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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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bay Area Baby Boomer Weed Use: A Report

by David Downs
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Baby Boomers are returning to marijuana now that their kids are older and out of the house, and the tide of prohibition is receding. On February 4 at Humboldt State University, Sheigla Murphy, Ph.D, presents the results of interviews with fifty such boomers in a talk titled: "The Times are Changing: Preliminary Findings from a San Francisco Study of Baby Boomers and Marijuana Use."

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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 22, 2014

Sacramento Bee Reporter Peter Hecht’s ‘Weed Land’ Out May 2014

by David Downs
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

They say journalism is the first draft of history. Get ready for the second, then.

Sacramento Bee reporter Peter Hecht is releasing his new book Weed Land - Inside America's Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit on March 7 on the University of California Press, we've learned. Good for Peter! We love reading his SacBee reporting and can’t wait to see what he’s dug up.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Super Bowl 420 on Colbert and Daily Show

by David Downs
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

On February 2, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos face off in the Super Bowl, while representing the two most progressive marijuana law reform regions in the country. The match-up has led to no small amount of joking, puns, and more. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart had the first crack at it Monday night on Comedy Central, but focused on the fake Velveeta shortage and porcine diarrhea virus. Gross.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Obama in New Yorker: Pot Less Dangerous Than Alcohol

by David Downs
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

President Obama sat down with The New Yorker’s David Remnick in a long, revealing interview on many topics, including the president’s evolving views on gay marriage and … wait for it, weed:

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

‘Is it less dangerous?’ Remnick asked.

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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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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Worth Repeating: Poverty, Not Pot Will Kill Your IQ

by David Downs
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Sorry, blowhards at Fox News — newly legal weed in Colorado doesn’t make you dumb. But living in crushing poverty with shitty schools and awful, boring jobs definitely does.

Scientific American reported on a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that debunked a previous PNAS report saying that teenage potheads saw their IQ drop by middle age.

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