Pot 101

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

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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.

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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."

Forum | Monday, Jun 17, 2013, 10:00 AM

Inside the Lives of Humboldt's Pot Growers

In Humboldt County, marijuana supports everything from fire departments to schools. Some residents welcome the prospect of legalization. Others want to stick with the inflated profits of the black market. In 2010, journalist Emily Brady decided she would move to Humboldt and live among pot growers. She joins us to talk about her new book, "Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier."

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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.

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Why Pot Growers Turned Against Prop. 19

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

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