BY CHRIS THOMPSON / Special to Smell the Truth
The Los Angeles Police Department wants to crack down on a supposed increase in the number of people driving while "high," so they are taking the instant swab drug testing they use in jail to the streets. The swabs will be used during routine traffic stops to test motorists for seven different drugs, cannabis among them. In fact, cannabis is the main drug cops are on the lookout for.
During the Christmas holidays California Governor Jerry Brown (D) approved 127 pardon requests, 93 of which pertained to drug-related crimes; many of those involved non-violent marijuana offenders.
This is one less pardon than Governor Brown handed down last year, but way up from the eleven pardons he gave in 2011. By contrast, California's previous governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), gave out only fifteen pardons in his entire eight years in Sacramento.