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Tag: Michael Montgomery

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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Prop. 36 Will Release Felons from Prison. Who Gets Out?

November 12, 2012 | 3:40 pm

Prop. 36 Will Release Felons from Prison. Who Gets Out?

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Passing with 68% of the vote last Tuesday, Proposition 36 softened California’s controversial three strikes law, one of the toughest sentencing rules in the country. Three strikes, which voters put in place in 1994, allows for sentences of life in prison for anyone convicted of three felonies, regardless of the crime. Prop. 36 will let […]

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Pot Dispensary Berkeley Patients Group to Close, Looking to Relocate

March 15, 2012 | 9:10 am

Pot Dispensary Berkeley Patients Group to Close, Looking to Relocate

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By Michael Montgomery and David Downs, California Watch One of California’s biggest medical marijuana establishments – embraced by local officials as a model business that donates to the poor and pays millions in taxes – has become the latest target in a statewide crackdown by federal prosecutors. (Update Friday: Berkeley Patients Group issued a statement […]

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Federal Crackdown Leaves Mendocino’s Pot Program Seemingly on Last Legs

January 17, 2012 | 2:36 pm

Federal Crackdown Leaves Mendocino’s Pot Program Seemingly on Last Legs

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The always-complicated relationship between the federal government and California officials over the issue of medical marijuana became even more strained last October when the four U.S. Attorneys for the state announced an enhanced enforcement strategy designed to crack down on what they see as abuses of California’s legalization of the drug for medical purposes. Legal […]

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Prosecutors Move to Shut Down Mendocino Pot Permit Program

January 11, 2012 | 8:15 am

Prosecutors Move to Shut Down Mendocino Pot Permit Program

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From California Watch Mendocino County’s ambitious effort to regulate marijuana production – the first of its kind in California and the nation – is facing growing uncertainty following new threats of legal action by federal prosecutors. The controversial program, which began two years ago, authorizes growers to cultivate up to 99 marijuana plants, provided they […]

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Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown

December 9, 2011 | 8:20 am

Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown

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from California Watch A crackdown by federal prosecutors is casting a long shadow over the state’s marijuana industry, but there is one bright spot, at least for some Northern California growers willing to risk prison time: Wholesale prices appear to be on the rise. After slumping precipitously, prices for a pound of high-grade, outdoor-grown marijuana […]

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Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

October 12, 2011 | 12:14 pm

Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

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From California Watch Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration’s newly invigorated war against the state’s pot industry. This month, U.S. attorneys representing four districts in California announced that the government would single out landlords and […]

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Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

October 6, 2011 | 11:03 am

Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

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Update Fri Oct 7: The four U.S. Attorneys in California issued a statement today announcing the targeting of the marijuana industry. Original post by Andrew Becker and Michael Montgomery, California Watch The federal government is intensifying its efforts to smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, but also those […]

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Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike

September 23, 2011 | 8:42 am

Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike

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from California Watch Corrections officials are taking security precautions and gearing up medical staff in response to growing indications that inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison will resume a hunger strike that was suspended July 20. Strike leaders are calling on state inmates to begin refusing state-issued food Monday to protest conditions in controversial Security […]

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Security Housing Units, Extreme Isolation at Heart of Inmate Hunger Strike, is Subject of Hearing

August 23, 2011 | 1:35 pm

Security Housing Units, Extreme Isolation at Heart of Inmate Hunger Strike, is Subject of Hearing

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Corrections officials told state lawmakers today they’re committed to changing the state’s controversial use of isolation units at four prisons, including Pelican Bay. At an Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing, Michael Montgomery reports, legislators pressed prison officials on three main issues: how an inmate is put inside an isolation unit, how long they stay there […]

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