Sunday, September 22, 2019

RECYCLING CENTERS CLOSE

WHEN HOMELESS HURT THE POOR -

BSC, CA – In the City of Los Angeles, there are 36,300 homeless people, and the county has a total of 58,936 for a total of 95,236 people. Though there are not as many homeless living in Riverside, those living here have managed to drive out a business that helps poor people get by; recycling CRVs, plastic, and glass. RePlanet closed all their remaining locations early in August all over California. The company, which laid off all their employees, stated economic reasons like the rising minimum wage and insurance, but was that really all of it?


When I first moved to Riverside and took cans and bottles in for recycling, I could take a five minute bus ride down to the nearby Staters Supermarket. Depending on when you went, the line was usually a few people with loads of bottles. At first the people in line tended to be families, probably Christian who collect their congregation's empties from church gatherings. Over the months however, I noticed a change in those recycling. Also the supply side to keep the site printers working started getting sketchy. People with cars found more reliable sites, leaving the dregs.

The people in line the last few times at the nearby Staters were homeless, meth heads, druggies, sprinkled with just people who turn in their CRVs. The nearby supermarket quit taking the printouts of tickets, so the RePlanet site started issuing a cash refund. This required an extra person to be onsite as security. The people there now had tons of turn-ins, which always surprised me since you could sometimes tell a hookup, and you knew it wasn't pot that they were looking for.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

UCR NORTH DISTRICT PROJECT ADVANCES

GONE LIKE ORIGINAL STAR WARS -

BSC, CA – The sound of earth moving equipment and dirt hauling trucks, many double bottoms, can be heard through the neighborhoods, though there is less now since most of the WWII buildings used for UCR's married couple complex are gone. The project called North District was unveiled a couple of years back. Meetings listed as soundings for the neighbors who live in the north side of UCR's campus were basically one-sided; as the University told the local folks how things were to be.

The last meeting which took place with the Measure O Oversight Committee included the lawyer who wrote the measure, a 'Measure writer' akin to someone who writes grants, or a person who knows the measure in and out because they are the person [lawyer] who wrote it. He was there of his own 'free' will but the local people there were not buying his explanation. Plus this guy from Northern Cali, a lawyer, looked more like a traveling medicine show barker, with his big handlebar mustache and fancy suit. He seemed there to gently steer the Oversight Committee in the direction best suited for the written measure.


The tie-in between Measure O, which is RUSD and was sold to voters as school upgrades, is the North District Project, and features some needed campus additions as our lead-in shot depicts. More on the before and after, following the jump. Meanwhile, Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D. has issued a slick bulletin to announce a similar Measure to upgrade RCC, Norco, and MoVal since Riverside residents swallowed Measure O. This proposed measure from RCCD would also have a Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. No confirmation on whether the same lawyer from up north is writing this bond measure, as yet.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

WEEDMAPS MUSEUM OF WEED

A STORY OF HIGHS & LOWS -

BSC, CA – In this Pt. 2 portion of my Los Angeles weekend at 'burnies', we step into the new museum of weed. This one is a pop-up done by WEEDMAPS, a weed friendly company that started in Orange County. The idea was simple, be the middle man for people looking for a dispensary. Now years later, WEEDMAPS is a national brand that means just that – where you can find weed.

Meanwhile the company has been sold, like MTV, but the original brand and motive drive have expanded the core idea that started down at an event in San Diego years ago. The idea turned into a series of cannabis culture categories that mirror my book, Memories of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green, yet somehow leave out Jack Herer's central point of 'it' being the whole plant, not just marijuana. It's a truth hidden in plain sight. The reason for this tactic is revealed in Memoirs.


The lead-in shot this time is from the fun house stage, it seems, of the propaganda used to fan the flames of racism, a lesson that here seems to divide rather than unite the way real weed smokers do. The Museum of Weed is more the white-washed way history has painted Mary Jane, and is more a broad overview that leaves out many details found in Herer's The Emperor Wears No Clothes. The esoteric history as presented here is more 2001 before the monolith. Read a copy of Green Gold, The Tree of Life [Osburn, Osburn, Bennett] for the very entertaining details of cannabis through various cultures. BUT, for the $35 ticket entry, the museum is worth the price.

The term 'pop-up' is somewhat misleading. 



Once inside the massive structure and the spacious interior, the store, and the bar, you get to the weed exhibit entrance itself.


The Exhibits are illustrated time periods that express certain general establishment sentiments.








There are various pieces of art, photos, or examples for each period as well as exposition.



This and an audio tour represent the history of cannabis before prohibition. There is no religious or magical use [unless on audio] indicated for cannabis/marijuana in this PC version. Also left out are people like Shakespeare; artists who have used marijuana creatively.

