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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

We have the right to have that basic thing—it’s water

Water is life, and it belongs to all of us. It’s time to start acting that way.

California’s drought: the canary in the coalmine?

There is no place on earth that can be safe, secure or healthy in a world that is running out of water.

Peace in Medicine: Inside California's Medical Cannabis Industry

Go inside the professional operations of Peace in Medicine, a licensed cannabis dispensary in Northern California that finds itself under seige from the Federal government. 

The Exile Nation Project - Scott Tracy Imler

Scott Tracy Imler is one of the central figures in the history of medical cannabis legislation. He was a co-author of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, more commonly known as "Prop 215," which made cannabis legal for medicinal use in the State of California. In 1996 Scott opened the first medical cannabis co-op in the Los Angeles area, which remained open until a DEA raid in October 2001, shortly after 9/11, an incident that began the Federal backlash against medical cannabis.

Under a Cloud in California

Musings on the imminent irradiation of the West Coast.

California Endures Another Summer of Pointless Marijuana Raids

For nearly 30 years, the Campaign Against Planting has waged a quixotic battle to eradicate California's outdoor marijuana industry. It's at it again this year.
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