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In a speech given hours before his nearly fatal heart attack, the proclaimed Emperor of Pot Jack Herer, made it pretty clear that he is against taxing marijuna:

“I don’t want to f**king give the United States government one f**king dollar of taxes. I think that they should go to f**king jail for getting you and me and 20 million people getting arrested for pot. It is the safest thing you can do in the universe. And that is what we are going to do in California. Okay? Come over to my booth, over there, and I will see you next time.”

On Tuesday September 15th, 2009, Dennis Peron was all of a sudden fired from Oaksterdam University.  Peron has been hailed as the father of the medical marijuana movement and was the guiding force and co-author of California’s Proposition 215. According to journalist Craig Canada, his firing was the result of Peron’s opposition to his employer’s state wide initiative to “tax and regulate” Marijuana.

With Oaksterdam University announcing its plans to spend millions on an initiative that would tax, regulate and control marijuana by city and county, it seems like they could not afford to have people on the payroll who aren’t on the same page.

With Jack in  intensive care and Peron out of a job, where does it go from here? Does the war between the biggest business and biggest activists pose a problem for the cannabis movement?

From my point of view there is no way that marijuana will just become legalized and the government isnt going to get there piece. We all can’t have our cake and eat it to Jack and Dennis.

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NORML Conference: 2009!!!

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This year I was fortunate to be one of the many to attend the NORML conference this year at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco. Guest’s included author Rick Steves, two-time Superbowl champ Mark Stepnoski, the self-proclaimed ‘Mayor of Oaksterdam’ Richard Lee, professional mixed martial arts champion Toby ‘Tiger Heart’ Grear, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, former professional wrestling superstar Rob Van Dam, former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca KaplanHigh Times Magazine Cultivation Editor Danny Danko, and former ESPN producer Sean Neumann.

It was a pleasure to meet so many important people in POT culture and to hear their stories of how they got involved with the cannabis movement. I was able to brush up on the latest laws and political issues, with the main topic focusing on the impending  legalization bill that will be on the ballot in 2010. If you want to become more educated about marijuana laws across the country, I would suggest attending next years conference.

And remember…YES WE CANNABIS 2010!!!

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Todays Debate: Roor Vs. Illadelph

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Anyone familiar with the “bong scene” knows about Roor and Illadelph Glasswear. Both are known for making quality products and have established a solid brand for itself in pot culture. There glass thickness varies from 3.2 mm all the way up to 9 mm. If you were to put them up against each other without labels you might not be able to tell the difference, well maybe you wont be able to.

Roor: The founder of this german glassware company is none other than the famous german glass blower Martin Birzle.  All roor glass is hand blown and made in limited numbers in order to maintain high quality control. All roor bongs are glass on glass, with ground glass joints, no rubber bushings or metal pieces are used to connect the stem to the body of the bong. Roor’s biggest credit was the beginning use of a diffusing downstem in their designs.

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Roor Shop: Amsterdam
Sint Nicolaasstraat 19
1012 NJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 3302681
http://www.roor-bongs.com/

Illadelph: This company started out small in Philadelphia a few years ago mostly distributing on the east coast. With the opening of its shop on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, Illadelph changed the way glass is sold. If you have the time to go in there it is not like your typical “smoke shop”. Illadelph is a gallery, these are pieces of art. Having many conversations with the creator myself you really get an understanding of how much of an art glass blowing is. If you want to see some ridiculous looking pieces, take a ride down to 7257 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles.  Illadelph continues to provide high quality as well as making advancments in technology. Check out both the hash bowl and wand accessory kits as well as the ridiculous condenser coils.

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Illadelph Glass Gallery
7257 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90189
(323) 937-1994
www.illadelphglass.com/


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