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UC Santa Cruz Cracking Down on 420
Posted by CN Staff on April 18, 2009 at 09:21:49 PT
By Karina Rusk
Source: ABC News
Santa Cruz, CA -- Some new restrictions are being placed on a longtime pot-smoking festival. A large crowd is expected on the UC Santa Cruz campus Monday for a festival known as "the 420." The university is trying to keep out the unwanted pot smokers. Starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday and running until Monday, a strict no overnight guests police is being imposed on residential halls on the campus. That is just one way the university is letting visitors know they are not welcome.
The annual migration to Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz is well documented on YouTube. The 420 event takes place every year on April 20th at 4:20 in the afternoon. "Everyone just counts down and then takes a rip of smoke and then they get high," said senior Anand Janeson. The marijuana festival has been going on for some two decades. But, in recent years the parade of people coming from out of town has exploded, filling the sky with a visible haze of smoke. "This is known to be the place to come. So, there's thousands of people, students and non-students, and there's just not much they can do," said sophomore Caroline Keegan. But, the university is cracking down. Campus police will put up barricades. There will also be restricted shuttle service and a ban on overnight guests in university housing. These measures and others were outlined in a letter to the parents of first-year students. The vice chancellor of student affairs also wrote, "The use of illegal substances is a violation of the student code of conduct and can result in judicial sanctions." But, students say it is one day in which open cannabis smoking is generally regarded as free speech. "It's an opportunity for the student body to express solidarity for drug reform policy," explained junior Mitchell Kalb. University administration refused to talk on camera about its concerns or safety measures, saying any public statement could have unintended consequences. Students that spoke with ABC 7 said they do not think the measures in place will be much of a deterrent. "It will limit it in some ways, but I don't think it's going to have a huge impact on the amount of people that come on campus," said sophomore Haja Jaloh. The university calls the 420 event unsanctioned and the activity illegal. And, just like last year campus police will be restricting the traffic and putting tickets on illegally-parked cars. Source: ABC News (US Web)Author: Karina RuskPublished: April 17, 2009Copyright: 2009 KGO-TV/DTURL: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 13:31:14 PT
Neil Young - Roll Another Number 
Happy 4/20 even though it's tomorrow.
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 13:13:44 PT
I agree. From the grass roots movement of the 60s Earth Day was born and it's more important then ever.History of the April 22 Earth Day
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 13:03:40 PT
That picture at their website...
I couldn't help but think of "White washed sepulchers".
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 13:01:21 PT
This picture makes it look nice but from the Interstate you see all the nasty stuff puffing out of the stacks. Having chemical plants near a large population of people has always  seemed wrong to me.
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Comment #27 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 12:50:37 PT
Your yes, FoM at comment 21
Means yes to my question about your sister.That's very disturbing. I know their problems are supposed to be genetic. But the link with that chemical plant certainly adds another disturbing element to what is happening to them.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 12:47:10 PT
I doubt he pays attention to anything Fox News says. He said he doesn't pay attention to cable news. He's been out of the country a lot too and that would keep him busy. I think I won't even vote for any questions if he has another open questions forum. It was so stacked that good questions about our issues weren't even seen very well. He probably won't have any more forums since this has happened. I would understand.
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 12:47:08 PT
About this issue not being so important
in the heinous scheme of things we are experiencing in the world today.It should be easy to take care of, then. It would just be a matter of a sort of side gesture. Something that needs to be done quickly, on our way to other and even greater goals, and get it out of the way on the way to getting absolutely everything, including the most important stuff, straightened up and right and just. If it's not that important... just a a broad, but purposeful swipe at it should clean it up. Never faltering on the way to the more important stuff.
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 12:41:27 PT
About the troll statement...
of course, you're right, FoM. Obama didn't call us trolls. The guy at Fox news did... but the story has gotten around. He might have heard it too. But then he might not have. Maybe about a million posts at the Fox article, saying, "I am not a troll", is called for by the people who participated in the online discussion at the White House site.
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 12:35:38 PT
Comment 19 Had Enough.
Wonderful!I especially liked "They're coming out of the woodwork".Yeah!Busting out all over!That's wonderful.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 12:35:21 PT
It was Fox that called them trolls not Obama. I hope they direct it at Fox instead of Obama if they are going to do a sign.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 12:33:54 PT
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 12:33:30 PT
Might be an interesting note to the pres.
