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Red Pot: Plurality of Politics in Cannabis

DOJ TV: John Elias speaks on C-SPAN. PHOTO C-SPAN screen capture.

People tend to think of the cannabis world as populated mainly by liberals. Most pot people do lean liberal. But the truth is that every political worldview is represented in weed. Even MAGA: over the weekend, Andrew Kyle of Dallas, who identifies himself as a “cannabis expert consultant” on LinkedIn, posted on… » Read More

Inequality & Cannabis

ROACH: Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was quoted as saying he liked the Ku Klux Klan just fine

A few weeks ago, the racial inequities of cannabis (both the illegal and legal kind) blew up amid the protests and riots following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Large groups of looters broke into nearly every dispensary in Oakland. Debby Goldsberry of Magnolia Wellness, a dispensary that was hit… » Read More

Weed Whacked

SHATTERED: Windows were shot out of Oakland cannabis dispensary Magnolia Wellness. Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Wellness.

Last week, several dispensary owners in Oakland, who have been plagued by a string of robberies, kicked around ideas for improving security. One of those ideas: allowing owners and employees to pack heat. The notion of gun-toting weed merchants didn’t go over well, and the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission rejected it. The… » Read More

The Chinkees Are Back!

STRAIGHT OUTTA MONTE SERENO: Ska with a politically incorrect name is back.

Last Friday, The Chinkees, Mike Park’s all-Asian ska-punk band, unexpectedly put out their first new set of songs in 18 years. K.A. Music, the blazing four-song EP, was released by Park’s Monte Sereno-based Asian Man Records and quickly sold out of its initial vinyl pressing. The sudden new album emerged out of… » Read More

Home Pot Farming: Clones are ‘Flying Off the Shelves’

CLONE ZONE: Workers tend the plants at Harborside Farms in Salinas. Photo Courtesy of Harborside Farms

People are finding all kinds of things to do while they’re stuck at home: binge-watching Netflix, playing board games, doing jigsaw puzzles, learning a new instrument. And many are growing pot, often for the first time. So many, that the companies that supply home-growers are having a hard time keeping up. Oakland-based… » Read More

Clubs Hit: Astonishing String of Crimes Strikes Dispensaries

SACKED: Magnolia was hit twice in two nights. Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Wellness

Over the weekend, one or more large groups of armed men targeted and robbed a long list of Bay Area cannabis dispensaries in what appears to be a long-planned spree. Remarkably, most of the dispensaries in Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland seem to have been hit, reportedly along with some manufacturing and… » Read More

I’ll See You In My Streams

FEEL THE BERN: Local singer-songwriter Dan Bern says the switch to virtual performance has brought with it a thrill of its own.

Maybe we’ll eat beans and emit noxious gases Maybe we’ll start taking a bunch of online classes Maybe we’ll drink lemonade every day at 5 And listen to the folk singers on the Facebook Live —Dan Bern “Til The Quarantine Is Thru” It was a bit of head-scratcher when ABC’s Good Morning… » Read More

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