Law Enforcement & Crime

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Narcs Furious Obama Said Pot Is Safer Than Alcohol

by David Downs
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 9:54 AM

The head lobbyist for president of California’s drug cops is asking President Obama to take back his recent statement to The New Yorker that marijuana is safer than alcohol.

In a letter sent to President Obama Monday and copied to the press, California Narcotics Officers' Association head lobbyist John Lovell president Steve Riddle never disputes that marijuana is safer than alcohol, but writes that the President’s comments “minimize the dangers of drug use, and by doing so, lessen the impression that drugs are harmful.”

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Oakland's Loudest Ganjapreneur Dhar Mann Gets Five Years Probation for Fraud

by David Downs
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

The heir to Oakland’s largest cab company received five years of probation for defrauding the city during failed efforts to dominate the national pot-growing supply trade, reports state.

Dharminder "Dhar" Mann, 29, pleaded no contest to defrauding the city's redevelopment program, took a plea and was sentenced last week to five years probation and must also repay the city of Oakland $44,399 by April 1, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Mann is also being sued by Oakland in civil court for $230,000 in penalties and $135,000 in damages.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

California Police Now Want To Regulate Medical Pot — Right Out of Existence

by David Downs
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

California’s police chiefs have spent eighteen years trying to undo medical marijuana legalization, first by ignoring it , then by trying to find loopholes in it, and then by actively fighting efforts to regulate it.

Now, these same drug warriors say they are ready to regulate medical marijuana. This ought to be a hoot.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bankers Push Back: No Checking For Legal Pot

by David Downs
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder said banking relief is coming for the legal medical marijuana and recreational industry, which regulators have forced into dangerous, all-cash operations. Now the banks have responded in the OC Register.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bakersfield Pot Shop with Oakland Connection Also Dealt Meth

by David Downs
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries are more secure than banks — with cameras everywhere and background checks the norm.

Here in California, police leadership blocks such sensible regulations, and shady dispensaries in unregulated towns like Bakersfield end up dealing meth.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Weed War: Cali Cops Take Home $181 Million in Loot

by David Downs
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Anger with police chiefs over their continued obstruction of reasonable medical marijuana regulations is boiling over in California this year.

As Colorado and Washington blaze new trails in regulated access to legal pot, California’s police chiefs continue to block any legislation to regulate the state’s multibillion-dollar medical marijuana industry, which has been around since 1996. Instead, police chiefs want to end medical marijuana in California, calling it a fraud and a sham.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Powerful Jury Tool Can End the Drug War Today

by David Downs
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

A New Hampshire bill introduced in the legislature this month would require judges to tell juries that they are free to use a time-tested, and controversial power called “nullification,” the Wall Street Journal reported today.

“Nullification” means jurors can vote to acquit defendants if jurors don’t agree with the underlying law. For example, most Americans don’t agree with the War on Pot, which results in about 750,000 arrests this year. About 13,000 Californians were arrested on felony pot charges in 2012.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Savages: DEA Picked Sinaloa Cartel to Win Drug War, Snitch Says

by David Downs
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Sometimes truth is stranger than Oliver Stone’s films.

For the last ten years the US government secretly armed and coordinated with a blood-thirsty Mexican drug cartel in exchange for information on rival drug trafficking organizations, major media outlets are reporting.

The publication El Universal reported Monday that between 2000 and 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration worked with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, allowing the murderers to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs in exchange for tips on rivals.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Myth of California's Drugged Driving Epidemic

by David Downs
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The start of the New Year means the start of another legislative session in Sacramento — which means we're just weeks away from new bills purporting to stop California's drugged driving epidemic.

Problem is, police lobbyists manufacture this problem every year now to get more funding.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Breathalyzer for Pot Hits Los Angeles

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The car and weed capital of the world has become one of the first major cities to roll out a breathalyzer for pot. Sort of.

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