"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.
San Diego Union Tribune, 31 Aug 2015 - Regarding "Proposed law makes it easier to retain criminal assets" (Aug. 21): Seizure of assets of citizens who have not been convicted of a crime is no way to fund public safety. If, as Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano's commentary claims, criminal forfeiture is an effective tool to disable " […]
Porterville Recorder, 31 Aug 2015 - It's been nearly a year since the marijuana ordinance went into effect for the city of Porterville and Tuesday the council members will review to see if the ordinance has been effective. Some of the topics to be reviewed and considered for possible change include drought concerns and the amount of water the plants use […]
San Diego Union Tribune, 29 Aug 2015 - The article related to heroin addiction ("The rising epidemic of heroin addiction," Aug. 21) showed the painful reality of how many lives are victimized by this epidemic. The piece addresses national and local statistics and what is being done politically and fiscally to reduce the problem. However, I believe […]
Appeal-Democrat, 30 Aug 2015 - The more time goes by since last fall's passage of the highminded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake. This was the ballot measure that turned some "minor" felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails. It has unquestionabl […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 29 Aug 2015 - It occurred to me after reading about another series of marijuana raids wherein Butte County authorities eradicated over 8,000 plants - rather than destroying them, why not sell the plants to those states where they are legal (Colorado, et al)? California could reap some much-needed revenue and those "wasted" […]
San Diego Union Tribune, 28 Aug 2015 - I partially agree with the author of a recent opinion article ("Proposed law makes it easier to retain criminal assets," Aug. 21). Law enforcement and all professionals who put themselves in harm's way to protect the public must secure appropriate levels of funding through the appropriate channels.
The Orange County Register, 28 Aug 2015 - Law enforcement professionals throughout California are urging our Legislature to look elsewhere in its efforts to reform asset forfeiture; Senate Bill 443 is not the answer. SB443 would require a criminal conviction before officials could seize the assets of criminal organizations. These sophisticated, deadly and, y […]
Sacramento News & Review, 27 Aug 2015 - You failed to mention the devastating impact many cannabis grow-sites have on California's natural environment. Cultivation of cannabis on public or private land can and should be done with the utmost respect for the surrounding environment, and without harming the wildlife, native vegetation or limited water […]
North Coast Journal, 27 Aug 2015 - In another portent of the gentrification of marijuana, cannabis activists have tapped into the fitness industrial complex to create the 420 Games, a series of sporting events that claims it is "destigmatizing millions of responsible, positive cannabis users through athletic achievement." In mid-August, several hun […]