Cannabis For Cancer - A Patients Forum

posted Jul 19, 2016, 4:11 PM by Mariajuana San Diego   [ updated Jul 19, 2016, 4:13 PM ]

Saturday, July 30 at 12 PM - 5 PM
Marina Village, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California 92109
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Do you or someone you know have cancer? Are you interested in the potential benefits of cannabis and about adding cannabis to your treatment regiment? 

Join us and our expert presenters to learn about the potential benefits of cannabis in cancer treatment, the different cannabis options available to cancer patients, and practical advise regarding how to talk to your doctor about marijuana and how to get marijuana for medical treatment. 

This event is free to the public. 

Our speakers include: 
  • Dr. Adam Richardson from the SBMRI Cancer Center, 
  • Dr. Michelle Sexton, Center for the Study of Cannabisand Social Policy, Technical Advisor and Editor of the Cannabis Monograph for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
  • Dr. Mark Rabe of Centric Wellness,
  • Ken Cole former Olympic coach and cancer patient.

Organizational Meeting for the Adult Use Marijuana Initiative

posted Jun 30, 2016, 10:15 AM by Cynara Velazquez

Time to win fully legalized marijuana in San Diego County

Thursday, June 30th from 6:30 - 8:30pm
The Grassroots Oasis
3130 Moore St, San Diego, CA 92110

The Cannabis Education Project is excited to announce that we are campaigning for the Adult Use Marijuana Act here in San Diego County!  Come November, marijuana could be fully legal for adult use in California - with our help. 

The Adult Use Marijuana Act has qualified for the November ballot. 

We have created a local campaign PAC to support this effort and we can't wait to get started!

If you would like to be a part of this movement, please join us at the Grassroots Oasis, this evening, Thursday, June 30th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm to plan what we can do from here until November to make 

This event is for supporters of the Adult Use Marijuana Act. We realize that no initiative is perfect, but please attend only if you are interested positively promoting this initiative.

Join us in Tijuana to learn more about the Mexican Cannabis Revolution!

posted Dec 7, 2015, 2:41 PM by Mariajuana San Diego

Thursday, December 17at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Casa del Túnel - Centro de Arte y Cultura en Tijuana
Calle Chapo Márquez 133, 22310 Tijuana, Mexico

El Instituto Internacional Del Cannabis,, tiene el honor de presentar por Skype desde el D.F., Lic. Andres Aguinaco Gomez-Mont, el abogado quien llevo con éxito el caso ante la Suprema Corte para legalizar el uso recreativo de la marihuana en México.

El Sr. Raúl Elizalde presentara el caso de su hija, la primer paciente con autorización por el gobierno Mexicano para el uso de mariguana medicinal. De igual manera, el señor Esteban Clarke, empresario de construcción con el cáñamo industrial (mundial mente conocido como "hemp"), se presentara los avances sobre el cánnabis industrial en México. 

¡Únete con nosotros, para saber cómo puedes participar y apoyar el movimiento para legalización, tanto la marihuana como la medicina derivada de la marihuana, en México!

Cannabis Education Project Represents ReformCA at the California State Democratic Convention!

posted May 20, 2015, 10:33 AM by Mariajuana San Diego

The Cannabis Education Project was proud to represent the 2016 legalization campaign ReformCA at the 2015 California State Democratic Convention in Anaheim.  We raised a lot of awareness for the campaign, and had a great time doing so!

ReformCA @ 2015 Dem Convention

Cannareview 2014

posted Dec 30, 2014, 6:11 AM by Benjamin Doyle


Cannareview 2014


2014 was the year that the United States went “green”. Colorado hit the ground running and started the year with more than $1 million in sales in the first day. As the year wound down, two more states voted to legalize the herb, doubling the number of states that went recreational. Back in Colorado, the tax revenues alone were more than $60 million. These are just a few events that happened within the ranks of the Federal Government in 2014 that were wonderful for the cannabis movement as we march closer to the end of federal prohibition.


The Executive Branch issued enforcement guidelines about cannabis-related business operations throughout the year. First, the Justice Department sent off a set of guidelines to the banks that allowed banks to work with collective owners. The banks were not confident that these rules were adequate to protect them, so they continue to avoid opening bank accounts for anyone in the ganja industry. Looking ahead, maybe this next Congress will write some laws that will satisfy the banks.


