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Andrew Weil
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He's been on the cover of Time magazine (5/12/97), has appeared on "Prime Time Live," the morning talk shows, and The New York Times. He is acclaimed best-selling author and pioneer in integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil. The recipient of an AB degree in botany from Harvard University and an MD from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weil has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and for 15 years served as a research associate in ethnopharmacology at the Harvard Botanical Museum. He is the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is also the founder of the Foundation for Integrative Medicine and editor-in-chief of the… Read More
Brownie Mary
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Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as "Brownie Mary" died peacefully with friends at her side on the evening of April 10, 1999. Mary attracted nationwide attention several times during her 25 plus years in San Francisco. She moved to San Francisco from Reno, Nevada in the early seventies following the tragic death of her only daughter, Peggy in an automobile accident. The first of what was to be three busts for baking marijuana brownies gained national attention for her age, which was about 65 at that time and her fliers spread on Castro Street light poles advertising her wares, while working at I-Hop as a waitress. America was really taken with her defiance and course language. The result of that… Read More
Louis Armstrong
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Trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong was the seminal artist of jazz history—the first to combine trumpet virtuosity and an original musical vision with an entertainer's sense of presence and persona. The result would make him the most influential instrumentalist of his generation, and bring him the respect and adulation of musicians of all eras to come, as well as a vast audience beyond jazz that has never stopped growing. Case in point: The Guinness Book of World Records lists Armstrong as the oldest performer ever to chart a No. 1 hit record, an accomplishment achieved in 1964 when his record of Hello Dolly unexpectedly displaced the Beatles from the top position. And 17 years after his death, Armstrong's record of… Read More
Peter McWilliams
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It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent death of best-selling author, Peter McWilliams. Peter was found dead in his home on June 14, 2000. The cause of his death , according to sources, was that he choked on his vomit. Peter had suffered from AIDS and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 1996, and had used medical marijuana to suppress the nausea that was a common side-effect to the potent medications needed to keep him alive. His marijuana use was legal, thanks to California's Proposition 215, which passed in 1996 and legalized the use of marijuana for treatment of illness. Denied his medicine (marijuana) as a result of an arrest for possessing his medicine (marijuana), McWilliams died, as there… Read More
Paul McCartney
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Paul was born on June 18, 1942, at Walton Road Hospital, Liverpool, to Mary and James McCartney. His brother Mike (McGear) was born on January 7, 1944, at Walton Hospital. After passing his 11-Plus examinations Paul entered the Liverpool Institute in 1957 where he met a younger student, George Harrison. It was through another Liverpool Institute pupil, Ivan Vaughan that Paul met John Lennon. Paul's interest in music was mainly due to the influence of his father, a keen jazz musician. Paul became an accomplished guitarist at an early age and was able to tune a guitar as well as write down the lyrics in full of popular songs of the time. This impressed the young Lennon who invited Paul… Read More
Linda McCartney
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Paul McCartney, the composer of some of the rock era's most beautiful love songs, has consistently told interviewers that all his romantic ballads written after 1968 were about Linda McCartney. Those songs include everything from the Beatles' "Two of Us" and "Oh! Darling" to "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "The Lovely Linda" on Paul's first post-Beatles album, McCartney (1970); "Long-Haired Lady" on Ram (1971) and "My Love" on "Red Rose Speedway" (1973); to more recent songs as "We Got Married" and "Figure of Eight" on "Flowers in the Dirt" (1989) and "Golden Earth Girl" on "Off the Ground" (1993). Paul McCartney was not the first to compose a song about Linda McCartney. Her father, Lee Eastman, was a prominent show business… Read More
Woody Harrelson
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Woody, born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson on July 23, 1961, in Midland, Texas, had a childhood most people have never had to face. His father, Charles Voyde Harrelson, went to prison, convicted of murder when Woody was only seven. His mother Diane, a legal secretary, raised Woody and his two brothers in Lebanon, Ohio. Growing up strongly influenced by religion, Woody went to college on a presbyterian scholarship. After obtaining a degree in 1983 in English and theatrical arts from Hanover College, Indiana, Woody went to New York City to pursue a career in acting. His career began in New York theatre as an understudy in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues." Within months, he was cast as the good-hearted but dim-witted bartender… Read More
Carl Sagan
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Just imagine for a minute that Carl Sagan had been given a drug test for his job at NASA. Carl Sagan would have failed miserably with a high content of THC in his urine because he had been a regular pot smoker since the 1960's. He would have been blacklisted by the scientific community and then would have found himself unemployable in his profession. If Carl Sagan had been tested for THC, we would have lost one of the world's most brilliant scientists and he would not have had the chance to go on and win the Pulitzer Prize. Carl Sagan was not tested for THC and the whole world has profited as a result. Following is an article outlining… Read More
The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 finally!…but, there’s more….
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Representatives Jared Polis of Colorado and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced two legislative measures that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana and permit for the regulated production, retail sales of cannabis to adults in states that have legalized its consumption. “We are in the process of a dramatic shift in the marijuana policy landscape,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Public attitude, state law, and established practices are all creating irreconcilable difficulties for public officials at every level of government. We want the federal government to be a responsible partner with the rest of the universe of marijuana interests while we address what federal policy should be regarding drug taxation, classification, and legality.” Blumenauer’s office said Monday that tax revenue from the… Read More
The Insider Details of Urine Testing For Pot and Other Drugs
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Too many lives are affected by a simple yet complicated diagnosis of drug detection. For most Drug Tests…The Science is based on circumstantial evidence that measures naturally occurring reactive digestive enzymes and not the actual drug. There are different levels of enzymes that are measured for certain drugs and then sometimes even similar drugs and or not even closely related drugs. This creates what is called a “false positive”, which still might leave the decision to the policy of the Drug testing facility -whether they allow an exception or not. And they may make it a decision of the employer or drug testing company to either retest, reject or pass the sample. There are two main types of urine diagnostics.… Read More
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