"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.
Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2013 - Re "The marijuana measures," Editorial, May 10 Your editorial supporting Measure D mentions medical marijuana as a treatment for glaucoma patients. In my 25 years as a glaucoma sufferer, I have never been prescribed marijuana.
Times-Press-Recorder, 17 May 2013 - To the Editor: The legalization of marijuana is a huge issue. It should be legalized for many reasons. Clearly, this is a controversial issue, but if we legalized marijuana there would be a lot of good that will come out of it. It will also solve a lot of the huge problems.
The Bakersfield Californian, 16 May 2013 - Bakersfield City Council member Terry Maxwell on Wednesday called for City Attorney Ginny Gennaro to draft an ordinance banning medical marijuana shops in the city. Medical marijuana advocates and opponents made conflicting appeals to the Bakersfield City Council Wednesday night.
Sacramento News & Review, 16 May 2013 - So, there will never be pot clubs in Sacramento County after last week's California Supreme Court ruling, right? - -Despondent Dave Nil desperandum, Dave! It's not as bad as you may think. Yes, the California Supreme Court ruled that cities and counties are allowed to ban medical-marijuana dispensaries, s […]
San Jose Mercury News, 12 May 2013 - The people of California voted for medical marijuana in 1996 ( Cartoonist's view, May 9). What we have had instead is 17 years of undermining our vote by all levels of government. The use of zoning laws to regulate pot dispensaries out of existence is not a reasonable exercise of government regulations, it is an abus […]
San Francisco Examiner, 13 May 2013 - Justice Department's Attempt Is First Such Move in S.F. The landlord's eviction proceedings against Shambhala Healing Center last year failed because the site complies with state, though not federal, laws.
The Press Democrat, 12 May 2013 - EDITOR: The fact that cities are turning away pot dispensaries makes me wonder why these supposedly learned folks in government would rather drive pot sales back underground ("State's high court OKs ban on pot stores," Tuesday). Is the court high on something?
The Signal, 12 May 2013 - Issuing a unanimous ruling, the California Supreme Court recently affirmed the right of local governments to ban pot shops. Justice Marvin Baxter, writing for the state high court, said marijuana dispensaries "may pose a danger of increased crime, congestion, blight, and drug abuse."
Times-Press-Recorder, 10 May 2013 - To the Editor: Government spending on welfare alone is $131.9 billion a year. The purpose of government aid programs is to encourage enrollees to better their lives, not to support their drug addiction.