by David Downs
Here's your headlines: 1) Stones' Throw preps the Madlib Medicine Show #12: Raw Medicine, out 9-27.
2) Rapper Lil Wayne can kinda skate.
3) And a drug lord says he was protected by the D.E.A. in exchange for snitching, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
“The United States government and its various agencies have a long history of providing benefits, permission and immunity to criminals and their organizations to commit crimes, including murder, in return for receiving information against other criminals,” Zambada-Niebla’s court filing says. “Perhaps no better example is the celebrated case of Whitey Bulger, the Boston crime boss and murderer, who, along with other members of criminal organizations, were given carte blanche by the FBI to commit murders in order to receive information about the Italian mafia and other criminal organizations in the New England area.” More from NarcoNews here, and more news after the jump.
4) Weedmaps raked in $1.1 million in July, the company reports.
5) Medical cannabis patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access is promoting a California Tour: no bands, though — just meetings.
6) Seven cannabis studies in 2011 "that will change everything," from Toke of the Town.
7) Israel cabinet approves medical marijuana.
8) Conversely, more on withdrawing from alcohol — which allegedly killed Amy Winehouse: “Alcohol withdrawal is one of the most fatal complications of all drugs,’’ said Dr. Harry Haroutunian of the Betty Ford Center in the New York Times.
9) Expect the guanoloco "stoners against legalization" to return in 2012 in California and Colorado, NORML reports.
10) High Times has new pics of the crop, and the national price of pot.
11) And from MTV: Stoner gal Best Coast and Drew Barrymore team up for a video, "Our Deal."