Photo: chron.ronThe color of moneyMail-in voting closes Tuesday on Measure F, a new ordinance in Oakland which would impose a special tax on sales of medical marijuana in the city's dispensaries. The measure would make Oakland the first city in the United States to have a business tax category for m ... More >>
Federal Art ProjectThe truth will set you free.Medical advice "City Bright" Doc Gurley published a column over at SFGate purporting to be the latest, bias-free, data-based information on marijuana. On the face of it, that's a great and laudable idea; we'll agree there is, indeed, a "desper ... More >>
oldies.comWhich came first, the lunatics or the grass? The time-honored notion of reefer madness, given new life recently in the British tabloid press, has taken another hit from reality. Widespread marijuana use by the public has not been followed by a proportional rise in diagnoses of schizophreni ... More >>
thcblog.com Fire Crackers: clang! honk! tweet!What could be more American? It's no secret that lots of folks will choose to celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the founding of the U.S.A. by creating a few ganja-generated mental fireworks of their own. Many of us have at some point made a bat ... More >>
photobucket.comOfficer, release that plantSome rural sheriff's departments still haven't really come to terms with the fact that medical marijuana is now legal in California, despite having had since 1996 to adjust to the concept. But in a landmark ruling, an appellate court today protected the righ ... More >>
Is it game over for the state's narcotics officers? California's budget crunch could cut almost a third of the agents from the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, according to Attorney General Jerry Brown.Budget negotiators, facing the financial meltdown of the state treasury, have proposed lopping $20 ... More >>
norml.orgCancer cure, or cause?When the bureaucrats over at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) classified marijuana smoke as a carcinogen last Friday, it predictably made headlines worldwide. But how much does the classification really mean, and should medical us ... More >>
wikimedia.orgLeggo my indo.Will grass get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no grass? National medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) may not have to find out, as it just received $139,000 for attorney fees by the City of Garden G ... More >>
Photobucket.comTo put a new twist on an old saw, desperation is often the mother of invention. When a person, or a state, is in dire straits, it's often an opportunity for the kind of epochal change that, at other times, might not be considered.That's where we are right now with marijuana law reform ... More >>
Reason.tvCharles Lynch In a courtroom crowded with spectators and supporters, Morro Bay medical marijuana dispensary owner Charles Lynch was sentenced today in federal court to one year and one day in prison.Lynch, 47, appeared this morning in the Los Angeles federal courtroom of U.S. District Judge ... More >>
Sen. Mark Leno today announced he has introduced a "joint resolution" to end the federal crackdown on medical marijuana use in California. While this is a matter of serious legislation, one can't help but notice the howler of a marijuana-related "joint" resolution. Leno's spokeswoman, Ali Bay, confi ... More >>
familydocs.orgDr. Tom Bent, president, California Academy of Family PhysiciansRiverside newspaper the Press-Enterprise reported yesterday that "observers don't expect a flood of applicants for medical marijuana cards" even though challenges by San Diego and San Bernardino counties to California ... More >>
Not bad medicine...There are many among us who obviously harbor some enormous moral judgments about marijuana and about those who legally use it as medicine -- as if we should somehow feel guilty about the relief that is afforded us through using this herb.As a legal medical marijuana patient myself ... More >>
Gil KerlikowskeNew White House Drug Czar and former Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske didn't wait long before making big waves as the top drug enforcement officer in the country. In his first public appearance since being confirmed on May 7, Kerlikowske, in a new interview with the Wall Str ... More >>
igougo.comIf you're a medical marijuana patient, Oceanside may decide on Wednesday that it doesn't want your business. Or your crime, or your noise. Wait, what?Oceanside, like 110 or so other cities in California, may impose a (temporary, they say) ban on medical marijuana dispensaries until the cit ... More >>
Fair enough, it was somewhat lost in the glare of our governor -- once caught on film wearing a shirt emblazoned with the sentence "Arnold Is Numero Uno" while smoking a joint and eating a massive piece of cake -- said he's open to debate on marijuana legalization. But, yesterday, a resolution passe ... More >>
HR95.orgBryan EpisWhen Californians voted to legalize medical marijuana under Proposition 215 almost 13 years ago, it's a safe bet that not many of them were expecting such prosecutions would continue well more than a decade later. But that's exactly what is happening, thanks to the Drug Enforcement ... More >>
Two major new polls underscored a fact many of us already know: When it comes to marijuana, the political ground is shifting underneath our feet - and the change is picking up momentum as it goes.
Try San Francisco-brand medical marijuana!Coming on the heels of Tom Ammiano's marijuana legalization bill in the Assembly, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's Tuesday proposal that San Francisco jump into the medical pot dispensary game was a bonanza for media types and marijuana nay-sayers: Everyone got t ... More >>
Supporters of legal marijuana -- medical and otherwise -- will be racking their brains to find some way to celebrate a potentially groundbreaking drug policy change announced by Attorney General Eric Holder today.In short, the AG said Justice will only target those "who violate both federal and stat ... More >>
Carol Ruth Silver has sued for peace in the War on DrugsThe old commercial used to show an egg sizzling in a pan and note "This is your brain on drugs -- any questions?" We always wondered how they knew we like our brains sunny-side up. But former San Francisco Supervisor has a better question -- wh ... More >>
Medical pot activists haze the traitors who ratted out Ed Rosenthal
Lying under oath, threatening witnesses, revealing the names of federal agents -- it's just another day on the job for one of the DEA's paid drug informants
Why is someone as smart as Mark Leno sponsoring genuinely stupid legislation to legalize hemp cultivation?
Week of July 9, 2003
Why the Legislature shouldn't extend the city's medical marijuana identification system statewide
Week of January 22, 2002
If the city starts growing and selling its own dope, will it be any, uh, good?
Chevron to Turks: Bay is pristine! GOP to pot doctor: Good job! Tenants to landlords: You're illegal! Potheads to supervisors: Like, wow -- a sanctuary!
Letters from March 14, 2001
Letters from March 7, 2001
Letters from February 28, 2001
How "prescription mill" doctors and indiscriminate pot clubs threaten the well-being of legitimate medical marijuana patients
Potheads distort the record -- and endanger the justice system -- as they try to recall the Marin DA
With Traffic, Steven Soderbergh takes on the unwinnable war
Tenderloin residents win a lawsuit, lose a neighborhood store
Mexican Families to File Class Action Lawsuit Against U.S. Drug Consumers
Alan Cranston and George Zimmer devise a bold strategy at the State of the World Forum
Twelve convicted drug dealers and other major felons have recently been employed by the San Francisco Housing Authority. But are there even more criminals on the public payroll?
The snitches mumbled, stumbled, equivocated, and perjured themselves The jury found Bernard Temple -- the man prosecutors believed to be a bloodthirsty assassin for drug dealers -- not guilty of murder.
How a false rumor of drug use dogged the life and career of actor Billy Gray
The medical-marijuana movement is riled by the generosity of a pro-legislation PAC
Discovered by brain researchers in the early '60s and resurrected by bodybuilders in the late '80s, the semi-illicit compound GHB is now marketed on the club and smart-drug circuits as a sexy wonder drug. But beware GHB's knockout punch.
Five months ago, two black homicide detectives got fed up with the Police Department's inaction on black-on-black murders. Thus was born the Crime Response Unit to Stop Homicide (CRUSH): six cops with the grit and guile to tackle the toughest cases in the
Can a credible case be built against errant cops if the witnesses are involved in the drug trade?