Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Daily Roundup: Man Calls Police, Reports Bunk Weed

By David Downs
Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM

1. Billionaire investor George Soros tells Wall Street Journal opinion readers why he supports legal cannabis, but not why he hasn't donated to Prop 19. “In many respects, of course, Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on Election Day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.”

2. Pot will help Dems win in California, even if Prop 19 loses, says Public Policy Polling. Pollsters find pot is the third most exciting thing on the ballot, but “the folks who say Prop 19 is what they're most enthusiastic about voting for skew very young. ... That group favors Barbara Boxer by a 34 point margin and Jerry Brown by a 36 point margin. ... That means the marijuana question could be worth as much as 3.4% for Boxer and 3.6% for Brown. ... if California ends up being closer than we expect Prop 19 could really end up being a difference maker for the Democrats at the top of the ticket." So why are heads going to vote for Boxer and Brown, two politicians who want to put their dealers and growers in cages for cannabis?

3. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow asks the same question and writes "the war on drugs in this country has become a war focused on marijuana, one being waged primarily against minorities and promoted, fueled and financed primarily by Democratic politicians." And “The American justice system is being used to create a permanent 'undercaste — a lower caste of individuals who are permanently barred by law and custom from mainstream society” and to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics in the same way that Jim Crow laws were once used to discriminate against blacks.'"

4. Alcohol distributors may be funding the "Public Safety First" No on 19 campaign, but the former head of Seagram Company says we can safely use both. "With America's experience with alcohol prohibition and the prolonged success of Portugal's halfway measure of decriminalization, it's time for the voters to lead their tentative politicians by passing Proposition 19 and legalizing marijuana."

5. Today, the official government source for drug news, the ONDCP, says its research arm, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is an “objective” source for scientific study of pot. But as many doctors will tell you, NIDA was built to give drug warriors the “science” they need to keep pot illegal. Billions of dollars in federal expenditures for cops, prison guards, DEA agents, and mandatory drug testing relies on there being no scientific proof pot is safe. Those lobbies made sure the ONDCP can never look into decriminalizing pot or using it medicinally. According to the ONDCP's own bylaws: "The Director shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form)."

6. Meanwhile, Eminem tells kids on YouTube to tie their girlfriends to the bed and set the house on fire. But exposing kids to voices for tolerance in the drug war? Hell, no. YouTube restricts access to "I Love The Way You Lie" parody "Should Be Legalized", NORML reports.

7. Another day, another riot in California's dangerous, unsafe, overcrowded prisons. The state's "corrections" system, has an astounding 67 percent recidivism rate.

8. Also, law enforcement who support Proposition 19, will be discussing the TV ad hitting the airwaves today that features retired Police Chief Joe McNamara saying the marijuana initiative will improve public safety. "Let's be honest: The war against marijuana has failed," Chief McNamara says in the ad. "I know from 35 years in law enforcement. Today, it's easier for a teenager to buy pot than beer. Proposition 19 will tax and control marijuana just like alcohol. It will generate billions of dollars for local communities, allow police to focus on violent crimes, and put drug cartels out of business. Join me and many others in law enforcement. Vote YES on Proposition 19!"

9. Lastly, man calls Pennsylvania police to report bad pot. Cops might prosecute him for possessing counterfeit illegal drugs. Justice = served.

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