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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

Congressman Blumenauer Addresses IRS vs. Legal Marijuana This Saturday

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is well-known in Washington DC for his bow ties and dedication to bicycling. Yet this quintessentially liberal environmentalist from Portland teamed up last year with the conservative head of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, to call for sweeping changes to US tax laws.

The subject...

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The Desperate Claims of Josh Marquis Part IV: Where's the Marijuana Breathalyzer?

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:41 AM

As the leading law enforcement voice for the anti-Measure 91 campaign to legalize marijuana in Oregon, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis is tasked with delivering half-truths, distortions, and manufactured scares to convince Oregonians to maintain the status quo of ticketing pot users, arresting pot dealers, and imprisoning pot...

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The Desperate Claims of Josh Marquis, Part III: Stoned Mayhem on the Freeways

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Stoned Mayhem on the Freeways, or SMOF, is what I call the go-to scare tactic of the drug warriors seeking to maintain the status quo of marijuana prohibition.  In Oregon, where voters are preparing to pass marijuana legalization in the form of Measure 91, the leading law-enforcement spokesperson against...

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US Rep Calls For Fed Investigation Over Anti-Pot Initiative Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:34 PM

US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has called on the directors of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration to investigate allegations of illegal use of public taxpayer funds to influence Oregon's upcoming vote on marijuana legalization, known as Measure 91.

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The Desperate Claims of Josh Marquis, Part II: There's No Money in Legal Weed

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 12:49 PM

In continuing my dissection of the obfuscations and half-truths of Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, the leading spokesperson for law enforcement's opposition to marijuana legalization in Oregon, I happened upon a statement of his on his personal Facebook page that claims Measure 91's legalization of marijuana won't provide...

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The Desperate Claims of Josh Marquis (Part 1): The Measure 91 'Easter Egg'

(16) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:52 PM

You have to feel some sympathy for Josh Marquis.  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.  That's a tough position...

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Fed Tax Money Supports Campaign Against Oregon's Marijuana Legalization

(17) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:41 AM

2014-08-21-KevinSabet.jpgThe "quarterback of the anti-legalization movement", Kevin Sabet, is bringing his road show to Oregon on the taxpayer's dime to campaign against Measure 91, our initiative to legalize marijuana. Except that he says, oh, no, heavens to Murgatroyd , "these...

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AdWeek: "Who Will Become the Starbucks of Pot?"

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 3:27 PM

"Who Will Become the Starbucks of Pot?" That's the headline of the latest cover story in AdWeek, the trade magazine of advertising and marketing. The cover itself is a headshot of Beverly Hills Cannabis Club's Cheryl Shuman, describing her as "The First Pot Marketer."

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Kevin Sabet's Marijuana Math Doesn't Add Up

(13) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Kevin Sabet from Smart Approaches to Marijuana Use Except Legalization (SAMUEL)I watched the debate between Judge Jim Gray and Kevin Sabet on the resolution "Legalizing marijuana saves money and lives," sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education.  Space constraints...

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New York Governor Steering Medical Marijuana Into the Box Canyon

(31) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 9:07 AM

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who has been a longtime opponent of medical marijuana, has today delivered a bombshell of demands before he'll sign a medical marijuana law that is fighting its way through the Assembly and Senate. The legislature is set to adjourn this week, so his...

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'Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol' Doesn't Mean Home Use Only

(14) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Vincent Carroll has written a piece for the Denver Post entitled, "Like it or not, CSO must abide by Amendment 64." In it, he scolds the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for its original plan to create a series of fundraising concerts where patrons could bring and consume their own...

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No Marijuana Candy at Oregon Dispensaries?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 8:46 PM

The Oregon Health Authority has passed a draft rule that would ban the sale of any cannabis edibles "manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste." That's right, no pot brownies...

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NRA Quiet on Disarming Legal Medical Marijuana Patients

(21) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Officials writing the regulations for Illinois' nascent medical marijuana program have decided that medical marijuana cancels out the Second Amendment. According to the proposal, a registered medical marijuana patient would have to give up ownership of any firearms, even if the patient has a state firearm owner's ID card or...

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Alaska Next State to Vote on Legal Weed

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 4:35 PM

The Alaskan Secretary of State's Office has certified that over 30,000 valid signatures from 30 of 40 House districts have been collected to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the August 19 primary ballot. (Alaska is unique among initiative states in that it places the language before primary...

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Let the Stoner Bowl Pot Puns Begin!

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 8:04 AM

By now you know the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will be playing in the Super Bowl.

You've probably also been made punfully aware these are the two largest cities in the only two states that have legalized marijuana.

"This gives new meaning to the term Super BOWL," quipped...

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If NORML Doesn't Fight Workplace Urine Testing for Legal Pot, Who Will?

(8) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 9:15 AM

I have to rant a little on this. I just watched Allen St. Pierre of NORML express that I somehow signed a social contract with my employer that gives them the right to ask for my pee as a determinant of my quality as an employee and my right to...

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What Does America Think About Pot?

(11) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Cross-posted from National Cannabis Coalition

Now that two states have legalized marijuana use for adults and 20 states have protections for medical use of cannabis, it is clear that American attitudes toward marijuana have changed drastically.  Here are five opinions that a majority of Americans hold toward pot,...

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As America Legalizes Marijuana, AARP Generation Quintuples Experimentation

(410) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:23 AM

Making marijuana legal will encourage use, especially by young people. That is the go-to line for any drug prohibitionist who has been bludgeoned by the onslaught of marijuana legalization and medical marijuana exceptions now passed in 20 American states.

Unfortunately for them, the latest polling data from Gallup...

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Want Justice For Trayvon Martin? Legalize Drugs

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 4:00 PM

I'm sitting at the hotel bar in Denver.  Professional lacrosse is on one TV and some barking chef show is on another, competing for the least of my interest.  I'm nursing a pilsner at the very end of the bar while I await a friend's return with the hotel room...

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Medical Marijuana Absurdities in Michigan: Patients Can't Share

(14) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 11:13 AM

Two stories popped up today from the state of Michigan that remind me of the inevitable tragic absurdities we get by trying to separate patients from "criminals." Wrap your mind around these latest examples of legal bureaucracy facing sick people who just want to use marijuana under the

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