by David Downs
Sarah Palin told the Fox Business Network that marijuana is a 'minimal problem': “... I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts. ... If somebody's gonna to smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society.” More headlines after the jump.
-Vegas police serving a warrant on a suspected pot dealer executed the man with a shotgun in front of his pregnant wife, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
— The San Francisco Chronicle launches a cannabis advertising section today, SF Weekly reports. The section is called Herbal Cure Corner.
— After 22 meetings on the matter, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to allow three dispensaries within city limits. They also voted to place an initiative on the November ballot asking city voters whether dispensaries should be banned outright, the Independent reports. [via MMJ News]
— Cultivation guru Ed Rosenthal endorses Tax Cannabis 2010, writing:
"I have been working for legalization for 35 years and this is the first chance that I will have to vote on it. I have waited all this time for the legislature or the federal government to change the laws, but they never did. The most we got was decriminalization. We can't depend on the legislature. They have had their chance. Sorry about Obama, but you can't count on him either. It was only Dennis Peron and the many people he inspired to work on Proposition 215 that made medical marijuana legal in California. Now we have to make all use legal."
— Oregon Board of Pharmacy backs medical pot, adopts rules to reclassify marijuana as a medicine, Americans for Safe Access has announced.
— Swallowed joint blamed for death of prominent activist in Egypt, but his body shows police beat him to death, Democracy Now reports.
Egypt is facing growing calls for an independent probe into the police killing of a young man who was reportedly preparing to expose police corruption. According to family members, the alleged victim, twenty-eight-year-old Khaled Mohammed Said, was about to release a video showing officers dividing up narcotics and cash seized in a drug bust. The Egyptian police claims Said died after choking on a marijuana cigarette he had swallowed when policemen tried to arrest him. But eyewitnesses say he was dragged into the street and beaten to death. Pictures have also emerged of Said's shattered face. On Sunday, Egyptian security forces beat and arrested dozens of protesters in downtown Cairo at a rally calling for justice in Said's case and the resignation of Egypt's interior minister, who controls the police force. On Tuesday, Egyptian prosecutors said they've ordered a second autopsy to determine the cause of Said's death.
—Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana announces July 3 Santa Cruz Medical Marijuana Seminar: A Benefit for WAMM.
The Santa Cruz Medical Marijuana Seminar will be featuring a panel of ALL-STARS in the Medical Marijuana field; the panel of experts will feature Valerie Corral, Michael Corral, Ralph Trueblood, Aurora Leveroni, Dr. Frank Lucido, and many more. The seminar will provide information and prove beneficial to everyone who is interested in Medical Marijuana, and offers clarification in what is often a confusing system of laws and regulations. Our experts have extensive experience the legal field, the medical healthcare field, cultivation & harvest, as well as medicine production. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. All proceeds will go to benefit WAMM.