studies of cannabinoids and medicinal cannabis. Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. 2005;(168):719-56. Zuardi AW. History of cannabis as a medicine: a review. Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry. 2006 Jun;28(2):153-7.


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What Does it All Mean?

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or more than 12 years, California’s medical marijuana law (“Compassionate Use Act”) has taken shape and evolved, creating clarification for medical patients and providers as well as law enforcement. With the passage of Senate Bill 420, the legislature codified several aspects of the CUA that remained unclear with the passage of Proposition 215. Issues dealing with allowable amounts that patients may cultivate and possess in addition to rules governing patients who wish to associate collectively or cooperatively have created the most confusion under the CUA. This confusion manifests itself in the form of criminal prosecutions in both State and Federal court, with the latter carrying mandatory minimum prison sentences. Health and Safety Code sections 11362.77, 11362.765 and 11362.775 were codified as a result of SB 420 in an attempt to resolve the confusion surrounding the CUA. Section 11362.77 establishes a threshold amount that a patient may cultivate and possess by simply being in possession of a valid medical marijuana recommendation. This amount is six (6) mature plants OR 12 immature plants AND eight (8) ounces of dried marijuana bud. A patient may legally possess a greater amount if necessary for the patient’s medical need, however the patient’s Physician must authorize that the excess is medically necessary. The quantity limitation seems clear enough, however confusion persists as to what constitutes an immature plant verse a mature one. Narcotics detectives often take the position that any female plant is automatically mature while defense attorneys equate maturity with time of harvest. This difference in opinion has led to many criminal prosecutions. Moreover in the case of People v. Kelly, the California Supreme Court is presently considering whether to drop the quantity limitations entirely and require patients to demonstrate medical necessity in every case.

Section 11362.765 clarifies that patients shall not be subject to criminal liability for possession, possession for sale, cultivation or transportation. In practice however, most prosecutors reject this section taking the position that a patient can raise his or her defense at trial even when a patient is clearly in possession of a valid recommendation. Lastly, section 11362.775 provides that patients who wish to associate to collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana shall not be subject to criminal sanctions. These two (2) sections are relied upon by medical marijuana dispensaries throughout California as providing the authorization to conduct lawful business operations. As a result, presently there are more than 1000 medical marijuana dispensaries in California, coming in all shapes and sizes, and it has never been easier for a medical patient to obtain their medicine. It has also never been easier for the Federal Government to fulfill their mission in eradicating marijuana all together. Despite the CUA, marijuana remains illegal for all purposes under Federal Law. The United States Supreme Court conclusively ruled in the case of Raich v. Gonzalez, that

the Federal Government may prosecute anyone for conduct involving even simple possession of marijuana, whether a medical patient or not. It has become common practice for the DEA to infiltrate medical marijuana dispensaries in an effort to target the source of supply. Additionally, many dispensary operators have been targeted as well with the majority being convicted and sent to federal prison without the jury ever having the opportunity to hear evidence that the defendant was relying on the CUA. Federal prosecutors more often than not succeed in keeping all evidence of medical marijuana out of trial as it is irrelevant under Federal Law. In an effort to further clarify the CUA, California Attorney General Edmond G. Brown published a set of guidelines in August 2008 to assist patients and law enforcement. These guidelines discuss specific rules for the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in California in addition to providing a concise overview of the CUA in general, including SB 420. What the AG guidelines don’t tell you may be even more important. Nowhere within the AG guidelines is there a warning that the Federal Government views all marijuana conduct as a crime and medical marijuana is NOT a defense to a federal prosecution. In fact, the AG guidelines expressly state in Paragraph F that “…no legal conflict exists merely because State law and Federal law treat marijuana differently”. The reality is that the conflict between State and Federal law continues to


Editorial 19 result in Federal criminal prosecutions with no end in sight. A great deal of attention has been paid to the recent statements of United States Attorney General Eric Holder who confirmed President Obama’s campaign promise to not target individual’s who are complying with the medical marijuana laws of a given state. This statement has been widely misinterpreted to mean that medical marijuana dispensaries will no longer be prosecuted in federal court. The unfortunate reality is that the Feds are taking a “business as usual” approach to targeting medical marijuana dispensaries, believing that they are essentially all in violation of State law. Two (2) recent cases demonstrate the Federal Government’s position following AG Holder’s statement. In the case of U.S. v. Charles Lynch, District Judge Wu questioned the prosecutor as to whether the government’s policy expressed by AG Holder should be considered by the court in imposing sentence on Mr. Lynch who was convicted despite being a well documented medical marijuana dispensary operator, conducting business with the support of his community. The Government’s response coming directly from the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. was that AG Holder’s statement in no way effects the prosecution of individuals operating medical marijuana dispensaries and that Mr. Lynch should receive a minimum of five (5) years in prison. The Federal Courts are also upholding lengthy prison sentences despite overwhelming evidence of compliance with the CUA. In the case of U.S. v. Brian Epis, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a 10 year prison

sentence, finding no violation of Mr. Epis’ right to a fair trial by being deprived of an opportunity to provide his jury with evidence demonstrating compliance with the CUA. So what does this all mean? California’s medical marijuana law is alive and well within the State. The CUA continues to evolve and provide clarification to those attempting to interpret what is and what is not lawful conduct. The CUA however is not crystal clear and is ripe with abuse by individuals and groups illegally cultivating and selling marijuana under the auspices of medical marijuana. Ultimately, the interpretation of compliance with State law is in the hands of law enforcement who tend to have a predisposed bias against medical marijuana. Counties and Cities continue to struggle with passing ordinances designed to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries while the Feds continue to target them in an effort to eradicate the source of supply. Still confused? You are not alone.

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By Eric D. Shevin, Esq.


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The Medicinal Mix-Masters: A New Frontier

“I have my card.”

cookies, brownies, extracts, and concentrates. They have the powerful AK-47 strain, White Rhino, Hawaiian Sativa…strains you’ve never heard of, but are more than eager to try. That is, once you’ve read its history and effects information, kindly provided for your shopping pleasure. Like the K-Mart of Cannabis. And every shrub - every single bud is light-years better, cleaner, and more effective than the hash you would buy on any other street corner in the nation.

It’s a phrase that’s being repeated all over Westwood. A secret handshake shared by the pickup basketball players and Sunday brunch waiters, whispered through the air at the college coffee shops. It hangs over us like Wi-Fi…invisible and expensive. The words are thick with potential, synonymous with “VIP Club.” Or “Backstage Passes.” Or maybe “All you can eat.” “I have my card” means access to a club of connoisseurs, the Kush Gourmet, the Herbal Fantastic. It is a graduation of sorts: no longer will you be relegated to smoking dry, tasteless hash. Resin balls are a thing of the past, like fossilized eggs buried with the coke cans and hollowedout apples of smokes long ago.

This is a step up.

