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News from Santa Cruz: Born a Man, Died a Woman – Ashawna (Shawn) Hailey Bequests Millions for Marijuana Legalization

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Pretty much.

Check it:

“Software Pioneer Leaves $10 Million Bequest To Five Leading Non-profits In Health And Drug Policy Reform

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 30, 2012  – This year, five leading non-profits at the forefront of health and drug policy reform will benefit from a generous bequest of approximately $10 million from the estate of software pioneer Ashawna (Shawn) Hailey. The gift will dramatically increase these organizations’ ability to reform government policies and public attitudes about health and drug policy.

Half of the total bequest–approximately $5 million–will benefit the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization working with the FDA and international regulatory agencies to develop psychedelics and marijuana into prescription treatments for patients with unmet medical needs. The gift will be the largest that MAPS has ever received, and will support research into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This treatment is currently in Phase 2 pilot studies and is showing very promising results.

MAPS is conducting an international series of Phase 2 pilot studies into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These studies are laying the groundwork for two larger multi-site Phase 3 trials, required to show the FDA that MDMA is a safe and effective adjunct to psychotherapy for patients with PTSD.

The rest of Ashawna’s gift–about $1.25 million each–will support the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Ashawna’s generous bequest is one of only a small number of such gifts to the ACLU. “Her bequest puts a spotlight on our nation’s punitive drug policies, which have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights,” said Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU.

The Drug Policy Alliance will use Ashawna’s gift to strengthen its movement-building efforts. “Ashawna was generous to DPA in her lifetime and beyond because she wanted to build the strongest movement possible to end the drug war and replace it with policies that promote her values of freedom and compassion,” said Ethan Nadelmann, DPA’s executive director. “We’re honored by this bequest, and we will use it to sustain and strengthen the aspects of the movement that were important to her.”

“Our budget this year is only $5 million, so this bequest is turbocharging our efforts to end marijuana prohibition in the United States,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. “In fact, Ashawna will likely be our biggest donor this year, and we’ll be using half of her gift to pass the ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado on November 6.”

“This transformative gift from Ashawna will help to ensure that everyone in our community who needs a meal can get one,” said Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “She accomplished so much both in her professional life and through her philanthropy, and we are honored that she put her trust in Second Harvest Food Bank with this legacy gift.”

Hailey died on October 14, 2011, in her San Jose, Calif., home at the age of 62. She passed peacefully, and is survived by her children Neal and Nora, and by her twin brother Kim.

After graduating from Texas Tech University in 1970, Shawn designed the launch sequencer for the Sprint Antiballistic Missile System for the Martin Marietta Corporation and in 1974 designed the 9080 microprocessor for AMD. Shawn and Kim co-founded Meta-Software Corp. in 1979 and their HSPICE program remains the gold standard circuit simulator for the electronic design industry.”

And that’s your news from Santa Cruz.

It’s Food Day: Watch “Food Deserts: Legal, Social, and Public Health Challenges” Live from UC Hastings at 1:00 PM

Monday, October 24th, 2011

OMG, it’s Food Day 2011, so check the link to see what’s going on about the Bay Area today.

Here’s the manifesto:

At UC Hastings in Civic Center, the UCSF / UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy will put on Food Deserts: Legal, Social, and Public Health Challenges starting at 1:00 PM.

Watch it on the livestream, why not? Or see about heading over to this free event yourself.

All the deets:

“Food Deserts: Legal, Social, and Public Health Challenges

Start: 10/24/2011 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 200 McAllister, Alumni Reception Center

The UCSF / UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy is sponsoring a conference entitled “Food Deserts: Legal, Social, and Public Health Challenges” on Food Day, October 24, 2011.
The conference will bring together scholars from the health sciences and the law, as well as policymakers, activists, and food industry members, to discuss two important aspects of “food deserts,” places where access to a nutritionally-adequate diet is severely restricted.

One panel, Nourishing Our Neighborhoods: Insights from Law, Planning, and Industry, will cover the broad issue of geographical food deserts, usually urban areas inhabited by mostly-poor people whose transportation and finances are limited, where food sellers are predominantly small stores that cannot stock a wide variety of fresh food items, and where full-service grocery stores hesitate to locate. Are there policies (such as those in zoning rules) that could be changed to enable oases in these food deserts? What impact does, for example, the addition of a full-service grocery store have on the health of the neighboring area?

Another panel, Food and Nutrition in Correctional Institutions, will consider issues relevant to prisons and jails. While food offerings must meet certain basic caloric and nutritional requirements, the institutional nature of food preparation and food service might make that food less than appealing, and the healthier elements of meals might well be those not regularly or fully consumed. The supplemental food offerings – those for sale in these institutions – are not likely to be nutritious. Some research suggests that improved nutrition in prisons leads to improved penal outcomes. If that is so, what policy changes should be implemented? Would such changes be cost-beneficial, considering penal outcomes and the government’s responsibility for health care of prisoners?

At 5 pm, Dr. David Kessler, former Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration and Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF, will give the keynote address on The End of Overeating. This conference will be free and open to the public.”

Ever more deets after the jump

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Your Alarmist Food News of the Day: Lead-Contaminated Honey from China Makes Up One-Third of U.S. Supply?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Writer Andrew Schneider has been all over his adulterated honey story for a while.

