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  • Pro Surfer Shawn Dollar Breaks Neck Surfing at Big Sur

    Pro surfer Shawn Dollar breaks neck surfing at Big Sur
    By Julie Jag, Santa Cruz Sentinel
    POSTED: 09/09/2015 08:29:00 AM PDT132 COMMENTS| UPDATED: ABOUT 23 HOURS AGO


    Shawn Dollar of Santa Cruz chatters down the wave face on the tail of his board in front of a crashing tube during the final heat of the Mavericks Invitational. (Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel File)
    Shawn Dollar


    Shawn Dollar, the Santa Cruz surfer who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever paddled into, was hospitalized after he hit his head on a rock during a surfing accident in Big Sur on Monday.

    Dollar broke his neck in four places and incurred head trauma and a concussion. He was driven to Dominican Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

    "He got really lucky, as lucky as the doctors have seen," said fellow Santa Cruz big wave surfer Darryl "Flea" Virostko, who said he spoke with Dollar on Tuesday morning. "He's recovering. He said he's going to be OK."

    Waves averaged 4-6 feet along the Central Coast most of the day, according to the wave forecasting company However, a south swell produced large waves with unfavorable mixed conditions that put Dollar in a critical situation, according to a press release from Cartel Management. Cartel produces the Titans of Mavericks surf contest, for which Dollar is an invitee and ambassador.

    "I'm so thankful I'm alive and present today," Dollar said in the release. "Being surrounded by my loved ones through this time has been paramount for me. I'm so grateful for those who were there in my scariest and darkest hour and who acted on my behalf to get me to safety and reach the hospital in time. I'm thankful to learn that even with these severe injuries I will make a full recovery. They will be met with challenges, but with my family's support and community encouragement I will be back in no time."

    Dollar first appeared on the big wave surfing radar during the 2010 Maverick's surf contest. Not invited to compete, he surfed a 55-foot wave during an expression session prior to the final, which led to him setting the record for the biggest wave paddled into and earning the Billabong XXL Biggest Paddle award. In 2012, he topped his own mark, setting the current Guinness world paddle record when he surfed a 61-foot wave at the Cortes Bank off of Baja California. That garnered him XXL awards for biggest paddle and biggest overall wave surfed that year. In 2013, he reached his first Maverick's contest final and finished sixth.

    He is married with two children.

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  • These Influential Marijuana Users Defy The Stoner Stereotype

    These Influential Marijuana Users Defy The Stoner Stereotype
    "Times have changed, and so have public attitudes toward marijuana.”


    Now that nearly one out of every two Americans admits to having tried marijuana at some point in their lives, more than half of all states have moved away from draconian prohibition-style marijuana policies and the legal marijuana industry's savvy entrepreneurs are running businesses that are generating billions in sales (and millions in taxes), the "stoner" stereotypes of the past seem more obsolete than ever before.

    To help quash those myths for good, the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project has released its annual list of the top 50 most influential Americans who have used marijuana. The people who appear on it -- and their soaring success -- just might surprise you.

    “We hope this list will make people question some of the anti-marijuana propaganda they’ve been hearing for so long,” Mason Tvert, communications director for MPP, said in a statement. “Millions of adults enjoy consuming marijuana for many of the same reasons that adults enjoy consuming alcohol. The only thing that makes marijuana consumers more likely to become ‘losers’ are the legal penalties they face just for using it.”

    MPP's list contains politicians like President Barack Obama and eight of the 2016 presidential hopefuls. According to MPP, only six candidates out of the more than two dozen making a run for the White House have said they never used marijuana. The others have either made it clear they have tried the substance, or have suggested that they may have at some point in their lives.

    “Fewer than one-third are willing and able to admit they never used marijuana,” Tvert said. “Times have changed, and so have public attitudes toward marijuana.”

    MPP's list also contains a Supreme Court justice, governors, entertainers, entrepreneurs and sports stars.

    MPP says that it used a similar set of metrics that Out Magazine used to produce its "Power 50" list of LGBT Americans, including "power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person’s media profile.” Individuals on MPP's list do not need to currently consume marijuana, and they do not have to support reform of marijuana policy. They simply need to be a currently living U.S. citizen who has consumed marijuana at least once in his or her life. The information about consumption, according to MPP, must come from the person's "own account or that of a legitimate source."

    Check out some of our favorites from MPP's list below, and go here to see all 50.

    Maureen Dowd

    “Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more. I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop."

    Snoop Dogg

    “It makes me feel the way I need to feel.”

