The MMJ Project Report | Vol. 1 | No. 1

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on October 20, 2008

Updates From The MMJ Project | Vol. 1 | No. 1


From The Artist

From the Artist: Welcome To The MMJ Project Report

Welcome to the first of of my occasional updates on The MMJ Project.

The MMJ Project is a documentary style art project focused on the world of medical marijuana seen from this patient’s point-of-view.

The MMJ Project began as a way to collect the various elements of work relating to medical marijuana that I had done over the years, but quickly mutated after I launched my first version of onehumanbeing.com in early June of this year.

Through a number of twists and turns, by early July I had become a community volunteer at a local medical marijuana collective – CannaCollective Long Beach or CCLB – taking photos of all the herb that comes in and posting menus with the photos on WeedTracker.com, a website for medical marijuana patients.

Since then I’ve been pursuing the idea of an informal MMJ “database” of various strains and what illnesses and ailments they each work best for, based on anecdotal evidence and stories from other medical marijuana using patients.

Besides the “strain database” aspect of the project, I have a whole “to do” list of ideas… and a lot less time. So I’ll start with this occasional check-in and posting – The MMJ Project Report – to keep people updated on The MMJ Project as it grows and as I work my way down the list.

Photos

Photos From October…

I got back from vacation in the middle of last week to find out that CCLB had acquired a whole new, beautiful selection of herb for their members that needed to be photographed and posted on the CCLB menu at WeedTracker.com.

The list of herbs I had to look forward to seeing and smelling were both familiar herbs like Granddaddy Purple, Trainwreck, Bubba Kush, Sugar Kush, Black Master Kush and Juicy Fruit along with a few I hadn’t seen before like Misstree, Blueberry Kush and XXX.

[ A note about herb prices: At CCLB there are several donation price levels for the herb it gets for it's members. Even though they often have some pretty nice herb for $40-$45 an 1/8th of an ounce, the standard level is $50 for an 1/8th ; this is below the average herb price in Long Beach, and is the price level CCLB tries it's hardest to keep stocked with quality medicine. The top level is $65, at least as far as I've ever seen. Many places charge $75 or more for top quality herb. I'll go more in depth on collective pricing in another post... ]

Here are the photos and my informal impressions…

On the $50 level was an amazing Granddaddy Purple or GDP, the most purplest GDP I’ve ever seen, smelled or tasted. Out of the many times I’ve seen or tried GDP, this batch is the closest to strain defining, in my opinion. It reminded me that I wish someone would make an air-freshener with a GDP fragrance.





Also at the $50 level was a top-notch Trainwreck; lime green, crystalline with that Trainwreck smell and taste that I usually think of as medicinal and tart. A unique and unmistakable smell. Trainwreck is known for it’s upbeat high, and this batch didn’t disappoint.





Another of the $50s I photographed was a hybrid called Misstree, one of the ones I hadn’t seen before… a cross of two Sativas – Super Silver Haze and Thai Haze. The buds are fluffy as you might expect from a Sativa, and the high was pleasant and airy… conversational herb, but not outstanding.





The last of the $50s I photographed was Black Master Kush. Beautiful… stunning (almost as breathtaking as the GDP)… I didn’t know if I wanted to smoke the bud I got or keep it as a small, crystallized sculpture with a deep woods musty smell that I’m still trying to come up with words to describe. Deep and richer than the smell of OG Kush, and probably closer to the smell of Woody Kush… something like Thanksgiving dinner and a Christmas cozy fireplace, an old wood lined library and brandy sniffers…





Unfortunately three of the $65 level herbs were less than inspiring; Juicy Fruit, Blueberry Kush and the Bubba Kush.

The Juicy Fruit was brutally manicured and not cured enough.





The Blueberry Kush left me flat (I liked the photos better)…





and the Bubba Kush looks as if it’s been roughly handled and doesn’t seem that fresh.





There were two herbs at $65 that are more than worth their price; Sugar Kush and XXX. The Sugar Kush was a beautifully trimmed, crystallized Kush buds – very nice – my compliments to the grower.





I saved the best for last – XXX. Wow! I’m going to have to find out more about this strain. Something about it reminds me of old school California Skunk Buds, around 1983 or ’84.





