Daily Roundup: Al Jazeera Goes To Humboldt



1) The Taiwanese company that specializes in quick, 3-D video takes on topical news, has created a comedic short on Prop 19, featuring a dancing, smoking brown bear, black people smoking joints as they are let out of prison, and beer salespeople throwing things through TVs. Watch the clip and read more "news" after the jump.

2) Spoof site Opposeprop19.com has begun reminding voters about the pedigree of pot prohibition in America. For those who haven't read the history, the father of our nation's pot laws, Henry Anslinger, was a racist & bigot who rose to political power by demonizing minorities. Anslinger testified: “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” And: "“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.”

3) Drugsense has a voter guide for California election Nov. 2.

4) Despite dramatically increased law enforcement funding, the U.S. government’s data demonstrates that cannabis prohibition has not resulted in a decrease in cannabis availability or accessibility,” The International Center for Science in Drug Policy reports. "According to the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, federal anti-drug expenditures in the U.S. increased 600% from $1.5 billion in 1981 to over $18 billion in 2002. However, during this period, the potency of cannabis increased by 145% and the price of cannabis decreased by a dramatic 58%.

'From a public health and scientific perspective, the evidence demonstrates that cannabis prohibition has not achieved its intended objectives,' states Dr. Carl Hart, a co-author on the report and Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. 'The fact that cannabis prohibition has also enriched organized crime groups and fueled violence in the community creates an urgency to implement evidence-based alternatives that may be more effective at controlling cannabis supply and access.'

5) Speaking of alternatives, the City of Oakland Public Safety Committee will be hearing the Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Ordinance Tuesday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612. The Committee has recommended pulling public comment out of the permit approval process.

6) The New York Times reports on adults secreting cannabis to their ill parents, in defiance of federal and sometimes state law. "Florence said that she had told all of her doctors that she was using marijuana, and that none had ever discouraged her or warned of interactions with her prescription drugs, including painkillers. 'I think I’ve influenced my own physician on the subject,' she said. 'She came to me and asked me for some for another patient.' “

7) The Netherlands is considering decreasing the number of its famed pot clubs, The Washington Post reports. The Netherlands turns a blind eye to consumption of the plant, but has no framework for cultivation of the widely used plant - a task organized crime is more than happy to perform.

8) Possessing pot may be a traffic ticket in California starting January 1 but growing it or selling it are still felonies. Such felonies bump up the price of pot, and fuel organized crime. As such raids continue in San Jose, following raids in Southern California, the Oakland Tribune reports.

9) T-Mobile has started blocking text messages from WeedMaps.com, a company that helps people find medical cannabis dispensaries.

10) USA Today asks if Mendocino will become the Napa Valley of Pot.

11) Al Jazeera goes to Humboldt.

12) And lastly, trimming season peaks in Northern California, Redheaded Blackbelt reports. Trimming has become a $200 per day job that's a major source of income for young, out of work Californians with the right connections and a tolerance for a bit of risk. Outdoor cannabis is traditionally harvested in the fall, after curing and, thousands upon thousands of part-time trimmers move up north to clandestinely work, pruning leaves from the plant's buds.