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February 25, 2010
Sacbee.com to debut 'Weed Wars' marijuana blog on Friday

Some people want to legalize marijuana and tax it. It's a prescription, they say, to cure California's chronic budget woes. Others are fighting to get rid of medical marijuana dispensaries in their neighborhoods and warn of the dangers of legalized pot.

With California in the thick of the debate over marijuana, The Bee on Friday is debuting "Weed Wars," a blog dedicated to keeping readers up to date on what proponents of legal marijuana and their opposition are planning, saying and doing in preparation for an expected November ballot initiative on the issue.

The blog, by Bee reporter Peter Hecht, will cover some of the key personalities shaping the debate, and seek to interact with readers on what you want to know. From time to time, Hecht will host live chats with opponents and proponents so you the reader can ask them questions directly.

A Bee reporter who has covered California for more than 20 years, Hecht has been writing about the state's marijuana issues in the printed edition of The Bee.

With his blog, you can expect even more insight and timely news. Hecht is planning his first post for 6 a.m. Friday. But you can get a preview here.

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About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of sacbee.com talk about new initiatives and our plans for sacbee.com. You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and sacbee.com. Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at tnegrete@sacbee.com or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is smcmahon@sacbee.com.

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for Sacbee.com and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at lgonzales@sacbee.com.

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