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.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.