Chris Conrad and Ed Rosenthal Disagree on California Marijuana Legalization


This weekend’s International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco was once again the premiere industry/activism event of the year. The Hyatt Regency is an amazing venue and the presentations and people at the event were top notch.

I collected the audio from every speech and panel and will be uploading them all week and presenting them here at Marijuana Politics. Today, I bring you two conversations from a supporter and an opponent of the California Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), sometimes known as the “Sean Parker Initiative”.

First I spoke with Chris Conrad, an expert in cannabis whose bona fides include work with Jack Herer on The Emperor Wears No Clothes, California’s Prop 215, and his own books on hemp and cannabis. Chris is stumping for the AUMA and believes that while it isn’t everything we could ask for in a legalization regime, it’s a very good start to dismantling our current cannabis prohibition.

Next I sat down with the Guru of Ganja, Ed Rosenthal, another longtime cannabis expert most known for his series of grow books. Ed is not at all satisfied with the AUMA and believes it should be rejected in favor of better legalization in a future election.

Russ Belville

"Radical" Russ Belville is a blogger, podcaster, and host of The Russ Belville Show, a daily two-hour talk radio show focused on the evolution of the legal marijuana industry in the United States. The program is airing live at 3pm Pacific Time from Portland, Oregon, on, with podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. Russ began his marijuana activism in 2005 with Oregon NORML, then in 2009 went on to work for National NORML, and found and direct Portland 2015.