1) Counties across California are on a tear, banning medical pot dispensaries by claiming they are illegal under federal law, but a California Supreme Court ruling December 6 says they can't do that, a small victory for persecuted collectives, some say. The case started when Anaheim banned dispensaries, and a collective called Qualified Patients sued. The first court dismissed the collective's suit, but Qualified Patients appealed and won, sort of. The appeals court said the lower court could not dismiss, and had to rule. Now it was Anaheim's turn to appeal to the California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court refused to hear Anaheim's appeal December 6 - meaning the issue heads back to the lower courts for trial. Anaheim's city attorney told the L.A.Times they'll prepare for trial, in lieu of appealing again. Registered Riverside County nurse and collective owner Lanny Swerdlow called it a victory for upstanding collectives who want to work with cities. More news after the jump.
1) Federal authorities continue to sword-wave at Oakland, but won't go on record saying they'll raid permitted Oakland pot farms. At least three other California cities, including Berkeley, are also going forward with permitting cultivation — as is the entire state of Arizona. Unnamed officials told California Watch that the feds told Oakland a month ago that their grows would be illegal. So are the medical pot programs of fifteen states. So what? California Watch's story follows The Washington Post who got a no comment and the Chronicle who got a retired federal authority to sword-wave. More news after the jump:
1) Ed Rosenthal says busting Tijuana tunnels filled with weak pot won't do a thing to stop cartels. This as the Wikileaks State Department cables indicate Mexico's drug war is all but lost. "We have eighteen months," he said, "and if we do not produce a tangible success that is recognizable to the Mexican people, it will be difficult to sustain the confrontation into the next administration." He lamented the pervasive, debilitating fear that is so much a part of contemporary Mexican society, where even people in the Yucatan, with "European levels of security," are afraid because of the instability in a few distant cities. He expressed a real concern with "losing" certain regions. It is damaging Mexico's international reputation, hurting foreign investment, and leading to a sense of government impotence, Gutierrez said. " An independent study estimates Mexico DTOs make $10 billion per year selling Americans drugs, $2 billion of it pot. [via Narconews] More news after the jump.
Yelp for pot web site Weedmaps.com is having a historic fourth quarter. The twelve-person Orange County concern just went public through a de facto reverse merger with LC Luxuries. Now renamed General Cannabis, CANA trades at $4.05 on the pink sheets and — unlike its publicly traded pot peer “Medical Marijuana Inc” — CANA has a business model and actual revenue to report.
1) AC/DC drummer pleads guilty in New Zealand to possessing 25 grams on his boat, which could affect his ability to tour. [Spin] Meanwhile, Willie Nelson, busted for six ounces at a border patrol stop 100 miles into the USA might have an out. "It needs to be contested," says Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin, a criminal defense lawyer who recently represented Tom Delay and country singer Billy Joe Shaver, and was lawyer to David Koresh during the 1993 FBI siege of the Branch Davidian ranch outside Waco, Texas. [Rolling Stone] More news after the jump.