Via Kyle Mizokami, here it is:

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves – FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.”

Do you buy all that?

So, you see, the mom-and-pop ops in the PRC use lead solder in their unlined honey collection vessels and then the honey gets transshipped to India and then it comes here because it’s banned in the EU, or something like that.

Seems plausible…

San Francisco Launches FC2 Female Condom Campaign – Female Health Company Supports Effort

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Uh, “female initiated?” Uh…

Uh, “controlled by women?” Uh…

(All right, I guess in a Wikileaks situation, there is more control, I’ll give them that…)

Uh, “STI?” That’s a new one on me. (Sounds better than “STD,” though, in’nt?)

All the deets. Appears as if this is another one of those public-private partnerships, for better or worse…

“San Francisco Launches Female Condom Campaign – Female Health Company Supports San Francisco’s Campaign to Promote the FC2 Female Condom® for Safer Sex and HIV Prevention

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 14, 2011 — The Female Health Company (FHC) (Nasdaq: FHCO) is supporting the launch of San Francisco’s social marketing campaign to raise awareness and use of the FC2 Female Condom® among people living at risk of HIV infection. The FC2 Female Condom remains the only FDA-approved method of female-initiated HIV prevention available. FHC is working actively with public health departments and other partners to introduce FC2 in U.S. cities with the highest HIV prevalence rates.

According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, from the first recorded cases of AIDS in 1981 through 2009, the city reported 19,080 AIDS deaths. At the end of 2009, nearly 16,000 San Franciscans were living with HIV infection. The city currently accounts for about 18 percent of all AIDS cases in California.

“I am very pleased to see such community excitement about the FC2 being available in our city. It is so important to give our communities another good option for taking control of the sexual health,” said Susan Phillip, MD, Director of STD Prevention and Control, for San Francisco Department of Public Health.

The city’s multifaceted communications and marketing effort is being conducted to promote the FC2 female condom as both an acceptable and affordable HIV prevention option. With funding and technical support provided by FHC and other partners, it is sponsoring train-the-trainer programs to equip San Francisco and Bay Area service organizations with the necessary skills to promote female condom usage amongst their clientele.

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First Sparks, Now This – Dennis Herrera Continues Campaign Against Alcoholic Energy Drinks.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is stepping up his campaign to stop alcoholic drink makers from adding in caffeine and some of those other chemicals that help you party the night away. So the FDA is taking action right now.

That’s right - first they came for your Sparks, now they’re finishing the job. So stock up on your Booya Espresso Tequila ’cause it might not be around much longer. Oh well. Deets below. 

Remember getting loaded and showing off your orange tongue in the minivan? Those days are gone:

Sisters doing it for themselves. Click for full-on girl power, courtesy of rOOkrOc

Remember the ”Sparks Girls“ and the “Sparkitects” with their cans that were designed to look like batteries complete with anode plus signs?  They’re gone too:

by ncsparkitect

These are the drinks that might need to get reformulated soon:

List of Manufacturers of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

Charge Beverages Corporation
Products: Liquid Charge, Liquid Core, High Gravity Core  

United Brands Company, Inc
Products: Joose, Max Vibe, Max Fury, Max Live, 3Sum  

Phusion Projects LLC
Products: Four, Four Loko, Four Maxed  

Point Blank Beverages Co.
Products: Torque  

Hard Wired Brewing Company, LLC
Products: Hard Wired  

Mix Master Beverage Co
Products: 24/7  

Catalyst Beverage Company
Products: Catalyst  

New Century Brewing Company
Products: Moonshot  

Melanie Brewing Co
Products: Evil Eye  

Thomas Creek Brewery, LLC
Products: Mobius Lager  

Diageo North America, Inc
Products: Smirnoff Raw Tea Malt Beverage  

Constellation Brands
Products: Wide Eye  

The P.I.N.K. Spirits Company/Prohibition Beverage Inc
Products: P.I.N.K. Vodka, P.I.N.K. Tequila, P.I.N.K. Rum, P.I.N.K. Gin, P.I.N.K. White Whiskey, P.I.N.K. Sake  

Delicious Brands Inc.
Products: Lotus Vodka  

Sovereign Brands
Products: 3AM Vodka  

Moet Hennessey/Millennium Import LLC
Products: Belvedere IX  

Shotpak Vodka
Products: Gravity Vodka  

Wingard USA (Importer)
Products: V2 Vodka with Caffeine, Everglo Vodka  

LeVecke Corporation
Products: Vicious Vodka with Caffeine  

Rocktail Drinks/Liquid Manufacturing LLC
Products: Slingshot Party Gel  

Cold Spring Brewing Company/Atomic Brands
Products: A:M Carpe Noctern  

808 Spirits Co.
Products: 808 Mango Beat  

Gaamm Imports Inc.
Products: Booya Espresso Silver Tequila with Caffeine  

Ithaca Beer Co.
Products: Ithaca Eleven Malt Beverage with Coffee  

Gluek Brewing Company
Products: Gruv Malt Beverage with Guarana  

MHW, Ltd and Niche Import Company
Products: Agwa De Bolivia  

Rizer Spirits Inc
Products: XZO Vodka with Caffeine, Taurine, and Guarana  

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