"I am not a troll".And something to keep in mind for a vigil, march, or protest.
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Comment #19 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2009 at 12:32:47 PT
PUFMM Update
People United For Medical Marijuana - PUFMMFrom: Kim RussellSent on: Thursday, April 16, 2009 8:33 PMHi Everyone, Just wanted to give you an update on what is happening here in Orlando. We have been getting leaders signed up all over the state. We now have leaders in all large cities. I have been talking with major funding sources from around the country. We are getting great responses from everyone. Two months ago, Florida was considered a lost cause. Now, they are coming out of the woodwork to support us. We have done many TV interviews in Orlando, resulting in a recent poll by the Orlando Sentinel where 92.5% of respondents think medical marijuana should be legal. We do intend on getting around the state and will need your help in setting up photo opportunities for the press, along with interviews. In the meantime, if you get any press requests you can forward them to me. Most of our copies have been donated so far, and it has been such a huge help!!!! For the areas that need copies, I have started ordering them from for two cents each - free shipping on $125 (makes around 3,100 copies). It takes a couple of days and is so convenient.Here are some things we need from you: 1) A list of legislators that have been spoken to about medical marijuana and which of them may introduce a bill or would vote yes if a bill was introduced in the house and senate. The main objective is to get them to introduce and pass a bill this fall. If you have not contacted your legislators yet, please send them an email and arrange to have meetings with them while they are home for the summer. It is an absolute must that everyone focus on medical marijuana. We will only hurt this cause if we talk about other legalization efforts. Let me know if you do not feel comfortable speaking to your legislators. Some of the more experienced members will be happy to help with tips and suggestions on effective communication. We can also find someone else to do the talking. 2) There are many things people are donating such as clipboards, pens, and copies. We need a value, the name, and address of the donor. All monies spent are considered in-kind donations and must be reported to the Division of Elections. It also helps us look good when people look at our numbers. I am sorry, donations are not tax deductible. We are a political committee, therefore can not register as a non-profit. Businesses that provide generous donations can be listed on the website upon request.3) We are starting a fundraising drive on 4/20. We want everyone to donate $100 in 100 days. It can be broken down to $33 per month. Any less than that would be a reporting nightmare. We are taking credit cards on the website. Our budget to get this on the ballot is $2 million, we need to raise over $500,000 in the next three months.4) For the events calendar, make a list of events happening in your area, including the date, time, and location. Check out radio station events, concerts, festivals, or anything else you think would be a great place to have people posted. 5) The signed petitions need to be verified before we turn them into the supervisor of elections in each county. We have to pay ten cents for the county to verify each signature, so we want to make sure we are only paying for valid signatures. I would like to have someone in each area verify signatures and deliver them to the supervisor of elections with a check. We do have access to the voter records for this process. The best way to get in touch with me is by email to [address removed] You may also leave a message at 407-405-0110. Thanks so much for joining this mission!Sincerely, Kim Russell
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 12:31:37 PT
Comment 15
Your sister with all the sick children?
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 12:28:18 PT
One thing I have never been is a troll so that Fox article didn't even upset me. 
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 12:27:12 PT
How prohibitionists do things.
