Noted Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaker Russ Jones — a Bay Area native and retired San Jose Police Department undercover narcotics detective — will be speaking in rotary clubs and colleges around the bay this week. Below, we continue our micro-interview: on the farce that is rehab, the clash of drug civilizations, and the cause of skyrocketing incarceration rates. (Read Part 1 of the Russ Jones interview here.)
It's a routine declaration of the Oakland City Council, but yeah, it's kind of funny too. The City of Oakland is set to renew its declaration of a “local public health emergency” stemming from a local lack of medicinal cannabis.
Hundreds of Oaklanders who frequent one of the city's four permitted dispensaries may have to go elsewhere this week, as city officials force the closure of the Oakland Patient Center due to a spat over who owns the valuable enterprise.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition might be the abolitionists of our time. Protesting senseless death and wasted tax dollars, the national non-profit of police and others includes retired chiefs of police and the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. Noted LEAP speaker Russ Jones is a Bay Area native and retired San Jose undercover narcotics detective who's coming back to Cali this week, on a mission to convert suburban conservatives to LEAP's cause.
We're getting election fever here at Legalization Nation. We got campaign finance numbers coming out this week. We got interviews scheduled with hard-core pollsters on the effect of mid-terms. And we just got forwarded this crass, but helpful post from the San Francisco Chronicle's elite Carla Marinucci. Crass: because of the pathetic pot puns. Helpful: because the Chron got California Democratic Party chair John Burton to go on record saying cannabis will help Jerry Brown win the gubernatorial election. (Brown has stated his opposition to Tax Cannabis 2010). Video after the jump:
On the cusp of the potential legalization of cannabis, once harsh California laws can't get soft enough. Petty pot offenses that are currently a misdemeanor could soon be downgraded to the status of "infraction," under a new bill wending its way through the state capital, with the support of California's District Attorneys.
One of the nation's most sophisticated cannabis testing labs has yielded powerful results this spring, isolating a “low-anxiety” strain of the plant by closely tracking the potency of local crops.
A bill to keep medical cannabis dispensaries at least 600 feet away from California's schools is wending its way through the digestive tract of Sacramento. The buffer rule would be consistent with most local ordinances than ban liquor stores within 600 feet of schools, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) stated in a April 22 press release. Her bill, AB 2650, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee with bipartisan support yesterday. The bill also would keep dispensaries away from both public and private schools, thereby clearing up confusion experienced in other cities, including Berkeley.
A 56 percent majority of Californians are ready to legalize cannabis for personal use, a new independent poll found this week. A handful of TV stations hired the reputable Survey USA to ask 500 random Californians this question:
East Bay residents are enrolling in twelve-step-like classes that use cannabis to quit heroin, pills, cigarettes, alcohol, and other addictive substances, defying decades of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous tradition.