"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.
Anderson Valley Advertiser, 30 Jul 2016 - Abraham Lincoln said, according to many sources, including the Cannabis Card produced by Pebbles Trippet and drawn by Fred Sternkopf, "Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my Hohner harmonica." But no one ever provides a reference to when and where […]
The Press Democrat, 30 Jul 2016 - California's ground-breaking effort to license medical marijuana growers started with an online anonymous survey this week that got more than 1,000 responses from prospective applicants for licenses that won't be issued until 2018. The survey, conducted by the state Department of Food and Agriculture's Medical […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 29 Jul 2016 - It is not an opiate problem. Neither is it a cannabis, meth, tobacco, alcohol, nor addiction problem. It is a prohibition problem. We slog ahead, making steady progress on tobacco, milder progress on alcohol. Progress is possible because these substances are not treated as criminal. Imagine the attendance at AA meetings […]
North Coast Journal, 28 Jul 2016 - The longer I work in media, the more tempted I am to write a guide for the general public on how media works. And, given that I've only worked in media for a little more than a year, logic would imply that, at some point very soon, I'll succumb to temptation, leave my job at the Journal and devote a year to writin […]
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Jul 2016 - I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work. Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I have my recommendation from a doctor and am […]
The Press Democrat, 28 Jul 2016 - Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses. With medical marijuana becoming more regulated and with the likelihood California voters will legalize pot in November, Cloverdale is looking to capture some of the revenue to bols […]
SF Weekly, 28 Jul 2016 - Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, but despite an encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the brain disorder that claims about 85,000 lives a year, experts say. Some assisted living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 27 Jul 2016 - Oroville - Marijuana is back on the ballot. The Butte County Board of Supervisors sent an initiative by pot proponents to the November ballot with a 4-1 vote shortly after noon Tuesday. Parts of the initiative, titled the "Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce Measure," were questioned by the supervisors, […]
Los Angeles Times, 27 Jul 2016 - Just weeks after putting the measure before voters Nov. 8, supervisors backtrack amid pushback. November's ballot will be crowded with tax initiatives, but a Los Angeles County proposal to fund efforts on homelessness with a tax on marijuana won't be one of them.