(Mayoral candidates attend a debate at USC: David Hernandez, Walter Moore, Craig X. Rubin and Phil Jennerjahn)
In March of 2009, voters in Los Angeles cast 4,158 votes for Craig X. Rubin to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles. Today, Rubin sits in a jail cell at Parker Center in downtown Los Angeles, charged with marijuana possession and distribution.
Unfortunately, this stunning turn of events was not unforeseeable. Rubin has been arrested in the past on similar charges, all stemming from his work as a minister at his own Temple 420. The following August press release, in which Rubin offers to give away free marijuana(!) , may have been the last straw for local law enforcement authorities.
Los Angeles activist and former Mayoral candidate Craig X. Rubin
announced today that "Beverly Hills Green Cross" medical marijuana
collective is giving a free eighth of an ounce of their "Beverly Hills
Haze" ($60.00 value) to each of the first 500 medical marijuana patients who attend this Thursday's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee meetng and fill out a speaker card to speak for one minute on one or more of the 20 hardship exemption hearings scheduled that day and speak on the item.
"We're taking a page out of 60's activism" said Craig this afternoon,
"we need to clog the room with speakers, make it take an hour or two for each hearing instead of the 8-10 hearings an hour they have been doing."
It should be noted that even though the hearings have not been held yet all the items scheduled to be heard on Thursday 8/7 are already penciled
in for final disposition in front of the full city council on September
1, 2009 as if their destiny has already been predetermined.
Perhaps this Thursday will see fireworks at the PLUM committee hearing.
"Medical marijuana patients need to participate in activism and not just capitalism" added Craig Rubin.
Craig will be on KABC radio in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM on the Doug McIntyre show discussing the cities war on post
ICO-providers of medical marijuana and also talking about his own
upcoming hardship exemption hearing this Thursday in front of the PLUM committee.
You can listen to him live via the web at http://www.kabc.com/
Beverly Hills Haze??? Interesting...
Cannabis activists are informing the blog that Rubin is being held on $10,000 bail. Rubin has the money to pay that bail, but is refusing to pay, arguing that these charges are wrong and that his use of marijuana is part of his religious ceremonies. Insiders tell us that Rubin intends to stay in jail for several more days, until the local authorities are forced to release him on his own recognizance.
When I heard about Rubins arrest, I immediately thought about another Mayoral candidate. One who can no longer be mentioned here - but he's the fourth place finisher in the March election. I wonder how he feels about all of this.
Maybe he will be one of the angry crowd of protesters gathered outside of Parker Center this weekend, chanting "FREE CRAIG RUBIN! FREE CRAIG RUBIN!!"
...or, maybe not.