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Canadian Government Exaggerates Organized Crime Involvement in Cannabis

A recent study done by a group of academics and a prominent Canadian criminologist has found that organized crime’s involvement in the illegal Canadian marijuana trade, has been overblown by authorities.  This ‘duh no kidding’ moment that most pot lovers in Canada have known for many years shows that law-abiding citizens run the majority of illegal grow-ops across the nation.

Allie Beckett

A small grow operation using recycled coffee bean bags by Allie Beckett

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12
Aug

Obama's New Medical Marijuana Policy Could Lead to Federal Legalization

Starting Thursday, the federal government will take a new approach to medical marijuana research: The government will allow new research institutions to grow marijuana and conduct clinical studies with the plant, after years of allowing only the University of Mississippi to conduct marijuana research. Even though the Drug Enforcement Administration is not loosening legal restrictions on marijuana, this is actually a pretty big step toward a more compassionate and science-based approach to cannabis after decades of rigid prohibition.

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12
Aug

Arizona marijuana initiative heads to November ballot

Arizona residents will soon be voting yes or no on marijuana use.

The Arizona Secretary of State officially certified The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol's petition to legalize marijuana in Arizona, which means the measure will be placed on November's ballot as Proposition 205.

"It's exciting, it's a step forward, but it's not surprising," J.P. Holyoak said. "We did things the right way, we did things properly."

Those in favor of "Yes on 205" say it would allow adults 21 and older to possess limited amounts of marijuana and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol.

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12
Aug

Hillary Clinton Campaign Says She Would Reschedule Marijuana

plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected in November, according to a statement issued by the campaign.

Thu
11
Aug

Fear In Australia: New Laws Will Kill Cannabis Research

The fight for access to cannabis medicine means a lot to Barry Lambert. His granddaughter suffers from a severe form of epilepsy. That is why this retired financial billionaire donated $33.7 million dollars to Sydney University. But his generosity might be money down the drain as Australian law looks to change.

Grow laws will kill research & the industry

Imagine the cost of bread and resultant social unrest if we had to grow wheat in a glass house because someone might use it to make alcohol.

Thu
11
Aug

Obama Administration Set to Remove Barrier to Marijuana Research

The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials said Wednesday, potentially spurring broad scientific study of a drug that is being used to treat dozens of diseases in states across the nation despite little rigorous evidence of its effectiveness.

The new policy is expected to sharply increase the supply of marijuana available to researchers.

Thu
11
Aug

Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law, DEA says

Marijuana advocates who hoped the cascade of states moving to legalize medical marijuana would soften the federal stance on the drug faced disappointment Thursday as the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it will keep marijuana illegal for any purpose.

Marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Substances in Schedule 1 are determined by the Food and Drug Administration to have no medical use. States that allow marijuana for medical use or legalize recreational use remain in defiance of federal law.

Thu
11
Aug

Liberals promising to deal with marijuana threat to road safety

OTTAWA — Before proceeding with its pot-legalization agenda next spring, the Liberal government is promising to tackle the issue of drug-impaired driving, which bureaucrats say could spike considerably if marijuana becomes legal.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was warned by officials in January of the risks, a classified briefing document obtained by The Canadian Press shows.

“The legalization of marijuana could lead to a significant increase in drug-impaired driving cases,” the memorandum reads.

Bureaucrats say there is limited data as only two jurisdictions in the United States have legalized marijuana: Colorado and Washington.

Thu
11
Aug

More research marijuana coming as NIDA monopoly falls

More research marijuana coming as NIDA monopoly falls

DEA fails to reschedule marijuana, ends monopoly instead. (Photo by David Downs)

American medical researchers will get access to thousands of more pounds of U.S. government-certified marijuana, potentially spurring dozens of breakthroughs for chronic pain and depression, under a historic new shift in DEA policy.

In a major moment in for global drug law reform, the Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to announce an end to its monopoly on what it deems ‘research-grade’ marijuana.

Thu
11
Aug

What is Obama's daughter smoking? Malia Obama snapped

Malia Obama was caught on video with the rolled-up cigarette at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival as she danced and twerked along to rap music.

The 18-year-old raised eyebrows by ducking out of the Democratic National Convention with her parents in order to attend the raucous gathering in her hometown.

She was already pictured dancing raunchily, grinding while wearing a skimpy pair of shorts and a tight-fitting boob tube, when the shocking smoking footage emerged.

Jerrdin Selwyn, 18, witnessed the incident and told Radar Online that the smell of weed hung thick in the air.

She said: “I caught Malia smoking pot and I have the pictures to prove it.

“You could smell the marijuana smoke.

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