Pot 101

What's the difference between decriminalization and legalization? How do California's laws compare to the rest of the country?

Video Extra

Two residents of Humboldt County explain how marijuana first took root in the area, and how the pot industry changed this small corner of Northern California.

KQED Newsletters


Get regular updates on great programs and events

More from KQED

Television Special

From The California Report and KQED Public Radio

Forum | Friday, Apr 15, 2016, 9:30 AM

Battles Over Government Access to Data Heats Up as Microsoft Sues DOJ

Microsoft has filed suit against the Department of Justice over requests for customer information, saying people have a right to know when the government gets a warrant to read their emails. Microsoft says it has received more than 5600 federal demands for data in the past 18 months, and in nearly half, the government forbade Microsoft from informing the customer. The suit comes as Congress wades into the issue with a bill that would require tech companies to provide access to data when served by a court order.

Forum | Friday, May 30, 2014, 9:00 AM

House Votes to Cease Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

The U.S. House of Representatives voted early Friday morning to limit the Drug Enforcement Administration from targeting medical marijuana in states where it is legal. The 219-189 vote was passed with bipartisan support, and it's the first time an amendment protecting marijuana users has passed in the House. We discuss the vote's implications.

Forum | Friday, Mar 21, 2014, 9:00 AM

How Pot Went Legit

In a recent interview, California Governor Jerry Brown expressed skepticism about marijuana legalization. "How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?" Brown asked. Even so, public acceptance of marijuana and support for legalization are on the rise. Sacramento Bee reporter Peter Hecht has been reporting on this new era for pot policy. He joins us to talk about his latest book, "Weed Land."

From CIR'S California Watch
Photo:Mateusz Atroszko/stock.xchng
Police Arrest Prominent Oakland 'Potrepreneur'

A brash Oakland entrepreneur who pioneered industrial-scale pot production -- and even unionized his workers -- has been arrested after being accused of moving operations to a tomato farm.

Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice/California Watch
Private Lands Are New Frontier in California's Pot Wars

A little-spoken-of war is taking place behind California's fences and property lines -- trespassing marijuana growers are setting booby traps, resorting to violencem, and spoiling the land.

Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice/California Watch
Obama Administration Warns Oakland on Pot Farms

Officials warned Oakland over the licensing of four giant pot farms, saying the plan is in violation of state and federal law and could trigger multiple legal actions against the city.

Photo: Cannabis Culture/Flickr
Why Pot Growers Turned Against Prop. 19

Why did some counties seemingly vote against their own self interest, turning away from potentially huge profits.

A Random Drug Test

KQED presents a random drug test you can take in the privacy of your home or office. How much do you really know about the marijuana industry in California?

Sponsored by