Posted tagged ‘Pot’

Double Rainbow: What Does It Mean…

October 3, 2010

Boring Sunday nights mean watching classic videos like this!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN???? 🙂

No Prosecution For States That Allow Medical Marijuana

October 20, 2009

The justice department has said that people who use marijuana/pot for medical purposes and those who distribute it should not face federal prosecution, provided they act according to state law.

I think this is good news because there are far worse criminals out there who we should be focusing our resources on. Thoughts?

From the New York Times:

In a memorandum to federal prosecutors in the 14 states that make some allowance for the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the department said that it was committed to the “efficient and rational use” of its resources and that prosecuting patients and distributors who are in “clear and unambiguous compliance” with state laws did not meet that standard.

The new stance was hardly an enthusiastic embrace of medical marijuana, or the laws that allow it in some states, but signaled clearly that the administration thought there were more important priorities for prosecutors.

“It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement accompanying the memo, “but we will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal.”

Woodstock: 40 Years Later

August 13, 2009

It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since Woodstock! Not that I would remember, I was 9 years away from being born at that time 🙂

But the memories live on and we will no doubt relive the peace and love of the festival over the coming days as the anniversary approaches, this Saturday, August 15.

Were you there? How was it? What were you’re thoughts?

If you didn’t go, did you want to? Do you regret not going?

From the Associated Press:

The town of Woodstock didn’t want the concert and promoters were bounced from another site at the 11th hour. Lang settled on a hay field in Bethel owned by a kindly dairy farmer named Max Yasgur. The concert did come off Aug. 15-18, 1969, but barely. Fences were torn down, tickets became useless. More than 400,000 people converged on this rural corner 80 miles northwest of New York City, freezing traffic for miles. Then the rains doused everything.

It should have been a disaster. But Americans tuning in to the evening news that weekend saw smiling, dancing, muddy kids. By the time the concert movie came out months later, Woodstock was a symbol of the happy, hippie side of the ‘60s spirit.

Baby boomers are the “Woodstock Generation” — not the “Monterey Generation” or the “Altamont Generation.” Bethel’s onsite museum has logged more than 70,000 visitors since last summer, a fair number of them college students born well after Woodstock. A roadside monument there regularly logs visitors from around the planet.

“It’s almost a pilgrimage,” said Wade Lawrence, director of the Museum at Bethel Woods. “It’s like going to a high school reunion, or it’s like visiting a grave site of a loved one.”

From Lollapalooza to All Points West, there have been plenty of big festivals focused on youth culture. The continent-hopping Live Aid shows of 1985 did that and more, enlisting top names like U2 and Madonna to fight hunger in Africa. None have the cultural cachet of Woodstock. Who would ever ask a Generation X-er: “Were you really at Live Aid?”

People who went to Woodstock say the crowd set it apart as much as the music. The trippy anarchy of Woodstock has become legend: lots of nudity, casual sex, dirty (and muddy) dancing, open drug use. The stage announcer famously warned people to steer clear of the brown acid.

$15 Million Pot Bust in Petaluma

July 30, 2009

Ahhh…the town I grew up in for my first 24 years is back in the news again!

According to Sge. Chris Bertoli of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, narcotics agents arrested two Mexican nationals during a marijuana garden eradication effort east of Petaluma yesterday afternoon.

This was a $15 million bust! Guess they still grow a lot more than grapes in Sonoma and Napa counties!

From KTVU:

One suspect escaped, Bertoli said. The other two men were booked into the Sonoma County jail for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

One of the suspects might be charged in connection with fighting a police dog used in the arrests, Bertoli said.

The sheriff’s department found 5,000 mature plants ready for harvest in several gardens.

Bertoli estimated the processed pot from the plants is worth $15 million. Two to three pounds of processed marijuana were also found at the campsite in the Stage Gulch Road and state Highway 116 area that also contains vineyards, Bertoli said.

One of the suspects told the sheriff’s department he had been at the site since April, Bertoli said.

Schwarzenegger Says California Needs Marijuana Debate

May 6, 2009

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that it’s time for a debate on whether to legalize and tax marijuana — though he says he’s not supporting the idea.

From MSNBC:

The Republican governor, whose term in office expires at the end of next year, was asked about the idea of treating pot like alcohol at an appearance in northern California on Tuesday.

“No, I don’t think it’s time for that, but I think it’s time for a debate,” he said. “And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect it had on those countries, and are they happy with that decision.”

The former Hollywood actor, who has admitted smoking marijuana in the past, cited his native Austria as a country where “they want to roll back some of the decisions that were made in European countries.”

He said a decision to legalize marijuana, which has been outlawed in the United States since 1937, should not be made on the basis of raising revenues alone.

Marijuana to Save California Economy?

February 24, 2009

Tom Ammiano, a rookie state legislator and former San Francisco supervisor,  is hoping to legalize and tax California’s trade in cannabis.

Is this an opportunity to save the California economy?

Interesting thought. Maybe Michael Phelps will join the crusade 🙂

From NBCBayArea.com:

AB 390 “would remove all penalties in California law on cultivation, transportation, sale, purchase, possession, or use of marijuana, natural THC, or paraphernalia for persons over the age of 21,” Ammiano’s press secretary Quintin Mecke told the San Francisco Weekly.

“California has the opportunity to be the first state in the nation to enact a smart, responsible public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana,” he said.

Mecke suggested taxes on the trade could amount to $1 billion according to advocates.

And I’d bet that’s a conservative estimate.

“With the state in the midst of an historic economic crisis, the move towards regulating and taxing marijuana is simply common sense,” Ammiano said at a morning news conference at the state building on Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.

Estimates value the state’s crop of marijuana at $13.8 billion, double that of the vegetable and grape markets combined. Nationwide, it may be the fourth largest cash crop, behind corn, soy and hay but ahead of wheat.

The proposed bill would allow Californians over the age of 21 to grow, transport, sell, possess and consume the plant, with state and local law enforcement professionals barred from enforcing the federal ban.

The tax would amount to $50 per ounce of marijuana, which retails on the black market for anywhere from $250 to $500 depending on the source and quality.

While it may sound like a pipe dream, with communities from the emerald triangle of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties to liberal districts all along California’s cost all strapped for cash, other lawmakers and voters might just tune in and turn on.