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The Most Surprising Moment from Wednesday's Republican Presidential Debate

Since the advent of the television modern American presidential debates have become steadily more theatrical, now focused mostly on political pageantry and whether candidates can pull off a selfie or a fist-bump without looking confused or senile. Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate offered plenty of bizarre moments for the canon: Jeb Bush suggested that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill; Donald Trump claimed to have witnessed a baby get autism from a vaccine; Rand Paul said his Secret Service code name would be "Justice Never Sleeps."

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Sep

Make marijuana law work

Toledoans’ vote to decriminalize marijuana has implications for voter turnout, campaigning, and public policy Issue 1 supporters convene on election night to hear vote results.

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17
Sep

Vancouver Police Department recommends pot shop complaint be dismissed

Anti-pot shop crusader alleges police not enforcing laws against illegal marijuana dispensaries

The Vancouver Police Department has recommended the Vancouver Police Board dismiss a complaint from an anti-pot shop crusader accusing police of failing to shut down the city’s 100 or so illegal marijuana dispensaries.

In a 15-page report that goes before the board Thursday, Deputy Chief Doug LePard provided a detailed analysis of the complaint from Pamela McColl of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada and outlined why the majority of dispensaries continue to operate without police interference.

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Sep

UK: Guidance On How To Lobby Your MP For The Cannabis Debate.

In the UK the only democratic power you have is through your MP.

The arcane nature of our Parliament and the unaccountability of MPs makes that sad and depressing but it is reality.

The only alternative routes to power are to spend millions on advertising and PR or to chance on gaining the fickle and unreliable support of the popular media.

So, it is to your MP you must turn if you want to exercise influence in the cannabis debate.  However poorly informed, bigoted or slave to the media your MP is, your role is to do what you can to inform and persuade. It is your responsibility to make your MP do their job and represent your views.

 

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Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley talks marijuana in 2016 campaign

In a visit to Denver, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said he is looking to Colorado as he considers whether to support federal legalization of marijuana. But for now, he said, it's a step too far.

"I think we still have to watch, and we have to learn in Colorado and Washington state," he told reporters after a meeting with marijuana industry and legalization advocates Thursday. "I'm not there yet, but I am watching very closely what's happening."

The focus on the issue is emerging as a hot topic in the 2016 presidential campaign amid questions about how the federal government should respond to the increasing number of states moving toward legalization.

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Sep

Mayor's office tries to combat synthetic marijuana with multiagency approach

To combat the sale of synthetic marijuana, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday the city has been organizing a multiagency attack, which led to the massive takedown earlier this week and fewer emergency room visits.

The initiative, which started in July, includes the Drug Enforcement Administration and the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. On Wednesday, 10 men were charged with running a synthetic marijuana ring that sold more than a quarter million retail packets.

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Sep

Rand Paul hits Jeb Bush on marijuana rich kid 'hypocrisy'

Bush admitted in previous interviews and again during Wednesday's Republican presidential primary debate smoking marijuana while attending the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

"He didn't go to jail," Paul told students at the University of Nevada-Reno on Thursday. "Why? Because he was rich, and he was elite, and he was going to a very special school."

Paul said he didn't begrudge Bush's education, but said that Bush supports policies that disproportionately result in minority and lower-income young people going to jail for lengthy sentences.

"What I do have a problem with is he still wants to put kids in jail for marijuana," Paul said. "What I was upset with Jeb Bush was his hypocrisy."

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Sep

Annual Injury Prevention Conference Puts Focus On Issue Of Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana was the main focus of an in-depth injury prevention conference in south London Thursday afternoon.

The 16th annual “Not By Accident” conference, hosted by the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre, ran from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, and looked specifically at the possible safety implications marijuana’s legalization or decriminalization could have on healthcare workers and society at large.

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17
Sep

Marijuana: The Gateway to the White House

During last night's Republican debate, Jeb Bush, one of the leading Republican candidates and former Governor of Florida, admitted yet again to smoking marijuana when he was young.

"Forty years ago I smoked marijuana, and I admit it."

This is commonplace now if you're running for President. Clinton admitted it, Jeb's brother George W. admitted it, and so did Obama. Apparently, one of the side effects of marijuana use may be the Presidency of the United States -- use with caution.

And that is the hypocrisy. The hypocrisy that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pointed out on stage last night: "The people going to jail for this are poor people, often African-Americans and often Hispanics, and yet the rich kids who use drugs aren't."

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Sep

UK Cannabis Decriminalisation – Why we must copy Spain

Spain’s cannabis decriminalisation shows how deluded and uneducated Cameron and the UK government really are! Why we should be following Spain’s legislation and face the many problems created by criminalisation and illegal cannabis in the UK?

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