Mendocino pot growers who registered with the county's 9.31 medical marijuana growing program are probably burying money and/or putting their lawyer on speed dial this month, now that the Mendocino County Sheriff has said he'll turn over his list of permitted growers to the feds.
The Washington Post has spent a century crusading for the incarceration of regular Americans for their private drug use. As California NORML director Dale Gieringer notes, "[The Post] led the charge for tougher anti-drug laws in the '80s and '90s, and have steadfastly supported federal control over individual and states' rights with regard to drugs."
So it's surprising that they would urge President Obama to stand down in the face of legalization in Colorado and Washington. Post-Thanksgiving, even the Post may have found a limit to its appetite for the cruel and unusual punishment of pot smokers.
The end of the Mayan long calendar? Pshhaw. The world is going to be fine, because Arthur Magazine, "the long-running music and culture periodical, perhaps best known for its dual embrace of psych-folk and radical lifestyle politics, is coming back into print after a four-year hiatus," FADER reports. We are more than slightly happy about this.
CliffsNotes for 2016 in California:
"Legalization advocates have found that female support tends to be a leading indicator for marijuana measures. In the case of both California's 2010 and Colorado's 2006 votes, sagging support among women preceded a collapse in men's support too. In California, for instance, support from women saw a 14-point swing against legalization over the final six weeks, dragging support from men under 50 percent.", The Atlantic's Casey Michel wrote yesterday.
Arg, we never have enough time to give some proper love to Robyn Twomey for her revealing, brilliant photo series on the faces of medical cannabis use in California.
Twomey has shot for WIRED, Time, Twitter, The New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic, among others, and in her "medicine" series we see old grandmas, young Obama fans, suburban moms, and hipsters lighting up — medical cannabis patients all.
It's stark and real, and the perfect opposite of the endless CNN B-roll footage used with pot stories. (You know what I'm talking about: close-up video of some goateed indigent with a fungal nail infection lipping some natty roach. Yup, that's what all pot smokers look like.)
Make sure to check out NPR's big segment on 'Legalizing and Regulating Pot: A Growth Industry', which aired Tuesday.
The 43-minute segment chops it up with Newsweek reporter Tony Dokoupil, whose dad was a pot smuggler. Dokoupil wrote The New Pot Barons for Newsweek.
In one of his strongest statements since the medical marijuana crackdown started in October 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown came out in favor of letting the states decide what happens with their marijuana laws. In response to two states legalizing pot last week, Brown said on CNN's State of the Union"
"It's time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states. ... We have a laboratory of democracy. We don't always agree. ... I believe the President and the Justice Department ought to respect the will of these sovereign states. ... It shouldn't try to nullify a reasonable state regulation. The measures that have gotten so far have gotten there after vigorous debate. ... So, we are capable of self-government."
"We don't need some federal gendarme to come and tell us what to do. I believe in comity toward the states, that is, a decent respect ought to govern the policy, and that means: change the policy, now. There's a logic to states' rights."
The other shoe has begun to drop. Immediately following last week's historic vote to legalize pot possession in Colorado for adults over 21, the state's Republican Attorney General and drug warrior John Suthers said Coloradoans wouldn't see a red cent from pot taxes.
According to a statement from his office: "The proponents of Amendment 64 told voters that it imposed a surtax of up to 15 percent on marijuana sale that would result in up to $40 million each year going to K-12 schools in the state. In fact Amendment 64 did not comply with required language under the Taxpayers Bill of Rights and no such tax will be imposed.”
On Oct. 24 we wrote, “Walking down the creaking stairs to the street, we were of two minds about Forty Acres. The place felt like it could be shut down at any time. Or it could stubbornly persist for years until the day that weed is legal and the word "dispensary" joins "speakeasy" and "bathtub gin" in the dustbin of history.”
We should have said "weeks." Amid the historic legalization of pot in two Western states, Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Grower's Collective in Berkeley is again facing closure. The landlord of the unlicensed collective has sued to evict the natty, three-year-old club on San Pablo. On Nov. 2, an Alameda County Superior Court jury voted in support of the landlord.
Pot legalization in Colorado and Washington could mean less heat on California's medical marijuana industry.
Among the groups likely counting on such a break, Berkeley Patients Group, who will re-open in a new space in December, according to an email from the city-licensed medical cannabis dispensary today.
"Safe access to quality medical cannabis is back," BPG wrote. "... BPG will be re-opening its doors in December."
According to reports, that location will be 2366 San Pablo Ave., in Berkeley.