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Russ Belville
Russ Belville is the Executive Producer of - 24 Hour Marijuana Legalization Talk Radio - and the host of The Russ Belville Show, airing live at 3pm Pacific every weekday, with replays at 6pm, 9pm, 6am, & 9am. is available via web, TuneIn Radio, Ustream TV, SHOUTcast, and on demand at iTunes, Stitcher, and YouTube. Russ also contributes to HIGH TIMES, Alternet, Salon, National Cannabis Coalition, and The Weed Blog and is a renown marijuana policy expert who has presented at dozens of national drug policy and marijuana business conferences, hempfests, Cannabis Cups, state legislatures, and political rallies. Russ began his marijuana activism in 2005 volunteering with Oregon NORML in Portland, then working for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Washington DC from 2009-2012.

Entries by Russ Belville

Hillary's Superdelegate Coup Just Confirms to Millennials: The System Is Rigged

(52) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 10:36 PM

I try to imagine what life must look like to a Millennial voter. If you were are between the ages of 18-29, in your reality:

  • Marijuana has always been medical;

  • Gay people have always been positively portrayed on TV;

  • We've always been at war in...

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Hillary's Progressive Comeback Is George Costanza's Jerk Store

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 9:27 AM

Do you ever have those moments when your mom or grandma tries to post something hip to Facebook or Twitter that just makes you cringe at the FUBARn00biness of it all?

Welcome to the Hillary vs. Bernie: Who's Progressive Twitter fight! Samantha Lachman has all the details, but...

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Hillary's Detractors Are Sexist! We Need a Woman President!

(10) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 5:54 PM

Lorraine Devon Wilke posted a blog here entitled "You Say You Want a Revolution? I Do Too. It's Why I Support Hillary Clinton." Within I found an example of cognitive dissonance I find among many Hillary→ supporters*.

Culture is a wily beast. So difficult to manage, so impossible...
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Hillary Clinton, It's the Rigged System, Stupid!

(462) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 4:13 PM

When her husband was running for president in 1992, James Carville famously advised Bill Clinton on the zeitgeist of the American electorate at the time by saying, "It's the Economy, Stupid."

Somebody needs to tell Hillary Clinton that in 2016, the American people are once again simmering, and let...

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California Stoners Against Legalization Repeat the 'A Non-Store Ounce Is Illegal' Scare

(16) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 10:35 AM

No sooner do I get the latest post up about the California Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA or "Sean Parker Initiative") then my Facebook lights up with a tagged post from longtime California marijuana activist Steve Kubby.


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Occasional Massacres Are the Price of Freedom

(12) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:56 PM

It was just about a year ago that I was sitting in a lecture hall at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. I was tailing Kevin Sabet, the "quarterback of the anti-legalization movement," as he toured through Oregon trying in vain to defeat our marijuana legalization initiative.

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Kevin Sabet Is Misleading You Again About Marijuana Legalization

(49) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:13 PM

In his latest Huffington Post piece, "Rand Paul Gets It Wrong, Sonia Sotomayor Gets It Right on Pot," Kevin Sabet, the professional anti-pot propagandist with a Ph.D. in public policy, not medicine or science, trots out more half-truths, distortions, and outright lies to confuse the national discussion on marijuana...

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Why I Fight for Ohio Marijuana Legalization

(73) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 6:07 AM

I'm somewhat of an outlier in the marijuana reform movement these days. Ohio has marijuana legalization on the ballot for 2015, and I'm one of the few high-profile (pardon the pun) legalization advocates pushing hard for its passage. Most of my colleagues are in a hold-their-nose-and-backhandedly-support-it public stance, and some...

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Give Me Bernie Sanders Or Give Me (Political) Death!

(12) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 7:37 PM

When I was a kid, my dad explained to me that we were Democrats because they stood for the working people like us and the Republicans were for the rich people. There is nothing inherently wrong in that, he explained, as everyone deserves representation. It was a yin-yang that kept...

