Tuesday's Morning News for April 16th
Due to worsening conditions at a north Lakeport subdivision, where several homes have been red-tagged due to a saturated hillside, the Lake Board of Supervisors will consider declaring a local emergency when it meets this week.
The meeting will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeport.
A large area of sinking ground has developed off one of the roads that runs through the cluster of 29 homes on a hilltop leading to a potential landslide.
A report suggested that it may be due to a leaking irrigation pipe, but Special Districts Administrator Mark Dellinger told Lake County News that a final determination still hasn’t been made.
So far the Board of Supervisors has approved more than $55,000 for the investigation and the proposed borings to get water out of the hillside.
There also is the need to destroy the red-tagged homes to take weight off of the hillside, but the county wants to give the property owners the first chance to do that, as county-hired contractors would be more expensive.
A bill introduced in Congress Friday would fix the conflict between the federal government and state laws over medical or recreational marijuana use.
Introduced by arch conservative Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the bill, which has three Republican and three Democratic sponsors, would ensure that state laws on pot are respected by the feds.
The measure would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make clear that individuals and businesses, including marijuana dispensaries, who comply with state marijuana laws are immune from federal prosecution.
"This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states' marijuana laws," Rohrabacher said. "It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don't want it to be criminal."
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws, and two states, Washington and Colorado, last fall became the first to pass laws legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.
The Beckley Foundation is co-hosting Psychedelic Science 2013 with the Heffter Research Institute, the Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Over 100 of the world's leading researchers will gather from April 18-23 at the Oakland Marriot City Center to present recent findings on the benefits and risks of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, marijuana, and more.
Amanda Feilding, founder of the The Beckley Foundation, and Imperial College, London, in 2009 began a joint-study of the effects of psilocybin on in cerebral blood supply and brain activity. They found that the introduction of psilocybin led to decreased activity in the parts of the brain that are overactive in people suffering from depression.
Their findings were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. As a result , the UK's Medical Research Council awarded a substantial grant for the use of psilocybin with depressed patients in a clinical trial.
This Earth Day celebrate the environment by heading to the first ever CSA Open House, Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 11:00am – 5:00pm at the Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland.
The Open House will be a gathering of Mendocino County Community-Supported Agriculture farms and ranches at one location. CSA is a farm model based on a direct relationship between the producer and consumers.
At this year’s CSA Open House, information will be available on different farm share options for fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, grain, and more. Farms and ranches attending CSA's Open House include Anderson Valley, Covelo Organic, Live Power Community Farm, Lovin’ Mama Farm, Mendocino Grain Project, Mendocino Organics, Owen Family Farm, and Round Valley Raised Meats.