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Official Tweets from the Seattle Police Department twitter feed:

SPD Chief Jim Pugel was just driving down 4th Ave when he spotted a 79 Chevy w/fake pot leaves hanging from its rearview. Driver looked lost

That’s when Chief Pugel’s 30 years of policing experience kicked in.

After stopping the car (which had out of state plates), Chief Pugel asked everyone in the car if they needed directions to Hempfest.

Turns out they did.

Update:

The Seattle Police were handing out Doritos with this sticker:

Doritos Text

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47 comments to A different world

  • Mooky

    There we go.

    FINALLY the police SERVING the people.
    More of that to come hopefully :).

    • allan

      yeah, it is a good thing. Cops and pot heads need to share some light moments. Good for Seattle PD. May we all have many more mutually enjoyable exchanges w/ cops. Lord knows we’ve had enough bad ones to last generations. Oh… wait… it has gone on for generations…

  • John

    The chief deserves some kind of award or commendation or something.

  • claygooding

    These headlines have my heart singing:

    City manager wants island to be ready for legal marijuana

    http://www.bainbridgereview.com/news/219816341.html

    Bainbridge Island’s city manager is pressing the city to take up emerging issues from the legalization of marijuana.

    City Manager Doug Schulze said that the legal marijuana industry was a hot topic at the recent Association of Washington Cities conference. He noted that three aspects of the industry could be relevant to the island: growers, processors and retailers.”snip”

    County’s marijuana land-use task force talks new rules

    http://tinyurl.com/n2ngcee

    MONTESANO — A Grays Harbor marijuana land-use task force has begun meeting to sort out how much the county should regulate the placement of potential recreational marijuana facilities, as well as medical marijuana facilities.

    County Commissioner Wes Cormier says the county may also need to figure out if the county’s agriculture areas could be used to grow marijuana, as well. “snip”

    Warm tremors up the old backbone,,,

  • Duncan20903

    There’s no wonder in why Mr. Kerlikowske had to get the heck out of Seattle!

  • claygooding

    Israelis Unite by Getting High Together

    http://tinyurl.com/kufl5zr

    With a shortage of marijuana across Israel, pot enthusiasts flock to settlements where residents fearlessly grow marijuana

    Settler leaders have been struggling for years to improve their image in the eyes of those they refer to as the residents of “the state of Tel Aviv.” After initiating tours of their blooming communities and areas with splendid views, launching PR campaigns and organizing face-to-face meetings, it seems there is finally hope for a building relationship – yet from an entirely different direction: Getting “high” together.

    Following the shortage of “soft drugs” in central Israel, mostly because of the fence built on the border with Egypt, an increasing number of young Israelis are flocking to the territories to consume, buy and roll marijuana with young settlers. “snip”

    It sounds like Israel has they’re own Emerald Triangle.

    • Servetus

      If the respective governments want to find goodwill ambassadors who can connect, these are the people. Who else could create a political platform that says getting shit-faced is better than shitting in other people’s faces?

      • allan

        dude… to laugh (maybe even some eye-watering, grin stretching, senselessness giggling for a couple of minutes), talk shit, talk sense, eat some good food… sounds like Ambassadorship 101 to me.

  • allan

    and a less kind – and perhaps more appropriate – response:

    Is Holder’s Focus on Mandatory Minimums Too Late?

    Once or twice a year Eric Holder and/or the president discover police brutality, racial profiling, or the injustice of the drug war, or mass incarceration. Black America gets some sound bytes of “drive-by” concern, some noises about a study or a “policy change.” But 55 months into the Obama administration, when we compare the prez and attorney general’s words with their actions, black America looks like it’s been played. Again.

    After 55 months as US Attorney General, preceded by years as a remarkably vicious federal prosecutor, Eric Holder made what could have been a groundbreaking speech – if only he’d made it 50-some months ago and followed it up with four and half years of the persistent, wide ranging action needed to begin undoing and unraveling the prison state Let’s stand Eric Holder’s and this administration’s expressions of concern over mass incarceration alongside its actual record of exercising the power in its hands. When we do, Eric Holder looks a lot like a lying hypocrite, and the administration looks like it’s playing black America for a nation of chumps.

