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Marijuana and the law in Kuwait

In the past ten years or so, more and more countries are leaning towards legalizing or have legalized the personal use of the drug widely known as marijuana. Even more countries have moved towards decriminalizing the drug.

Decriminalizing, in simple terms, means that there aren’t any criminal consequences for those that use the drug. But the use of the drug remains illegal. At least eight major countries have legalized marijuana and there are 36 other countries where marijuana is either decriminalized, tolerated or the law is ‘unenforceable.’

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The UN's war on drugs is a failure. Is it time for a different approach?

The year 2008 was momentous. Lehman Brothers collapsed, Radovan Karadžić was arrested, Russian troops massed on the Georgian border, and Barack Obama beat John McCain to the White House. 

But 2008 was also significant for something that didn’t happen. It was the year that the world didn’t eliminate the illicit drugs problem. This quixotic goal had been set a decade earlier at a United Nations general assembly special session when, under the vainglorious slogan “We can do it”, the supranational body pledged that, by 2008, the world would be “drug free”.

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Tommy Chong praises Ann Arbor at marijuana legalization rally

Tommy Chong, the 77-year-old stoner comedy legend of "Cheech and Chong" fame," sang Ann Arbor's praises on Saturday during the 45th annual Hash Bash rally on the University of Michigan Diag.

"Ann Arbor was the first, the very first, to stand up and tell everybody there's nothing wrong with this plant," Chong told a crowd of thousands gathered for the large pro-marijuana rally held here every year since 1972.

Comedian Tommy Chong speaks at the 45th annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor on April 2, 2016.Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News  Though still illegal in many places, marijuana has been decriminalized in Ann Arbor since the 1970s.

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Marijuana activists light up in front of the White House

An activist group held a "smoke-in" in front of the White House on Saturday in an effort to urge President Barack Obama to reschedule marijuana's current classification.

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Arrests for cannabis possession drop 46% since 2010

Over the same five-year period, cautions fell by 48% and the number of people charged for possession fell by 33%, according to a Freedom of Information request lodged by BBC Breakfast.

According to the figures, provided by 32 of England and Wales’ 43 police forces, arrests for cannabis possession dropped from 35,367 to 19,115.

Arrests for possession with intent to supply saw a minor increase however, from 4,934 in 2010 and 5,012 in 2015.

The Home Office said all reported crimes should be taken seriously, investigated and where necessary taken through the courts.

"Decisions on individual investigations are an operational matter for Chief Constables based on the evidence available to them," a spokesperson said.

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Opinion: Pennsylvania is Right to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania passed through the House and is under review by the Senate. You can read about ithere.

The legality of cannabis by state varies, but suffice to say Pennsylvania remains in the minority of 11 states that haven’t legalized any form of the cannabis plant. A poll in Octoberindicated that 90 percent of Pennsylvanians favor medical cannabis prescribed through a doctor.

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Florida: Backroom Briefing - A better shot for pot?

Floridians overwhelmingly favor medical marijuana. Again.

Just two years after a push for a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana fell short — and with another push for pharmacological pot on deck for this year’s elections — a survey indicates the idea might have enough support to get added to the state Constitution when voters head to the polls in November.

In a poll released this week by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute, 68.1 percent of respondents said they strongly or somewhat agree with the statement, “The Florida Legislature should approve medical marijuana for Florida resident use.” Only 27.6 percent of those polled said they strongly or somewhat disagree with the idea.

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US Federal regulators take high ground on Colorado’s marijuana

Two years after Colorado fully legalised the sale of marijuana, most banks in Denver still don’t offer services to the businesses involved.

 

Financial institutions are caught between state law that has legalised marijuana and federal law that bans it. Banks’ federal regulators don’t fully recognise such businesses and impose onerous reporting requirements on banks that deal with them.

Without bank accounts, the state’s burgeoning pot sector — 2500 licensed businesses with revenue of $US1 billion ($1.3bn) a year, paying $US130 million in taxes — can’t accept credit or debit cards from customers, Colorado officials say.

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Ohio medical marijuana initiative can now collect signatures


The Ohio Ballot Board certified an initiative on Thursday, clearing another step to take medical marijuana to a statewide vote.

 

Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must collect 305,591 signatures from registered voters by early July to get the issue on the November 2016.

The initiative would create a Medical Marijuana Control Division and Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. (Read the full text here)

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Watch: Hillary Clinton Reinforces That She Would Reschedule Marijuana

Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared on late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live last night where she was grilled by the host about her stance on cannabis legalization.

Kimmel casually asked Clinton why her approach on legalization isn’t quite as liberal as Bernie Sanders’ approach. Here was Clinton’s response in which she tells Kimmel that if made president she would let states continue to regulate themselves and would reschedule marijuana:

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