The huge weed-whacking operation in Mendocino is over, just three weeks after it started.
"Full Court Press" included more than 300 personnel from 25 local, state, and federal agencies, who flew in to cut down marijuana on public lands in six counties while manning roadblocks to catch fleeing ganja farmers. And according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, the operation led to the seizure of 632,058 marijuana plants, 1,986 pounds of processed marijuana, $28,031 in cash, 38 weapons and 20 vehicles — and to 132 arrests.
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2) Rapper Lil Wayne can kinda skate.
3) And a drug lord says he was protected by the D.E.A. in exchange for snitching, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
“The United States government and its various agencies have a long history of providing benefits, permission and immunity to criminals and their organizations to commit crimes, including murder, in return for receiving information against other criminals,” Zambada-Niebla’s court filing says. “Perhaps no better example is the celebrated case of Whitey Bulger, the Boston crime boss and murderer, who, along with other members of criminal organizations, were given carte blanche by the FBI to commit murders in order to receive information about the Italian mafia and other criminal organizations in the New England area.” More from NarcoNews here, and more news after the jump.
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Weed blogger Steve Elliott distills pot's history — as well as its most germane health, legal and cultural qualities — into publishing debut The Little Black Book of Marijuana. Out this week online and in major bookstores by Peter Pauper Press, the little black book measures just eight by six inches and spans a scant 160 pages, yet packs info on medical marijuana, weed cooking, growing and strains, as well as full-color pictures and illustrations.
Elliott said publishers approached him to author the title, which is intended to serve as a primer for cannabis culture newcomers. It's part of the “Little Black Book” series, which includes primers on wine, beer and sex.
1) Ex-NBA baller Samaki Walker popped in Arizona trying to eat ten grams of pot — which is a lot. Plus he had steroids and pills.
2) Time magazine writes about a component in marijuana, CBD, that dramatically reduces cocaine consumption in mice. (Plus it may prevent the development of the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. It also seems to have antipsychotic effects.) ProjectCBD in the East Bay is on a mission to identify CBD-rich strains, like Harlequin.
Here's your headlines: 1) "Full Court Press" — the massive marijuana raid effort recently undertaken by federal and local officials in Mendocino County — has tallied 101 arrests, 460,000 plants, and tons of garbage pulled from the Mendocino National Forest (LAT). Writer Kym Kemp notes locals connected to the grows might be next. More news after the jump.