As of September 5, Roger Christie, founder of The Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry, has 70 more days left in federal prison for "conspiracy to distribute marijuana" and other charges.
By all accounts, he's a decent man and a good district attorney for Clatsop County. But, unfortunately for him, he's emerged as the leading voice for law enforcement's opposition to Measure 91, Oregon's initiative to legalize marijuana.
As of September 1, Roger Christie has 74 more days to spend at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu. He'll have been without his freedom for 1,589 days.
The U.S. is still fragmented in its policies towards marijuana with 23 states now openly challenging federal laws that have approved it for medical use. But the potential remains huge, hence the excitement surrounding this fledgling industry.
I caution that we take a long, hard look at the permissive tidal wave in favor of marijuana legalization. As for condoning recreational use, we need to be careful before we unlock that door. Because, in a tidal wave, once you open a door, it may not be so easy to close.
Incidentally I didn't come to L.A. for the medical marijuana. I came because I've been unable to fall in love in New York and I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.
There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.
Kevin Sabet, is bringing his road show to Oregon on the taxpayer's dime to campaign against Measure 91, our initiative to legalize marijuana.
Underlying marijuana prohibition is a familiar philosophy: to preserve social order and white supremacy and secure profits for an influential few, it is permissible, even advisable, to construct profit-bearing institutions of social control.
These are all terms that can be truly applied to veteran tabloid television producer/director/writer Wayne Darwen. I had the high honor of working with Wayne on the TV programs,Strange Universe and Extra, where he always exhibited the highest levels of professionalism.
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With more women in serious leadership roles, the door is opened wider, speeding the process through which we can responsibly make cannabis an accepted part of our culture and medicine.
Welcome to the 'Dog Days' of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old 'Duke' just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.
We should not be reluctant to embrace the one word that has always encompassed everything that we do: botany, the study of plants. Our work is critical to the health of the planet and the ages-old quest to better understand it. Our skills, our talents, and our passion are needed now more than ever.
Until we alter our drug strategy, we can expect more murder and mayhem south of our border -- and greater numbers of immigrants fleeing north for safety.
Can we blame legal pot? We do not know whether legalization has anything to do with it. But we do know that reputable news organizations should stop relying on the Big Marijuana lobby for statistics.