  • darkcycle

    Have you know I just made it home from the ‘fest. It was a good one. Adding another day seems to have quelled the crowds a little making getting around easier. Shared my traditional joint with Keith Stroup while he picked my brains on I-502 and the implementation. Nice, he knows who I am and he listens, that’s a real boost. Hung out with my buddy Danny Danko, saw the N.J. Weedman and helped him in an hour (minute?) of need, looked at devices with divadab, and had a generally great time. Seattle is my City, it was Home for nearly 30 years, and hempfest is my stomping grouds, so everywhere I went there were familiar faces to say hi to. And nobody offered me any Doritos.
    It was a more subdued atmosphere than last year…every body was charged up over the initiative, and the rifts in the community were evident. Much less stress this year.

  • DdC

    Seattle Police Dept. ‏@SeattlePD 7h
    T-minus one hour and 15 minutes till #OperationOrangeFingers begins!
    See you soon, @seattlehempfest pic.twitter.com/0vuxdBq3ie

    Dr. Bronner’s Soaps ‏@DrBronner 6h
    “@jazrum: Rally in Seattle to label genetically engineered foods. @Yeson522 ! pic.twitter.com/QWWzu7aKAK”

    Christopher Zorn ‏@prisonrodeo 9h
    What would Bloomberg say? RT @BoingBoing Seattle cops give away mini-Doritos with weed law advice at “Hempfest” http://dlvr.it/3q1RWh

  • allan

    and ya know… this is what “drug peace” looks like… lord I hope this gets some high profile media coverage. Small things sometimes lead to momentous changes. Stoners and cops hopefully with all smiling, now that’s an iconic image. I’ve always talked to a few cops when I go to HF, usually using the pretext of taking a photograph to converse. Some have been friendly as hell, others… a tad grumpy.

    Talking to a cop for an hour while tripping (lightly) was a trip. We had a blast, same age, both vets, both served in SE Asia (he got the shittier destination by far). He was from back east so I talked shit about his accent… he never melted so it was easy going for me.

    • Duncan20903

      .
      .

      I had a really great time back in 1980 defending myself in Court for my alleged Micky Mouse crime while tripping balls. There was one very hairy moment when my brain went blank but I remembered to just keep talking. I didn’t win but I did get PBJ. I also very much enjoyed watching the Judge dress down the arresting oaficer for wasting the Court’s time for filing criminal charges for such petty nonsense. The Judge appeared to believe that the cop should have been able to be reasonably certain that I was not in fact Mickey Mouse just by looking at me.

  • ezrydn

    It’s obvious other agencies could learn a thing or two from Seattle PD. My hat’s off to the saner pd of Seattle.

  • Dante

    Sorry to harsh your mood:

    The police mock us, lie to us, steal from us, kill us, and use their position to get away with all of it.

    They are not and never will be protecting us. To the police, we are all “bad guys”. Only other police are given respect.

    They are self servants, not public servants. Any attempt to appear otherwise is a carefully arranged dog & pony show using time-honored tactics such as “the children” and “your safety”.

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

    • allan

      no worries, we’ve had this conversation before. As you know, I politely disagree with blanket condemnation.

      • Dante

        Yes, Alan, we disagree on the basic idea that men who shoot my poodle as it runs away are not of sound character.

        We disagree that there are only two kinds of cop: those who commit crimes and those who help cover it all up (Blue Wall of Silence).

        We disagree that there good people hiding under the lies, hiding behind the badge.

        We don’t disagree on one thing, though: I get more ammo for my argument every second of every day. You don’t. Bottom line, those folks ain’t right and there is no defending their rampant criminality no matter how well-intentioned you may be.

        Respect.

        • Dante

          “Allan”, sorry.

