"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.
The Chico News & Review, 14 Aug 2014 - We all just lost a brilliant person whom most of us loved. I felt like I lost a brother. This person is Robin Williams. Robin chose to take his life. He was a one-of-a-kind person who had a history of mania, depression and the accompanying medications. Robin rejected clinical terms and instead chose to see himself i […]
Sacramento News & Review, 14 Aug 2014 - Can you explain why people are so upset about the bill that would create top-down regulations for California's medical-marijuana industry? - -Dude Seriously, Dude, I'm not sure. It's not great, but people are losing their minds. Let's take a look.
Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug 2014 - Clearlake, Calif. - Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter the lake's shoreline. Much of this city, in fact, and others nearby in Lake County, looks as if it was plucked from Appalachia - with weeds and unpaved streets, str […]
Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug 2014 - Re "Pot politics engulf court programs," July 27 The article notes that in many areas, most participants in drug courts are low-level marijuana users. In fact, a mere 5% of drug courts serve marijuana cases; the rest serve hardcore addicts addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.
Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug 2014 - California should do away with the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. California, like the rest of the nation, is slowly rousing itself after a generation-long binge of harsh and unthinking criminal sentences, especially for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and sale. Our morning-after realizations […]
Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug 2014 - State Lawmakers Also Put Aside Requiring Adult Film Actors to Use Condoms. Lawmakers on Thursday shelved plans to require state licenses for medical marijuana shops and condom use by adult film actors, among dozens of other measures.
The Press Democrat, 10 Aug 2014 - Tales of mysterious men in black or camouflage dropping from helicopters into legal marijuana gardens, cutting the plants, then disappearing with nary a word to the growers, have been spreading fear among Mendocino County pot cultivators. Many believe the intruders are private, paramilitary security officers conducting vigil […]
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Aug 2014 - As bizarre as it might seem, ecstasy seems to restructure a patient's relationship to trauma ... permanently WHEN IT COMES to psychedelics, an under-the-radar nonprofit research group is opening people's minds.
New York Times, 07 Aug 2014 - NICE, Calif. - An abandoned recreational vehicle was the first clue. In this hamlet two hours north of San Francisco and barely a mile from the largest natural freshwater lake in the state, the trailer sat on a hill, hidden from the main drag. Behind it rose a flimsy fence, tall enough to shield its bounty: 50 marijuana plants i […]