Thursday, March 1, 2012

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner: Dispensary Profits Irked Us

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

The United States attorney for California's Eastern District, Benjamin Wagner, broke his silence regarding his office's near-five-month old crackdown on California dispensaries Friday, in an interview with the national editor of the Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau.

The crackdown has eliminated safe access to the life-saving drug for tens of thousands of sick and dying throughout the state, and cost thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenue, NORML reports.

The Department of Justice's take: "no regrets".

Marijuana businesses became too brazen between the Ogden Memo of 2009 and the Cole Memo of 2011, Wagner said. "We were alarmed by the explosive growth of these large commercial operations. These huge dispensaries are focused on profits."

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Video Break: "Weed Card" by Garfunkel and Oates

by David Downs
Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

In case you weren't one of the nearly million people who've viewed this, or maybe you just forgot you did: "Weed Card", a bit of musical comedy, from Garfunkel and Oates. Garfunkel and Oates' new album Slippery When Moist came out February 21st (iTunes, Amazon).

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Emerald Triangle Cannabis Folk Art Doesn't Forget Its Buds

by David Downs
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Kym Kemp covers the Emerald Triangle at Redheaded Blackbelt and tells us she's part of an art show in Eureka, March 3rd at 437 F St., the home of the Humboldt Kinetic Association Artist Co-op. That means awesomely huge pictures of nugs, and all around hippie weirdness in Nor-NorCal! Day-trippers, mount up.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

STUDY: "Do Medical Marijuana Laws Increase Marijuana Use?"

by David Downs
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM

"CONCLUSION: Accounting for confounding by unmeasured state characteristics and measurement error had an important effect on estimates of the impact of MMLs on marijuana use. We find limited evidence of causal effects of MMLs on measures of reported marijuana use." — from "Do Medical Marijuana Laws Increase Marijuana Use? Replication Study and Extension", published in the Annals of Epidemiology.

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"Profiting From Incarceration is Contrary to Church Values...”

by David Downs
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

So wrote the United Methodist Church after deciding to divest nearly $1 million in stocks from two private prison companies, the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America, Salon reports. "The United States leads the world in the number of people incarcerated in federal and state correctional facilities. There are currently more than 2 million people in American prisons or jails. Approximately one-quarter of those people held in U.S. prisons or jails have been convicted of a drug offense." states. Now - there's the National Prison Divestment Campaign. Wells Fargo, you're on notice.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

'This American Life': Attractive Undercover Cop Poses As Student And Entraps Teens To "Sell" Her Marijuana

by David Downs
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

When people talk about the dangers of drugs to kids, should they include entrapment by some '21 Jump Street' jerks? Read this transcript from a recent This American Life episode:

"One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn't smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn't want the money — he got it for her as a present.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Drug Testing Coming For America's Unemployed

by David Downs
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

The payroll tax holiday extension just approved by Congress included a controversial rider that allows states to drug test people before giving them the unemployment benefits they already paid for. States needn't have any probable cause for this warrantless search of its citizens' urine, either.

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Former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer on "Real Time with Bill Maher": Legalize Pot.

by David Downs
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Former New York governor and attorney general Eliot Spitzer on "Real Time with Bill Maher": "To spend prosecutorial resources on pot is ridiculous... Legalizing pot is the way to go." Pertinent segment starts at 4:22. [via L.E.A.P.]

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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