The Reefer Madness time period is thoroughly explored, as it still hasn't gone bye-bye. The current Civilized Games due to happen in Santa Monica on October 20 was called the 420Games just a few weeks ago. The reason for the name change is to distance runners from a perceived 'stoner' image because that has been perpetrated through historical propaganda. The displays here do nothing to shatter secular stereotypes. A culture of hypocrisy is being buoyed in a PC version that is secular only. Sorry Sports Fans, Mary Jane is magical because cannabis comes TO this world; not from this world like gold, diamonds, or oil. Or put another way, why do we all have THC receptors?




The counterculture or 'hippy daze' was introduced through this doorway.



It was also in this time period cannabis started to be taken seriously, by science. CBD [1963] and THC [1964] were discovered in Israel, the same place the Bible comes from (What a coincidence!!). Suddenly, pot wasn't just for hippies. It was more than a lungful of fun.



Nixon, who got a report on cannabis touting its harmlessness and even the medical benefits, instead threw the report into File 13 [the round file sitting beside his desk], because he said people who smoke weed are anti-government, a sentiment shared in Memoirs.


Then came The War On Drugs (mostly marijuana), "Just Say No", and anti-establishment political games though the one displayed here isn't one that I ever heard or read about. I remember Dealer McDope, The Fabulous Furry Freak Bros, and Feds 'n' Heads.


 


Next we have the time of AIDS, the time of Richard Eastman, and the time when marijuana became relevant to human life, both in the cure and cessation of prescription drug side effects. There is still research going on at press time.







The last time period deals with 3D graphs which show the profitability of cannabis for government growth.


There are other exhibits there, to educate the beginner to cannabis,





There are many other exhibits, factoids, and the bar is a juice bar, not a liquor bar.


For those who have seen the Hollywood Hemp Museum, which bears a different vibe, WEEDMAPS has done a great all-around thumbnail for those who wish to have an immersive cannabis experience without the plant. There are guides in every exhibit who encourage both questions and the taking of pictures.

According to sources, this pop-up is scheduled to remain in this location until September 29, 2019. If you are anywhere close to LA, this writer highly suggests a visit, but plan to stay the full day if you do the audio tour along the way. I didn't.

And remember.


WEEDMAPS Museum of Weed, 720 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, 90038.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

EASTMAN HONORED IN LA

MY LOS ANGELES WEEKEND, PT 1 –

BSC, CA - LA is a magic town. You don't have to be that way, but it helps a lot. A case in point is my latest assignment for BSC, the city honoring Richard Eastman for his contribution to the illness of HIV/AIDS. This honor is also a declaration and tip o' the hat to Mary Jane Green, aka, marijuana or 'cannabis', in the curing of the disease. The sign below is for all the people who weren't at City Hall to witness and hear the official declaration made to Richard Eastman, resident of West Hollywood.


In this country and all over the world even, there is a huge market in just treating people for their medical symptoms related to various illnesses. Now imagine a world without all that crap. Imagine seeing happy people because they have their health, instead of dragging around looking dismal. Richard Eastman represents a person who should be dead, or at least depressed. Instead, he is the opposite. This is all due to cannabis, or Mary Jane, what cannabis was called back in the '30's, according to the WEEDMAPS Museum of Weed, but I'm skipping ahead.

Knowing where Richard is going to be isn't the same thing as being where he is. This time I at least had advance notice of where he was going to be for a minute. I had a narrow window to get the story and my personal copy of #WOW2019 signed by Richard, the author [reviewed here]. By the time I found the correct spot [after getting turned around, a common occurrence in LA], the council meeting was under way with different cancer victims.

Friday, September 6, 2019

WEEKEND AT BURNIES

LIKE A CRAB WITH A JOINT IN EACH CLAW -

BSC, CA – In a way, being a cancer, that's how I feel; like a crab with a joint in each claw. This weekend, like a girl who sits in your lap, Mary Jane Green is hard to meet. Tomorrow at 10AM, in City Hall, Rm. 340, Richard Eastman will be honored by City Council member Paul Koretz of the 5th District, for his medical experiment showing the effectiveness of cannabis against HIV and AIDS [words paraphrased by me].


After the ceremony, BSC checks out the newest Hemp Museum location with photos and on the spot coverage. Then Saturday night it's time for another 420Nurses CBD 7 Course dinner, put on at the boutique store at 7029 Topanga Cyn Blvd. in old downtown Canoga Park. $10 doors and the theme this time is Italian. Remember, there is no THC added to anything at this dinner, only no-buzz CBD. However, you do feel some effects from the added ingredient. It is a sense of wellness.

More official wording concerning Richard follows the jump, but I think you can see why my title, 'Weekend At Burnies' is apropos.