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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Details February Issue Highlights Medical Marijuana in California

The just-out issue of Details magazine has an excellent piece on medical marijuana in California that is all the more prescient in light of today's illegal DEA pot club raids in the state.
Thanks to recent clarifications of Prop 215 (and a U.S. district court injunction protecting pot docs), the threat of arrest has nearly vanished. Since 2004, an estimated 250,000 new “patients” have discreetly boarded the brownie bus, many of them enthusiasts who pay up to a few hundred dollars a year for doctor’s notes that permit them to buy rarefied weed at a cannabis club.


Sitting on his balcony overlooking the Bay Bridge, [pseudononymous cannabis club operator] Tyler says, “Do you know what keeps me awake at night?” He pulls a chalky bong hit into his lungs and pauses for effect. “What I’m most afraid of is your fucking story.”

Tyler doesn’t want his price to plummet any further as more opportunists learn about California’s permissive weed laws. He doesn’t want any publicity to inflame Prop 215’s critics, like the syndicated right-wing radio host Michael Savage. And he doesn’t want the DEA to turn its attention to the West Coast. For Tyler, it’s best that the marijuana loophole remain an open secret. Tyler looks me dead in the eyes and exhales in my face. He says, “Don’t blow it for all of us.”
Of course the devil's not in the Details, it's in the DEA. More here.

[Thanks to Amanda for the tip.]