"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.
Appeal-Democrat, 10 Feb 2016 - Medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries are governed by a sometimes-confusing smorgasbord of rules and regulations that differ from county to county and city to city. Now there are four pieces of approved state legislation to add to the mix, including a cleanup bill signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown that makes correct […]
San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Feb 2016 - Thank you for your article in The Chronicle regarding "Coordinated effort to remove syringes" (Feb. 9). I hope you'll consider exploring this subject further, looking at the root causes of the incredible increase in improperly discarded needles. Where are all these thousands of needles coming from? Why th […]
East Bay Express, 10 Feb 2016 - City staffers are seeking to lift Oakland's cap on dispensaries and to license vapor lounges, commercial gardens, hash-makers, kitchens, and labs. Oakland stands poised to dominate California's new era of regulated medical cannabis. The Oakland City Council could green-light up to eight new medical cannabis dispensar […]
The Tribune, 06 Feb 2016 - I read with interest Lon Allan's take on banning all marijuana growing, stores and mobile sales in Atascadero ("Atascadero's ban on marijuana, celebration of wine is a double standard," Jan. 26). Him being the Luddite curmudgeon he has demonstrated and admitted to, I would expect no less. I guess he has no frien […]
Daily Press, 07 Feb 2016 - I'm from the generation that fell in love with drugs, I'm sorry to say. Timothy Leary implored us to "turn on, tune in and drop out." Some of my friends did that, though most of them later regretted it.
Los Angeles Times, 07 Feb 2016 - Costa Mesa police say there was nothing to indicate that mall storefront was Native American sanctuary. Police officers who thought they were shutting down a marijuana dispensary in Costa Mesa last month were in fact raiding a Native American church that uses cannabis and other controlled substances in its spiritual ceremonie […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 07 Feb 2016 - Time is too short to waste it spinning your wheels, especially in local government where every exercise costs staff time and money. The city of Chico avoided one unnecessary fire drill Tuesday and wisely chose to take a wait-and-see attitude on a second one, all related to the always-confusing topic of marijuana regulat […]
Sacramento Bee, 06 Feb 2016 - Re "Drug addicts finally a priority in politics" (Editorials, Feb. 4): The Bee's editorial board is absolutely right that what matters most right now is that something gets done by Congress to address opioid addiction and overdose in this country. But the most well-funded business lobby in this country is not goin […]