You all remember when the terrible racial inequalities and injustices... the racial profiling scandals were first pointed out nationwide, years ago? New Jersey Turnpike scandals come to mind.While I have been incensed about all the injustices of the prohibitionists "Wars", I was especially incensed at what was going on in Texas, courtesy of our run away drug task forces. Tulia and Hearne are just two examples. It looked a lot like some kind of blitz on black people. They got white people too... but it looked oddly unbalanced. It looked strangely cruel and unusual. Reminiscently so, in a way, too.The Stasi type operations of large numbers of secret police our government has put in place. Terrifying use of overwhelming, military type force on citizens. It became obvious that they, our drug police, like those other, earlier Stasi, seemed to be rounding up a certain group of people quite noticeably more than others.You’d think maybe even prohibitionists would have seen an injustice and something ugly ripped open and exposed about their not so noble war... on something. They didn’t. They just decided to target... literally, target, and set a goal, of arresting more Caucasian people to fulfill their need for numbers... their stats. Their goals. Their grip on a government teat. Their gravy train. Their pot of gold.Law enforcement, in our land, seems to see no problem with this. Enforcers are heavily supported by arrest and conviction stats which get them aid, and grants and awards. They have to make numbers or they will face cutbacks in funds. Therefore, they have to "Round up" a certain amount of people, the more, the better, to fulfill the demands of those needed stats. Many people in law enforcement find that they associate more closely with other law enforcement people, even off the job. Many of their friends are in law enforcement. They don't want their circle of friends decreased.They’ve been good, they’ve been working on trying to target white people more in recent years. It's only fair. Right? We wanted "Equality". I thought I could see it... but it's in the stats now.White people... especially poor or, not so well off, struggling, white people, and especially poor white young men, are the new targets.Watch out for yourself if you dare have anything to do with their dreaded weed. No. People don't deserve to have these other people pounce all over them about the use of this plant. It's not right. But they do. Be careful.No matter what your skin color or race, If they do drag you through this mess over cannabis, make sure, if you can, that you have lived your life, everyday, in such a way that you will, no doubt, come out the other side of it all with a clean, shining, and whole spirit. (Like our own Runruff.)Be brave. It's not over yet.Failed Drug War Now Targets Whites
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 12:27:09 PT
I've Always Minded That Plant
My sister and a couple of her children live practically right next door to that nasty chemical plant.Dover Chemical Leak Causes 'Huge' Vapor Cloud at DoverApril 18, 2009DOVER, OH -- Residents in the area of the Dover Chemical plant at Dover were alerted early Saturday morning after more than 27,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked from a storage tank into a retention basin at Dover Chemical Corp.URL:
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Comment #14 posted by josephlacerenza on April 19, 2009 at 11:53:40 PT
Just a Side Note
We the trolls of the internet. WE are what they referred to in their teabagging of America, Faux News, as the true GRASS roots movement. America, we are not going anywhere, if anything that noise you hear is only getting louder!!!!!!!
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on April 19, 2009 at 11:52:52 PT
trace amounts 
Trace amounts of THC in hemp is not good for the planet.BUTTrace amounts of every other substance, many of which is known to kill people is nothing to get alarmed over.
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Comment #12 posted by HempWorld on April 19, 2009 at 11:31:38 PT
After reading Had Enough's posting, is anybody 
surprised, the incidence of cancer, auto-immune and other 'rare' diseases is on the rise with all the pharma crap that's in our environment and also in increasingly higher doses?Will we ever learn?It's pharma and big gov't that is literally killing us and if you don't buy their stuff, they will persecute and jail you ...
On a mission from God!
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Comment #11 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2009 at 11:13:09 PT
AP IMPACT: Tons of released drugs taint US water
Apr 19, 12:24 PM (ET)By JEFF DONN, MARTHA MENDOZA and JUSTIN PRITCHARDU.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water - contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation. Hundreds of active pharmaceutical ingredients are used in a variety of manufacturing, including drugmaking: For example, lithium is used to make ceramics and treat bipolar disorder; nitroglycerin is a heart drug and also used in explosives; copper shows up in everything from pipes to contraceptives. Federal and industry officials say they don't know the extent to which pharmaceuticals are released by U.S. manufacturers because no one tracks them - as drugs. But a close analysis of 20 years of federal records found that, in fact, the government unintentionally keeps data on a few, allowing a glimpse of the pharmaceuticals coming from factories. As part of its ongoing PharmaWater investigation about trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking water, AP identified 22 compounds that show up on two lists: the EPA monitors them as industrial chemicals that are released into rivers, lakes and other bodies of water under federal pollution laws, while the Food and Drug Administration classifies them as active pharmaceutical ingredients. The data don't show precisely how much of the 271 million pounds comes from drugmakers versus other manufacturers; also, the figure is a massive undercount because of the limited federal government tracking. To date, drugmakers have dismissed the suggestion that their manufacturing contributes significantly to what's being found in water. Federal drug and water regulators agree. But some researchers say the lack of required testing amounts to a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy about whether drugmakers are contributing to water pollution. "It doesn't pass the straight-face test to say pharmaceutical manufacturers are not emitting any of the compounds they're creating," said Kyla Bennett, who spent 10 years as an EPA enforcement officer before becoming an ecologist and environmental attorney. Pilot studies in the U.S. and abroad are now confirming those doubts. Last year, the AP reported that trace amounts of a wide range of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in American drinking water supplies. Including recent findings in Dallas, Cleveland and Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery counties, pharmaceuticals have been detected in the drinking water of at least 51 million Americans. Most cities and water providers still do not test. Some scientists say that wherever researchers look, they will find pharma-tainted water. Consumers are considered the biggest contributors to the contamination. We consume drugs, then excrete what our bodies don't absorb. Other times, we flush unused drugs down toilets. The AP also found that an estimated 250 million pounds of pharmaceuticals and contaminated packaging are thrown away each year by hospitals and long-term care facilities. Researchers have found that even extremely diluted concentrations of drugs harm fish, frogs and other aquatic species. Also, researchers report that human cells fail to grow normally in the laboratory when exposed to trace concentrations of certain drugs. Some scientists say they are increasingly concerned that the consumption of combinations of many drugs, even in small amounts, could harm humans over decades. Utilities say the water is safe. Scientists, doctors and the EPA say there are no confirmed human risks associated with consuming minute concentrations of drugs. But those experts also agree that dangers cannot be ruled out, especially given the emerging research. 
