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Friday, July 13, 2007

This Week on Drugs

posted by on July 13 at 16:04 PM

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.

Rehab: Amy Winehouse has catapulted to fame faster than Fifty Cent tethered to a rocket, but bookies are betting she’s gonna crash.

Did the Next President Snort Coke, Smoke Pot, or Take LSD Jello Shots Off the Navels of Underage Callboys? Record your questions before July 22nd.

Giuliani to Cancer Patients: Fuck ‘em if they take a toke.

No Blues for the Traveler: John Popper’s Ritzville pot case dismissed.

From the Department of No Shit: Government finds pot bustees “coerced” into treatment by courts didn’t really need to be there in the first place.

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.

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While I have to agree that criminal elements can be (and often are) violent (in my home town a 10 year old kid was shot in the face while hiking with his dad when they stumbled across someone protecting a pot patch), that's not exactly an argument against, uh, decriminalization. It's not the pot, geniuses, it's that it's illegal. People don't get gunned down over selling alcohol anymore, do they?

I resent that my tax dollars pay this man's salary.

Posted by exelizabeth | July 13, 2007 4:11 PM

You're right, Exelizabeth, there is an occasional backwoods hippie with a rifle in those hills. They are few and far between, but news reports about them go far and wide. I seriously doubt that even the feistiest among them is smuggling international terrorists to cause mass casualties.

Posted by Dominic Holden | July 13, 2007 4:25 PM

As far as I've ever observed, violence escalates when enforcement escalates. More cops busting down doors with guns blazing= more growers and dealers arming themselves. Also, as eradication efforts lead to a reduced supply of a drug for which demand already exists, it drives the price upwards, making it more attractive to organized crime. The mellow, non-violent hippie types get driven out of the business and the violent biker gangs etc take over.

Apparently our government has mistranslated "czar" to mean "person whose job is to cook up completely implausible rationalizations for failed policies that we intend to continue pursuing anyway for reasons we refuse to discuss." See also "War Czar."

Posted by flamingbanjo | July 13, 2007 4:27 PM
Posted by crak | July 13, 2007 5:36 PM

Instead of posting humorous blogs, why doesn't the STRANGER DO SOMETHING about the phony war against drugs and require all candidates to disclosre all epxeriences iwth drrugs?

"Please list all crimes you have ever committed" might be a good start on your cxandidate questionnaires. then this follow up: "do you support keeping those things crimes? If so, why did you not confess and, do you think you should have had to serve time or pay the fine, or for some reason are you special? If you do not support keepign those things crimes, will you pledge right now to decriminalize such activity?"

Posted by unPC | July 13, 2007 7:30 PM

Well said, everyone. I can't believe people still buy this shit.

Posted by Dianna | July 13, 2007 7:44 PM

oh, the hyperbole these assholes employ! it's embarassing. pot growers are terrorists encouraging other terrorists! gays are terrorists! dogs and cats living together! what next? and a competent jounalsit would have demanded that guiliani list the "better alternatives" he was talking about when he said how inferior pot was for medicinal needs. i blame the press for not pressing these blowhards for supporting details.

Posted by ellarosa | July 13, 2007 10:28 PM

"I resent that my tax dollars pay this man's salary."

I couldn't agree more. I can't believe this blatant bullshit. Why can't they just be upfront about the government's real involvement in the drug trade? There is nothing about this man's position in society that I agree with.

Reefer madness... only I think we can clearly see the crazy ones here.

Posted by Cale | July 14, 2007 1:02 AM

Those poor pot growers. They are engaged in illegal acts, tearing up the national forest, polluting the areas they grow in with heavy fertilizers, and threatening random passerbys, yet are worthy of your concern.

These dirtbags can't do anything else so they grow dope instead. And you fools feel bad for them.

Grow the fuck up pot heads. Its illegal, its bad for you, and doesn't make you cool. You ain't original, unique or smarter. It's all been done before and they did it better than you EVER will.

Posted by ecce homo | July 14, 2007 12:21 PM

Oh, ecce. Others may say you're a douche or whatever, and they're right. But your comments never fail to make me laugh.

Posted by Dominic Holden | July 14, 2007 12:37 PM

Hey Dominic:

Go burn a blunt dooooood...

Posted by ecce homo | July 14, 2007 1:34 PM

Most gorwer in them that hills are probably more patriotic and american than any political hack trying to mar their image. Soon you old crows will be old and have alzheimers and other old people ailments like your do gooder grandparents who never smoke or did a sin(probably slept in seperate beds too).
next thing you know this generation the one before it yeah those Xrs and ones after will probably most likely legalize the sensi in about 50 years tops. We may not see it in our life time , but when kids get a load of our history and bullshit over stupid paranoia and do gooder church value nonsense they will see thru the lies of our elders and another thing Hoover was an asshole who probably wouldn't mind if this country were run like East Germany circa 1970s. Grass is not your enemy maaaaan. There make your hippy joke now, even though i mocked myself with maaaan. go ahead and say the same old rhetoric about how the 60s are over yada yada yada.

Posted by summertime | July 14, 2007 5:29 PM

sorry first line i eant them growers in them that hills.
i must have be stoned.

Posted by summertime | July 14, 2007 5:48 PM

sorry first line i meant them growers in them that hills.
i must have be stoned.

Posted by summertime | July 14, 2007 5:48 PM

sorry first line i meant them growers in them that hills.
i must have be stoned.

Posted by summertime | July 14, 2007 5:48 PM

sorry first line i meant them growers in them thar hills.
i must have be stoned.

Posted by summertime | July 14, 2007 5:49 PM

No your just not worth listening to:

Primarily because you don't make a bit of sense. If its people like you who are working to change drug laws, then rest assured my stoned little loser friend, it will never happen. I takes more brain power to suck down some cheetos and chai than you currently have at your disposal. "Sensi"...LOL

Cheech, get a real fucking job, grow up, and be a real man.

Posted by ecce homo | July 14, 2007 5:56 PM

I am just serve 20 years in your army and maybe thats the reason why i don't cop this big attitude to bust all the hippies. Fars as I'm concerned some of them had it right in the 60s.
and for your info I am probably the most creative person you will have ever met. I like art. And I like smoke.
so back off, and let some people free maaaaaan. Relax your vibe and stop playing Judge Dredd I am the Law . Stick the drug Law up your arse. peace

Posted by summertime | July 14, 2007 6:20 PM

Well now, that 'splains everything

Well summertime, looks like you have some impairment from all the drugs you've done. It is quite scary to realize that there are members of our military (although I suspect your just another lieing pot-head) handling weapons and heavy machinery.

Again, get a grip, loser.

Posted by ecce homo | July 14, 2007 6:55 PM

I AM THE LAW you have 50 seconds to drop your viewpoint.
Judge Dredd and Robocop Ecce you should watch those two movies again

Posted by summertime | July 14, 2007 8:53 PM

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