Author Martin Lee to guest on Cannabis Crusades radio show |

Author Martin Lee to guest on Cannabis Crusades radio show

The Union staff

KVMR will air the next installment of The Cannabis Crusades from noon to 1 p.m. today. Author Martin Lee will discuss his book, "Smoke Signals," which explains why marijuana affects so many aspects of American life. Lee chronicles the development of a grassroots movement that began in the 1960s and grew into a widespread populist revolt against prohibition.

"The big, untold story," according to Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist, "is that there have been millions of documented medical users with no deaths and no pattern of health problems attributable to medical marijuana."

"Smoke Signals" draws attention to under-reported scientific breakthroughs, including the discovery of a nonpsychoactive component of marijuana, cannabidiol, which protects the brain against alcohol poisoning, stimulates adult stem cell growth, prevents the onset of diabetes and shrinks malignant tumors — without causing a "high." By mining the plant's treasure trove of active ingredients, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, chronic pain and many other conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional cures.

The show will conclude with a discussion between host Patricia Smith and guests Martin Webb and Jed Biagi regarding the heated verbal exchange that erupted between Webb and Sheriff Keith Royal at the Nevada County board of supervisors' meeting on May 28. All three were members of the working group that was tasked with advising the county on the cultivation ordinance, but Webb reportedly was expelled from the group when he publicly criticized the way Royal conducted the meetings.

Biagi will make an announcement concerning his plans to run against Hank Weston as supervisor for the Fourth District, which includes Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, and North San Juan — all areas with a large number of cultivation sites.

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