"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the USA," 1921
Ngaio Bealum joins us to discuss the effects of the West Coast medical marijuana crackdown, promoting May 20 Portland Mt. Tabor Theater show; Dave Bienenstock from HIGH TIMES with a preview of the newsstand issue and San Francisco's Medical Cannabis Cup; music by The Effinays
Live report from attorneys Lance Rogers and Michael Cindrich at the San Diego NORML protest of DEA abuse of Daniel Chong; highlights from the DFW NORML Cinco de Mota march; Rant: Debunking No on I-502 Misinformation, Again.
Daily Review, 10 Mar 2014 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed. A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state's freewheeling medical marijuana industry - the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and especially the doctors who write recommendations a […]
Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar 2014 - City attorney steps up enforcement on shops and targets landlords who rent out space. More than 100 pot shops have shut down since Los Angeles started enforcing its new rules restricting medical marijuana dispensaries, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Monday.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 06 Mar 2014 - It's not often we find ourselves agreeing with Gov. Jerry Brown, but we think he perfectly stated some of the same concerns we have about the legalization of marijuana. As an added bonus, he did it on a national stage. That's important, because the viewpoint is something everybody nationwide needed to hear - - […]
San Francisco Chronicle, 05 Mar 2014 - Gov. Jerry Brown's smooth ride to re-election just hit the first pot hole with his proclamation that legalizing marijuana might not be good for, not only California, but the country ("Gov. Brown unsure legal pot good idea," March 3). It's those "negative ripple effects." First Washington, t […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 04 Mar 2014 - The letter written by Rebecca Finn about another election is right on. The people of Butte County voted five district supervisors to represent the majority of the voters in Butte County. Supervisors voted for tighter restrictions so, if you have five acres, you are only allowed one 5-foot by 10-foot area to grow. That a […]
Washington Post, 03 Mar 2014 - (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure that legalizing marijuana in his state is a good idea because the country could eventually lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned. Brown (D) said he worries that if pot smoking gains more legitimacy in the nation's most populous state, it could have negat […]
San Francisco Examiner, 28 Feb 2014 - The Police Department was "shaken" Thursday by indictments unveiled against five current officers and one former officer for a host of federal charges, including constitutional-rights violations, extortion, lying in court and on police reports, and dealing drugs. "Our department is shaken," said a vis […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 28 Feb 2014 - Read the newspapers, listen to the radio, watch television. Almost every day another crime is committed in our community by none other than recreational marijuana users, sellers and thieves. This month, in a car chase from Chico to Magalia, officers found marijuana and meth. A probation officer arrested a probation viol […]
Sacramento News & Review, 27 Feb 2014 - Will California's anti-smoking laws impede the opportunity for business growth after legalization? My question stems from the idea that there could be Dutch-style coffee shops and smoking lounges, or some such other California incarnation of a social establishment catering to patrons of the green. What are the […]