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750,000 MMJ Patients in CA

Graphic: MJ Dispensaries of Southern California

Retail Market Is $1.5 Billion To $4.5 Billion Per Year

​There are now more than 750,000 medical marijuana patients in California, representing two percent of the population according to the most recent data, estimates California NORML. At the high end, an estimate of more than 1,125,000 patients, or three percent of the population, is consistent with the data.

This represents a substantial increase from Cal NORML‘s earlier estimates of 300,000 in 2007, 150,000 in 2005, and 75,000 in 2004, but is in line with registration rates in other comparable states that enjoy similar wide access to medical cannabis clinics and dispensaries.

The exact number of patients in California is uncertain, because patients aren’t required to register in the Golden State. Under Prop 215, California’s medical marijuana law, patients need only a physician’s recommendation to be legal.

Just a tiny fraction of the California’s medical marijuana population is enlisted in the state’s voluntary ID card program, which issued just 12,659 cards in 2009-2010. Therefore, California’s patient numbers must be estimated from other sources.
Among the most salient sources of data are medical marijuana registries in Colorado and Montana, which report patient rates of 2.5 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively.
Because California’s law is older and has more liberal inclusion criteria than in other states, usage there is likely to be higher, according to Cal NORML.
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Dale Gieringer, Cal NORML: “The data show that medical marijuana users are becoming an increasingly important constituency”
​ Despite this, there is no evidence that liberal access to medical marijuana has spurred overall marijuana use in California. According to U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data, the total number of cannabis users in the state, including non-medical ones, amounts to 6.7 percent of the population (2.5 million) within the past month, or 11.3 percent (4.1 million) within the past year.
This places California only slightly above the national average in marijuana use (6.0 percent monthly and 10.4 percent yearly), and below several states with tougher marijuana laws.
Use of cannabis by California school youth has declined since Proposition 215 passed, according to data from the Attorney General’s Survey of Student Drug Use in California. The increase in medical marijuana use therefore appears to reflect a tendency for existing users to “go medical,” rather than the enlistment of new users.
The total retail value of medical marijuana consumed in California can be estimated at between $1.5 billion and $4.5 billion per year, assuming a market of 2 percent to 3 percent of the population, with average use of 0.5 to 1 gram per day, and an average cost of $320 per ounce.
“Marijuana’s popularity can be explained by its low toxicity, pleasant effects, and remarkably wide range of therapeutic uses, over 250 of which have been reported,” Cal NORML said in a press release.
By far the leading application is chronic pain, which accounts for the majority of all recommendations. Studies by California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research have shown that marijuana is particularly effective for neuropathic pain, an otherwise difficult to treat condition that afflicts up to 7 to 8 percent of the population.
Patients who use marijuana for pain commonly report significant reductions in their use of other medications, in particular prescription opiates.
“The data show that medical marijuana users are becoming an increasingly important constituency,” said California NORML Director Dale Gieringer. “It is time for the federal government to stop ignoring the facts and recognize their right to medicine.”

Resin on Your Hands? Check this out! – Resin On Your Hands?

Rezzy Wipes are a new innovation from the stoner hygiene market. The wipes are saturated in coconut oil and they are meant for keeping your hands clean after you handle anything covered in resin.
The wipes come in a Ziploc bag, which is fortunately resealable. That’s something you’re going to want to take advantage of because the wipes aren’t exactly cheap. At $1.50 a pop you’re not going to want to use one after every smoke session. The oil doesn’t dry up quickly though so you’ll be able to use one for a few weeks.
So what exactly are these for? This is a product of necessity. If you smoke a lot of sticky hashes or bud oils you might notice you actually need these. They are pretty good for cleaning hands after handle pipe resin.
The wipes not only remove Resin but what’s more awesome is their ability to take the weed smell off your hands. Like I said though, these probably aren’t going to be for everyone. Most likely you aren’t going to care enough to pick up a product like this. It’s likely only serious stoners and hygiene/accessory geeks will really care enough about these to want one.
I like them though. And there’s definitely nothing wrong with stashing a few in your pot bag or wherever for when the time arises. If you decide to grab some you can get an additional free wipe by using our special coupon code “BAKEDLIFEBOGO”. Aren’t You glad you read Baked Life. Peace…

Vale Tudo Cafe Video: “It’s a Date!”

