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Monday, July 25, 2011

Republic of Cannabis | California Watch

"California's lenient regulation of medical marijuana has drawn the attention of users, growers, lawmakers and law enforcement
officials worldwide. Meet those involved with the marijuana trade and explore how some local governments are dealing with the drug."

I watched the documentary called Republic of Cannabis without any idea what the bias would be. I thought it was a fair investigative report that lays out the issue in very stark terms and contrasts. The question I came away with was what side of this debate will the Conservatives in CA side with. It's a very important question. I hope they side with the people of California who passed prop 19.

Sheriff Tom Allen serves with integrity and respect for the residents of Mendocino County. He wants to comply with the law. He lays out how what we have brewed here in California is a conflict that can be best described as a State vs Federal issue, a Tenth Amendment issue of Nullification.

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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


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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