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Thu
25
Feb

Reschedule Marijuana, Says Former Attorney General Eric Holder

The man who once had the power to initiate a federal reclassification of marijuana now says he supports it.

“I certainly think it ought to be rescheduled,” Eric Holder, the former U.S. attorney general, said in a newly published interview. “You know, we treat marijuana in the same way that we treat heroin now, and that clearly is not appropriate.”

Cannabis is currently classified under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the most restrictive category, which is supposed to be reserved for drugs with no medical value and a high potential for abuse.

Thu
25
Feb

Canada: NDP MLAs heading to WA state on marijuana 'fact-finding mission'

BC’s NDP is planning a trip to Washington State to learn more about how well the legalization and regulation of marijuana is working out.

Mike Farnworth and Carole James are heading to Washington state.

“Prime Minister Trudeau made [legalization] a key election plank in his quest for victory, and I believe that it’s responsible for us here in BC to start addressing this issue and being prepared for when that actually happens,” says BC NDP leader John Horgan.

Thu
25
Feb

The Might-Have-Beens of Marijuana

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, in a newly released interview conducted after he left office, said he was in favor of reclassifying marijuana as something less than a Schedule I controlled substance comparable to heroin. This was hailed as encouraging news by marijuana enthusiasts who immediately asked why Mr. Holder didn’t push for this change when he was running the Justice Department.

Wed
24
Feb

Anchorage Assembly relaxes buffer zone rules for pot businesses

Anchorage officials will mark off the minimum 500 feet between schools and pot shops by using walking distances, not a straight line, the Anchorage Assembly decided in a unanimous vote Tuesday night.

The decision means more potential properties will be available for pot businesses in Anchorage. The Assembly’s vote, a reversal from two weeks earlier, effectively loosens restrictions on where businesses will be allowed to open by in some cases shrinking the off-limits zone around schools and other restricted places.

hat won’t apply to Chugiak and Eagle River, where pot shops will need to be at least 1,000 feet away, measured by pedestrian walking distance.

Wed
24
Feb

Vermont Senate approves marijuana legalization 16-13

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in the state.

The measure was approved Wednesday by a vote of 16-13. A final vote on the measure is expected Thursday.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill on a 4-3 vote on Monday after it had previously won approval in the Judiciary and Finance committees.

In a statement issued after the vote, Gov. Peter Shumlin called it "a big moment for Vermont."

He says 80,000 Vermonters admit to using marijuana on a monthly basis and it's clear the current system is broken.

The bill will now be considered by the House.

Wed
24
Feb

Canada: Senate Liberals talk pot legalization at open caucus

The Senate Liberals held an open caucus session on the legalization of marijuana, which featured presentations from Liberal MP Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice; Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police President Clive Weighill, representatives from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as well as lawyer and drug policy expert Eugene Oscapella.

According to the notice posted to the caucus website, “due to popular demand,” the event has already “reached capacity for public attendance,” but the audio will eventually be available online.

Wed
24
Feb

New Laws Could Force Michigan Marijuana Dispensaries to Close

Off licences, fast food restaurants and abandoned buildings line Gratiot Street in north-east Detroit where the cannabis dispensary 420 Dank stands.

The store is not owner Kim Gaetano's first foray into the medical marijuana business. The mother of two ran legal marijuana shops in Colorado and Washington before moving to Detroit to be closer to family. 

Her shop sells cannabis flowers as well as edible products and has a 24-hour drive-through for patients who find it difficult to get out of their cars, especially in the harsh Michigan winter. 

But despite the store's success, Ms Gaetano and her nine employees may soon be out of business. 

Wed
24
Feb

Australia (Sort Of) Legalizes Marijuana: What You Need To Know

The Australian government has passed new national laws to permit the use of medicinal cannabis by people with painful and chronic illnesses. The amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act will allow cannabis to be legally grown for medicinal purposes without repercussion from the law. Here’s everything patients and potheads need to know.

Wed
24
Feb

Canada: Federal judge to decide if medical marijuana patients can grow their own

BREAKING: This story has been updated (click here)

Injunction has allowed those who already held licences to continue growing marijuana until the Federal Court decision

VANCOUVER – A Federal Court judge is expected to release a decision today on whether medical marijuana patients have the right to grow their own cannabis.

The constitutional challenge was launched by four British Columbia residents who argued that legislation introduced by the previous Conservative government violated their charter rights.

Wed
24
Feb

Malaysia Debates Decriminalizing Marijuana

There’s a political showdown brewing in Malaysia, and cannabis is at the center of it all.

This week, Dr. Nadiah Norudin, a leading member of the healthcare activist group I-Medik, spoke out against a proposal to decriminalize marijuana in Malaysia.

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