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Carly Schwartz
Carly Schwartz is Deputy National Editor of The Huffington Post. In 2011, she founded HuffPost San Francisco, where she spent two years as editor. Before joining HuffPost, Carly ran new media efforts for California Governor Jerry Brown. She graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Entries by Carly Schwartz

California's Medical Marijuana Industry Gets A Much-Needed Kick In The Pants

(23) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:23 PM

After multiple failed attempts at regulating California's haphazard medical marijuana program, one state lawmaker has introduced legislation he believes will finally establish some order to the state's multibillion-dollar industry.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), whose measure, introduced last month, would create a statewide set of rules...

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'Witness Uganda' Is Destined To Be A Broadway Hit (And It's Also Making The World A Better Place)

(6) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 10:53 PM

When Griffin Matthews was 23 years old, the director of his church choir found out he was gay and asked him to leave the congregation. A broke, struggling actor living in New York City, Matthews decided it was time for a change. On a whim, he cashed in his entire...

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Why Burning Man's New Nonprofit Status Actually Matters

(131) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:44 PM

This is how Burning Man, the experimental community that pops up for a week in a remote stretch of Nevada's Black Rock desert each August and then disappears without a trace, describes itself on its website: "Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never...

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Robert Duncan, Pot Shop Employee In Federal Prison, Has A Message For Obama

(492) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 6:30 AM

Robert Duncan, who managed marijuana-growing for a collective of Northern California medical marijuana dispensaries, surrendered to federal prison Monday, where he will serve a two-year sentence.

Speaking to HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill outside Mendota Federal Correctional Institution near Fresno, Calif., just minutes before he surrendered, Duncan said he was...

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'I'm Going To Prison For Working At A Pot Shop That Was Legal In My State'

(1453) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:45 AM

Robert Duncan moved from Los Angeles to Northern California in 2010 to manage marijuana growing operations for a collective of medical marijuana dispensaries. Although California voters legalized medical cannabis more than 17 years ago, the plant remains illegal under federal law, and the Obama administration launched a renewed...

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Burning Man Tickets Sell Out In Just 45 Minutes

(248) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Securing a hassle-free pass to Burning Man is about as likely as spotting a unicorn in the desert. Wednesday's online sales event was no exception.

The 38,000 available tickets to the annual playa pilgrimage sold out in less than 45 minutes, according to rants in the hippie corners...

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Marijuana May Stop The Spread Of HIV, Study Finds

(475) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Marijuana has long been used to effectively treat symptoms associated with HIV, such as chronic pain and weight loss. But a growing body of research suggests the plant may be able to stop the spread of the disease itself.

Adding to these findings is a Louisiana State University study

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Meet The Children Who Rely On Marijuana To Survive

(249) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:29 AM

Since he was just a few months old, 10-year-old Zaki Jackson has suffered from a rare form of epilepsy that, at its worst, causes him to have thousands of seizures a day. The seizures, which his mother describes as a "full body electrocution," render him unable to talk or walk,...

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Pro-Pot Billboards Outside Super Bowl Stadium Prove It Really Is The Year Of The 'Stoner Bowl'

(60) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:21 AM

This weekend, the two states that have legalized recreational marijuana will send football teams to the Super Bowl. Pot lovers across America have celebrated the world's first "stoner bowl" with game-day ganja recipes, "Pass Pass Puff" puns and weed-friendly wagers.

But perhaps the strongest...

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This Prosecutor May Have Made Batkid's Day, But Her Fight Against Cannabis Is Hurting Sick Children

(298) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Internet went wild last week when a top federal prosecutor and the FBI jumped aboard the "Batkid" craze, issuing a fake indictment against comic book villains as part of a massive effort to grant the wish of a 5-year-old boy with...

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The One Truth About Getting Older

(60) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:32 AM

When I was in elementary and middle school, my mother would drop me off in the morning and pick me up at the end of the day, always waiting, right on time, in the front seat of her green minivan with the wood paneling on the side. I'd climb into...

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Marijuana Market Poised To Grow Faster Than Smartphones

(1378) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 6:32 AM

Legal marijuana is among the fastest-growing markets in the United States, and it's growing at a rate poised to outpace the expansion of the global smartphone market, according to a new report obtained exclusively by The Huffington Post.

Researchers surveyed hundreds of medical cannabis retailers, processors, dispensary owners and industry...

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Graffiti Artist Taki 183 Captivated New York Decades Before Banksy

(13) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 8:48 AM

More than 40 years before Banksy began torturing delighting New Yorkers with his month-long residency, the New York Times published an article about a young, mysterious street artist who had also captured the city's attention.

"Taki is a Manhattan teenager who writes his name and street...

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6 Lessons From The Pioneer Of Modern California Cuisine

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 9:34 AM

When asked to describe the current state of California cuisine, chef Daniel Patterson replies with a simple, "I don't think I'm qualified to answer that."

Modest words from someone who has been lauded as "a leading force in California cuisine" and "the man single-handedly reinventing California...

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16 Awe-Inspiring Art Installations From Burning Man 2013

(9) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 9:18 AM

It's hard to believe the hundreds of stunning creations that rise from the dust each Burning Man are collectively enjoyed for a mere week, only then to be burned to the ground or carted off the remote stretch of Nevada desert.

This year's Burn was bigger than...

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Vintage Burning Man Photos Provide Rare Glimpse Into The Birth Of A Counterculture

(34) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 8:13 AM

It's hard to believe that Burning Man's early years involved little more than a handful of hippies dancing around a seaside San Francisco bonfire.

Since its humble beginnings in 1986, the desert bacchanal has swelled into an international phenomenon, drawing more than 60,000 individuals to a remote...

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Medical Marijuana Advocate Slams Eric Holder's Speech: 'How Dare He'

(1413) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 9:17 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder's call for "sweeping" changes to the way the Justice Department handles drug offenses Monday drew praise from lawmakers and civil rights activists.

But not all advocates were satisfied.

"How dare the attorney general come to San Francisco and talk about drug policy and...

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Burning Man Granted Four-Year Permit, Will Be Bigger Than Ever

(121) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 5:06 PM

The Burning Man community received a piece of fantastic news this week: Four more years!

And on top of that, it's going to be bigger than ever.

That's right -- Nevada's Bureau of Land Management has granted the playa the right to stay put until at least 2016, issuing a...

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Huma Abedin On Anthony Weiner's Latest Sex Scandal: 'I Strongly Believe This Is Between Us'

(5289) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:41 PM

Huma Abedin publicly commented Tuesday on new revelations that her husband, New York mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner, had engaged in online sex chats with a 22-year-old woman last year.

Standing beside Weiner at a press conference in New York City, Abedin told reporters that she...

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