Lake Forest Seeks High Court Review of Pot Ruling

Since this effects South Orange county I thought it was note worthy.

The City Council voted Tuesday evening to challenge a recent appellate ruling regarding marijuana sales in the city.

 Lake Forest will ask the state Supreme Court to review a recent appellate court ruling that barred cities from banishing marijuana dispensaries that grow product on site, city officials announced Tuesday.

During its closed session talks that regularly precede the public portion of its meeting, the City Council authorized Lake Forest’s legal team to request a formal review of the recently-released decision, City Attorney Scott Smith said at the meeting.

On Leap Day, the Fourth Appellate District Court ruled that city officials may use their nuisance ordinance to regulate the dispensaries and collectives, but not to ban them entirely by declaring all dispensaries a nuisance.

The ruling struck down a preliminary injunction from Orange County Superior Court Judge David Chaffee in May 2010 that would have shut down the Evergreen Holistic Collective, a dispensary operating then among a second-story row of similar businesses on Raymond Way.

However, dispensaries aren’t expected to move back into their vacated storefronts, since the ruling specifically noted that stores must cultivate the marijuana dispensed there on site.

None of the pot shops operating in Lake Forest had been selling a product grown at the store, according to city officials.

Requesting a Supreme Court review is the city’s latest move in its ongoing legal battle aimed at pushing dispensaries out of Lake Forest for good.

Source Lake Forest Seeks High Court Review of Pot Ruling – Lake Forest, CA Patch

I have seen this with one of our collective members who has lost about 70 lbs since he has started with using marijuana therapy, and because of loosing all the weight, the pain in his back and knee pain has subsided, and allowed him to get around more, without pain.  All without liver or kidney damaging drugs!


Blocking a marijuana-like chemical in the brain could help fuel effortless weight loss, according to a new study on mice.

Researchers at the University of California at Irvine engineered mice to have lower brain levels of the endocannabinoid 2-AG, a compound similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) believed to help regulate metabolism.

“Endocannabinoids are our own marijuana-like chemicals. We make them, our brains make them,” said study author Daniele Piomelli, a professor of pharmacology at UC Irvine. “Their role in the brain is to control body metabolism outside the brain.”

The modified mice ate more and moved less than their unmodified counterparts without gaining weight, even when they were fed a high-fat diet.

“These mice had what really looked like a much faster metabolism than normal mice. They burned fat calories more efficiently,” said Piomelli. Specifically their brown fat, a type of fat that keeps mammals warm, became hyperactive, converting to heat much quicker than in normal mice.

Despite their dismal diet and nonexistent exercise routine, the modified mice showed no signs of metabolic syndrome — a group of conditions that include  high blood pressure and insulin resistance that up the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

“It was really very striking,” said Piomelli. “Striking for all of us who struggle to maintain our weight or lose some.”

The study was published today in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Piomelli said he hoped to develop drugs that could selectively diminish levels of 2-AG in the brain and, in doing so, “boost our capacity to burn fat calories.” But don’t ditch the gym membership yet, he warned. Developing the drug could take years.

“It’s not easy but certainly feasible,” Piomelli said. “First, we need to really study the mice to make sure there are no unwanted side effects. We don’t want to waste time developing drugs that can cause more harm than good.”

In the meantime, people who want to lose weight should focus on eating less and moving more.

“There’s no magic bullet anywhere,” said Dr. Stuart Weiss, an endocrinologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. “We have to use our fortitude to resist overeating now that food is so available. And exercise is a great way to burn the extra energy created by the food we do eat.”


From time to time I like to share articles relating to the subject. Here is a short one.

Smoking marijuana doesn’t boost your chances of getting lung cancer, even if you’re a long-time, heavy dope user, according to a new study.

The U.S. researchers were surprised by their findings, presented this week at a conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. They had expected the controversial weed would jack up cancer risk, just like smoking tobacco.

Moderate pot smoking won’t hurt lungs: study
In fact, previous studies have shown that marijuana tar contains 50 per cent higher concentrations of chemicals linked to lung cancer, compared with tobacco, said lead researcher Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles. What’s more, marijuana smokers hold their breath about four times longer than tobacco consumers, allowing more time for the hazardous particles to deposit in the lungs.

