Michael Montgomery

Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown

from California Watch A crackdown by federal prosecutors is casting a long shadow over the state’s marijuana industry, but there is one bright spot, at least for some Northern California growers willing to risk prison time: Wholesale prices appear to be on the rise. After slumping precipitously, prices for a pound of high-grade, outdoor-grown marijuana … Continue reading Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown →

Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

From California Watch Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration’s newly invigorated war against the state’s pot industry. This month, U.S. attorneys representing four districts in California announced that the government would single out landlords and … Continue reading Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads →

Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

Update Fri Oct 7: The four U.S. Attorneys in California issued a statement today announcing the targeting of the marijuana industry. Original post by Andrew Becker and Michael Montgomery, California Watch The federal government is intensifying its efforts to smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, but also those … Continue reading Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy →

Prison Officials Investigate Inmate Advocates

Originally published on Californiawatch.org Just days after thousands of California inmates renewed a hunger strike, two Bay Area attorneys closely involved in mediation efforts got a surprise: They were under investigation by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for allegations of misconduct and unspecified security threats. The attorneys – Marilyn McMahon, executive director of California … Continue reading Prison Officials Investigate Inmate Advocates →

State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike

State corrections officials yesterday threatened to discipline thousands of inmates who have resumed a hunger strike over conditions at California’s highest-security lockups. A state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation memo distributed to all state inmates(pdf) said any prisoner participating in the strike would receive disciplinary action “in accordance with the California Code of Regulations.” The … Continue reading State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike →

Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike

from California Watch Corrections officials are taking security precautions and gearing up medical staff in response to growing indications that inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison will resume a hunger strike that was suspended July 20. Strike leaders are calling on state inmates to begin refusing state-issued food Monday to protest conditions in controversial Security … Continue reading Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike →

A Tale of 2 Inmates: Gang Lord, Petty Thief Both Wind Up in Windowless Isolation Units

From California Watch One man was a petty thief mistakenly identified as a player in a violent Latino prison gang. The other was a convicted murderer whose numerous assaults behind bars and continuing influence on the streets earned him a reputation as a ruthless gang leader. The fact that both men were locked for years … Continue reading A Tale of 2 Inmates: Gang Lord, Petty Thief Both Wind Up in Windowless Isolation Units →