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April 25, 2013 | 12:33 pm

Video: Our Ace Marijuana Reporter Describes the Time He Accidentally Got Zonkered on Brownies

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Michael Montgomery is a reporter for KQED and the Center For Investigative Reporting. One of his areas of expertise: medical marijuana. As he said, “It’s probably fair to say that over the last few years, I’ve become a pot reporter.” So are there any occupational hazards to this particular journalistic niche? Apparently, yes. Take a […]

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Poll: Calif. Voters Back Marijuana Legalization

February 27, 2013 | 8:46 am

Poll: Calif. Voters Back Marijuana Legalization

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—A poll released Wednesday has promising news for marijuana users who hope California will join the two other states that have voted to legalize recreational use of the drug. A Field Poll found that a solid majority of those surveyed this month—54 percent—support allowing weed to be sold and taxed like alcohol. That […]

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February 18, 2013 | 11:24 am

Discovery Channel Bets on 2 Series About Northern California Pot Trade; Watch Previews

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cupcake makers, pawnbrokers and storage container raiders have all had their moments in reality television’s spotlight. Now the time may be right for marijuana growers — and the people who chase them. The Discovery network debuts a six-episode series, “Weed Country,” at 10 p.m. Wednesday and will replace it with “Pot […]

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City of Oakland’s Challenge to Harborside Eviction Rejected by Court

February 14, 2013 | 2:26 pm

City of Oakland’s Challenge to Harborside Eviction Rejected by Court

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A U.S. magistrate has rejected the city of Oakland’s attempt to throw a legal roadblock into the forced closure of the Harborside marijuana dispensary. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California is threatening Harborside’s landlord with forfeiture of the property, and Oakland had filed suit to block it. U.S. Magistrate Maria-Elena James threw […]

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February 5, 2013 | 10:26 am

Calif. Supreme Court Hears Whether Cities Can Block Pot Dispensaries

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by Michael Montgomery The California Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in San Francisco Tuesday on whether cities and counties can ban retail pot dispensaries – even though state law specifies that Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana if they have a doctor’s recommendation. The court’s ruling in the case is likely […]

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Video: Watch Lance Armstrong Admit to Doping in Oprah Winfrey Interview

January 17, 2013 | 9:00 pm

Video: Watch Lance Armstrong Admit to Doping in Oprah Winfrey Interview

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“Yes or no. Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?” “Yes.” Disgraced former cycling star Lance Armstrong acknowledged to Oprah Winfrey in an interview televised Thursday that he took performance-enhancing drugs during his career. He also said he took banned substances during his run of seven Tour de France wins, and […]

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December 27, 2012 | 11:28 am

Timeline: A History of Marijuana in California and the U.S.

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Last Friday Mendocino County announced it was fighting federal grand jury subpoenas demanding that four county officials hand over all documents related to its now-abandoned medical marijuana permitting program. The legal action came even after the county had effectively gutted the program in response to a threat of litigation from the U.S. Attorney’s office for […]

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Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana: Oakland Fights Back, Mendocino County Still Deciding

December 19, 2012 | 3:15 pm

Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana: Oakland Fights Back, Mendocino County Still Deciding

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Last week on ABC News’ 20/20, Barbara Walters asked President Obama if he thought marijuana should be legalized. “I wouldn’t go that far,” Obama said. “But what I think is that at this point, Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue. And as it is, the federal goverment has a lot […]

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Researcher: Few Adults Arrested For Pot Possession in Calif.; Juvenile Busts Also Plunge

December 10, 2012 | 3:56 pm

Researcher: Few Adults Arrested For Pot Possession in Calif.; Juvenile Busts Also Plunge

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Looks like it’s gonna be pretty hard to get yourself arrested in California for holding a small amount of marijuana, according to a researcher with San Francisco’s Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Mike Males has run some numbers released by California’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center and found that marijuana possession, for adults at least, […]

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Medical Board Revokes License of Prolific Opioid Prescriber

October 19, 2012 | 9:34 am

Medical Board Revokes License of Prolific Opioid Prescriber

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by Christina Jewett, California Watch The state medical board has revoked the license of an East Bay physician who prescribed high amounts of narcotic pain medications to indigent patients, three of whom died while under his care. Administrative Law Judge Mary-Margaret Anderson concluded that Edward Manougian, 83, prescribed excessive amounts and did little to monitor […]

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