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Tue
03
Mar

Denver proposes marijuana plant limit for nonresidential grows

DENVER ‚ÄĒ The City and County of Denver made a motion to set a limit to the number of marijuana plants being grown in a non-residential zone on Tuesday.

The proposed change will allow no more than 36 marijuana plants to be grown in a non-residential area, with the exception of licensed marijuana cultivation facilities, according to Dan Rowland, Denver’s representative for marijuana policy.

This change will not affect the 12-plant limit already in place for residential dwelling units.

‚ÄúAfter careful consideration, we have concluded that this is a necessary change to protect the health and safety of Denver residents,‚ÄĚ said Ashley Kilroy, the city‚Äôs executive director of Marijuana Policy.

Tue
03
Mar

Washington, DC, police chief on marijuana: "All those arrests do is make people hate us"

Washington, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier seems fairly enthusiastic about marijuana legalization in the District, even decrying the past system of prohibition and how it tarnished community relations with police.

Lanier told the American News Women's Club last Wednesday, according to the Daily Beast, "All those [marijuana] arrests do is make people hate us." She added, "Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop. They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem."

Tue
03
Mar

One more marijuana idea from Rep. David Simpson ‚ÄĒ a bill to end pot prohibition

Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, on Jan. 11, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Yesterday was Texas Independence Day. It was fitting that Rep. David Simpson used the occasion to file a sweeping bill (HB 2165) that would end marijuana prohibition in Texas. I posted an item yesterday about his ‚ÄúChristian case for drug law reform.‚ÄĚ Little did I know that this Longview Republican had put a radical pot bill in the hopper.

Tue
03
Mar

Perhaps the world's most humble leader ‚ÄĒ humbly steps down

Forget honorifics like ‚Äúyour excellency‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMr. President‚ÄĚ or even ‚ÄúSir,‚ÄĚ Uruguayans call their outgoing president simply, "Pepe."

Jos√© ‚ÄúPepe‚ÄĚ Mujica is stepping down after five years as perhaps¬†the world's most humble¬†presidents.

 

 

‚ÄúThis man is a guru,‚ÄĚ says journalist Uki Go√Īi, ‚ÄúHe's the head of state that refuses to dress in the pomp and ride in a limousine."

Mujica never occupied the presidential palace, he has never driven around in chauffeured limousines, rather, the 79-year-old head of state continues to live in his own country house 20 minutes outside of the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo and continues to drive around in his old, beat-up Volkswagen Beetle.

Mon
02
Mar

Public Health Association backs medicinal cannabis

Doctors should manage a tightly regulated, compassionate regime for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia, a leading public health organisation has told an ACT inquiry. 

The Public Health Association has labelled state and territory governments, including the ACT, "out of step with the attitudes and behaviour of much of the general public and professional opinion" on the use of cannabis to treat some illness. 

A position statement incorporated into the organisation's submission to the Legislative Assembly inquiry considering the use of cannabis for medical purposes says the fact the drug is already widely used illegally means a regulated system is unlikely to lead to more illicit drug taking in the community. 

Mon
02
Mar

How do marijuana advocates rate Eric Holder's legacy?

When Eric Holder steps down as attorney general, he'll leave behind a legacy on more than just civil rights issues. For advocates of recreational marijuana use, Holder was a progressive leader who played a key role in the early days of legalization at the state level.

"He has established a foundation that other attorney generals will build on," Dr. Malik Burnett, the policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance told CBS News during a marijuana expo in Washington, D.C. that took place over the weekend. "He's been progressive on marijuana issues, as progressive as an AG who has to uphold the federal ban on marijuana can be."

Sun
01
Mar

Authorities seize 15 tons of marijuana on US-Mexico border

Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California.
  

U.S. Customs

Fri
27
Feb

Pot-Dispensing Rabbi: DC Residents Deserve Legal Access to Marijuana

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn lives in Washington, D.C., where he and his family own and operate Takoma Wellness Center.

Congress needs to back off and respect the wishes of D.C. residents to legalize marijuana.

Fri
27
Feb

Colorado releases trove of marijuana data

Pot patent(Photo: Bloomberg)

DENVER - It may very well be largest collection of data about marijuana use ever released in human history.

Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division unveiled an official report documenting a trove of information about marijuana and edible pot sales, the size of the industry, and testing results.

The Raw Tonnage

74 tons of marijuana flower were sold in the state, of which only 19 tons were sold as "recreational," telling us medical patients used more than twice as much marijuana flower (buds) as did recreational customers.

Fri
27
Feb

Iceland Face­book drug-deal­ing ar­rests

Reyk­javik Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice have in re­cent weeks have made up to 20 ar­rests and seized con­sid­er­able quan­ti­ties of drugs in op­er­a­tions to com­bat drug-deal­ing on so­cial me­dia. Searches of var­i­ous res­i­dences found co­caine, LSD, am­phet­a­mines and cannabis. The money also found is be­lieved to be the pro­ceeds of drug-deal­ing. Those ar­rested are mostly men in their twen­ties, with one women among the group.

The po­lice be­lieve drug-deal­ing on so­cial me­dia to be wide­spread and are con­tin­u­ing their op­er­a­tions. Sev­eral Face­book pages, for in­stance, of­fer­ing drugs for sale have been shut down.

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