.Columns & Editorials

Feb 20, 2024

Mental Health Advocates Rate Prop 1 a Zero

Julia Ford was in the third trimester of her pregnancy when she moved out of an abandoned school bus in Oakland and into the Healthy Babies Project transitional housing. The shelter came with a treatment program founded by Majeedah Rahman. “I kept hearing about it and finally I went and...
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.
Cannabis in 2023: Progress, Setbacks and Scandals
Jan 2, 2024

Cannabis in 2023: Progress, Setbacks and Scandals

Cannabis industry growth continued in 2023, despite setbacks and resistance from prohibitionists, with several notable stories including the Biden administration's advising the reclassification of cannabis as a Schedule III drug, the ongoing battle over Delta-8 THC, the alleged fraud of Cookies and implosion of distributor Herbl.
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