Daily RoundUp: High Humboldt Pilot Grounded



1. After nearly crash-landing onto a Bishop, CA. airport, Michael Dana McEnry told onlookers 'Can I use the bathroom? I just scared the s—- out of myself.' The Sacramento Bee details the unlicensed Humboldt pilot's sentencing to 21 months jail for the January 2009 incident, which occurred under the influence of Oxycontin and pot. McEnry overshot the runway, but ultimately stopped the plane. When he emerged, the 55 year-old man asked, 'Where am I?' 'Told he was in Bishop — an outpost of 3,500 on Highway 395 in Inyo County — he inquired, 'Where is that in relationship to the rest of the world?' McEnry told police he "always flies high." [via Redheaded Blackbelt]

2. Slashing and Burning

Medical marijuana continues its price slide as its number one cost — the risk of incarceration — goes down. SFist reports, "SPARC (SanFrancisco Patient and Resource Center, 1256 Mission St. between 7th & 8th) is the latest project from medical marijuana grower and advocate, Erich Pearson. ... 'We cut out the middle-man by growing all our own stuff,' Pearson says, 'Which brings down the costs for patients and takes the profit out of pot.' Within two weeks of opening, other dispensaries around town began lower their prices to match SPARC, which sells 1/8 ounces for between $35 and $55, with a daily $28 special — today it's Hindu Skunk."

3. Buzz Cap

In the land where pot is already treated like alcohol, officials consider capping its potency, the Dutch News reports. Local mayor Ferd Crone seeks a cap on THC potency in pot and hash, which he says is going up. A local cafe owner said the plan was well-meant but impossible to enforce. Still, product information on potency would help consumers, a process that is beginning to happen in California.

5. Booby Traps?

Canadian 'Prince of Pot' Marc Emery has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling millions of cannabis seeds in the U.S., the DEA reports. His seeds became part of "illegal marijuana grows protected by guns and booby traps." “This Court is very familiar with the dangerous collateral criminal activities that too often surround marijuana grow operations, including armed robberies, shootings, and even murders. ..." Emery was the largest distributor of marijuana seeds, and thus marijuana, into the United States from approximately 1995 through July 2005, when he was arrested in Canada on the United States’ extradition warrant. American importation of seeds continues unabated.

6. Cops vs. Cops

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - a national group of cops & judges - reiterates its support for Prop 19 with an event today. "While law enforcers understand that every drug has the potential for abuse, making cannabis illegal has made it much more dangerous than it otherwise would be under effective regulation."

Meanwhile, Newsweek debunks on the national stage anti-19 scaremongering about workplace intoxication:

“Two years ago, in the context of the medical-marijuana law, the state Supreme Court determined that pot use, legal or otherwise, could indeed be grounds for firing. Prop 19 specifically states that the initiative would not override 'any law prohibiting use of controlled substances in the workplace' a claim that's since been backed up by the state's Legislative Analyst's Office, which provides nonpartisan policy analysis for the legislature. All of this could certainly be challenged in court, but the parallels are simply too similar to ignore. That 2008 Supreme Court ruling even noted specifically that claims that the state's medical marijuana law would make workplace consumption legal were 'disingenuous.' You can be absolutely certain of at least two things if Prop 19 passes, says Eric Sterling, the former counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee who now serves as an unpaid legal adviser to the 'Yes on 19' campaign. No employer will be required to allow workers to smoke marijuana on the job, and the California Chamber of Commerce would fight all the way to the Supreme Court anyone who made such a claim.'