by David Downs
1) Counties across California are on a tear, banning medical pot dispensaries by claiming they are illegal under federal law, but a California Supreme Court ruling December 6 says they can't do that, a small victory for persecuted collectives, some say. The case started when Anaheim banned dispensaries, and a collective called Qualified Patients sued. The first court dismissed the collective's suit, but Qualified Patients appealed and won, sort of. The appeals court said the lower court could not dismiss, and had to rule. Now it was Anaheim's turn to appeal to the California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court refused to hear Anaheim's appeal December 6 - meaning the issue heads back to the lower courts for trial. Anaheim's city attorney told the L.A.Times they'll prepare for trial, in lieu of appealing again. Registered Riverside County nurse and collective owner Lanny Swerdlow called it a victory for upstanding collectives who want to work with cities. More news after the jump.
2) The Law wants to take back Mendocino National Forest from illegal growers. Cops say it's Mexican cartels in the mist, but that reeks of pure, xenophobic racism. Especially when you consider an independent study by RAND found no evidence cartels were working dope in the forests, mainly because growers flee, and the peasants the cops catch - as opposed to kill - don't even know who they are growing for.
4) Little known fact: federal authorities can seize your land if anyone does drugs on them - a reality that paints a fat target on any music festival in the country. One such festival just got all its assets seized: Camp Zoe in Missouri. "The raid was the culmination of a four-year-long investigation by the DEA and the Missouri State Highway Patrol into alleged drug use and sales by Camp Zoe concertgoers. No one — including Camp Zoe owner Jimmy Tebeau — has been charged with a crime, but the eastern Missouri US Attorney's Office is attempting to confiscate the 352-acre property using a controversial process called asset forfeiture." Bonnaroo could be next.
5) VeryImportantPotheads links to "an enterprising company that has come up with T-shirts and underwear printed with metallic inks, so that airport screeners will get a chance to read the 4th Amendment (against unreasonable searches) when the wearer goes through a body scanner."
7) And in California, under 18s go to kiddie jail for selling pot - where they could have met counselorThomas Perez Jewell, 53, of Pleasanton, charged with "46 counts of molestation of a child between 12 and 15 years old, and one count each of posing a child for the purposes of pornography and showing pornographic material to a child."
8) NORML learns that the Phoenix New-Times is not very reverent when it comes to medical weed in McCain's flyover state.