Thursday, June 10, 2010

Home Invasion Robbery, Shooting at Antioch Pot Grow; Smuggling Trend in Ultralight Aviation; More Thursday Links

By David Downs
Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Darwinian Case #100529209: A marijuana dealer on the corner of Scott St. and Fulton called the San Francisco Police Department on Monday, June 7, to report an attempted robbery. When police arrived, they found and arrested the seventeen-year-old black male robber, who was armed with an air-soft gun. They also arrested the 26-year-old white male pot dealer for possession of marijuana and possession for sales of marijuana. ...

Smuggling Evolves: High Times links to a trend in smuggling via ultralight aviation.

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“Pilots don’t land but instead drop the packaged marijuana in remote locations for ground crews to locate. ... Despite the dangers of piloting such an aircraft — essentially a glorified hand glider with a small engine and rear propeller — at night without using lights, smugglers along the boarder are reportedly making such flights several times a week.” More links after the jump.

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In related news the AP reports that the US has arrested 2,000 in a Mexican drug trafficking probe. ... Also, a home-growing family was robbed in Antioch, and the robber was killed with his own gun, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. ... Mark Leno blasts paucity of cannabis research after UC San Diego finds the drug treats pain and inflammation. Duh. ... City of Berkeley seeks new medical cannabis taxes and regulations, the Daily Cal reports. "[Mayor] Bates' proposal includes a provision that, if recreational use were legalized in November, would create a tax of $100 on every $1,000 of gross receipts of the sale of non-medical cannabis." ... LA councilman targets medical cannabis delivery services for emergency ban, CaliforniaWatch reports. ... Growers file class-action lawsuit in Tehama County saying local laws violate Prop 215. ... After a coalition of drug warriors started the 'Don't Cannabis Our Kids' campaign in Santa Barbara, Dr. David Bearman tells locals there to 'Tax and Regulate, Not Tax and Become Hysterical'.

TaxCann2010 Break-Down: The California Chamber of Commerce came out strongly against the legalization initiative on Thursday, calling it a workplace safety issue, the Capitol Weekly reports. ... Doctors come out strongly for it, including former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Larry Bedard of Sausalito. He joins The California Medical Association (CMA), who approved an anti-prohibition resolution. Other noted activists have also endorsed the measure: Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, MD, Ph.D, Seattle, WA; Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany; Dr. Christopher Fichtner, MD, Hemet, CA; Dr. Lester Grinspoon, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Norfolk, MA; Dr. Newton Harband, Retired Oncologist, Past President, Stanford Medical School Alumni Association*, San Rafael, CA; Dr. Julie Holland, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine, New York; Dr. Floyd Huen, MD, Board of Trustees, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA; Dr. Leonard Krivitsky, MD, DD, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Philadelphia, PA; Dr. Frank H. Lucido, MD, Family Practitioner, Berkeley, CA; Arthur M. Strosberg, Ph.D, Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant, Foster City, CA; and Dr. Daniel Susott, MD, MPH, Medical Director, World Family Foundation*, San Francisco, CA.

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Oh, and Ke$sha's new Billboard #4 Hot 100 hit is all about how "romance is, like, totally just like taking tons of pills and raving". Hmm. Consult your doctor if you experience any side effects.

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