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 142014
 September 14, 2014
No, Josh Marquis, A Marijuana Ticket Ain't Like A Speeding Ticket

On Friday, Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, the leading spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to marijuana legalization, debated Rep. Earl Blumenauer about Oregon’s Measure 91 at the Salem City Club (fast-forward to 20:00 to skip intros): click here to watch the video Throughout the debate, Marquis tried to minimize the need for legalization by repeatedly referencing Oregon’s current marijuana decriminalization of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. Marquis, who has become a leading spokesman of the opposition campaign, said Oregon already showed how to deal with marijuana in 1973 [...]

Sep 122014
 September 12, 2014
Oregon Marijuana "Education" Only Occurs When Marijuana's On The Ballot

Help us fight the use of public funds to defeat marijuana legalization in Oregon – donate to http://www.gofundme.com/fightsabet today! My colleague Jennifer Alexander has been doing incredible work digging through the internet archives to expose so-called community education on marijuana for what is – blatant political propaganda funded by taxpayers to defeat marijuana legalization. First, Jennifer uncovered the calendar of events for BestCare Treatment Services dating back to 2010.  Rick Treleaven of BestCare was quoted in The Oregonian as saying, “the summit has been held for several years in October” and never received any [...]

Sep 102014
 September 10, 2014
In 2012, Oregon Marijuana Education Summit Was Definitely Political

I have been reporting on the so-called Oregon Marijuana Education Summit & Tour starring anti-legalization leader Kevin Sabet or Project SAM.  With assistance from Jennifer Alexander and others, I have discovered that by multiple indications, the people promoting the Summit & Tour know full well it is a political event designed to oppose the Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative.  Unfortunately for them, it appears as if they may have used taxpayer money and resources to promote and produce fliers for the event, violating the terms of their grants and state [...]

Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Election Shenanigans Part IV: The Sheriff's Reefer Mad "Facts"

As Oregon gears up to pass a marijuana legalization initiative known as Measure 91, law enforcement officials throughout the state may have already been using taxpayer-funded offices, email accounts, facilities, and work hours illegally to campaign against the initiative.  Check back on Part I, Part II, and Part III of our report for more details. Thanks to the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association donation of $10,000 to the two-day “Oregon Marijuana, Alcohol & Other Drugs Summit” in Madras, Oregon, this event, roundly criticized in the media as a political event intended to oppose Measure 91 to legalize marijuana, will [...]

Sep 072014
 September 7, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Election Shenanigans Part III: Public Resources Used to Fight Legalization

As Oregon gears up to pass a marijuana legalization initiative known as Measure 91, law enforcement officials throughout the state may have already been using taxpayer-funded offices, email accounts, facilities, and work hours illegally to campaign against the initiative.  Check back on Part I and Part II of our report for more details. The original sponsor of the two-day “Oregon Marijuana, Alcohol & Other Drugs Summit” in Madras, Oregon pulled its $15,000 of federal grant funding, because of the event’s political nature.  The event, scheduled to take place as voters receive their ballots to vote on [...]

Sep 072014
 September 7, 2014
US Rep Calls For Fed Investigation Over Anti-Pot Initiative Campaign

US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has called on the directors of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration top investigate allegations of illegal use of public taxpayer funds to influence Oregon’s upcoming vote on marijuana legalization, known as Measure 91. As we have been reporting, officials opposed to Measure 91 have been involved with the creation and promotion of a so-called “educational” summit and tour slated to begin in the first week of October, just a week before Oregonians (who vote entirely [...]

Sep 042014
 September 4, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Election Shenanigans Part II: District Attorney Marquis Admits "Educational Event" Is Political

As Oregon gears up to pass a marijuana legalization initiative known as Measure 91, law enforcement officials throughout the state may have already been using taxpayer-funded offices, email accounts, facilities, and work hours illegally to campaign against the initiative.  Check back on Part I of our report  for more details. The Oregonian has reported that Kevin Sabet, the headline speaker of a two-day “Oregon Marijuana, Alcohol & Other Drugs Summit” in Madras, Oregon, and a twelve-city “Oregon Marijuana Education Tour” consisting of two-hour marijuana speeches, insisted “These are educational events, not political events,” [...]

Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Election Shenanigans Part I: If It Looks Like A Duck...

As Oregon gears up to pass a marijuana legalization initiative known as Measure 91, law enforcement officials throughout the state may have already been using taxpayer-funded offices, email accounts, facilities, and work hours illegally to campaign against the initiative.  This is the beginning of a five-part series investigating allegations of ethics violations and violations of elections law. Federal election law is clear and Oregon’s election statutes (ORS 260.432[i]) are even more stringent[ii].  Both elected and unelected officials may not use any staff time, equipment, facilities, phones, computers, and services paid [...]

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 [...]