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N.Y. Times Editorial Board Goes to Pot

The editorial board of The New York Times has weighed in with its collective take on decriminalizing marijuana use, and it can be summed up with two familiar words: Legalize it.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE



California Gov. Jerry Brown on Legalizing Pot: Americans ‘Need to Stay Alert’

California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t so stoked about the prospect of legalizing marijuana, and his reasons are surprisingly pragmatic.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



Where ‘Canabusiness’ Goes, Wall Street’s Sure to Follow

Wall Street’s fat cats will be just fine with Americans rolling fat joints en masse once the other 48 states go the way of Colorado and Washington on the marijuana legalization issue. Sure enough, as Capital New York’s Joanna Molloy put it, “Marijuana is going corporate.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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As Goes Colorado, So Goes the Nation?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, formerly opposed, now reportedly backs loosening some restrictions on marijuana use by medical patients, as support for legalizing pot grows like, well, a weed.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Canada’s ‘Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’

A retired 29-year veteran of the Winnipeg Police Service told Vice magazine that he wants to see all drugs legalized and regulated by the government.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE



Public Opinion Shifts on Pot, Colbert Declares War on Scarborough, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Connecticut’s tough new gun laws and a recently created PAC looks to support candidates based on one nonpolitical trait.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage and Pot for Fun Now Legal in Washington

The Evergreen State began granting same-sex marriage licenses Thursday morning while crowds lit joints at a celebration beneath the Space Needle in Seattle.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Bogdan

Study Says Moderate Marijuana Smoking Doesn’t Hurt Lungs

Before you rush out and follow Snoop Dogg’s lead, you might read the fine print about a new NIH-funded study about moderate long-term marijuana use and its effects (or lack thereof) on lung function. On the other hand, the study makes a strong case for giving up cigarettes and rolling a joint.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



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George Soros Makes the Case for Legal Weed

The billionaire investor/activist has written a well-reasoned essay in the Wall Street Journal arguing for an end to marijuana prohibition. The L.A. Times reports that in California, Soros is backing the cause with more than words. (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens

By their actions, alcohol companies are admitting that more sensible drug policies could cut into their government-created monopoly on mind-altering substances.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Mexican President Willing to Discuss Legalizing Drugs

Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who has conducted a deadly war with drug cartels since 2006, said he is open to debating the legalization of drugs, although his office maintains that he opposes the idea.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Bogdan

Could Pot Topple the Tea Party?

The tea party is still less a party than a loose coalition, offering both opportunity for expansion and the threat of division. Take, for example, one growing states’ rights issue that might pose some problems this election season: the legalization of marijuana.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Pot Politics: California Could Go All the Way

California was the first to legalize medicinal marijuana and, if three ballot measures and a bill floating around the state legislature have anything to say about it, the Golden State could be the first to legalize and tax adult marijuana use across the board. (continued)

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


DRUG SHARKS
guardian.co.uk

Is the ‘War on Drugs’ Ending?

Mexico and Argentina’s recent decisions to decriminalize the personal use of drugs mark a growing trend across Latin America to reject the now-40-year-old, U.S.-led, Nixon-founded “war on drugs” as both harmful and ineffective.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Drugs Are Sick

U.N. drug chief Antonio Maria Costa believes drug use should be treated as an illness and not criminalized. Costa says international law enforcement should shift focus to traffickers rather than users, an intriguing (look at the U.S. prison population) but problematic (look at Mexico’s drug war death toll) strategy.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


South Africa Prepares for World Cup, Prostitution

A plan to legalize sex work in time for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup has many in the country upset. While supporters believe criminalization puts women in harm’s way, religious groups and others argue that “family values” trump the interests of both the national economy and individual workers.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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California Legislators Challenge Hemp Ban

California legislators have sent a bill to Gov. Schwarzenegger that would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp, setting up a direct confrontation with federal drug authorities.  The plant, which contains none of the hallucinogenic properties of marijuana, is considered a kind of miracle crop by farmers and entrepreneurs who seek to exploit its fast growth and myriad uses.

Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


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