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Barbara McNair’s Unsung Heroism

When Barbara McNair died in February of 2007, not a single obituary mentioned her role in bringing down the lawyer who effectively owned Erhard Seminar Training (est) and the pitchman…

Judge James A. Washington

Judge James A. Washington

The fact that people of color are punished disproportionately by drug prohibition is now widely acknowledged in the United States. Just last week in the New Yorker David Remick quoted the…

Defending Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea with a team of retired NBA players to take part in an exhibition game was akin to John Lennon and Yoko Ono going…

The Meaning Of Mistletoe

Why does the presence of mistletoe — a parasitic plant that roots in oaks and other host trees — confer the right to kiss whoever you’re with? The answer occurred…

The Ballad Of Dennis Peron

The Emerald Cup, the sprawling Cannabis festival launched in Laytonville by Tim Blake in 2004, will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds this weekend, and Dennis Peron is getting…

Autumn 1963

Autumn 1963

Friday, November 22, was going to be my last day of civilian employment in Manhattan, barring a miracle. I was supposed to start basic training at Fort Polk, Louisi­ana, on…

Wayward Press Clips

A front-page article in the New York Times Oct. 27,  headlined “Few Problems With Cannabis for Cali­fornia” takes a common-sense, macro-level look at what 17 years of medical use hath…

Comes Now Epidiolex

Comes Now Epidiolex

In response to urgent need expressed by parents of children with intractable epilepsy, the US Food and Drug Administration is allowing Investigational New Drug (IND) studies of purified CBD (cannabidiol)…

Senate Debates Marijuana Prohibition

This week’s US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws” will get infinitely more media attention than the July 12, 1937 hearing at which a…

Some Call It Legalization

Attorney General Eric Holder phoned the governors of Colorado and Washington August 29 to advise that the U.S. Department of Justice will allow implementation of the marijuana-law reforms enacted by…

Sanjay Gupta’s Mea Culpa

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and medical advisor to the masses, doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of history. On August 11 Gupta narrated a “Special Report” on CNN…

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