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Week in Review: Filner Takes On Medical Marijuana And Marines Face Breathalyzers

Mayor Bob Filner made many medical marijuana activists and users very happy this week when he re-opened the door to the possibility of legal medical marijuana collectives in San Diego.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner introduces the new members of his staff to the public on Jan. 7, 2013.

We chronicled the back-and-forth between Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, which resulted in Filner ordering the city to stop referring medical marijuana code violation cases to Goldsmith for prosecution.

Goldsmith also talked to KPBS Midday and Evening Edition about the issue, and gave this quote about his enforcement of marijuana collectives: "Yes, it’s over."

It was a busy week for Filner, who also got into a public dispute with City Council President Todd Gloria over who has the power to make appointments to SANDAG. Three days after the dispute, a single slate of SANDAG appointments was released.

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Huell Howser amongst the California poppies, wearing his iconic sunglasses and gold shirt.

Public broadcasting lost a legend. Huell Howser, best known for California's Gold, died at the age of 67. There was an outpouring of comments on our Facebook page sharing memories of Howser. Be sure to take a look.

The Marine Corps will require Marines to take random breathalyzer tests twice a year. John Veneziano, the director of Camp Pendleton's Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center, told KPBS the breathalyzers will act as a deterrent, not to "try to catch anybody."

A couple of years ago, the head of the anthropology department at San Diego State University heard rumors about an old mural on campus featuring the characters from "Alice in Wonderland." But he wrote it off as only a rumor. Turns out, he was wrong.

And U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 230 pounds of illegal cheese.

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