"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 Jan 2016 - Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan Esplanade, Jan. 7): Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.
Sacramento News & Review, 11 Feb 2016 - I hear there is a new Weed Czar in town. I would like to know more. - -Tab U. LaRasa You are correct! Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Lori Ajax, currently the chief deputy director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, to head the new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. (By the way, Brown signed Assem […]
Sacramento News & Review, 11 Feb 2016 - City council proposes increased taxes amid statewide changes for cannabis Last week, two days after Sacramento City Council voted to allow cultivation of medical marijuana, Brad Wasson's phone wouldn't stop ringing. The revenue manager for the city laid out the potential benefits of regulating cannabis cu […]
Sacramento News & Review, 11 Feb 2016 - This 'Farm-To-Joint' Moment Could Mean Millions for Sacramento Californians smoke a lot of marijuana. As you can imagine, it's not easy to get an accurate estimate of just how much. Marijuana has been called California's biggest cash crop, representing between $11 billion and $17 billion a year […]
North Coast Journal, 11 Feb 2016 - Editor: As a Coloradoan who helped re-legalize cannabis (marijuana) in Colorado, it's strange to read California government continues struggling with medical cannabis issues ("What Deadline?" Feb. 4), when completely re-legalizing the plant looms on Election Day. If state government officials want to shape th […]
North Coast Journal, 11 Feb 2016 - So many hash labs are blowing up around these parts that Humboldt Bay Fire, which services the greater Eureka area, recently declared it won't go into the burning aftermath of the explosions. The new policy comes on the heels of several hash lab fires in the area, the most recent of which (on Jan. 20) sent a resident t […]
SF Weekly, 11 Feb 2016 - It was in a low-rent town in flyover country, playing a gig in front of a crowd of squares and straights in the Ronald Reagan '80s - the dark days of Just Say No, compulsory D.A.R.E. classes for children, and the crack-cocaine epidemic, all the things that led to our country's current drug-fueled incarceration crisis - when […]
The Press Democrat, 11 Feb 2016 - State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, introduced legislation Wednesday that would establish a 15 percent statewide sales tax on medical marijuana, a move he said was needed to help cover local government costs to control the booming cannabis industry. The tax would be in addition to the existing sales tax - roughly 8 percen […]
San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Feb 2016 - Regarding "$1 billion prescription for treating addictions" (Open Forum, Feb. 8): A big thank you to President Obama for his proposal to allocate $1.1 billion in new funding to stop the opioid overdose epidemic. The use of prescription drugs is so prolific in our country that precious Super Bowl 50 ad space wa […]