Bad news for legalization: "A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties." I'm guessing we'll hear more than one federal prosecutor cite this UN "urge" in the next year or so—and I bet attorney general Holder had something to do with it.
And here are a few artifacts from a Seattle pot bust circa 1939. “After the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933, Harry Anslinger, who headed the federal Bureau of Narcotics, turned his attention to pot. He told of sensational crimes reportedly committed by marijuana addicts. "'No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a philosopher, a joyous reveler in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer,’ he wrote in a 1937 magazine article called ‘Marijuana: Assassin of Youth.'"
I should've guessed George Lucas was a Norman Rockwell/Maxfield Parrish kind of guy: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Francisco's Presidio that would house an art collection he amassed over more than four decades. The filmmaker said he has long sought to showcase his collection of 150 years of populist art, which includes illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, comics and digital technology.
Today in ominous first sentences: "In Wednesday's fatal mauling at a Fresno County cat sanctuary, a more experienced volunteer repeatedly tried to coax the lion away from the doomed intern."
Cleaning house or quashing dissent (or maybe a little bit of both)? Mexico's President Nieto "sounded a warning shot to his ruling party over corruption, saying no one is above the law as he tries to tackle the graft that has blighted its reputation in the past. Speaking just days after the head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union was arrested on charges of embezzling around $200 million, Pena Nieto vowed a new era of transparency at a congress attended by some 4,200 members of his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI."