.Columns & Editorials

Mar 12, 2024

No Reliable Standards Exist for Driving While High

Blood-alcohol tests often aren’t really conclusive when it comes to determining whether a person is too impaired to drive. Many people who are over the legal limit are probably perfectly fine to drive, even if doing so might get them into legal trouble. But many aren’t, and the line...
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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...
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...
Reimagining Public Safety in Oakland
Jan 23, 2024

Reimagining Public Safety in Oakland

Oakland is facing record-breaking property and violent crime rates, and advocates are calling for a shift away from policing and prisons to investing in affordable housing, health care and jobs for all to create safer, healthier communities.
Jimmy Kimmel's "Who's High?" Segment Normalizes Cannabis Use
Jan 16, 2024

Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Who’s High?’ Segment Normalizes Cannabis Use

Jimmy Kimmel's "Who's High?" segment on his late-night talk show provides evidence that people high on weed are perfectly functional humans, and that the effects of pot vary from person to person.
‘Disneyland’ of the Iron Triangle
Jan 9, 2024

‘Disneyland’ of the Iron Triangle

Pogo Park, a free and accessible park in Richmond's Iron Triangle, has become the heart and pulse of the community, providing a space for magic and enchantment, and promoting public safety and wellbeing.
DEA Considers Reclassifying Cannabis, Boosting Legal Industry and Research
Jan 9, 2024

DEA Considers Reclassifying Cannabis, Boosting Legal Industry and Research

The DEA is considering a recommendation to reclassify cannabis as a Schedule 3 narcotic, which would provide a big boost to the legal-cannabis industry and make it easier for federal lawmakers to vote to legalize.
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