Tuesday, December 4, 2012

50,000 Dead Mexicans Later, Mexico President Felipe Calderon Says Maybe War on Drugs Not So Awesome

by David Downs
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Poor Mexico: so far from God, so close to the U.S. From The Economist Nov. 23:

"Ending the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is 'impossible', according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s outgoing president. In an interview with The Economist Mr Calderón, whose battle with organised crime has come to define his six years in office, said that countries whose citizens consume drugs should find 'market mechanisms' to prevent their money from getting into the hands of criminals in Latin America."

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Harborside Quashes Eviction Attempt from Landlord

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM

According to a release from Harborside Health Center this morning, the biggest pot club on the planet got a judge to quash its potential eviction by landlord Anna Chretien.

"The federal campaign to close Harborside Health Center and other state legal medical cannabis dispensaries was dealt a significant setback in Alameda County Superior Court on Friday, November 30th when Judge Evilio Grillo quashed an eviction proceeding initiated by the landlord of Harborside's landmark Oakland location. The Judge dismissed the action, which was undertaken in response to pressure placed on the landlord by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, on the grounds that California courts cannot evict state legal medical cannabis dispensaries simply because they are breaking federal cannabis laws."

California landlords cannot force a California court to 'indirectly' enforce federal drug laws, Judge Grillo decided, writing:

"This court sees no reason why a private actor should be able to do what a city cannot—i.e., rely on the idea that state law incorporates federal criminal law to compel a state court to enforce that federal law indirectly when it cannot do so directly."

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