"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.
San Diego Union Tribune, 28 Aug 2015 - I partially agree with the author of a recent opinion article ("Proposed law makes it easier to retain criminal assets," Aug. 21). Law enforcement and all professionals who put themselves in harm's way to protect the public must secure appropriate levels of funding through the appropriate channels.
The Orange County Register, 28 Aug 2015 - Law enforcement professionals throughout California are urging our Legislature to look elsewhere in its efforts to reform asset forfeiture; Senate Bill 443 is not the answer. SB443 would require a criminal conviction before officials could seize the assets of criminal organizations. These sophisticated, deadly and, y […]
Sacramento News & Review, 27 Aug 2015 - You failed to mention the devastating impact many cannabis grow-sites have on California's natural environment. Cultivation of cannabis on public or private land can and should be done with the utmost respect for the surrounding environment, and without harming the wildlife, native vegetation or limited water […]
North Coast Journal, 27 Aug 2015 - In another portent of the gentrification of marijuana, cannabis activists have tapped into the fitness industrial complex to create the 420 Games, a series of sporting events that claims it is "destigmatizing millions of responsible, positive cannabis users through athletic achievement." In mid-August, several hun […]
SF Weekly, 27 Aug 2015 - The Drug Trade Is Entrenched in the Tenderloin, the Only Place in S.F. Where Drug Users Have Some Political Power They're outside on the corner when John Lorenz leaves his girlfriend's Tenderloin apartment in the morning; they're there when he returns. Sometimes he catches them on a shift change - like union workers cl […]
SF Weekly, 27 Aug 2015 - U.S. DRUG COPS EASE UP ON POT As America's multibillion dollar cannabis industry continues to expand, the nation's drug cops are seizing less weed. In 2009, the first summer of Barack Obama's presidency, a record 10.4 million marijuana plants were eliminated in America, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Adminis […]
Los Angeles Business Journal, 26 Aug 2015 - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Medbox Inc. Founder P. Vincent Mehdizadeh is letting 13 million shares of his company go up in smoke, raising the value of those held by others. Mehdizadeh, who briefly became a billionaire on paper when shares of his West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensing firm hit $52.50 in early […]
East Bay Express, 26 Aug 2015 - DECRIMINALIZATION NOW The stench of the war on drugs - which like all wars, is a war on people - pervades our bureaucratic, Puritan culture. It's important that the article pointed out the ongoing support for the war among local agencies. The only real answer is total decriminalization at every bureaucratic level.
Appeal-Democrat, 26 Aug 2015 - Might Make Sense As a Precursor to Approval of Recreational Use; but What About Enforcement? Finally, California legislators seem interested in designing a statewide regulatory system for medical marijuana. Not that we have much confidence in what the outcome will be. There's a high probability that things will get bogged […]