With familiarity comes acceptance, and with acceptance comes refinement. Type in “Medical Marijuana” into Google Maps, you come up with 1,671 results in the greater Los Angeles area. Each dispensary has their herb categorized, rated, and tracked, with thousands of variations, consumption options, even recommended postparticipation activities. They have

God Bless California. The truth is, Cannabis has been around for a millennia. The sticky-icky that the Hindi from Nepal were smoking in the Neolithic Age is not so far removed from the stuff currently gracing your water bong. And, just as they blazed with the intention of achieving a holy enlightenment and religious atonement, we too have only recently scratched the surface of the ideal smoke. But for the medicinal qualifiers – the card carriers – that may soon change. The legalization of medicinal marijuana opens the doors for innovations in production, in product manipulation, and in the science of growing. We’re talking government-funded research, experiments in hybrids and mutations. Goodness, we can direct our tax dollars to achieve a different kind of “more perfect union,” a union between the herbologists and the needy public’s demand for better quality. (Heck, you can even tax the product itself. As long as this further funds research efforts.) You can see it starting. There are new buds showing up all the time. Go online (Google it, even!) and you can peruse the latest blends and upcoming creations. In essence, handing out those ID cards has juiced up the free market, and leant purchase power to the previously shunned

subculture of potheads.

Now that we have a bit of organization within our production, it is time to branch out. Divide and conquer. Seize the cheeze. And at your local dispensary is the place it is happening. Nowadays, a fully-authorized ID card can set you back anywhere from $80 to $200. Physicians are plentiful, and willing to hand out prescriptions at “ID Card Parties” and alley way hospices countywide, for ailments ranging from migraine headaches to fatigue, to back pain. The doctor is in, indeed. And if you aren’t willing to shell out the (admittedly) heavy coin in order to procure the high-level stuff, there are first-time buyer specials and free samplings that will quell your taste buds until the recession subsides. Soon, you will be well on your way to a life without law paranoia, where supply more than meets demand. You no longer need to be ashamed for having a perfectly harmless smoke session, and that session will no longer be ridden with guilt over seedy, rough herb. “I have my card.” Access granted.

by S. Donim


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Three Time Cancer Survivor in Calabasas S

pencer Shiffman always identifies himself as a “three-time cancer survivor.”

“It’s who I am,” he says as he sits in his Calabasas living room. The walls are bare and the carpet is new. He’s finally redecorating – he wants new things to go along with his renewed zest for life. Shiffman battled cancer for years and he’s winning the fight. Shiffman feels like he missed out on truly living much of his 30s and early 40s. “I was given a death sentence eight times – I was sent home those times to die.” Now at 47, he considers himself cancer free. “For me, life started at 45,” he says. “I feel like a human being again.” Shiffman recounts his cancer story that began when a former girlfriend, during an intimate moment, felt something not quite right with one of his testicles. It’s Autumn 1984, Shiffman was only 24 and had just run in the New York marathon. He was in the best shape of his life or so he thought. He didn’t drink or smoke or do recreational drugs.

Spencer Shiffman poses with his award.

“I call myself cancer free!”

The diagnosis was devastating – Shiffman had peritoneal mesothelioma, a very rare form of bowel cancer. There is no cure for On his girlfriend’s insistence, Spencer scheduled an appointment peritoneal mesothelioma and there are very few survivors. Upon with a doctor for a Wednesday. Two days later, he had his first hearing this news, Shiffman decided he was going to defy the odds cancer surgery to remove one testicle. “I was an athlete. I had never and not only survive, but thrive. Shiffman was in for a long and heard of testicular cancer,” Shiffman recalls. Surgery and 30-days arduous battle that lasted for the next few years. of “precautionary” radiation later, Shiffman rejoined the regular With his loving mother and adoring step-father by his side at all world. times, Shiffman embarked on trips around the United States seeking out different “experimental treatments.” Shiffman saw doctors But normalcy was not in the cards for Shiffman. He was diagat the City of Hope in Durate, CA., he had treatments from doctors nosed with testicular cancer a second time in November 1989. His in Austin and then he saw doctors in Houston. second cancer surgery to remove his remaining testicle quickly followed. Weekly testosterone shots and two prosthetic testicles help These various treatments took place from early 1994 to midShiffman keep his manhood alive and well and working. 1998. Shiffman recalled these years as being a blur of plane trips, hospitals and drugs – lots of drugs to ease the pain. He took dilauBoth of Shiffman’s testicular cancer diagnoses were identified as did and “every drug under the sun.” He also smoked medical mari“pure seminoma.” This meant that his cancer was in a truly pure juana to help with the pain, to stimulate his appetite and to curb form and had not metastasized to his lymph nodes. This was Shiffthe nausea. Shiffman was a great advocate of medical marijuana. man’s good news during these years. “When I was battling cancer, the marijuana was Once again, Shiffman rejoined the world of the living thinking he essential to my getting was cancer free. This feeling lasted until he was just one month shy better.” of his five year anniversary of being without cancer. Feeling like his appendix had ruptured, Shiffman visited his oncologist. The On April 10, 1997, exam was normal, but the doctor ordered a CT scan just to be safe. Shiffman was given sixThe scan revealed fluid in Shiffman’s abdomen and exploratory months to live by a doctor surgery was preformed. This, it turns out, was Shiffman’s third at New York’s Columbia cancer operation. It was October 1994 and Shiffman was only 33 Presbyterian Hospital. years old.


Editorial 23 The cancer was at stage 4 and Shiffman was basically sent home to die. But Shiffman wasn’t ready to give up his fight. In July 1998, Shiffman asked Dr. Doug Marrow, a surgeon at Tarzana Hospital, and Dr. Richard Friedmann, an ovarian cancer specialist, to operate. This operation became Shiffman’s fourth cancer surgery. The doctors performed a “debulking” of Shiffman’s abdominal region, removing a 14-pound tumor that was the size of an NFL football. After recovering from the surgery, Shiffman, once again, reentered the world of the living, albeit with trips to the hospital every five to six weeks for blood transfusions. However, his luck once again took a turn for the worse in June 2001. He was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and Shiffman was told that he just could not have any more blood transfusions and that he needed more surgery. Shiffman learned that he had about a 5 percent chance of surviving this second “debulking.” One of his doctors wasn’t optimistic about performing what turned out to be Shiffman’s fifth cancer surgery but went ahead and operated at Shiffman’s insistence. For 6 ½ hours, Shiffman was in an operating room having half of stomach, half of his small intestine, part of his large intestine, a mass surrounding his pancreas, his gall bladder, his spleen and his appendix removed. “I was in the hospital for 5 ½ weeks, but I survived,” he says.

Once again, Shiffman reentered the land of the living. He even started playing golf again – one of his greatest loves. But Shiffman stopped playing golf when he came down with pneumonia – a side effect of all the chemotherapy – in February 2002. “I told them I wanted to die this time,” Shiffman recalls. But two things changed his mind about letting go. “I told a nurse that I was never going to kiss a girl again and she leaned over and gave me a big wet kiss. The other is that Joe Pesci [the actor is a long-time friend of Shiffman’s] jumped into my hospital bed and told me I wasn’t ready to die, and I’ve never looked back.” Shiffman recovered from the pneumonia and once again started living a normal life. He started fundraising and over the next few years raised close to one million dollars for pediatric cancer – something Shiffman is extremely proud of. Today, Shiffman’s blood work is normal. Shiffman says his surgeon considers this to be a “spontaneous regression” of the peritoneal mesothelioma. But he says, “I call myself cancer free.”

