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May

Sunday Rally Planned To Support Texas' Budding Efforts To Decriminalize Marijuana

The legislative push to reduce or eliminate criminal penalties associated with the possession and use of marijuana is an imperative concern for many Texans statewide.

While information on all current bills and action items regarding marijuana are readily accessible, citizens of Texas lack the ability to vote directly on drug policies at a local level. Instead, elected officials congregate at the Capital once every two years to write and vote on bills in the House and Senate.

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01
May

Want to fix Baltimore? ‚ÄėEnd the drug war,‚Äô says David Simon

No, The Wire does not explain what's happening in Baltimore this week, asmy colleague Alyssa Rosenberg wrote yesterday. Still, the show's creator and former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon knows a lot more about the city than most of us. And in a wide-ranging and riveting interviewwith The Marshall Project today, he offers an unequivocal assessment of how to turn things around in that city today.

"So do you see how this ends or how it begins to turn around?" Bill Keller asks him.

Fri
01
May

WA: Did Medical Marijuana Bring About Its Own Demise?

A lack of regulation plus a lack of cohesion was a lethal cocktail for Washington's medical marijuana community.

Back in 2010,¬†a group of medical marijuana patients and growers in Washington state got together and formed a group called the Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics*. Among other things, the group established a code of conduct that all members agreed to follow‚ÄĒakin to best practices lists adopted by more established professions like realty and banking. The members of the coalition agreed to pay taxes, follow disability access laws, and try to maintain good relationships with their neighbors.

Fri
01
May

India: Legalisation debate gains traction

With news about a medical marijuana legalisation meet in city, social media is abuzz with reactions

The debate about the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis has been raging for over a century but it heated up a little bit more on social media after the Bangalore Mirror article titled "City to host country's first 'legalise marijuana'meet (April 29, 2015)". 
The arguments ranged from the usual benefits been listed out to people questioning the morality of legalisation. We decided to get an expert opinion on it.

Fri
01
May

Germany: For a legal grass smoking walk on the road

The umbrella organization of cannabis friends has trouble with the police in the southwest, this would be¬†targeted pot smoking. On May 2¬†the "Global Marijuana March 2015" ¬†in Stuttgart, Heidelberg and T√ľbingen will demonstrate¬†for the legalization of pot.

Heidelberg / Berlin - The police in southern Germany from the perspective of the German Hemp Association were particularly hard against cannabis users before. "In Baden-W√ľrttemberg and Bavaria, for example, stations are much more targeted with¬†control¬†people that look for potheads," said an association spokesman in Berlin the German Press Agency. "Many people here see this as very vexatious." The anger of the pothead is nationwide, it is largest in Bavaria, closely followed by Baden-W√ľrttemberg.

Fri
01
May

Marijuana Legalization Oklahoma: Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Allowing Clinical Trials Of Medical ...

Oklahoma took a small, first step Thursday toward legalizing one form of medical marijuana after Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that would allow medical trials of a cannabis derivative known as cannabidiol, or CBD, to move forward. Many say CBD is beneficial in treating children with debilitating seizure conditions. While Fallin, a Republican, made it clear that she remained opposed to legalizing marijuana outright, she said the bill would give researchers the opportunity to study the effects of CBD on children with epilepsy.

Fri
01
May

Alabama 'We aren't deterred'

Alabama medical marijuana advocates are set to hold a protest rally in the home district of state Sen. Jabo Waggoner on Saturday.

Medical marijuana legislation (Senate Bill 326) received approval in a Senate committee last week, but Republican lawmakers are hesitant to put Sen. Bobby Singleton's bill on the calendar to even be discussed on the Senate floor.

Waggoner, chairman of the Senate rules committee, told AL.com that Alabama isn't ready to allow medical marijuana usage, but he would poll members of the committee about putting it on the calendar.

Fri
01
May

Washington lawmakers tackle marijuana taxes

On the first day of the special legislative session, Washington House members took up a bill that would change the way the state taxes recreational marijuana.

Washington lawmakers are back in Olympia this week after failing to pass a two-year operating budget during the regular legislative session. Now, lawmakers have 30 days to address the operating budget, a transportation package and satisfy a court mandate to adequately fund the state's public school system.

Also on their to-do list is cracking down on the illicit marijuana market by addressing the current tax structure.

With Oregon's recreational market about to come online, the bill could have particular implications for border counties such as Clark County.

Fri
01
May

England & Wales: Breaking Down 2014 Drug Policing Data

Past-year data in England and Wales shows a drop off in drug policing. But, with figures still well above where they were a decade ago, and an abundance of evidence showing that policing possession has little impact on use rates, why is the government still funneling resources into this futile practice? 

Fri
01
May

The Surprising State That Could Be the Next to Legalize Weed

No, not California nor Nevada, and not one of the New England states.

It's looking more and more likely that voters in a key battleground state will be voting on marijuana legalization in November, and recent polling suggests it could win. That's thisNovember, not November 2016.

The state is Ohio, where a controversial pot legalization initiative is already well on the way to qualifying for the ballot, and its backers‚ÄĒor should we say investors?--have the cash on hand to make sure it does.

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