    Jennifer Aniston

    “I enjoy it once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head.”

    Miley Cyrus

    “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake.”

    Rick Steves

    “I have used cannabis all over the world.”

    Susan Sarandon

    “I’ve never worked high, and I’ve never filmed high. But I’ve read scripts high and gotten a different perspective.”

    Justin Timberlake

    “The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking. Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high.”

    Michael Bloomberg

    “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.”

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

    “As I’ve already been open about in the past -- and as I assume many would expect -- I made personal choices when I was younger that I neither support nor condone for others and certainly wouldn’t encourage through public policy.”

    Martha Stewart

    “Of course I know how to roll a joint.”

    Morgan Freeman

    “My first wife got me into it many years ago. I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana.”

    Whoopi Goldberg

    “The vape pen has changed my life. No, I’m not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy. Yes, she’s a she. And yes, I named her Sippy because I take tiny, little sips -- sassy sips, even -- from her. And with each sip comes relief -- from pressure, pain, stress, discomfort.”

    Lady Gaga

    “I smoke a lot of pot when I write music.”

    George W. Bush

    “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”

    Sanjay Gupta

    “I have tried it.”

    Bill Maher

    “Look, I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana… About 50,000 times.”

    Clarence Thomas

    “The White House said today that Judge Clarence Thomas, President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, had smoked marijuana while in college.”

    Stephen Colbert

    “First, [in high school], I smoked a lot of pot ... and that’s how I got to know the people ‘half in’ the society of my high school and we waved at each other over the bong. Then I got to know people by making jokes.”

    John Kerry

    “Yes.” [In response to the question, “Which of you are ready to admit to having used marijuana in the past?”]

    Bill Clinton

    “When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two.”

    Oprah Winfrey

    “Uh … 1982. I hear it’s gotten better.” [In response to a question about when she last consumed marijuana.]

    Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)

    “Well, yeah, I admitted you know, back when I was running for the Senate, that when I was in college that I smoked pot and that was something that I did when I was in college.”

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

    “I smoked marijuana twice -- didn’t quite work for me. It’s not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people.”

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

    “Let’s just say I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid.” [In response to a question about whether he ever consumed marijuana. One of his college friends also said, “Randy smoked pot.”]

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

    Cruz spokesperson: “When [Cruz] was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he’s never tried it since.”

    Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-R.I.)

    “In 1999, then-Warwick Mayor Lincoln D. Chafee won accolades for his honesty in acknowledging he used marijuana and cocaine as a 1970s student at Brown University.”

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.)

    “I drank alcohol, and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover. It was pretty common.”

    President Barack Obama

    “When I was a kid, I inhaled. Frequently. That was the point.”

    Matt Ferner
    National Reporter, The Huffington Post
    Posted: 08/26/2015 07:00 AM EDT | Edited: 08/26/2015 02:22 PM EDT

  • Playlist 08-21-15

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  • San Francisco Enthusiasts Race To Snuff Stereotypes

    San Francisco enthusiasts race to snuff stereotypes

    By Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press
    Posted: 08/17/2015 04:16:27 AM PDT1 Comment | Updated: about 10 hours ago

    Marijuana Games

    Runners prepare to take off in a 4.2-mile run, part of the 420 Games, an effort to stop the stigmatization of cannabis use through athletic events, at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Students, accountants, businessmen, housewives and many others in green T-shirts and all wearing the number 420 raced to change the stereotypical images of marijuana smokers as lazy and lethargic stoners who binge on junk food.(AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez) (Olga Rodriguez/AP)

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Students, accountants, businessmen, housewives and many others in green T-shirts and all wearing the number 420 raced Saturday to change the stereotypical images of marijuana smokers as lazy and lethargic stoners who binge on junk food.

    More than 300 people came from throughout the Bay Area to participate in the 420 Games, an effort to stop the stigmatization of cannabis use through athletic events.

    "People who use marijuana have been classified as dumb, lazy, stupid people, and with this race we're showing them we're not what they say we are," said Jim McAlpine, a snowboard company executive who founded the events last year. "We want to show them we are motivated, athletic members of society."

    Marijuana Games

    Runners take off in a 4.2-mile run, part of the 420 Games, an effort to stop the stigmatization of cannabis use through athletic events, at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Students, accountants, businessmen, housewives and many others in green T-shirts and all wearing the number 420 raced to change the stereotypical images of marijuana smokers as lazy and lethargic stoners who binge on junk food.(AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez) (Olga Rodriguez/AP)

    The origins of the number 420 as a code for marijuana are murky, but fans have long marked April 20 as a day to enjoy pot and call for increased legal access to the drug.

