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News, The Snitch People More Open to Cannabis in States With Medical-Use Laws

People More Open to Cannabis in States With Medical-Use Laws

In November, many states will have some sort of marijuana-related initiative on their ballots, with California once again attempting to legalize the drug. (Proposition 19 failed in 2010.) So what better time to gauge the nation’s attitude toward cannabis…
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News, The Snitch Specials, Events, And Picking Up After Yourself: Your 2016 420 Guide

Specials, Events, And Picking Up After Yourself: Your 2016 420 Guide

It’s shaping up to be a banner year for cannabis. With attitudes rapidly evolving nationwide and legalization looming in the country’s largest state, this polarizing plant’s acceptance has never been stronger. So what better year than 2016 to celebrate…
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News, The Snitch Bob Marley Weed is Here — And You Can Buy Some

Bob Marley Weed is Here — And You Can Buy Some

If you hadn't heard, the estate of one Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley — reggae music superstar, cultural icon, and reputed cannabis smoker — has its very own Bob Marley-branded line of cannabis and cannabis-related products (backed by $75 million in…
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News, The Snitch Former Attorney General: Marijuana Should Be Rescheduled

Former Attorney General: Marijuana Should Be Rescheduled

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has the unfortunate distinction of overseeing America's last great push to halt cannabis legalization. True, federal agents on his watch did not break down doors and arrest people for growing six plants —…
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News, The Snitch Sean Parker Marijuana Legalization Initiative Begins Campaign; Could Mean $1 Billion for California

Sean Parker Marijuana Legalization Initiative Begins Campaign; Could Mean $1 Billion for California

Tech billionaire Sean Parker's effort to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in California is real. Whether it's spectacular or not is a matter of opinion, but as its organizers announced yesterday, it's funded. That means real campaign workers are collecting…
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News, The Snitch Report: FDA Advises DEA on Reclassifying Marijuana — But to What?

Report: FDA Advises DEA on Reclassifying Marijuana — But to What?

The United States government still considers cannabis to be one of the deadliest substances known to man. Repeated efforts by drug reform advocates to remove marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration's list of "Schedule I" controlled substances have thus far…
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News, The Snitch Congress Set To Ban Feds From Enforcing Cannabis Laws — Again

Congress Set To Ban Feds From Enforcing Cannabis Laws — Again

The federal government currently has no business in state-legal medical cannabis. For that, we have to thank Congress, which last year cut funding from the Justice Department. For the purposes of enforcing federal drug laws in states where cannabis use…
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News, The Snitch Deal to Regulate Medical Marijuana is Struck. What is it?

Deal to Regulate Medical Marijuana is Struck. What is it?

Yes, there is a "deal" in place to regulate California's first-in-the-country cannabis industry, and just in time. A little more than 24 hours before Friday night's deadline to pass laws this year, Sacramento legislators involved in the process announced the…
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News, The Snitch FBI: Marijuana Union Organizer Took Bribes, Rigged Process

FBI: Marijuana Union Organizer Took Bribes, Rigged Process

A Harley-Davidson-riding union organizer — once hailed as a "Superman" by the California cannabis movement — has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly taking bribes and rigging the union organizing process. Oakland native Dan Rush, 54, an organizer with…
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News, The Snitch Congress Passes  Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War on Weed "Within Five Years" Predicted

Congress Passes Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War on Weed "Within Five Years" Predicted

It was cannabis Wednesday in Congress, where lawmakers gave the strongest support yet for ending the country's laws prohibiting marijuana use. In the strongest sign yet that deciders in Washington may soon be ready to undo federal marijuana prohibition, both…
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News, The Snitch Tahoe Man Celebrates Cop's Drug Bust, Cops Then Raid His Marijuana Dispensary

Tahoe Man Celebrates Cop's Drug Bust, Cops Then Raid His Marijuana Dispensary

Lake Tahoe-area medical cannabis dispensary Tahoe Wellness Cooperative was raided by law enforcement on Monday. All cash, cannabis, and medical records on site were seized, but no charges have been filed. Initial reports suggested federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents were involved,…
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News, The Snitch Gavin Newsom Goes to Humboldt County, Tours Cannabis Farms

Gavin Newsom Goes to Humboldt County, Tours Cannabis Farms

Gavin Newsom is known for his slick speech and magnetic persona, but he's also capable of getting down and dirty. California's lieutenant governor traded his signature suit with the shirt open at the neck for a pullover and jeans on…
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News, The Snitch Organized Labor is Taking an Active Interest In Marijuana Legalization

Organized Labor is Taking an Active Interest In Marijuana Legalization

California's booming economy has not been much of a boon for labor. Though security guards at Apple and tech bus drivers for Facebook have recently made modest gains, the state's famous Silicon Valley firms have been famously resistant to organized…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Is In U.S. Senate For First Time

Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Is In U.S. Senate For First Time

Two young rising Democrats and a Tea Party stalwart with presidential potential walk into a room full of aging obstructionists and try to legalize medical marijuana. For the first time, a bill to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level…
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News, The Snitch DEA Official: Medical Marijuana Is Leading To "Stoned Rabbits"

DEA Official: Medical Marijuana Is Leading To "Stoned Rabbits"

Utah's bunnies are feasting on the wrong kind of green, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent told a Utah state senate panel recently. The Mormon state is considering a bill to legalize medical cannabis, and the Utah senate judiciary, law enforcement &…
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News, The Snitch Freeway Rick Ross Wants Into the Marijuana Game

Freeway Rick Ross Wants Into the Marijuana Game

There is little Rick Ross cannot sell. Himself: The 55-year-old is traversing the country selling copies of his self-published autobiography, promoting a documentary about his life airing on Al Jazeera, and giving talks to whoever will pay him, as he…
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News, The Snitch How Do You Fix the Cannabis Industry's Diversity Problem?

How Do You Fix the Cannabis Industry's Diversity Problem?

A few weeks ago, a posh hotel on the top of Nob Hill hosted a gathering of one of the "whitest, malest crowds you'll see," as the event's main organizer put it. The self-conscious reflection elicited some nervous laughter from…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

There's really no such thing as "business as usual" for a cannabis dispensary. Basic functions like banking and doing taxes are onerous challenges for sellers of legal weed thanks, to federal government restrictions. It's also this way with advertising. Major…
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News, The Snitch Instagram Deletes Marijuana-Themed Accounts, Inspires "Instagram of Marijuana"

Instagram Deletes Marijuana-Themed Accounts, Inspires "Instagram of Marijuana"

Instagram is full of marijuana. There's no way to know exactly how many of the Facebook-owned photo-sharing utility's 200 million users freely share pictures of buds, blunts, and joints — aside from counting, we suppose — but enough of them…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Dispensary's Spokesman: The "Master of Disaster"

Marijuana Dispensary's Spokesman: The "Master of Disaster"

"When something blows up," a longtime city politico once told us, "You better call Sam Singer."  Singer, a "crisis consultant " and the subject of an SF Weekly profile in August, is perhaps the first man to call when…
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