- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NO SMOKING ZONE

Time, like, flies, man. Seattle-based Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems has acquired the U.S. patent rights to the “Medical Marijuana Patch” that delivers the pertinent substance of medical marijuana through the skin, to be marketed under the trademarked name “Tetracan” in medical marijuana dispensaries by year’s end. Pot policy varies, meanwhile. In various degrees, marijuana for medical use is legal in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

The company reasons it can avoid “black-market product proliferation and non-taxable profiteering” because there’s no smoking of anything. Patch inventor Walter Cristobal, a member of the Santa Ana Pueblo Indian tribe in New Mexico, is already at work on “new delivery systems” like cream, gels and oils. But use of the word “marijuana” is now a no-no.

“The industry needs to shed the word ‘marijuana’ and focus on the holistic, therapeutic pain relief benefits,” says spokesman Jim Alekson.

HEADLINE DU JOUR

“Hey, Chicago, Say Hello to Rahm Emanuel, Your Next F#@*ing Mayor” (Time magazine)

SCOTT TO LINDSAY

Sen. Scott Brown is bustling through a nationwide book tour this week to promote “Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks and Second Chances,” a candid new memoir revealing his rough childhood and feisty teen years. Though the Massachusetts Republican has confounded those who question his decision to reveal all, the lawmaker’s experiences have given him a certain empathy.

Amy Holmes, friend-of-Inside-the-Beltway and co-host of radios “America’s Morning News,” was curious. What advice would Mr. Brown give troubled actress and former child star Lindsay Lohan?

“I think about her a lot,” the senator replied. “I wish I had 10 minutes with her to just sit down and talk. Who doesn’t remember her in ‘The Parent Trap’ as a bright young actor? Now you read about her troubles, you feel badly, you want to say, ‘You can be better.’ I hope that she gets real guidance from people who care about her, with no purse strings attached to it.”

HAIL TO 41

Talk about civility and public service: Former President George H.W. Bush, 86, practically invented that conscientious skill set in our day and age. And happily, he will receive major honors for just that next month at the Kennedy Center. Former President Bill Clinton is honorary co-chairman of the monumental event; he’ll be joined by former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and their spouses.

The March 21 event is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute, the name borrowed from the elder Mr. Bush’s 1989 inaugural address, which equated individual volunteers with “points of light” for the nation.

“The tribute event will not only honor President Bush and the steps that he took during his presidency and post-presidency, but also honor the role that voluntary service plays in the American experience,” says chairman and son Neil Bush.

ARF

“There’s a saying that ‘a hit dog hollers.’ That can be applied to whoever tried to cut off access to Voice of America news by attacking the domain provider on Monday. The fact that the sites were redirected to the Iranian Cyber Army certainly raises an eyebrow or two. Technology is chipping away at the stranglehold on free and fair information inside Iran.”

(Former White House spokeswoman Dana Perino now a Fox News contributor and a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors reacting to the surprise hack attack on the federal agency’s home page, covering it with images of an Iranian flag and an AK-47 assault rifle.)

DEAN’S LIST

Last we heard, former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean had organized a lottery to offer some lucky donor a chance to dine with him in scenic Burlington, Vt. Now his attention has turned to “Dean Dollars,” says American Spectator contributing editor Jeffrey Lord.

“Mr. Dean, a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of Presidents Day had raised over $100,000 in a slush fund to ‘back’ the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic state senators,” explains Mr. Lord, who was privy to a Democratic fundraising e-mail.

“Dean Dollars are being specifically funneled to the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee the SSDC an apparent violation of Wisconsin election law that pointedly says, according to the Wisconsin Election Board’s Legal Counsel in a 2005 decision, that the ‘SSDC may not accept a contribution of more than $6,000 from a single committee in a calendar year.’ Of note: the Election Board is now called the ‘Wisconsin Government Accountability Board,’” Mr. Lord continues.

“The money is being solicited in $14 contributions through the Dean-founded, million-member Democracy for America, a grass-roots organizing group … . There are no prohibitions on more generous donations of any amount,” he adds.

POLL DU JOUR

• 66 percent of Americans say the U.S. should play a major role in trying to solve international problems.

• 25 percent say the U.S. should play a minor role.

• 7 percent say the U.S. should not be involved at all.

• 68 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents say the U.S. should play a major role.

• 85 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents felt that way five years ago.

Source: A Gallup Poll of 1,015 adults conducted Feb. 2-5 and released Tuesday; plus Gallup historic records.

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