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Netherlands study: 'Legal cannabis cultivation would boost human rights'

Legalising cannabis production would have benefits for public health and human rights, according to a study commissioned by Dutch local authorities.

The 27 municipalities are among a group campaigning for a change in the law that would allow them to regulate the growing and wholesale of weed plants. The government has rejected such calls for years, arguing that it would breach international treaties designed to restrict the illegal drug trade.

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Marijuana or martinis: Should government choose for you?

Sen. Nick Scutari is about to try marijuana for the first time.

He's a lawyer, and he swears he's never done it before. But as the author of a bill that would legalize marijuana sales in New Jersey, he feels a weighty responsibility to investigate.

So he's heading to Colorado, where marijuana has been legal since 2014, on a mission.

"I probably should figure out what it does to you," says Scutari (D-Union). "I'm going to do a little reconnaissance."

Let's wish him luck. May he find a good pizza joint to complement his research. And may he succeed in bringing some common sense to New Jersey's hard-line marijuana policies.

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Was John F. Kennedy The First President To Use Medical Marijuana In Office?

Who was the first U.S. president to smoke marijuana in office? Some argue that President George Washington grew marijuana on Mount Vernon for his own personal, medical use. But the honor of America's first commander-in-chief to use cannabis medicinally may actually belong to John F. Kennedy - who was born 99 years ago today.

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A History of Cannabis and Prohibition

When it comes to history, there are a lot of things that get left out of textbooks for various reasons – and even through multiple World History and American History classes, I can’t recall a single bit of information about cannabis prior to the Reefer Madness Era. Perhaps there was a quick mention of things made of hemp, but no real background on the plant, how its uses were discovered or how it made it made its way pretty much all over the world.

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The Toronto pot bust: Everything you need to know

A day after Toronto Police swept through the city’s marijuana retailers, arresting around 90 people and seizing hundreds of kilograms of drugs, Chief Mark Saunders faced pointed questions from a crowd of protesters over the police’s decision to crack down on the trade.

At a tense press conference on Friday, Chief Saunders said the operation, named Project Claudia, was not an attack on the lawful marijuana use, and that it had been prompted by complaints from residents and by police concerns over the health of those who purchase marijuana at dispensaries.

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Can America's Weed Industry Provide Reparations for the War on Drugs?

 

This month, Oakland's City Council unanimously approved a program giving people with former marijuana convictions a leg-up when it comes to entering Oakland's growing legal cannabis industry—a move the City Council sees as a step towards reparations for the drug wars that, in part, led to a boom in America's prison population since the 1970s and targeted people of color.

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Poised For Extension To 2020

Good news out of Illinois. See the alert I received late yesterday below:

Rep. Lou Lang announced today that key lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner have agreed to support a bill that would extend the medical cannabis pilot program until July 2020. But time is short — the bill must receive both a vote in the House and a concurring vote in the Senate before the end of the session, currently set for Tuesday, May 31.

Please click here to send an email message to your representative and senator and ask for their support of SB 10 before time runs out.

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May

DEA Set to Rule on Crucial Rescheduling of Marijuana

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is about to make a decision that could have wide-ranging implications on the state-sanctioned marijuana industry: to reschedule or not to reschedule marijuana's position as an illegal substance.

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Federal​ marijuana smuggling is declining in the era of legal weed

It's become a familiar lament in the age of legal marijuana: Weed from places like Colorado and Washington is making its way all over the country, creating headaches for law enforcement.

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May

Colombia Legalizes Marijuana Cultivation for Medicinal Use

The legalization of medical marijuana in Colombia marks the latest move away from the hard-line “war on drugs” championed by the United States.

The Colombian Senate approved a bill that legalizes the use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purpose, making it the fourth Latin American country to relax its marijuana laws.

The bill, which still must be approved by the Constitutional Court and signed by President Juan Manuel Santos, will replace an existing decree issued by the president in December.

The bill was promoted by Senator Juan Manuel Galan, who said on his Twitter account that he considered it a “historic day” and a victory for patients.

Galan also shared a video featuring a family who pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana.

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