Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Roundup: Federal Agent Smuggles Weed Through LAX

By David Downs
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Here's your headlines:

1) An American Airlines baggage handler with a nose for the sticky-icky broke up a federal agent's weed-smuggling route through LAX this week. According to the U.S. Attorney's release, 23 year-old Millage Peaks of Los Angeles paid 28 year-old TSA Agent Dianna Perez about $5,500 to move bricks of cannabis past baggage security on nine different occasions. But that all ended the morning of Sunday, October 16, when Peaks met Perez at the curbside check-in area outside Terminal 4 at LAX, and took Peaks' bags to a TSA screening room. The complaint alleges that Perez returned a few minutes later and waved at Peaks, indicating that “everything was good.” Later, the Los Angeles Airport Police responded to a report by a baggage handler with American Airlines "who smelled marijuana emanating from one of the bags checked in by Peaks. Peaks’ bags, which were destined for Boston’s Logan Airport, were then removed and searched by TSA personnel. Fourteen plastic bags, containing what LAXPD officers believed amounted to approximately ten to fifteen pounds of marijuana, were found concealed inside Peaks' bags. ... The complaint alleges that Peaks planned to travel to Boston to resell the marijuana which he obtained the previous day in San Francisco for $38,000. ..."

2) "The Drug War has corrupted private and public institutions wherever it has reached. Worst are bribes to police, border control officials, Drug Enforcement Agency agents, and even military personnel involved in interdiction efforts. The taint also reaches prosecutors, judges, and politicians,” notes Forbes, in an op-ed from the Cato Institute on ending the Drug War.

3) Dr. Drew also says legalize it.

4) San Diegans protest the shutdown of their entire dispensary industry virtually overnight.


5) Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Mark Leno call for an end to the federal attack on medical marijuana dispensaries at a press conference in San Francisco at 11 a.m. today. The San Francisco lawmakers are joined at the Main Hall of the California State Building (455 Golden Gate Ave.) by medical marijuana patients, dispensary operators and activists.

6) IRS and DOJ target Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, in Fairfax, CA. join the ... Like Wine Initiative.

7) Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will attend the Drug Policy Alliance's 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Los Angeles, November 2-5, along with former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, NAACP Head Alice Huffman, Mexican Poet Javier Sicilia, Rick Steves, and about a thousand others.

8) High Times held a defiant Cannabis Cup in Detroit, amid the widespread shutdown of Michigan's industry.

9) Cannabis as big as trees is now ripening in the Central Valley.

10) THC for Alzheimer's prevention.

12) In Colorado, clubs outspend NIMBYs nine to one before a vote to ban them in Ft. Collins.

13) While another study says dispensaries don't cause crime.

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