Russ Belville

I am the executive director of 420RADIO.org and host / producer of The Russ Belville Show - The Independent Voice of the Marijuana Nation at http://radicalruss.com - live from Portland, Oregon. I was the winner of The Search for the Next Great Progressive Talk Radio Star and a former host on XM Satellite Radio and Portland's AM 620 KPOJ. I was the Outreach Coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws from 2008-2012, which included lecturing all across America on marijuana legalization, writing political analysis for HIGH TIMES Magazine, and producing over 1,000 hours of video content for The NORML Network.

Sep 022014
 September 2, 2014
The Desperate Lies of Josh Marquis Part IV: Where's the Marijuana Breathalyzer?

As the leading law enforcement voice for the anti-Measure 91 campaign to legalize marijuana in Oregon, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis is tasked with delivering half-truths, distortions, and manufactured scares to convince Oregonians to maintain the status quo of ticketing pot users, arresting pot dealers, and imprisoning pot growers. In one of his recent Facebook posts, Marquis warns about the impending doom of Stoned Mayhem on the Freeways if Oregon passes Measure 91: As a DA I see too much damage done by drugs and alcohol -particularly mixed with [...]

Sep 012014
 September 1, 2014
The Desperate Lies of Josh Marquis, Part III: Stoned Mayhem on the Freeways

Stoned Mayhem on the Freeways, or SMOF, is what I call the go-to scare tactic of the drug warriors seeking to maintain the status quo of marijuana prohibition.  In Oregon, where voters are preparing to pass marijuana legalization in the form of Measure 91, the leading law-enforcement spokesperson against the measure, Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, recently brought up SMOF on his personal Facebook page: As a DA I see too much damage done by drugs and alcohol -particularly mixed with driving. In Clatsop County there are only 2 trained [...]

Aug 312014
 August 31, 2014
The Desperate Lies Of Josh Marquis, Part II: There's No Money in Legal Weed

In continuing my dissection of the obfuscations and half-truths of Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, the leading spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to marijuana legalization in Oregon, I happened upon a statement of his on his personal Facebook page that claims Measure 91′s legalization of marijuana won’t provide any tax revenues to local law enforcement: Section 44 is a spaghetti-like maze of divvying up what is likely to be very little net revenue. In order to compete with the “black market” M-91 keeps taxes much lower than WA or CO [...]

Aug 292014
 August 29, 2014
The Desperate Lies of Josh Marquis, Part I: The Prison "Easter Egg"

You have to feel some sympathy for Josh Marquis.  By all accounts, he’s a decent man and a good district attorney for Clatsop County.  But, unfortunately for him, he’s emerged as the leading voice for law enforcement’s opposition to Measure 91, Oregon’s initiative to legalize marijuana.  That’s a tough position to be in when the state is generally expected to pass legalization, if not in 2014, definitely in 2016, and when one in nine adult Oregonians smoke marijuana monthly. Since legalization is such a popular idea, it is up to [...]

Aug 252014
 August 25, 2014
The Kevin Sabet Oregon Marijuana Education Tour Against Measure 91

You may have read about how the “quarterback of the anti-legalization movement”, Kevin Sabet, is bringing his road show to Oregon on the taxpayer’s dime to campaign against Measure 91, our initiative to legalize marijuana.  Except that he says, oh, no, heavens to Murgatroyd, “these are educational events, not political events,” that just happened to be timed for the week prior to Oregon’s ballot mail-out (we’re all-vote-by-mail, so this is like standing out front of the polls on Election Day). This, by the way, is illegal.  You can’t use federal tax [...]

Aug 162014
 August 16, 2014
Oregon Sheriff's Association Launches Marijuana Prohibition PAC

As expected, the prison-industrial complex isn’t going to allow the repeal of cannabis prohibition without a fight as the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (likely backed by Oregon’s prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies) have formed a “No on 91″ PAC, aiming to defeat Measure 91, a measure that will sensibly legalize and regulate cannabis. It is a shame that tax dollars of Oregon citizens indirectly fund these efforts as state and local law enforcement officers are public officials that should carry out public policy and not try to direct it, especially [...]

Aug 082014
 August 8, 2014
Comparing Marijuana Legalization In 2014 To 2012

Now that Oregon and Washington DC have joined Alaska as the three states to vote in the 2014 election for marijuana reform, I thought it would be useful to compare and contrast the proposed legalization in these three states with the existing legalization passed in 2012 in Colorado and Washington.  I’ve created the info-graphic below to summarize the major features, but for complete text of the proposed initiatives and the previous ones, use the hyperlinks provided below: Colorado Amendment 64 (2012) Washington Initiative 502 (2012) Oregon Measure 91 (2014) Alaska [...]

Aug 062014
 August 6, 2014
9.1 Reasons Why Your Oregon Parents Should Vote Yes On Measure 91

Oregon’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana has now been formally named Measure 91 by the Secretary of State’s office.  It is well known that Millennials support marijuana legalization in greater numbers than do Baby Boomers.  To build awareness for Oregon’s M-91 among the generation that remembers what an encyclopedia is we present these 9.1 reasons M-91 will be a good thing for your parents. 1) M-91 recognizes the reality that marijuana cultivation, sales, and use are not going anywhere.  Your parents are old enough to remember President Nixon declaring “all-out war on [...]

Aug 022014
 August 2, 2014
Josh Marquis' Tired Arguments Against Oregon Cannabis Legalization

Now that Oregon’s legalization is officially Initiative 91 on the November ballot, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis has taken to the media to offer reasons to vote against ending adult marijuana prohibition. “There’s going to be a huge trickle down to youth,” Marquis told The Oregonian.  “Would you want your kids…while they are learning, to be affected by a powerful drug?” Youth have marijuana access now.  For three decades, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) and the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) have found between 80% and 90% [...]

Jul 282014
 July 28, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Study Predicts $38.5 Million In Taxes On $145 Ounces

A new study compiled by ECONorthwest has predicted that Oregon will reap $38.5 million in marijuana tax revenue in the first fiscal year of legalization.  The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act promoted by New Approach Oregon has qualified for the November election ballot and will cap the taxation of marijuana at $35 per ounce for flowers, $10 per ounce for leaves, and $5 per immature marijuana seedling. The Act does not affect the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, so researchers did not include the 64,000+ patients in [...]