--- Two common industrial chemicals that are also pharmaceuticals - the antiseptics phenol and hydrogen peroxide - account for 92 percent of the 271 million pounds identified as coming from drugmakers and other manufacturers. Both can be toxic and both are considered to be ubiquitous in the environment. However, the list of 22 includes other troubling releases of chemicals that can be used to make drugs and other products: 8 million pounds of the skin bleaching cream hydroquinone, 3 million pounds of nicotine compounds that can be used in quit-smoking patches, 10,000 pounds of the antibiotic tetracycline hydrochloride. Others include treatments for head lice and worms. Residues are often released into the environment when manufacturing equipment is cleaned. A small fraction of pharmaceuticals also leach out of landfills where they are dumped. Pharmaceuticals released onto land include the chemo agent fluorouracil, the epilepsy medicine phenytoin and the sedative pentobarbital sodium. The overall amount may be considerable, given the volume of what has been buried - 572 million pounds of the 22 monitored drugs since 1988. In one case, government data shows that in Columbus, Ohio, pharmaceutical maker Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc. discharged an estimated 2,285 pounds of lithium carbonate - which is considered slightly toxic to aquatic invertebrates and freshwater fish - to a local wastewater treatment plant between 1995 and 2006. Company spokeswoman Marybeth C. McGuire said the pharmaceutical plant, which uses lithium to make drugs for bipolar disorder, has violated no laws or regulations. McGuire said all the lithium discharged, an annual average of 190 pounds, was lost when residues stuck to mixing equipment were washed down the drain.Click to see the whole thing….
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on April 19, 2009 at 11:08:21 PT
CN BC: Column: Portugal's Experience Shows Decriminalization Can Work that the evidence in favour of decriminalization is in, politicians should no longer be permitted to corral support for criminalization by stirring up public fear of a bogeyman that doesn't exist. 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 10:55:51 PT
Radio WoodStock and a Video Budden of 'Hemporium SA' - The Global Benefits of HEMP
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 10:29:25 PT
"You were not ashamed of my chains." Something said a long, long time ago.There was a time when the Romans arrested people... but let them be relatively free, not in a prison or jail cell, until trial ... but dragging chains and shackles wherever they went. Perhaps it was also used as a form of punishment.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 10:24:44 PT
good for business
That's so revolting.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 19, 2009 at 10:23:51 PT
Should be good
for the ankle monitor business.
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on April 19, 2009 at 09:56:12 PT
CNN Obama's people on legalization want people to wear ankle monitors to clean up "bad behavior"If only we could put ankle monitors on the politicians and bureaucrats to prevent bribery. Maybe we could have stopped them from working with the bankers to destroy our economy.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 19, 2009 at 08:54:44 PT
A title I'd like to see:
Activists Cracking Down on Cannnabis Prohibitionists
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 19, 2009 at 06:03:29 PT
Just a Comment
I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. There just isn't any news today so far but I'll check for something as the day goes on. 
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Comment #2 posted by mykeyb420 on April 18, 2009 at 21:12:20 PT
weekly funny
this is funny,
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 18, 2009 at 10:17:44 PT
If You Get This Channel
We do get this channel on DirecTV. It's channel 310. They will have movies on for 4/20 I was told. Here's the link.
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