Sarah Palin told the Fox Business Network that marijuana is a 'minimal problem': “... I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts. ... If somebody's gonna to smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society.” More headlines after the jump.
The wheels of justice have begun grinding up the City of Richmond's budding medical cannabis dispensaries this week in what's become a de facto ban on pot clubs in one of the most liberal towns in the Bay Area.
A six-barrel bong, a beer-keg bong, and bodacious bongs, hookahs, and pipes made from traffic cones, pineapples, fruit-juice boxes, musical instruments, drainpipes, and more: In his how-to book Bongology, new from Berkeley's Ten Speed Press (which is now part of Random House), Spliffigami author Chris Stone is back with ideas and instructions for "creating 35 of the world's most bongtastic marijuana ingestion devices." Most of the projects look surprisingly easy.
The City of San Jose readies new laws for its burgeoning dispensary sector. Ten collectives would be picked by a lotto system run by the Chief of Police after a $95,016 registration fee. No Hash allowed. Local protests continue on Tuesday, June 22, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. More news after the jump.
The SJCBC (San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective), Pharmers Health Center Cooperative, and Union Local 13 are protesting to protect all medical cannabis in San Jose today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on June 22nd at the same time. More headlines after the jump.
Today's required reading: Medical cannabis users — long-barred from giving blood — host an unprecedented Red Cross blood drive in San Jose. ... The Chronicle profiles Oakland activist Richard Lee. ... California's prisons are so overcrowded (partially with non-violent drug offenders) that the Supreme Court will hear a case to release tens of thousands, the L.A. Times reports. ... That election last week? No one voted, L.A. Times finds. ... The next time someone frets about drugged driving, remind them 'Talking or Texting Behind the Wheel Is Roughly Equivalent to Driving Drunk.' ... iPad for pot sale on Craigslist goes bust. ... Santa Barbara raids dispensary. ... "Lonely Stoner" Kid Cudi arrested in domestic dispute. ... Humboldt cannabis health and safety forum announced. ... Oakland man ridin' dirty leads cops to his stash, Tribune reports. ... And this week is the big video game expo: E3 in L.A. Noted tokers Method Man and Redman are slated to perform in support of Def Jam Rap Star, a new rap karaoke game.
The Bay Area's own Master Bong, the so-called MacGyver of Pot, likes to film himself turning ordinary objects like chitos and driftwood into pipes on the fly. Pretty pedestrian, we know, but his upbeat attitude and dope fro has sort of wormed its way into our hearts. 'Master Bong Chito Pipe' tutorial video after the jump.
Drug courts and the state-mandated rehab industry detail their trouble with cannabis decriminalization, in yet another pot piece by NPR — which has recently gone all in on the topic. "These days it's difficult for a lot of people to see marijuana as a problem, even if they have never touched the stuff," says Judge John Creuzot of Dallas, who has presided over drug courts and regular felony courts. "When we get into guilt, innocence and punishment, you see a lot of pushback, especially on marijuana, from the citizens [juries]," he says. "They don't think it should be a felony offense and ... so it's very difficult to get them to commit to sending someone to the penitentiary for possession of marijuana." Our hearts go out Judge Creuzot and the challenges he faces locking up potheads. Also in that piece ...
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.
Aficionados of beat literature, indie film, or hawt man-on-man James Franco action are probably going to enjoy the 2010 quasi-documentary Howl. It stars Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg circa 1955, going down on Neal Cassady and going on trial for the obscenity in his landmark poem.