History of Cannabis – A Light Hearted Look

By March 19, 2009articles

Although cannabis has been used in Eastern medical traditions for several thousand years, it was the mid-nineteenth century before it came into regular pharmacological use in the west; in fact, the Victorian era saw the publication of over one-hundred learned papers extolling its use for various ailments.Prior to this scientific interest, though, marijuana was used by a whole embarrassment of well-known names.

Shakespeare and the Noted Weed

According to South African scientists, a study of several 17th-century smoking pipes, including several found in the grounds of Shakespeares house in Stratford-upon-Avon, revealed traces of cannabis. The study, published in the South African Journal of Science, was initiated by Francis Thackeray, a palaeontologist from the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, who was intrigued by references in one of Shakespeares sonnets to the noted weed. Read Sonnet 76 for yourself and see what you think to assist you, the clues have been highlighted.

Sonnet 76Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
So far from variation or quick change?
Why with the time do I not glance aside
To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
Why write I still all one, ever the same,
And keep invention in a noted weed,
That every word doth almost tell my name,
Showing their birth, and where they did proceed?
O know, sweet love, I always write of you,
And you and love are still my argument.
So all my best is dressing old words new,
Spending again what is already spent:
For as the sun is daily new and old,
So is my love still telling what is told.

To be honest, we have no way of knowing that pipes found in Shakespeares old garden were actually used by him but it does make a good story.

Do you think Shakespeare would have smoked cannabis?


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  • Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological globe the whole
    thing is accessible on net?

  • Ed Rosenthal says:

    Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA) is truly a forward looking company.

    Looking back, it began in 2003 as Berkshire Collection, Inc. (BKCL) of Ontario, Canada. According to a complaint filed 12 Jun 09 by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) against Blackout Media (BKMP) and its principal Sandy Winick of Toronto, Berkshire Collection was one of 59 subsidiaries spun off from Blackout Media Corporation, formerly known as First Canadian American Holding Corporation, (FCDH).

    The SEC complaint alleges these 59 subsidiaries had no legitimate business purpose and were just “public company shells”, and that Winick profited at least $3.2 million from selling shares in these “shells” from 2004 through 2007.

    On 23 May 05 Berkshire Collection changed its jurisdiction to Oregon, at the same time issuing a 1 for 1,000 reverse split.

    I have never before in my life seen a 1 for 1,000 reverse split. A reverse split is typically a last ditch effort to prevent a company from being delisted on an exchange. According to MSN Money, “reverse splits are like a message from management that the underlying business trends are so rotten, they won’t be enough to get the stock price up to snuff.” Small shareholders, those holding less than 1 share after the reverse split, are cashed out. They’re lucky if they get a penny on the dollar.

    On 31 Jan 2007 Berkshire Collection changed its name to My Newpedia Corp (MYNW). This incarnation lasted until June of 2008 when it issued 211,926,840 shares of common stock, realizing $100,000. Then My Newpedia changed it’s name to Club Vivanet, exchanging 12 shares of MYNW for 1 share of CVIV. Then the merged entities, now named Club Vivanet (CVIV), “took back” 210,117,998 shares in a 1 for 20 reverse split and posted a stunning net profit of $26,040 for 2008.

    The Statement of Operations found on page 16 of the Annual Report for Club Vivanet for 31 Dec 08 states that it spent $751,359 on sales and marketing in order to post a profit of $26,040 on revenue of $818,992. While this was more than double the net profit of $12,624 for the previous year, it doesn’t seem particularly forthcoming to term the growth “meteoric” as Perlowin does repeatedly.

    In April of 2009 Club Vivanet (CVIV) became Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA):

    We thought at first we’d call our corporation Marijuana Inc. But when you say to someone … you’re in the Marijuana Business, you do get that weird, kinda strange look. But when you say ‘We’re in the Medical Marijuana Business’ …I don’t care where I am, everyone’s interested. Not only are they interested, sometimes they’re passionately interested because they’ve heard the stories and they think people should have the freedom to choose the medicine that really does help them.

