"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.
Los Angeles Times, 07 Oct 2015 - In a rare and heartening example of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have united around a proposal for a major reform of federal criminal sentencing laws. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 unveiled last week by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, a conservati […]
East Bay Express, 07 Oct 2015 - Amid the collapse of physical record sales, the Bay Area's album mecca, Amoeba Music, is hoping to open a medical cannabis dispensary inside its Berkeley flagship store. Everyone knows the music industry is in the dumps - shattered by the collapse of sales of physically recorded music. But what few people know is the surg […]
Los Angeles Times, 07 Oct 2015 - Cannabis Club TV Aims to Be a Platform for Marijuana Advertisers Step aside, Comedy Central. Beat it, MTV. Eat your heart out, Food Channel. A new media darling is tapping into the wants and needs of an emerging social culture: people who smoke pot, both medicinally and, in a growing number of states, simply to get high.
Los Angeles Times, 06 Oct 2015 - A Study Says Kids With Warm Views of Pot Are More Likely to Drive Drunk or High Later. A new study of Los Angeles-area kids suggests a specific way to reduce the risk that they will drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs as teenagers: Challenge their positive beliefs about marijuana, and start doing it as early as sixt […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 04 Oct 2015 - Can any of you out there honestly say that the drug war launched six decades ago has accomplished anything at all besides building a massive police/prison industry? Has it curtailed drug use by our youth or lessened the supply? Not at all. Demand is at an all-time high and prices are at an all-time low due to the oversu […]
Appeal-Democrat, 04 Oct 2015 - REDDING (TNS) The board that governs the Central Valley Region's water policy voted 4-0 to enact new restrictions and regulations on outdoor medical marijuana grows at its meeting in Redding on Friday. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the regulations, talked about water theft and touched on […]
Appeal-Democrat, 03 Oct 2015 - In the midst of harvest season, it's not uncommon to hear the phrase "a large amount of marijuana" on police radios. While deputies work around the calendar to bust illegal grows, peak harvest season is also peak seizure season as the size and odor of marijuana plants draws the attention of complaining neighbors […]
Los Angeles Times, 03 Oct 2015 - Central Valley Agency Sets Best-Management Practices for Marijuana Cultivation. Pot growers have been put on notice by state regulators that they will have to follow the same rules as the rest of agriculture in protecting the state's droughtstricken water supply.
Los Angeles Times, 01 Oct 2015 - Re "Cleaning up after pot farmers," Editorial, Sept. 23 As representatives of craft and artisanal cannabis farmers in California, we applaud The Times' editorial, which addressed environmental damage caused by unregulated and illegal cannabis growers.