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News, The Snitch Unlike in 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder Stays Silent on Marijuana Legalization

Unlike in 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder Stays Silent on Marijuana Legalization

Scapegoats were readily available when California voters missed their chance to live in the first state to legalize marijuana for adults in 2010. While some blamed the medical marijuana supporters who opposed Proposition 19 -- which led some in some…
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News, The Snitch Wait Until 2014: Marijuana Legalization All but Dead in California

Wait Until 2014: Marijuana Legalization All but Dead in California

Union Pulls Plug on Medical Reform, Other Ballot Measures Starved For Cash; Legislature, Ammiano Last Hope for Reform NowNobody likes to celebrate with a loss, but for the medical marijuana movement, 2010 and the historic defeat of semi-legalization measure Proposition…
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News, The Snitch Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Last year's Proposition 19 was quite a wild ride, but marijuana legalization in California is over.  That's according to Richard Lee, the Oaksterdam University founder and chief sponsor of Prop. 19, which won its place on Californians' November 2010 ballot…
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Culture, The Rolling Paper

Rolling Paper: Looking at the Current State of Safe Access

The issue of safe access is constantly changing, and could change for the worse. Here's a peek at what's afoot, from Mendocino mountaintops to the halls of Congress. Keeping tabs on the U.S. medical cannabis movement can be challenging. Sixteen…
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News, The Snitch Steve Kubby, Prop 215 Author, Drafts New initiative to Decriminalize Marijuana

Steve Kubby, Prop 215 Author, Drafts New initiative to Decriminalize Marijuana

Steve Kubby, would-be freer of marijuana Steve Kubby has earned his stripes: Before he was a Libertarian Party candidate for governor of California and President of the United States (and South Lake Tahoe City Council), Kubby was a model activist…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Dumbest Songs About Weed (To Blame For Prop 19's Failure)

The Five Dumbest Songs About Weed (To Blame For Prop 19's Failure)

​There might be no excuses in rock 'n' roll, but politics, as we've heard this week, is made of little else. Pundits and the wonkocracy hint that Prop. 19's failure, like every other Election Day disaster, was due to…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 19 Smoked -- Marijuana Supporters Promise New Legalization Effort

Prop. 19 Smoked -- Marijuana Supporters Promise New Legalization Effort

As the national media will gladly tell you, people are smoking weed in San Francisco. People -- with and without medical marijuana recommendations -- smoked weed yesterday and they'll do so today, and they were going to do so no…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 19 Backer Richard Lee Not Ready to Count Out Pot Legalization

Prop. 19 Backer Richard Lee Not Ready to Count Out Pot Legalization

Say what you will, Richard Lee is no Joe Namath. The New York Jets quarterback, against all odds, guaranteed a Super Bowl victory. Lee, the pot entrepreneur behind Oaksterdam University -- and the driving fiscal force behind Proposition 19 --…
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Music, All Shook Down

Legalize It So Wiz Khalifa'll Come Party With Us In California

In arguably the least surprising development in the lead-up to next Tuesday's general election, Wiz Khalifa -- promising Pittsburgh rapper and successor to the weed-rules-everything-around-me mantle of Devin the Dude -- has come out in support of Proposition 19. …
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News, The Snitch Feds Seize Grow Equipment, Cash from Oakland Pot Factory

Feds Seize Grow Equipment, Cash from Oakland Pot Factory

Pot growers, we welcome you -- and your seized assets​Backers of Proposition 19 say their legalize-and-tax-it approach to marijuana will raise money for the strapped California government. Recent comments by U.S. attorney general Eric Holder, along with an Oct. 8…
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Calendar, Night&Day End Prohibition?

End Prohibition?

From where we sit, it looks like a done deal. Marijuana will be legalized sometime within the next ten years. Certainly, the industry as it stands is preparing itself for change. Uh, not that we would know anything about it.…
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News, The Snitch Napster's Sean Parker Showers $100K on Marijuana Measure

Napster's Sean Parker Showers $100K on Marijuana Measure

The e-mail came Monday from Oaksterdam University's Richard Lee, the main driving force (at least publicly) behind cannabis semi-legalization measure Proposition 19. Just like other e-mails he'd sent out in the previous month, the message was a fund-raising pitch for…
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News, The Snitch Pot Baron Steve DeAngelo Calls For More Compassion in World of Corporate Marijuana

Pot Baron Steve DeAngelo Calls For More Compassion in World of Corporate Marijuana

Steve DeAngelo cares. The owner of Oakland's Harborside Health Center -- the largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States, with some 60,000 patients and counting -- wants to "flip the switch" on the burgeoning cannabis industry, from corporate back…
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News, The Snitch Tom Ammiano Tries, Tries Again With Marijuana Bill

Tom Ammiano Tries, Tries Again With Marijuana Bill

Everybody knows California is broke, and those same everybodies know that thar's a gold mine waiting to be unearthed -- when and if the state starts taxing adult-use recreational marijuana (everybody *could* also be wrong, but that's another story). There…
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News, The Snitch Workers of the World Unite -- Around a Joint -- as SEIU Endorses Prop. 19

Workers of the World Unite -- Around a Joint -- as SEIU Endorses Prop. 19

California's largest labor union is getting behind a ballot initiative that would allow governments within the state to regulate and tax marijuana, as the Service Employees International Union announced today that it would back Proposition 19 on this November's ballot.Observers…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Legalization Endorsed by San Francisco Democratic Party

Marijuana Legalization Endorsed by San Francisco Democratic Party

It may not be easy being green. But it was very easy for San Francisco's Democratic Party to give the official thumbs-up to a state proposition that would legalize the green. Proposition 19, aka Tax Cannabis 2010, won an overwhelming…
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News, The Snitch 'The Flower,' the Cutest Pro-Marijuana Video You'll See Today

'The Flower,' the Cutest Pro-Marijuana Video You'll See Today

Perhaps you never thought a disarmingly cute video of anthropomorphic blobs getting stoned and drunk could be a political statement. Yet, you also probably never thought you'd get to vote on marijuana legalization, either. Click on the link to watch…
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News, The Snitch Do Black Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana?

Do Black Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana?

As the campaigns for and against California's marijuana-legalizing Proposition 19 heat up, a big question mark still hangs over a vital factor in the initiative's fate: How popular is it among minorities, and specifically among black voters?Notes prince-among-pollsters Nate Silver…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana-Legalizing Proposition 19 Gets Greenlight From California Young Democrats

Marijuana-Legalizing Proposition 19 Gets Greenlight From California Young Democrats

Supporters of Proposition 19 -- the Tax Cannabis 2010 legislation -- were bummed this weekend when California's Democratic Party opted to make no endorsement on the measure and stay neutral. But when it comes to marijuana, the kids are all…
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News, The Snitch California Democrats Stay Neutral on Marijuana-Legalizing Prop. 19

California Democrats Stay Neutral on Marijuana-Legalizing Prop. 19

Supporters of Proposition 19 -- the Control and Tax Marijuana 2010 initiative -- can be forgiven for feeling a little paranoid these days. After the move to regulate marijuana like alcohol was lambasted by state politicians ranging from Sen. Dianne…
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