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."
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).
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.
"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.
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." JusticePolicy.org states. Now - there's the National Prison Divestment Campaign. Wells Fargo, you're on notice.
From Steve Fox, director of public affairs for the Washington-based National Cannabis [Industry] Association, on federal legislation to protect the medical marijuana industry from attack.
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.
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.
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.]
Come on, son. Just check it in your luggage like a grown-ass man. Links: "Pot in the peanut butter jar doesn’t fool TSA"; "Authorities find pot in peanut butter at Oakland airport"; "TSA finds pot hidden in peanut butter".