        • allan

          part of my issue with your stance is that I can very easily say the same thing about humanity. But then where does that leave me? I’d be a crotchety loner with a sour expression and in an equally sour mood any time I ventured into public. I much prefer having a pleasant demeanor and social interactions. Were I to condemn all of humanity my days would suck.

          That we expertly continue to daily kill thousands world wide in state, civil and individual conflicts while we ignore the 30,000 or so that die daily from starvation (2/3 of whom are children) is condemnation enough of our species. Why do we expend so much effort on killing when through neglect alone of our fellow man, we condemn 1,000s to death every day?

          Not all cops are bad just like not all humans are bad or worthless.

          Would King or Gandhi ever have made an impact if they thought those in authority (police) they met on the streets of protest could not be moved to change their hearts and minds?

          Back in 1973 when I became an advocate for peace there was no turning back. It is that commitment that prevents me from accepting hatred as an acceptable premise for anything.

          I understand your position, I just do not share it.

          Respect.

        • allan

          and maybe you read me wrong…

          Yes, Alan, we disagree on the basic idea that men who shoot my poodle as it runs away are not of sound character.

          I do agree that anyone that shoots your poodle while running away is not of sound character. I disagree that all cops will shoot your poodle.

          We disagree that there are only two kinds of cop: those who commit crimes and those who help cover it all up (Blue Wall of Silence).

          I do indeed disagree with that supposition, yes.

          We disagree that there good people hiding under the lies, hiding behind the badge.

          We don’t disagree on one thing, though: I get more ammo for my argument every second of every day. You don’t. Bottom line, those folks ain’t right and there is no defending their rampant criminality no matter how well-intentioned you may be.

          I do indeed disagree with, “I get more ammo for my argument every second of every day”. If you notice your comment is at +3, while mine is +5 (I didn’t give yours a thumb up or down).

          I mean really, I can make the same statement the other way, that cops do good shit every second of every day.

          Where we don’t disagree is that the police need to be de-militarized and SWAT reserved only for the most violence threatening incidents.

          We don’t disagree that enough cops aren’t (openly) defecting from the war on drugs.

          We don’t disagree that big boys with big guns need not feel threatened when confronted by a Corgy or black lab – or poodle.

          We don’t disagree that their profession is meant to serve in aiding citizens, not threatening them.

          As I said, have no doubt I know what you say. Save for the blanket condemnation, there isn’t much disagreement at all.

          I’ve known white folk that said all black people are worthless. I’ve known women who say the same thing about all men. I’ve known blacks who’ve said the same about whites.

          Soccer fans have fight riots over team loyalty… Eqyptian men call for freedom yet at the same time assault and rape women…

          … but not all Egyptian men assault women, not all soccer fans riot, just as not all of us ignore world famine…

          Don’t mean to drag on but in my mind it’s an important topic, especially for us couch types.

      • B. Snow

        True, It’s obviously become a regional/local matter…

        I see having a general disdain for most cops, But if you live in Seattle (If I did) it’s not wise to toss the proverbial olive branch back in their faces.

        To “look a gift Dorito bag in the mouth” = as it were, I think I heard there were only like 1,000 of them handed out according to the report I saw/heard on the news.

        I mean, they really didn’t have to do that, In the entire state of TX, I can only imagine that happening in down in Austin (The university there makes the place notoriously WAY more liberal than the rest of the state. Good thing is – that’s the capital & We might see change come from there.
        Like with the filibustering thing w/ Wendy Davis and the difference in the issues is serious. = It’s much a much easier “political sell” here in Texas – on pro-choice cannabis possession/consumption VS. pro-choice conception/pregnancy/birth.

        ‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’ = Meaning: Don’t be ungrateful when you receive a gift.

        The same thing should go with Doritos and READ the sticker “…We could cite you but we’d rather give you a warning…”

        I was under the impression that they specifically gave these out in just that manner = to people smoking publicly – which may explain why some smart/wiser folks didn’t get them. Or, didn’t get them before the cops ran out of the bags.

