NEVADA CITY, Calif. December 9, 2016 – So now that smoking marijuana is legal you can’t get busted any more, right? Well, not quite. Don’t fire up that freedom reefer on the sidewalk or almost any other public space. And smoking the stuff is still against the law where tobacco smoking is forbidden – places […]
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The Mountain Messenger | Medical Marijuana Battle Over?
NEVADA CITY, Calif. December 3, 2016 – One of the first reactions to marijuana legalization in California would seem to be a dampening down of activity by Americans for Safe Access, a group active in making medical marijuana available to Nevada County patients. Not so, says the group’s chair, Patricia Smith. “The downsizing (it’s really a […]
The Mountain Messenger | Marijuana “Crime” to Lose Funding
NEVADA CITY, Calif. September 30, 2016 – In California, as it has been elsewhere, money is a driving force behind legalization of recreational marijuana. Colorado’s sales were a potent lesson; more than $996 million in 2015 with $135 million in marijuana taxes and fees going to various governments in that state. Legal marijuana has enriched […]
The Mountain Messenger | Street Smarts Are Paving the Way
NEVADA CITY, Calif. September 23, 2016 – Ten years ago this town’s voters took decisive action to resurface all 20 miles of its streets by adding a one-half cent sales tax. The vote was an enthusiastic 80 percent in support of Measure S in the November 2006 election. So, how did that work out? Former […]
The Mountain Messenger | Repeat Bank Robber Named
NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 29, 2016 – There’s an FBI guy in Los Angeles who gets to name the local bank robbers. Seems to be nobody up here doing that job, and since we’re a weekly newspaper I think there’s some spare time available, so here goes. The Nevada City branch of Tri Counties Bank […]
The Mountain Messenger | Still Trying to Corral That Evil Weed
NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 5, 2016 – There’s a perpetual breaking headline running through all Nevada County news these days – Supes Try to Undo Yesterday’s Bungled Pot Ordinance. The latest try came as four out of the five county leaders dumped a new load of fertilizer on the grow. By approving an urgency ordinance […]
The Mountain Messenger | Is It a Revolution?
NEVADA CITY July 31, 2016 – Somebody finally came out with the word that many have been thinking in the wake of all the shooting by and of the police: revolution. Gavin Long, accused shooter of six Baton Rouge police officers, said in a social media post made before his sniper assault, “One hundred percent […]
The Mountain Messenger | The pols think we’re stupid. Obviously.
NEVADA CITY, Calif. January 22, 2016 – County supervisors down here have joined company with some of the best con artists in the country; like those kids on the streets of New Orleans who come up to you and say, “I bet you a dollar I can tell you where you got them shoes!” After […]