Going To Pot!

Posted: August 22, 2014 by oldbrew in Idiots, Legal


California’s going even more potty.


By Paul Homewood



Now I know the world has gone crazy!

The Washington Times reports:

Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs.

The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit, saying the city is violating the California Environmental Quality Act, United Press International reported.

The suit names as defendants the Coastal Commission and the city of San Diego and claims the zoning laws put in place for marijuana dispensaries means patients have to actually get in their cars to drive to the remote locations — and the additional drive times will only increase the city’s air pollution levels.

On top of that, some patients, perhaps those without cars, will now have to grow their own marijuana plants…

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  1. Curious George says:

    Welcome to Cacophonia.

  2. M Simon says:

    The endocannabinoid system is very underutilized in medicine. Some of the best work is being done in Israel. Look up Raphael Mechoulam. Also Dr. Maria Sanchez of Madrid.

    And then there is this: http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/biochemist-who-cured-his-stage-4-prostate-cancer-with-cannabis-oil-explains-how-it-works/

    The biochemist is Dennis Hill. He talks about apoptosis of cancer cells – and other things.

  3. M Simon says:

    I should mention that stage 4 cancer is metastasis – normally a death sentence.

  4. TG McCoy says:

    What abut all the tar in the lungs of the pot user? Do these people drive with the windows open anyway? BTW the only time I was ever shot at was by a pot grower who shot my airplane with a 30.6
    While I concede there some medicinal value and should be researched, I do not think that medical pot is particularly effective against hangnails, halitosis, acne, etc. Which is the problem with medical pot laws today.

  5. M Simon says:

    TG McCoy says:
    August 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Yeah. The tar in the lungs is a problem. It has anti-tumor properties. Also cannabis clears the airways (useful for cystic fibrosis). Donald Tashkin – once an ardent prohibitionist discovered that cannabis smoke had no significant effect on the lungs. Then he looked further and found it had mild anti-cancer properties.

    When was the last time you got shot at flying over a wheat field? I think you have discovered an important property of prohibition. Let me post some American poetry from alcohol prohibition.

    Prohibition is an awful flop.
    We like it.
    It can’t stop what it’s meant to stop.
    We like it.
    It’s left a trail of graft and slime,
    It won’t prohibit worth a dime,
    It’s filled our land with vice and crime.
    Nevertheless, we’re for it.

    Franklin P. Adams, 1931

    I wonder why people like Prohibition so much? It is nothing but a price support (subsidy) for criminals.

  6. oldbrew says:

    The status of cannabis laws in the US seems a bit confused these days?

    AFAIK federal law bans it for general use, but some states have cannabis shops and their own laws that appear to contradict federal law.


  7. M Simon says:


    It is the consequence of a Federal system. It was designed that way. Alcohol Prohibition worked the same way. Maryland never did prohibit it. Without the concurrence of the States there is not a lot of Law the Federal Government can enforce.

  8. w.w.wygart says:

    It’s only a long drive because when you’re loaded you’re probably only doing about 15mph!

  9. M Simon says:

    w.w.wygart says:
    August 28, 2014 at 5:28 am

    So what do you know about your body’s endocannabinoid system? Not a lot I’d wager.

    Being an expert on cannabis is as easy as being an expert on climate. The less you know (or the more you get from the popular press) the more expert you are. Funny how that works.

  10. w.w.wygart says:


    In cannabis culture in the US there is a classic joke, dating back forty years at least, where two potheads are pulled over by the cops. Worried that they are going to be busted for speeding, when the cop asks them, ‘Do you know why I stopped you?’ hoping to get off without a ticket the pair automatically apologize profusely for going too fast. The cop cuts them off and says, ‘You were going fifteen miles an hour in a thirty-five zone.’

    Normally people familiar with the effects of cannabis laugh when told the joke, or smile politely when somebody makes reference to it.

    As for, “So what do you know about your body’s endocannabinoid system? Not a lot I’d wager. ”

    I’m certainly not an expert in the pharmacology of the “endocannabinoid system”, just what I’ve picked up over the years at the vaults of Erowid, but I do know that if pursued with an intention to learn what the experience is all about, that when taken *rarely* but at *high doses*, cannabis can be a spectacularly visual hallucinogen, can induce a kind of synesthesia that turns music into a space you experience as three dimensional, and that there is a goddess who lives inside the molecule who will talk to you about who and what she is – if you ask. What does that mean in scientific terms? who knows, but the experience is REAL – which of course is a trip in itself.