There are many good reasons for California to legalize marijuana, not least being that it's cheaper to drive to Mar Vista, say, than it is to fly to Amsterdam, and because one wonders what the folks who design Intelligentsia's high-strung coffee palaces could do with a pot café. There is also the well-documented link between food and cannabis, which anyone who survived four years of college frat parties can testify to, assuming they remember any of it. For more on that subject, just listen to Michael Pollan (The Botany of Desire, etc.) giving this lecture at Berkeley.

Now the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has endorsed Proposition 19, the initiative on the November ballot that would decriminalize marijuana. Says Dan Rush of the union's Local 5, “The marriage of the cannabis-hemp industry and UFCW is a natural one. We are an agriculture, food processing and retail union, as is this industry.” Read Dennis Romero's story for details.

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