Monday, December 5, 2011

Oakland's "Weed Wars" Is Popping Off On The Discovery Channel

by David Downs
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Chalk it up to the slow news season coinciding with the holidays, plus a juicy federal crackdown, but "Weed Wars" has straight popped off.

The reality series filmed at Harborside Health Center debuted to a ton of mostly positive press on December 1. Episode two runs this Thursday. This week, the IRS sends over a $2.5 million tax bill for "drug trafficking." (Part Two of a four-part series. Check your local listings.) Now, let's look at the reviews:

The New York Times' Mike Hale sounded kinda jealous of the rights afforded to Oaklanders: “Anyone who has ever bought pot in a cloudy baggie or a wad of tinfoil while someone flushes in the next stall will be impressed by the modern face of marijuana retailing as portrayed in the new Discovery Channel program “Weed Wars.” ... Pine Tar Kush (19.7 percent THC!)".

More reactions after the jump.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Study Finds Legalization Correlates With Safer Roads ... Wait, What?

by David Downs
Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

A controversial new study by two economists indicates that medical marijuana legalization laws have resulted in a nearly 9 percent drop in traffic deaths, and a 5 percent reduction in beer sales.

It's a contrarian case of Freakonomics that's sure to invite scrutiny. The secondary author — University of Colorado Denver professor of economics Daniel Rees — is the first to admit he didn't expect the results, but he also stands by them.

“If critics want to collect the data themselves, boy, the results will jump out at them the way they jumped out at us,” he said. “Our results are pretty robust. We're pretty confident they're going to hold up.”

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