        You could wipe your ass with the bag and hand it back (figuratively speaking) -OR- You could politely say ‘Thank You’ take the chips and walk on and maybe (Hopefully) reassure one/some of the less progressive cops that we are in fact ‘good people’ – and/or reinforce that perception if it already exists – which it seems to in great numbers up/out there in the NW.

        Sorry, not trying to be difficult – But I wish I’d had the chance to go and be part of that, maybe help change some perceptions (or reinforce them) that “we” are in fact, ‘good people’. I know there are some very ‘good’ (tolerant/accepting/wise) cops… Not just in Seattle. And I’d like to help with the whole = “Don’t worry we’ll make more ” thing.

    • DdC

      I have to agree Dante. If the roots are poison so be the fruit. Placing Ganja as a schedule#1 narcotic makes the roots poison. I must have forgotten the Constitutional amendment that says the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness if the cops are OK with it. Seattle cops align more with Schindler than most, but least we not forget he was still a Nazi and served the war effort the same. LEAP is a good example of individual citizens making common sense even though they have occupations as cops. It is not the goal of their occupation, actually it is the opposite and the brave individuals should be commended. The same as Schindler. The police industrial and prison industrial complex serve Wall St prohibitionists, even if occasional renegades buck the system. Which they aren’t, they’re enforcing the state law of the land which is another Incremental Retardation to appease the profiteers a hell of a lot more than freeing the weed. But we have to take our resbits when we can so as i have always supported Viv and Hempfest I will continue. Have fun stoners, this weekend we can celebrate a temporary truce in the war.

      The truly and deliberately evil men are a very small minority;
      it is the appeaser who unleashes them on mankind.
      — Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

      Hempfest a Mix of Concern and Optimism
      If serial Hempfest-goer Rob Thomas of Everett had his way, marijuana would “be sold at farmers’ markets, just like tomatoes.” That’s what Thomas, 25, hoped for when Washington voters last fall legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

      But that’s not the picture painted by the panel of defense lawyers that Thomas and about 50 others listened to under a large tent during Saturday’s Hempfest session. Instead, Seattle attorney Jeff Steinborn said the pot law, Initiative 502, “was drafted to pass, not to work.” Steinborn said state officials, instead of allowing ready access to legal marijuana, seem determined to create a system under which marijuana is “regulated like plutonium and taxed at three different levels.”

      A Displaced and Discarded Labor Force

      Catch 22²

      ☮ So we know they know it has medicinal value, therefore disqualifying it as a schedule#1 controlled substance. A clue might have been that it could be one of the oldest medicines and clearly the most researched. As well as actual drug store bottles and recipes. The antidote was readily available in most households. Strong coffee. Yet they continue to stall, divert, lie and cheat to keep people from finding relief for their illness. Let that sink in. Affordable health care in your herb garden isn’t prudent at this juncture for Big-Dope or Rehab Inc. But should we let people receive tax dollars who clearly HATE Americans who use pot. Clearly abuse and weasel around the Constitution any way they can, even blatantly on state and local levels. Machophucks intimidating polio victims. Real bad asses.

      Webster’s Dictionary 1952
      Bhang-(bang). n [Hind.from Sans.. bhanga,hemp] An Indian variety of the common hemp, the resin of which is highly narcotic and intoxicant, and a popular Oriental stimulant, otherwise called hashish. Also employed in medicine, for its anodyne, hyponotic, and anti-spasmodic qualities; also spelled bang, beng.

      ☮ We also know they know how to make various strengths.

