by David Downs
Today's must-read: 1. Oaksterdam owner Rich Lee told the Chronicle that local growers "are more scared of legalization than they are of the cops," as the Oakland City Council is set to discuss the state's first large-scale pot farm regulations. Fully legal pot would cost roughly 85 percent less to produce, cut into grower and dealer profits, and save consumers billions of dollars, a RAND study found. "A lot of these growers want to keep things as they are now." Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that Oakland City Attorney John Russo has told the council that large-scale pot grows would be illegal under both federal and state law. The White House called Oakland's ordinance "the latest example of ongoing efforts to legitimize, through local ordinances, activities that remain illegal under federal law." More news after the jump:
2. Cal NORML reports the "Qualified Patients vs. Anaheim" court decision has been postponed for thirty days. "The court is having a hard time rendering its decision; this is third such delay so far." [MMJ News]
3. Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. came out against Proposition 19, while endorsing alcohol consumption on its website saying "social drinking is an acceptable and pleasurable activity for millions of Americans. It relaxes you, curbs stress, and chases away inhibitions." Prop 19 activists want to see D.A.R.E. called out for endorsing a drug 200 times more harmful than cannabis. [via DPFCA]
4. Retired US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders endorses Prop. 19 and has joined the president of the California NAACP, a retired LAPD narcotics detective, the former police chief of San Jose, a retired Orange County judge, and a retired LAPD deputy chief in signing the initiative's ballot arguments.
5. NORML says to "expect the drug testing industry to do its best to defeat Prop. 19" because it "contains a clause that would forbid discrimination against marijuana use except for "consumption that actually impairs job performance by an employee. Since urine testing doesn't detect impairment, this could be plausibly read to forbid urine testing altogether, though it would most likely not be enforceable where federal regulations required otherwise."
6. And the New York Times profiles self-appointed "bishop" and former crackhead Ron Allen of Sacramento who's getting exposure fighting Prop. 19 and criticizing California NAACP President Huffman. " ... while crack cocaine laid him low, Mr. Allen says his first drug of choice was marijuana. ... At a recent rally on the steps of the state capitol here, several pastors used fiery language to rally a small crowd, calling for Ms. Huffman’s resignation, describing marijuana as 'the most sinister drug,' and asking that 'the demonic spirits be cast back into hell.'"