Watch & Enjoy!

Vale Tudo Cafe

24601 Raymond Way, #9B

Lake Forest, Ca, 92630

(949) 454 9227

8 Craziest Homemade Bongs

People have been making bongs for years, and sometimes they can come up with the craziest ideas. Here is a list of the 8 craziest bongs I have ever seen, and wanted to use. Some of them are cool, some of them are weird, but they are all bongs. For instructions on  how to make a bong like the ones you find below check out the We Are Baked’s How To Make A Bong.

Gas Mask Madness

Gas Mask Madness

This guy decided that a gas mask bong was not strong enough, and had to expand on the idea. Equipped with two valves connecting the main chamber to the mask and a second chamber to ensure the smooth hit, this homemade bong has risen to greatest.

Weird Bong

Scientific Bong

This bong was created to…..Well i have no idea why this bong was created. It seems to have a balloon attached to push the smoke down your throat, water belly to purify the smoke, and  a diffuser located in the middle to smooth out the hit. Good thing you don’t need to understand how this bong works to hit it.

Strange Homemade Bong

The Clean Air Act

This bong has so many air passages in it that it is hard to believe it works. If it does work the smoke is sure to be rocketed right down your throat and into your lungs.

Girlfriend Bong

Girlfriend Bong

Who needs a girlfriend when you have this bong?  No one, and a good thing too. Carved out of a mannequins head this bong resembles a female and in order to hit the bong you have to kiss her. Designed for the Lonely Stoner.

Pussy Flavored Bong

Pussy Flavored Bong

No this bong does not taste like pussy…..damn. It may seem like an ordinary bong made out of a box and some tape but this bong once contained a cat, a living breathing cat. The owner of the bong claimed to put the cat in the box when it needed to calm down.

Gadget Bong

Gadget Bong

This bong is a serious piece of work. It looks to have been constructed by some type of mechanical savvy person like an engineer or tech student because of the gadgets and levers. The good design and technical aspect of this bong make sure that this bong make the list.

Super Homemade Bong

Everything Bong

A one handed, three chambered, curved cooling shaft bong. HOLY CRAP. This bong looks amazing and looks like it pulled like a champ.

Lego Bong

Lego Bong

Everyone, especially stoners, still has a little kid locked deep inside them. And what better way to relive that youth then to use a toy bong. Break out the Legos and  build yourself the best damn bong known to man.

Roor Excalibur Bong – Winner of the 22nd HighTimes Cup

Roor Excalibur Bong – Winner of the 22nd HighTimes Cup

Roor is the the top brand when it comes to bongs. They set the bar really “high” and they break past it every chance they get. “Excalibur”, pictured here with B Real from Cypress Hill, was their submission into the 22nd HighTimes Cup in Amsterdam. They took home first place in the “Glass” category.

If you’re a stoner then this bong is likely to leave you salivating. The fact that it comes in it’s own chest makes it just as valuable as any pirate’s treasure. It’s a behemoth of a bong, “standing over 6 feet tall…made out of 4 sections, it is the worlds largest limited glass ROOR!” –

Cypress Hill Carries it with them on tour. Lucky Bastards.

Top 10 “Don’t Go There” Marijuana Dispensary Tips

Top 10 “Don’t Go There” Marijuana Dispensary Tips From Helene the Hempress

Not all Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are the same. In the U.S. a few states allow the existence of medical marijuana dispensaries. These are places where people can go to buy legal marijuana. This is a new system, so there are still a lot of posers out there. Here is a guide to help you find out which dispensaries to stay away from.To find dispensaries you can trust just visit the Buds Directory.

JEMM the Los Angeles Journal for Education on Medical Marijuana had an article this month from Helene the Hempress telling patients which dispensaries not to go to. Here’s the list from that article.

Don’t Go To Your Dispensary if…
1. If they say one thing and do another.
2. If they don’t make sure that you get your specific Medical Strain.
3 If your dispensary doesn’t behave like a drugstore pharmacy.
4. If you get the feeling that their back room is a Gang-Banger garage with guns.
5. If the dispensary is dealing with “greed growers” who mass-produce and don’t care about quality.

