Steele Smith, OC Weekly's "Prophet of Pot," Invents Marijuana Pill?

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John Gilhooey
Earlier this year, when I interviewed medical marijuana activist Steele Smith about his looming federal case for cultivating marijuana--an interview that Smith used to blast fellow O.C. cannabis club operators as "drug dealers" and scam artists who cheated their customers--he mentioned something that he wanted me not to put in my story. He'd secured major investments to produce a marijuana pill that he'd invented which he planned to market to the medical establishment as a palliative for terminally ill patients.

At the time, Smith promised to give me an exclusive interview about his pill for a follow-up article. But he didn't like my initial story on him--actually the cover story in question was the second article about Smith I'd written; I'd already penned a sympathetic piece about him in May 2010. I'm pretty sure Smith was unhappy because my story included interviews with a bunch of people who said Smith was a jerk.

So now comes Smith's big story in the form of an OC Register article about his exciting new pill that ran on Sept. 16, but which I only noticed now because a link to it I received landed in my spam filter. According to Barbara Venezia's rather brief story, Smith "filed for a U.S. patent for the extraction process for an oral THC pill he says will give doctors a new 'tool box of drugs' for the sick and dying. The 43-year-old Anaheim native hopes to have the patent approved and his drug, Idrasil, on the market by the end of 2012."

Although Smith is the only person quoted in the story, Venezia apparently did interview other people, but none of their quotes made it into the article. "[I]f you think the OC cannabis community is cheering [Smith] on--think again," she wrote. "Mention his name in those circles, as I did, and opinions aren't kind. Criticisms [sic] ranged from those who consider him arrogant to those who feel he can't deliver what he claims."

As Venezia points out, "[t]here's already a drug called Marinol on the market, but it's made from synthetic THC, not from the marijuana plant."  But because she didn't interview any pharmacological experts, it remains unclear just how likely it is that Smith's pot pill project will succeed.

As usual, however, Smith considers himself the only expert worth interviewing. "Though Smith has no background as a chemist, he says he has '20 years of experience with orchids," Venezia reports. "The cloning process is standardized for all plants," Smith told her. I can clone anything."

"Is Steele Smith on the verge of something big with Idrasil?" Venezia concludes. "Only time will tell."

Whatever happens, you can bet you won't be reading about it in the Weekly first.



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He is a thief and con artist!
He is a thief and con artist!

Steele Smith and his wife are CON ARTISTS who will CHEAT and LIE to try to advance their "company".  They continually make promises they NEVER intend to follow through with.  If you come into contact with him run the other direction as fast as you can because he only cares about himself.  I am completely sickened by this poor excuse of a human being.  Karma is a bitch and I hope he gets what he (and the rest of his family) deserves!!!!!!!!!!

Morgan
Morgan

Does anyone know about this group steele made up called GOCCA? Id like some insight ito it. It appears that the members are the only ones not being raided or shut down. Is this a group of snitches for the feds using steele smits mm as a conduit to the federal agencies?

MJ
MJ

Cae más rápido un hablador que un cojo!

Translation: A loud mouth will fall faster much than a cripple.

Rightsaidfreddy
Rightsaidfreddy

HAHAHAHa the author just made him look like an A$$ again!  Wonder if she did that on purpose -- to her credit this tool doesn't need much help.  There's a lot more that goes into real meds than cloning pot plants.  Any stoner can look up youtube and find out how.....

Heeeee'z Nutz
Heeeee'z Nutz

Anyone who believes this quack sociopath needs to be put in the looney bin!  I've met this guy several times and know people he's conned.  He's a career BS Artist with no genuine talent.  Anyone can clone a plant. C'mon people!  This author must have nothing better to write about... 

Paul
Paul

Steele Smith is a conman and he victimzes retired scvhool teacher and suick patients who he cons out of their savings to continue his egomaniacal tyranny and his delusional claims.

Steven
Steven

It was actually invented years ago & available by presription.

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