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Thu
23
Apr

Republicans Rally to Legalize Low-THC Cannabis Everywhere

Rep. Paul Ryan joins GOP-led effort that would legalize hemp, low-THC cannabis.

A majority of states now allow residents to use compounds from low-THC cannabis as medicine, but growing the plants remains a federal crime and in some states parents of epileptic children risk losing them by using the non-intoxicating treatment.

Republican members of Congress, inspired by stories from desperate parents who say use of low-THC, high-cannabidiol (CBD) cannabis saved their children, are taking the fight for legalization from statehouses to the U.S. Capitol.

Thu
23
Apr

Weed and Water in California: Pot Isn't the Problem

Despite the hype, marijuana cultivation's contribution to the state's water crisis is negligible.

California has been in a drought for the past four years. Most of the state has received under 10 inches of rain, meeting the criteria to be labeled a desert. This conundrum has made California a testing ground for a battle over water rights, where cannabis growers are being unjustly scapegoated as the culprits behind the worst drought the state has seen in over a millennium.

Thu
23
Apr

Watch CNN Newsroom - Weed: Prison or Profit?

What is the role of race in marijuana dealing? Studies show that black men are more likely to go to prison. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing. Watch this video, which is part of CNN's orginal series entitled High Profits.

Thu
23
Apr

Why Do I Stand Against Protests, Demonstrations and '420' Events?

Peter Reynolds - the leader of Cannabis Law Reform in the UK

The protests, public smoking, stereotypical ‘drop-out’ behaviour, cause DAMAGE to the cannabis campaign.

I don’t give a damn how people dress, or what they smoke or do, as long as they’re peaceful. In the ’70s, I lived in Vondel Park, Amsterdam, for two years and later I hitch-hiked around Europe and North Africa with a guitar on my back. I’m still a hippy at heart.

When you want to persuade people, when you need to win hearts and minds, when you want to achieve reform, it doesn’t matter what you think, what your ‘rights’ are, or what is ‘just’ or ‘fair’.

Thu
23
Apr

ISIS Fighters Are Buying Weed From Their Sworn Enemies

Bitter hatred and animosity aren’t stopping Shiite Lebanese farmers from selling weed to their sworn enemies — Sunni Islamic State militants — because, well, that’s business.

The Daily Beast spoke with farmers in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, supporters of the embattled Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, who are selling marijuana to Islamic State militants.

Lebanese Shiites typically support Syria’s Assad as a longtime regional ally, and the Islamic State, controlling territory in Syria and Iraq, are staunch enemies of the regime. Additionally, in Iraq, the Islamic State is fighting Iran-backed Shiite militias.

Thu
23
Apr

Are marijuana regulations weeding out family farmers?

Perry asked me not to use his last name. It wasn’t because of the plants in his basement — they’re perfectly legal now — but more out of garden-variety stoner’s paranoia. He worried some enemy might see his name in the news and come looking for him.

Whatever — his identity isn’t important. It’s not like he was leaking potentially false information about weapons of mass destruction. I was just there to talk to him about his experience and his opinions. He has red hair, thinning on top, but growing vigorously in a bushy beard beneath. He’s wearing rectangular framed glasses, a Grant Farm concert T-shirt, and shorts.

Wed
22
Apr

Cannabis protesters align with Green Party on legalising the Class B drug

Despite a noticeable police presence, supporters of cannabis legalisation gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to celebrate ‘420’ day, who were happy to smoke the Class B drug openly.

Around 150 people sat in Old Palace Yard in the sunshine. They had all come to campaign for the legalisation of cannabis and in the last few weeks before the general election, they all felt the Green Party was their best hope of getting the law changed.

Wed
22
Apr

Marijuana advocates light up Victoria Park

Paul stood apart from the second annual 420 Rally held in Brantford's Victoria Park on Monday.

The diminutive man didn't stand with the crowd of a few hundred, chant about being high, wear a Canadian cannabis flag on his back or protest the laws against the plant's use, but he supports many of the ideas behind the movement.

"I'm happy there are events like this," he said. "I want to see it legalized, especially for medical use."

Paul admitted to using marijuana recreationally "once in a while."

Wed
22
Apr

Scottish Liberal Democrats unveiled radical plans to decriminalise

THE Liberal Democrats unveiled radical plans to decriminalise possession of drugs as they launched their Scottish manifesto.

The party said that, as a first step towards this, it will push for new laws to stop people being jailed over possession for personal use.

Many of the 80,000 Scots left with a criminal record for possession often have mental health issues and this can harm their employment prospects, the Lib Dems said.Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie also accused Prime Minister David Cameron of “playing up division” over his attacks on the SNP in recent weeks and the Tories’ “unreasonable” plans to deliver English votes for English laws.

Wed
22
Apr

DEA chief to resign in wake of agency's Colombian sex scandal

Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart is to resign her post, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday, after a government investigation revealed several DEA agents had engaged in sex parties with Colombian prostitutes on the tab of drug cartels.

“Michele Leonhart, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, informed me today of her decision to retire. She will depart the agency in mid-May,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

“I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of extraordinary service to the DEA, to the Department of Justice and to the American people.”

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