"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.
Los Angeles Times, 04 May 2016 - High- Profile Coalition Will Submit 600,000 Signatures to Give Voters a Chance to Legalize Marijuana. SACRAMENTO - A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California appears headed for the Nov. 8 ballot.
East Bay Express, 04 May 2016 - Fresh off a ban on all medical cannabis cultivation, it's now one of the first local governments to awaken to new state laws and the industry's revenue potential. California's counties are sleeping giants when it comes to medical marijuana, but Alameda County is beginning to stir.
San Diego Union Tribune, 04 May 2016 - I applaud the city attorney's decision to go after the unlicensed pot shops ("San Diego taking criminal approach to illegal pot shops," April 24), not because of any strong opposition to marijuana, but for two other reasons: 1) "Legal" pot shops followed the rules and are facing unfair competiti […]
The Press Democrat, 03 May 2016 - EDITOR: Wednesday's article about marijuana and opioid abuse certainly shows how far our society has come with regard to the use of marijuana for medical reasons ("Could pot help treat opioid addiction?). As a retired public health nurse, my concern is readers should use their critical thinking skills to notice tha […]
Appeal-Democrat, 03 May 2016 - As the primary election approaches, voters will be challenged to make important decisions regarding the commercial marketing of marijuana in all of its forms. Marijuana dispensaries promote medical marijuana products that come in various forms such as candy, cookies, brownies, etc. All would be dangerous or possibly fatal in th […]
The Ukiah Daily Journal, 02 May 2016 - To the Editor: First let me get off my chest a bit of family lore before I segue into the marijuana economy. This is a story with a Ukiah Valley historical twist that should be shared before it is lost: Background: I grew up in Mill Valley, in the 60's and 70's. Next door was a vacant lot and just beyond that […]
Los Angeles Times, 01 May 2016 - A proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California isn't getting much love from state Republicans. An influential California Republican Party committee on Saturday voted to oppose a proposed statewide ballot measure, known as the Adult Use Act, which would allow those 21 and older to possess and use u […]
Turlock Journal, 30 Apr 2016 - Jerry Brown a few years back was asked to comment on the drive to legalize recreational use of pot in California. The governor responded by indicating a "stoner state" may not be conducive to the California economy.