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Friday, October 22, 2010

About Prop 19, Michael Olson on his Food Chain Radio show, will examine the Pros and Cons--"Up in Smoke"

I met with Michael Olson on Thursday for coffee, which neither of us had, because it was already 10 am and we were both at capacity for our caffeine ingestion limits. We talked briefly about his show on Saturday. He raised some valid concerns. One of them has to do with the commercialization of the industry and would people lose choices and quality? If Marijuana did become legal, if its regulation went the way of tobacco, for example, then discerning connoisseurs would lose choices and quality and freedom of choice for what to cultivate and grow. The finer quality of cannabis may become scarcer and remain expensive. But what if legalizing marijuana goes the way of grapes for wine making.

It seems the cottage industry of cannabis growers now, who sell to clinics, are as sophisticated, meticulous and nuanced as are many of the wonderful and superior wine makers of the world, who employ their share of oenologists. What is the equivalent in the cultivation of Cannabis, or Marijuana, to the oenologist to wine making? I don't know what they're called, but they do the same thing, only their expertise is related to the varieties of cannabis seeds and their properties, characteristics, flavor, climates they grow in, soils, etc. I'll have to ask Michael if I catch the show, which I intend to do. It seems that the cannabis industry is indeed very sophisticated in it's cultivation as a fine craft. If it does go legal, I hope it goes the way of wine, and not tobacco.

Catch Michael Olson's show live at 9 am on Saturday mornings on KSCO AM 1080, in Santa Cruz and throughout the Monterey Bay. Or on line at KSCO.com or if you miss the show, listen to the podcasts on Olson's site at metrofarm.com
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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