The Justice Department also issued guidelines for highway stops. They are intended to cut back on civil rights violations that can occur through questionable seizures of cash and personal property. It is still unclear whether the states will follow these guidelines; the state governments have zero incentive to stop going for the easy cash grabs that come into their local black markets.


The First Nations communities around the country got the biggest news. Local tribes can now make their own rules for legalizing cannabis within their own governments. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council already legalized industrial hemp in 1998. They lost two harvests to the DEA in 2000 and 2001. There are more than 300 individual tribes have reservations in more than 30 states. This opens the door for potential legalization in 30 states, as long as the tribes are willing to share.


The First Nations people already have ample reasons to mistrust promises our government makes; it is easy to see these guidelines as a trap. The biggest hurdle in 2015 is the murkiness of jurisdiction questions within the Controlled Substances Act. If anybody steps up and plants the seeds, look to South Dakota next year. Alex White Plume and the Oglala Sioux are the most likely candidates to step up and blaze the trail with fields of hemp in 2015.


Meanwhile Congress went into the Midterm elections last February with a letter from 18 Congresspeople to the Obama Administration that called for cannabis to be rescheduled. Holder replied that he would love to help Congress reschedule. Then an election came and we did not hear anything more until after the Midterm elections.


When the Republican Party emerged victorious from those Midterms, they quickly got to work and defunded programs that interfere with legal medical marijuana businesses. This is a clear victory for the medical marijuana industry. Places like San Diego can now be reassured that city, state, and now federal law enforcement agencies will not interfere with legal medical marijuana businesses. These communities know all too well, however, the power of a District Attorney bent on preserving the status quo regardless of the laws their constituents are following. It would not be a stretch to see the DEA continue to play a part in molding the psyche of these communities. Without Congressional support, however, it may be possible that this beast has been caged.


Speaking of the courts, they also tore holes in the tapestry of cannabis prohibition. In Colorado, one case opened the door for thousands of people to appeal their cases and have them overturned thanks to the new legal environment that Amendment 64 provided. Meanwhile nationwide, the Sentencing Commission released new rules that could free tens of thousands of inmates with federal drug convictions. 


These are all indications that we are clearly on the path to the Federal Government rescheduling cannabis. With progress, however, come unseen conflicts and problems along the way. The lawsuit from Nebraska and Oklahoma is just one of those. It is also a great bridge into the 2015 calendar year, when the Supreme Court will decide if they will even hear this case.


Regardless of the outcome, we have an Executive branch that is ready for a nice, long vacation and a Congress that is full of people who want to keep their jobs in two years. The only laws that both branches can agree on are the only ones that have any chance of passing. If rescheduling cannabis goes as smoothly in Congress as the recent spending bill did, then these next two years should be great for the movement. 

Science vs Politics: A Brief Look at the History of Cannabis Sativa as a Schedule 1 Drug and its Impact on Logic

posted Oct 15, 2012, 11:59 AM by Benjamin Doyle

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I would like to point out a key problem that the drug war presents; science is shackled in order to promote politics.  According to Burton Richter of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, science is driven by the need to understand.  We want to know something that is previously unknown.  The cannabis plant, however, is well known.  The historical and archeological references illustrate humans have been using this plant continuously over the last 3000 years.  Yet we know nothing about the medicinal qualities of this plant.  In fact, most of the available research conducted looks at a very narrow and flawed view of this diverse plant.  The Schedule 1 classification for cannabis ensures that the only research done on this incredibly common plant supports and maintains a prohibitionist stance. Sure, there were studies conducted in Holland, Portugal, Germany, and Great Britain, but not here in the United States.  Until 1999,  the same .75 acres of government sanctioned cannabis sativa was shared between every research institution and university in the United States. 


The main reason for this stems from a United Nations treaty called the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (which explicitly excludes hemp production).  The treaty led directly to the creation of the Controlled Substances Act.  The Controlled Substances Act led to the creation of (through various incarnations) the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  NIDA is the government body that allocates funds to all research related to drug use and abuse.  For FY 2011, the NIDA disbursed $1.08 billion to research “drug abuse”.  Because all marijuana studies are considered to be drug abuse studies, the only funds available for research go towards studies that portray cannabis as a dangerous drug.