I loved Skunk Buds and they still hold a special place in my heart. When I started smoking herb, it was my regular herb, along with Thai stick and Chocolate Thai. I always thought that Skunk was the more psychoactive of the three and all of them had an upbeat, motivational Sativa high.

Every few months I go through a period where I miss those old school buds… and this strain – XXX – is the closest I’ve tasted. I sure hope this becomes a regular strain at CCLB.

News For This Update

Medical Marijuana Is Finally, Really, And Without A Doubt The Law In The State Of California… Almost

My response follows the article. Read on…
(this is reprinted from ASA http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=5597)

California Supreme Court Denies Review of San Diego Medical Marijuana Case

Advocates prepared to pursue litigation against counties refusing to uphold state law
San Francisco, CA — The California Supreme Court refused to review a landmark medical marijuana case today that will require all counties to implement the state identification program. The County of San Diego filed suit against the State of California in February 2006, arguing that state law was preempted by federal law. That argument was rejected by the San Diego Superior Court in December of 2006 and was also later denied by the Fourth District Court of Appeals on July 31, 2008. The lawsuit challenged the validity of the state identification card program, as well as the foundation of California’s medical marijuana laws, but the decisions by both lower and appellate courts found that the ID card program and state law remained valid and does not violate the state constitution.

“The San Diego case is now final under California law,” said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel of Americans for Safe Access, who argued before the appellate court on behalf of patients. “The courts have made clear that federal law does not preempt state law relating to medical marijuana and that local officials must comply with California’s medical marijuana laws.”

In a unanimous opinion earlier this year, the Court of Appeals ruled that the federal Controlled Substances Act “signifies Congress’s intent to maintain the power of states to elect ‘to serve as a laboratory in the trial of novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country’ by preserving all state laws that do not positively conflict with the CSA.”

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), along with the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, defended the interests of patients in fighting San Diego’s appeal to the State Supreme Court. Both organizations successfully intervened as defendants in the lawsuit in August of 2006, while the case was still being litigated in the Superior Court. After the appellate court ruling, ASA put all counties that had not yet implemented the ID card program on notice of their obligation to implement state law, in particular the state ID card program, which both assists law enforcement and affords greater greater protection to patients.

“We expect the remaining holdout counties to implement the medical marijuana card program immediately,” continued Elford. “And if they continue to refuse to comply with state law, we will call upon the courts to require them to do so.”

San Diego County was originally joined by San Bernardino and Merced Counties, but Merced chose not to appeal, opting instead to implement the state ID card program and a Sheriff’s policy on medical marijuana patient encounters. In an unusual move, the City of San Diego voiced its opposition to the County’s lawsuit by filing an amicus ‘friend of the court’ brief in December 2007, siding with the Attorney General and medical marijuana patient advocates.

For further information:
California Court of Appeals ruling from July 31, 2008: http://www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/San_Diego_Appeal_Ruling.pdf
ASA’s web page on the San Diego case: http://www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org/article.php?id=4405

… Almost

The article above should make me happy – very happy, but I read Saturday that The County of San Diego has already filed an appeal. Now that’s using taxpayer money to uphold the will of the people… a very small number of people.

I’m sorry, that brings out the cynicism in me; I have lost patience for people using their position to try an ignore laws they don’t like, while choosing which laws to prosecute based on their personal opinions.

This is not respect for the rule of law that is the standard of a civilized society, but the ways of despots and opportunists and the slippery morals of decayed judgment.

The history of “The War on Drugs” is a catalog of stories of this kind of cancer… you could make a weekly series out of these sad stories of corruption, falsehood, racism, moral bankruptcy – just the stuff of good crime dramas are made of – and you’ll never run out of true stories to feed your weekly show.

Does this seem a little over the top for an appeal from San Diego County? Yeah, probably, if I hadn’t been watching this same kind of thing for more than 20 years. Really, enough is enough.

My request to all elected, appointed or sworn officials of the State of California concerning medical marijuana – Uphold the laws of the State of California. Period. Stop supporting or facilitating in any way the DEA’s attempt to intimidate California and it’s citizens from carrying out the laws that have been lawfully enacted, court supported, addressed by the state legislature, and supported by more than 70% of the population.

