"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.
East Bay Express, 26 Aug 2015 - DECRIMINALIZATION NOW The stench of the war on drugs - which like all wars, is a war on people - pervades our bureaucratic, Puritan culture. It's important that the article pointed out the ongoing support for the war among local agencies. The only real answer is total decriminalization at every bureaucratic level.
Appeal-Democrat, 26 Aug 2015 - Might Make Sense As a Precursor to Approval of Recreational Use; but What About Enforcement? Finally, California legislators seem interested in designing a statewide regulatory system for medical marijuana. Not that we have much confidence in what the outcome will be. There's a high probability that things will get bogged […]
Chico Enterprise-Record, 23 Aug 2015 - Here is a challenge for you. Reconcile the following: In 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified, including the Fourth Amendment, guaranteeing "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures."
Chico Enterprise-Record, 26 Aug 2015 - Jimmy Carter, our 39th president, is quite ill with cancer in stage IV. It seems to this citizen that Jimmy always kept his (and our) affairs in order, so his doctors telling him to do so now will be no additional burden.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 26 Aug 2015 - The more time goes by since last fall's passage of the high-minded 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 unqu […]
East Bay Express, 26 Aug 2015 - The most credible effort is late out of the gate, while campaign warchests are missing in action. Meanwhile, California lawmakers are rushing to write rules for medical pot. In 439 days, Californians are expected to cast a historic vote on an initiative legalizing cannabis for recreational adult use. But the text of that initi […]
Manteca Bulletin, 25 Aug 2015 - Likely Legalization Vote Prompts Action on Medical Industry SACRAMENTO (AP) - The likelihood that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state's vast medical marijuana industry - a job they have deferred for nearly two dec […]
San Diego Union Tribune, 24 Aug 2015 - Diego Di Maria ("Marijuana legalization would be big mistake," Aug. 20) writes in the letters section that legalization of marijuana will "cause more car crashes, addiction and normalize a stoned society." Phillip Boffey, science writer for The New York Times, writes that in terms of society, nicotin […]
Appeal-Democrat, 25 Aug 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The likelihood California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state's vast medical marijuana industry a job they have deferred for nearly two decades. A pair of bills pending in the California Legislature would c […]