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David Cameron feud with Lord Ashcroft: PM 'indulged in drug taking and debauchery', billionaire donor alleges in new book

Lord Ashcroft fell out with the Prime Minister after he was passed over for a leading role in the Coalition Government

David Cameron has been accused of being a member of another debauched Oxford society apart from the Bullingdon Club, allowing cocaine in his London home and misleading the public over the non-dom status of former Conservative party treasurer Lord Ashcroft in a new biography co-written by the peer.

Lord Ashcroft, who was once close to Mr Cameron, fell out with the Prime Minister after he was passed over for a leading role in the Coalition Government.

The book, Call Me Dave, which was written with journalist Isabel Oakeshott and is to be published next month, makes a number of damaging claims, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

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Group Begins Campaigning to Make Sure Legalized Marijuana Fails

The state’s Ballot Board met Friday to rewrite the pot proposal’s ballot wording after the state Supreme Court ruled it was misleading.

The Ohio Ballot Board and ResponsibleOhio agreed to the language which will appear on the ballot.

If Issue 3 passes, it will set up 10 approved, privately-owned grow sites in Ohio.

ResponsibleOhio’s “Green Rush Bus Tour” rolled through Portage County on September 15, stopping in Ravenna to campaign for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and personal use in the state.

Both Husted and ResponsibleOhio claimed victory with the results.

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MACROS, Alberta's only cannabis club, in court Tuesday

After a July 22 raid, Alberta’s only cannabis club is in provincial court this week, and club president Aaron Bott plans to lobby for permission to operate.

Following a July raid, Alberta’s only cannabis “compassion club” will have its day in court Tuesday, and plans on sparking a broader discussion thereafter.

Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) raided The Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society (MACROS) on July 22—the store was closed as products and growing equipment were seized from the founder’s home, and the society’s president, Aaron Bott, was arrested.

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ResponsibleOhio investor talks marijuana politics

Investors say they're encouraged by potential of marijuana to heal people

COLUMBUS, Ohio —No more bickering over ballot language when it comes to a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing both medicinal and recreational marijuana in Ohio.

A state board has approved final wording used to describe the pro-marijuana plan known as Issue 3.

Watch this story

The first line reads, "Issue 3 grants a monopoly for the production and sale of marijuana."

So who are the people who would own the monopoly?

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How former junkie capital of Europe Portugal halved number of addicts by ending prosecution of users

It was known as the biggest drugs supermarket in Europe. A shanty town on a hill to which 5,000 junkies a day would flock to peddle their lethal wares or get their fix.

People using needles in the street hardly raised an eyebrow. Dead bodies lying around on the pavement were a common morning sight.

Casal Ventoso was not just a mad, bad neighbourhood of Lisbon. It was a byword for hell in a country ravaged by narcotics abuse.

Portugal’s drugs tzar Dr Joao Goulao says: “Almost every morning we’d find dead bodies. Around 5,000 came every day to buy, sell and take drugs. The impact on public health was huge.”

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New Zealand: Campaigners calling for conversation on cannabis law

Campaigners for cannabis law reform are working to start a conversation they hope will get politicians to act.

At a weekend screening of documentary Druglawed at the Free House, film director Arik Reiss was joined by Nelson's Rose Renton, who had campaigned for her son to be treated with a cannabinoid oil while in intensive care, and Abe Gray who runs a cannabis museum in Dunedin, and campaigns for legalisation.

Renton's son Alex died in Wellington Hospital on July 1, he had suffered seizures and it was not known what caused them. She has since dedicated herself to cannabis law reform for both medical and recreational use. 

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Carly Fiorina suggested marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. She's wrong.

During her factually troubled debate performance last week, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina accidentally made at least one somewhat accurate remark: "We are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having beer. It's not."

Fiorina is right — just not in the way she meant. She was arguing that pot is more dangerous than alcohol. But the evidence shows the opposite is true — marijuana is, in fact, safer than alcohol.

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Arizona: Marijuana ballot initiative appears inevitable

TUCSON – Supporters and opponents of marijuana legalization believe Arizona voters will decide the issue in November 2016.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona announced it has gathered 75,000 signatures for a ballot initiative. It needs about 150,000. The campaign wants to gather 230,000 in anticipation of invalid signatures.

Seth Leibsohn is the chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, which opposes legalization.

“They have paid almost a million dollars to a professional firm to collect signatures.” He said. “You could collect signatures for anything at that price. So I've never doubted that they could get on the ballot.”

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Florida's Medical Marijuana Campaign Has Gathered Over Half A Million Signatures

The United for Care campaign came very close to legalizing medical marijuana in Florida during the 2014 Election. The initiative received roughly 58% of the vote (Florida requires 60% of the vote in order for the initiative to pass). The campaign took the loss in stride, regrouped, and has been working towards a 2016 effort. The campaign is on a roll right now, having gathered over half a million signatures already. Per The Joint Blog:

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Maryland County Pleads to Encourage Medical Marijuana Growers to choose them

Communities across the state have been debating whether or not to allow growers of medical marijuana into their communities, and the discussions have been more or less enlightened, depending on where you live.

Kent and Washington counties support it, and Baltimore County has passed zoning laws for growing, processing and distributing. Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh — as an example of one of the less enlightened — wants to ban it, even though the first specialty clinic with three consultants and three physicians opened in Annapolis in June, and by August had seen more than 100 prospective patients.

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