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Graphic: Waiting To Inhale

​​A free screening of the award-winning medical marijuana documentary Waiting To Inhale will be held on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, at Shambaugh Auditorium, 100 Main Library, on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with patients and activists about medical marijuana and ongoing attempts to make Iowa the 15th state to give seriously ill patients safe and legal access to medical marijuana.
Rep. Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) will also be in attendance.
This screening, which will be co-hosted by the University of Iowa Students for Sensible Drug Policy, takes place as the state prepares to create a medical marijuana task force this summer and proponents hope to move a medical marijuana bill through the Iowa Legislature next year.

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Graphic: How Weed Won The West

​Is How Weed Won The West an entertaining film? Yes, absolutely. You won’t get bored watching it.

The film takes a compelling look at California’s Emerald Triangle, one of the major marijuana production areas in the world, and looks at the scene in dispensary-heavy Los Angeles, where things are in flux just before what looks to be a major crackdown on the horizon.
Additionally, the jack-booted tactics of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis are rightly called to task.
Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, certainly one of the most intelligent and articulate spokesman for drug reform policy in the United States, thankfully gets plenty of screen time, along with Don Duncan of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and cultivation legend and multiple Cannabis Cup winner Bret Bogue.
And yeah, to be honest it was a thrill to see one of my SF Weekly “Chronic City” articles during the film, sharing the screen with Alex Jones.

But is it, on balance, a valuable film for the movement? That depends.

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Graphic: Chelsea Green Publishing

​It runs against the most basic business acumen to give your product away for free, but next week that is just what Chelsea Green Publishing is going to do.

On April 20, free downloads of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People To Drink? are available all day on Scribd.com. Users will be able to download, print and share.
Paperback copies of the book will be available on the Chelsea Green website for a discounted price of $10.
April 20 is significant because over the years “420” has become a counterculture holiday, where the primary mode of celebration is smoking marijuana publicly.
Chelsea Green Publishing said the move is intended to raise awareness of marijuana’s relative safety when compared to alcohol in the face of California’s impending referendum for legalization in November.
In one of those oh-so-delicious twists of irony, April is also, coincidentally, National Alcohol Awareness month.
“This promotion is all about getting the message out there,” said Kate Rados, Chelsea Green’s director of digital initiatives. “Via our partners and web communities, we’ll be offering the free download to more than 200,000 people.”

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Graphic: The New Press
“A fresh and thought-provoking perspective on the War on Drugs, snitches, and whether locking so many people up really makes Americans safer.” ~ Anthony Romero, executive director, ACLU

​Paul Butler was an up-and-coming federal prosecutor and Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate salary to fight the good fight — until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn’t commit. 

In his book Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, the former prosecutor takes a radical argument for reform. Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system — as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with police officers — and explores what “doing the right thing” actually means in a corrupt, broken system.
Let’s Get Free is now available in a paperback edition, bringing Butler’s groundbreaking and controversial arguments to a whole new audience.
In the book, readers can learn ways individual citizens can work to change the “justice” system, including:
• Jury nullification: Voting “not guilty” in drug cases as a form of protest
• Always saying “No” when the police request your permission to search
• Refusing to work inside the system as a snitch or a prosecutor

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Graphic: toonpool.com

​A California man who served almost six years in prison for marijuana trafficking in the 1980s will now spend six months in federal prison for selling a prosthetic penis designed to help men beat urinalysis drug tests.

George Wills, 67, of San Pedro, Calif., sold a product called the Whizzinator, along with artificial urine with which the device could be filled. The Whizzinator was used by pilots, truck drivers, probationers, and others so they could pass drug screening urinalysis tests.
Wills’ partner, Robert Catalano of Huntington Beach, Calif., was also sentenced to three years’ probation on Tuesday, reports Joe Mandak of The Associated Press.
Any other business partners of these guys should note: Prosecutors asked for leniency for both men because they are “cooperating in other investigations.”