    McAlpine, who skis, does mountain biking and long-distance open water swimming, said he takes edible cannabis because it helps him focus.
    With a pot legalization initiative likely to be on the November 2016 California ballot, it was time to take a stand against misinformation and propaganda against the long-maligned herb, he said.

    Michelle Dunsing, 45, has used cannabis for more than two decades and said she participated in the 4.20-mile race in Golden Gate Park to support a lifestyle that is often misunderstood.

    "It's great that people can come out and be themselves," Dunsing said. "I smoke and clean the house, and I go to work and I've raised two beautiful daughters. I'm a productive member of society."

    The runner who finished first took home $500 in credits for medical marijuana, and all participants enjoyed a two-hour reggae concert afterward and free beer from a sponsor.

    Steve DeAngelo, a marijuana legalization advocate and executive director of Harborside Health Center, the biggest medical marijuana dispensary in the Bay Area, addressed the crowd.

    The race and afterparty were smoke-free and family-friendly, and being a cannabis consumer was not a requirement for participation.

    The 420 Games will continue through the rest of the year, with events throughout California, including a golf tournament in San Jose, a bike cruiser marathon in Orange County and a stand-up paddle board racing competition in Lake Tahoe later this year.

  • Prescription Overdoses Decline in Medical Marijuana States

    Prescription Overdoses Decline in Medical Marijuana States
    Joshua Krause
    The Daily Sheeple
    August 12th, 2015


    When certain drugs are outlawed, it doesn’t stop people from wanting those drugs. They either turn to the black market, or try to find some kind of legal substitute for their drug of choice. The pharmaceutical industry is more than willing to fill that niche by producing drugs that, while legal, are often much more harmful, expensive, and addictive than the “street” drugs they replace. That’s probably why the number of Americans who die by overdosing on prescription drugs, has more than doubled since 2001.

    So when illegal drugs gain some kind of legal status, it’s not surprising that prescription overdose deaths would fall in those states. At least, that’s what a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found. Researchers looked at death certificates in every US state, and averaged the number of fatalities caused by opioid analgesics, arguably the most harmful prescription painkiller. They found that states that had legalized medical marijuana, had collectively 24.8% fewer opioid deaths when compared to states where pot is still illegal. They also found that this trend is still in progress, and continues to grow over time in legal states.

    It just goes to show that the drug war isn’t just violating our rights. It is quite literally killing thousands of people. People who are in pain are given the choice to endure their misery, or pay exorbitant fees for addictive drugs that will probably put them in an early grave. But I guess the nanny state know what’s best for us, right?

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  • Premium, organic medical marijuana subscription delivery service

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    As the US legislations around medical marijuana relaxes, with almost half of the states either legalizing or decriminalizing the recreational and medical use of cannabis, we are seeing the development of an industry brimming with new businesses. Potbox joins this new breed of ventures by offering a gourmet, monthly subscription of organic, ethically grown medical marijuana for health-conscious — or high-living — smokers.

    The service operates on a “club” model, asking users to submit information about themselves and their preferences upon joining. The company’s expert curators will use this information to find two strains of medical cannabis — the selection includes OG Kush, Blue Sour, Lemon Chunk, and more — and deliver a new Potbox every month for the user to try. All of the marijuana is sun-grown without chemicals, using organic soil with ethical farming practices, from seed selection to harvesting, production and packaging. The beautifully assembled boxes come with cork containers, pre-rolled joints and glass vials, reminiscent of the hugely popular makeup-sampling subscription Birchbox.

    Potbox aims to elevate the quality of products in the marijuana industry, and develop a premium standard for the entire cannabis ecosystem. They are also aiming provide an alternative to the often distressing experience of visiting a dispensary, where the endless choices can be confusing. What will see next for the cannabis industry?


  • Legalized Marijuana In CA Demands Heavy Regulation, New Report Says


    A blue-ribbon panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom released a policy report on Wednesday recommending that any move to legalize marijuana in California should emphasize public safety, limiting access by minors, and limiting corporate control over the maximization of tax revenue.

    While the report, drafted by Newsom, Stanford University professor Keith Humphreys and Abdi Sultani, director of the American Civil Liberties Union in California, does not explicitly endorse legalization, it calls for marijuana to be heavily regulated by the state to reduce the illicit marketplace.

