Late in the afternoon yesterday, the Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign announced they had hit their current fundraising goal of $42,000 by 4/20. In a testament to their web-centric, populist campaign, TaxCann2010 tapped its 57,000-plus Facebook fabase to spread fundraising widgets throughout the net. Hundreds of people set up these widgets on their perosnal web sites, allowing TaxCann to reach more than a thousand individual donors. The initiative needs anywhere from $10 to $20 million to win November 2.
The libertarian magazine Reason lays out its case for legalizing marijuana:
Wonder what the tea partiers will have to say about this?
A new poll commissioned by drug warriors Public Safety First finds a 56 percent majority of Californians are against the Tax Cannabis 2010 initiative. Too bad the numbers are garbage.
The city appears to be taking an unnecessarily hard-line stance against the Oakland Patient Center medical cannabis dispensary, possibly even moving to shut it down, because of a dispute over a potential ownership change. Deputy City Administrator Arturo Sanchez revoked the dispensary’s business license because the owners failed to notify the city that they’re in the process of selling the club. But according to the Trib, the dispensary’s owners say the move was premature because the sale has not gone through yet.
In this week's Legalization Nation calendar, 4/20 arrives with "CannaLand" at iGrow, an Oaksterdam Spring Cup, Cypress Hill at the Warfield, and much more. Peep game, after the jump, y'all.
One of the chief arguments arising from the opposition to taxing and regulating cannabis in California comes from groups like Public Safety First, who imply an apocalypse of drugged driving is nigh. They've partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to scare this message into California voter's hearts and minds. Ladies, please.
Every year the federal government, in conjunction with state agencies spends millions of dollars flying around Northern California and pulling up millions of illegal weeds. This Sisyphean task is called the Coalition Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP, and up north, growers fight back against CAMP by legally publicizing CAMP movements over the airwaves from stations like KMUD. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman would prefer stations like KMUD not do that, and has asked them to desist. This week, KMUD politely declined. California Watch has the report. Download to the KQED audio or stream from the embedded player after the jump.
Today was supposed to be a time to get tough on threats to public safety. You know, like cancer patients. A new bill in committee in the state Legislature sought to ban a significant number of existing medical cannabis dispensaries by imposing a 1,000 foot restriction on dispensaries near parks, churches, other dispensaries and beyond. The bill AB 2650 is sponsored by a police lobby and was being debated in the Committee on Public Safety today. But as of a few hours ago, the bill had been withdrawn. Wonder why? Read the author's statement and the Americans For Safe Access response to the measure after the jump.