"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 Salinas Californian, 23 Mar 2015 - On Saturday I wrote a news article on the status of Monterey County's only medical marijuana dispensary opening next month in Del Rey Oaks. In my reporting, I got to know DRO Mayor Jerry Edelen a bit better and was impressed with the thought process he described as he went from no to yes on the issue of medical mar […]
Appeal-Democrat, 23 Mar 2015 - A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators, New Jersey's Cory Booker, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand and Kentucky's Rand Paul, are sponsoring a bill to classify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, meaning the federal government would allow it to be used as medicine. Some critics worry that such a bill could become a "ga […]
North Coast Journal, 19 Mar 2015 - Local Planned Parenthood employees got a bit of a scare recently, when a suspicious package prompted a call to the bomb squad and an evacuation of the Cutten clinic. A little before noon on March 16, the U.S. Postal Service dropped a 2-foot by 2-foot package at the Planned Parenthood Northern California office. The package […]
SF Weekly, 19 Mar 2015 - CRACK HANGOVER The weather is weird in Oakland on a recent Saturday, as a biting wind cuts through the warm glow of a late February sun. Soon, a brief but furious rain pounds the skylights on the roof of Laney College's black student union, making it hard for the 40 or so people seated in folding chairs to hear the voice of the […]
Sacramento News & Review, 19 Mar 2015 - I see plenty of people getting excited about legalizing marijuana in California, but are there any ballot initiatives ready to go? Any you can recommend? - -Ivana B. Puffingwun There are a few ready to go, but I am not sure they will have much of a chance. The folks behind the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative ar […]
The Signal, 18 Mar 2015 - Community Leaders Told California Needs to Get Ready for Legalization SACRAMENTO - Two experts on the marijuana industry told a delegation of Santa Clarita Valley business and community leaders Tuesday that the state needs to be ready for the possible legalization of recreational marijuana use in the next few years.
San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar 2015 - "Tap California innovators to improve on water policy" (Insight, March 8) offered insightful suggestions for improving management of California water. Among the suggestions was reducing "drought-susceptible crops, like almonds." California almonds use nearly 9 percent of the state agricultural water […]
The Press Democrat, 13 Mar 2015 - Robert Jacob has a unique vantage point for California's marijuana debate. As a Sebastopol city councilman, he represents constituents concerned about neighborhoods and safety and, yes, access to medical marijuana. As the operator of three dispensaries, he deals with customers, security concerns and regulations.
North Coast Journal, 12 Mar 2015 - Former pothead turned Libertarian wunderkind Rand Paul (who dresses like his dad - yikes) is attempting to brand himself as the great emancipator of rich white college kids, co-authoring senate legislation that would relax the Fed's stance on marijuana. The bill, which is being introduced by Paul and East Coast Democra […]