Medical marijuana is part of our State’s Constitution – and local officials are required by law to provide for “safe and affordable” access to medical marijuana for patients that have a state medial marijuana ID card or a recommendation from their doctor.

It’s time for MMJ patients to start demanding equal protection under the law. We never asked for our medicine to be a legal issue, but because it is a legal issue for us, then it’s a civil rights issue.

No more discrimination, no more lies about our medicines from the government, no more blocking medical marijuana research, no more being on the defense…

What do we want? Safe Access. When do we want it? We want it NOW.
What do we want? Equal Protection. When do we want it? We want it NOW.
What do we want? To be left alone… When do we want it? We want it NOW.

Rant over.

Until next update, best of health, and stay safe…

Jon, onehumanbeing

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Why Do I Need This Sign In 2008

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on October 8, 2008


Why Do I Need This Sign In 2008?

Why Do I Need This Sign In 2008?

I’m sorry if you have already seen this photo from Monday’s rally in Los Angeles where over 350 patients, providers, volunteers and supporters peacefully protested the DEA’s persecution of Moro Bay clinic owner Charles C. Lynch, but I had to post it today.

[To find out more about our DEA's misguided prosecution of a person providing medicine to sick and dieing patients - legal patients in the State of California - visit Friends of Charles C. Lynch.]

Today two medical marijuana dispensaries were raided by the DEA here in Long Beach, California. Long Beach Holistic and HHA, both on 4th Street, had patients report on the DEA raid on WeedTracker.com – an online service for medical marijuana patients.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to gather any more information about these raids, or to find out if these raids were connected to the raid in Laguna Beach. I do know that neither of these dispensaries were among the ones that attended the rally on Monday, so any thought of payback would seem to be unfounded at this point.

What I do know is that it is time for the DEA to step back and respect the will of the voters here in California. I can not think of another issue that has drawn this kind of jackboot response from the Feds, and such blatant disrespect of states rights.

Federal courts have ruled recently in California’s favor concerning the feds need to respect our laws and sovereignty. Members of Congress have sent strong letters to the DEA concerning this trampling of medical marijuana patients and their providers. Why doesn’t the DEA listen? Are they a rouge agency that thinks it’s beyond the law? I hope not, but all evidence points that way.

For all I know we’ll find out about some shady business practice or lack of proper business license as the reason for the raid, but it’s the DEA actions that have impeded the ability of people to be as thorough as businesses should be… Just look at Charles C. Lynch’s case. He did everything by the book – as legal as a legal business can be in California. He was a recognized business person in his Moro Bay community. Yet now he’s looking at 100 years in prison if the Feds have their way.

This is not the way to run a law-abiding nation. If the leaders won’t follow the laws, or seek to circumvent them because of their personal dislike of a law, do you think the citizens will keep respecting the law?

The silver lining – Obama has said he would stop this kind of trampling of states right – and he’s up in the polls with 27 days to go…

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Photos from the Free Charles C. Lynch Rally

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on October 6, 2008

It’s late and I’ve run out of energy for today, so I’ll add descriptions and my thoughts about the rally tomorrow, but here’s the photos…

Enjoy…

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Free Charles Lynch Protest

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on October 5, 2008

Very important -Reprinted From WeedTracker.com

FREE CHARLES C. LYNCH peace for protest downtown LA 10/6 8am courtsupport 11am rally



Ok, this is going to be the official announcement thread for the protest. Mr. WT can you create a banner to link to this thread? Thank you in advance. Here are the details:



Monday, October 6, 2008
U.S. District Courthouse
312 NORTH Spring street (at Temple St)
In downtown LA
8 am new trial hiring – courtroom 10
11 am rally in front of the courthouse

San Luis Obispo County dispensing collective operator Charles C. Lynch was raided by the DEA and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriffs on March 29, 2007 at Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers (CCCC) in Morro Bay, CA. Lynch stringently followed state, county and city medical cannabis regulations, and developed positive and open relationships with all top local officials. On March 29, 2007, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff called in the DEA to raid the dispensary.

