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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 | 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."

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."

Forum | Monday, Feb 04, 2013, 9:30 AM

Calif. High Court Considers Pot Club Bans

Should local governments in California have the power to ban medical marijuana outlets? That's the question the state Supreme Court will take up on Tuesday in a closely watched case. Meanwhile, things are heating up in Oakland, where the Harborside Health Center marijuana dispensary faces possible closure by the U.S. Justice Department. We get the latest on the state's pot wars.

KQED News | Friday, Apr 06, 2012, 5:30 PM

Oaksterdam University's Lee Anticipates Charges

Richard Lee, the founder of Oaksterdam University in Oakland, is stepping down. Lee opened the university in 2007 to legitimize the business of marijuana, and was the main backer of Proposition 19. Earlier this week, federal agents raided the university as well as Lee's home.

The California Report | Thursday, Apr 05, 2012, 8:50 AM

Mendocino Community Fights Illegal Pot Growers

Illegal marijuana farms on public and private forest land aren't new in California, but they are a growing problem, with high stakes for the environment and public safety. In Mendocino County, the effort to find a solution has taken on a particular urgency after the murder last summer of one of its most prominent residents.

The California Report | Thursday, Mar 15, 2012, 8:50 AM

Facing Heat From Feds, Landmark Berkeley Pot Club to Close

Since last fall, hundreds of medical marijuana operators have gone out of business amid a statewide crackdown by federal prosecutors. In many cases the feds haven't gone after operators themselves, but their landlords. Now, one of California's biggest medical marijuana establishments -- embraced by local officials as a model business that donates to the poor and pays millions in taxes -- has become the feds' latest target.

The California Report | Friday, Mar 02, 2012, 8:50 AM

San Joaquin Farmers Warned on Pot Growing

Sheriffs from five San Joaquin Valley counties and federal prosecutors from Sacramento met with farmers Thursday in Fresno. They delivered a strong message: don't let marijuana growers lease your land, or the federal government can seize it.

The California Report | Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012, 8:50 AM

Local Marijuana Laws Face Scrutiny From Calif. Court

Mendocino County's effort to regulate medical marijuana is facing increased scrutiny of federal prosecutors, and there's growing uncertainty about its future. Within the next four weeks, the state Supreme Court could also weigh in on whether local governments can issue permits for medical marijuana collectives.

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