By Leanna Harshaw


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CLARIFICATION OF ALLOWABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA QUANTITIES CREATES CONFUSION OVER CONCENTRATED CANNABIS

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ith the passage of Senate Bill 420, California’s medical marijuana laws were refined and clarified in many respects. The additions to the law were numerous and sought to clarify the rights of patients and caregivers with regard to a variety of issues that were not included in the original version of the Compassionate Use Act (Proposition 215). The passage of SB 420 created several sub-sections to the Health & Safety Code (“H&S”) in California within the Compassionate Use Act (“CUA”). When read in its entirety (H&S11362.5, et. seq.), it is clear that the intent of SB 420 was to provide further guidance and protection for patients, their caregivers and physicians, such as providing for a state patient ID card as well as protections for patients who associate through collectives and cooperatives. Of all the changes to the CUA, Section 11362.77 has received the most attention. This section provides that each patient may statutorily possess eight ounces of dried marijuana in addition to growing 12 immature plants or 6 mature ones. Patients may possess and cultivate more than these amounts if needed, but a specific medical recommendation is required authorizing the excess quantities. With this step forward, it appears that we may have taken a small step back as well. It seems that section 11362.77 failed to address a patient’s right to possess concentrated cannabis products like hash, kief, tinctures and oils, as well as edibles by limiting possession to eight ounces of dried marijuana. A literal reading of this section implies that only dried marijuana may be possessed without a more specific medical recommendation. This is creating a tremendous conflict for medical dispensaries and their patients. Most dispensaries sell many concentrated cannabis products including edibles and do NOT require a specific recommendation from a doctor in order to purchase these items. Most patients believe they are complying with the CUA when they purchase these items, when in fact, this may not be the case unless they possess a specific recommendation for concentrated cannabis products and edibles. Prior to the passage of SB 420, the CUA provided equal protection without

exception for marijuana and concentrated cannabis and the California Attorney General’s office authored an opinion verifying this fact. Since the passage of SB 420, the issue remains unresolved. An argument exists that concentrated cannabis and edibles are contained within the definition of marijuana that’s included in the Health & Safety Code. Section 11018 states that the term marijuana includes all parts of the plant in any preparation, including the extracted resin from the plant. When restricted by the term dry however, it becomes less clear that all concentrated cannabis fits within this definition. What can be done to address this issue? Patients should ask their Physicians to add the words “and concentrated cannabis products, including edibles” to their recommendations for marijuana. This would appear to cure the problem until the Court of Appeal resolves the issue however, the issue is not presently before the Court so there is no telling if it will ever be clarified. My office presently has a similar issue before the Court of Appeals that is about to be decided in order to resolve that the manufacture of concentrated cannabis is controlled by the laws involving the cultivation of marijuana and therefore protected conduct under the CUA. Stay tuned for the Court’s ruling on this issue.

By Eric D. Shevin, Esq.

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Dealers vs. Clinics

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ostly I remember the smell; that dank stench leaking out from underneath the crack of the front door with pieces of broken wood nailed to it. Though the odor was similar to that of a skunk, it was a familiar and comforting smell. Walking up the pathway to this one story house with the paint crawling off the walls, and a field of dirt up to the entryway, I reached in my pocket to confirm the money was there and the door opened before I could knock. I was introduced to my first dealer who saw that as an ample opportunity to weigh out a 0.8 dub and take advantage of a new customer. It shows a certain level of disrespect when they assume you don’t have your own scale to check, which was one of the basics I learned to be a safe investment. I don’t think I returned to that lonely house, instead I was interested in seeing what kind of service would be provided at a medical clinic. It was a few short years later until I had my first experience at a local club in Pasadena. After many years of buying from shady dealers, dependable ones, and even the nice ones, I had plenty to compare my personal experiences to. Upon walking in, I was immediately impressed with a few different aspects of it, however every one has their own opinions, views and experiences with unique clinics and dealers. With my personal experiences, I’ve found a few Southern California clubs that strive to perform with good service and quality product. I did a study where I interviewed 8 marijuana smokers that have been long time loyal customers of both local dealers and clinics. In doing so, six users out of eight revealed they prefer to make their purchases at a medical dispensary. I decided since there is such a range in preference of smoking, I would ask the basic question: “Do you usually prefer the effects of smoking Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid plants?” To which I received a variety or responses. Indica plants are most well known for their potent smell ranging from stinky to sweet and tend to be the thick, dark, flowery buds that are great for indoor growing. Indica was the winner except for the few answers that were directly related to the basic message, “Whatever gets me the highest.”

How far away do you have to drive just to get to a club? Personally, I have to drive just as far to get good kush from a dealer. But going to the clinic, I have a plethora of options ranging from delivery, shaky ounces, and taste tasting the product before I buy it. I asked a question that had been persistent in my mind, and received one absolute complete answer from all the interviewee’s. The question I proposed was “Do competing gas prices effect you’re interest in traveling to a club if it’s not a local location?” The immediate responses was uncanny, and every individual declared their dedication by stating that the drive is the least of their worries, because they are willing to do so to get exactly what they want. After inquiring if they felt that stoners have resorted to a series of alternatives due to economy, most people believe that the lack of income has made a significant difference in all marijuana business endeavors. There are a lot of different substitute options to getting you’re marijuana, such as first timers starting to grow, resulting in buying cheap weed, or withholding their tolerance and simply buying less. The majority of the consensus was that the recent downfall of our economy has absolutely had an affect of clubs and how people purchase their weed. I have only heard whisperings of clubs starting to struggle business wise, but my candidates feel that due to the severe job loss, all users have had to result in adapting to a change. Upon asking what that was, all of us felt that it was highly unlikely that many have stopped smoking all together, but more reasonably have had to settle for purchasing smaller amounts and lowering their tolerance. Dealing and distributing marijuana, though illegal, is considered a job for those that choose that proffesion. It has to make you wonder how serious they are about making a profit, because for some it is a living and for others it’s a hobby. So one thing I wanted to focus on was the quality of service you receive. You can only imagine the distinct differences between buying from a dealer that is a friend and a clinic that is a stranger. However, you are not always sure you’re getting the best bang for you’re buck, thus it’s important to look at other aspects other than quality. Take a look at their response when you

walk through the door and their willingness to comply to you’re requests as you try to make up you’re mind, and what you’re satisfaction is that night when you return from the club and try out you’re newest test drive. I’ve found that all clubs with a large cliental have found a way to make their clinic stand out more than others. Some dealers quit their day job to make them available 24/7, which isn’t a poor decision; however with the legalization of marijuana since 1996, it’s less and less likely you’ll be selling to people over 18. This would make you’re main income high school students, who tend to not have a job. This complication is something to consider, but weighing out you’re options, please remember that raising the legal medical card age to 21 has been presented, and though that will regulate medical marijuana use, don’t expect it to diminish any severity of recreational drug use. With that being said, I decided to close my interview with a comparison question, asking all candidates a basic and unbiased question- How much did you pay for you’re medical card? I received two $150’s, three $90’s, and three $100’s, which seems a pretty even balance of our set registration fee and our overage charge of county fees; and though those prices may seem initially high, consider whether or not $100 dollars is worth the peace of mind. The ability to smoke legal is a priceless amenity that we can easily take for granted if we don’t remind ourselves that the federal government is trying to regulate our consumption, but we’ve got state legislation on our side.

