(By Michael Macor, for SF Chronicle)
California newspapers have been leveled over the last 15 years by their lack of foresight and innovation with regard to the rise of digital media. Their thought-leadership regarding drug policy has been equally lacking.
Down but not out, The Los Angeles Times
andSan Francisco Chronicle
show they are capable of change with a raft of digital initiatives, and even some come-to-Jesus moments regarding one of the most salient public policy issues of our time.
It was simultaneously shocking and long-overdue that this week the Times
argued for a change to the federal classification of marijuana and the Chronicle
came out in support of industrial hemp. To think, it took until the year 2015 for this evolution to occur.