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Tue
26
May

Illinois Bill Extending Marijuana Decriminalization May Solve Bigger Problem for Governor

ILLINOIS — A bill that would extend a pilot program of marijuana decriminalization in Illinois cleared one more hurdle last week, but still faces at least one more.

Tue
26
May

Assembly to consider ban on second-hand marijuana smoke

ANCHORAGE -

There’s a proposal on the table that would treat marijuana smoke like tobacco smoke in Anchorage.

On Tuesday, Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini plans to introduce an ordinance that would add pot to Anchorage’s secondhand smoking law.

“Where ever you can’t smoke tobacco, you can’t smoke marijuana if this passes,” said Traini.

“I’ve been getting calls from bar owners worried about people coming in and lighting up inside their bars,” Traini said. “They just want at least five feet away from the bar, anywhere you can’t smoke tobacco you should not smoke marijuana because smoke is smoke.”

“The two of them considered the same in my opinion is just crazy,” said Ben Adams, Alaska Pot Attorney.

Mon
25
May

Marijuana laws put veterans with PTSD in a bad spot

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.

Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.

But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger and depression away. It took the sleeplessness away. Most of all, it took the 11-year-old boy away.

Pfc. Jared Hunter never knew the boy's name. He was just some Iraqi kid who liked to hang around the Army base outside Baghdad. “He didn't really speak English or nothing. He would just kind of follow us around and would point things out or tell us if there was somebody there who shouldn't have been.” The soldiers adopted him as a mascot. Hunter bought him a soccer ball.

Mon
25
May

Missouri Governor Commutes Life Sentence Of Man Serving Time For Marijuana

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Friday commuted the life sentence of a 61-year-old man who has been jailed two decades for marijuana offenses.

The governor's action makes Jeff Mizanskey eligible for parole -- an option he didn't have under the terms of his life sentence. Mizanskey was sentenced as a "prior and persistent drug offender" under Missouri's three strikes law, which was repealed last year.

Mon
25
May

'Mujica Gold': Ex Uruguay leader gets high honors with pot tribute

Montevideo (AFP) - Fans of former Uruguay president Jose Mujica, known for fully legalizing marijuana, from the cannabis field to the joint, can now light up in his honor with the new "Mujica gold" strain.

The variety of pot was created "as a tribute" to the colorful iconoclast "in recognition of his work," said Javier Ruiz, part of the team that created the seed.

Under Mujica, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana in 2013.

"Mujica gold," with its "fruity and floral" aroma, hit markets last year and was an immediate success, Ruiz told AFP.

The seed already has a committed following of growers.

"Those who cultivate it, cultivate it again," he said.

Mon
25
May

For ill patients, medical marijuana in NY remains out of reach

As New York nears awarding licenses to the companies who will grow and distribute the medical marijuana, critics are concerned the system won't be in place by the state's expected Jan. 1 target.

ALBANY - The 10-year-old girl stood smiling at the governor's side as he signed a medical marijuana bill into law last July.

Amanda Houser was so excited for the event, her mother said, her health problems -- a rare form of epilepsy -- were nearly forgotten for the day. And the photo from the New York City event of Amanda bashfully holding her cheeks next to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of the more memorable images from his time in office.

Mon
25
May

David Cameron's new policy chief wants to legalise drugs

David Cameron has hired Sunday Times columnist Camilla Cavendish to head-up his Downing Street policy unit.

The journalist, campaigner and author studied PPE at Oxford and worked as a management consultant before joining the Times in 2002. She won a Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism in 2008 in recognition of her investigation into closed family courts and moved to the Sunday Times in 2013.

Her recent columns have focused on the need to close bad hospitals, tackle the welfare bill and the need to ban trans fats. Most interestingly, in a June 2014 Sunday Times column, Cavendish focused on the need to legalise drugs, writing:

Mon
25
May

Australia: Support grows for medical marijuana before Federal Parliament vote

A new survey will add to the momentum behind a bill to legalise medical marijuana.

More than two-thirds of Australians back the use of medicinal cannabis, according to a new survey likely to bolster support among MPs and senators who are set to vote on the issue in the coming months.

Palliative Care Australia has found 67 per cent of people are happy to see the drug used to help patients with chronic pain and illness – and support is strongest among the elderly.

The survey found people in older age brackets were more supportive of legalisation than the young: 72 per cent of 75 to 84-year-olds are in favour, compared to 62 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Mon
25
May

Government Relations: An Integral Part of the PR Puzzle

To those on the outside, government relations is perceived as a synonym for lobbying, which, in turn, is viewed as advocacy (or, in some cases, something less legitimate). Let’s forget for a moment that the field encompasses a variety of activities. The fact is, describing government relations processes as “advocacy” does little to highlight the ongoing communication strategies employed in relationship building.

Mon
25
May

In One Quote, Kelly Clarkson Just Took a Strong Stand for Marijuana Legalization

Kelly Clarkson is the latest musician to speak out in favor of marijuana legalization. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the "Invincible" singer said that while she doesn't smoke herself, she still finds it perplexing that alcohol and certain pills are legal while marijuana isn't.

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