Russ Belville Named Co-Online Activist of the Year by The Weed Blog


One of the many things that we are thankful for here at Marijuana Politics is that we get to work with Russ Belville, who was just named as The Weed Blog’s 2015 Online Activist of the Year, along with fellow activist extraordinaire Tom Angell. Russ is one of the most prolific bloggers and tireless advocates today and his blogs here at Marijuana Politics are really a must-read for the cannabis community.

Not only is he passionate, but Russ does his research, ensuring that his arguments are backed by facts. Russ has debated the top prohibitionists  and isn’t afraid to debate other cannabis law reform advocates as well. Despite living in progressive Portland, Oregon, Russ has been greatly impacted by his upbringing in Idaho, remembering what it is like to live under draconian marijuana laws.

Here’s what our friends over at The Weed Blog had to say about Russ and Tom:

Online Activist of the Year – Tom Angell and Russ Belville. I think these guys have won this award the last two years too. They are on the internet daily. I swear neither of them sleep. Tom ‘The One Man Marijuana Prohibition Wrecking Crew’ Angell is in just about every major marijuana article I read online. He also writes for Marijuana.Com, and I quote his articles quite often. Russ ‘The Hardest Working Man In Marijuana’ Belville is relentless. If you follow him on Twitter, you will see that he never shies away from a meaningful debate, and is quick to challenge a prohibitionist which is something that I have always admired. Both of these men are very deserving of this award, and very deserving of support ($!) from anyone that can help as far as I’m concerned.

As an Idaho refugee, he always thinks about the members of the cannabis community that aren’t fortunate to live in cannabis-friendly locales. Placing a premium on the need to end cannabis prohibition for everyone, Belville has often clashed with activists that aren’t pleased with various legalization laws, such as Washington State and proposals, such as the recent battle in Ohio and the current debate over California’s legalization proposals. Russ doesn’t shy away from supposedly controversial statements, willing to take on the biggest players in the movement. The cannabis community is lucky to have Russ Belville and we are proud to call him a friend and colleague here at Marijuana Politics.

Besides following his blogs here on Marijuana Politics, you can also check out Russ Belville’s personal site, his online show over at Cannabis Radio and follow him on Twitter and Facebook

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.