Major shift: CA Democrats’ proposed platform plank calls for full legalization of pot

SpinCycleBlog200x200With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned


California cities, police chiefs support pot regulation for first time

The last time lawmakers tried to regulate California’s medical marijuana industry, the League of California Cities warned of “a radical expansion of existing law” and “a slippery slope to distribution of marijuana for recreational use.” And police groups rushed out talking points protesting the “creation of a massive, for-profit medical marijuana model.”

Caffeine vs THC: The Double Standards of Addiction

About 1 percent of the population is addicted to a drug that gives them headaches if they quit, and may cause jitters, anxiety, insomnia, and ulcers if they dont. It’s lethal at high doses. About 90 percent of the US population takes this drug regularly, even though it has no medical use. Its marketed to kids, sold in or near schools, and is on school playgrounds. A schedule 1 narcotic, you assume?

If Smokers Vape, Does That Prove Vaping Causes Smoking?

A study reported today in The Journal of the American Medical Association claims to present evidence that “e-cigarette use is aggravating rather than ameliorating the tobacco epidemic among youths.” The authors, Lauren Dutra and Stanton Glantz of the Center for Tobacco Research and Education at the University of California in San Francisco, claim their results “suggest that e-cigarettes are not discouraging use of conventional cigarettes.” They add that their findings “call into question claims that e-cigarettes are effective as smoking cessation aids.” But as Boston University public health professor Michael Siegel observes on his tobacco policy blog, Dutra and Glantz “make one of the most cardinal errors in all of epidemiology” by ignoring “the principle that ‘correlation does not equal causation.'”