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Photo: High Times
Jorge Cervantes’ “Indoor Marijuana Horticulture” has sold more than 600,000 copies and launched untold thousands of beautiful victory gardens

​The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo (INTCHE) has announced the first U.S. appearance of internationally renowned, best-selling author Jorge Cervantes. Cervantes is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17th on the main stage of the Expo.
Cervantes is a world-renowned expert on indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse cannabis cultivation. With more than 30 years of cannabis growing knowledge and hands-on experience, his numerous books, articles, photographs and instructional DVDs have been sold worldwide.
In 1983 Cervantes penned Indoor Marijuana Horticulture–a book that became an instant best seller, and quickly became known as “The Bible” among growers.  Now in its fifth edition, the book has sold more than 600,000 copies and has been printed in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian and will soon be available in Russian.
Cervantes writes regular columns and feature articles in some 20 cannabis magazines written in 10 languages.

Photo: I ♥ Nuggets®

​It may be just a couple of weeks until the cannabis consumer’s highest day of the year, 4/20, but it’s still not too late to order the proper apparel for your April 20 party.

“Our mission is to give cannabis enthusiasts high quality, organic apparel to express their love grown on this good green Earth,” says owner/designer Kelly Laycee of I ♥ Nuggets®, a new apparel line offering unique novelty wear geared to the cannabis culture.

According to Laycee, the I ♥ Nuggets® brand is dedicated to the environment. “All of our t-shirts are made of 100 percent organic cotton,” Laycee told Toke of the Town. “In addition, our screen printer uses soy-based, environmentally friendly dies.”
Laycee invites all Toke of the Town readers to catch a buzz and check out all the stoney styles online at www.ilovenuggets.com.
“Shirts are on sale now,” Laycee said. “Men’s and women’s shirts are on sale for $24.20. Each month we feature a T-Shirt of the Month for $14.20, plus free shipping within the USA!”

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Graphic: International Cannabis & Hemp Expo

​The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo is coming to Daly City, California’s Cow Palace next month. Organizers say no marijuana will be sold during the expo, planned for April 17 and 18.

“It’s mainly to bring awareness and education to the public” on the medical, recreational and industrial uses of cannabis, according to Bob Katzman, the expo’s chief operations officer.
“We want to enlighten people on the fact that we are looking at an estimated $8 billion-a-year industry in California alone,” Katzman said, reports Neil Gonzales of the San Mateo County Times.

Patients are allowed to bring their own medical marijuana to the Cow Palace, according to organizers, but they will need to show valid documentation before they can enter a “safe, secure” designated outdoor smoking area.
​”It will be an area outside the building and only accessible to people who prove to have a valid prescription [he means a doctor’s recommendation]for medical marijuana use,” Cow Palace CEO Joe Barkett told The Oakland Tribune.

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Graphic: StoptheDrugWar.org

​From the creators of the classic, Busted: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters [2003], our friends at Flex Your Rights are releasing their new achievement, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, on March 22.
The 40-minute educational drama is narrated by the legendary trial lawyer William “Billy” Murphy, Jr. (from HBO’s The Wire), 10 Rules depicts innocent people dealing with heavy-handed policing tactics used every day in the United States.
Through extensive collaboration with victims of police abuse, legal experts and law enforcement professionals, Flex Your Rights has developed a powerful multi-lingual (English, Spanish & Arabic) resource that provides proven survival strategies for dealing with racial profiling and police abuse.
Do you know what your rights are if you’re stopped by police? Most people don’t, and the consequences can be severe.

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Photo: Marijuana Reviews

​Good news, folks. Preachers, police and politicians in Illinois must have already solved all the real and important problems troubling the state, because now they seem to have time to go after blunt wraps.
Clergy and cops are backing a plan being pushed in the General Assembly to classify blunt wraps — made of tobacco leaves, and often used to roll marijuana — as “drug paraphernalia,” reports Kristen Mack at WGN-TV.
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