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.

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 [...]

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 420RADIO.org as you do. Emails located at http://radicalruss.com/docs. 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 [...]

Sep 262014
 September 26, 2014
Josh Marquis Ignores Hundreds  Imprisoned For Marijuana In Oregon

As Josh Marquis continues campaigning against marijuana legalization in Oregon under Measure 91, he repeats certain talking points that could be charitably called “true” if one doesn’t read between the lines. Today’s example is the notion that we really don’t need to legalize marijuana because hardly anybody really goes to prison for it. The Bend Bulletin reports on Marquis’ remarks at the recent Measure 91 debate between him and Rep. Earl Blumenauer: But he said the argument that Oregon’s prisons are clogged with marijuana users and the notion that the state pays more for prisons [...]

Sep 252014
 September 25, 2014
Josh Marquis Thinks Quality Marijuana Is  'Not That Hard To Make'

The leading opponent of Oregon marijuana legalization in the media is Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis. In his recent debate on the Oregon Measure 91 legalization initiative against Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Marquis expressed his opinion on the ease of growing marijuana and why that would depress any hope for earning tax revenue from legalization, as reported by the Salem Statesman- Journal: Marquis tried to poke holes in those estimates by explaining how Colorado has lowered its revenue expectations in part because fewer people than anticipated are buying marijuana from a store. “It’s called weed for [...]

Sep 232014
 September 23, 2014
Josh Marquis, Not "Anybody Can Get A Medical Marijuana Permit"

One of the more frustrating things about listening to elected officials debate marijuana legalization, aside from their lack of current experience using marijuana, is their consistent mischaracterization of Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program, or OMMP. In his debate vs. Rep. Earl Blumenauer at the Salem City Club, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis, the leading spokesman against our Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative, tried to minimize the need for the measure by citing erroneous suppositions about medical marijuana. The Oregonian reported Marquis’ assertion that “almost any adult can get a medical marijuana permit and legally [...]

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 [...]