Category: Activism

CAN-DO Clemency: fighting for drug war POWs

Legalization is sweeping the country (and the world), but so many prisoners of the drug war remain incarcerated. People serving life without parole for a nonviolent offense, like Michael Pelletier (featured here), and Craig Cesal, a first-time offender whose involvement was limited to repairing trucks that had been used in smuggling operations. Both of these individuals were prosecuted under conspiracy laws originally intended to bring down so-called kingpins, but which are now commonly used against low-level offenders (and in fact anyone that has the misfortune to be in close proximity to a drug deal or a drug dealer). CAN-DO Clemency was founded by Amy Povah, who lived this nightmare herself. Her husband had asked her to handle some “financial matters” for him while he was dealing with legal issues subsequent […]

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Proposed changes to cannabis regulations

Fed up with the bans on cannabis delivery in your city? Frustrated with the excessive, hard-to-open packaging on your favorite products? NOW is the time to speak out and voice your opinion to the state’s regulators. If you support these changes (as we do) it is vital to get your opinion on record, as we can be sure that there will be some opposition. The latest version of California’s Cannabis regulations have been released for public comment until August 27. Three of the biggest changes this latest version seems to be tackling are: Only requiring the child-resistant exit packaging instead of individual product child-resistant packaging. Allowing authorized delivery employees of licensed marijuana businesses to deliver into ANY California jurisdiction. Increasing the THC limit on edibles that can be dissolved in […]

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Get Involved! Support SB-1302 and AB-2215

We’d like to express serious gratitude to Senator Ricardo Lara, who introduced SB-1302 this past Friday in the California Senate. “This bill would prohibit a local jurisdiction from preventing delivery of cannabis or cannabis products on public roads, or to an address that is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of that local jurisdiction, by a licensee who is acting in compliance with MAUCRSA and who is acting in compliance with any license, permit, or other authorization obtained from another local jurisdiction. The bill would include findings that the changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern, rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities, including charter cities.” If this bill passes, cities like Fillmore, Santa Paula, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Ventura would no […]

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Jeff Sessions Has Rescinded the Cole Memo. What Now?

As many or most of you may have heard by now, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently rescinded the Cole Memo that essentially allowed states to move forward with legal cannabis programs with little to no fear of Federal interference, even though cannabis remains Federally illegal. We remain optimistic and feel confident in the strength of the industry and progress so far in California to bolster our collective resistance against this blatant disregard of states rights and the will of the voters. There are many ways to get involved if you are so moved. For instance, our friends at Green Flower Media have launched a #DearJeffSessions campaign… If you haven’t heard the news, Jeff Sessions has just rescinded the Obama-era guidelines, which have been protecting state cannabis laws and programs from […]

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Thinking of the Children – Why We Support Prop 64

One of the most common arguments against legalizing and regulating cannabis is that it will harm the children. Opponents cite a number of questionable studies and claim that cannabis use causes brain abnormalities and lowers IQ (a myth debunked by our own federal government), and conclude that by keeping the current laws and bans in place we are protecting our vulnerable young people. Another argument against legalization and regulation is that cannabis is already practically legal in California, and that “no one gets arrested for pot anymore” (implying that we don’t need legalization, we already have it). While it’s true that decriminalization in 2011 did reduce the number of misdemeanor arrests, it did not eliminate them, and the rate of felony incarcerations showed little change; we are still arresting around 20,000 people every year: […]

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Enough Research

You’ve heard it repeated so many times, by both industry advocates and adversaries: “There’s not enough research. We need more research! We don’t know enough about the medical benefits of cannabis.” The problem with this statement is that, while it contains some truth, it is ultimately false. The truth? There is absolutely a need for more cannabis research. But when this argument is used to maintain the current prohibitions until more research is done, it is dangerously short-sighted. To be clear: there has already been more than enough research to tell us that cannabis use is safer than cannabis prohibition. We also have pre-clinical and mounting anecdotal evidence suggesting a long list of potential benefits that could save (or improve) countless lives.  Controlled clinical trials on humans are happening now around the world, […]

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Beyond Remembrance

In a moving article I’ve paraphrased here, Rev. Dr. Coleman Baker expresses so eloquently what has been on our minds here at Sespe: …along with those killed on the battlefields we’ve sent them to, there are at least two other facets of Memorial Day that we should face. First, we should remember those whose war experience led them to take their own lives after returning home. According to the latest government data, an estimated 22 veterans commit suicide each day. That’s almost one per hour. Second, we should also remember those who may struggle with memories of fallen friends, wondering why they survived while others didn’t. Let us give thanks for the many lives lost on the battlefield. But let us also acknowledge those who returned home, alive and well, but […]

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Seven Reasons Why Delivery is the Future of Cannabis Retail

There have been some interesting developments regarding applications for cannabis delivery services lately. Startups like Nestdrop have already come under fire, being slapped with a lawsuit from the city of Los Angeles before it could take off in that city. Eaze and Meadow are other offerings, both claiming to be the Uber of weed, promising quick and easy delivery from participating dispensaries. The problem is these apps are essentially glorified versions of the Yellow Pages and provide little more than marketing value (at a steep commission) to the dispensary. Unless you do business in a city dense with dispensaries to choose from, there is little incentive for you, as a dispensary, to sign up with such a service. They make big promises of convenience to consumers, and sit back collecting fees while the dispensary does all the work […]

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