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West Yorkshire Police won't be relaxing attitude to cannabis growers, says chief

Cannabis growers in West Yorkshire will continue to feel the full weight of the law.

That’s the pledge from a West Yorkshire Police chief amid growing concerns about a relaxed attitude to drugs by police forces.

But West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson vowed that tackling drugs production and supply - at all levels of operation - remained a priority in the region and extra resources have been established to flush out dealers.

Mr Burns-Williamson’s comments come as his counterpart at Durham, Ron Hogg said his force will no longer actively pursue cannabis smokers and small-scale growers in order to prioritise its resources against more serious crime.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson

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Senate Committee Votes In Favor Of Marijuana Banking Bill

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 today in favor of an aUS_capitolmendment to allow state-compliant marijuana businesses to engage in relationships with financial institutions.

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Why Hillary Clinton can't just ignore marijuana in 2016

On Thursday, Gallup released a poll showing that 44 percent of Americans have said they've tried marijuana, the largest number the survey has ever recorded. This isn't too far off from what other polls have found (this Pew Research Center poll pegged the number at 49 percent), and given that people are being asked to admit to behavior that is illegal in most places, the true number is almost certainly higher. So we're past the point where most American adults have tried pot, which helps explain why support for legalization has also become a majority position.

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Sandra Bland Becomes The Latest Victim Of The ‘Marijuana Smear’

Sandra Bland was high on marijuana — while she was incarcerated in the Texas jail where she eventually died — according to Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis. Mathis reportedly said in a text message to an attorney representing the Bland family that “[l]ooking at the autopsy results and toxicology, it appears she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail.”

If true, this allegation suggests that security in this jail facility is extraordinarily lax. How does marijuana make its way to an incarcerated individual in the first place? And how does that individual manage to smoke or eat a “large quantity” of it without jail officials noticing?

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Chris Christie Calls Marijuana Users “Diseased,” Pledges to Cure Them With Law Enforcement

While delivering a speech on Thursday, New Jersey Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie doubled-down on his anti-marijuana agenda. Referring to marijuana users as “diseased,” Gov. Christie reiterated his ambitions to “crack down and not permit” marijuana use, even in states where the practice is legal.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Allows Marijuana Legalization to Move Forward in Nation's Capital

Senate Appropriations Committee Allows Marijuana Legalization to Move Forward in Nation's Capital

Also Votes to Allow Banks to Provide Services to State-Legalized Marijuana Stores

Drug Policy Reform Moving Forward Nationally and in the States

A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation’s capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries. These are just two of several marijuana reforms advancing in Congress.  Meanwhile sentencing reform is gaining steam, and the U.S. is shifting towards treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue.

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New Zealand Historical Medical Cannabis Policy Briefing

Historical Medical Cannabis Policy Briefing with NZ Officials

The New Zealand Drug Foundation in conjunction with United in Compassion New Zealand call upon United Patients Group to contribute to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between US and international experts to further explore cannabis as a possible therapeutic treatment in New Zealand for a range of conditions

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Petition to legalise marijuana in Britain approaches 50,000 signatures

Campaigners half way to the number of signatures needed to trigger a debate in Parliament

Support is growing for the legalisation of pot in Britain with a petition already securing enough signatures to force the Government to give a public response.

At the last count the petition has attracted more than 49,000 signatures and once it reaches 100,000, the Government will be obliged to grant time for a Parliamentary debate.

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10 Reasons Why US Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

When I first opened the D.C. office for Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in 2006, to bring representation of medical marijuana patients to our nation's capitol, I was told by many it was not worth the effort.  A quick skim of the political landscape back then showed we would be facing a steep slope. Sure, twelve states had passed medical marijuana laws and  80% of Americans supported medical cannabis access, but the federal government refused to admit that medical cannabis patients existed.  The talking points from federal agencies were always “there is no such thing as medical marijuana,” and most members of Congress were paralyzed by fears of backlash or were dug into to refer madness.

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UK petition to make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal could reach parliment

Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.

A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.

A petition created on the UK Government and Parilment Site has already reached nearly 70,000 signatures.

At 10,000 signatures the government has to repsond and if the full 100,000 signatures are met it will be considered for debate in Parliment.

You can view the petition here.

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