On July 17, 2007, after his collective was already closed, the DEA and local sheriffs arrested Lynch on $400,000 bail, posted by his family and FACES UP TO 100 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON. Lynch was indicted for conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and concentrated cannabis, manufacturing (cultivating) more than 100 plants, knowingly maintaining a drug premises, and sales of marijuana to a person under the age of 21. Additionally, criminal forfeiture proceedings have begun on Lynch’s assets.

On August 5, 2008, in the midst of widespread media attention that highlighted DEA’s actions of imprisoning innocent people to send a political message, Lynch was convicted on all counts.

Watch Drew Carey’s account of Lynch’s struggle with the federal government on Reason.tv. For more information visit http://www.friendsofccl.com to give money, assistance, and support. Or, write to Judge Wu directly and plead for Charlie’s freedom. Letters of support helped Mickey Martin receive a lighter sentence, so we need to show the same support for Charles Lynch.

After the hearing, please join ASA for a rally at 11am at the federal courthouse to show support for victims of federal interference and to call for an end to raids and intimidation. We hope to have thousands of peaceful protesters there! Please mark your calendars for this important date now.**

Join patients, provider, and supporters for a peaceful protest to stand up for medical marijuana patients and providers and State law.

Help stop federal raids and indictments.



Show your support in court!
(professional attire and respectful demeanor requested)

Join the rally!

Bring: signs, banners, sunscreen, a hat, water and acoustic instruments and bring friends and loved ones to this peaceful protest for medical marijuana.

Organizers respectfully request you leave your medication at home or in your car and refrain from using medication that this event

Please medicate responsibly before or after the event. We do not want to news media to focus solely on protesters medicating. We want them to focus on our issues.

ASA and GLACA (which are two different organizations) CHALLENGES dispensaries to close until 3pm and bring 20 people (staff, volunteers, patients, supporters, etc) to this protest.

Coops that have agreed to close:
Western Caregivers Group Collective
Humboldt Relief
Some participating Coops prefer to remain unnamed in publications but are showing support
Some nonWT locations
[More to be added as confirmations come in]



Parking:
Parking in downtown Los Angeles is difficult and expensive PLEASE CARPOOL or take PUBLIC TRANSIT. Ask your coop to organize a carpool from or near the dispensary. There is parking below the mall on Main street between Temple and Aliso St. Price unknown
The parking lot on N Spring street directly across from City Hall (between Tom Bradley Blvd and Temple) costs $16.
There is parking on N. Spring Street Arcadia and W Cesar E Chavez Ave which cost $9 but fills up fast.
There is also parking on Main street between Arcadia and W Cesar E Chavez Ave price unknown
[More info to be added]
For public transit information, visit http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/default.htm

For more information
Visit www.americansForSafeAccess.org/FreeCharlesLynch
or call toll free 888-929-4367

Organizations who have helped with this event:
Americans for Safe Access
Weedtracker
GLACA
Marijuana Policy Project
NORML

UPDATE:

Rick Ray (who worked on the ReasonTV pieces) will be at the protest, filming for a documentary about Charles C. Lynch

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FREE Support Medical Marijuana Buttons

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on October 4, 2008

Note: This Offer Has Ended – January 2009

Yes, that’s right – FREE Support MMJ Buttons from Jon, onehumanbeing.

Own a small piece of The MMJ Project – own a souvenir of this moment in time in the MMJ movement…

How to get a button: Send a SASE (self-addressed-stamped-envelope) to:

Jon, onehumanbeing

3350 East 7th Street #336

Long Beach, CA 90804

…and I’ll drop one of the 750 or so MMJ buttons I have left from the first printing of 2000 (first printing – 4:20pm on 11-7-2007) into that SASE and send it on back to you. Get ‘em before they’re gone…

Mailing List: I WILL NOT be collecting addresses from mail sent in for this offer in the interest of protecting peoples privacy…

Only if you would like to be on the onehumanbeing mailing list, print out this page, fill out the info below, and send it along with your SASE…

Name:

Address:

City:

State:

Zip Code:

email address:

Offer good while supplies last. No purchase necessary. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for delivery. Only letters or packages with a SASE will receive a FREE button. One button per SASE. No other offer, product or promises are suggested, offered or implied by this giveaway. All images © onehumanbeing.com

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