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I think drug czar John Walters has really lost it this time. Here he is, comically grim faced, chiding Hollywood for playing marijuana for laughs. Apparently, the nation’s top drug policy expert believes adults not only can’t be trusted to use marijuana responsibly, they also can’t be trusted to view material that depicts marijuana users as anything but the deranged hedonists who so clearly haunt his nightmares.
By the way, I’ll be on CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” at 11 p.m. Eastern this evening talking about how popular culture’s take on marijuana has evolved. Just don’t expect me to be as funny as Mr. Walters.
Medical Marijuana, Prohibition
Drug czar John Walters is back in California this week, flying around the Central Valley in a Blackhawk helicopter surveying the progress of the latest marijuana “eradication” adventure.Bruce Mirken has already written about these gaudy publicity stunts, but since Walters and his ilk like to play soldier so much, let’s see how their war on marijuana users is going elsewhere today …
Tax and Regulate
In case you’ve missed it, MPP-TV has been busy over the last couple of weeks producing a slew of new videos.Â We’ve got Rep. Barney Frank and Rob Kampia discussing H.R. 5843, the â€œPersonal Use of Marijuana By Responsible Adults Act,”Â a couple of videos featuring an exclusive interview with Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, and a video of our chat with travel guru Rick Steves and his thoughts on marijuana prohibition.Â Check them out, let us know what you think, and send us your ideas for the kinds of videos you’d like to see!
Medical Marijuana, Prohibition
CNN just picked up on federal prosecutors’ attempts to hamstring the defense of San Luis Obispo medical marijuana dispensary owner Charles Lynch, which went to a jury yesterday. As we’ve mentioned before, not only is Lynch forbidden from testifying that he operated within state medical marijuana laws with local officials’ blessing, prosecutors even tried to bar “sick looking” witnesses from testifying on his behalf.
Makes sense: It’s much more difficult to convict an innocent man if the jury has evidence establishing his innocence, right?
On July 30, 2008, MPP’s Rob Kampia joined Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to discuss the benefits of HR5843, the â€œPersonal Use of Marijuana By Responsible Adults Act.” If you’d like to encourage your legislator to support this bill, visit https://www.mpp.org/federal-action/.
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Okay, “must” may be a bit strong, but before heading off on vacation for two weeks (and leaving you in the capable hands of my fellow bloggers), I want to mention two new books that deserve attention from anyone interested in marijuana and marijuana policy.
Good news for people who don’t like their local governments wasting time and money challenging laws they don’t like in futile court battles: For the second time, a California court — in this case, the Fourth District Court of Appeals — has tossed challenges to the state’s medical marijuana laws by the counties of San Diego and San Bernardino.
San Bernardino taxpayers had already footed the bill for about $60,000 in salaries alone for this misguided legal adventure when it got tossed the first time way back in December 2006.
San Diego has refused to offer any idea how much they’ve spent on this boondoggle, but according to a January 2006 Evans/McDonough random poll of 500 likely San Diegan voters MPP commissioned, 80% of telephone respondents agreed the Board of Supervisors was wasting money on the lawsuit.
Theoretically, they could take the case to the state Supreme Court, but wouldn’t be nice if they just obeyed the law, issued the required medical marijuana I.D. cards to qualifying patients, and stopped throwing tax dollars down the sewer?