Today, Washington State made history by becoming the first state in the union where you can smoke marijuana just to get high. A bunch of folks celebrated that fact by gathering at Seattle's Space Needle for a stroke-of-midnight smoke-out. “I feel like a kid in a candy store,” one of the midnight ravers enthused.
Just ask Joe Grumbine, who remains in jail more than three weeks after being arrested when he showed up at a Long Beach courthouse for a regularly-scheduled trial conference. Last year he and Joe Byron were tried and convicted of selling pot at a pair of Long Beach dispensaries as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective even as city officials there collected tens of thousands of dollars from other dispensaries to grow and sell marijuana–i.e. pretty much exactly what the two Joes were charged with doing. Thanks to judicial misconduct, those charges were thrown out of court earlier this year, but prosecutors seem determined to retry the case and send both men to prison.