by David Downs
With just 49 percent of Californians for and 41 percent against taxing and regulating cannabis like alcohol, the November ballot initiative to do so needs all the help it can get. On Thursday, it got some more when the Communications Workers of America Local 9415 endorsed Tax Cannabis 2010. "The labor movement is coming together behind this initiative," said Sally Venable, President of CWA, Local 9415. "With California's state budget in disarray, and people out of work, it's time to harness this incredible revenue stream and create tens of thousands of high quality, union jobs, by controlling and taxing cannabis in California." The union cites a study by the California chapter of NORML showing that a controlled and taxed cannabis market could create between 60,000 and 110,000 new jobs, and $2.5 to $3.5 billion in new wages for workers each year. More news after the jump.
— The highly watched, cannabis-derived mouth spray Sativex has been approved in Britain for treating spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis, Reuters reports. Conversely, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, a noted medical non-expert, told a reporter yesterday that "[pot is] like releasing an oil spill in your own brain. ... You’re taking away the spiritual divinity of your brain."
— Speaking of divinity, a Canadian church that treats bud as a sacrament is arguing its case in court this week, Cannabis Culture blogs.
— Less divine, a California bill to tax medical marijuana like tobacco is scheduled for hearings by the State Senate Revenue & Taxation Committee next Wednesday, June 23. Medical cannabis groups are opposed.
— Marin County city Fairfax voted to approve its first licensed and regulated medical cannabis delivery system on Thursday, joining San Francisco.
— And in San Francisco, legislators are crafting a cultivation registry regime, the Examiner reports.
— In another example of West Coast supremacy, New York still has its head way up its ass about dope. Read: 'Reefer madness: Proposed state medical marijuana law is a recipe for disaster,' from the New York Daily News. Go Lakers.