      The Counterculture Colonel

      ☮ We know they are not fair trading by prohibiting cannabis while getting patents on individual cannabinoids, to keep other countries from developing medicines. Are we getting close to the “F” word yet? f.a.s.c.i.s.m

      US Government Patents Medical Pot

      ☮ We also know they grow different strains and ship the rolled joints to the remaining IND patients, @ 12 joints a day or a canister with 300 joints sent every 25 days. Yet they still claim it has no medicinal value, (sounds like the remaining IND patients are being given something that doesn’t exist. is a menace to society, and we pay all that tax money protecting us from foreign terrorists? Highly addictive, yet it has no seriously taken physical debilitating withdrawal symptoms, Or that the vast majority attending rehabs do so by forced court orders. Also the vast majority cop to a please bargain to avoid mandatory minimum sentencing if found guilty during a jury trial, gagged of any mention of medicinal use. JUSTICE or JUST US? Seems 100 million used it and while 25 or so million still do, the DEA is neglecting to tell the 80 million or so that they can’t just walk away willy nilly, ITS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE morons! Get yourselves to a Caliphony rehabilitation asylum immediately!

      U.S.Fort Schwag Mississippi

      ☮ So Mahmoud ElSohly grows kynd bud to show Dr Ganjay and sends the IND patients the three things you shouldn’t send patients to smoke due to the low thc in the leaves, seeds and stems. They seem to grind up, roll and package. Like a sabotage maneuver no one played along with. Send them crap and they’ll quit. Another Junior Boosh Haliburton no bid contract, even when more qualified legitimate growers have applied. So they have the knowledge to give us a range of products for a range of illnesses and symptoms. From wasting syndrome that closed down the IND before too many applied. To the little girl with seizures. This Ganjawar is the filthiest act a race of people have ever committed on their own people. Wall St’s Ganjawar sold on tax dollars by cronies holdering on for decades. Milking the gravy train. Hemp is the main reason Ganja is considered dangerous.

      Is The DEA Legalizing THC?

      ☮ Oh that would splain it lucy. Only cannabinoids under patents like they did with merdall, another sabotage trying to scare off old people using Δ9, Keeping Dispensaries outlawed, especially Hemp.

      NeoConflicts of Interest
      MJ Research Cut as Support Grows
      Bush Barthwell & Drugs

      ☮ Instead of Mahmoud ElSohly growing schwag. GW and Bayer will sell their under the tongue spray. By the same means as any drug. Keeping the profits of prohibition perpetuation strong. Keeping renewable plastic and abortion free clothing off the markets. As well as affordable health care and a safer stress reducer than inebriation from ethanol. Comatose is where the Neocons like us to be. Don’t worry about thinking, they’ll do that for us. Have another round or two and why don’t we get drunk, and screwed.

      The Effect of Controlled Substances Scheduling on Research

      ☮ Ya think eh? OK that was one for all of the rocket surgeons out there in DEAth land. D’oH! Is this any way to treat your own citizenry? This is war crimes on your own army. Can’t defend your self in court because its not medicine. It’s not medicine because the FDA hasn’t approved it. It hasn’t approved it because it has been blocked by the DEA. While the HHS is still sitting on the report from the IOM since 1999. Can’t grow it since its not FDA regulated or will NIDA-Nora approve it. Catch 22² anyone? Unless as Donnie Marshall said. “At DEA, our mission is to fight drug trafficking in order to make drug abuse the most expensive, unpleasant, risky, and disreputable form of recreation a person could have.”

      * drug abuse = one toke.

      Drug Czar linked to deception
      – Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
      – UK’s Drugs Czar Fired For Marijuana Truths
      – Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage
      – Anti-Drug Campaigns Dumb Down Vital Message
      – Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.
      – GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab ‘Torture’ Centers

      FDA-Approved Medical Marijuana Research Blocked
      Dec 10, 1999 On December 6, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prevented a privately funded, FDA approved medical marijuana study from taking place by refusing to allow the researcher to purchase marijuana from a legal source.

      google
      April 15, 2013 U.S. First Circuit Court Upholds NIDA Monopoly on Marijuana for Research
      Feb 21, 2013 UMass Professor Blocked From Growing Marijuana For Medical Research
      Oct 15, 2011 Petition | NIDA and DEA: Stop Blocking Medical Marijuana
      Oct 6, 2011 Obama Administration Blocks FDA-Approved Study of Marijuana
      Oct 4, 2011 Federal agency blocks FDA-approved marijuana research for veterans
      Jan 12, 2009Bush Administration Deals Eleventh Hour Blow To Scientific Freedom

      On Eve of Obama Presidency, DEA Blocks Privately-Funded, FDA-Approved Medical Marijuana Research

      How the Federal Government Is blocking medical marijuana research
      From The Marijuana Policy Project

      The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) controls the only legal supply of marijuana for research in the United States. Before scientists can study marijuana’s medical benefits, they must ask NIDA for its marijuana. And NIDA Director Alan Leshner(today its Nora D. Volkow) just says no.

