I was struck by an interesting quote from the New York Times’ interview with the actress Helen Mirren a couple of weeks ago. Mirren was apparently something of a partier at one point, and the interviewer asked her about her taste for cocaine. In response, Mirren said she hasn’t touched the drug in 20 years:
This is a pretty interesting take on marijuana legalization, a play on the common argument that marijuana is by nature a less violence-inducing drug than others (like alcohol):
Which is a take on this Eminem video about… domestic violence and alcohol:
In California, especially in the Bay Area, where most neighborhoods have a medical marijuana dispensary along with the local corner store and dry cleaner’s, it’s easy to forget: this stuff’s illegal!
Yes, Oakland put things into high gear last night when the city council passed a measure allowing large-scale cultivation within city bounds. Much as Mendocino County has made medical marijuana cultivation a state-regulated activity. Earlier this year, the county expanded the allowable number of plants per producer. As of June, producers can register with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department and purchase up to 99 zip ties (one per plant) that indicate the medical marijuana they grow, up to that amount, is certified and meets local laws. What the law doesn’t and can’t guarantee is protection from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.