Monday, March 14, 2011

The Roundup: Beastie Boys, Owsley Stanley, L.A. NORML conference

By David Downs
Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Here's the roundup: 1) "Psychedelic icon Owsley Stanley dies in Australia": "After a marijuana bust in 1970, he went to prison for two years." — Reuters.

2) Download Wiz Khalifa's “The Race” — MP3Waxx.com.

3)) "Beastie Boys Unveil Album Cover, Release Date": "Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 finally arrives in May" - Pitchfork.com

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4) New comedy web series, Sex Drugs and Jazz: "The pilot episode, The Chronicles of Neptune, follows genius gypsy jazz guitarist Neptune, as he is forced to sell marijuana to survive in New York City. The first season of the series will be featured on Blip.TV , with new episodes premiering throughout 2011." — Blip.Tv

5) "Tony Bourdain Gets 'Happy' in Cambodia" — Steve Bloom, Celebstoner

6) "Zach Galifianakis’ pro-pot legalization monologue cut from SNL web version" — Russ Belville, NORML

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7) "Over the past two decades, spending on corrections has jumped from $11 billion to more than $50 billion. It's the second fastest growing state budget category behind Medicaid — and one out every 100 adults is now behind bars. But for all of this spending, we are not getting an adequate return in terms of public safety." — "Public Safety Performance," The Pew Center on the States

8) "U.S. Intelligence Chief: 'Mexico Drug Violence Poses Security Threat' " —Latin American Herald Tribune

9) "Kentucky Cuts Drug Sentences, Saves Money" : "The new law calls for sentences of 'presumptive probation' for small-time drug possession offenders, meaning they will get probation unless judges can offer a compelling reason why they should go to prison. It also calls for drug treatment to be made available for drug offenders. It reduces penalties for small-time drug dealing while increasing penalties for large-scale trafficking. And it shrinks 'drug-free' zones from 1,000 yards to 1,000 feet." — Stopthedrugwar.org

10) "Next Steps for Marijuana Reform in California", a day-long gathering of marijuana reform advocates, will take place March 19th at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. New guests: Latino Voters League, California NAACP, United Food and Commercial Workers, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and California Church Impact ($20)

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