"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.
North Coast Journal, 05 Mar 2015 - The fight for Arcata's 4/20 festival is heating up. For years, beleaguered travelers, excitable college kids and local enthusiasts would ascend the ferny trails to celebrate weed in all its glory at the city-owned public park nestled between the redwoods. But for the last couple of years, police officers, under city di […]
The Chico News & Review, 05 Mar 2015 - I have read quite a few letters in this newspaper from those who refer to Measure A as "intimidation" and "bullying" from both the Butte County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff's Office, preventing sick people from getting their medicine. First, if someone wants to grow their own medicine, M […]
SF Weekly, 05 Mar 2015 - FEDERAL 'LOIN Ivan Speed is not a model citizen. Since growing up in the Alemany housing projects, Speed has spent his adulthood running the streets in San Francisco, racking up the kind of record -- assault, theft, drugs, guns -- that would earn even a fallen choir boy the title of "career criminal."
Willits News, 04 Mar 2015 - As early as June the Emerald Grown Co-op, a new first of its kind marketing co-op, expects to publish a catalogue advertizing the names and wares of a larger number of Mendocino marijuana farms, inclucing glossy photos of landscapes and marijuana, branding messages about core-values, and even a star on a map of Mendocino showing t […]
Los Angeles Times, 04 Mar 2015 - In the United States , where doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers a year, the frequency of abuse and overdose represents a public health crisis. More than 15,000 Americans died from an overdose of prescription opioids in 2013.
Los Angeles Times, 02 Mar 2015 - A proposal to collect DNA from people convicted of some misdemeanors is a bad idea. Less than three months ago, California voters adopted Proposition 47, an initiative that reduced six felonies to misdemeanors. By far, most of the affected crimes are for drug possession.
San Francisco Chronicle, 01 Mar 2015 - "State Republican advocates for Oakland pot dispenser" (Insight, Feb. 22) and "GOP's crusader for legal pot calls it conservative cause" (Feb. 22) have both put a spotlight on the efforts of Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to get the Justice Department to refrain from trying to shut down dis […]
Willits News, 27 Feb 2015 - With at least six bills currently in legislature, and the deadline for new bills fast approaching, the Emerald Growers Association (EGA) is pushing for the North Coast's state senator, Mike McGuire, to introduce legislature that would classify marijuana as an "agricultural product." And the organization is no longer […]