Some news items from this past week:
– A 68-year-old man in Oregon was shot and killed by police and his 80-year-old girlfriend was arrested on marijuana charges. The police raided their house at 10:30pm on Wednesday night. Neighbors were shocked at hearing the news, although a drug task force had apparently discovered “dozens” of marijuana plants on their property in October. No news articles have said whether or not the police found any more plants on Wednesday, or whether or not the victims were cardholders in Oregon’s medical marijuana program.
– Here in Washington, the trial of Bruce Olson starts this Monday, March 9 in Port Orchard and could last at least a week. Olson was raided by the WestNET drug task force, and is being prosecuted despite being authorized by a doctor to grow and use medical marijuana. The Cannabis Defense Coalition is working to get supporters to the courtroom. If you would like to travel to Port Orchard for the trial, contact the Washington State Potline at 888-208-5332 and press 0 to reach a volunteer.
– Joe Turner at the Tacoma News-Tribune has an update on the potential state budget savings with the passage of SB 5615, which would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Although I’m not sure if I’m in the “generation of Cheech and Chong.” I think my parents are though.
– Silja JA Talvi talks about the Obama Administration and what they should be doing to limit the damage being done by the drug war.