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July 25, 2012 | By Amanda Reiman
The Los Angeles City Council has decided that leaving medical marijuana dispensaries unregulated and uncontrolled is what is best for L.A. residents. On Tuesday, as reported by The Times , council members voted 14 to 0 to no longer be in the business of ensuring that dispensaries are well run and that patients have safe access to medicine. This will not eliminate dispensaries in Los Angeles. Rather, the City Council's action will only eliminate the most transparent, compliant, well-intentioned facilities.
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January 23, 2013 | By Karin Klein
The appellate court decision on marijuana is understandable: We don't have solid, gold-standard scientific evidence, just as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says, that it's helpful medically. And that is precisely because the DEA controls the marijuana available for such scientific studies and makes it all but impossible for serious researchers to get their hands on it for studies. The courts would be hard put to order the DEA to make marijuana available for the kinds of studies required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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OPINION
May 4, 2009 | Isaac Campos, Isaac Campos is an assistant professor of history at the University of Cincinnati and a visiting fellow at UC San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.
Last month, Mexico's Congress convened a special forum to consider marijuana policy reform as a remedy for that country's current crisis of violence. The forum bucked a century of staunch prohibitionist history in Mexico, a history that has contributed to the continued criminalization of marijuana use throughout North America. From early on, marijuana was portrayed in Mexico as a frightening substance that produced madness in its users.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Amanda Reiman
The Los Angeles City Council has decided that leaving medical marijuana dispensaries unregulated and uncontrolled is what is best for L.A. residents. On Tuesday, as reported by The Times , council members voted 14 to 0 to no longer be in the business of ensuring that dispensaries are well run and that patients have safe access to medicine. This will not eliminate dispensaries in Los Angeles. Rather, the City Council's action will only eliminate the most transparent, compliant, well-intentioned facilities.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Karin Klein
The appellate court decision on marijuana is understandable: We don't have solid, gold-standard scientific evidence, just as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says, that it's helpful medically. And that is precisely because the DEA controls the marijuana available for such scientific studies and makes it all but impossible for serious researchers to get their hands on it for studies. The courts would be hard put to order the DEA to make marijuana available for the kinds of studies required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
OPINION
October 29, 2010 | By Dan Rush
Critics of Proposition 19,- which would legalize the private possession of limited quantities of marijuana by adults and allow local governments to regulate its commercial production and retail distribution, will do and say just about anything. Case in point: Radio ads sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce allege that passage of the measure will threaten workplace safety, a campaign The Times reported on in an Oct. 27 article . The claim is a bald-faced lie. Proposition 19 seeks to decriminalize private, adult cannabis consumption while preserving existing legal prohibitions on activities that threaten public safety.
NEWS
February 12, 1987 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Thelma White recalls her horror back in 1935 when RKO Studios agreed to star her in a low-budget propaganda film about the evils of "marihuana." "I was a musical and comedy actress. I didn't want to make a movie about drugs," said White, who had headlined vaudeville shows since the age of 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2005 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Thelma White, whose portrayal of a hard-boiled addiction queen in the 1936 movie "Reefer Madness" was largely forgotten until the film resurfaced in the 1970s as a cult classic, died of pneumonia Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. She was 94. Born in 1910, White was a carnival performer as a toddler, progressed to vaudeville, radio and movies, then worked as an agent and producer for many years.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Two shows in smaller theaters were smokin' at the annual Ovation Awards ceremony Monday. "Reefer Madness!," a tongue-in-cheek adaptation of the famous anti-marijuana propaganda movie, won five awards--more than any other show--including best musical in a small theater. And its fans were easily the rowdiest at the ceremony, held at La Mirada Theatre. When the entire cast trooped onstage to accept an ensemble award, accompanied by earsplitting cheers, Harry S.
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September 2, 2001 | DANA PARSONS
I first developed a dislike for marijuana after being assigned as a young reporter to an all-night police stakeout at some dude's farmhouse in Colorado. The point is, I'm a guy who needs his sleep and being awake at 3 a.m. to watch the bust go down wasn't my idea of time well spent. But because people are most likely to be home then--and least likely to expect cops to come bursting through the front door--that's when it was done.
OPINION
October 29, 2010 | By Dan Rush
Critics of Proposition 19,- which would legalize the private possession of limited quantities of marijuana by adults and allow local governments to regulate its commercial production and retail distribution, will do and say just about anything. Case in point: Radio ads sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce allege that passage of the measure will threaten workplace safety, a campaign The Times reported on in an Oct. 27 article . The claim is a bald-faced lie. Proposition 19 seeks to decriminalize private, adult cannabis consumption while preserving existing legal prohibitions on activities that threaten public safety.
OPINION
May 4, 2009 | Isaac Campos, Isaac Campos is an assistant professor of history at the University of Cincinnati and a visiting fellow at UC San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.
Last month, Mexico's Congress convened a special forum to consider marijuana policy reform as a remedy for that country's current crisis of violence. The forum bucked a century of staunch prohibitionist history in Mexico, a history that has contributed to the continued criminalization of marijuana use throughout North America. From early on, marijuana was portrayed in Mexico as a frightening substance that produced madness in its users.
AUTOS
June 21, 2006 | Martin J. Smith, Times Staff Writer
AS memorable adolescent experiences go, viewing one of the California Highway Patrol's "Red Asphalt" films ranks right up there with your first kiss or having your parents come home early to find a kegger in full swing. For generations, the lights have dimmed, the screen has flickered, and like young Alex in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," the state's youngest drivers have been compelled to watch this strange and enduring rite of passage.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
There is something strangely out-of-time about "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" (premiering tonight on Showtime), a film version of the stage adaptation of a 1936 anti-marijuana exploitation film, which was an Equity-waiver hit here in 1999 and 2000 before an ill-fated off-Broadway opening four days after 9/11. "Why here?" One looks at it and wonders, "Why now?" even as one has a pretty good time watching it.
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