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The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That’s the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers COs, Steven Dominguez and Divine Rahming, have been charged with smuggling cocaine and oxycodone into the prison with the help of an inmate and his girlfriend. Another former Rikers guard, Deleon Gifth, who resigned earlier this year, was arrested Monday on charges that he was paid $500 to deliver what he thought was oxycodone to an inmate back in February.
The Village Voice has more on these three stooges.

Global Ganja Report

Worth Repeating
By Ron Marczyk, R.N.
Health Education Teacher (Retired)

“We conclude that the legalization of medical marijuana leads to an improvement in the psychological well being of young adult males, an improvement that is reflected in fewer suicides.”
This story didn’t make it past the network news filters, was ignored by the mainstream media, and numerous mental health/suicide prevention organizations would not even comment about it!
Then, 17 days later:
Why would a “good news” marijuana story, like where suicides markedly declined, be ignored by the media?

The Basque Country in Spain (yellow area on the map) is legalizing marijuana in 2012.

​As the U.S. federal government torques up its war on marijuana, parts of Europe are going in the other direction. The Socialist government of the Basque Country in Spain will approve a law in early 2012 which legalizes the cultivation, sale and consumption of cannabis, according to health authorities in the province.
The Basque government, led by Patxi Lopez, has decided it is better to regulate clubs where consumers will be able to use marijuana which will be produced and distributed by members of the club themselves, reports Typically Spanish.
Spanish drug laws currently distinguish between possession for personal use, and production or sale. Possession carries administrative fines, but production and sale currently can result in jail time.
Government officials said the new law would better explain the consequences of consumption to the public, and would create “a certain space for personal autonomy,” adding that prohibition only leads to “clandestine action, delinquency and the black market.”

Photo: Pacific San Diego

​Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Thursday threatened to file suit against the City of San Diego if it doesn’t amend a recent ordinance that patient advocates are calling a de facto ban on local cannabis distribution facilities.

ASA argued in a letter sent to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith that the ordinance violates due process rights of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives by forcing them to shut down in 30 days, leaving virtually no options for relocation.
Unless the city can “ease the restrictions on medical marijuana collectives, so that qualified patients can obtain the medicine they need,” the letter, authored by ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, said that the organization and its patient base would be “compelled” to seek such remedies in court.
The letter suggested that the San Diego City Council amend its ordinance to allow “medical marijuana collectives to operate in most commercial and all industrial zones” and increase “the period to obtain a conditional use permit to one year.”

Graphic: Fishbowl LA
Allison Margolin, “L.A.’s Dopest Attorney,” is joining forces with her famed dad Bruce Margolin to form a powerhouse law firm.

​When Allison Margolin went into the practice of law, she followed in the footsteps of her distinguished father, attorney Bruce M. Margolin. Bruce is currently the director of the Los Angeles chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), a post he has held for more than 30 years.

It took ambitious Allison just under a decade to establish herself as an equally sophisticated criminal defense lawyer in her own right, gaining fame as “L.A.’s Dopest Attorney.”
Now father and daughter are merging to form a new law firm which will unite two of the country’s most prominent marijuana law experts.

In his career, spanning four decades, Bruce has successfully represented thousands of clients, including Dr. Timothy Leary, well known attorney Tony Serra, Marlon Brando’s son Christian Brando, and porn star Linda Lovelace.
He has also been involved in the “Lawyer in the Classroom” Program on behalf of the Constitutional Rights Foundation.
A Columbia College graduate and Harvard Law School alumnus, Allison’s greatest professional achievements have come in the courtroom as a successful trial lawyer. She is as known for her toughness in the courtroom as she is for being easy on the eyes (Allison isn’t averse to appearing in ads rocking tank tops and fishnets.)
Profiled in front-page stories for the Los Angeles Times and Daily Journal in 2006 and recently appearing on the cover of the April issue of California Lawyer magazine, Allison has been quoted in newspapers throughout the U.S.

Photo: M. Spencer Green/AP
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: “We will act as we always have, which is arrest”

​Nearly a year after the Cook County Board passed an ordinance allowing sheriff’s police to ticket marijuana smokers for minor possession instead of arresting them, officers still haven’t written the first ticket.

“The ordinance gives us the discretion to choose,” said Steve Patterson, a spokesman for Sheriff Tom Dart. “So we’ll choose to continue acting as we always have, which is arrest.”
County commissioners made headlines last July when they passed the ordinance that gives officers the choice to either arrest people in unincorporated areas possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana, or to hand out tickets for $200 within the county’s unincorporated areas, reports William Lee of the Chicago Tribune.
The ordinance came into being after Commissioner Earleen Collins’s grandson was arrested for possessing half a joint.
The ordinance, which was supported by marijuana legalization advocates, first ran aground after a county board committee rejected Sheriff Dart’s request to extend the discretionary ticket-writing power to wherever sheriff’s officers patrol. This would have included suburban Ford Heights, which Dart’s office patrols because the town doesn’t have its own police force.

Photo: Hollywire
Where there’s Willie, there’s weed. Let’s just all come to terms with it.

​Willie Nelson’s band members are facing marijuana and alcohol possession charges in North Carolina after their tour bus was raided in January. The prosecutor said Friday he plans to pursue charges “to prove that famous people are not above the law.”

In a Friday news conference, Duplin County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said the substances had been sent to Raleigh, N.C., for testing, reports
Hudson has come under pressure to drop the charges against Nelson’s band members, but he just won’t let go of the case. Hudson said the case is being handled “as any other case would be,” reports Mike Charbonneau at

Photo: Luke Parker, Western Leader
New Zealand’s Dakta Green: “Live like it’s legal”

​New Zealand has one of the highest rates of marijuana smoking in the world, and soon those Kush-loving Kiwis will have “cannabis clubs” throughout the country where they can indulge in their pastime.

“Pot dens,” where people can smoke, buy or even formally study the illegal herb, are poised to open throughout the country this year, reports Tamara McLean at Australia’s Brisbane Times.