by Arielle Weinstock


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Medical Marijuana: True or False Quiz

Medical marijuana is a classic hot button issue. It seems like virtually everybody has a strong opinion, one way or another, on this subject. What follows is a true or false quiz about medical marijuana. 1. Legalizing medical marijuana will lead to an increase in “pot” use. 2. Marijuana, when smoked for medical reasons, is entirely harmless. 3. Unlike other drugs, and alcohol, no one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. 4. The U.S. medical establishment does not approve of marijuana for medical uses. 5. Marijuana use by adults encourages lazy, unmotivated behavior. 6. Marijuana is a “gateway” drug that leads to hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc. 7. Medical marijuana is primarily available in California, where “hippie” drug users have flourished for many years in the Left Coast’s permissive environment. answers on pg. 37


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obacco - it’s one of the legal drugs that supposedly isn’t addictive, why then do people become addicted to it? It’s common knowledge that every American has seen the negative television commercials about tobacco. Some of the commercials are actually entertaining, but all of them are thought provocative and right. Although tobacco itself isn’t that bad for you, it’s the added chemicals that are toxic. If there are toxic chemicals added into cigarettes, then why wouldn’t the government legalize it. Nicotine isn’t naturally in tobacco, the tobacco companies add it along with many other toxic materials for flavor and taste. Sounds delicious. I feel like sucking on a overtaxed mystery stick too feed my oral fixation. The truth is the government collects billions of dollars a year from tobacco tax, every puff inhaled is another penny in some politicians pocket. The government thanks all smokers for supporting their cause. After all tobacco is called the cash crop. I’m not promoting smoking pot, but it’s an all natural drug that’s tax free. Why does the government choose to legalize a chemical filled tobacco, but not all natural marijuana? This question can be answered with a short explanation, but there is no answer. Or maybe it’s the fact that when the cotton gin was first invented, Dupont had a patent on the machine, and hemp was a threat to the new invention. So big business representatives made sure that the marijuana plant would not be grown on American soil, and that cotton would. After all, hemp is a stronger material than cotton. Hemp can also be used as a form of paper. No one can ignore the fact that all environmentalists love hemp and it’s a lesser pollutant than tobacco when burned.

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a disease. I’ve never heard of potism as a disease, although most people I know who smoke pot are addicted. Most pot smokers I know get high and then want to sit around and play video games. I’ve never heard of anyone who was high trying to find their keys, empty out their pockets like bunny ears and then jump around like a headless chicken. Pot smokers usually stare at street signs, and drive like they are in slow motion. If you ever see someone driving super slow in the left hand lane, they are either lost, a senior citizen, or high. This is one of the reasons why pot will never be legalized, there is not a definite way to distinguish if someone is high or not. There’s no such thing as a smokealyzer test. The only way to uncover a high driver is to search there car for candy rappers.

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uthanasia is legal in Oregon then why is pot not legal? If someone has the right to die, then they must have the right to get high. It’s ridiculous to allow people to kill themselves, but not allow them to get high. If someone truly wanted to kill themselves, legalize pot for them to get high and it will lower suicide rates. It should be legal for people who are suicidal to get high. How can you kill yourself if you are comfortably numb? Smoking pot will actually lower crime rates. It’s common sense if someone is high, then how could they possibly find any motivation to commit a crime? Instead of punishing pot smokers like criminals, simply mandate them to go to potheads anonymous. The government could add a ridiculous amount of tax to pot sales like tobacco and profit billions. Europe has the great city of Amsterdam where pot is legal. I recommend visiting the vacation spot once a year. Imagine if one American city was to legalize marijuana, the economic growth of that city would be enormous. The city could be called Weeds. It would be full of hippy artists, and their theme song could be “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd. The positive effects of legalizing marijuana are endless. The sky is the limit. Medical marijuana is legal. So all you pot smokers out there, get health insurance and get checked out by your primary doctor. As for all of the nonpotsmokers, I do not advocate smoking pot at all. I am just interested in thought provocative conversations. Marky Owen


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My Medical

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alifornia’s historical roots are entwined with self-sufficient agriculture; couple this with a large population of rebel or counterculture minded people, and that can make for some great outdoor specimens. Let’s take a look at an outdoor SoCal medical garden with local strains and auto-flowering varieties from Canadian origins. I will try to provide some general information on manageable container gardening. Results always differ, and some of you may have surpassed these achievements; but if you have ever considered and never tried your own remember; there is only one way to find out: get outside and try! The 1st thing to consider is location. Most outdoor gardening references that southwestern facing is the best. If you have taken care of your paperwork then your backyard should be your initial consideration both for security and feasibility. Especially on a first time attempt, being close will keep you interested, instead of leaving you with bad memories of once great expectations. For a good return on your investment, your girls should sunbathe for a minimum of 5 hours. in direct sunlight. You can try and push this minimum but you’re your bud may come out fluffy, and lacking density. Look around you with a keen eye for open air space with daylight, either natural and/or man-made. These can include, but are not limited to: overgrown bamboo/foliage with one or two amply lit “nooks” just away from the general public’s view, or if you choose to, use a 50gallon trash can which has been painted flat white along the inside (have seen good results with this…). The point is, there may already exist areas for you to conduct your business with minimal adjustments on your behalf. The first step is always to get the seeds out and into the ground (of course clones are always better; if/when available). This garden has mostly seedlings. The auto flowering versions were started from seeds on the last week of April. Seedlings were kept in plastic beer cups filled with Sunshine mix #4 till they were 4 weeks old. They were given only water the first two weeks, then they enjoyed vegetative fertilizer; these were given full strength once a week, then plain water three days later.

