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  • Rocky Mountain PBS: Cultivating Crime

    “Cultivating Crime” took a deep dive into the underground world of illegal marijuana in Colorado. Coloradans thought legalizing marijuana would destroy the black market, but our investigation found it did the opposite. We revealed how law enforcement says Colorado is now a magnet for organized crime with international ties. Our investigation found that criminal prosecutions linked to the cultivation, conspiracy, and possession with intent to distribute of large amounts of marijuana increased dramatically after Colorado voters legalized the drug. Law enforcement officials said Colorado’s laws allowing home cultivation of marijuana opened the door for criminal organizations to move in from other parts of the world to grow large amounts of plants, under the cover of legalization, for sale in other states at much higher prices.
  • "America's Weed Rush"

    “America's Weed Rush” is an investigation of marijuana legalization in America, is the 2015 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia investigative reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates.
  • The Oregonian/OregonLive's "A Tainted High"

    The Oregonian/OregonLive bought medical marijuana that had purportedly passed pesticide tests and sent the samples to two independent labs for further analysis. The results were shocking: Nearly all of the marijuana purchased at Portland dispensaries was loaded with chemicals – including the active compound in Raid and other household roach killers.
  • Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke

    Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm were the owners of Rainbow Farm, a 52-acre campground and concert venue with the mission of advocating the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Their activities included holding events on the property, events at which attendees smoked marijuana and which trumpeted many uses for hemp. Though the two men did not sell or deal the drug, these activities drew the ire of the local Cass County, MI prosecutor, who began to focus efforts on getting Rainbow Farm shut down. Rohm's son was taken away from the two men, and a series of legal pushes by the police ended in a standoff at Rainbow Farm. In the end, FBI snipers shot and killed both men, who had burned Rainbow Farm to the ground in an act of protest. Author Dean Kuiper examines the buildup to the fateful standoff, and discusses what Rainbow Farm's purpose was in this book. Ironically, this story was widely reported in the Midwest before the events of Sept. 11, 2001 pushed it off the front page. Yet Kuiper stuck with it to produce this story.
  • Race Across Borders. Missing Link

    Julie Quiroz-Martinez discusses the urgency of connecting immigrant rights to racial justice. Zenaida Mendez gives a Dominican perspective on race and immigration. Sasha Khokha reports from inside the fight for legalization of undocumented workers. And David Bacon says the conflict between labor and business defines the terrain of the immigration debate.
  • Another Victory for Medical Marijuana

    Rolling Stone reports that a new government report cautiously endorses pot as a painkiller - and it not only embarrasses drug czar Barry McCaffrey but also may help to undermine the $17 billion War on Drugs. The study, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base," was conducted by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine.
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    WBAL-TV (Baltimore, Md.) compares the strict sentence for Marijuana possession for Pamela Davis, an outspoken advocate for the legalization of the drug, with others caught with similiar amounts; finds that such harsh treatment was received by almost no one else, even other convicted of worse offenses, June 17, 1993.