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One year after legalization, has California's cannabis business been booming as people hoped or is it a bust? What are the challenges of doing business in an industry that had a thriving black market, but is now highly regulated? 

Angela Johnston


This November, voters in a handful of cities around the Bay Area will be voting on cannabis taxes.

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Proposition D is known as the Marijuana Business Tax Increase. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors put the measure on the ballot to add another tax onto cannabis businesses operating in the city.

Marijuana -- from jail to the workplace?

May 23, 2018

Marijuana -- from jail to the workplace? The law practice of criminal defense attorney Bruce M Margolin has a definitive working motto, "No one belongs in jail for marijuana." Program host Jeffrey Hayden welcomes Mr Margolin to Your Legal Rights, live tonight for listeners' questions via telephone. Questions? Please call toll-free 1-866-798-8255.

  The legalization of recreational marijuana combined with the opioid epidemic is bringing substance abuse, pardon the pun, higher in our consciousness. And of course, the effects of substance abuse don’t abate at the workplace door. So it’s appropriate that on this radio program that focuses on career and workplace issues, we take a look at substance abuse in the workplace, what to do if you think you have a problem, or are or a coworker with or supervisor of someone you think might have a problem. That's Topic 1 on the Mar. 22, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko.

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On this edition of Your Call: Now that marijuana is legal in California, who will benefit? And how will racially biased drug laws change?

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California is becoming the largest legal marijuana market in the nation. It’s estimated that the industry will bring in more than $1 billion in taxes every year.

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Many messy discrepancies remain between state and federal law regarding cannabis use. For the estimated 5 millions immigrants living in California who are not U.S. citizens, the stakes are high — especially when it comes cannabis.

Our immigration reporter Ninna Gaensler-Debs tells us more about what Proposition 64 will mean for immigrants here in the Bay Area. 

Angela Johnston


Ben Durkee is a true Trinity local. He’s lived and worked in the Northern California county his entire life.  

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In Humboldt County, a team of researchers have been using satellite images to study cannabis grow sites for three years.

Your Call: Is your city ready for legalized pot?

Dec 5, 2017
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California voters legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana on a statewide basis. The law is set to go into effect on January 1. The roll out will depend on decisions made at the local level. The prospects for legal cannabis could look very different in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Jose. What are the major differences? How do you want marijuana to be sold and marketed where you live? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Renee Kemp, and you.


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African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated for marijuana charges. That’s true nationwide, and in Oakland, too.

Employment Law -- Marijuana in the Workplace: a Discussion of California Employment Law and Criminal Law and Federal Law Regarding the Issues Facing Employers and Employees. Guests: Danielle Lucido, Chief Counsel for the Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20 IFPTE (Union); Jonathan Judge, an attorney who represents Employers, and a Partner in the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo; & Jeff Hayden, a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, and Chair of the California Board of Legal Specialization. Questions for Chuck's guests?

Recreational weed: When can Californians buy it?

Apr 6, 2017
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Marijuana is recreationally legal in California, and has been since Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, passed in the November election. So if it’s legal, when can the general public buy it?

Prop 64 is all about pot. Specifically, legalizing it and taxing it. Right now, here in California, marijuana is only legal for medical use, though possession of an ounce or less is just an infraction — basically, like a speeding ticket.

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Medical marijuana has been legal in California since the late 90’s, but this year, California voters will decide whether the drug will be legalized for recreational use.

Your Call: Life after marijuana legalization

Oct 17, 2016


On the October 18th edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the impacts of marijuana legalization.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Oakland Green Lights Drug War Reparations, Passes Marijuana Equity Program // East Bay Express

“Oaklanders who’ve been jailed for pot in the last two years will go to the front of the line for legal weed permits under a revolutionary new program enacted by the City Council Tuesday night.


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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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How 4/20 became the pot industry’s Black Friday // SF Chronicle

The Spot: Curses & Compassion

Mar 3, 2016

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers... 

The Trimmigrants of Humboldt County

Dec 15, 2015
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On a Thursday in October, I arrive just in time for the morning lecture at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California.

Behind the scenes on a pot farm in Mendocino

Dec 15, 2015

  Federally, marijuana production is still a major crime – one that can land you in prison for decades. Yet, in northern California, there’s a whole economy built around it. 

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California drought: Big storm on the way for Northern California // Contra Costa Times

"After the driest January in recorded history, the Bay Area is back in the rain business.

Daily news roundup for Monday, January 26, 2015

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Firefighters contain 6-alarm wildfire in Pacifica // SF Gate

“An unusual midwinter wildfire chased dozens of Pacifica residents from their homes early Monday before firefighters were able to contain the six-alarm blaze.

David Nutt is the former chair of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. He might still have that post if not for the horses.

In a rational (and non-political) examination of harmful activities, he noted that around ten people die each year in the United Kingdom while riding horses. And there are more than a hundred traffic accidents involving horses annually, some also resulting in death.

(SF Gate) // Solar eclipse blinds driver. Check out that solar eclipse yesterday? It was blindingly beautiful. In fact, a driver in South San Francisco was, she said, “temporarily blinded” when she ran into a mother and daughter crossing the street during the eclipse. In her defense, Grand Avenue has signs warning drivers of glares – even when there aren't any eclipses happening...

A Fremont man has started a campaign against red-light cameras, highlighting the fact that California has the most expensive red-light ticket in the nation at $480. The second highest fine in the U.S. is $250. Red-light camera opponents claim they are an underhanded regressive tax and are more about bringing in revenue than improving safety. According to city figures, one red-light camera in Oakland raked in $4.2 million in 2010, from about 9,200 tickets...

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the laws and economics governing the sale of marijuana and the recent federal crackdowns on farms and dispensaries.  Medical marijuana, a $14 billion industry, is a driving force in California’s economy. How should it be regulated? What do you think of the crackdowns? Join us at 10 or email  What’s your experience with the marijuana industry and what’s in store for its future?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.