by David Downs
1. California Watch has a report saying the largely ineffective D.A.R.E. program has no intention of changing with the times. Meanwhile on the East Coast, another child turns in his parents for marijuana after a D.A.R.E. class tells him to. [via MMJ News] More news after the jump.
2. An LATimes/USC Poll throws another wet blanket on the Prop 19 movement, saying the measure is down 51 to 39. The Times did not detail the poll's methodology.
4. The Huffington Post reports that the DEA got a 23-year-old college student killed in a drug sting. She was found in possession of pot, so they tried to make her do a bigger drug deal. As expected: "The first bullet hit her in the side, knocking her forward. The second drilled through her back into her lung and heart. But she was still alive. The shooter burst out of the car and came around to the driver's side. Rachel raised her left hand, feebly trying to protect herself. Three more bullets tore through her wrist and a finger and drove into her head, killing her."
5. California's multi-million dollar Campaign Against Marijuana eradicated less plants this year, but set a new record in Mendocino County, which took first place in anti-pot operations, officials told the Press Democrat. This year CAMP seized 4.3 million pot plants worth an estimated $17.2 billion during an 108-day effort, down slightly from the 4.4 million plants seized statewide in 2009, they say. In Mendocino County, 572,680 plants were seized during eradication efforts assisted by CAMP, up from 440,689 plants last year.
6. Conversely, The HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department has the top ten strains of 2010. What is Vanilla Kush?
7. A press conference in Oakland today will again highlight marijuana arrest disparities that subject blacks to pot arrest at a rate of four to twelve times higher than whites, even though whites smoke the non-toxic herb. NAACP CA president Alice Huffman, actor Danny Glover, former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and others will be there. The event will commence at 2:30 p.m. at the Jewett Ballroom, Marriott City Center Hotel, 1001 Broadway, Oakland. In the last 20 years, California made 850,000 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana, and half a million arrests in the last 10 years.
“The City of Los Angeles, with ten percent of California's population, arrested blacks for marijuana possession at seven times the rate of whites. ... In Pasadena, blacks are 11% of the population but 49% of the people arrested for marijuana possession. Pasadena arrested blacks at twelve and a half times the rate of whites. The NAACP notes the "scarlet letter" stigma of drug offense records creates barriers to employment and education for anyone, including whites and middle class people.
8. And on a lighter note, the San Diego chapter of medical marijuana rights group Americans for Safe Access got the local police to return five large pot plants after recent raids. "On Wednesday afternoon of this week, Marcus Boyd of SDASA retrieved the plants from San Diego County Sheriff's evidence locker.” Here's the pic: