"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.
Appeal-Democrat, 30 Jul 2015 - It's taken as a given that California will have a recreational marijuana initiative on the ballot next year and polling indicates that it will be successful. With that in mind, it was worthwhile having a panel consider the ins and outs of various ways of regulating it, even if nothing definitive came out of the study.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 30 Jul 2015 - Since the beginning of human commerce, the basic law of supply and demand has mostly determined the exchange of goods. In our country, the demand for cannabis has clearly increased over the past half century. Our response to that demand has been the same as our nation's response to alcohol nearly a century ago: pro […]
North Coast Journal, 30 Jul 2015 - Holly Carter doesn't have a good estimate on how many plastic soil bags wind up in landfills, but judging from the "hundreds of thousands" she sees enter the Garberville-Redway area on flatbed trucks every grow season, it's many. In addition to the high carbon footprint associated with trucking dirt into […]
The Orange County Register, 28 Jul 2015 - Re: "Drug legalization: Learn from Portugal" [Editorial, July 26]: So we should follow Portugal's example, and legalize all drugs? Maybe we should follow Portugal's example and become a welfare state that is almost as bankrupt as Greece? Oh, pardon me. I guess we are already following Portugal in […]
The Press Democrat, 29 Jul 2015 - But if public opinion polls, election results in other states and people toking casually on California streets are a barometer, legalization may be inevitable. At a minimum, it's increasingly likely to return to the ballot in 2016. So if the state wants to avoid a repeat of the legal and legislative chaos produced by Pr […]
SF Weekly, 29 Jul 2015 - For those charged with ensuring her welfare, it wasn't enough to say that Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman discovered dead in a Texas jail cell on July 13, died by her own hand. Last week, authorities in Waller County, Texas, added another incredible layer to their narrative that Bland hanged herself with a garbage bag. […]
East Bay Express, 29 Jul 2015 - A Blue-Ribbon Report Eschews New Restrictions on Driving While Stoned As Californian voters prepare to consider legalizing cannabis, a newly released blue-ribbon report on marijuana policy is calling for a balanced approach toward so-called "drugged driving." Instead of punitive, drunk driving-type laws and penalties […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 29 Jul 2015 - Commercial pot growers worsen the drought conditions in Butte County. Marijuana's high water demands deplete wells. Growers divert water and transport it to stay afloat until harvest season. The Office of Emergency Management has stepped in to provide life-saving water needs for families. Groundwater supplies in fo […]
Merced Sun-Star, 27 Jul 2015 - The Merced Police Department served search warrants Friday and shut down Kiona's Farm'acy in downtown Merced, alleging the business operated as a marijuana dispensary. The police also ordered an investigation into business owner Lakisha Jenkins for possible tax evasion.