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Willamette Week Puts Doug Fine On The Hot Seat

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willamette week doug fineBestselling author and NCC blogger Doug Fine was interviewed by the Willamette Week for their most recent “Hot Seat” segment.  The Willamette Week asks about his latest book, whether Mendocino County smells like a joint and his goats.  A snippet from the WW:

WW: What convinced you cannabis should be legalized?
Doug Fine: I usually wake up to the sound of hummingbird wings. But one morning, instead of that, it was helicopters, planes and automatic weapons. It turned out it was my AARP neighbor getting busted for growing a few plants. It told me that the priorities were really screwed up.

People often don’t support the legalization of cannabis because they don’t want to be viewed as stoners or deadbeat druggies.
The stigma front is the last front of the drug war. The lingering stigma is really fading. I saw a lot of seniors in conservative places seeing their friends getting better by not using pharmaceuticals but medical cannabis.

What was it like researching the book?
I would be there when there were landmark days. When they were inspected by the sheriff’s department or a mold was threatening the plant, or when it was flower-trimming time. Sometimes I would be with the sheriff following inspections or interviewing him.

Doug, as always, represents the cannabis law reform community well, so please check out the entire interview.

Some of Doug Fine’s upcoming events:

  • July 5, 2013 6:00 pm Doug Fine at Collected Works, Santa Fe

  • July 6, 2013 3:00 pm Doug Fine at Bookworks, Albuquerue

  • July 8, 2013 6:30 pm Doug Fine at Paulina Springs Books

  • July 9, 2013 7:30 pm Doug Fine at Powells in Portland

  • July 11, 2013 7:00 pm Doug at Village Books, Bellingham, WA

  • July 12, 2013 7:00 pm Doug Fine at University Book Store, Seattle

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.