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TokeoftheTown/Matt Wright.

Monday night, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks succeeded in getting a majority of his colleagues to support a bill decriminalizing possession of one ounce or less of marijuana for those under age 21.
Brooks stresses that the measure shouldn’t be interpreted as a sanction for young people to smoke weed — a position with which anti-pot activists can be expected to take issue prior to next Monday’s final vote. In the meantime, though, one reformer is happily surprised at the passage.

A screen shot showing a cop standing on Dorian Brooks.

Last June, Dorian Brooks showed up to work at the THC Downtown Collective in Long Beach, California thinking he would have normal day helping patients out. That changed instantly when Long Beach police raided the dispensary. Brooks hit the ground to surrendering (though he had done nothing wrong) when some cop comes over and stepped on the back of his neck while muttering racist remarks at Brooks. It was all caught on camera, despite the cop trying to destroy the evidence at the scene.
OC Weekly has more.

Examiner.com

Voters in the District of Columbia will have a chance in April to make a statement in the nationwide debate about marijuana legalization.

Paul Zukerberg, an attorney who specializes in defending cannabis possession cases, plans to compete in the April 23 special election for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, reports Tim Craig at The Washington Post.
Zukerberg, 55, who has defended more than 1,000 marijuana cases during his 27-year legal career, said he’s running for the council on a platform of decriminalizing marijuana in the District.
“We are behind New York,” the attorney said. “We are behind Chicago. We are locking up young people and giving them records for a joint or roach of marijuana.

Lawyers.com
A Long Beach cop smashes the video surveillance camera at the THC Downtown Collective

City Is Broke, Yet It Pursues Expensive, Futile Marijuana Dispensary Raids, Resulting In $1 Million Lawsuit
The City of Long Beach, California had an estimated deficit of $14 million in 2011. At an August 2, 2011 news conference covering the “fiscal year 2012 proposed budget,” Mayor Bob Foster is quoted as saying, “We have an extraordinary hole to climb out of and as all of you know, the first rule of holes is when you are in one you stop digging, we need to stop digging.”
On June 19, for a medical marijuana collective raid, the local government utilized roughly 14 of its police officers, numerous patrol cars, the fire department, a hospital ambulance, a city official of the Department of Finance (Erik Sund) and an attorney from the City Attorney’s office (Kendra Carney). All were intermittently onsite for an estimated time of 4-5 man-hours.

THC Finder
The annual “4/20 Smokeout” event on CU-Boulder’s campus has drawn as many as 10,000 pot smokers on past years. University officials and goody-two-shoes student government tools say their precious little “reputations” are being hurt.

Inserting a bunch of cops into a heretofore peaceful, uneventful cannabis protest — yeah, that’s the ticket! Marijuana smokers at this month’s 4/20 smoke-in on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus will be ticketed, the university announced on Tuesday. School officials urged students and the general public not to attend the “unsanctioned” event on April 20.

Appallingly enough, even members of the student government have joined in the university administration’s vendetta against the peaceful cannabis-oriented event, their eyes focused greedily on the eventual corporate jobs they’ve been promised (but probably won’t ever get).

Michael Montgomery/California Watch
A federal drug agent stands in a marijuana field near Redding. The 2010 raid led to federal charges against 27 people.

​The pattern of the American government using domestic spying on its own citizens — begun after the 9/11 attacks and the PATRIOT Act — may soon be going to a new level. Congress may empower federal intelligence agencies to participate in the struggle against marijuana cultivation in national forests and on other federal land.

One provision in the 2012 intelligence authorization bill calls on James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, to report on how federal spy agencies can help park rangers, fish and wildlife wardens, and other federal agents eradicate cannabis gardens, report Andrew Becker and Michael Montgomery at California Watch.
The bill also directs the top spy to work with federal public land managers to identify intelligence and information-sharing gaps related to drug trafficking. The House passed its version of the bill, HR 1892, in September; it is now before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Riverfront Times
Willson Nixon, 21, son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, got busted for pot early Saturday morning.

​​The son of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was issued a citation for possession of marijuana early on Saturday.

Police officers claimed Willson Nixon, 21, tried to hide the weed after they were sent to a loud party at Brookside Apartments in Columbia, Missouri. Upon entering the complex, police claimed they detected an “overwhelming smell of marijuana in the hallway.” They also found multiple apartments with open doors.
“This is a private matter that will be handled through the municipal process,” the governor said, reports Mark Slavit at KCRG. “My son is a fine young man, and we will be working through this issue as a family.”
What would be even cooler, Governor, is if you “worked through this issue” as a STATE, and got Missouri’s nonsensical pot laws off the books.
“We’ve been getting calls about loud parties at this complex every weekend,” claimed Jill Wieneke, spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department.

Photo: Hollywood Grind

Oakland, California’s plan to license and regulate large-scale medical marijuana farms have taken another tentative step forward after several setbacks. Unfortunately, the news isn’t particularly good for smaller growers.
The city’s rules and laws about medicinal cannabis dispensaries have sometimes been controversial, but mostly successful, with four dispensaries in town servicing thousands of patients and enjoying about $28 million in annual sales, reports Sean Maher at the Oakland Tribune.
But City Council members including Desley Brooks have long argued that there is little local control over where those four dispensaries get their marijuana. They have proposed, instead, city-licensed, industrial-scale marijuana grow operations to supply the dispensaries.

Photo: PNG/Regina Leader-Post
Home basement grow-ops like these are being targeted by thieves around Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

​Some British Columbia residents who are legally licensed to grow medical marijuana are being ripped off by thieves.
Three Langley, B.C., medical marijuana grow-ops have been robbed in the past six months, reports Cassidy Olivier at The Province. But Royal Canadian Mounted Police said there is “no way to tell” if the grows are being specifically targeted because they are a medicinal cannabis operation, or simply because they have pot.
“We’re very concerned,” said Supt. Derek Cooke of the Langley RCMP, reports CBC News. “This is a significant problem for the community.” There are more than 800 legal medical marijuana grow-ops in B.C., according to Cooke.

Photo: The Washington Post
Oakland City Attorney John Russo wouldn’t advise the city council on their plans for an industrial pot farm — so they hired another law firm.

​The City of Oakland has hired a new law firm to press ahead with its plan to authorize large-scale industrial medical marijuana farming operations. Last week, City Attorney John Russo said he and his office would no longer represent the city after the Council introduced a revised ordinance for the pot farm plan, in spite of recent warnings of potential criminal liability from both the district attorney and the U.S. attorney.

The law firm of Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson have been hired to provide medical cannabis cultivation legal advice to the city in the absence of any help from City Attorney Russo.

City Attorney Russo’s withdrawal has inflamed relations with the city’s new mayor and several council members who accuse him of putting politics before his client’s interest, reporets Kate Moser of The Recorder.
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