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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

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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In Florida, Selling a Pot Pipe Is a Felony But Illegally Pushing Millions of OxyContin Is a Fine

(37) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Florida has a massive problem with its "OxyContin Express".  The state is home to more "pill mills" where addicts get their "hillbilly heroin" than any other.  Walgreens, the national pharmacy chain, has been under DEA investigation for distribution of millions of Oxycontin sales where thousands of...

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An Apology to Kevin Sabet Over a Meaningless Marijuana Statistic

(9) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Kevin Sabet asked for an apology over my recent post, Project SAM's Kevin Sabet Claims 39% Washington Teens Use Dispensary Pot, Reality is 9.4%. Basically, I accused him of adding up columns of percentages for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to come up with a scary-sounding --...

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Project SAM's Kevin Sabet Claims 39% Washington Teens Use Dispensary Pot, Reality is 9.4%

(9) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 2:03 PM

You know Kevin Sabet, the head of Project SAM, the think-tank dedicated to maintaining arrests of marijuana users for the purpose of forcing them into rehab with urine tests backed by the threat of incarceration. Imagine my surprise when I get this tweet from @KevinSabet:

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Only One-third of Likely 2014 Oregon Voters Oppose Marijuana Legalization

(21) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:33 PM

Readers of this blog know that there has been an ongoing debate between the Marijuana Policy Project and the marijuana reform organizations in Oregon. (See "MPP's "Rob Kampia warns Oregon not to try marijuana legalization in 2014" and "Will MPP doom a 2014 chance at Oregon marijuana legalization?")

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Drug-Test Businessman Says Marijuana Led to Boston Bombings

(23) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 2:24 PM

The bombings that took place in Boston were a heinous crime carried out by the Tsarnaev Brothers that killed and maimed American citizens. It seems the older brother had become radicalized in his hatred of U.S. foreign policy and his younger brother, called Jahar, seemed to be along for the ride. How...

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Denver Rehab Businessman Fears Kids Will Inject Marijuana

(44) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 10:54 AM

When you battle drug prohibitionists long enough you're bound to read some crazy things. The latest comes from a boardmember of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana -- Kevin Sabet's anti-pot propaganda organ) named Dr. Christian Thurstone. In his latest blog screed entitled "Higher and Higher", he laments that...

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