The fight to cleanup the environmental damage to forest land
by illegal grows, has evidently spilled over to legal grows on private land, when armed private contractors
dropped in by helicopter cut down a medical marijuana plot.
This November, California citizens will decide whether or not to legalize the possession, buying and selling of, and recreational use of marijuana
. Early polls concerning proposition 19, also known as the "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010"
, reveal a slight majority for legalization, as well as an interesting case of status quo bias
. (Previously) [more inside]
The owner of a California medical marijuana dispensary has been found guilty of violating federal drug laws. [LA Times]
FTA: ...jurors had a clear sense that Lynch was not an ordinary street-corner drug dealer, but the fact that he was dispensing medical marijuana didn't matter under federal law
. [...] "It was a tough decision for all of us because the state law and the federal law are at odds
of the trial by Reason TV. Federal raids on California's medical dispensaries were recently featured on MeFi
Medical marijuana grower Ed Rosenthal sentenced to one day in prison.
Very interesting. Is Ed too high profile to be given an average sentence, unlike other non-violent drug offenders? Is this damage control for a very controversial case involving tightly-controlled information for jurors and state vs. federal rights? Regardless, Ed continues the fight and is appealing his conviction and is also asking for Judge Breyer to step down. Previous mefi discussion here.
- medical marijuana activist and one of the world's leading experts in cannabis cultivation - is currently facing a mandatory 20 year-to-life sentence
in California court for operating a city grow-op. Not only was he obeying state law, but the City of Oakland requested his help. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer has already thrown out all possible defenses of this kind and is currently pursuing a gag order
to stifle media and public outrage.
Forget, for a moment, that 3 out of 4 Americans are in favor of legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes. What is the purpose of voter initiatives and statewide legislation if the federal government and judicial system are willing to completely ignore the decisions of state and local government?