Why is it that drugs you’d think get cut with cheap and readily available substances like, say, chalk, or baby powder, instead contain bizarre and seemingly much more expensive substances like levamisole, an animal medication used to treat intestinal worms that’s apparently tainting as much as 30% of the cocaine/crack in the U.S.?

Speaking of illicit drugs, a prison bill intended to reduce overcrowding and replenish California’s cash-strapped till took a bit of a beating yesterday as a stripped-down version made its way through the Assembly. Dems, in general, favored the measures, such as reduced sentences and early releases, while Republicans responded: A state-sanctioned jailbreak? Not in my backyard.

Check out Bryan Gibel’s report on the shortage of urban gardening space in the Mission. Interest in plots is so high that some waitlists may extend as long as 20 years. Meanwhile, Bridget Huber hangs out at local union halls, where janitors are waiting … and waiting … for work.

Pirate Cat Radio, the cafe-cum-pirate-radio-station at 21st and Florida in the Mission District, was honored by the Board of Supervisors yesterday for “empowering voices ignored by other traditional media outlets” and other fine deeds, like “continuing to advance the city’s coffee culture.”

With all that dirty cocaine floating around 16th Street, try something good for you instead: a giant glass of carrot juice at Chava’s at 24th and Mission. Four bucks.

Oh, and happy birthday Dr. Phil.

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