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MISSOULA — Call it the Pot Shot Heard ‘Round the World.
Oh, wait. Somebody already did that.
The Examiner online news site — one of many news organizations that picked up on the story of a Missoula jury pool that dug in its heels last month at the prospect of trying a case involving “a couple of buds” of marijuana — put a variation of that headline on its story.
Others likewise had fun with it. “The Great Montana Marijuana Mutiny,” the Wall Street Journal’s legal blog termed it.
“Where There’s Smoke, There’s Change,” pronounced the Toronto Star.
And Huffington Post declared in a possible first that “Sanity Broke Out in Missoula, Montana, Today.”
Headline hijinks aside, the jury pool’s action — and the reaction to it — has serious ramifications for continued prosecution of low-level nonviolent drug crimes, not just in Missoula County but around the country.
“It was almost like a slap in the face to the system,” said John Zeimet, of the moment on Dec. 16 when he watched his fellow prospective jurors, one after another, tell Missoula County District Judge Dusty Deschamps that not only were they disinclined to convict, but wondered aloud why taxpayer money was being wasted on the case.
“The people stood up and spoke out.”
Read complete article here:
http://www.jackherer.com/archives/missoula-marijuana-‘mutiny’-mushrooms/MISSOULA — Call it the Pot Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Oh, wait.... more
The Bush administration is preparing to ease the way for the nation's largest private landowner to convert hundreds of thousands of acres of mountain forestland to residential subdivisions.
The deal was struck behind closed doors between Mark E. Rey, the former timber lobbyist who oversees the U.S. Forest Service, and Plum Creek Timber Co., a former logging company turned real estate investment trust that is building homes. Plum Creek owns more than 8 million acres nationwide, including 1.2 million acres in the mountains of western Montana, where local officials were stunned and outraged at the deal.
"We have 40 years of Forest Service history that has been reversed in the last three months," said Pat O'Herren, an official in Missoula County, which is threatening to sue the Forest Service for forgoing environmental assessments and other procedures that would have given the public a voice in the matter.
The Bush administration is preparing to ease the way for the nation's largest... more
This is part 3.
This is part 2.
There is a two minute intro to this piece which represents the musical overture, not much you can do with a musical overture that has no stage presence other than lights and sound. So please either forward past the intro if you find it boring or just be patient.
Hey all, this is a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk produced by the Missoula Children's theater and performed by the children of Florence, Oregon. It is a musical comedy performance and it is so much fun, the songs are terrific, and the children are amazing.
The show was sponsored by Florence, Oregon chapter of the Soroptimists http://www.soroptimist.org/
I shot the video and edited it, however, there were some technical difficulties with the sound in this venue. I thought I was going to be able to tap into their sound system and when I got there I found out that the show wasn't miked. So I had to improvise. I think it came out just fine with a couple small glitches.
Enjoy the show and let me know what you think.
"Many long years ago, when the world began to grow, before the wheels of progress rolled, many long years ago..." "Giants, horrible giants that roamed the countryside..." "Out hero Jack!"
I wish I had the names of the show Authors to give them proper credit, but I am posting this for the benefit of the Florence, Oregon Community that didn't get to see the performance because of the packed venue.
This is part 1 broken up into 6 - 10minue parts.There is a two minute intro to this piece which represents the musical overture, not... more
Big Sky Film Festival, meet & greet and pitch session for participating filmmakers.
Feb. 16th 12 Noon, panel on Short Film
Feb. 16th 2 PM, Current TV Meet & Greet
Feb. 17th 12 Noon, panel on 'Internet Convergence'
Big Sky Film Festival, meet & greet and pitch session for participating... more
Robin Prosser, a Missoula woman who struggled for a quarter century to live with the pain of an immunosuppressive disorder, tried years ago to kill herself. Last week, she tried again. This time, she succeeded.
After her earlier attempt failed, Prosser wound up in even more trouble after investigating police found marijuana in her home. She used the marijuana to help cope with pain.
That marijuana charge was eventually dropped in an agreement with the city of Missoula, and Prosser had reason to rejoice in 2004 when Montanans passed a law allowing medical use of the drug.
She was a high-profile campaigner for the Montana Medical Marijuana Act, and like others, she was dismayed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that drug agents could still arrest sick people using marijuana, even in states that legalized its use.
The ruling came to haunt Prosser in late March, when DEA agents seized less than a half ounce of marijuana sent to her by her registered caregiver in Flathead County.
At the time, the DEA special agent in charge of the Rocky Mountain Field Division said federal agents were ?protecting people from their own state laws? by seizing such shipments.
(more at link)
I cannot understand this legislation against cannabis, especially as it was originally created by corporations to protect their timber/paper, oil, and car-making industries.Robin Prosser, a Missoula woman who struggled for a quarter century to live with the... more
When it comes to recycling all those things that don't have bins go to in...this is where Missoulians go to keep the good stuff out of landfills.When it comes to recycling all those things that don't have bins go to in...this... more
A federal judge from Missoula, MT has warned Bush's top forestry official that he may go to jail for contempt of court. The case was brought to court by Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. They are challenging the use of a fire retardant containing ammonium phosphate that was used by the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires. In 2002 the substance was used in a fire in Central Oregon. It polluted Fall Creek and killed 20,000 fish.
The other reason to love Missoula:
http://greatestshow.blogspot.com/2007/07/so-missoula.htmlA federal judge from Missoula, MT has warned Bush's top forestry official that he... more