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.
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.
The California Report | Monday, Jun 20, 2011, 8:50 AM
Local officials say that regulating the commercial pot industry could protect public safety, and would be a good source of tax revenue. But the Obama administration is pushing back.
The California Report | Friday, Jan 07, 2011, 4:30 PM
The Humboldt County town of Garberville is a thriving center of California's marijuana industry. For the past few decades, pot growing has gradually replaced logging and ranching as the economic engine there. We visit Garberville to learn more about the changing identity of a town underwritten by pot.
The California Report | Thursday, Dec 23, 2010, 8:50 AM
Earlier this year the Oakland City Council rejected legal warnings from its own attorney and approved an ordinance to license four enormous medical marijuana cultivation centers. Supporters were hoping to bring order to the chaotic pot growing scene and raise millions in tax revenue. But this week, on the eve of the deadline for permit applications, the city hit the brakes.
The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 4:30 PM
The debate over Prop. 19 has focused heavily on economic and legal questions. But doctors and addiction experts say there's another side to the issue that warrants attention: the potential fallout on people's health should marijuana use become legal in California.
The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010, 8:50 AM
Supporters of Proposition 19 liken their cause to the lifting of prohibition on alcohol 80 years ago. Making pot legal and regulating it like alcohol, they say, could raise millions in tax revenues, and wipe out the black market and the social costs associated with it. But breaking the underground trade in marijuana might not be so easy.
The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM
If voters pass Proposition 19, it would become legal to possess less than an ounce of marijuana and grow up to a 25 square foot plot for personal use. The proposition's supporters say the initiative could free up prison beds and reduce law enforcement costs -- but those savings may be overstated.
Forum | Monday, Oct 18, 2010, 9:00 AM
As California voters consider whether or not to legalize marijuana, we join experts to discuss the health effects of recreational pot use.
The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010, 8:50 AM
Some supporters of Proposition 19, a measure on the November ballot to legalize marijuana, argue that regulating pot will end violence associated with Mexican cartels and the drug trade. But officials on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border have their doubts.