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Top 6 Reasons Why Pot Smokers Should Vote For ResponsibleOhio

(159) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 10:28 AM

This may seem like a strange post for most of Huffington Post's readers. Why wouldn't someone who smokes pot want Ohio to legalize marijuana in 2015? If you ask some marijuana activists, they'll sum it up in two words: constitutional cartel.

See, ResponsibleOhio, the group that may pass marijuana legalization...

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GOP Clown Car Madness: The 2016 Republican Debate Tournament

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 5:00 PM

With the entry of former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore into the race, we now have seventeen major declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. FOX News decided yesterday their top ten candidates who will face off at their first main debate, with the other seven candidates relegated to the metaphorical...

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There Are More Marijuana Legalization Initiatives than GOP Presidential Candidates

(38) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 6:22 PM

Not counting initiatives for industrial hemp or non-plant medical marijuana or low-THC cannabidiol oil, there are at least* 20 efforts going on in 8 states nationwide to legalize medical and recreational access to cannabis in 2016. As of this week, there are 16 Republican candidates running for president in...

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Does ResponsibleOhio Suck Worse Than Marijuana Prohibition?

(163) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 6:15 PM

IrresponsibleOhio Will Legalize Before California

My friend Jon Gettman has written an excellent analysis on HIGH TIMES' website of the plan to legalize marijuana in Ohio. This article is now being forwarded to me via social media by folks who hate the ResponsibleOhio legalization plan for 2015 and hate...

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Oregon Legislature Hates Potheads More Than It Respects Democracy

(81) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 4:58 PM

This last election, a group of activists calling themselves New Approach Oregon wrote an initiative called Measure 91. Following the dictates of the Oregon Constitution, they got state approval for their marijuana legalization language, collected enough signatures, placed it on the ballot, and won with 56 percent of the statewide...

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An Open Letter to Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Dear Senator Kruse,

I was forwarded a letter you had written in response to recent legislative attempts at re-regulating medical marijuana. You open with a condemnation of those who have petitioned you with threats and vulgarity. While I do not fault you for disrespecting those tactics, I would hope...

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Democratic Oregon Senator Ginny Burdick Ignores Marijuana Legalization Voters

(87) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 7:08 PM

If you're just joining us, Oregon's joint legislative committee that was assigned the task of implementing our recreational marijuana legalization got bogged down trying to restrict the medical marijuana program. Never mind that the Measure 91 recreational marijuana legalization initiative said, three times, that the existing medical marijuana...

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What's the Point of Voting When Lawmakers Ignore the Vote?

(131) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 4:04 PM

You may recall last year that we voters here in Oregon passed statewide marijuana legalization. We're one of the 26 states with some form of citizen lawmaking ability, so we crafted a marijuana legalization initiative, got it on the ballot, and passed it with a 56 percent majority.

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Travel Author Rick Steves: Marijuana in America Is 'Two Different Countries'

(29) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Rick Steves is the affable host of public television's best travel series, "Rick Steves' Europe." He's also the author of "Europe Through the Back Door," a best-selling series of travel guide books. His approachable demeanor makes him one of your grandparent's favorite television hosts; his boyish good looks and friendliness...

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Michigan Cop Suicides Over Medical Marijuana Butter Conviction

(20) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 12:26 PM

In Kent County, Michigan, 49-year-old Tim Bernhardt is dead by his own hand. The 22-year veteran police officer was forced to plead guilty to felony charges of maintaining a drug house, ending his law enforcement career and causing his suicide.

The tragic story begins with a tip from...

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Marijuana CEO Maligns Stoner Culture, Then Appropriates Bob Marley

(8) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM

You may have read the news that Privateer Holdings has entered into a marketing agreement with the Estate of Bob Marley to begin marketing "Marley Natural" marijuana. The marijuana will be "a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy" of Bob Marley, according to Privateer's CEO,...

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