"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.
SF Weekly, 29 Oct 2014 - AFTER THE CRACKDOWN With its organic nurseries and converted auto body shops selling artisanal barbecue, Berkeley's San Pablo Avenue hardly resembles a war zone. But step into a clean and well-lit former mechanic's space, where a bubbling fountain placed just inside the door offers a hint of peace, and you're on the fr […]
Record Searchlight, 28 Oct 2014 - REDDING, California - Nearly 100 people turned out for a forum in south Redding Monday night to hear arguments for and against Shasta County's Measure A, a ballot measure that -- if approved by voters next week -- would ban outdoor marijuana cultivation in unincorporated areas of the county and place additional restrict […]
San Diego City Beat, 28 Oct 2014 - Let's Move This Time Machine to 2014, Shall We? I suffer from election fatigue, thanks to the constant barrage of campaigning, the devious tactics of politicians and signature-gatherers, the endless pamphleting, the calls asking for money. (Please, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: Quit asking me to help Al […]
Sacramento Bee, 27 Oct 2014 - Millions of Americans rely on hydrocodone-combination products to ease debilitating pain. Until recently, doctors could fax or phone refills to a pharmacy. Now, regardless of age or mobility, sufferers must pay a doctor for a handwritten prescription. The cost of relief has increased by the cost of an office visit. Sadly, some p […]
San Diego Union Tribune, 27 Oct 2014 - Regarding "San Diego shuts down four illegal pot shops" (Oct. 23): The city keeps closing pot shops, but the numbers don't seem to go down. In September 2013 "more than a dozen" were reportedly operating. In May 2014 the number was "at least 54." Now, in October, with four new closures […]
Porterville Recorder, 25 Oct 2014 - Now that the city has basically given local medical marijuana users what they want, the pressure is on them to see to it that the city's new medical marijuana growing ordinance is followed and there are no problems with people illegally growing marijuana in their back yards. The council has agreed to not only allow th […]
North Coast Journal, 23 Oct 2014 - With law enforcement raids and private paramilitary security agencies running through Humboldt's hills enough to strike fear in the hearts of marijuana growers, one of California's previously benign regulatory agencies will soon attempt to make a splash in the marijuana world. The State Water Resources Control Boa […]
Sacramento News & Review, 23 Oct 2014 - How much money can you make harvesting marijuana during this time of year? My friend says there's work for me up north but I wanted to know what you think. - -Mike Grant-Labor Yes. You can make good money. But the money is not particularly easy to get. It requires long hours and hard work, like being on an Ala […]
The Chico News & Review, 23 Oct 2014 - Federal Official Calls on California to Regulate Medical Marijuana Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole recently warned that the federal government may step in if California doesn't implement a statewide regulatory system for the use and distribution of medical marijuana.