      The Clinton administration does not want this to happen. While the U.S. Department of Justice threatens doctors and arrests patients who are already using medicinal marijuana, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working to prevent FDA approval.

      NIDA is part of HHS. And NIDA Director Alan Leshner(Volkow) is HHS’s point man in charge of blocking medicinal marijuana research.

      Marijuana Stops Child’s Severe Seizures
      ☛ NJ Gov. vetoes MMJ bill easing access for kids, asks for changes

      http://www.tokeofthetown.com/VIVIANWILSON.jpg
      Two-year-old Vivian Wilson suffers from major siezures that could be helped by cannabis.

      Cannabis and Cannabinoids
      (PDQ®) National Cancer Institute

      # Are Cannabis or cannabinoids approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a cancer treatment in the United States?

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Cannabis or cannabinoids for use as a cancer treatment.

      # Are Cannabis or cannabinoids approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy?

      Cannabis is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of any cancer-related symptom or side effect of cancer therapy.

      Two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) are approved by the FDA for the treatment of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in patients who have not responded to standard therapy.

      Medical Marijuana Research MAPS is currently seeking regulatory approval to conduct a study of smoked and/or vaporized marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in veterans of war.

      http://www.safeaccessnow.net/images/indcanisterbig.jpg
      Cannabis Yields and Dosage
      This 6-inch diameter canister held 254.89 grams of federal medical marijuana for an IND patient, a typical monthly supply mailed from the federal cannabis research garden in Mississippi.

      Endocannabinoids (Cannabis sativa) has long been known to contain antibacterial cannabinoids, whose potential to address antibiotic resistance has not yet been investigated. All five major cannabinoids (cannabidiol (1b), cannabichromene (2), cannabigerol (3b), Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (4b), and cannabinol (5)) showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains of current clinical relevance.

      Scientists Re-Re-Re-Discover
      Cannabis Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers!

      ☛ Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74
      Teddy Kennedy RIP
      http://oi39.tinypic.com/2ld8z9s.jpg

      Catch 22² ☛ linx

      • Tony Aroma

        The phrase “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” does not appear in the Constitution. It is from the Declaration of Independence.

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

        Although many believe the DOI carries as much weight as the Constitution.

        • the Declaration is “why” the Constitution is “how”

        • Duncan20903

          .
          .

          Regardless, the Declaration of Independence carries the legal force of the very eloquent “Dear George” letter that it is.

          I do find it amusing to point out to the “LAW is the LAW (blah, blah, blah)” crowd that the Declaration is the work product of 56 old white men who were knowingly committing a capital crime.

    • The drug war has corrupted the police’s views of the public, as well as the public’s view of the police. I don’t think anyone is left that can remember far back enough to “before the drug war”. I have to agree with Allen.

      • Windy

        I remember back before the drug war, when I was a teen the cops were relatively kind, we had a curfew in this town, but the cops were very lenient about it, the one thing they DID seem to routinely enforce on teens was the noise statutes — they’d stop every loud car, get out the decibel meter, put it down next to the tailpipe and make the driver wrap the engine, too high on the meter the kid got a ticket and had to make the car’s pipes quieter within 30 days. I don’t know what the penalty was for not complying since every kid I knew did comply. They didn’t even give the kids a bad time about beer, they’d just take it away and pour it out. And they never busted the drag races on county roads.

