by David Downs
1) Ed Rosenthal says busting Tijuana tunnels filled with weak pot won't do a thing to stop cartels. This as the Wikileaks State Department cables indicate Mexico's drug war is all but lost. "We have eighteen months," he said, "and if we do not produce a tangible success that is recognizable to the Mexican people, it will be difficult to sustain the confrontation into the next administration." He lamented the pervasive, debilitating fear that is so much a part of contemporary Mexican society, where even people in the Yucatan, with "European levels of security," are afraid because of the instability in a few distant cities. He expressed a real concern with "losing" certain regions. It is damaging Mexico's international reputation, hurting foreign investment, and leading to a sense of government impotence, Gutierrez said. " An independent study estimates Mexico DTOs make $10 billion per year selling Americans drugs, $2 billion of it pot. [via Narconews] More news after the jump.
2) AlterNet points out that people are smoking untested lab chemicals rather than test positive for smoking marijuana and lose their jobs. It's a process called "substitution," and it undermines support for existing policy.
3) Portugal broke with the ranks of civilization and decriminalized personal possession of all drugs ten years ago. Some studies are in: "While drug use increased modestly, Hughes and Stevens were able to report that the harms associated with drug use had decreased under decriminalization. They found a reduction in the rate of spread of HIV/AIDS, a reduction in drug-related deaths, and a reduction in drug use by adolescents. They also found that drug seizures had increased under decriminalization."
5) Arizona's Prop 203 is causing a small market rush. MPP has a Phoenix seminar planned for December 13.
6) In New Mexico, medical pot growers face new fees of $30,000 per year.
7) In Mendocino, police save jobs with forfeitures from weed busts. They hope to switch to weed fees. [via MAP]
9) Veteran California marijuana author and advocate Dale Gieringer gets the "freedom fighter" prize in Amsterdam. Gieringer was honored Nov. 25 as the High Times magazine "Freedom Fighter of the Year."
10) HIGH TIMES Medical Marijuana Magazine Issue #4 has a video preview.