Posts Tagged ‘legalization’

Word on the Street: “Burn Fat, Not Oil”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

As seen on Market Street:

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Now, where have I seen these dolls before?

It’s a Jersey Thing: Proof that New Miss California / Miss USA Alyssa Campanella is Actually From the Garden State

Monday, June 20th, 2011

See? Sashes Don’t Lie.

Believe it or not, she’s a natural blonde (so of course she dies her hair ginger, natch). More photos here and oh, SFGate is going wall-to-wall with 30 photos.

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She’s been running for Miss New Jersey-something for years, and only now does she come to California?

I cry foul.

But she’s up-to-speed on California-style marijuana legalization already:

“Well, I understand why that question would be asked, especially with today’s economy, but I also understand that medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically,” she replied. “I’m not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war,” she added. “I mean, it’s abused today, unfortunately, so that’s the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it’s OK.”

All right, next stop, Miss Universe 2012.

Welcome to California, Alyssa Campanella.

Yes We Cannabis! Naked Ken Doll and Naked Brad Doll Agree: Yes on Prop 19 – As Seen on Market Street

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As stated, as seen on Market Street, inbound:

The small dots are noise (due to an unnecessarily high ISO equivalence on an older camera) and the large dots are raindrops (due to an unnecessarily high shutter speed), so don’t click to expand.

Stay dry, Sugar Daddy Ken!

Stay dry, Brad!

RAND Corp. Says Influence of Mexican Drug Trafficking is Exaggerated, So Marijuana Legalization is No Big Deal

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Seems like our RAND Corporation always has something interstesting to say. Like today, for instance, they’re talking about the affects of marijuana legalization in California, if that ever happens.

It’s a little nuanced, so prepare yourself now.

Arnold on the ganga, in Africa, back in the day. How will he celebrate the passage of Prop 19?

 

All the deets:

Legalizing Marijuana in California Will Not Dramatically Reduce Mexican Drug Trafficking Revenues

Legalizing marijuana in California will not dramatically reduce the drug revenues collected by Mexican drug trafficking organizations from sales to the United States, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The only scenario where legalization in California could substantially reduce the revenue of the drug trafficking organizations is if high-potency, California-produced marijuana is smuggled to other U.S. states at prices that are lower than those of current Mexican supplies, according to the study from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. RAND is a nonprofit research organization.

The study calculates that Mexican drug trafficking organizations generate only $1 billion to $2 billion annually from exporting marijuana to the United States and selling it to wholesalers, far below existing estimates by the government and other groups.

The RAND study also finds that the often-cited claim that marijuana accounts for 60 percent of gross drug export revenues of Mexican drug trafficking organizations is not credible. RAND’s exploratory analysis on this point suggests that 15 percent to 26 percent is a more credible range. Given that California accounts for about 14 percent of the nation’s marijuana use, this suggests that if marijuana legalization in California only influences the California market, it would have a small effect on drug trafficking organizations — cutting total drug export revenues by perhaps 2 to 4 percent.

However, the impact of legalization on Mexican drug trafficking organizations’ bottom line could be magnified if marijuana cultivated in California is smuggled into other states, according to the study. After legalization, if low-cost, high-quality marijuana produced in California dominates the U.S. marijuana market, then the Mexican drug trafficking organizations’ revenue from exporting marijuana could decline by more than 65 percent and probably closer to 85 percent. In this scenario, results from the RAND study suggest the drug trafficking organizations would lose roughly 20 percent of their total drug export revenues.

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A Little Blowback for Tom Ammiano’s Bill to Legalize Marijuana Sales/Use in California

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Have you heard of opposition to the push for marijuana legalization in California sponsored by San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano? I hadn’t, until now.

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Read all about it:

“California religious and community leaders, who have witnessed first hand the ravages of drugs on impressionable youth as well as the homeless, sick and mentally ill, gathered today at a press conference to speak out against legalizing marijuana sales and use in California.

More than 150 members of a faith-based coalition, representing numerous faiths and religious denominations, were joined by community activists and former drug addicts and dealers to dispel the myths perpetuated by a San Francisco legislator who they contend is bent on sending society down the wrong path with a misguided piece of legislation.

Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has introduced AB 390 to legalize marijuana sales and use in California as a cure to resolving the state budget woes and reducing the overcrowded prison population.  Those from the religious community say the measure is full of mistruths and ill-gotten facts.

“I know from personal experience the devastation that occurs in one’s life and community as a result of drug abuse that began with marijuana,” said Bishop Ron Allen, founder and president of the International Faith Based Coalition (IFBC), one of two organizers of the press conference.

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Proposition K Prostitution Decriminalization Raises Hackles at City Hall

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

This was the scene yesterday on Grove Street as early voters made their way to City Hall.

The woman on the right turned away from the discussion as if it were a driving rain. The woman on the left remained adamant about supporting Prop K.  

But leave it to ABC “News” to bring it all home for us:

Prop. K Could Thrust Prostitutes Into Pop Culture. TV, Film’s Affair With Prostitutes Could Intensify if San Francisco Bill Passes. Pretty soon, a “pretty woman” may be able to work the streets of San Francisco legally.”

O.K. then.

UPDATE: Per commenter Palmer: “The woman on the left is Mary Ellen “Maxine” Doogan.  She wrote Prop K.  She was convicted of running an escort agency in Seattle.  She now runs something called the Erotic Service Provider’s Union which doesn’t seem to actually do anything.  She writes on a Blog called “Bound Not Gagged” and makes the argument there that pimps should be considered “sex workers” because they are really just “support staff.”  She had a restraining order put on her in Berkeley after harrassing ex prostitutes who were putting on a play in the one of the theatres.  She is beyond adamant.”