Even so, the study of more than 2,000 people with different smoking habits found no link between dope smoking and lung, head or neck cancers.

Dr. Tashkin speculates that THC, a chemical in marijuana smoke, “may encourage aging cells to die earlier and therefore be less likely to undergo cancerous transformation.”

Despite the reassuring findings, Dr. Tashkin isn’t encouraging people to light up a joint. “I wouldn’t give any smoke substance a clean bill of health,” he told Bloomberg News. There is still reason to believe dope might contribute to other lung ailments such as bronchitis and respiratory infections.

PAUL TAYLOR | Columnist profile | E-mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 04, 2011 4:21PM EST
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 1:56PM EDT

More news I’d like to share with you…

As the the 2012 election year shifts into full gear, the subject of legalizing marijuana has yet again come to the forefront. Most notably, Ron Paul has gained a large following of pro-marijuana advocates, citing his consistent pot-friendly stance during his 30-year tenure in the House of Representatives.

Outside of the realm of politics, marijuana also has the autism community talking, with many questioning the safeness and efficacy of the drug for those on the autism spectrum.

In 2009, Mieko Hester-Perez made national headlines for giving her then-ten-year-old son marijuana, which she claims saved his life. With her son Joey’s weight dropping to a dangerous 46 lbs. due to his very poor diet, Perez began prescribed treatments of marijuana-laced brownies, which caused the youngster to immediately gain 38 lbs., restoring his health in the process. In addition to an increased appetite, Perez also claims the marijuana helped curb her son’s self-injurious behavior, wandering and aggressive demeanor — all within a short period of time.

As the Perez story made the rounds, other desperate families quickly followed suit, creating a huge tug-of-war debate about the ethical, legal and health implications of medical marijuana for autism.

Not surprisingly, some physicians have been very critical of its use and claim there is little data to support its effectiveness and argue that prolonged treatments can have huge implications for those on the autism spectrum. And as one of our authors pointed out in a story last year, the use of psychotropics and other mind-altering drugs for autism almost always result in undesired consequences.

I agree that we should be extremely wary of putting anything in our children’s bodies that will affect their mood, behavior or psychological state. However, playing the role of devil’s advocate, it’s also very difficult to argue against the success Mieko Hester-Perez has experienced with her child.

We would love to get your thoughts on this topic — please let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Gary G. Porter



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The following was borrowed from Wikipedia:

Medical use

Main article: Medical cannabis

In 1978 Robert Randall sued the federal government for arresting him for using cannabis to treat his glaucoma. The judge ruled Randall needed cannabis for medical purposes and required the Food and Drug Administration set up a program to grow cannabis on a farm at the University of Mississippi and to distribute 300 cannabis cigarettes a month to Randall. In 1992 George H. W. Bush discontinued the program after Randall tried to make AIDS patients eligible for the program. Thirteen people were already enrolled and were allowed to continue receiving cannabis cigarettes; today the government still ships cannabis cigarettes to seven people. Irvin Rosenfeld, who became eligible to receive cannabis from the program in 1982 to treat rare bone tumors, urged the George W. Bush administration to reopen the program; however, he was unsuccessful.[69]

So it would seem the the Feds say Marijuana is a schedule 1 narcotic. Which means it has no known medical benefits. And in reality they grow it and distribute it to a very small number of patients for very beneficial reasons. What I would like to see is the Fed’s come clean with their stance and reschedule it to a schedule 2 narcotic. Which means that it does have some medical benefits. That would be honest and open up testing and research in this country that could stand to help millions of people.

Due to its non-psychoactive healing properties, Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very popular option for patients seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and more. As patients start to understand how CBD can be used to alleviate their symptoms, they are often faced with a choice between using products made from CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD. So, what exactly is the difference between the two?
When CBD is referred to as full spectrum or whole plant CBD, it means that the CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation. CBD Isolate, on the other hand, is simply purified CBD that has been extracted from the marijuana plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids. So why is this important, and why would a patient choose one over the other? Let’s continue!


