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Russian Election Meddling Documented!

For months we have all been force-fed a story few of us can digest about the hacking of the Democratic Party's email servers, presumably by Russians commanded by Vladimir Putin…

20th Century Fred

Just arrived in the mailbox is a book called Dangerous Grounds, which recounts how coffeehouses set up near Army bases became hangouts for soldiers during the Vietnam War era. I…

Prozac & Medical Marijuana

Everybody who knows the history of the medical marijuana movement knows that Dennis Peron started the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club in response to the AIDS epidemic, circa 1990. Less well…

Tim Lincecum’s Pot Bust

Tim Lincecum’s Pot Bust

Only in the San Francisco Bay Area did the story cross over from the sports pages to the news pages: on October 30, 2009, Tim Lincecum, the Giants' ace pitcher,…

$407 For Lab Testing A Pound of Pot?

California's Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act — called "mac cursor" — was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in 2016. The Administrative State needs until January 1,…

When Reefer Madness Led To March Sadness for UCLA

When Reefer Madness Led To March Sadness for UCLA

“Back From the Dead” by Bill Walton (Simon & Schuster 2016, 327 pages, $27) is one of the 50 greatest autobiographies of our time! The author describes some of the…

The Fort Hood 43

The Fort Hood 43

Early in 1968 Josh Gould and friends opened a coffeehouse in Killeen, Texas, offering a respite from the Army to GIs stationed at nearby Fort Hood. Dissent within the ranks…

One Flew Over Harvard Med School

One Flew Over Harvard Med School

The internet cannot convey how big the New York Times played the story headlined "Beneficiary of Electroshock Therapy Emerges as its Leading Evangelist" in the January 1 print edition. The…

The Local Angle

The Local Angle

Craig Anderson was a "patriotic deserter" from the US Navy in 1967. As recounted sympathetically by John Glionna in the New York Times December 22: He and three other Navy…

A Note From The Emerald Cup

MaryLynn Mathre chaired a panel on “Medical Access for Veterans”  at the Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa on Sunday.  MLM was a lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps during the…

The Sword of Damocles

The term "sword of Damocles hanging over..." evokes a threat to whoever is underneath. In the original myth, Damocles was a nobleman in the court of Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse.…

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