    On 25 Mar 09, the day the name change was filed, the stock was worth 4 cents. The name change and 10 for 1 forward split occurred on 28 Apr 09. The day before the split and name change CVIV closed at 22 cents. The day after, MJNA closed at 62 cents. It has trended downward since.

    Perlowin explains it like this, pointing out he got out of prison 19 years ago:

    I was the largest marijuana smuggler in West Coast history. The media dubbed me the King of Pot. As the newspapers said, I had a fleet of boats larger than most country’s navies, and that was probably true. Made $100 million bucks by the time I was thirty. And then I went to jail for nine years and got out and made some huge businesses in the phone card and international telecom business. We’ve always had meteorically growing businesses after I got out of prison. Well, before I got out of prison too…

    Just look at what happened to our stock from day one and you can see we sort of know know what we’re doing in this industry.

    He explains that he is “monetizing” the public’s desire to legalize marijuana and that buying stock in his company is casting a vote for the legalization of marijuana.

    When Obama and the attorney general Holder said that they’d no longer interfere with state laws on marijuana issues, all of a sudden dispensaries and collectives and co-ops started popping up like weeds all over California … and, all of a sudden, legitimate business people started getting involved and wanting to get involved. And then “we” come along…

    This is one of those statements were you don’t really know where to begin.

    What is this “all of a sudden” legitimate business people are getting involved? Is he saying those dispensaries and co-operatives that have been doing it for years and who built the industry he finds so exciting are not “legitimate business people”? What does this say about The Green Cross – in business in San Francisco for five years and featured in June as an example of how medical marijuana had become mainstream? And, by the way, they’ve all been using plastic cards of all kinds for years: debit, credit, stored value, ID, and so forth. A manager of one dispensary told me 5 years ago, “Bank of America loves us.”

    Are we also supposed to believe that the “legitimate business people” who have been waiting for Obama to start the green rush before they got involved will not have the wherewithal to set up a business account with, oh, Bank of America or Wells Fargo, but instead will be “cash based”?

    While Perlowin wasn’t really sure if New Mexico had passed a medical marijuana law or not and was astonished at what he found when he came to California in February and told his doctor he had insomnia so he could get in a dispensary and see what it was like, he assures us he is the one to tell us all how to do it.

    I actually believe New Mexico is one of the places – don’t quote me on that because my big focus is on marijuana, on California – but I think New Mexico is one of the places where it’s legal. You can look at any of the movement websites like NORML or MPP.org – that’s a great one, MPP.org – and they really keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in each state. So I think it is. And in some places you can have co-ops, like in Colorado and California, and some places you’re allowed to grow your own. There’s no standardized laws or rules, which for a public company like us makes it really lucrative, or potentially lucrative. Because we can help come in and standardize the industry and help regulate the industry. Again, from the bottom up. Typically a company like this can move much quicker than the government can.

    It’s all a mish-mash. Every county in California is different from every city. And every state has different rules. And if you standardize it – it will take a few years – but that’s one of the things that we’re here to do, is to help standardize it. And again, starting with the most lucrative of all, the tax remittance.

    And he’s going to begin by re-assembling his old organization, from administering taxes paid by the sick and dying for medicine. When asked if he has any plans to own a dispensary:

    “If Nevada ever legalizes it – it’ll be on the ballot in 2012, November – I would love to have a dispensary inside a casino, growing the marijuana plants…”

    Obviously, Medical Marijuana Inc. CEO and King of Pot Bruce Perlowin didn’t have “medical marijuana” in mind when he said this. When the host points out this has the appearance of exploitation he replies:

    Yeah. So in that case, yeah. In the beginning. no. In the beginning all we want to do is provide all the tools for the dispensaries or the co-ops. In fact, we’re going to be doing seminars on how to open up a dispensary and we want management contracts with the dispensaries, not just for the tax card but for inventory control, for grading and standardizing the marijuana for software, for the doctors to use, and evaluating whether sativa or indica should be used for glaucoma vs. cancer vs. MS vs. headaches…”

    In the meantime, he hopes to buy “homesteads” of 1 to 5 thousand acres all over the country and grow vegetables or something on them until hemp is legalized, and then convert them to hemp farms. All this from administering taxes paid by the sick and dying for medicine.

