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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.

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Children's Deaths Prompt New York Governor's Bold Medical Marijuana Move

(18) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:04 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday called for faster implementation of the state's medical marijuana law, which passed last month but won't take effect for another year and a half.

In a letter to the state Health Department, Cuomo cited the deaths of two children from complications...

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An Exclusive First Look At The Other-Worldly Art Of Burning Man 2014

(162) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:15 AM

One of the very best things about Burning Man, the week-long, post-apocalyptic celebration of creative expression that pops up in the Nevada desert each August, is the awe-inspiring collection of art on display.

The installations and the “art cars” roaming through the two-mile stretch of temporary city render humanity’s...

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9-Year-Old Girl's Death Shines A Tragic Light On Medical Marijuana Debate

(199) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:16 PM

NEW YORK -- Drug reform advocates across New York state are demanding emergency access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients after a 9-year-old girl who suffered from debilitating seizures died last week due to complications with her disorder.

Anna Conte, the child whose family has been at the center...

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The NYPD Has A Long History Of Killing Unarmed Black Men

(338) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Eric Garner was a 43-year-old father of six and grandfather of two. The tall, 400-pound man, who was known around his Staten Island neighborhood as a "gentle giant" nicknamed "Big E," was approached Thursday outside a New York City store by a group of NYPD officers who accused...

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California's Third-Largest City Just Cracked Down On Pot Shops, And It's Part Of A Larger Problem

(34) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:30 AM

After months of debate, lawmakers in San Jose, California, have passed an ordinance that imposes strict new rules on medical marijuana businesses within the city -- so strict, in fact, that some advocates have called the move a de facto ban.

And the fight that's now brewing underscores a...

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California Moves One Step Closer To Ending Medical Marijuana 'Chaos'

(214) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 2:04 PM

A bill that would provide order to California's muddled medical marijuana program cleared a major hurdle Friday, when the state Assembly's Appropriations Committee moved it forward for a full Assembly vote next week.

Authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the measure, AB 1894, would create uniform rules...

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Groundbreaking Law Would Make It Easier For LGBT Couples To Start A Family

(222) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 7:38 AM

When Judy Appel and her partner of 22 years, Alison Bernstein, wanted to have children, the state of California didn’t make it easy.

Bernstein gave birth to their son using an anonymous sperm donor. But in order for Appel to gain legal custody of her child, she had to go...

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What Happens When New York's Most Creative Trespassers Have Their Event Space Bulldozed

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 9:30 AM

The instructions were equal parts unambiguous and mysterious: Meet in the lobby of the New Yorker Hotel at 7:30 on Saturday morning. Dress in layers. Bring a flashlight and plenty of snacks.

I peeled myself out of bed and arrived, alone, at 7:32. Among the European-accented tourists and preciously-clad bellhops...

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Here's The Painful Truth About What It Means To Be 'Working Poor' In America

(3644) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 8:22 AM

In a nation that has long operated on the principle that an "American Dream" is available to anyone willing to try hard enough, the term "working poor" may seem to have a bright side. Sure, these individuals struggle financially, but they have jobs -- the first and most essential step...

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The California Drought Is Far From Over, And The Entire State Is Suffering

(112) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 7:17 PM

For a few days last month, it rained in San Francisco. Residents across the city cheered a welcomed respite from a drought that has crippled California for more than two years -- but the celebration turned out to be premature.

On Thursday, for the first time this century, the U.S....

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

(24) 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

(493) 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'

(1452) 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

(249) 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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