Marijuana Garden This cycle repeated for the next 2 weeks. After 4 weeks in the beer cups, the plants were transferred into 1 thru 3 gallon containers where they were kept till harvest. . One drawback to container gardening is the problem of heat and wind combinations; they will dry up your project quickly! I have found it convenient to keep some 16 and 32 ounce water bottles around with two to three pin holes in the bottom. You can play around with it to where you only need to fill them once every other day, even in our summer heat. For more help with blistering conditions, try adding mulch to the top 1” or so of the container. There are some gadgets that will provide water to your plants automatically, but I did not use any here. Go with a bigger sized container to help you keep watering low mainte-

nance. One convenience of containers is the ability to move the plants around. This can be done in an attempt to regulate climate, or if you need them out of the way for a bit. Paranoia gets the best of us even with a license; you can still dread getting ripped by some meter-reader or whatever the case may be. The slick Fox from up North provided fertilizing. I went heavy on the organic based liquids, modified the additives, and always included some of the organic elixir with feedings. I


Editorial 35 have also been trying out some organic selections of theirs, with tasty results. I read their recommendations and slowly increased till the point of diminishing returns (about 25% over for these). Currently, I have some clones that I am experimenting with; adding seaweed and cane sugar into their diets but would advise that people start with a well-known company then modify as you wish. You can choose for yourself from many choices, both organic and hydro. These puppies were kept in a soil-less mix which is hydro at its most basic! Three weeks before taking these down, the fertilizing stopped. After two weeks of heavy

weekend watering with treated water, the liquids were shut off for the last week. The harvest from these crops varied much due to the genetics. The auto-flowers were ready in between 72-85 Cali days, while the local strains needed 100 days of sunshine to finish. The local strains required two more days time to dry but were smooth with just two weeks of curing. The automatics needed more time in the trimming department and grew taller in average height. Locals won the stank factor; marking there funk in a 6’ perimeter as the autos scent was limited to only about two feet around. The highs from the Autos were both spacey & narcotic depending on the strain. The locals were all heavy indica/afghan material and will punch your lungs. Both crops were enjoyable and I would suggest you try what you like, in a container outdoors of course! This is part one of my adventures, next up is the fruits of the newest clones available locally; using the container method outdoors again. by Oscar


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The Freedom to Choose

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ver wonder about the different ways people have created to ingest medical marijuana? Many people assume that those prescribed medical marijuana for their illnesses or diseases only have one way to consume their medication by smoking it. Usually people do not smoke their prescribed medication, and the conservatives in the United States are appalled by this. But what if an apple pie could be cooked up and served on a platter, containing the medication and having the same affect? Maybe it is true that you sugar coat something enough to make it agreeable. Patients who are unable or do not want to smoke or use a vaporizer can substitute this old fashioned method with an ingredient found in every American’s refrigerator: butter. Except this butter is green from the hours it spent boiling in a pot of THC to become cannabis butter. The butter can be used to make many assortments of sweets and snacks, such as brownies, cookies, spaghetti, rice crispy treats and even grilled cheese. It is gratifying for both the patient and observer, where the evidence of marijuana is buried deep between the cheese and the crust. However, this method is not recommended for patients who need immediate relief from nausea and vomiting. Rather it is meant for those who suffer from pain and sleeping disorders. Consuming medical marijuana in the form of food allows patients to get a comfortable night sleep on a full stomach. For people who enjoy the comfort of a hot cup of tea, there is a way for them to do so while simultaneous ingesting marijuana. The patient must get a cup of marijuana leaves, boil it with hot water for fifteen minutes or so, then add their favorite tea bag and boil for another fifteen minutes. Then he or she can spruce it up by adding milk or honey and drink a relaxing cup of tea. This special tea can even be brewed by just adding cannabis butter to your hot cup of Earl Grey or Chamomile tea. Using different ways to ingest medical marijuana may seem fun and interesting for those who do not need it for medical reasons, but for those who do, it makes taking their medication easier. Patients are subjected to opposing ideology and opinions, which believe that marijuana should never be legal, no matter what the case. It makes

people feel ashamed of taking there medication, and in no way should they be. They do not have to hide or feel like a delinquent because they are smoking a “drug.” In reality, people throughout the entire country, are being prescribed drugs ever day that alters their mood, but dear old Uncle Sam is not shaking his finger at them. For those who are prescribed medical marijuana, they have the freedom to choose how they would like to take their medication. There are many ways patients can cook a meal with their medication as an ingredient, let alone infinite amounts of meals a chef or baker can create. All the shame patients feel can melt away with a hot cup of tea or vanilla cake. Whichever way they decided, they always have the freedom to choose.

by Ashley Caputo


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Medical Marijuana: True or False Quiz

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1. FALSE: In 1999, a report by the Institute of Medicine stated: “At this point there is no convincing data to support this concern.” 2. FALSE: Like cigarettes and cigars, anything smoked has potentially harmful effects. As a result, some patients take THC pills, containing the active ingredient of cannabis, instead. 3. TRUE: There are no recorded cases of “death by marijuana.” By contrast, a number of other substances, including water, can kill you when consumed in vast quantities. 4. FALSE: A number of U.S. medical groups have approved marijuana’s use for medical reasons including the American Nurses Association, the California Academy of Family Physicians and Kaiser Permanente, among many others. 5. FALSE: While marijuana use by teenagers may result in lower grades, and/or a lack of desire to work, there’s no indication that adult marijuana use encourages unmotivated behavior. 6. FALSE: Despite decades of propaganda, there is no clear evidence that marijuana use is the first step on a journey to harder drugs. 7. FALSE: Thirteen states have legalized medical marijuana use since 1996, including Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington, among others.


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Back To the Old School

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hen I was growing up in Utah, I knew my parents and my home life was different than the kids around me. First, we weren’t Mormons. Second, my parents smoked weed. Hell they grew it in their backyard garden. And third, they had parties like the ones you see in the movies where all the adults are inebriated and listening to Cat Stevens on the turntable as young children run around. I made sure to steal that record when I moved out. I have one memory of being very young and really grasping the concept of “weed” and “getting high.” I was six or seven when I saw the light. It was a weekend night in the middle of summer. My family was on the way to a drive-in movie theater. As we pulled up, there was a line of cars waiting to get in, there was always a line on the weekends. The marque was lit up, with “War Games” playing on the first screen. I looked to see what was the second feature was, “Cheech and Chong’s Nice Dreams.” “Who the hell is Cheech and Chong,” I thought to myself. It didn’t really matter I was on a mission to see the first movie and if “Cheech and Chong” sucked I could just drift off and have my own nice dreams. As soon as the car was parked, I knew the fun was to begin. I don’t know what it is about getting on the roof of the car as a kid, but it is the one of the most fun things you can do. Once you have your bed made on the roof, there is no other place you want to be. You have apopcorn bowl

in one hand, a cup of kool-aid in the other, and you watch the bugs take their last flight before night covers the land completely. The movie starts and ends, and to this day I can only remember that I saw it. Around the time of the second movie, I started drifting away. “Hey, you asleep up there?” my mother shouts out her window. “Almost,” I say. Then I hear the window roll up. A few seconds later the movie is going and the craziest smell is all I can smell. I hear all kinds of coughing from the car and from the movie screen. As I’m putting two and two together, I lean over and take a small peak in the car. Just then my mom is taking the hugest hit off what looks like a cigarette, just like the bearded guy on the movie screen. She turns and sees me spying in on her. She instantly loses her hit and start coughing to death. Then on the screen, the bearded man starts coughing. Right then I knew what was up. All of a sudden I had figured out why my family was different than my neighbors, why my friends couldn’t stay the night, and what that shinny metal thing hiding in between the couch cushion was. On that very night, I had my eyes opened. I now knew that I had to protect my parent’s secret. It’s crazy how the human brain remembers some things, but not others. I will always remember the drive-in, Cheech and Chong, and the look on my mom’s face as she gawked away her huge hit.

