From High Times Magazine:
Owlsley "Bear" Stanley, the legendary sound engineer who cooked up some of the finest LSD of the 1960s, died in a car crash in his adopted homeland of Australia. Stanley was 76. He discovered the recipe for LSD in a chemistry journal at the University of California at Berkeley. His Purple Haze inspired Jimi Hendrix's classic hit, and the Greatful Dead - whom Stanley briefly managed - wrote about him in their song "Alice D. Millionaire." The band Blue Cheer took it's name from another of his acid concoctions. In a San Francisco Chronicle interview from 2007, Stanley said: "What I did was a community service, the way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society. Only my society and the one making the laws were different."
Equador legalizes the possession of 8 plants for personal use (read here, in Spanish).
Also, this month's High Times has an interview with Marc Emery, the Canadian cannabis seed provider and marijuana activist, who is stuck in a for profit prison in Georgia, making 12 cents an hour. US law considers 'all parts of the marijuana plant' 'drugs', including the roots, stalks, leaves and seeds.