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Book review: Peter Gorman's Ayahuasca in My Blood

Posted on July 14th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

Ayahuasca in My BloodFor 25 years, journalist Peter Gorman has been traveling to Peru and experimenting with the jungle hallucinogen ayahuasca, a mind-bending brew prepared from vines, bark and leaves. Gorman picked the Peruvian side of the Amazon, the city of Iquitos, as the base for his studies that he writes about in Ayahuasca in My Blood.

US Marines to Costa Rica

Posted on July 13th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

Costa Rica has granted the US military a six-month window to bring 7,000 Marines, five planes and 46 warships into its territory to help intercept north-bound narcotics. The permission, granted by a 31-8 vote of the Legislative Assembly on July 2, allows the US to use the country's territory through Dec. 31.

DEA raid on Mendocino medicinal collective

Posted on July 13th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

A multi-agency federal task force on July 7 descended on the property of Joy Greenfield of Covelo, the first Mendocino County patient to pay the $1,050 application fee under the county medical marijuana ordinance, which allows collectives to grow up to 99 plants provided they comply with regulations. Greenfield had applied in the name of her collective, Light The Way, which opened in San Diego earlier this year.

Veteran Fug Tuli Kupferberg dead at 86

Posted on July 12th, 2010 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

TuliCounterculture legend Tuli Kupferberg, co-founder of The Fugs and self-described "world’s oldest rock star," died July 12 in Manhattan at the age of 86. He had been in poor health since suffering two strokes last year, said Ed Sanders, his longtime friend and fellow Fug.

Oakland city council considers new cannabis rules

Posted on July 2nd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaA proposed ordinance going before Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee next week aims to curtail indoor cannabis growers in the city by regularizing major producers for the medical market. Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Larry Reid propose permitting four large, industrial-scale cultivators, who would then supply Oakland’s six dispensaries (the ordinance would add two dispensaries to the currently permitted four) with the 6,000 pounds of cannabis the dispensaries sell a year.

Russian drug czar calls for recrim

Posted on July 1st, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

EuropeViktor Ivanov, head of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service, speaking before the State Duma June 30, said Moscow should re-criminalize drug use, confiscate land used for cannabis cultivation, and close the Central Asian border in order to combat trafficking.

Jerry Brown: clueless on cannabis

Posted on June 30th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

California attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has come out strongly against Proposition 19, the voter initiative that would effectively legalize in the state if passed this November. Speaking before the California District Attorneys Association Conference in Monterey, Brown said legalizing would open the flood gates for the ruthless and deadly Mexican drug cartels: "Every year we get more and more marijuana and every year we find more guys with AK-47's coming out of Mexico going into forests and growing more and more dangerous and losing control." (KSBW, June 29)

Drought, intolerance mean buzzkill for Israeli stoners

Posted on June 30th, 2010 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , .

Middle EastWith Israeli tokers already irritable over a cannabis drought (the result of a literal drought, which has impacted farmers throughout the Jewish state and Occupied Palestinian Territories), organizers of a planned legalization rally in Tel Aviv were dealt another blow when city authorities denied them a permit.

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