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Maryland gets 882 license applications for medical marijuana

A large number of applications to grow or dispense medical marijuana in Maryland will delay the program's rollout, the executive director of a state commission said Thursday.

The commission announced it received 882 applications for grower, processor and dispenser licenses by a Nov. 6 deadline. Hannah Byron, the executive director of the Maryland medical Cannabis Commission, said the panel will extend the application review period and modify the timeline. The commission had estimated the first stage of the application review would be complete by mid-January.

"The commission will provide an updated program schedule in the near future," Byron said.

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Texas closely watching Colorado's 'grand experiment' with commercialized marijuana

Marijuana legalization opponents in Colorado say Texas shouldn't legalize marijuana, citing, among others, marijuana-related traffic deaths. Meanwhile, marijuana advocates say legalized pot increases job and provides more taxes to the state.(Photo: KHOU)

The marijuana industry in Colorado now employs an estimated 16,000 workers, generates $1 billion in annual sales and in 2014 generated approximately $76 million in taxes funneled into the state’s general fund.

But marijuana legalization opponents like Bob Doyle, the co-chair of Better Way Colorado (formerly known as Project SAM – Smart Approaches to Colorado), offered this advice for other states like Texas.

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'Legalise weed NOW' Experts warn dopey Britain falling behind USA and Europe

LEGALISE IT: The campaign to legalise pot is no longer just students and hippies

A retired top cop, the Government’s former chief drugs adviser and a police and crime commissioner are among a growing number of respected professionals joining stoners to call for a change in the law.

They claim the UK is wasting £500million a year and scant police resources on a “war on drugs” it CAN’T WIN and targeting patients and pot-heads alike for something 60% of young people have at least tried.

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Nov

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

“We were having dinner—my daughter, grandchild, and me,” says Ramona, a 67-year-old Mexican woman who is serving a sentence of four-and-a-half years in one of Mexico’s most dangerous prisons. “I was lying on the couch watching a soap opera … when I realized that there were several men inside the house yelling at me to hand over the drugs.”

The police, wearing masks, ransacked Ramona’s house and allegedly stole her personal belongings before hauling her off to the prosecutor’s office. They claimed they had witnessed her selling marijuana and crack cocaine to a man, though the man himself said he had never seen her before.

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Nov

Colombia to legalise commercial sale of medical marijuana

Colombia plans to legalise the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Colombia plans to legalise the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Justice Minister Yesid Reyes said the new regulations will apply only to medical and scientific uses of the drug.

He made the announcement in an interview with Caracol Radio on Thursday.

The news was a surprise in a country long identified with US-backed policies aimed at fighting the production of illicit drugs.

The new policy would include Colombia in a wave of changing attitudes toward marijuana that has sparked recent legalisation efforts from Mexico to Chile.

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Mexico’s marijuana legalization could ease drug war

Mexico may soon enter an elite club composed of Holland, Portugal, Uruguay and Colorado, Oregon and Washington state: It’s on the verge of excluding marijuana from the destructive war on drugs. But will the United States stand in its way?

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Watch: Nevada named most likely to legalize in 2016

Nevada could soon become the 5th state to legalize recreational marijuana, after the state was named one of the most likely to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.  

One year from now, local voters will take to the polls to cast their votes.

Robert Calkin is the CEO of Cannibus Career Institute, and has over 30 years experience in the marijuana industry.  He thinks Nevada could be the next state to legalize marijuana recreationally.

"Nevada has always been an expert in creating businesses that were difficult in creating business models for," says Calkin.

The 2016 recreational marijuana initiative is already on the ballot, meaning Nevada residents will vote on it one year from now.

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Nov

Health Poverty Action supports a reassessment of the War on Drugs

Since the mid-twentieth century, global drug policy has been dominated by strict prohibition with the use of law enforcement to try and reduce the supply of illicit drugs.

This approach, which has come to be known as the ‘War on Drugs’, hasn’t worked.

Instead it has fuelled poverty and failed some of the poorest and most marginalised communities worldwide.

Read our full report: Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs is harming the world’s poorest

The War on Drugs…

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Veterans march to White House, lobby for medical marijuana as treatment for war trauma

WASHINGTON - As the nation honored those who have served on Veterans Day, a group of veterans marched to the White House Wednesday to lobby for medical marijuana as a treatment for war trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Nov

16000 People and Counting Want DEA Chief Fired for Calling Medical Marijuana a 'Joke'

More than 16,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) be fired for calling medical marijuana a "joke" last week.

"What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it's not," DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said during a press briefing on November 4. "We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine — that is a joke."

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