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Feb 27, 2024

Prepping for the Primary Election

As the March 5 primary election approaches, many voters are just now considering their choices. Below is information about some of the most impactful races—nationally, statewide and locally. United States Senate With the death of longtime senator Dianne Feinstein, the state is again voting—for a replacement for the months remaining before...
Ava DuVernay's New Film Makes the Caste Connection
Feb 13, 2024

Ava DuVernay’s New Film Makes the Caste Connection

What does the act of a racist vigilante have to do with the caste system in India that works to the detriment of the Dalits, Jewish people during the Holocaust and the system of slavery that’s in...
Prohibitionist Republicans' Latest Irredeemably Stupid Cannabis Policy
Feb 6, 2024

Prohibitionist Republicans’ Latest Irredeemably Stupid Cannabis Policy

Navigating the partisan politics of cannabis can be challenging because there are Republicans and Democrats on both sides of most reform initiatives. That makes cannabis politics almost unique in these days of Republicans automatically opposing any reforms...
Oakland Coaches Trained to Support Young Athletes' Mental Health
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Feb 6, 2024

Oakland Coaches Trained to Support Young Athletes’ Mental Health

This article was produced by Capital & Main and is copublished here with permission. Sign up for Capital & Main’s newsletter. When gunshots ring out around the parks where Oakland Soccer Club practices, the teenage athletes keep their focus on...
MedMen’s Downfall By Hubris
Jan 30, 2024

MedMen’s Downfall By Hubris

It might be tempting to write off the astonishing implosion of MedMen as being just another instance of a weed business falling victim to the faltering cannabis economy, especially in California where MedMen is headquartered and where...
Bystander Intervention Engages BART Riders in Safety Protocol
Jan 30, 2024

Bystander Intervention Engages BART Riders in Safety Protocol

A little over five years ago, 18-year-old Nia Wilson got on BART in Concord with her sisters Latifah and Tashiya for the last time. John Lee Cowell, then 29 and three months out of treatment at a...
MedMen Loses Another CEO
Jan 25, 2024

MedMen Loses Another CEO

MedMen, the failing chain of cannabis dispensaries with a history of gross mismanagement behind it, and most likely a crash-and-burn directly ahead of it, is going through CEOs like Oakland goes through police chiefs. On Wednesday, the...
California's Illicit Cannabis Market Dwarfs the Legal One
Jan 23, 2024

California’s Illicit Cannabis Market Dwarfs the Legal One

The California Cannabis Enforcement Task Force has seized more than $312 million in unlicensed cannabis in its first full calendar year of operations, but the illicit market still dwarfs the regulated market due to high taxes and regulations.
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