As shown in the chart above, each cannabinoid offers different benefits for a wide variety of ailments. Notably, CBD offers nearly all the benefits of each cannabinoid combined. While there is no debate that CBD offers the most benefits compared to any single cannabinoid, many wonder if CBD alone is more effective for treating ailments than all the cannabinoids combined.
It was previously believed that CBD in its isolated form was more potent and concentrated than full spectrum CBD; however, in 2015, the theory was debunked by a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem. In the study, researchers administered full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate to two different groups of mice. When comparing the data of the two groups, the results proved that the group administered with full spectrum CBD were provided with higher levels of relief. Furthermore, the study demonstrated that full spectrum CBD continued to provide relief as the dose increased, while CBD Isolate did not provide the same effect when there was an increase in dosage.
While full spectrum CBD has ultimately proven to be more effective than CBD Isolate and can be used to effectively treat a wide variety of ailments, it does not discredit the effectiveness of CBD Isolate. There are a wide variety of situations when CBD isolate would be preferred over Full Spectrum CBD. For example, you may not necessarily need the full capabilities of Full Spectrum CBD, or if you aren’t legally allowed to use THC. It is also important to note that other cannabinoids may cause negative reactions when isolated CBD wouldn’t (if the condition you are suffering from is critical, we definitely advise you speak to a medical consultant before trying out any version of CBD).
As researchers continue to study the marijuana plant, we will learn more and more about these amazing cannabinoids and what they can do for us. If you’d like to view current research on how CBD and the other cannabinoids benefit different conditions, visit our repository of medical research that covers over 50 medical conditions: click here.
We hope that this article helped you understand the difference between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD, and if you have any questions or comments, we invite you to engage in the comments section below!
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December 29, 2015

Debby Goldsberry, a True Cannabis Pioneer

Debby Goldsberry and
Ed Rosenthal at the 2015 ICBC

We are fortunate that Debby had a moment in her busy schedule to answer a few questions for our blog:

After helping found Berkeley Patients Group and helping turn BPG into one of the nation’s model cannabis dispensaries, you have now found your way to Magnolia Wellness, how has your transition gone?

You rose from Ambassador to Executive Director at Magnolia, any tips for others that start out in a cannabis business with goals of working their way up?

The cannabis industry is built on trust, understanding, and good old fashioned proving yourself. When I arrived at Magnolia Wellness, the leadership told me that there was only one way forward, and that was to work my way up. After two years of dedication to the organization, helping increase membership by over 65% in the last year alone, the board finally adopted me into the role of Executive Director. Magnolia has already been operationalized and running nicely for several years, so I am taking the lead at a dispensary ready to take next steps, fine tuning and building upon existing standard operating procedures. This means a lot of analysis right off, learning what works and does not, and making clear choices about expansion and budgeting. My advice, set your goals, and spend time developing the skills, making the connections, and proving both your abilities and who you are as a person, before expecting a leadership role in the cannabis industry.

Under your leadership, BPG became a shining example of caring for the community as part of a good business model. Can you share some thoughts about that and whether that same focus has carried over to Magnolia?

Yes! Magnolia’s board of directors is staying the same, with some key additions, including a hospice nurse, and they originally built Magnolia using BPG as a model. The founder, Dave Spradlin, has a heart of gold, and has always focused on the “wellness model” as a key to developing the dispensary. This includes offering free services to members, doing community service work in Oakland, donating to key groups like Parents 4 Pot, and giving free medicine to people most in need. Nothing will really change, except that we plan to continue to grow the collective and to fulfill its founding vision. As far as my personal long standing goals of ending cannabis prohibition, freeing prisoners, keeping families together, and stopping the misguided war on drugs, we will absolutely keep up that fight, until each person who needs cannabis medicines can receive them and all the people are free.

Any specials or deals of Magnolia’s that you would like to highlight?

