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5th Grader Turns in Pot-Smoking Parents

Parents Arrested After Fifth Grader Turns Them In For Having Marijuana Joints; Kid Inspired By L.A.-Founded D.A.R.E. Program

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D.A.R.E. ensares parents who smoke — gasp — joints.

​ You gotta love D.A.R.E., the anti-drug program created by late Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates in 1983. It’s done a great job of eradicating drugs in schools. More importantly, it’s made snitches out of children who have been taught by cops to turn in their parents.

That’s what happened last week in Matthews, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte, where an 11-year-old elementary school kid brought a few joints to campus and turned them in, saying they belonged to mom and dad.

This, of course, was after the good officers at D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) came to school to give their anti-drug lecture.

Matthews police Officer Stason Tyrrell told WBTV the 5th grader did the right thing:

“Even if it’s happening in their own home with their own parents, they understand that’s a dangerous situation because of what we’re teaching them. That’s what they’re told to do, to make us aware.”

The dad, age 40, and the mom, age 38, were arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia — misdemeanors.

The dad, who’s name was withheld by the TV station, told WBTV it’s “no one’s business” how the 11-year-old got a hold the joints, and that “I don’t give drugs to my kids.”

D.A.R.E. has been widely criticized as ineffective, a product of the Just-Say-No ’80s. But its L.A.-based proselytizers carry on as if Nancy Reagan is still the first lady.

What’s ironic is that, had this case happened in D.A.R.E.’s hometown, the parents very well could have had a prescription for their weed, and the cops might have had to lay off.


TOP STONER! Jack Nicholson

Jack. In Hollywood, that’s all you need to say. Simply Jack. The man with the impish grin, trademark shades and four Academy Awards has been voted the 49th Top CelebStoner.

Jack Nicholson

Born on Apr. 22, 1937 in New York, Jack Nicholson grew up in New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles in the ’50s, looking for work as an actor and screenwriter. In his breakthrough role, Nicholson played a pot-smoking biker in Hell’s Angels on Wheels in 1967. The same year he wrote The Trip and the next Head, both counterculture classics. In 1968, he also starred in Psych-Out as rocker, Stoney.

Those who hadn’t seen any of these films at the time were in for a shock when Nicholson donned a football helmet in Dennis Hopper‘s hippie biker flick, Easy Rider. Hopper and Peter Fonda’s characters roar across America on Harleys, and it doesn’t take long for them to get arrested. They meet Nicholson’s George in jail, locked up for public drunkenness. The trio are released and George hops aboard Fonda’s bike, joining them on their road trip.

The campfire scene in Easy Rider was a big reason why Nicholson scored his first Academy Award nomination (for Best Supporting Actor). When Fonda’s Captain America offers him a joint, George refuses at first because he’s an alcoholic. He fidgets with the joint, then finally lights up. “That’s got a real nice taste to it,” he says. After the third hit, George sheds some light on UFOs. “They are people just like us from within our own solar system, except that their society is more high evolved,” he pontificates. “Why they don’t reveal themselves to us is because it would cause a general panic…”

Nicholson followed with Five Easy Pieces in 1970 and another Oscar nomination. He won his first Oscar for his role as McMurphy  in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975. He’s been nominated 12 times, also winning for Terms of Endearment and As Good As it Gets).

In his heyday, Nicholson was a regular marijuana smoker and coke user. “I’m a social smoker,” he once said. “I guess I’d be called an old pothead.”

In a recent interview, Nicholson commented about marijuana, “If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalization.”

LA LAW: A Lottery of BS

LA LAW: A Lottery of BS by Bob Selan, ESQ

Following years of non-action the Los Angeles City Council finally got around to regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in the city last year. The infamous, but for the most part now defunct, Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Ordinance, passed last year, came under legal scrutiny after dozens of lawsuits were filed by dispensary owners challenging its constitutionality.

Apparently, it seems the City Attorney who drafted the ordinance took a sick day from law school when they were learning about Due Process. As a result, a judge struck down key portions of the ordinance, painting the city council as inept, and enjoining the city from enforcing many parts of it.

However, this time the City Council, clueless as to what to do next after asking the same judge for his guidance, passed a half-witted temporary medical cannabis ordinance that caused an uproar amongst collective managers and patients alike. In the latest attempt to regulate dispensaries, the City Council, in its wisdom, has incorporated a lottery s the defining method of who, or rather which, collectives in the city may continue to operate and which must close their doors forever.

Didn’t the city already lose on Due Process grounds the first go around? In the latest ordinance, although be it a temporary one, the first 100 lucky collectives that win the lottery get to stay open. Everyone else must immediately close! That’s right,, win the lottery and open a pot shop. Go figure.

There appears to be a complete disconnect between the basic principles of Due Process and basing the entire medical cannabis industry in LA on a game of chance. There is no rhyme or reason as to why a lottery has been chosen to accomplish the regulation of medical marijuana or why 100 has been selected as the maximum number of collectives that will be permitted to survive. Nor is there any rational basis for using a ping-pong ball to determine which collectives will be permitted to continue to operate. While new applications were required to enter the lottery, nothing contained in the applications is being used by the city to determine who is best qualified to stay open, or, on the flip side, who is not qualified.

So this again puts medical marijuana in Los Angeles in a state of flux leaving already flustered patients frustrated and uncertain when and where they will be able to secure their medical cannabis needs in the future.

In the meantime, between the time the first ordinance was thrown out and the new temporary ordinance came into play, numerous brand new collectives have found spots to open throughout the city. If there was a problem with how many shops existed before the ordinance was struck down, Katie bar the door, because there are a lot of new contenders that the city will need to confront once the lottery has been completed.

The city on the other hand has filed an appeal to the injunction that was issued against the original ordinance, asking that the status quo be restored and to be able to enforce it as passed back in June of 2010.

At least one group (and there are sure to be more) has filed another wave of lawsuits against the city, again challenging it on constitutional grounds.

These are very confusing times for marijuana patients here in the Southland. It is probably safe to say that the city of LA, with its current city council constituency, will fail to get medical marijuana right. It is going to be up to the voters to promulgate and pass laws at the state level to once and for all fix the medical cannabis laws. While reasonable zoning regulations may be appropriate for where collectives can be located, local laws that take away peoples constitutional rights will never be. The city has not (as of the date we went to print) announced the date or details of the lottery.

HempCon 2011

“Hempcon is a medical marijuana show catering to those who may be benefited from the medical use of marijuana. This will be one of the premiere events of the year with a huge amount of exhibits including medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives, care givers, evaluation services, legal services, educational institutes, equipment, accessories, and many more. Hempcon will be an educational event as well with a full weekend of seminars and presentations by industry leaders, advocates, and attorneys. Whether you are a patient or someone who wants to get educated more about medical marijuana, you have got to be there.

For 2011, we are scheduled to have multiple shows all around the Southwest throughout the year. Be sure to check out, Hempcon in your local town as we will expand into other markets where medical marijuana has been legalized. We urge supporters of the Medical Marijuana industry to come out and participate in what is sure to be the best event of the year!”

Also Ziggy Marley and Fishbone are playing this weekend in LA at the convention!
April 1st through 3rd
1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Buy your ticket here:

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