Stories by Russ Belville

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Posted on: Dec 9, 2014, Source: High Times

Some of the craziest lies spun about the drug.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Authorities seized thousands of marijuana plants and up to $1 million in cash as part of an investigation.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Secretary William Brownfield spoke about the need for “flexible interpretation” of UN Drug Control Conventions.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

America’s costly dozen-year effort to reduce Afghan opium production has been a spectacular failure.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Democrats were joined by a growing faction of Republicans.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It depends...but just in case, keep weed out of reach of pets.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2014, Source: High Times

Legalization bills are silent on the THC-needing patients thrown under the bus.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Operating pot dispensaries on a cash-only basis leaves the burgeoning industry vulnerable to a host of problems.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Obama administration wants to ensure that minors don't get access to legalized marijuana.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Oregon benefits from the successes in Colorado.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

All four of this year's marijuana-related proposals came out victorious on November 5.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed Senate Bill 566 which legalized industrial hemp… sort of.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When dispassionate minds review the evidence, it is becoming exceptionally clear that the War on Drugs has failed.

Posted on: May 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Here's why that's absolutely ludicrous.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2013, Source:

Before drug warriors could claim their own web domain, legalization advocates jumped to make a parody.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A civil liberties disaster.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

"I'm here from Oklahoma on business," said one middle-aged man, "and something like this would fill our county jail for a while."

Posted on: Nov 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Some pot smokers are voting against prohibition. Here's why that's nonsense.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Most pot smokers never get arrested. So, what are they doing right?

Posted on: Aug 13, 2012, Source: AlteNet

The media do not blast scandalous headlines about Olympians poisoning themselves with alcohol, a deadly drug whose cartels actually sponsor the Olympics.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2012, Source:

Comparing marijuana use with child rape? Growing laws that turns patients into felons? These anti-pot absurdities completely defy logic.

Posted on: May 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The latest public opinion poll shows that a growing majority of American voters support the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2012, Source: NORML

The government claims to fight the War on Drugs in the name of our health and safety, yet is complicit in the rising addiction to opioid pharmaceuticals that kill Americans.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2011, Source: NORML

From the pizza driver who snitched on a pot patient to cannabis 'deaths' and vodka tampons, 2011 was a year of great drug propaganda.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2011, Source: NORML

Claiming states' rights, entrapment, and constitutional violations, NORML attorneys file suit in four CA districts to challenge the federal assault on legal weed.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2011, Source: NORML

The response to the most popular petition on the 'We the People' website repeats tired lies and misdirections. Most of all, it fails to answer the petition's actual question.

Posted on: May 31, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Market for these patients in sixteen states and D.C. estimated at between $2 to $6 billion annually.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2011, Source: NORML

In Montana, passing someone a bowl of your medical marijuana could put you in prison for life.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Pinning "pot smoker" on Loughner is a cheap, easy attempt to scapegoat the cause of his insane outburst.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Four Loko, a 23.5 ounce can of booze with lots of calories and caffeine that’s popular with the young binge-drinking set, is being targeted by the prohibitionist crowd.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Prop 19, the CA initiative legalizing marijuana, benefits not just those who enjoy the herb, but the entire state of California and ultimately, the nation and the world.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

I've collected the eight craziest claims about a post-legalization state of California predicted by opponents of Prop 19.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2010, Source: NORML

Let's end the needless discrimination against desperately ill cannabis consumers.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2009, Source: NORML

Everywhere you look, corporate media are covering pot stories, except for the issue of its illegality and the lives ruined by prohibition.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009, Source: NORML

The next surgeon general needs to stop putting politics before science. Gupta may not be ready for that.