Ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis in 2012 for recreational use in Colorado and California are currently being reviewed by election officials in each state, but reformers agree on very little.
In Colorado, HuffPo posts "Marijuana Policy Project, The Drug Policy Alliance, SAFER, and Sensible Colorado all joined forces and produced eight different versions of the same initiative seeking legalization of marijuana intended for the 2012 ballot." But the move pissed off libertarian reformers, who don't want to see cops put in charge of a recreational marijuana police state.
In California, it's the libertarians that are first to file in Sacramento with the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine initiative. Backed by Lake Tahoe activist Steve Kubby, the initiative seeks to throw open county jails for any suspects held on suspicion of marijuana crimes, and cuts drug cops out of any state tax revenue from weed. Instead unpaid, volunteer, "Harm Reduction Officers" will supervise the state's new weed program. Sounds like someone's been getting way too high.
The California Narcotic Officers' Association might be one of the most active anti-legalization lobbies in the state. But some of their members have turned out to be pretty active dope dealers. Yet another California narcotics officer, this time in San Leandro, faces charges for selling weed. Per the Chron:
"Detective Jason Fredriksson, 38, allegedly provided more than a pound of marijuana to the informant, who intended to sell it, police said. Fredriksson plans to surrender today on a $50,000 warrant charging him with transporting and furnishing marijuana for sale, a felony, his attorney said."
It also sounds like the police are alleging Fredriksson — who goes by the nickname 'Big Dirty' and is married to a San Leandro police dispatcher — was having a "improper relationship" with the informant.
Here are your headlines:
1) Stoners are better karaoke singers than drunks.
2) Colorado legalization advocates look to 2012.
3) 50,000 arrested for pot in NYC each year.
That's the latest allegation in the now-made-for-Showtime story of police corruption in Contra Costa County.
Background: "Wielsch, 50, and Butler, 49, were charged in February with stealing drugs from evidence lockers in Contra Costa and selling them. "
How much drugs, you ask?
A pound of methamphetamine, 'roids, pills, and pot.
The independent Los Angeles clothing company Freshjive introduces the second installment of "Freshjive Moving Pictures".
According to long-time Legalization Nation follower Nick at Freshjive:
"the video, which opens to the tune of "Marijuana Boogie" by Lalo Guerrero Y Sus Cinco Lobos, is contrasted with classic anti-marijuana public service announcement speech. Release of the video also serves as a preview of our Blunt Roll T which will be out in a few weeks."
Here's your headlines: 1) Newsweek names Boston, MA. and Tallahassee, FL. the two most pot friendly cities in America — further demonstrating how clueless the East Coast press is. (via MAP)
2) Bob Marley would have turned 66 Tuesday, but he died from a brain tumor that apparently started with a cut on his toe, CelebStoner reminisces.
3) Have you considered registering for the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference scheduled for Wed. Nov. 2-5 in Los Angeles. No? Read the rest of the headlines and reconsider.
Here are your headlines: 1) An unscientific bill to criminalize sober drivers with old THC in their blood comes back from the dead in Colorado.
2) Six more L.A. clubs sue over the city's ill-conceived plan to permit dispensaries via lottery.
3) Vice Magazine publishes a profile on Sinaloa's drug kingpin cemeteries. Mexican drug trafficking organizations gross an estimated $2 billion per year selling pot to gringos.
Because the most important story of the last decade was bound to have a weed angle:
"Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound may have appeared no different from any other nondescript house in the middle-class neighborhood of Bilal Town, except for the high cement walls topped with barbed wire — and a few other distinguishing factors. Along with rows of cabbages and potatoes on the border wall of the compound, for instance, CNN's Nic Robertson discovered rows of marijuana plants."Take it away, Vulture via Daily Mail UK.