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Is the President Discovering the Political Benefits of Cannabis?

President Barack Obama is heading to Jamaica this week. No, there’s no "Choom Gang" reunion in the works, mon. He’s visiting a conference of Caribbean nations on the way to a summit in Panama.

You could hardly be blamed for entertaining a "second term, baby!" fantasy about the president's island itinerary, though, considering some of his recent words and moves about pot—and marijuana’s evolution in American politics. Much like gay marriage, it's become a kind of wedge issue, one which may play an important role in the next cycle. And recently, the president may have signaled his intent to make use of it.

Wed
08
Apr

Feds Seek To Increase Marijuana Production Quotas

For the second year in a row, federal officials are seeking to increase the supply of cannabis the government makes available for research protocols.

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart filed paperwork today announcing that the agency is seeking to increase its marijuana production quota for the year 2015 by nearly three-fold.

Wed
08
Apr

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition weighs in on New Hampshire marijuana decriminalization

As the Senate takes up the latest attempt to decriminalize marijuana in New Hampshire, proponents brought in a new ally to lend a voice to their cause: the head of a national coalition of law enforcement officials advocating for drug policy reform.

Wed
08
Apr

Dunedin's cannabis connection features in film Druglawed

A controversial new documentary is set to have its World Premiere in Dunedin next week.

'Druglawed' is an explosive documentary exposing how New Zealand has been co-opted by the US into fighting the failed War On Drugs.

Filmed in six countries over six years, this is the first feature length documentary examining the effects of international cannabis prohibition on New Zealand society.

Over the last 100 years the US government has forced its drug control policies on almost every country on earth. Over 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 22 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates, New Zealand.

Wed
08
Apr

Vote To Decriminalize Marijuana Passes In Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Voters in Wichita went to the polls on Tuesday and approved easing penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The final results came in at 9:15 p.m.

Wichita Question YES …… 20075 / 54%
NO …… 17091 / 45% Precinct Reported 0153, Eligible Precinct 0153

The proposed ordinance does not legalize marijuana. It makes first-time possession a criminal infraction with a $50 fine. Under state law, it is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and a year in jail.

Voters want to send the Legislature a message.

Wed
08
Apr

UNGASS 2016 and the Enormous Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana

Introduction: Mark Thornton is Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, with articles published often in the Mises Daily. He serves as the Book Review Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Libertarian Studies. He has served as the editor of the Austrian Economics Newsletter and as a member of the graduate faculties of Auburn University and Columbus State University. He has also taught economics at Auburn University at Montgomery and Trinity University in Texas.

Wed
08
Apr

Pennsylvanians want legal marijuana

A new poll released this week by Qunnipiac University shows strong support among Pennsylvania voters for marijuana reform. The data also highlights a huge disconnect between state politicians and the people they represent.

According to the poll an astounding 88 percent of Pa. voters favor medical marijuana. 

A majority, 51 percent, support full legalization for adults.

Wed
08
Apr

Ailing Iowans Urge Legislature To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Supporters march in front of the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Des Moines as they try to rally support for the passage of law granting the medical use of cannabis in Iowa.(Photo: Michael Zamora/The Register)

Iowans suffering from cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other ailments rallied at the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday in support of medical marijuana as a crucial vote nears in the Iowa Senate.

Wed
08
Apr

Broader marijuana legalization measure detailed in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Supporters laid out language Monday for broad marijuana legalization in Ohio and began collecting signatures for a 2016 ballot campaign.

A spokesman for the Cleveland-based group Ohioans to End Prohibition said the petition effort began at the Opening Day baseball game in Cincinnati.

Jason Wagner said his group’s proposed amendment would provide more cannabis access than a competing proposal by another group, Responsible Ohio. The broader Cannabis Control Amendment would repeal Responsible Ohio’s proposal should the latter make the ballot and pass before next year.

Wed
08
Apr

Louisiana's view on marijuana is out of sync with state laws, LSU survey finds

Louisiana residents, for the most part, have a much more relaxed and tolerant approach toward marijuana than current state laws reflect, according to findings from a statewide survey conducted by LSU this winter. 

LSU conducted its poll of 980 state residents between Jan. 12 and Feb. 13. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points in either direction. The survey is performed every year by the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs as well as the Public Policy Research Lab. 

The university asked about three different marijuana policies. Here is what it found: 

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