Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Pictured: Blackberry Kush
New York City has been in the news lately as the the pot-bust capital of the U.S.A., and data shows that NYC’s reputation for targeting racial minorities is real and quantifiable. In fact, over the last 15 years, more than 85 percent of the half-million-plus people charged with misdemeanor possession there have been black or Latino.
Recently, professor Jon Gettman decided to look at the numbers that NORML has been collecting for years, and discovered that in 2008 African-Americans were 12 percent of the U.S. population, but 31.6 percent of those arrested for pot possession in cases where race was reported to the FBI. (2008 is the most recent year for which detailed figures are available.)
So how does Los Angeles fare? Not well. According to NORML’s stats, in Los Angeles County, the arrest rate (as a % of population) for Marijuana possession by African-Americans is more than twice than whites. Put another way– despite being 8% of the population, African-Americans account for roughly 25% of all pot possession arrests. Slightly lower than the national average, but nothing to be proud of. You can view the stats for yourself here.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Following the Civil War, an Italian, Alessandro Repetto, purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) of the rancho and built his ranch house on the hill overlooking his land, about a half-mile north of where Garfield Avenue crosses the Pomona Freeway, not far from where the Edison substation is now located on Garfield Avenue.
It was at this time, Richard Garvey, a mail rider for the U.S. Army whose route took him through Monterey Pass, a trail that is now Garvey Avenue, settled down in the King’s Hills. Garvey began developing the land by bringing in spring water from near the Hondo River and by constructing a 54-foot-high (16 m) dam to form Garvey Lake located where Garvey Ranch Park is now. To pay for his development and past debts, Garvey began selling portions of his property. In 1906, the first subdivision in the area, Ramona Acres (named after the developer’s daughter, who would also later inspire the title of the novel Ramona), was developed north of Garvey and east of Garfield Avenues.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Strawberry cough helps prevent deaths
A groundbreaking study by Dr. Daniel Rees has shown that fatal traffic accidents are reduced after a state legalizes medical marijuana. The drop was a significant 9% average across the board in states such as California. The essential finding of the study was that increased access to medical marijuana depresses the rate of drinking among 20-29 year olds. Alcohol is frequently cited as the major contributing factor to traffic fatalities, which are the leading cause of death in America for those aged 5-34. You can read more about the study here, or download and analyze the full paper for yourself here.