Russ Belville

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.

Oct 102015
 October 10, 2015
See Portland NORML At This Weekend's Oregon Hemp Convention

Come on down to the Portland Expo Center on Marine Drive this weekend for the Oregon Hemp Convention. Portland NORML is a sponsor of the event and we’ll have our 10×10 booth set up for you to get great Portland NORML merch, like t-shirts, bumper stickers, pens, lighters, and more. Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville will be delivering an address on Saturday from the Main Stage on Oregon’s role as the national standard for marijuana legalization. Russ will also be moderating a panel on Sunday about Cannabis and Employment, featuring former Alaska TV anchor Charlo Greene, former Eugene TV

Oct 092015
 October 9, 2015
Which Areas Of Oregon Allow Marijuana Sales And Which Don't?

Fifty-six percent of Oregon voters in 2014 decided that marijuana shall be legal statewide. That’s the greatest statewide support for legalization of the four states that have passed it. Every adult may possess an ounce of marijuana, grow four cannabis plants at home, possess a half-pound of marijuana at home, and shop in safe retail outlets. The only problem? If you live east of the Cascade Mountains, there will be no safe retail outlets for you. As the legislature worked on implementing the will of the majority, representatives of the people living in those eastern counties demanded a compromise. Allow

Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
Illegal Marijuana's Gateway Leads Only To The Dealer

Recently, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker repeated tired old clichés about adults who choose to relax with cannabis rather than ethanol. After speaking to the Badger State Sheriffs Association, Gov. Walker told assembled reporters that the sheriffs had urged him not to support “marijuana use legally in the state of Wisconsin” because “they were still very concerned that (marijuana) was a gateway drug.” Yes, there are still people who believe that choosing to consume cannabis leads a person inexorably to the heroin needle. This scare tactic dates back to the 1950s, when propaganda films showed reefer-toking teens falling prey to the

Feb 242015
 February 24, 2015
Your Brain On Marijuana Is Just Fine

If you smoke marijuana, you will permanently lose 8 IQ points as chronic THC exposure hastens the age-related loss of hippocampal neurons.  The resulting impairments in neural connectivity will degrade memory, learning, and impulse control, eventually leading to an increasing likelihood of becoming addicted to heroin. The federal government says so, right here on the “What are marijuana’s long-term effects on the brain?” page at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Scares about marijuana’s long-term effects are as old as prohibition itself.  The problem for the scaremongers is that there are plenty of older pot smokers actively debunking all the

Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
Tell Your Oregon Reps To Support Will Of The Voters On Measure 91

After reading this story in the Statesman-Journal, I think it is vitally important for supporters of Oregon’s Measure 91 to contact their state representative and senator and urge them to respect the will of the voters on Measure 91.  You can find your legislators here and then send them an email or letter.  There are four basic areas the League of Oregon Cities and other lobbyists are fighting us over: Right of cities to establish local marijuana taxes; Right of cities to establish bans on marijuana licenses without a vote of the people; Establishment of a blood-draw ng/ml THC DUID limit

Nov 012014
 November 1, 2014
Southern Oregon News Station Gives Cops Free 5-Minute Anti-Legalization Ad

We’re less than a week away from voting to legalize marijuana in Oregon under Measure 91.  The Yes on 91 campaign has bankrolled millions in donations and is airing pro-legalization advertisements on television stations across the state.  The No on 91 campaign has bankrolled a measly $180,000, 98% of that from the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association, and has aired no TV ads. Unless you count the helpful people at Medford’s KTVL, which last night aired a hit piece on legalization that might as well have been a five minute ad for the No on

Oct 302014
 October 30, 2014
LIVE Marijuana Election Night 2014 Coverage On

Oregon Measure 91. Alaska Question 2. Florida Amendment 2. Washington DC Initiative 71. California Prop 47. Medical marijuana in Guam. Tax marijuana like agriculture in Washington. 13 medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation votes in California. 21 marijuana pot shop and marijuana taxes votes in Colorado. 11 marijuana decrim votes in Michigan. 2 marijuana decrim votes in New Mexico. 8 marijuana public policy questions in Massachusetts. 2 marijuana legalization votes in Maine. Did you realize there were five states, one district, one territory, and fifty-seven municipal and county votes this year in the so-called “Marijuana Midterms”? We did and we’ll bring

Oct 192014
 October 19, 2014
No On 91 Campaign Makes The Case FOR Legalization

On Friday, Mandi Puckett, the head of the No on Measure 91 campaign trying to defeat legalization in Oregon, held a press conference Friday that was chock full of concerned moms and precocious kids.  More telling was the presence of law enforcement and drug treatment professionals joining in to protect the drug war grants and easy forced rehab clients they get from prohibition. As I watched the live stream of their press conference, however, I was shocked by how often these anti-pot crusaders made the case FOR legalizing marijuana under Measure 91.  For instance: There’s no such thing as “medical”

Oct 092014
 October 9, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Vote Shenanigans - Clatsop County Emails Online

You can now access all the records I uncover in this ongoing Open Records Request regarding Oregon Marijuana Vote Shenanigans here. Spread the info far and wide, just attribute to “Radical” Russ Belville of as you do. Emails located at It’s only 988 emails… I know you’ll have the time if you are curious, because as Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis writes, “the dopers don’t have day jobs…”

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014
DA Josh Marquis Attacks Russ Belville Over Open Records Requests

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria, Oregon, is none too happy about citizens like me poking around in his public records.  Now DA Marquis, the de facto spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to Oregon’s Measure 91, our marijuana legalization initiative, is trying to intimidate me into ceasing my investigation into misuse of federal grant money and county resources to plan, produce, promote, and present so-called “educational events” that only occur when marijuana legalization is on the ballot. Yesterday I learned that DA Marquis has filed a complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office regarding my fundraising for