"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.
East Bay Express, 19 Nov 2014 - After the historic marijuana midterms, a seven-hundred-day battle for the Golden State begins. As the dust settles from the historic marijuana midterm election of 2014, a few things have become clear: Namely, Californians will vote on ending cannabis prohibition in 2016. But change is far from inevitable.
SF Weekly, 19 Nov 2014 - END OF THE GROWHOUSE We're inside a former safe factory next to the freeway in a certain East Side neighborhood, and we are looking at It. "It" is a metal box at least six feet high, easily the biggest object in this otherwise empty rectangular room that, at one-quarter of the 18,000-square-foot warehouse's ground […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 16 Nov 2014 - A common narrative since Nov. 4 has been the number of people lamenting the low voter turnout, here and nationwide, as the death knell for democracy. I saw something different, at least locally. I saw citizens get involved, speak up and influence the outcome of the vote on marijuana growing in Butte County.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 16 Nov 2014 - After a large majority of voters approved Proposition 47, reducing many petty theft and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, this newspaper posted an editorial characterizing the outcome as a mistake and a threat to public safety. The editorial asks: "What were the voters thinking?" and then suggests t […]
The Times-Tribune, 16 Nov 2014 - Craving and Conflict Grow Over Medical Marijuana in a Retirement Village That's Big Enough to Be a City Inside Laguna Woods Village, retirees with stiff knees and failing eyesight make ready use of wellness centers and medical offices scattered throughout nearby strip malls.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 15 Nov 2014 - Dr. Joseph Chiapella's preferred article on marijuana is exceptional only because it supports his views. It doesn't address the issue of the side effects of alternative drugs prescribed his by his colleagues. By aligning himself with the Measure A crowd, I would assume that the doctor thinks jail, exorbitant f […]
Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov 2014 - Four states out of 50 may not sound like much of a mandate, but the success of marijuana initiatives on the ballot last week suggests the nation is inching toward legalizing the once-demon weed. California started the ball rolling 16 years ago with a medical marijuana law so broad, it makes a gram of weed cheaper and easier t […]
Sacramento News & Review, 13 Nov 2014 - Hey Ngaio. Is weed still winning? - -Hank Hermit Are you kidding? All weed do is win! Last week, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., all voted to legalize marijuana for adults. Florida came very close to passing a medical-marijuana law with 58 percent of the vote. You would think that would be enough, but Constitu […]
The Union, 13 Nov 2014 - This letter is in response to policy analyst Robert Sharpe's letter "Time for California to catch up with Colorado." We can all agree that the local marijuana growing industry is big. How big? I would estimate that nearly a billion dollars flows through Nevada County's economy each year from local marijuana produc […]