Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Daily Roundup: San Jose Dispensary License to Cost $95,016; Beverly Hills Model Busted Trafficking 500 Pounds to OH

By David Downs
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:52 AM

The City of San Jose readies new laws for its burgeoning dispensary sector. Ten collectives would be picked by a lotto system run by the Chief of Police after a $95,016 registration fee. No Hash allowed. Local protests continue on Tuesday, June 22, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. More news after the jump.

— A Beverly Hills actress/model is accused of bringing 500 pounds of marijuana to Columbus, OH, via private jet this week, The Dispatch reports. DEA agents nabbed Lisette Lee, 28, at Port Columbus Monday night after she arrived on a chartered jet from Van Nuys, Calif., with a bodyguard, two assistants, and thirteen large suitcases. It was her fourth run to Columbus, she says, and she was getting paid $60,000 per trip. [via MMJNews]

— The Supreme Court eased deportation rules in a minor drug case, Cannabis Culture reports.

Immigrants who are legally in the United States need not be automatically deported for minor drug offenses, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a unanimous decision. ... Lower courts had said that Jose Angel Carachuri-Rosendo, a permanent resident of the United States who had lived here since 1983, when he was five, was subject to mandatory deportation for a second drug offense, this one involving possession of single tablet of a prescription drug. ... In 2004, Mr. Carachuri-Rosendo was sentenced by a Texas state court judge to twenty days in jail for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. The next year, he was sentenced to ten days in jail for having a single tablet of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, without a prescription. ... Those were both misdemeanors under state law. But federal authorities argued that a second drug offense counted as an aggravated felony under federal law, making Mr. Carachuri-Rosendo ineligible for discretionary relief from deportation.

— Recent cannabis-related crime gives ammo to drug warriors, the Tribune opines. However, they provide no context on cannabis crime versus other public health issues. For example, alcohol costs California $38 billion per year in violence, accidents, and illness; which amounts to: 100 alcohol-related incidents of harm per hour and one alcohol-related death per hour. [via MMJNews]

— Leading drug law reform group the Marijuana Policy Project continues to roil. Billionaire philanthropist Peter Lewis has left the board of directors this week, after resigning his position as chairman of the board. Tuesday, ten out of twenty-nine MPP staff members were laid off. MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia told HIGH TIMES, "The purpose of the downsizing was to ensure MPP's long-term health and financial stability.” This is after Kampia was censured for having sex with a staffer due to a "hypersexual" disorder. Ewww.

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