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Head First: On “dysfunction,” freaking out, and my huge, THC-fueled orgasms

September 18, 2014
I have very little experience with marijuana — mostly because I’m from a small, East Coast town where such a substance is referred to...

Jock joints

The 420 Games and weed-smoking pro athletes counter the image of lazy potheads

A master of observation: chatting with author Sean Wilsey

August 27, 2014
“We used to call this Café High,” author Sean Wilsey says of Café International, our meeting spot, before letting out a hearty chortle. By...

Until we legalize marijuana, reduce arrests

August 6, 2014
By Endria Richardson Last week, the Editorial Board of the New York Times called for the federal government to repeal its ban on marijuana....

San Jose cracks down on pot clubs after eschewing SF’s regulatory approach

San Jose’s current (and harsh) crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries contrasts with San Francisco’s decade-old (and still working well) regulations.Over the last five years,...

Live Shots: Burger Boogaloo 2014, Take #1

July 8, 2014
About 30 minutes into this year's Burger Boogaloo, I noticed a guy walking around in a Tool shirt. Ten minutes later, I saw another...

American revolution: Smith Henderson talks ‘Fourth of July Creek’

Smith Henderson is all smiles. His debut novel, Fourth of July Creek, has been receiving rave reviews since its release two weeks ago, has...

Panda Bear brings the Grim Reaper to The Fillmore

May 23, 2014
By Ryland Walker KnightThe last time Panda Bear/Noah Lennox toured through the Bay as a solo act, he played The Fox in Oakland, offering...

The legacy of Harvey Milk, and remembering the “Twinkie Defense”

Today is Harvey Milk's birthday, but are we celebrating the life of a champion for social justice, or only remembering his assassination? As San Franciscans...

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger on going electric and the timeless combination of marijuana and Pink Floyd

May 19, 2014
By Rebecca HuvalThe Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is out to topple everyone’s expectations. The two-piece band has rather public identities to overcome:...

Stop wiggling around the bike debate

EDITORIALOur blog post last week about traffic cops ticketing bicyclists riding the Wiggle on Bike to Work Day (see "Bike sting on BTWD," page...

Don’t police the pot docs

April 29, 2014
 By Ahimsa Porter Sumchai OPINIONSenate Bill 1262 was introduced in the California Senate on Feb. 21 by veteran legislator Lou Correa. It is a...

Where there’s smoke

San Francisco takes its pot smoking very seriously

Left out

Progressive candidates for governor have a hard time amplifying their calls for economic justice

Record Store Day: Where to get your (musical) high tomorrow

April 18, 2014
You did it! It's Friday!This weekend will see a convergence of two holidays that, come to think of it, overlap rather nicely given their...

City unveils plan to get tough at 4/20 gatherings

April 16, 2014
City officials today announced a "comprehensive plan" to crack down on unpermitted 420 events at Golden Gate Park this Sun/20, saying it was necessary...

Kaepernick incident report details bong hits, blackout, and alleged assault

San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, player Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette are being investigated for sexual assault by Miami police,...

This Week’s Picks: April 9 – 15, 2014

April 8, 2014
WEDNESDAY 9Haim The flower children of the 21st century will be playing at the Fillmore tonight and tomorrow night kicking off their North American...

The Milkman delivers

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: How one guitarist's passion became a means of San Francisco survival

Crime and politics

How an FBI probe of organized crime in Chinatown took down a senator and well-connected political consultant

Complaint against Yee includes firearms trafficking and envelopes full of cash

The federal criminal charges filed today against Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF), local political consultant Keith Jackson, reputed Chinatown organized crime boss Raymond “Shrimp Boy”...

Crooked cops

SFPD officers indicted for abusing and stealing from the poor

Feds indict SFPD cops, alleging a drug ring and shakedowns of the poor

February 27, 2014
Federal grand juries today indicted four San Francisco Police Department officers, an SFPD sergeant, and a former SFPD officer on a variety of corruption,...

All together now

It takes a village — and a Google Doc — to legalize pot: California's Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014, a new crowd-sourced legislation proposal