"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 Press Democrat, 30 Mar 2015 - A blue ribbon commission led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves a pat on the back for taking a thoughtful approach to a likely 2016 initiative to legalize marijuana in California. In its first major progress report, the panel called Thursday for detailed study on issues such as how to tax marijuana in a fair way that eliminat […]
San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar 2015 - Recently, I read that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing to legalize marijuana in California. I am against it because marijuana requires large amounts of water to grow and California is in the midst of a severe drought. This is the man who wants to be California's next governor? Norman Spruill, San Francisco - --- MA […]
Appeal-Democrat, 31 Mar 2015 - If the Yuba County Board of Supervisors is so worried about the impending drought and water shortage enough to deny medical marijuana patients their right to grow pot, why is the county selling water to Alameda County? You can't have your cake and eat it, too. And if Randy Fletcher is so worried about the safety of people […]
Porterville Recorder, 30 Mar 2015 - We were please to see the board of supervisors stay the course when it comes to curtailing the growing of marijuana in Tulare County. The board recently agreed to keep the ordinance in place which greatly restricts the growing of marijuana. It does not completely ban marijuana growing, but narrows down where it can legally […]
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - OAKLAND (TNS) - With Californians likely to vote as early as next year on legalizing recreational marijuana, a task force headed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel the Golden State in the coming months to help the state think through the issues. In a new report, the task force says the state should figure out in advance how t […]
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - Yuba County's new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance is cost-prohibitive for most patients to abide by and unconstitutionally deprives them of growing their own plants, a lawsuit filed against the county states. The suit filed late Thursday by four county growers also challenges the Board of Supervisors' approval […]
The Orange County Register, 27 Mar 2015 - Re: "Fed should respect state laws on medical marijuana" [Opinion, March 22]: Not only should our federal government respect state laws on medical marijuana, but marijuana prohibition as a federal policy needs to end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is […]
North Coast Journal, 26 Mar 2015 - A study published last week posits a parched forecast for several North Coast watersheds that host concentrated marijuana cultivation sites. The report, co-written by scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service, outlines the stream-sucking impacts of grows in the […]
SF Weekly, 26 Mar 2015 - CANNABIS SUSTAINED AGRICULTURE There's a new addition to farmers' markets in San Francisco of late: At a table stacked with empty small mason jars, a few smiling young fellows are handing out free apples.