The Executive Director of 420RADIO.org, where he produces the world’s best 24-hour live stream source for Cannabis news and entertainment broadcasts, and the Executive Director of Portland NORML, the Portland Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
or “Radical” Russ, as he is known online – hosts The Marijuana Agenda with Russ Belville, a two-hour live news and talk radio program for the Cannabis community, weekdays at 3pm Pacific on MJAgenda.com. The show is based in Portland, Oregon, but Russ has traveled over 300,000 air miles in the past five years, bringing his show to report live from hundreds of Cannabis conferences, marijuana expos, hemp festivals, and legalization events in over 50 North American cities.
In addition, Russ is a prolific writer, contributing his marijuana policy expertise to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Green State, Huffington Post, and WeedNews.co, the net’s fastest-growing source for Cannabis news and analysis, read by over a million unique visitors monthly and climbing. Russ’s “Radical Rant” column is also published twice-weekly at HIGHTIMES.com and Russ’s work has appeared in HIGH TIMES magazine since 2006.
With well over 4,000 hours of podcasts and 2,000 published articles reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners and readers, Russ Belville is one of the most recognizable voices in the marijuana media. Russ is also one of America’s most trusted Cannabis pundits, owing to thousands of hours of non-profit marijuana reform activism with NORML at the local, state, and national level, long before there was a legal Cannabis industry.
Russ has reported live from every marijuana election since California’s Prop 19 in 2010, including the recent Marijuana Election Night 2016 telecast seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers nationwide. Russ reported live from the moment legalization began at midnight under the Space Needle in Seattle in 2012 and on the Burnside Bridge in Portland in 2015 (the so-called “Burnside Burn” smoke-out Russ organized that brought out thousands of people) and covered the first legal marijuana sales in those cities as well.
Russ has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, politicians, artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, patients, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs on all aspects of Cannabis, including breaking the news of the first sitting US congressman to admit his use of medical marijuana. Russ has also testified for marijuana reform in the Oregon statehouse and debated national reform opponents. Russ’s investigation of misused county drug education money during Oregon’s legalization campaign in 2014 was instrumental in the canceling of half of a planned anti-legalization tour planned by a leading prohibitionist. Russ then went on to report from the remaining half of the tour dates.
When Russ isn’t covering the world of weed, he enjoys American football, playing his bass guitar, and watching and reading political satire.