Cannabis Culture News LIVE: Colorado and Marijuana Legalization in 2012

CANNABIS CULTURE – Watch Cannabis Culture News LIVE for the latest news and views on pot politics and the marijuana community. In this episode: Colorado activists have collected nearly double the number of signatures needed to put marijuana legalization on the ballot in November. Mason Tvert of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol joins the show to discuss the prospects of legalization in Colorado in 2012.

Read more about the successful signature drive or visit the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol website.

Mason Tvert is also Executive Director of SAFER Colorado and author (with Steve Fox and Paul Armentano) of Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (buy it on Amazon).

Also on the show: Activist David Malmo-Levine joins us in-studio to remember activist Gatewood Galbraith, who passed away this week. David will also share a cannabis artifact or two from the Herb Museum in downtown Vancouver (in the same building as Pot TV, Cannabis Culture Magazine, CCHQ and the BCMP Lounge – 307 W. Hastings Street).

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Info from David about the artifact:

“David Kandel (1520–1592) was a Renaissance artist. One of the best qualities of the Renaissance Period was its everlasting concern with the elements of the natural world. David Kandel was one of the best known pioneers of botanical art and science. However, very few facts are verifiable regarding his personal life, because very few events in his life are identifiable from surviving records. David Kandel was probably born in Strasbourg, in 1520. He married in 1554 and 33 years later, in 1587, he was named “owner of a house”. David Kandel died in 1592. His works and woodcuts are varied, from scientific botanical illustrations to illustrations from chapters or scenes from the Holy Bible. The Kreuterbuch (or “The Book of the Herbs”), by Hieronymus Bock, is a superb achievement full of beautiful woodcuts that were seen as the best of botanical art for the next two centuries. David Kandel contributed with 550 woodcuts to this masterpiece. These original woodcuts examined in great detail an enormous number of plants, herbs and trees by combining drawing, contemporary researches and medieval and ancient theories.”

“The first edition of his Kreutterbuch (literally “plant book”) appeared in 1539 unillustrated; his stated objectives were to describe German plants, including their names, characteristics, and medical uses. Instead of following Dioscorides as was traditional, he developed his own system to classify 700 plants. Bock apparently traveled widely through the German region observing the plants for himself, since he includes ecological and distributional observations. His 1546 Kreutterbuch or “herbal” was illustrated by the artist David Kandel.”

Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.