FROM Ricardo Baca
What Should California Expect If Pot Becomes Legal? This time next year, 4/20 could have a whole new meaning in California since voters are expected to legalize recreational pot in November. At one point, 20 marijuana initiatives tried to get on the ballot, but the odds-on favorite is now the Sean Parker-backed “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”. If pot becomes legal in California, problems could emerge that the proposed laws do not adequately address. For example, how will the cops know when you’re too stoned to drive? We’ll look at the what’s happened in Colorado, the first state to make recreational marijuana legal in 2012, to get a sense of what might happen in California.
A Small Coal Town in Colorado Reconsiders Marijuana The mountain town of Hotchkiss, Colorado twice voted to ban both the recreational and medical use of marijuana. But then a coal mine in the North Fork Valley shut down amid a wave of industry slowdowns and bankruptcies all over America's coal country. Hotchkiss, Colorado took another look at economic reality. New York Times reporter Jack Healy reports.
'Rolling Papers' In 2012, Colorado became the first state to make recreational marijuana legal. Not long after that, the Denver Post became the first daily newspaper in the nation to hire a pot editor and pot reviewers. A new documentary takes a look at the reporters and reviewers of the Post’s Culture of Cannabis website, The Cannabist. Madeleine speaks with the film’s director.
Legal Weed Is Everywhere, but There's Nowhere to Smoke It Wanna toke in Denver? You better have a place to do it. Pot smokers living in one of the 23 states and the District of Columbia, where recreational or medical marijuana is legal, will tell you just how ironic this is. Marijuana is legal but smoking in public is not. With pot tourists lighting up in alleys and bathrooms in public parks the city is starting to consider whether pot should be allowed in venues like bars and clubs. Photo: Cannabis Culture Now advocates in Denver, traditionally at the forefront of the legal pot movement, are trying to get marijuana a toe in the door of a few 21-and-over public venues. But even that is contentious, as we hear from Ricardo Baca, the marijuana editor at the Denver Post , where he writes The Cannabist blog.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”