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November 14, 2004 | Carol Mithers, Carol Mithers last wrote for the magazine on farmworker Salvador Ferreira.
Angel Raich flicks a butane lighter at the bowl of a small glass pipe, inhales deeply, then, in deference to a guest, blows the pungent smoke out the window of the sitting room in her three-story Oakland home. "Without cannabis, I would not survive," she says. The room is pale blue and filled with ceramic angels. Beside the lavender couch on which Raich sits, a table holds 11 small glass jars of medical-quality marijuana--strains that growers have named Juicy Fruit and Haze.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary to arrest two men, one of whom prosecutors said was sentenced to a year in jail before the bad evidence was discovered. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, face two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday. Martinez was charged with two additional felony counts of perjury and one count of filing a false report.
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NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Evan Halper and Cindy Carcamo
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug. For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials. The Arizona study had long ago been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration, but under federal rules, such experiments can use marijuana only from a single, government-run farm in Mississippi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel. The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders. Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana)
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Medical marijuana law is as twisted as the ends of a Canna Sutra spleef, so the Los Angeles City Council aims to act Tuesday to free the City of Angels from all the confusion and make our kids safe from designer cannabis. There's only one problem with the council's foolproof plan, dreamed up by Councilman Jose Huizar and backed by law-and-order City Atty. Carmen Trutanich: It can't possibly work. A little trip through recent Los Angeles history should smoke out the reasons it doesn't make a lot of sense to impose a blanket ban on storefront marijuana dispensaries, as Huizar and Trutanich intend.
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
A pair of U.S. governors appealed to the Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses, saying current federal law makes it difficult for states that have legalized medical marijuana to safely regulate it. The petition filed by Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington and Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island asks the government to change marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II under the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel. The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders. Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana)
OPINION
December 8, 2006
Re "Judge rejects counties' medical marijuana suit," Dec. 7 Good for the judge who upheld California's law permitting medical marijuana use over the objections of three counties. The California law might be weaker than federal law, but people who need marijuana for medical reasons need all the help they can get. When pharmaceutical companies find a way to make a profit from marijuana, it will become legal. SANDY SAND West Hills
SCIENCE
March 24, 2014
There is strong evidence that medical marijuana pills may reduce symptoms of spasticity and pain reported by multiple sclerosis patients, but little proof that smoking pot offers the same benefit, according to new alternative treatment guidelines released by the American Academy of Neurology. The guidelines on complementary and alternative medicine , or CAM, treatments for MS were published Monday in the journal Neurology and are among the first from a national medical organization to suggest that doctors might offer cannabis treatment to patients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than 450   medical marijuana shops have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year - more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D. The new numbers won't settle the debate over how many medical marijuana businesses are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be open but have fallen delinquent on their taxes. Some may have never registered to pay taxes at all. But the numbers provide the latest hint at what has happened since Los Angeles voters passed new rules attempting to restrict medical marijuana shops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- An FBI affidavit released Wednesday alleged that state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) accepted $21,000 in campaign payments from an undercover FBI agent posing as someone in the marijuana business to arrange meetings with two unidentified state lawmakers in 2013. On Thursday, that allegation had legislators going back through calendars and notes to see if they were the ones referred to. Three lawmakers reached by The Times who were involved with bills regulating marijuana said it does not appear they met with anyone on the issue through Yee's alleged arrangement, but other legislators have not yet returned calls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A Senate leader may have solved one mystery raised in an FBI affidavit released after the arrest Wednesday of state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on suspicion of wire fraud and firearms trafficking: the identity of "State Senator 2. " The affidavit alleges that Yee accepted $21,000 in campaign payments from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Arizona man in the medical marijuana business to arrange meetings with two unidentified state lawmakers in 2013. On Aug. 26, 2013, Yee introduced the undercover agent to a legislator identified in the affidavit only as "State Senator 2" and Yee received $10,000 for his seceretary of state campaign for that introduction, the document alleges.
SCIENCE
March 26, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
It began with a cryptic announcement of a press conference in Brazil where “an international team of astronomers” would announce “a surprise discovery in the outer solar system.” If that sounds intriguing to you, you're not alone. In the 27-odd hours between the time the heads-up reached folks' email in-boxes and the press conference (which kicks off at 3 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PDT) at Brazil's  National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro), clever people took to Twitter to make their best guesses about what this surprise discovery might be. The predictions make reference to the ill-fated Comet ISON, Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of “Cosmos,” the Voyager spacecraft and even the 1990s sitcom “Friends.” The European Southern Observatory tweeted Wedned say morning that “Some of your #ESOrumors are really funny.
SCIENCE
March 24, 2014
There is strong evidence that medical marijuana pills may reduce symptoms of spasticity and pain reported by multiple sclerosis patients, but little proof that smoking pot offers the same benefit, according to new alternative treatment guidelines released by the American Academy of Neurology. The guidelines on complementary and alternative medicine , or CAM, treatments for MS were published Monday in the journal Neurology and are among the first from a national medical organization to suggest that doctors might offer cannabis treatment to patients.
OPINION
March 15, 2014
Re "New rules for medical pot," Editorial, March 12 Ispent more than 32 years as an officer with a local police department as well as an additional six years as a deputy district attorney with Los Angeles County. During those nearly four decades, a significant percentage of my time and effort was devoted to investigating, arresting and prosecuting countless narcotics and illicit drug offenders. Within my initial few months as a cop, I made an arrest for possession of one partially smoked marijuana cigarette, a crime that was classified as a felony at that time.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Evan Halper and Cindy Carcamo
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug. For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials. The Arizona study had long ago been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration, but under federal rules, such experiments can use marijuana only from a single, government-run farm in Mississippi.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Monday morning, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Police Chief Charlie Beck will announce an effort to help property owners and real estate agents comply with Proposition D, which banned all but about 100 medical marijuana dispensaries that opened before 2007. Proposition D was essentially a compromise between medical marijuana advocates and City Hall to impose some regulation on pot shops in the city after previous attempts to control the industry were blocked in court. L.A.'s convoluted attempts to control medical marijuana are by no means unique.
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