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.

Apr 092014
 
Missouri Rep Tells Marijuana Patient To "Get A Job And Get Off Dope"

A Missouri State Representative named Bill Lant is a Republican who represents Missouri’s 159th District.  It’s a small, rural district dominated, if you can call it that, by the little town of Anderson, population 1,998. Aarden Gross is a 27-year-old constituent of Bill Lant’s, just 26 miles away in tinier unincorporated Rocky Comfort.  Aarden is interested in having Missouri’s marijuana laws reformed and decided to email his state representative, Bill Lant, to express his feelings. Aarden’s not a professional lobbyist or even an amateur activist.  His writing skills aren’t the [...]

Apr 032014
 
Ten Signs Marijuana Prohibition Is "Game Over in Less Than Five Years"

On Monday, my Congressman, Earl Blumenauer, announced on Huffington Post Live that marijuana prohibition is “game over in less than five years.”  Rep. Blumenauer pointed out that “throughout the whole marijuana issue debate, there are numerous flat-out falsehoods. Schedule I drug? No therapeutic use? Worse than cocaine and meth? I mean, wait a minute.” Rep. Blumanauer continued, “But the hemp one, that was so blatant and so obvious.  And that is what’s changing the whole marijuana landscape, is that all the falsehoods, misrepresentations and misclassification that have been basically sanctioned by inertia no [...]

Apr 022014
 
Higher Potency Marijuana Doesn't Predict Dependence

Researchers in the Netherlands have concluded that the THC potency of marijuana used by consumers does not reliably predict their risk for marijuana dependence.  The amount of THC consumed, whether from low-potency or high-potency sources, also did not tend to indicate a person’s chance of marijuana dependence. Peggy van der Pol, a doctoral candidate at the Trimbos Institute of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction and her team decided to investigate the commonly held belief that marijuana smokers who use higher potency varieties will adjust their smoking pattern [...]

Mar 292014
 
Colorado's Marijuana Legalization Drawing Immigrants And Tourists

When marijuana reformers push for the legalization of herb, we often point out the direct fiscal benefits, like the tax money that can be raised, the law enforcement money that can be saved, and the jobs created in the marijuana industry.  Now we are beginning to see the indicators of the indirect fiscal benefit from legalization. We heard reports of the $2.1 million raised in recreational marijuana taxes from $14 million worth of product sold in January.  Now the Denver Post reports that the tax revenue may be so far [...]

Mar 282014
 
Minnesota Governor To Parents: Just Break Marijuana Laws

A parent with a sick child would do almost anything to find relief.  Some parents rejoiced when Dr. Sanjay Gupta exposed them to the stories of children like theirs finding relief from epilepsy with a cannabis extract high in CBD.  The only problem is the oil is not legal in their state, so these parents have begun to lobby their legislatures for a legal solution. But rather than help these parents by finding them a legal way to treat their child with marijuana, invertebrate politicians have instead done something contrary [...]

Mar 222014
 
No Medicated Candy At Oregon Dispensaries? Do Something About It!

The Oregon Health Authority has passed a draft rule that would ban the sale of any cannabis edible “manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste.” That’s right, no pot brownies at Oregon dispensaries! If you think that’s a ridiculous rule, you need to make your voice heard! Email medmj.dispensaries@state.or.us for public comment, like I did below. Feel free to crib anything you like from my letter. -”R”R I am writing to urge [...]

Mar 132014
 
Prohibitionists Spinning 'Only' $2.1 Million In Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue

Colorado released its sales and tax revenue figures for the first month of legal sales, showing $14 million in recreational marijuana sold bringing in $2.1 million in revenue for the state.  Despite that being about, oh, $2.1 million more than the state has ever earned in the recreational marijuana market, the prohibitionists with Patrick Kennedy’s Coerced Rehab All Potheads Project, SAM, are complaining that there wasn’t enough tax revenue earned in January. “It appears that Colorado is falling well short of the state’s revenue projection from marijuana sales,” barked Kevin [...]

Mar 102014
 
Legalization Is Not To Blame For Washington's Medical Marijuana Mess

Lately, medical marijuana in Washington State has been under attack from legislators who wish to seriously reduce the limits and availability of medicine for patients.  The roll-out of recreational legalization in the state has subjected patients to much worry; however, I do not accept the pity party going on in Washington State, complaining that legalization has ruined medical marijuana.  No.  Medical marijuana activists in Washington ruined medical marijuana. See, the leaders in Washington’s marijuana movement were more than happy to endorse and even encourage the “Wild West” atmosphere there.  Beginning [...]

Dec 292013
 
Chris Christie's Medical Marijuana Hate Forces Sick Kids To Flee New Jersey

For two-and-a-half years, Meghan and Brian Wilson have watched as their beloved daughter Vivian battles the severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome.  Few of us can imagine what it must be like to watch helplessly as your child twitches and seizes and spasms, not knowing if this will be the episode that ends your child’s short, tortured life.  Most of us would go to any length, even offering our life in exchange, to see our child grow up happy and healthy. Now imagine that you did go to [...]

Dec 222013
 
The Top Ten Stupid Ways Stoners Got Busted In 2013

Here at the National Cannabis Coalition, we believe marijuana will eventually be legalized nationwide.  Until then, cannabis consumers must remain vigilant to avoid the long arm of the law.  Nobody’s perfect and bad luck can help police take down even the most cautious tokers.  However, in 2013, a few stoners managed to do everything in their power to help police bust them for weed.  Here’s our look back at the top ten stupid ways stoners got busted in 2013, with the hope that readers will take these as important lessons [...]