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News, Chem Tales Your Money or Your Livelihood: Pot Dispensaries Decide to See How Serious the Justice Department Is

Your Money or Your Livelihood: Pot Dispensaries Decide to See How Serious the Justice Department Is

In the drug war, San Francisco is more like no man's land than it is a combat zone. Or it could be territory already lost to the enemy, if you're a prohibitionist or a drug warrior. In 2011, the federal…
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News, Chem Tales No Day in Court: Drug Reform Victory Won't Come from the Courts

No Day in Court: Drug Reform Victory Won't Come from the Courts

Rare is the court hearing that generates a media hoopla, but an argument scheduled for earlier this week at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — that pack of activist judges widely derided as liberal agitators by the American…
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News, Sucka Free City

Student Loans: The Government's Arbitrary Collections System

On Jan. 3, nine Bay Area residents were sued for delinquent federal student loans. It was part of a wider trend: The federal government, like the landlord in Coming to America, is making rounds. "Your rent's due, motherfucker! Now don't…
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News, Sucka Free City

Medical Cannabis Task Force: So Long, Farewell

These are hard times for medical cannabis. The federal Justice Department crackdown has closed nine marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco and, in contrast to the days when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom sent letters to Washington demanding the feds back off the…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Immigration Wars Civil rights of the undocumented debated: I think there is a poor conflation here that both the author and the Department of Justice are making when arguing this bill . If a…
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News, Feature The Gay Selma: Schools Ignore Gay Bullying at Their Own Peril

The Gay Selma: Schools Ignore Gay Bullying at Their Own Peril

Illustration by Ellen Weinstein. Bottle-blond bangs swept over one eye — this, the other boys whispered, was not a man's haircut. One of them — a popular, handsome specimen — grew particularly incensed with his classmate's new look. He…
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News, The Snitch DA George Gascón Pleased with Feds' Investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

DA George Gascón Pleased with Feds' Investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

In San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascón is known as an administratively competent political moderate with a firmly established place in the ascendant "city family" headed by Mayor Ed Lee. During his tenure as chief of the Mesa Police Department…
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News, Feature Blowing Smoke: Obama Promises One Thing, Does Another on Medical Marijuana

Blowing Smoke: Obama Promises One Thing, Does Another on Medical Marijuana

That familiar odor wafting from San Francisco street corners, storefronts, and the neighborhood growhouse? It's the smell of legality. Medical cannabis is the law of the land in California, 14 other states, and the District of Columbia. Yet, as…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

All About Kamala It's in the numbers: One percent. That's how many San Francisco felony cases Peter Jamison examined in "A Lack of Conviction" . Just 1 percent. Based on this absurdly tiny sample, he drew sweeping, utterly misleading…
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News, Feature No Justice

No Justice

Where did our wealth go? How do we claw it back? And when are we going to punish the culprits? When Barack Obama donned the crusader's mantle during the 2008 presidential campaign, his Web-savvy campaign team created www.keatingeconomics.com and pushed…
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News, Sucka Free City

The torture memos and Berkeley's law-school schedule

As political pressure mounts for a thorough investigation of the Bush administration's treatment of detainees in the years after 9/11, one local iteration of the debate over torture, civil rights, and national security refuses to die down. Whether you see…
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News, Feature Janet Napolitano’s Sorry Service in Arizona Makes Her a Terrible Choice for Homeland Security Secretary

Janet Napolitano’s Sorry Service in Arizona Makes Her a Terrible Choice for Homeland Security Secretary

Aware that J.D. Hayworth was poised to run against her, Governor Napolitano took a page from the anti-immigrant playbook and deployed the National Guard to Arizona's border with Mexico. Consorting with anti-immigrant enforcers, indulging rank opportunism, and adhering to failed…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco's McKesson Corp. Steals From The Frail

San Francisco's McKesson Corp. Steals From The Frail

By John Geluardi The Feds have joined a lawsuit against San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation, which alleges that the medical supplier submitted false claims to Medicare, paid illegal kickbacks and set up a sham company to cover its tracks. The Department…
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News, Sucka Free City DA takes the blame, but feds mismanaged the money

DA takes the blame, but feds mismanaged the money

The feds have been pointing a lot of fingers at San Francisco since an audit determined that the D.A.'s office accepted $5.4 million in U.S. Department of Justice funds that it probably wasn't entitled to. Which is funny, because the…
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News, Sucka Free City Invisible Man

Invisible Man

The conversation with David Margolis proved ever so brief. SF Weekly called the associate deputy attorney general last fall at his office in Washington, D.C., to ask about Kevin Ryan, then the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.…
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News, Should journalist Josh Wolf be afraid?

Should journalist Josh Wolf be afraid?

At times, Josh Wolf is a journalist. At others, he's a blogger, an activist, or an anarchist. At this particular time, one thing's for certain: He's got a videotape the federal government wants. The 23-year-old San Franciscan possesses a tape…
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News, Matt Smith

Wrong Prescription

Let's say you're happily planting tomatoes, stalking an ex-boyfriend, or whatever it is you do, when a vein in your brain sprouts a bulge like a raspberry and turns your vision dark. To prevent this cerebral aneurysm from rupturing and…
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News, Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions

This might be the best parlor game to hit media circles since Woodward started hanging around parking garages: Just who is the BALCO leaker? Who, from this case's Venn diagram of jurisdictions, is running grand jury testimony through a Xerox…
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Music, OK Then

OK Then

There has got to be a silver lining to all of this, right? I mean, there has to be. It can't all be bad. Yes, Porky Dumbfuck won. Yes, our entire federal government is swinging wildly right. Yes, Dumbfuck thinks…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

The War on Raves

You can dance if you want to -- well, no, you can't The government doesn't want you to dance. Actually, the government doesn't want you to take drugs, and it thinks that getting you to stop dancing -- or buying…
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