"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.
Sacramento Bee, 01 Aug 2015 - Re "Newsom takes high road on marijuana" (Forum, Dan Morain, July 26): What real value does legalizing marijuana for recreational use have? A euphemism for marijuana is dope. Its sole purpose is to get someone high. Isn't it enough that smoking cigarettes has been proven to be hazardous to our well-being? Instead […]
Appeal-Democrat, 01 Aug 2015 - The people who are actually illegally growing marijuana in Yuba County aren't always the only ones penalized for violating the county's stricter cannabis ordinance. Property owners, whether they live within view of marijuana gardens grown by tenants or are out-of-area and unaware of what renters are doing, are subject […]
The Acorn, 30 Jul 2015 - In last week's story "Pot 2.0," why are the only sources cited law enforcement officials who have a vested interest in keeping marijuana prohibition going? No, marijuana is not a narcotic. No, butane labs are not exploding all over the state like Fourth of July fireworks.
San Diego Union Tribune, 31 Jul 2015 - Regarding "Pot shop crackdown accelerating" (July 27): Writer David Garrick missed it. Community leaders have lobbied the city to shut down illegal pot shops not because they are "much less regulated" than "legal" dispensaries but because they are just plain drug dealers selling for profit. […]
The Chico News & Review, 30 Jul 2015 - What Does Roadmap for Legalizing Pot Mean for Recreational Weed on the 2016 Ballot? A widely praised report on pot legalization in California released last week warns that recreational weed in the state won't necessarily mean more green for its financial coffers.
Sacramento News & Review, 30 Jul 2015 - What Does the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy Mean for Weed on the 2016 Ballot? Marijuana is green. Sometimes purple or brown. Even tangerine. But mostly green. That's a simple, even Seussian approach to pot. This week in California, however, cannabis just got a helluva lot more complicated.
Sacramento News & Review, 30 Jul 2015 - Did you get a chance to read Gavin Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy recommendations for legal recreational cannabis use in California? What did you think? - -Hope Fullwishes Yeah, I read it. Meh. This thing took two years to produce?
Appeal-Democrat, 30 Jul 2015 - It's taken as a given that California will have a recreational marijuana initiative on the ballot next year and polling indicates that it will be successful. With that in mind, it was worthwhile having a panel consider the ins and outs of various ways of regulating it, even if nothing definitive came out of the study.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 30 Jul 2015 - Since the beginning of human commerce, the basic law of supply and demand has mostly determined the exchange of goods. In our country, the demand for cannabis has clearly increased over the past half century. Our response to that demand has been the same as our nation's response to alcohol nearly a century ago: pro […]