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 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
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.