by David Downs
1. Evidently, the race to the 2012 ballot is on. Too bad the bill favored by radicals is dead on arrival. The 'California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012' is much more loose than the failed Prop 19 - it includes amnesty for convicts - and stands no chance of passing. Harborside Health Center's Stephen DeAngelo believes incremental change is something voters can believe in, not radical moves like Prop 19, he tells the SacBee. On other forums, smokers call for a boycott of Emerald Triangle voters who voted their pocketbooks over social justice.
2. And the Chronicle business section apparently can't wait until January 1, 2011, when possession of pot becomes an infraction in California. They look at how the law changes for users. But not for the 14,000 or so vendors who get arrested each year and face jail time. Meanwhile in "less civilized" countries, police consider going with with fines.
3.. Tellingly, Santa Cruz prepares to regulate its dispensaries. A half a dozen of them have opened in the unincorporated area of the county.
4. Conversely, police raided at least three medical cannabis dispensaries in San Jose yesterday. San Jose activists report police hit Eko-Fresh, San Jose Medicinal, and Santa Cruz Naturally, following raids on 21 delivery services last month.
5. And AG candidate Kamala Harris is back down in her race to beat L.A. lawman Steve Cooley. Cooley has an almost 23,000 vote lead with 1.3 million ballots left to be counted.
6. Israel gets medicinal cannabis added to its pharmacies, the Drug War Chronicle reports.
7. Drug experts say in the scientific journal Lancet that alcohol is more dangerous than heroin, cannabis and other illegal drugs.
8. One man wants to trade some weed for a baby green iguana in Humboldt. [Redheaded Blackbelt]
11. The Hemp Convention pulled into San Francisco this week.
12. San Francisco's Medical Cannabis Competition would be sued by High Times if they ever use the words "Cannabis Cup", Green Cross boss Kevin Reed tells OCWeekly's pot blog.
13. And world-class cannabis seed vendor Green House of Netherlands provides a color wheel to tasting weed varietals. [Click to enlarge.]