    It’s an intriguing business model. He states they’ve decided 60% of the profit will go to the company, and 40% to charity.

    My job is to empower people, and specifically (because of another model) empower women. 40% of our profits goes to The Global Family and WE (Women Empowerment) because their job is to make sure this wealth goes all over the world to create a thousand millionaire women, who will create a thousand millionaire women each, and then they take over the world in what’s known as a global coup, but it’s really a coochie coo..

    Again, it’s difficult to figure out where to begin. Seems a bit sexist (not to mention boorish) to me, but what do I know? Besides there are more pressing issues. For instance, just ten minutes previously he stated 40% of “revenues” would be going to the local community: 10% to schools and or the women’s council (because women won’t take bribes and kick-backs, but men will); 10% to another local problem like fire or police (speaking of bribes); 10% to another city in America; and 10% to some international problem.

    Obviously, how much of what goes where isn’t really important. All that’s important is that 40% of the stockholders earnings from administering taxes paid on medicine by the sick and dying will go to some charity somewhere. No doubt medical marijuana patients will get a warm glow knowing their disability stipend is going to increase the supply of female millionaires in third world countries.

    Among a nebulae of disconnects is that it never occurred to Medical Marijuana Inc. that there are medical marijuana patients that can’t afford medicine, that are losing their jobs and their homes, that can’t pay lawyers and court costs. And a lot of them are men.

    Perlowin says he doesn’t smoke marijuana, except rarely.

    My prescription’s for insomnia. And I don’t know if I have insomnia, I’m so excited about what we’re doing I can’t sleep at night so I jump up and email. I go to sleep. I wake up. I email. And so I’m thinking, ‘I really want to go see these dispensaries but you can’t get in without a medical condition and I don’t want to lie about a medical condition. I won’t do that. I’m CEO of a public company, I’ve got to keep everything really straight. So, I’m thinking, ‘wait a minute…’ and if I don’t have my computer I’m sitting there awake all night, just thinking. So that’s clinical insomnia. That’s insomnia. So I got my medical marijuana card for being too excited. But I haven’t used my marijuana medicine yet because if I do I won’t answer my emails all night.

    As for the morality of taxing medicine? As for what happens when The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act (HR 2835) is passed? As for the fact that you don’t get a “prescription” for medical marijuana, you get a “recommendation”?

    HR 2835 will move marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act’s Schedule I to Schedule II. Among other things this will mean marijuana will meet the legal definition of medicine and that doctors can prescribe it the same as pharmaceuticals. And this means it will not be taxed in states such as California where the people think there’s something sleazy and just plain wrong about taxing medicine.

    Well, maybe by then Perlowin will have his upscale pot emporium in some swanky Las Vegas casino.

    Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-14883-Santa-Cruz-County-Drug-Policy-Examiner~y2009m9d2-Agonizing-over-Medical-Marijuana-Inc

  • Nickname unavailable says:


    Medical Marijuana, Inc., Formerly Club Vivanet (PINKSHEETS: CVIV), Today Announced That It Is the First Public Company to Enter the Legalized, Medical Marijuana Business and Has Changed Its Name to Medical Marijuana, Inc.

    Club Vivanet, Inc. changed its name to Medical Marijuana, Inc. with the State of Oregon on March 24, 2009, and has resolved to forward split its shares 10 for 1 effective upon NASDAQ changing the company's symbol from CVIV to reflect the name change and forward split. CUSIP has already changed the CUSIP number to 38463A105 to reflect the name change and forward split and the company is anticipating receiving the new symbol effecting the name change and forward split within the month of April.

    Pending Spin Offs

    In conjunction with the name change, the company is spinning off two subsidiaries on a share for share basis (pre 10 for 1 forward split) of the shares of Club Vivanet, Inc. (a Florida corporation) and MyNewPedia Corp (a Colorado Corporation). While the company has set April 3, 2009 as the record and effective dates, NASDAQ is responsible for establishing an ex-dividend date and up to that date; shareholders and those that buy and hold till the ex-dividend date will be entitled to the forward split and to receive the spin off shares. The spin off shares will be restricted until the subsidiaries register those shares with the SEC or there is an exemption from registration made available.

    Change in Management

    Furthermore, as a part of these corporate actions, Bruce Perlowin has accepted to serve as the company's new Chairman and CEO, replacing Don Steinberg. Don Steinberg's resignation will become effective on the 2nd of April but he will continue to run and operate Club Vivanet, Inc. (a Florida Corporation). Charles Larsen has accepted to serve as President of the company and Jim Hancock is simultaneously resigning on April 2nd, 2009, yet Jim will also continue to serve as an officer of Club Vivanet, Inc. (a Florida corporation).

    Incoming Chairman and CEO

    Bruce Perlowin — Chairman & CEO

    Recently interviewed on CNBC's "Marijuana, Inc.," the most watched CNBC TV program in its history, Bruce Perlowin has been noted as the "King of Pot" in various articles for the past 15 years.

    On March 23, 2009, Bruce Perlowin launched the first public corporation (Other OTC:CVIV.PK – News) solely based on the Medical Marijuana Industry. Through the public company (which was granted on March 24, 2009 by the Secretary of State of Oregon, the official name, Medical Marijuana, Inc.) he intends to legitimize this industry, as a part of his decades of advocating the benefits of legalization of medical marijuana. He also intends to provide solutions to governments and communities that will ensure efficient regulation, and to ensure and profit from better monitoring and taxation of the Medical Marijuana Industry.

    In the early 90s, Bruce Perlowin co-founded Globalcom 2000. This company was primarily in the prepaid phone card business, which at that time was a virtually unknown market, with only a few producers. That company became the fastest growing, and one of the largest, phone card companies in the U.S. Among the many 1st accomplished in that business, was the 7-11 account, which was captured as the 1st phone card in the U.S. with a corporate logo.

    Throughout the past 4 decades, Bruce participated in the network marketing industry and currently holds three world records in that industry. One, for the second largest commission check in the industry, when he earned $176,000 in a company called MyiBiz in 2001. Earlier in 1994, working with One World Communications, he opened 187 training centers around the world, in only 9 months (before the internet or emails were in popular use); a record that is still in effect today.

    Incoming President

    Charles Larsen — President

    After serving 8 years in the United States Coast Guard, Mr. Larsen began his career in the investment industry in 1989 with Peskin & Associates, a commodity trading advisor in Chicago managing client billing, regulatory monitoring and reporting, internal trading operations and floor broker communications. In 1991 he joined IDS, a software development firm in Los Angeles as a development and implementation consultant to the largest institutional investment advisors on Wall Street. In 1995, Mr. Larsen joined Tower Asset Management, a boutique investment advisory firm in Beverly Hills, assuming management responsibility of trading, technology and operations, also contributing substantially to a successful restructuring effort and helping grow the firm from $90 million to over $600 million. Mr. Larsen left Tower in 2006 as Senior V.P. of Operations & Business Development to join Financial Management Advisors, a $1.6 billion investment advisory firm in Century City as CFO, COO & CCO. Mr. Larsen attended Pepperdine University and served two tours in the United States Coast Guard.

    About the Company

    Medical Marijuana, Inc. is positioning itself to profit from the emerging opportunities as they appear in the quickly changing legal medical marijuana industry.

    Look for our announcements soon regarding our leading edge services to government agencies and others in the industry in the 13 currently legalized U.S. states. We are in direct contact with the most significant and effective organizations for medical cannabis.

    Our mission is to create a rewarding financial opportunity for our shareholders, partners and employees.


    For further details, contact:
    Bruce Perlowin
    Email Contact:
    Upcoming web site:

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