"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.
Sacramento News & Review, 18 Sep 2014 - Our Writer Goes to Washington to Explore Marijuana Legalization SN&R's resident cannabis expert goes to Washington-the state-and dishes on the marijuana-legalization experiment up north Carl Sagan once said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." I ha […]
SF Weekly, 17 Sep 2014 - ANYONE CAN GET THEIR MEDICINE Not long ago, a friend of mine visited the doctor. Afterward, I asked him for the diagnosis. "Good news," he said with a grin. "I'm still sick." A clean bill of health would have been a setback. That would mean no more marijuana.
The Times-Herald, 11 Sep 2014 - Illegal marijuana grow sites continue to thrive in our national forests because recreational marijuana use, although against the law, just doesn't seem to go away. Think of it as prohibition for the new millennium. Instead of backwoods stills producing alcohol, we have hidden gardens producing pot. This, of course, has be […]
Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep 2014 - An Irvine attorney was convicted Wednesday of having a PTA volunteer falsely imprisoned in a drug bust that was part of a revenge scheme. Kent Easter, 40, was convicted of one felony count of false imprisonment by deceit in a retrial of the case, the Orange County district attorney's office said. A judge declared a mistr […]
Los Angeles Times, 08 Sep 2014 - An apparent robbery of a marijuana-growing operation in Fresno resulted in a fatal gunfight Thursday that left two suspects dead and a 15-year-old girl being used as a human shield by fleeing robbers. Two of the alleged gunmen who broke into the house in south Fresno are in custody and three remain at large, said Lt. Louis He […]
SF Weekly, 10 Sep 2014 - WATCH THE SKIES His weathered face and his whitening hair make Butch Small look older than his 58 years. He looks better than he should, according to the doctors who told him two years ago that he'd soon die from a combination of hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver. He'd been sober a quarter-century, he says, but the boo […]
San Francisco Chronicle, 06 Sep 2014 - I had to shake my head as I read "Illegal marijuana grow sites despoil our national forests" (Open Forum, Sept. 3). Since 2010, California voters have had the opportunity to stop this destruction by legalizing marijuana, but have chosen not to, even though polls indicated legalization was favored by a majority […]
San Francisco Chronicle, 06 Sep 2014 - Regarding "Illegal marijuana grow sites despoil our national forests" (Open Forum, Sept. 3): Sam Hodder is barking up the wrong tree. Illegal marijuana grows in national forests are a direct result of marijuana prohibition. Federal anti-marijuana enforcement is the root cause of the problem, not the solution. […]
San Francisco Chronicle, 05 Sep 2014 - The United States Department of Justice should fight pot farms on federal lands by putting a bounty on all caught on pot sites. Hunters could add to their incomes, and recruitment will become harder for these outlaws.