This is a collection of reports by KQED Radio productions, including KQED Radio News, The California Report and Forum. Reports are listed in reverse chronological order.
Forum | Thursday, Oct 20, 2011, 9:30 AM
Growing and distributing marijuana for medicinal purposes has been legal under California law since 1996. But federal law prohibits the cultivation and possession of marijuana for any purpose. Recently, federal agents began raiding large marijuana growing operations and dispensaries, citing federal law as justification. What are the implications of this legal limbo?
The California Report | Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011, 8:50 AM
The fall harvest is under way in the Central Valley, and this year, a new crop is setting records. Marijuana is transforming the state's most productive farm belt. Now federal authorities are stepping in.
The California Report | Thursday, Oct 13, 2011, 8:50 AM
Federal prosecutors are stepping up their offensive on California's medical marijuana industry. A California Watch investigation has learned prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers and broadcasters that advertise pot dispensaries.
The California Report | Friday, Oct 07, 2011, 4:30 PM
A new chapter in the federal government's response to California's medical marijuana dispensaries is underway. Today, the four U.S. attorneys based in California held an unusual press conference outlining plans to crack down on what they call "the illegal, for-profit marijuana industry."
The California Report | Thursday, Sep 22, 2011, 8:50 AM
Narcotics agents on the trail of marijuana exports from Northern California's "Emerald Triangle" have found that the retail end of one shipment involves two NFL players.
KQED News | Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011, 5:30 PM
Oakland's City Council is currently meeting to consider a proposal to double the number of marijuana dispensaries in the city. Host Cy Musiker talks with Oakland councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, one of the unanimous votes in favor of the regulation.
The California Report | Friday, Jul 08, 2011, 4:30 PM
It's well known that some people who grow pot do so under the cover of state medical-marijuana laws, then sell it on the black market for bigger profits. In response, Mendocino County has started a novel program intended to license and monitor medical marijuana producers. But this attempt to regulate pot producers has put the county at odds with the feds.
Forum | Tuesday, Jul 05, 2011, 9:00 AM
The Department of Justice issued a new memo to federal prosecutors clarifying its medical marijuana policy. Calling marijuana "a dangerous drug," the memo threatened enforcement actions against those in the business of cultivating and distributing pot. What does this mean for California?
The California Report | Tuesday, Jul 05, 2011, 8:50 AM
In recent years marijuana production has boomed in California, especially in the state's vast national forests. Last year, of the seven million illegal pot plants destroyed by drug agents, some four million were seized on public lands where growers set up huge plantations deep in the mountains. But in spite of these seizures, there remains a question of who's behind these operations.
The California Report | Friday, Jun 24, 2011, 8:50 AM
Over 1,000 dispensaries in California sell medical marijuana to people with recommendations for the drug from a doctor. But federal officials believe that some physicians may be facilitating the illegal export of pot to other states.