Tommy ChongBy Michael Goldstein
Tommy Chong is perhaps the biggest celebrity on this list, as a longtime comedian, movie star and half of the still-working duo Cheech & Chong. He is both a hero, as a longtime marijuana advocate, and a martyr, as a veteran of nine months in federal prison for ru ... More >>
The L.A. City Attorney's office today unleashed a criminal case against the owners of Hollywood's Supper Club for alleged overcrowding, fire-code violations and "life safety hazards."
This is the wake of a tragic fire at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil last weekend that took 236 lives. Th ... More >>
The marijuana movement has seen some strange bedfellows, including such decriminalization backers as Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the conservative Rev. Pat Robertson.
The state NORML convention wrapped up over the weekend in L.A., but not without the appearance of Texas Republican octoge ... More >>
The Left Coast is rejoicing today after President Obama announced that same-sex couples should be able to marry. And it wasn't lost on us that he made the statement on the eve of a fundraising trip to George Clooney's house tonight in the hills above Studio City.
Maybe the timing was intended to he ... More >>
April 20, a.k.a. 420, is the stoner's holiday -- almost as big as Cinco de Mayo in L.A.
But this time around, marijuana decriminalization activists want you to turn it into "a day of action," a time to voice displeasure with the Obama administration's crackdown on dispensaries in California.
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Monday's federal marijuana raid on Oaksterdam University in Oakland happened on the same day that a man opened fire at a nearby college campus, killing 7.
That fact hasn't been lost on critics, who are railing against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the IRS f ... More >>
The man who bankrolled California's closest shot yet at fully legalizing marijuana, Prop. 19, saw his Oaksterdam University cannabis college in Oakland raided by federal authorities yesterday.
And pot advocates are fuming.
The Drug Policy Alliance suggests the raid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Adm ... More >>
Better idea: Just follow around the "free Red Bull" car.Just when you think the Red Bull craze has begun its downslope -- thanks to all the wacky-flavored competitors (Snoop's comes with unicorns!), Red Bull's own overkill marketing and its reputation as an un-Islamic heartstopper -- some L.A ... More >>
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The promoter behind Wednesday's screening of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, its documentary about the controversial rave that moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas ... More >>
1ncognitoAnother legalization effort likely in 2012.Full legalization for marijuana in California was voted down in November. But it was close enough to give pot backers hope for another try.
And that try is officially coming in 2012, at least by all appearances. The Coalition for Cannabis P ... More >>
Richard Lee might just practice what he preaches.New York magazine's much-talked-about story about California's entertaining election season spends some time with Richard Lee, the man who would make marijuana even more ubiquitous than it already is in this capital of dispensaries, Los Angeles ... More >>
The Times has a handy database for tracking money going to the forces of "yes" and "no" on Proposition 19, the voter initiative that would make it legal to possess, share or transport less than one ounce of marijuana if you're 21 or older, while also allowing limited cultivation. Local govern ... More >>
Richard Lee.If using and possessing marijuana, doctor's note or not, becomes legal in California, one man more than any other would be able to take credit: Medical cannabis entrepreneur Richard Lee, who owns a pot-business school in Los Angeles. He's been the main financial backer of the Tax ... More >>
Medical marijuana workers affiliated with a pot-business school Oaksterdam University, which has a Los Angeles outpost, and employees at several other Bay Area-based cannabis businesses have voted to join the UFCW Local 5. It appears to be a first for California's medical marijuana industry.
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Backers of a state marijuana initiative say they have enough signatures for it to qualify for the ballot, and that a green light will likely be announced today. The ballot measure would treat pot like alcohol -- allowing it for the over-21 set, taxing it and opening the door to cultivation fo ... More >>
The movement to put the full legalization of marijuana before California voters was victorious Wednesday, when the state certified the pro-pot ballot measure.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified the initiative, which would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, after organizers turned in ... More >>
West Hollywood city Councilman John Duran.A West Hollywood city councilman says he's the first politician in Southern California to support a statewide initiative that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. The ballot measure, which appears to have enough signatures but which has not ... More >>
As medical marijuana becomes part of the fabric of life in California it probably comes as no surprise that a school, Oaksterdam University, is cashing in on interest in the Golden State's biggest cash crop.
At the Los Angeles campus, near the Beverly Center, students are learning about the ... More >>
A pro-marijuana group funded in part by Oakland coffee shop entrepreneur Richard Lee says it has more than enough signatures to put a full-legalization initiative on the November, 2010 ballot.
Associated Press reports that Lee's group says it has way more than the 434,000 signatures it needs ... More >>