Drugs This Week on Drugs
posted by July 13 at 16:04 PMon
Santa Barbara, Baby: The City of Santa Barbara personally sued the woman behind a ballot measure to deprioritize marijuana enforcement, modeled after Seattle’s Initiative 75. Bu-ut…
Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle dismissed a lawsuit the city filed against Heather Poet, who sponsored the initiative passed last November.
“Police officers can still arrest those who violate drug possession laws in their presence. The voters have simply instructed them that they have higher priority work to do,” the judge wrote.
The court also struck down the city’s lawsuit on grounds that Poet was being sued for exercising her constitutionally protected right of free speech as an initiative sponsor.
So, like, right on. Maybe Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr, who could have sued me after voters passed I-75, is really cool and chose not to, or he is just smart and knew the case would lose. Either way, thanks, Tom. Meanwhile in California, the Die Bold machines used to count Berkeley’s pot-friendly Measure R have been ruled faulty, so the court may put the measure back on the ballot.
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Terrorism Sells: But would people buy this crap if you paid them?
John P. Walters, President Bush’s drug czar, said the people who plant and tend the [marijuana] gardens are terrorists who wouldn’t hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties. Walters made the comments at a Thursday press conference that provided an update on the “Operation Alesia” marijuana-eradication effort.
“Don’t buy drugs. They fund violence and terror,” he said.
After touring gardens raided this week in Shasta County, Walters said the officers who are destroying the gardens are performing hard, dangerous work in rough terrain. He said growers have been known to have weapons, including assault rifles.
“These people are armed; they’re dangerous,” he said. He called them “violent criminal terrorists.”
Has he seen the pot growers of Shasta County? They’re armed with grocery bags and dangerous to ice cream trucks.