By Ill Hippo


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California Caregiver’s Association 1151 W. Pacific Hwy #4-A Harbor City

Sunset Herbal Corner 7225 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood 323-851-5554 9am to 9pm

Green Goddess Hollistic Care 5711 1/2 N. Figueroa Highland Park 323-259-3111 12pm to 9pm Highland Park Patient Collective 5716 N. Figueroa Avenue Highland Park 626-610-3145 10am to 10pm

All American Healing Group 126 1/2 Market Street Inglewood 310-412-0557 Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm Sun 12pm to 5pm

So Cal Discount Caregivers 24456 Forbes Rd Laguna Nigel 949-395-8129 Orange County Caregiver Collective call for info Laguna Niguel 949-370-2480 10am to 7pm 7 days a week Melrose Holistic (MH) 4901 Melrose Ave Los Angeles (323) 466-0036 Open 7 Days: 11a to 8p Orange County Independent Collective 24602 Raymond Way ste. 206 Lake Forest 949-770-4420 Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm Sun 11am to 5:30pm Herbal Medicine For You (HMFY) 2637 Whittier Blvd Los Angeles (323) 264-2224 Open 7 Days: 10a to 7p The Vapor Lounge 14829 Hawthorne Blvd # 203 Lawndale Herbal Solutions 5746 E. 2nd St. Long Beach 562-434-5075 11am to 8pm


Directory 41 Long Beach Organics 851 A Pine Avenue Long Beach 562-495-2000 10am to 9pm Mon-Sun Nature’s Top Shelf 1530 Wardlow Road Long Beach Patient Wholesale Collective 949.903.3876 Long Beach Quality Discount Caregivers 1150 East San Antonio Drive Long Beach 562-988-8889 10:30 am - 8 pm 7 days a week. SHH Supreme Holistic Healers 238 Cherry Avenue Long Beach 562-438-6232 11am to 8pm 7 days a week United Patient Caregivers 745 4th Street Long Beach Vermont Herbal Center 955 S. Vermont #T Los Angeles 213-387-5203 7am to 9pm 7 day a week 420 Grand Caregivers 2802 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles 213-748-1992 Absolute Herbal Pain Solutions 901 S. La Brea #3 Los Angeles 323-932-6263 11am to 12pm Adams Green Herbal Caregivers 2603 S. Normandie Avenue Los Angeles 323-732-8717 10am to 10pm

Apothecary 420 330 North Western Avenue Los Angeles 323-836-0420 Mon-Thurs 11am to 8pm Fri-Sat 11am to 10pm Sun 12pm to 6pm Apothecary Collective 5404 Alhambra Ave Los Angeles 323-222-4420 11am to 9pm Arts District Healing Center 620 E. 1st. Los Angeles 213-687-9981 11am to 10pm At Downtown Wellness Center 312 W. Olympic Blvd Los Angeles 213-746-3355 11am to 7pm Blunt Power Delivery Deliveries Los Angeles 323-335-6007 CA Organic Treatment Center 6757 1/2 Santa Monica Los Angeles California Caregiver’s Association 12107 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles 310-826-3536 10am to 8pm California Caregivers Association 2815 W. Sunset Blvd #201 Los Angeles California Patients Alliance CPA 8271 Melrose suite 102 Los Angeles 323-655-1735 Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 12pm to 7pm California’s Finest Compassionate Co-Op 8552 Venice Blvd Los Angeles 310-838-5800 310-219-3809 12pm to 10pm

Canna Care Relief 1716 South Sepulveda Boulevard suite #105 Los Angeles 323-857-0204

Downtown Collective 1600 S. Hill St. #D Los Angeles 213-746-5420 11am to 8pm

Green House Herbal Center 5224 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles 10am to 9pm 323-666-2591

CannaScience Express call for info Los Angeles

Downtown Natural Caregivers 312 South Wall Street Los Angeles 213-625-0301 11am to 9pm 7 days a week

Green Treatment Center 111644 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles

Chinatown Patients Collective 987 N. Broadway Los Angeles 213-621-2977 11am to 8pm 7 day a week City Compassionate Caregivers 606 E. 4th St. Los Angeles 213-617-0447 10 am to 8pm Colorodo Caregivers 1121 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles 323-550-8043 11am to 8pm Compassionate & Caring Collective Caregivers 4C’s 5013 San Vicente Los Angeles 323-934-3875 Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm Closed Sun Crenshaw Holistic Caregivers 4709 Crenshaw Blvd Los Angeles 323-291-5420 10am to 7pm Cronicpractors Caregivers 5751 Adams boulevard Los Angeles 323-399-9679 Culver City Collective (CCC) 10887 Venice Boulevard Unit A Los Angeles 310-838-5888 11:30am to 8pm 7 days a week Dispensary at Your Door 310.925.1057 Los Angeles

Downtown Patients Group D.T.P.G 1753 Hill Street #8 Los Angeles 213-747-3386 Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 10am to 6pm DPG 928 E. 12 Street Los Angeles Eagle Rock Herbal Collective 4729 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles 323-664-9900 11am to 7pm Foutain oF WellBeing 3835 Fountain Avenue los Angeles 323-662-0900 Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 11am to 5pm Gormet Green Room 2000 Cotner Ave Los Angeles 310-473-3509 11am to 8pm Grass Roots Collective 1914 South Santa Fe Avenue los Angeles 213-622-0415 Mon-Thurs 9am to 9pm Fri-Sat 9am to 12pm Sun 12pm to 6pm Green Earth Collective 5045 York Blvd Los Angeles 323-982-9042 Mon-Fri 10 am to 8pm Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 11am to 6pm

GreenAid Pharmacy 3441 W. Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles 323-436-0259 10:30am to 9pm Heaven On Earth Healing 4517 W. Sunset Blvd #211 Los Angeles 323-661-8894 10am to 9pm Herbal Healing Center HHC 1051 South Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles 323-934-4314 Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm Sun 12pm to 6pm HerbalCure Cooperative 11318 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles 310-312-5215 10 am to 8pm HHA 1400 S. Olive Los Angeles 213-746-4445 11am to 7 pm HHC 313 North Virgil Avenue Los Angeles 323-660-0386 Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm Sun 11am to 6pm Hollywood Holistic 1543 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles Hyperion Healing 1913 Hyperion Ave Los Angeles 323-953-1913 12pm to 7pm


