Tom Ammiano

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to comedian and politican Tom Ammiano about his show ‘Mincing Words’, opening September 8 at The Marsh SF, in which he discusses his magical mystery venture into the California State Assembly. Also, a conversation with American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges who makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Bersi in the production of ‘Andrea Chénier’, opening on September 9. Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa stops by to talk about his show ‘Life of the Party’, currently on stage at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Plus, we talk to Usha Srinivasan and Vinita Belani, respectively producer and director of ‘The Conference of the Birds’, a performance based on an ancient Sufi poem in which thirty artists represent ten different dance traditions from four continents.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, September 1 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

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And then there were 23: New York State passes medical cannabis law // State Senate of N.Y.      Governor Cuomo was introduced at the signing by a ten-year-old epilepsy patient. The new law won’t go into effect until late next year. Only non-smokeable marijuana is approved.

House of Representatives votes to block funds for dispensary raids…  Statewide regulation bills meet opposite fates in California… Legalization news from Minnesota, Nevada, Kentucky… Former premier of Canadian province joins cannabis firm… Do you know the “Weed Fairy”?...  and more.


Legislation progresses from coast to coast…  San Jose dispensaries conflicted over taxes… Microsoft loses tech award to cannabis site…  Alzheimer’s reduced by THC & CBD… “Classically Cannabis” concerts canceled... and more.


Some drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. changes…  Regulation moves forward in California Assembly… E-cigs to be regulated like tobacco… 4/20 recapped… What’s your favorite pot song?… and more.


Non-violent drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. overhaul // USA Today

New statewide legislation introduced in Sacramento…  Maryland says yes to legalization; New Jersey says no… Poppies replace Mexican pot as US prices plummet…  Want some pot-oil pizza? … and more.


Statewide cannabis legislation introduced in Sacramento // Huff Post    This is a re-working of Assemblyman Ammiano’s earlier effort.

Obama: pot less harmful than alcohol… Drug arrests down 30% in San Francisco… Farm Bureau endorses reclassification of industrial hemp... A petition and a survey… and more.


President Obama says cannabis is “less harmful than alcohol,” but legalization “is going to be a challenge” in Colorado and Washington // USA Today

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Justice Department: “trust but verify” state cannabis laws… State supported loan awarded to NJ dispensary… Not even God can prohibit humans from doing what they want… 30 tons of hash up in smoke… and more.