That is, until California authorized funds for the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1999. Since then, research has uncovered medical uses for a variety of maladies ranging from headaches and backaches to treating multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, and for complications attributed to AIDS and chemotherapy. The endocannabinoid system has been mapped and explained.  There is research on preventative abilities of cannabis for PTSD, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. 


In 2007, wrote an article entitled “Marijuana Compound May Stop Breast Cancer from Spreading, Study Says”.  The article explained that a protein called Id-1 is “a key regulator of the spread of breast cancer”, according to Dr. Pierre-Yves Desprez, senior author of the study.   The study announced “CBD, a non-toxic cannibinoid that lacks psychoactivity, can inhibit Id-1 gene expression in metastic breast cancer cells and consequently their aggressive phenotype.”  The study has since expanded to include mice and they expect to release new findings by the end of the year. 


The scientific evidence is growing every day, and new reports come out highlighting positive aspects of medical marijuana.  In fact, the UCSD Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research issued a statement earlier this year saying that marijuana does not fit the definition for a Schedule 1 drug classification as defined by the Controlled Substances Act.  Rather, they noted, “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule 1 classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value or that information on safety is lacking”


When science is hampered, it cannot ask questions and search for the truth. Galileo was put to death for saying the earth revolved around the sun.  His ideas were correct, but the power structure did all they could to suppress the truth.  Similarly, marijuana as medicine is confirmed and the evidence is growing despite the active repression by our government.  If marijuana can indeed cure cancer, then it is the duty of the government to aggressively seek enlightenment on this subject and free all of the incredibly intelligent minds at our research universities and institutes so that they can get results that have been peer-reviewed and verified.,2933,312132,00.html

Cannabis Education Project is AGAIN Recipient of DPA Special Opportunities Grant!

posted Sep 16, 2012, 1:35 PM by Mariajuana San Diego

The Cannabis Education Project is proud to announce that we have once again received a special opportunities grant from the Drug Policy Alliance in support of our work to educate, identify, and cultivate support for medical marijuana patients in San Diego. 

The short-term strategic goal of this project is to educate, identify, and cultivate support for medical marijuana dispensaries in targeted communities to support the initiative campaign to allow safe access in San Diego. This project also serves the long term strategic goal of normalizing attitudes towards marijuana to foster support for ending marijuana prohibition in the greater San Diego area.  
We propose engaging in an aggressive community outreach campaign to community and advocacy groups in San Diego neighborhoods with medical marijuana initiatives, including Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas.
We propose developing presentations and informational workshops targeted at specific communities to address misconceptions, fears, and overall negative perceptions of marijuana.  The material we present will be based on existing research and publications from Drug Policy Alliance and other allied groups. This will be an opportunity to engage many diverse communities including Latino, African American, Filipino, and other minority audiences not normally engaged by our movement. 

We will be presenting at meetings of civic groups, religious groups, and community advancement groups. We will target groups and leaders within the community who have political and social leanings would indicate an opportunity for support for medical marijuana.  Our goal is that by identifying pro-marijuana forces within the target communities, we can help build grass-top support to counter the community leadership fighting against safe access and legalization.

The Cannabis Education Project first received such a grant 2011, to engage person-to-person outreach in communities of color in San Diego county, to explain the facts and debunk the myths of medical marijuana. To this end, over the course of three months, we fulfilled our project goal of presenting 32 presentations, by presenting 30 formal presentations and sponsoring/participating in 8 other outreach events. We have an additional 4 presentations scheduled in upcoming months.  To fulfill our project goal of receiving 19 endorsements from organizations and civic leaders in communities of color, we received 11 endorsements from Latino and African American Advancement and Civic Organizations, as well as the endorsements of 16 prominent civic leaders and elected officials.

Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is a national organization to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.

The Special Opportunities grant allocates modest funds to support drug policy reform efforts that seek to influence local, state and/or national legislation. Requests for such funding are likely to be highly competitive given the limited amount of funds available.

