Monday, August 19, 2013

Listen: This American Life Talks Mendo's Pot Program

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

click to enlarge Matthew Cohen of the Northstone Organics cooperative. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Matthew Cohen of the Northstone Organics cooperative.
If you missed the latest episode of This American Life, the fantastic, award-winning public radio program broadcast locally on KHSU, then you've yet to hear reporter Mary Cudddehe's take on Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman and his ill-fated attempt to bring sanity to medical marijuana regulation.

As you may recall, Allman came up with Mendocino County's pioneering zip-tie program, which allowed his department to keep tabs on state-law-abiding growers while generating income to fight large-scale, industrial grow ops. The program worked so well that other counties, including Humboldt, were looking to imitate it -- until the feds raided Northstone Organics, a poster child for the endeavor.

The episode is titled "I Was Just Trying to Help," and you can listen to Cuddehe's report below.

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Ryan Burns worked for the Journal from 2008 to 2013, covering a diverse mix of North Coast subjects, from education, politics and marijuana to human suspension, sex parties and amateur fight contests. He won awards for investigative reporting, feature stories and news coverage.

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