But Lia and Peter haven’t had enough time to enjoy each other’s company because she has been commissioned to build a float for the Northside’s famous Fourth of July Parade.Shaped like “a giant Browning Buckmark .22 pistol,” the float means to celebrate the work of local Cincinnati crime novelist Lucas Cross, even though he vanished while attending an authors’ convention in Austin, Texas, at the beginning of June.Last week, backers of an initiative to legalize marijuana in California declared that they’d collected enough signatures to place it on the November ballot. Governor Gavin Newsom, a declared 2018 gubernatorial candidate best known nationally for using his power as San Francisco’s mayor to greenlight same-sex marriages long before courts had sanctioned the practice.That experience has encouraged Newsom to take bold positions on other social issues, including drug policy reform.
I was mayor when we did the first regulations on the medical marijuana industry. What we learned from Colorado and Washington is that you can’t be too prescriptive because there are things no one can anticipate. But you will have to pay a 15 percent excise tax that goes to children’s programs, law enforcement, and other functions. But my hunch is that 10 years from now, you will have one system. 19 was coming up for a vote, I went to the Hemp Fest at the Cow Palace in Daly City. GN: I wasn’t prepared for that when we went up to Trinity and Humboldt counties.
It’s a strange situation, but, as Lia notes, even if Cross is still missing by the time of the parade, the gun “will only be in slightly worse taste than the usual Northside parade float.
[Cross’] books are coming out next month, regardless.” When the accountant of the Cross-affiliated knitting club that commissioned the float is inexplicably attacked one night in an alley, the sense of foul play begins to grow.
This is about communities being ravaged and destroyed. If you can’t talk about this, then you don’t belong in politics. GN: My foster brother lived in a Marin City housing project, a tough project at the time. My father was on the California Court of Appeals and he brought this into the home: He was just railing against mandatory minimums—how disgusted he was with the system, and with himself for perpetuating it.
Either come out against our initiative or, if you don’t like the status quo, what the hell is your alternative? But I don’t like the abdication—particularly in my party. He was living with us at the time of his 16th birthday, when his mom sent him a big bag of pot. When I got into elected office, I met the Drug Policy Alliance folks.