    The report includes 58 policy and implementation recommendations drawn from a review of experiences both in California and in other states with marijuana legalization and enforcement. The report sets policy goals including the protection of youth and public safety, the minimization of racial and economic disparities in criminal enforcement, increased access to education and treatment, protection of the environment from growing operations, protections for workers and the establishment of a marketplace dominated by small and mid-size players rather than large corporate interests.

    Related: What Would Be The Most Effective Way For CA To Implement Recreational Use Of Marijuana?
    A 2014 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 34 percent of 10th graders had used marijuana, while 44 percent of all 12th graders had done so, the commission noted. By contrast, only 23 percent of 10th graders had used tobacco.

    “Diverse stakeholders with diverse views can agree on fundamental goals for marijuana legalization: Protecting kids, improving public safety and limiting corporate control,” Humphreys said.

    Seeking to maximize tax revenues could run counter to those goals, according to the commission.

    “If this is done right, we have an opportunity to improve the status quo by making marijuana difficult for kids to access, while limiting the unintended consequences that have characterized past ballot initiatives,” Newsom said in a statement.

    For the ACLU, racial disparities in law enforcement and public health remain a major concern, Soltani said.

    “We looked at legalization in terms of what is unique about California and at the top of that list is the racial diversity of our 38 million residents,” Soltani said. “We shouldn’t trade the racial disparities of past marijuana enforcement with racial disparities in a new industry, or in public health.”

    The panel was formed with the ACLU in 2013 after voters in Washington and Colorado approved ballot measures legalizing marijuana. It was intended to help guide policy in California, where voters are expected to see at least one legalization measure on the November ballot this year.

    Most prominently, a group called Reform CA announced Friday that it planned to file a ballot initiative soon and had retained a signature gathering firm. The group, part of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, said it has conducted a series of public meetings in the state over the past two years and consulted with policy makers and other groups on the initiative. It has not yet released the text of the proposed initiative. Group members could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

    The blue-ribbon panel report can be found at

    --Bay City News/File photo

  • Marijuana legalization in California: Leading group moves to place initiative on 2016 ballot

    SACRAMENTO -- Proponents of a proposed ballot measure aimed at making California the fifth state to legalize pot for recreational use are a few weeks away from kicking off their November 2016 campaign, supporters said Thursday.

    Once the marijuana legalization coalition known as ReformCA files its initiative with the state Attorney General's Office, the group can begin gathering the 365,000 valid signatures it will need to put a proposition on the ballot -- something coalition chairwoman Dale Sky Jones says she's confident it can do.

    Four other initiatives with the same goal have already been cleared for circulation, but this is the one that's expected to attract top donors and major interest from a huge network of grass-roots supporters.

    "We have been working on the plan to make a strong run at the ballot box," said Sky Jones, the executive director of Oaksterdam University, the country's first college devoted to instruction about cannabis.

    During a conference call with reporters, Sky Jones said she thinks it will take up to $14 million to run a successful campaign, but she released few details about who the top donors might be or what the initiative will look like -- other than to say that it seeks to control, tax and regulate recreational marijuana. The initiative would also write rules for California's decades-old medical marijuana industry, she said.

    "California is long overdue," she said, adding that Colorado and Washington state have had few problems since voters passed similar laws in 2012. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia legalized recreational pot use in November.

    California voters rejected marijuana legalization in November 2010, but a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll showed that attitudes on the issue have shifted, with 55 percent of likely voters now supporting legalization.

    But as public support for the weed grows, so does the concern about underage use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse's 2014 annual survey found 34 percent of 10th-graders and 44 percent of 12th-graders had used marijuana.

    But that's a compelling case for legalization and regulation, argues Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018 and chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union's task force on marijuana legalization. The group is expected to release a report with recommendations as soon as next month.

    The campaign's success will hinge in part on tapping into Californians' passion for pot legalization, and that's why ReformCA hired Joe Trippi, a veteran political consultant who became a household name a decade ago when he ran former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's presidential campaign.

    On Thursday's conference call with reporters, Trippi said the group has already amassed an e-mail list of 70,000 supporters without spending a dime on advertising.

    "Too often, people wait too long to build their digital army," said Trippi, referring to the list of supporters he plans to solicit for small donations. "Our legalization effort will be a well-thought-out, disciplined campaign."

    Staff writer Josh Richman contributed to this report. Contact Jessica Calefati at 916-441-2101. Follow her at© 2014