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Morning Scoop: Pet projects, huge deficit, medical marijuana showdown


Good morning from the City Desk, where we're trying hard not to let the sneezes and coughs take over. Some California stories from today's paper to arm you for the tasks ahead:

Billions short: California heads into the next fiscal year with a projected budget deficit of $21 billion, says the state's chief budget analyst.

Pot crackdown: The L.A. County district attorney says he doesn't care what the L.A. City Council decides, he's planning to crack down on dispensaries that sell medical marijuana.

Chief Beck: Charlie Beck was sworn in Tuesday as L.A.'s 56th police chief. Check out the photos.

Sweet deal: That $11-billion water bond we'll be asked to approve next year includes more than $1 billion for lawmakers' pet projects.

BMW break-ins: Thieves are making off with air bags and headlights from L.A.'s BMWs.

The L.A. City Council may vote today on a medical marijuana ordinance. We're watching for news from the UC Regents meeting at UCLA. We'll bring you other news as we get it.

Got news for us? Stories you think we should be covering? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

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21 million in the red and the DA is going after medical marijuana!!!!!!
Give me back my TAXES!!!!!

"The L.A. County district attorney says he doesn't care what the L.A. City Council decides, he's planning to crack down on dispensaries that sell medical marijuana."

Sounds like more self serving finance/job retention from enforcement imho... Such a blatent disregard of due process and even more irresponsible waste of tax payers money when laughed out of courts.

History sure can repeat itself huh?... Lets go back to when it all started..

After loss of alcohol prohibition revenue, most direct founder of marijuana prohibition - Harry J. Anslinger(managing what amounts to the DEA then):

“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 use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”
“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

H.J.Anslinger's Yellow Journalism buddy William Randolf Hearst - San Francisco Examiner:

“Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days — Hashish goads users to bloodlust.”
“By the tons it is coming into this country — the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms…. Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him….”

And other nationwide columns…
“Users of marijuana become STIMULATED as they inhale the drug and are LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING. Most crimes of violence in this section, especially in country districts are laid to users of that drug.”
“Was it marijuana, the new Mexican drug, that nerved the murderous arm of Clara Phillips when she hammered out her victim’s life in Los Angeles?… THREE-FOURTHS OF THE CRIMES of violence in this country today are committed by DOPE SLAVES — that is a matter of cold record.”

"Hearst and Anslinger were then supported by DuPont chemical company and various pharmaceutical companies in the effort to outlaw cannabis. DuPont had patented nylon, and wanted hemp removed as competition. The pharmaceutical companies could neither identify nor standardize cannabis dosages, and besides, with cannabis, folks could grow their own medicine and not have to purchase it from large companies. "

The political process, in short detail, was based primarily on manipulated media coverage...

The committee passed the legislation on. And on the floor of the house, the entire discussion was:
Member from upstate New York: “Mr. Speaker, what is this bill about?”
Speaker Rayburn: “I don’t know. It has something to do with a thing called marihuana. I think it’s a narcotic of some kind.”
“Mr. Speaker, does the American Medical Association support this bill?”
Member on the committee jumps up and says: “Their Doctor Wentworth[sic] came down here. They support this bill 100 percent.”
And on the basis of that lie, on August 2, 1937, marijuana became illegal at the federal level.
The entire coverage in the New York Times: “President Roosevelt signed today a bill to curb traffic in the narcotic, marihuana, through heavy taxes on transactions.”

source: DrugWarRant.com by Pete Guither

If L.A. has such a huge deficit, then how come the DA has so much time and resources to waste on persecuting medical cannabis dispensaries ??

Vote Cooley OUT next election.

Support safe access to medical cannabis


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