North Coast Journal, 27 Aug 2015 - In another portent of the gentrification of marijuana, cannabis activists have tapped into the fitness industrial complex to create the 420 Games, a series of sporting events that claims it is "destigmatizing millions of responsible, positive cannabis users through athletic achievement." In mid-August, several hundred runners lined up to run a 4.20 (yes, math whiz, that zero is unnecessary) course through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Boston Globe, 27 Aug 2015 - Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders recently pledged that "no president will fight harder to end institutional racism." But he doesn't have to wait for the White House to do it. He could start right now, in his own backyard. Thanks to a lawsuit filed in Rutland, Vt., the world is about to get a rare, behind-the-dashcam look at police culture in a rural Vermont town. It ain't pretty.
Baltimore Sun, 25 Aug 2015 - Attorney General Frosh's commendable effort to stamp out conscious bias in law enforcement is only the first step to ensuring justice Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is poised to take a commendable step today in the effort to restore trust between the police and minority communities by issuing a set of guidelines designed to stop officers from using race, ethnicity or other characteristics as a factor in routine law enforcement. But as an investigation of Baltimore police practices by The Sun's Catherine Rentz makes clear, it will be no easy thing to translate the principles Mr. Frosh is articulating into discernible change in neighborhoods like Freddie Gray's Sandtown-Winchester. AMY DAVIS/BALTIMORE SUN Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is seeking to sharply limit the influence of racial and other biases on police work.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Aug 2015 - IS IT JUST A MATTER OF TIME? Proponents, With State Wins Under Their Belt, Say Yes. Foes Aren't Conceding. WASHINGTON - Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing marijuana in states across the country.
New York Times, 19 Aug 2015 - On the evening of April 21 in Building 21 at the Fishkill Correctional Facility, Samuel Harrell, an inmate with a history of erratic behavior linked to bipolar disorder, packed his bags and announced he was going home, though he still had several years left to serve on his drug sentence. Not long after, he got into a confrontation with corrections officers, was thrown to the floor and was handcuffed. As many as 20 officers - including members of a group known around the prison as the Beat Up Squad - repeatedly kicked and punched Mr. Harrell, who is black, with some of them shouting racial slurs, according to more than a dozen inmate witnesses. "Like he was a trampoline, they were jumping on him," said Edwin Pearson, an inmate who watched from a nearby bathroom.
New York Times, 17 Aug 2015 - To Zachary Hammond's supporters, the shooting death of the 19-year-old man was yet another example of questionable police behavior that has shaken communities around the country. In their view, the police in Seneca, S.C., falsely claimed Mr. Hammond was shot last month as he tried to drive his car over the officer who fired on him, when his wounds show he was actually shot from the side and back.
North Coast Journal, 13 Aug 2015 - Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders made quite a splash on his southward West Coast tour last week, packing speaking venues in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles and whipping up a fervor over his anti-corporate barbs and leftie proposals. Bernie bashed Wall Street and income inequality and found cheers of support for his proposals for free public college tuition and raising the minimum wage. But he's also found common ground with his fellow senator Rand Paul, a small government social conservative contender for the 2016 Commander in Chief seat.
The Chico News & Review, 30 Jul 2015 - What Does Roadmap for Legalizing Pot Mean for Recreational Weed on the 2016 Ballot? A widely praised report on pot legalization in California released last week warns that recreational weed in the state won't necessarily mean more green for its financial coffers.
Sacramento News & Review, 30 Jul 2015 - What Does the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy Mean for Weed on the 2016 Ballot? Marijuana is green. Sometimes purple or brown. Even tangerine. But mostly green. That's a simple, even Seussian approach to pot. This week in California, however, cannabis just got a helluva lot more complicated.
The Trentonian, 09 Jul 2015 - Important stoner alert: huge marijuana protest at LOVE PARK, Philadelphia 7/10, @ 4 p.m. SMOKE DOWN PROHIBITION https:// www.facebook.com/ events/469747533199955 . I usually say joint, but lately I haven't been Passing the Joint much because I've been taking bong rips - oops, Chalice inspirations. I have several Chalices, which are my sacramental bongs. Don't laugh; some use cannabis religiously, so if you're using a bong - oops, Chalice for religious purposes, shouldn't it be protected by the First Amendment? I think so.