by David Downs
1) AC/DC drummer pleads guilty in New Zealand to possessing 25 grams on his boat, which could affect his ability to tour. [Spin] Meanwhile, Willie Nelson, busted for six ounces at a border patrol stop 100 miles into the USA might have an out. "It needs to be contested," says Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin, a criminal defense lawyer who recently represented Tom Delay and country singer Billy Joe Shaver, and was lawyer to David Koresh during the 1993 FBI siege of the Branch Davidian ranch outside Waco, Texas. [Rolling Stone] More news after the jump.
2) Pot numbers are in. In San Diego, "During calendar year 2010, NTF and our law enforcement partners seized over 378,243 marijuana plants from 165 separate grow locations — 89 outdoor sites and 76 indoor locations. At these locations, the investigators seized trafficker assets valued at approximately $700,000.00 dollars. 118 subjects were arrested in connection with these operations. Of additional significance is the fact that over 294,175 of these plants were removed from our public lands."
Nationwide: "Cannabis seizures by the Department of Homeland Security increased on Barack Obama’s watch between the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years. Authorities captured over 140,000 more kilos of marijuana during 2010 than they did the previous year. On the other hand, cocaine seizures dipped over that same period by more than 2,000 kilos. (Find additional stats on page 71 of this very large PDF.)" [CIR]
3) Riverside County wants to follow L.A. County and Orange County this week by banning dispensaries.
4) The Arizona State Bar is threatening the state's lawyers over medical marijuana business. It's unethical for a lawyer to help a client break the law, the bar says. But federally illegal medical marijuana is one of the few bright spots in a bleak legal economy out in the sand state. [via MAP]
5) Snoop Dogg is going to Prince Williams' wedding, and bringing a new track for the bachelor party: "Wet". [Fader]
6) Green Day's Billie Armstrong will return to 'American Idiot' on Broadway to boost ticket sales. [Spin]
7) The MF Doom Hoe Cakes poster is in. "At the request of Doom himself, San Francisco-based painter Jason Jagel and Stones Throw art director Jeff Jank created the artwork for MF DOOM's MM FOOD album in late 2004 on the Rhymesayers label. Lesser-known is the “Hoe Cakes” single, issued only on vinyl, around the same time as the album. Here we see Doom running a hoe cakes stand (you didn't know about his day job?) with his short order cook Count Bass D. Jason Jagel & Jeff Jank are also designing the definitive reissue of Doom's Operation Doomsday, set for 2011 release through Traffic Ent. "
8) The DEA has banned five chemicals used to manufacture K2 and Spice: brand name concoctions of lab chemicals sold as incense and smoked as a legal high to dodge drug tests.
9) An Illinois medical marijuana law failed in the House yesterday. In Chicago, bars remain open till 4 a.m.
10) California's 300,000-plus qualified patients dodged a bullet with the defeat of attorney general candidate Steve Cooley. Winner Kamala Harris outlines her agenda: environmental crime, white-collar crime and prison recidivism, which sits at over 70 percent.