There may be two cities in New Mexico joining potentially three more in Maine and fourteen cities in Michigan that will be voting on marijuana reform this November. Last night the Albuquerque City Council voted 5-4 to place a $25 marijuana decrim initiative before the voters; however, the measure could still be vetoed by the mayor. Santa Fe has already placed its $25 decrim on the ballot. Voters in South Portland, Maine, will vote on one ounce legalization; Portland legalized 2.5 ounces last year and activists are still petitioning in York and Lewiston. In Michigan, the cities of Saginaw, East Lansing, Port Huron, Mt. Pleasant, Berkley, Lapeer, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Pleasant Ridge, Montrose, Frankfort, and Onaway will vote on one ounce legalization, while Clare and Harrison will vote on 2.5 ounce legalization. Oak Park and Hazel Park already approved one ounce legalization in the primary election held earlier this month and Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing legalized an ounce in 2013.
Dr. Michael Baden, the TV medical examiner who performed an autopsy on slain unarmed teenager Michael Brown, said marijuana could have made the victim act “in a crazy way” before being gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson. Appearing on Greta Van Susteren’s FOX News show, Dr. Baden speculated on Brown’s toxicology report, saying, “Very important with marijuana is the levels of the different drugs that are present in marijuana to have an opinion as to whether or not he might have been affected by the marijuana, so that he may have been acting in a crazy way and may have done things to the police officer that normally he would not have done.” THC is detectable on toxicology reports for weeks after use, so there is no indication that Brown was impaired by marijuana use. Furthermore, numerous studies conclude that marijuana use tends not to correlate with violent behavior.
The son of martial arts actor Jackie Chan was arrested for marijuana possession in Beijing and could technically face execution. Jaycee Chan, age 32, was arrested with a Taiwanese actor, Ko Chen-tung, and they both tested positive for marijuana consumption, which is a crime in China. Jaycee Chan was also found in possession of over 100 grams, about 3.5 ounces, of marijuana in his home. Jaycee Chan is also being held on suspicion of harboring drug users. He could receive a punishment from mandatory rehab to three years in prison, but if he is charged with sales, he could face execution. Jaycee’s father Jackie, an international celebrity, is also a member of a legislative consulting body in China and, ironically, has been an anti-drug spokesperson in China since 2009.
The governor of Colorado told the Washington Post that regulators have “done a very good job” rolling out the first US statewide legalization. “I think [state regulators have] done a pretty good job,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Not perfect, but all things considered, I think they’ve done a very good job.” New rules were passed this month to deal with one imperfection, the regulation of edible marijuana products, which now must come in 10mg THC servings with child-proof packaging and clearly labeled as containing THC. And while tax revenues are only a third of original expectations, Gov. Hickenlooper said, “It was a guess. No one’s ever done it before. It was a wild guess, and every time we said it, we said, ‘We have no data,’ ” he said. “You’re creating a regulatory environment out of whole cloth.”
The Seattle cop who wrote almost four out of five public pot-smoking tickets is back on the streets. Officer Randy Jokela is back on the beat while SPD continues its investigation. Jokela had written notes on his tickets, calling legalization “silly” and addressing some to “Petey Holmes”, throwing shade toward the City Attorney who supported marijuana legalization. Jokela also once had two suspects flip a coin to determine which one would receive a public smoking ticket. Meanwhile in Seattle, tokers who’ve been frustrated by supply shortages plaguing Cannabis City, the city’s first pot shop, now have another legal pot shop just northeast of Seattle at which to shop. Herbal Nation opened up with plenty of marijuana for sale in Bothell at Noon yesterday, and long lines of shoppers were there to meet them. “It’s a very exciting day for us, but it’s more of an exciting day for the community,” said Lauren Downes, a spokeswoman for Herbal Nation.