42 Directory Kush Collective 1111 S. La Brea Blvd Los Angeles 323-938-KUSH 11am to 7pm L.A. Wonderland Caregivers 4410 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles La Brea Collective 812 South la Brea Boulevard Los Angeles LA Compassionate Caregivers 2626 S. Figeuroa #A Los Angeles 213-454-9916 Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 11am to 6pm LA Organic Pharmacy 4901 Melrose avenue Los Angeles 323-463-3920 11am to 8pm LAX Compassion Caregiver 6218 A Manchester Los Angeles Living Earth Wellness Center 4207 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles 323-936-5000 11am to 7:30pm Mary Jane’s Collective 7805 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles 323-874-7805 11am to 9pm Melrose Caregivers 4906 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles 323-957-7777 11am to 8pm Melrose Herbal Collective 7257 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles 323-937-4300 Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 12pm to 7pm

Natural Remedies 6231 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles 323-871-9500 Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm Sun 12pm to 6pm Natures Cure Patient Collective 4577 Valley Blvd Los Angeles 323-225-1815 11:30am to 8pm Northeast Collective Group Los Angeles 323-255-2526 10am to 7pm Pain Free Society Delivery Deliveries Los Angeles 310-925-1346 10am to 9pm Purelife Alternative Wellness Center 1649 South La Cienega boulevard Los Angeles 323-938-8880 11am to 8pm Quality of Life Activities (QOLA) 4323 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles RobertSon Caregivers 2515 S. Robertson Blvd Los Angeles 310-837-7279 Mon-Sat 1pm to 9pm Sun 1pm to 7pm San Andrews Green 432 South San Vicente Boulevard Los Angeles 310-855-0420 11am to 8pm everyday Shiva’s Gardens Caregivers 2002 S. Robertson Blvd Los Angeles 310-841-0550

SL Caregivers 3003 W.Olympic Blvd. #201 Los Angeles 213-487-1700 10am to 8pm Soto St. Collective 1260 Soto St. #1 Los Angeles 323-262-8288 11am to 8pm Southwest Caregivers 4614 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles 323-660-3776 Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm Sun 12pm to 9pm Studio City Caregivers 3625 Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles 323-850-1847 Mon-Sat 11:30 to 9pm Sun private appts. only Sunset Herbal Corner 7225 W. Sunset Blvd Los Angeles Superior Herbal Health 1011 W. 84th Place Los Angeles 323-971-6333 11am to 7pm The Healing Touch 4430 Santa Monica Blvd #105 Los Angeles 323-644-7300 Mon-Sat 11am to 8 pm Sun 12pm to 6pm The Holistic Co-Op 2422 E. 1St. Street Los Angeles 323-540-6700 11am to 6:30pm

United Herbal Center 2703 W. 8th Street Los Angeles 213-739-7038 Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm Sat 12pm to 10pm Sun 12pm to 9pm

Millineum Concept Caregivers 11336 Camarillo St #201 N. Hollywood 909-772-1804 12pm to 7pm

Western Caregivers Group 467 N. Western Los Angeles 323-464-5571 11am to 9pm

Toluca Lake Collective 5513 Cahuenga Blvd N. Hollywood 818-752-1006 10am to 9pm

Calm At the Beach Compassionate Caregivers of Malibu (CALM) 21355 Pacific Coast Highway #100 Malibu 310 317-6298 Mon-Sat 10am to 9pm Sun. 11am to 8pm

For your Alternative Healling 6448 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood 818-509-1905

PCH Collective 22609 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu 310-456-0666 11am to 8pm Supplemental Organic Solutions 328 S. Lincoln Blvd Marina 310-450-9141 11am to 9pm Marina Caregivers 3007 Washington Blvd. #225 Marina Del Rey 310-574-4000 11am to 11pm Mission Hills Patients Collective 9911 Supelveda Blvd Mission Hills 818-894-5100 11am to 8pm

The Natural Way of LA Los Angeles 323-936-4300 http://www.thelaway.com/

Devine Wellness Center 5056 Lankershim Blvd N. Hollywood 818-508-9948 11am to 8pm

The Sunset Shop 8921 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles 310-626-3333 11am to 8pm 7 days a week

For Your Alternative Healing 6448 Lankershim Blvd N. Hollywood 818-509-1905 11am to 9pm

Hollywood Compassionate Caregivers 5126 Vineland Avenue North Hollywood 818-761-6378 Mon-Fri 10am to 7pm Sat-Sun 10am to 6pm North Hollywood Compassionate Caregivers 4854 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood 1-877-664-6224 10am to 9pm 7days a week Patients Against Pain 6240 Laurel Canyon Blvd #B North Hollywood 818-752-7274 10am to 8pm Taylor’s Joynt 5653 Cahuenga Blvd. North Hollywood Not open yet TLC 11436 Hatteras Street North Hollywood 818-752-8420 Valley Hollistic Caregivers 13106 Sherman Way North Hollywood 818-255-5511 11am to 8pm


Directory 43 After Care 18749 Napa St Northridge Cannamed of Northridge 9348 Melvine #9 Northridge MMI Alternative Medication 8924 Reseda Boulevard Northridge Mon-Sat 10am to 9pm Sun 11am to 7pm San Fernando Valley Patients Group 8801 Reseda Blvd Northridge 818-734-2778 11am to 9pm Today’s Health Care THC 18118 Parthenia Street Northridge 818-700-2842 Mon-Fri 11am to 8pm Sat 11am to 10pm Sun 1pm to 6pm NATURE’S WELLNESS COLLECTIVE 830 East Lincoln Avenue Orange 714-998-2420 Mon-Fri 11am to 7pm Sat 12pm to 7pm Sun Closed O.C. Remedy Group-Urgent Care Delivery Service Delivery Service Orange County 310-927-4769 8am to 9pm

Humbolt Relief 6670 Reseda Blvd #107 Reseda 818-300-0020 9:30am to 7:30pm NATURES NATURAL COLLECTIVE CARE INC 6951 Reseda Boulevard Reseda 818 344-1102 coming soon Reseda Discount Caregivers 6102 Reseda Blvd Reseda 818-757-0434 9am to 6pm Giving Care Delivery Service 619.765.8957 San Diego Safe California Access 3914 Murphy Canyon Road Suite A256-B San Diego 760-688-8567 Mon-Thurs 10am to 6pm Fri-Sat 10am to 5pm Discounted Caregivers 993 S. Glendora Ave #2 San Gabriel 626-337-8310 11am to 8pm Lake Forest Compassion Care 993 S. Glendora San Gabriel

CAPS 1733 N. Palm Canyon Palm Springs 760-864-8700 11am to 7pm

Natural Wellness Caregivers Group 1111 S. Pacific Avenue San Pedro 310-514-9665 11am to 7pm

Beach Enlightment and Compassionate healing Center 310 Culver Boulevard Playa Del Rey 310-821-4420 11am to 7pm

Southern California Herbal Network 600 South Pacific Avenue Suite 104 San Pedro 310-547-4500 11am to 7pm 7 days a week

