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

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,...

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...

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

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...

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”...

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

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EDITORIAL San Francisco is headed for a showdown. Those who see the city as primarily a place to make money and who want to...

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST FRESH FLOWERS

October 16, 2013
All over the news last year: Medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco and other cities were being shut down by a spasm of...

Best of the Bay 2013 Editors Picks: Shopping

SHOPPINGEDITORS PICKSEditors picks are chosen by Guardian editors for special recognition for brightening the Bay Area experience.BEST PLACE TO PARK YOUR CARD Get that...

Feds force pot clubs to deal in cash, then ban use of armored cars

September 6, 2013
In the US Drug Enforcement Administration's latest attempt to smoke out medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States, the federal government agency made the...

Some wins, some losses in Sacto

June 3, 2013
The state Assembly and Senate passed the usual flurry of bills on May 31, the last day for initial-house approval, with some unusual drama...

Pot, domestic worker bills win approval

May 24, 2013
Two bills that we've been following, one to regulate medical marijuana and the other to give domestic workers some basic rights, won approval from...

Can’t a guy even smoke crack in peace any more?

May 17, 2013
Okay: Yes, it's really funny that the mayor of Toronto, who is an odd guy at best, was apparently caught on a cell-phone video...

A boost for Ammiano’s pot bill

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's bill to create state regulations for pot clubs just got a boost: Although I disagree with the Supreme Court decision allowing...

Why are the feds cracking down on pot again?

President Obama keeps saying that marijuana isn't a big priority for his administration, and his rogue nutcase of a US Attorney in Northern California...

Newsom calls for marijuana legalization

For all his flaws, Gavin Newsom has never shied away from taking a stand or showing leadership on emerging issues, particularly when the politicians...

Willie Brown and Ammiano’s pot bill

March 26, 2013
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s new medical marijuana bill seems pretty straightforward. Almost everyone in the medpot biz thinks there ought to be some sort of...

On the Cheap listings

March 5, 2013
Submit items at listings@sfbg.com. For further information on how to submit items for listings, see PicksWEDNESDAY 6RayKo's sixth annual plastic camera show RayKo Photo...

Staff of shut-down Mission dispensary opens SoMa’s newest cannabis club

February 22, 2013
Today was the grand opening for a new dispensary just steps from the front door of Mezzanine and right down the block from a...

Pot hearing cancelled — but why?

February 7, 2013
The state Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee was slated to hold a hearing Feb. 11 on Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's efforts to create...

Feds continue war on California’s medical marijuana industry

February 5, 2013
San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries may be bouncing back from last year’s crackdown by the federal government, but the industry statewide continues to be...