Sgt. Gary Wiegert of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department supports changes in local marijuana laws so that minor offenses would not needlessly drain police resources. That’s why he decided to work on the side as a lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis, a group that advocates for pot reform in Missouri. But metro police officials were not pleased with this activity — and have made efforts to block this lobbying. At least those are the allegations from Wiegert and his legal team, who will be filing a lawsuit this week that accuses the department of suppressing his free speech rights. “The police department is not in a position to say, ‘You can be a lobbyist only if we like what you’re lobbying for,'” attorney Albert Watkins tells Daily RFT. “We all know that the upset here on the part of the department is the fact that he is…lobbying for an organization that is named Show-Me Cannabis.'” Click headline for full story. [hr]
If one locally based federal official is any indication, it’s not a slam-dunk that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will allow laws establishing state-controlled marijuana to fly under the federal drug enforcement radar. Click headline for full story. [hr]
Young Guru went head-to-toe with Just Blaze today at the Empire Auto Space in Austin. During his set, he treated the SXSW audience to the remix of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” with Hov. Sounds dope so far.
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