Thursday, November 4, 2010

Daily Roundup: Did Pot Kill Cooley's A.G. Campaign?

By David Downs
Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM

1. A massive drug tunnel with rail system between the US and Mexico was discovered, along with twenty tons of pot, authorities announced yesterday. Most of it is likely destined for other states. A recent RAND study found drug cartels make an estimated 3 percent of their revenue from pot sales to Californians, and seventeen percent of their total revenue from pot sales to the other states. "About 75 tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border have been unearthed in the last four years, most of them in various states of construction. The discovery comes two weeks after the Mexican military in Tijuana seized a record 134 tons of marijuana."

2. An unprecedented ban on outdoor medical cannabis cultivation will stand in Fresno County for now, the Fresno Bee reports. A Superior Court judge blasted the city for using violence in another town to justify their ban. The judge then set a deadline for outdoor growers to harvest their crop, before the ban could take effect. A medical pot patient plans on continuing to sue Fresno, saying the city is violating medical cannabis patient rights under Prop 215.

3. Medical cannabis patients are claiming victory for the "defeat" of candidate for Attorney General Steve Cooley. A full count of the race could take weeks, but the "tough on tokers" Los Angeles DA Cooley is down by about 15,000 votes, and San Francisco DA Kamala Harris has declared victory. There are an estimated 300,000-plus qualified medical cannabis patients in California. No one has any hard numbers on how they voted Tuesday, but it's reasonable to assume that at least 10 percent of them, or 30,000, got the widely disseminated “Anybody But Cooley” message spread by pot activists both for and against Prop 19.

4. Newsweek reports “the top 50 newspapers published 1,800 stories about pot over the last six months, a 62 percent increase over coverage surrounding Nevada’s failed 2006 legalization measure, and 50 percent higher than California’s successful 1996 medical-marijuana initiative. ... Looking ahead, there are at least three Western states where legalization initiatives are likely to make the 2012 ballot: Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

5. Pot guru Dennis Peron was arraigned on child porn and drug charges, the SF Weekly reports. "The charges stem from a police raid on Peron's 'Castro Castle' in August. The 'matter depicting a minor engaging or simulating sexual conduct' was allegedly gleaned from a computer on site, according to folks at the Castle.'"

6. The 4th Annual San Francisco Medical Cannabis Competition has a new venue. The SFPD and the Alcohol Beverage Control tried to stop the fund-raiser for Americans for Safe Access, but a groundswell of support yielded an alternate venue. The fund-raiser will be held Sunday, November 14th, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Terra, 511 Harrison Street (between 1st Street and Essex Street) in the SOMA district of San Francisco. Potential sponsors can contact The Green Cross: staff@thegreencross.org; 415-648-4420.

7. The Emerald Triangle will host its own growing competition, reports Redheaded Blackbelt.

8. Science: According to many doctors, you can't overdose on pot. But two spoonfuls of caffeine can definitely kill you. ABC News reports, "Michael Lee Bedford ingested two spoonfuls of pure caffeine powder that he washed down with an energy drink. Coroner Dr. Nigel Chapman said the dose Bedford consumed was equivalent to 70 cans of Red Bull. 'It's already a big problem,' said Bruce Goldberger, professor and director of toxicology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. 'We're a chemical-based society, because so many of us rely on psychotropic drugs to get by every day.' A caffeine overdose can cause mania, depression, disorientation, disinhibition, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis and breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue.

9. Lastly, mankind is clearly on an evolutionary march toward more and more advanced ways of changing consciousness, Psychology Today reports. Dope is for dopes, but new studies show the smarter a person is, the more likely they are to use drugs.

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