HLHC (HEALTHY LIVING HOSPICE CENTER) 1800 East Garry Ave, Suite #221 Santa Ana 866-575-5430 10am to 8pm 7 days a week Orange Co. Patient Group Collective 2315 E. 17th Street #4 Santa Ana 714-547-2525 Mon-Fri 10am to 7:45pm SatSun 11am to 6:45pm The Patients Group Delivery Service Santa Clarita 818-297-0704 8am to 10pm 7 days a week The Farmacy 2305 Main Santa Monica 323-848-7981 10am to 8pm The Greenhouse Herbs 5156 Sepulveda Blvd Sherman Oaks 818-386-1343 11am to 8pm Sherman Oaks Collective Care 14200 Ventura Boulevard #101 Sherman Oaks 818-783-8332 Mon-Sat 10am to 8pm Sun 11am to 6pm Liberty Bell Temple 2823 Hyperion Avenue Silverlake 323-663-2420 Mon-Sat 12pm to 10pm Sun 12pm to 7pm The Higher Path 2227 Sunset Blvd Silverlake 213-484-1001 12pm to 9pm South Gate Herbal Healing Center 13194 Paramount #B South Gate 562-634-1354 11am to 8pm

Alternative Medicine Group 10964 Ventura Blvd Studio City 818-762-5886 10am to 8pm Holistic Care of Studio City 12406 Ventura Blvd #B Studio City 818-985-5551 11am to 8pm LAHC 11101 Ventura Boulevard Unit 1 Studio City 818-506-6364 12pm to 9pm 7 days a week

OC Alternative Pain Management Group Age Limit 21 and Over Santa Ana 7142996207 Mon - Fri 12pm to 6pm Sat 12pm to 5pm Closed on Sunday Compasionate Patient Resources 19237 1/2 Ventura Blvd Tarzana 818-343-3690 Mon-Sat 12pm to 8pm Sun 12pm to 7pm

Studio City Medical Marijuana Patient Collective 4707 Whitsett Avenue Studio City 818-487-1887 Mon-Sun 11am to 8pm

So Cal Co-op 19459 Ventura Boulevard Tarzana 818-344-7622 Mon-Sat 10am to 10pm Sun 11am to 9pm

The Wellness Earth Energy Dispensary 12021 1/2 Ventura Blvd Studio City 818-980-2266 11am to 8pm

Cannamed 1879 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks 805-497-9190 M-F 11 to 7

V.N.C. Holistic Care 8879 Laurel Canyon Boulevard #C Sun Valley 818-230-2806 Mon-Fri 11am to 9pm Sat 12pm to 8pm Sun 12pm to 6pm The Little Cottage Caregivers 8133 Foothill Blvd Sunland 818-353-7204 10am to 9pm Greenlight Discount Pharmacy 15507 Cobalt Street #4 Sylmar 818-256-1964 Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm Sun 11am to 5pm

Delta 9 1321 W. Carson St. Torrance 310-618-3582 10am to 8pm Green cross of Torrance 1658 B. West Carson St. Torrance 310-533-9363 10am to 8pm SCI 10037 Commerce Ave. Tujunga 818-273-4567 10am to 8pm Foothill Wellness Center 7132 Foothills Blvd. Tujunga 818-352-3388 Mon Thurs 11am -8pm Fri-Sat 11am-8:30pm Sun 12-6pm


44 Directory Tujunga Hills Caregivers 6920 Foothill Blvd. Tujunga 818-352-9400 M-W 12-8pm Th-F 11-9 Sa 12-8 Caregivers Medical Resource 12458 Magnolia Blvd. Valley Village 818-980-8420 10-8 Daily

The Farmacy Venice 1059 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice 310-392-3890 Mon-Wed 11am to 9pm Thurs Sat 11am to 10pm Sun 12-7pm Evaluation Center For Medical Marijuana Venice 808-497-9255

Valley Village Caregivers 4843 Laurel Canyon Valley Village 818-505-1330 M-Sa 11am-10pm Sun 12-7

Ironworks Collective 4100 Lincoln Blvd. Venice/Mar Vista 310-305-8425 11am to 8pm

Holistic Therapeutic Center 12410 Burbank Blvd. #103 Valley Village 818-980-5999 Sun-Th 10am-8pm Fr 10-4

Ventura County Compassionate Caregivers Deliveries 805-558-8300

TLMD 12458 Magnolia Blvd Valley Village 818-761-9581 M-Sat 9am-9pm Sun 1pm-9pm Herbology Collective 1811 Ocean Froint Walk #D Venice 310-823-2909 Daily 11-10 Nile Collective 1501 Pacific Ave. Venice 310-392-9900 11am -8pm Supplemental Organic Solutions 328 S. Lincoln Blvd. Venice 310-450-9141 Daily 11-7 Alternativd Caregives 122 S. Lincoln Ave. #204 Venice 877-219-3809 12pm to 8pm

West LA Collective Caregivers 7901 Santa Monica Blvd. #206 West Hollywood Zen Healing 8464 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood 323-656-6611 11am to 8pm Evaluation Center for Medical Marijuana Westlake Village 805-497-9255 The Farmacy Westwood 1035 Galey Ave. Westwood 310-208-0820 Mon-Wed 12pm to 8pm Thurs Sat 12pm to 9pm Sun closed

Nova Medical Center 7230 Medical Center Dr. #502 West Hills, 866-580-3872

South Bay Wellness Network 1127 Anaheim St Wilmington 310-514-6473

WV 420 Collective Deliver Service 818-274-4479 Fairfax Organic Farm 800 N. Fairfax Ave. #100

Boulevard Collective 19709 Ventura Blvd. #B Woodland Hills 818-710-1166

West Hollywood 323-951-0691 M-Th 11-10, F-Su 10-8 Alternative Herbal Health Services 7828 Santa Monica West Hollywood 323-654-8792 10am to 8pm Eden’s Therapy 6757 ½ Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood 323-463-8937 Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group 7213 Santa Monica #C West Hollywood 323-882-6033 Mon-Sat 10am to 7:45 Sun 12pm to 7pm

Grasshopper 215 21146 Ventura Blvd. #206 Woodland Hills 818-340-KUSH Herbal Solutions 22728 Ventura Blvd. #A Woodland Hills 818-704-1300 Mon to Satu 11am to 8pm, Sun 12 to 7pm West Valley Caregivers 23067 Ventura Blvd. #102 Woodland Hills 818-591-5899 West Valley Patients Group 23043 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818-224-4146 Mon to Fri 9:30am to 10pm Sat 10am to 9pm Sun 11am to 8pm

Zenergy 22102 Clarendon ST. #6 Woodland Hills 818-712-0871 Mon to Sat 10am to 8pm Sun 10am to 6pm The Hills Caregivers 20000 Ventura Blvd. #b Woodland Hills 818-999-3265 Sun to Thurs 11am to 8pm FriSat 11am to 9pm Topanga Caregivers 6457 Topanga Canyon Blvd Woodland Hills 818-716-9200 11am to 9pm Woodland Hills Treatment Center 5338 Alhama Dr. 2nd Floor Woodland Hills 818-884-8338 Mon-Sat 10am to 8pm Sun 11pm to 5pm Pure Green Releaf Delivery Service Los Angeles And Ventura County 888-735-3231

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