by David Downs
1) Cee Lo says, yup, Goodie Mob's getting back together and releasing new album, We Sell Drugs, Too (via Fader).
2) Faith No More's Mike Patton — who has a label based in Orinda, CA. — will voice The Darkness II video game and reunite with his former bandmates. "Patton says that while he is not an avid gamer in his spare time, he does play, and particularly enjoyed Red Dead Redemption, which is "a game that's really a universe as opposed to a game." (via Rolling Stone).
More news after the jump.
4) A new ballot initiative to legalize pot in California in 2012 got its title and summary. Now it must usually pay for several hundred thousand signatures, then fight a grueling, underfunded, uphill battle against law enforcement, the religious right, loads of conservatives and democrats, plus all-but certain scaremongering by the federal government. Have fun with that, "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine 2012".
According to the Secretary of State, the initiative
"Decriminalizes marijuana sales, distribution, possession, use, cultivation, processing, and transportation by persons 21 or older. Dismisses pending court actions inconsistent with its provisions. Prohibits advertising, except medical marijuana. Prohibits zoning restrictions on marijuana cultivation and processing. Applies existing agricultural taxes and regulations to marijuana; exempts noncommercial production up to 25 flowering plants or 12 pounds processed marijuana annually. Authorizes retail sales of marijuana with one percent THC or more to persons 21 or older; if less, no age limit. Directs state and local officials to not cooperate with enforcement of federal laws inconsistent with its provisions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: The fiscal effects of this measure could vary substantially depending on: (1) the extent to which the federal government continues to enforce federal marijuana laws and (2) the specific taxes and regulations applied to marijuana. Savings of potentially several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in net additional tax revenues related to the production and sale of marijuana products."
5) Meanwhile, it's a big year for weed seizures in Mendo (via RB). And about 75 alleged illegal gardeners or their associates have been arrested this week in national forest operation "Full Court Press", according to law enforcement reports.
6) Frontline and PBS will air a big ole special on weed called The Pot Republic tonight at 6 p.m. It will intone that the federal government is getting ready to shut down California's marijuana economy — an interesting pitch, given that there are over 50 California cities that have regulated storefront dispensaries and something like one million medical marijuana patients in the country. I'll be part of a chat with Frontline and company tomorrow at 11 a.m.
7) Lastly, ever wonder why so many people think getting into dope is a good idea right now? Keep in mind, "in California, an estimated 1.2 million homeowners have lost their homes to foreclosure since 2008. An additional 800,000 homes are expected to receive foreclosure notices by 2012," Oakland Local reports.