Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Guillermo Alarcon Jr



GOT lucky. He was arrested and charged with crack cocaine possession. The officers that arrested him swore under oath in court that they saw him throw a box, that it cracked open, and that drugs were found inside.

He probably would have gone to jail.

Except for the fact that it wasn't true. The police were recorded by a surveillance camera, and they were lying. An innocent man was going to have his life destroyed, by the very people who swore to protect him.

The LA Times has the story

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

694,354



THE number of Californian signatures required to place on the ballot Initiative 08-0009 to legalize, and tax, marijuana.


Marijuana Legalization. Individual Rights. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 04/08/08
Circulation Deadline: 09/05/08
Signatures Required: 694,354
Proponent: Christopher Springer

Amends constitution to legalize marijuana and hemp within California and to provide for broad individual constitutional rights, including rights to food, shelter, medical care, and to be free from “unreasonable” taxation. Allows marijuana to be sold in any store that sells alcohol. Establishes local boards with expansive powers, including powers to regulate and tax marijuana. Requires marijuana tax revenues support specified programs. Exempts marijuana sales profits from income tax. Forbids most testing for marijuana used outside the workplace. Prohibits most marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco advertisements. Immunizes marijuana growers and sellers from liability. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments, which would no longer incur the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Potential costs of up to the tens of millions of dollars to state and local governments to fund the one-time start-up costs of the local boards. A potentially significant increase in state and local spending on substance abuse treatment services that could possibly be partially or fully offset by revenues from this measure. Potential increased revenues in the tens of millions to low hundreds of millions of dollars annually from marijuana stamps and licenses to support specified programs and the local boards. Unknown but potentially significant increase in state and local revenues from collection of sales and use taxes on the sale of Marijuana. Unknown but potentially significant decrease in state and local revenues from taxes on tobacco and alcohol due to a prohibition of advertising for these goods that would likely result in a decline in sales.


Full text of the proposed amendment - linky

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Frederick Polak 1, UNODC 0.



It's always funny when idiots get owned by the truth. Definitely worth watching.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Twelve Down...

New Hampshire has now become the 12th state to decriminalize marijuana.

Thirty eight to go.

linky

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

File under "I'd hate to be in this suckers shoes"


In case you're not aware, Dubai is the site of some of the most amazing engineering projects ever attempted. All in an effort to increase tourism to the point where the state would not be totally reliant on oil, which they believe is going to run out very soon. Obviously they are hoping to attract A LOT of tourists and their dollars...sorry, Euros (does the US dollar even still exist?)

And also in case you're not aware, they have a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. No, I don't think you quite understand: A ZERO-TOLERANCE policy on drugs. Imagine spending four years in jail in Dubai because the officials found a trace of marijuana that weighs less than a grain of sugar under some guys shoe (they use very "high" tech equipment-...get it? "high" tech?). How big is the frigging sugar in Dubai?!?!?! And who is this guy? Shaq?

And in case you're still deciding whether you want to be all Nancy Reagan on this and start preaching about the dangers of drugs and how he deserved to be locked up, consider that "drugs" also include over the counter medication......that is also available in....what's the name of that place again? oh yes...Dubai.

And there's another crack-head who got arrested because they found three poppy-seeds on him that he got from eating a bread-roll at Heathrow Airport. So that's why food at airports are so expensive. They are laced with drugs.

Unfortunately, the folks in Dubai didn't get the tourism memo. People use drugs and eat bread rolls.

here's two links :

http://www.tourism-in-dubai.com/
http://tinyurl.com/ywjhy5

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

$369,200



SO the Colorado thugs sent in a SWAT team to raid the home of suspected grower.

Unfortunately for them, it appears that they did not bother to do any preparation or detective work other than strapping on the guns and bashing in the guys door. Turns out that the owner of the house, Kevin Dickes, has a license for growing marijuana to treat the pain he suffers from a shrapnel injury he received while serving his country in Iraq.

It also turns out that under Colorado law, any property used for cultivating medical marijuana may not be destroyed by the police. Sixty-five of Kevin's plants were destroyed and he is seeking compensation from the police using the standard DEA valuation of $5,200 per plant. Grand total ?

$369,200 in damages.

Time to start writing some traffic tickets boys!

Full story - linky

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How America lost the Drug War

Very long, but very interesting, article at rollingstone.com. Definitely a must read.

linky

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

And so it begins

In the interest of compliance with the 2006 voter initiative on marijuana ... we are asking law enforcement officers to stop arresting individuals or writing and submitting tickets (with mandatory appearance dates) where the offense committed is solely possession of marijuana in misdemeanor amounts or possession of drug paraphernalia intended for use of marijuana


Montana.

linky

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gra$$

MORE and more I'm beginning to think that drugs will become legal for the sake of tax revenue, because the numbers are becoming entirely too large to ignore. I just read an article about Marijuana harvesting in Californa, and the numbers are absolutely staggering.

Since April the state's annual “Campaign against Marijuana Planting” has pulled 2.9m plants worth some $10 billion from back gardens, timber forests and state lands (see chart). Marijuana is now by far California's most valuable agricultural crop. Assuming, very optimistically, that the cops are finding every other plant, it is worth even more than the state's famous wine industry.


That is a huge amount of money for a state that is perpetually broke. My prediction is that California will be the first state in which Marijuana production will be legal, and it will be for the sake of collecting tax revenue on the crop.

The only problem is that the Federal government is ignoring the fact that California has legalized medical Marijuana, and continues to send agents in to raid "legal" growers. I expect the conflict between the Feds and the State to escalate on this issue, and it is only a matter of time before there is a legal showdown regarding states' rights.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Crack



FOUND an interesting article on Alternet today, talking about the disparity between sentences served for possession of crack cocaine vs. other crimes. Here is the money quote:

People caught with the drug in 2004, the last year for which data is available, served an average of ten years in federal penitentiaries, while the average convict served 2.9 years for manslaughter, 3.1 years for assault and 5.4 years for sexual abuse.


Now lets just put aside for the moment the fact that there is no logic whatsoever to why it is perfectly acceptable to poison yourself with Alcohol and Cigarettes, but doing it with a Colombian plant extract is a crime.

What I want to know is why is it that killing someone, as in ending their life, gets you less than three years, but having the materials on hand to get yourself fucked up gets you ten.

alternet has the story - linky

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Gavin Newsom

The Mayor of San Francisco, just made what is probably the bravest statement that has ever been made by an elected official.

if you want to reduce crime by 70% in this country overnight, end this war on drugs


linky

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Cannabis prices, around the world



The Economist has a handy diagram, showing the price of weed, around the world.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Coke prices, around the world

The Economist has a handy graph showing worldwide prices of cocaine.



story

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