The DPA Special Opportunities fund prioritizes organizations focused on one or more of the following:
  • Public education campaigns and litigation to raise awareness of the negative consequences of current local, state and national drug policies.
  • Organizing and mobilizing constituencies that raise awareness about the negative consequences of local, state or national drug policies.
  • They favor public education efforts that speak to: 
    1. the failures and consequences of drug polices in the U.S. and the potential benefits of alternatives to prohibition; 
    2. reducing over-reliance on the criminal justice system by raising awareness of the need for alternatives to incarceration and/or health-based approaches to drug use; 
    3.  discrimination in employment, housing, student loans and other benefits against those who use drugs or who have been convicted of drug law violations;
    4. the negative consequences of current drug policies on human rights; and 
    5. efforts that mobilize people around the disproportionate impact of the drug war on communities of color and youth. 
We are please that New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) has once again agreed to be our partner in this project.  

We look forward to working with both DPA and New PATH in the upcoming months. 

Cannabis Education Project at the California Democratic Convention

posted Sep 16, 2012, 1:15 PM by Mariajuana San Diego   [ updated Sep 16, 2012, 1:19 PM ]

On February 11th, 2012, the Cannabis Education Project, along with the  Patient Care Association with California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and the United Food Commercial Workers Association (UFCW) held the first ever medical marijuana hospitality suite at a California State Democratic Convention. Besides Assemblymember Ammiano and his staff, the suite hosts included board members from the Patient Care Association (the association of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in San Diego), the Cannabis Education Project, the local and regional heads of UFCW (German Ramirez and John Getz), and the international director of the UFCW medical marijuana division Dan Rush. New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) also participated in the suite, with their director, Gretchen Bergman, on hand for the events. Acclaimed San Diego “Artivists” Mario Torero, Maya Ramirez Schwarz, True Delorenzo, Patricia Maldonado, Pablo Acevedo, Marisol De Las Casas and Monica Cuyto Flores also participated with their art show, “The Tragedy of the Drug War”.

The room also included a visual timeline of the history of marijuana politics in California and a screening of “Medicinal Cannabis and its Impact on Human Health”. There were also displays on local and state ballot initiatives to regulate medical marijuana, as well as information on the Patient Care Association.

Wine was provided for the guests, as well as popcorn for the movie screening. DJ Drdiggs provided the soundtrack for the evening, a blend of mellow cumbia, samba, and Latino fusion.

The Medical Marijuana Suite was held in the Sapphire Ballroom area of the Hilton Bayfront, the location of the 2012 California Democratic Convention. The Medical Marijuana Hospitality Suite started at 10pm, following the official dinner convention dinner with Al Franken that occurred just feet away from the suite.

The suite proved to be extremely popular. Delegates from all over California dropped by to learn more about medical marijuana and out of curiosity about the suite. Guests included delegates from Butte County, Humbolt County, and the Bay Area, as well as representatives from the Los Angeles area, the UC Santa Cruz Democratic Club, and many other delegates from around the state.

A number of local San Diego County Democratic Central Committee members stopped in, as well as the director of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Ryan Hurd, and lavished praise on the suite. “It was excellent,” exclaimed San Diego delegate, Jessica Hayes, “very educational and very entertaining!” Even California House Assembly Speaker, John Perez, made an appearance.

Representative of campaign to end human trafficking, Kath Rogers, one of the many visitors to the suite said, “This was by far the most well done, and well attended, hospitality suite of the convention.” Mike Copass, current chair the local chapter of the Progressive Democrats for America, also praised the suite, stating, “In a very short amount of time, the Patient Care Association and the Cannabis Education Project, have come a long ways in changing the perception of medical marijuana, and educating the public, and this hospitality suite is another excellent step in this campaign.”

Photos of the Cannabis Education Project Fundraising/Awareness Party on 2/15!

posted Feb 26, 2012, 8:30 PM by Mariajuana San Diego

To celebrate Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act, on 2/15, the Cannabis Education Project through a fundraising/awareness party.  DJ drdiggs organized this cool event and we got new volunteers, signatures for the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Initiative and the local Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation Initiative.  The music was awesome, thanks to DJ drdiggs, Todo Mundo, Justin Werner, Soul Ablaze and the Green Brothers. The speggetti and deserts topped off the amazing evening. 
Check out the photos below:

CEP Fundraising Party

Cannabis Education Project At Occupy San Diego

posted Feb 19, 2012, 11:50 AM by Mariajuana San Diego   [ updated Feb 26, 2012, 8:23 PM ]

Check out the photos and videos of the Cannabis Education Project at Occupy San Diego last October!

CEP at Occupy SD


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