  • Howard

    The contrast between these two headlines shows how far the rest of us have to go;

    “Seattle Police to Hand Out Doritos – Not Tickets – at Hempfest”

    -and-

    “Texas Cops Raid Farm for Marijuana, Only Find Tomatoes”

    Those of us in Texas (and similarly unenlightened states) need to narrow the gulf in the direction of the Doritos purveyors. Definitely a ways to go, but it will be done.

  • Tony Aroma

    “This sticker is not a lawyer.”

    I love that! Wouldn’t be surprised if some stoner showed up in court with an empty Doritos bag as part of his defense.

  • “The war on drugs has been a tremendous failure driving poverty and disparity & not helping us achieve greater security or health”

    Cory Booker – http://tinyurl.com/kajqpv5

  • DdC

    HOLDER’S STRATEGIC RETREAT
    by Ed Rosenthal on Sunday, August 18, 2013
    Attorney General Holder does not have a good record. He is one of the new cosmopolitan anti-rights proto-fascists. You can look at Guantanamo, the NSA-DEA-IRS scandal, and his coordination of the federal anti-Occupation efforts co-sponsored with national banks throughout the country. During his whole career he has been a rabid prohibitionist. Yet he still pushes the highly unpopular War on Drugs and fights all efforts to reform the drug laws.

    So his recent speech to the ABA has to be viewed in context. Holder spoke of the War on Drugs, saying that in addition to raising questions, “[w]e need to . . . build on the Administration’s efforts, led by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to usher in a new approach,” and that “we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate.” He said that low-level drug defendants who are not gang members should be charged without plant numbers or weight so they are not subject to mandatory minimums. However, this directive has no authority. Local federal attorneys can continue to do whatever they want. So Melinda Haag in San Francisco can continue to close dispensaries and keep mandatory minimum charges in her playbook. continued…

    8/17/2013
    The Brain Behind Seattle Police’s Social Media On Marijuana, Twitter, And Doritos

    Sun Aug 18, 2013
    When a judge ‘gets it’ on racism:
    The decision in Floyd v. City of New York

    Next time, it could be you, if you are a Black or Latino male.
    Some have already written this week about the decision in Floyd v. City of New York finding that Stop and Frisk was unconstitutional as implemented by the City of New York. The decision (which is written in 2 parts, one addressing the City’s liability for racial discrimination in implementing Stop and Frisk, the other setting forth the remedies ordered by the court in response) is as historic as it seems (and thus is guaranteed to go up on appeal). While much has been written about the decision, little has been said about anything other than the statistics (aka the battle of experts) that went on at trial and, some contend, led to Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision. Yet ultimately, this case did not turn just on statistics. It turned on stories: the stories of the named plaintiffs in Floyd and the stories of the rhetoric of the NYPD about its goals and objectives despite the public face of Mayor Bloomberg insisting that it was “not about race.” continued dailykos

    Useful Everyday Things Probably Thought Up By Stoners

    • darkcycle

      Thanks for the Forbes piece. So far, he’s been innocuous. But it’s nice to be aware of effective and clever propagandists when they turn up. I’ll be watching that SPD feed.

  • allan

    for those who’ve never been to the Seattle HF… it’s fitting it is held on the harbor. Early in the day the crowd builds and the flow of humanity thru the funneled entrance is like the tide coming in. At the end of the day, the mass flows out like the Pacific’s tide going out.

    Unlike the ocean’s tide (except those occasional phosphorescent red tides glowing at night), that tide of humanity flowing out has a noticeable, happy glow, more so than the incoming tide.

    But it is a mass of humanity. And contrary to Calvina and the Fayettes’ opinions, it is a very, very peaceful crowd. (although the Christian baiting can get heated when the small but hearty – and just a tad looney – band of evangelicals begin hoo-rawin’… but even then somebody always seems to calm it down)

  • allan

    I’m wondering which enterprising young man or woman (or old man or woman)(oh heck…) person didn’t open their bag but saved it for the day when the soon-to-be-proposed Prohibition of Drugs Museum begins collecting artifacts…