1) “Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday turned up pressure on the United States to curb demand for illicit drugs, hinting that legalization of narcotics may be needed to weaken the drug cartels.” [Reuters]
2) More from Mexico: Narco-pets, exotic animals owned by captured drug lords, are flooding zoos [BoingBoing]
3) And shocker: more alleged corruption on the Texas border — cartels holding political fundraisers. [El Paso Times] More headlines after the jump.
4) Legalization polls at 46 vs. 46 percent in Washingston state. Taxing medical: 77 vs 16. [Seattle P-I]
5) The "Michigan Backlash is in Full Swing" and may last for several years, The Marijuana Business Report reports. (This author contributes to TMBR)
6) Denver pot critic William Breathes calls out Southern California's HempCon for being sexist morons.
7) Nothing Goes Together Better Than Marijuana and _______ by Ed Rosenthal, with infographic.
8) Police made 853,838 arrests in 2010 for marijuana-related offenses, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The arrest total is among the highest ever reported by the agency and is nearly identical to the total number of cannabis-related arrests reported in 2009. [NORML and AlterNet]
10) San Jose — the home of the California Narcotics Officers' Association — moves to limit clubs to ten, down from a hundred [AP]
11) The speaker lineup has now been announced for Cartographie Psychedelica, MAPS' 25th anniversary conference and celebration from December 8-12 in Oakland, California. Tickets are available now.
12) Berkeley IP law firm Cobalt Academy hosts a workshop on intellectual property rights in medical marijuana October 5th from 1-5 p.m. No charge.
13) The Green Door in San Francisco has a new app. It's so-so.