6. If you feel you are not receiving quality medication at a fair price.
7. If your dispensary allows mold to get to your medicine.
8. If you don’t feel safe, especially after dark.
9. If they try to sell you more than you need.
10. If they don’t know kush from your tush.

7 Lake Forest pot shops told to shut down

7 Lake Forest pot shops told to shut down


LAKE FOREST – The city has been granted temporary restraining orders to close seven medical marijuana dispensaries operating illegally within the city and located within 600 feet of a Montessori school, city officials said Friday.

Orange County Superior Court Judge David Chaffee granted the city’s request to close the pot shops located in a building on Raymond Way near Montessori Children’s School House, 24601 Raymond Way. The Montessori offers a kindergarten class.

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Damon Harris, left, manager at the Lake Forest Wellness Center and Collective shows samples to customers. The dispensary had been told to shutdown last summer but appealed the judges order. It is now on the list of seven who are located within 600 feet of a school. City officials expect to proceed against it and other dispensaries in early May.

The judge found that Vale Tudo Café, 24601 Raymond #9B, Lake Forest Community Collective, 24602 Raymond Way #201, Lake Forest Wellness Center & Collective, 24602 Raymond Way #203, Lake Forest Patient’s Collective/Florentina Organic, 24602 Raymond Way #208, Independent Collective of Orange County, 24602 Raymond Way #209, and The Health Collective, 24602 Raymond Way #210, are in violation of a new state law that prohibits marijuana dispensaries from operating within 600 feet of a school.

“We are pleased to see state law catch up with our stance that marijuana stores are not a compatible land use near schools,” Mayor Peter Herzog said. “We will continue to aggressively pursue our stance that marijuana stores were not contemplated on our land use plan and are therefore not allowed in any area of our city.”

City Attorney Scott Smith said the dispensaries are subject to the temporary restraining order as soon as served. A court hearing is scheduled next month on a preliminary injunction.

“The council has indicated it is completely unwilling to compromise the city’s quality of life in these neighborhoods, especially in such close proximity to schoolchildren,” he said.

In March, the city filed lawsuits against Patient Farmers Cooperative on Lake Forest Drive and World Cann Wellness Center on Enterprise Court. A complaint was also filed against David H. Tayyanipour Trust, owner of the Enterprise Court property. With these actions, the city is seeking to close the marijuana stores and collect attorney fees and expenses. The city is engaged in litigation with all marijuana stores operating in the city. Officials believe 12 continue to operate.

“These lawsuits should serve as a warning to any potential business operators, leasing agents and property owners that marijuana stores violate the city’s zoning code and that the city will take legal action to close these illegal businesses,” Smith said. “If additional marijuana stores are discovered, further complaints will be filed.”

In December, Lake Forest filed lawsuits against Pharmer’s Choice Collective and Lake Forest Discount Caregivers, which had just opened a few weeks before. The city also filed complaints against Youssef Ibrahim and H&H Investments, owners of the property where the dispensaries are located.

The four lawsuits follow 11 filed last year against other medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The city claimed the dispensaries violated the city’s zoning code. In May 2010, Chaffee agreed with the city and issued an order requiring all medical marijuana dispensaries in Lake Forest to close immediately.

At that time, Chaffee wrote “all defendants and their officers, agents, employees, representatives and all persons acting in concert or participating with them are prohibited and restrained from engaging in committing, providing the location or performing by any means activity related to the distribution of marijuana.”

With the order, the city began demanding pot shops close. Several did, including 215 Agenda (operating as Bulzi Rx), Vale Tudo Café, Lake Forest Patients Collective Association, Lake Forest Wellness Center and Collective, Earth Cann Wellness Center, Evergreen Holistic Collective, Independent Collective of Orange County, GGECO (operating as Care Mutual), The Health Collective, New Amsterdam Cooperative and Lake Forest Community Collective.

However, five collectives appealed Chaffee’s ruling to the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, attempting to stay open. The court of appeal set aside the judge’s order in June. A final ruling has not been made.

“Lake Forest was inundated with marijuana dispensaries,” City Councilman Scott Voigts said. “The city’s main focus is public safety. When you have that many in one city, it’s bad for the residents of that city, and it violates city zoning.”

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