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‘First Public University Medical Marijuana Course In The Nation’ Offered In California By The Same University That Kicked Me Out Of Their Dorms For a Gram Of Weed

Cannabis was legalized for medicinal use over 20 years ago, and last November we finally voted on the legalization of recreational, “adult” use. This was a major turning point for the industry! Such a turning point, that my alma mater Sonoma State University partnered with United Patients Group to offer a 1 day course titled Medical Cannabis: A Clinical Focus.

“United Patients Group, a medical cannabis education organization, and Sonoma State University are teaming up to offer what they say is the first medical cannabis course from a major public university in the country.

The course marks a watershed moment in medical education and the nation’s rapidly evolving acceptance of marijuana, according to UPG and Sonoma State.” – [Toke Signals]

This course was today, but I’m sure it will be the first of many to come!

upg-flyer-for-sonoma-state-course-sh-page-001-2-768x9945 years ago…
Things were different.
Still the same Sonoma State University in the middle of the Emerald Triangle,
but things were different.

It was the end of the first month of my freshman year at Sonoma State. I was going from class to the gym to rush events hoping to get a bid from Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. Almost everyone was on probation after drinking to much the first few weeks, but not me. I kept out of trouble and focused on my goals. One day after the last Rush event, I invited a few of my future pledge brothers back to my dorm. We decided to smoke, and then hung out for about 20 minutes. As we were leaving to go get food, the worst possible situation occurred: My fire alarm went off..

We didn’t know why because it had been some time since we had smoked, but we had to make a decision quick. I knew everyone else was on probation so I told everyone to run and I would take the blame. I figured  that I would be given the same probation sentence for cannabis as my friends had received for alcohol…
I was wrong

I admitted to having one gram of medical cannabis, and was immediately kicked out of the dorms. No probation. No second chance. No refund from the dorms. Nothing.  It’s crazy that a harmless plant was the cause for such drastic changes in my educational path.

I think education is the most important thing, and I live by the quote “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” I hope more Universities “grow up” and realize the true benefits of this plant. The medicinal and economic benefits are INSANE…
But you knew that 😉

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Marijuana: Lt. Governor Newsom Letter to President Trump

Earlier today we received an interesting email from the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force sharing the letter Lt. Governor Newsom wrote to President Donald trump regarding cannabis. Take a look at what he had to say below:

February 24, 2017

 

President Donald J Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Trump,

 

Marijuana has been grown, cultivated, sold, and consumed for centuries – it is not new. But through our draconian and prohibitionist policies, we have outsourced much of this industry to an illicit market of criminals and drug cartels who have no regard for public safety and public health, especially as it relates to our children.

The War on Marijuana has failed. It did not, and will not, keep marijuana out of kids’ hands. A 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse study showed that, despite cannabis’ classification by the federal government as a Schedule 1 illegal substance, 34-percent of 10th graders had used cannabis – making the substance more prevalent among this age group than the highly regulated and legal tobacco industry (23 percent).

Protecting youth and promoting public health and safety is paramount. We can’t continue to keep doing what we’ve done and expect a different result. A tightly regulated marketplace for adult recreational marijuana use is a new and better approach. California’s legal marketplace will include strict regulations on the business of cultivation, distribution, and retail, a “seed-to-sale” tracking system, rigorous laboratory testing of the product, and strict packaging requirements.

Creating a legal and tightly regulated recreational marijuana marketplace has massive public support. Voters recognize that policies of the past have failed us, and have approved this new approach up and down the entire western U.S. coast. Last November, nearly eight million Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana in our state. A Quinnipiac poll released yesterday says that 71-percent of US voters says that the government should not interfere with states that passed legalized marijuana and during your campaign, you committed to honoring states’ rights when it comes to marijuana legalization.

The government must not strip the legal and publicly-supported industry of its business, and hand it back to drug cartels and criminals. Dealers don’t card kids. I urge you and your administration to work in partnership with California and the other eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana for adult use in a way that will let us enforce our state laws that protects the public and our children, while targeting the bad actors. We have a shared goal of reducing crime, and the best way we can achieve that is through a tightly regulated market.

Finally, with regard to your Press Secretary’s grossly misinformed comments, marijuana is nothing like an opioid and there is no scientific evidence that marijuana use increases the use of opioids. Unlike marijuana, opioids represent an addictive and harmful substance, and I would welcome your administration’s focused efforts on tackling this particular public health crisis.

 

Sincerely

 

 

GAVIN NEWSOM
Lieutenant Governor of California
cc: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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