1. The New York Post reports today CBS News chief Howard Arenstein, 60, is facing jail time and job loss for growing eleven plants in his Washington D.C. backyard. Which seems crazy, because D.C. is such an anti-pot town, loaded as it is with spooks, bureaucrats and lobbyists who don't want to lose their coveted federal clearances. Police say they acted over the weekend on a "tip". Meanwhile, D.C. gets ready to open its first medical marijuana dispensaries following years of obstruction by the federal government.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill by state Senator Mark Leno today that further decriminalizes personal possession of marijuana, downgrading it from a misdemeanor, like tagging, to an infraction, like a traffic ticket. Some 60,000 Californians are arrested yearly for misdemeanor pot possession, giving them a criminal record and forcing them to appear in court and pay a fine. Enforcing the state's pot laws, which has done nothing to tamp down on monthly usage by four million Californians, costs the state about $1 billion a year, the Cato Institute has found.