Ed Rosenthal and Amber E. Senter have both joined the Magnolia Wellness team last month, so you can expect some epic happenings soon. The first event is our New Year’s Day party, from 12 – 8 PM, with a DJ, free samples, and lots of specials on the cannabis medicines.

California’s legalization battle already seems pretty heated within the community. Can you share any of your initial thoughts and concerns?

Personally, I think it will be important to unite behind one initiative, even if the wording is not perfect and the execution of it does not work out exactly right. As we saw with CA’s Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, even an imperfect law can accomplish major goals. We have had near legalization for medical patients here for 20 years, which granted has been an uphill battle to implement, but from it sprang legalization around the world. If we have to unite behind the Sean Parker backed initiative to make changes, or at least agree to remain silent in public about concerns, to take steps that will end arrests and free people from jail, we should do that. I favor the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform initiative, which, if funded, has better language and a greater likelihood of ending prohibition.

December 21, 2015

Green Rush Consulting: Helping You from Seed to Success

When did you first get involved in cannabis law reform activism and why?

I first considered myself a cannabis activist at the age of 15, when I grew my first cannabis plant. At that moment I knew that it would be a part of my life forever. From that moment on I continued to cultivate the medicinal plant in various stages throughout my life for the next 20 years. Around 7 years ago, I began consulting for license applications and working with policies in California and throughout the U.S.

Can you describe the work of Green Rush Consulting?

Green Rush Consulting provides services that help build cannabis-based businesses from A to Z. It consists of a specialized core team with a focus on business licensing, development, and deployment. GRC has a vast network of relationships to provide the best solutions for creating a cannabis-based business, and has successfully won many types of licenses throughout the United States.

What states have you worked in?

California, New Jersey, Arizona, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, Maryland.

Any success stories that you want to highlight?

GRC helped open the very first dispensary in Illinois history to be registered in the state. I consider this a great highlight as the license application process was extremely difficult and limited.

Any tips or advice for those getting started in the industry or thinking of joining?

Yes get started now! Make sure you are committed to becoming a successful cannabis entrepreneur and be ready to take on anything. With the dynamic changes that happen in the industry, it is important to shield yourself from danger, create efficient and sustainable business solutions, and be well prepared for any type of change that comes with the turf.

California is certainly a hotbed of activity, any thoughts you would like to share about the new medical regulations?

Yes I think that California is ready for legalization however it is very divided on the issue. Because California was the birthplace of the cannabis industry you see today it is also the most established market. The fact it has been so loose when it comes to regulations has made it very difficult in peoples minds to embrace any regulations. As opposed to the newer states, most medical cannabis cultivators have been living their careers as “outlaws” since the beginning of the cannabis industry as it was necessary to do so.

It is critical that all individuals and groups who believe in cannabis should unify together and under a legislation that makes sense. The nation and the world is watching California and it will be up to us to create regulations that reform cannabis laws responsibly for everyone in this state and beyond.

What about any of the legalization measures that have been filed?

The most talked about legalization measure is the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, also known as the Sean Parker Initiative. I think that the act has a lot of great language in it to protect small farmers, assist with non-violent offenders, and provide a structure for licensing of facilities. There are pros and cons to this piece of legislation.

It seems that you have crafted a family atmosphere at Green Rush, including working with your significant other (something that I can relate to), how would you describe your company culture and how the dynamics work for you?

The company culture of GRC is very family-oriented and community based. Our values of Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, Diversity, and Unity transcend across our business relationships and internal operations. As the founder working with my spouse as a co-founder, I find it very rewarding to work together on the evolution of the business and the industry itself. We incorporate community events that allow the company to connect with the businesses and individuals who create the heart of the industry. I feel very grateful to be with the talented people on our team as we pioneer this together.

Any challenging stories regarding regulations compliance that you would like to share?

We recently submitted many applications in Maryland for multiple businesses. I have to say that Maryland was the most difficult application process to submit for a license in terms of competition as well as completing. The challenge of having only 45 days and pivoting to fit the regulations in a short time is a daunting task and took us significant effort to be successful as opposed to other state processes. I can only expect that we will see more of this type of application process going forward.

Anything that you would like to add?

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