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Penn State Law Student Charged with Selling Marijuana

A Penn State law student and Youtube Pokemon master was arrested and charged with eight felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver following multiple controlled marijuana buys facilitated by the State College Police Department, resulting in the student’s ban from the Lewis Katz Law Building.

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Why Hemp Is A Cash Crop Just Waiting To Happen. Again.

Hemp is a plant that has been cultivated in parts of the world for 10-12,000 years – possibly longer – and is estimated to have between 25,000 to 50,000 uses, with 5,000 uses in the textiles industry alone. Hemp has had a bad rap in the United States, supposedly thanks to the protectionist policies of a powerful few people in government and industry who had investments in key industries including pulp and paper. Hemp was lumped together marijuana usage, and used to pass the Marijuana Tax Act, partially by misinforming Congress and leveraging racial politics of the 1930s.

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05
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Canada - Tories considering changing pot laws to make possession a ticketable offence in lieu of criminal charges

With just 12 weeks left before Parliament shuts down for an election, the federal Conservative government is still considering introducing a bill to let police issue tickets to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, instead of laying criminal charges.

The potential legislative change is in the hands of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who has spoken strongly about the dangers of marijuana use, particularly by young people.

The government has not made a final decision on the proposed change. As well, it isn’t clear – with time running short – if it would introduce a bill in the current Parliament, which ends in June, or make it a campaign promise in the fall election.

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The economic case for legalizing cannabis in the UK

Channel 4’s Drugs Live programme, broadcast last night, promised to examine what cannabis does to the brain. Many of us had already seen the clips of Jon Snow struggling after a massive dose of high strength marijuana (the equivalent of forcing a teetotaller to down a bottle of vodka and then asking him how he feels).

But beyond the effects of cannabis on the brain, isn’t it time for a wider discussion on the potential effects of safe, regulated cannabis consumption on society?

How much is cannabis worth these days? According to the Institute for Economic and Research, up to £900m could be raised annually through taxation of regulated cannabis market.

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05
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One Colorado sheriff responds to peers’ anti-pot lawsuit: ‘I don’t get it’

By Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist Staff

As news broke this morning on the fourth federal lawsuit filed against Colorado marijuana — this one brought on by six in-state sheriffs and some of their peers in Nebraska and Kansas — we listened to these officials talk about their concerns.

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Sheriffs From 3 States Join Forces To Take Aim At Colorado's Marijuana Law

WASHINGTON -- Twelve sheriffs from three states said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Colorado's law legalizing marijuana for recreational use creates a "crisis of conscience" by forcing them to uphold state law when their oath of office also includes a promise to uphold the federal Constitution.

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New Uruguay President Postpones a Key Step in Jose Mujica's Marijuana Legalization Law

Uruguay's new president has pledged to continue the marijuana legalization policies left by his predecessor, but has also decided to postpone the implementation of public sales of cannabis, a key part of outgoing president Jose "Pepe" Mujica's weed legalization plan.

With just a few days in office, Vázquez is moving more cautiously on the revolutionary law aimed at completely regulating the production and sale of marijuana in the small South American nation.

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05
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Activists try again to get Rhode Island to legalize marijuana

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Activists are hoping a new administration focused on creating jobs will see the legalization of marijuana as an opportunity to do exactly that.

The head of Regulate Rhode Island says a system to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol would create hundreds of jobs and bring in new revenue.
Gov. Gina Raimondo has repeatedly said creating jobs is a top priority.

Raimondo spokeswoman Marie Aberger says the governor believes if there’s a way to legalize marijuana with proper regulations so Rhode Islanders don’t get hurt, then it’s something lawmakers should look at.

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05
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Colorado gets sued by a third group over marijuana legalization

A third group is taking Colorado to court over its decision to legalize pot.

A group of sheriffs and prosecutors from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansasfiled a lawsuit Thursday centered on twin claims. Those within the state say the law — passed by voters as a constitutional amendment in 2012 — forces them to choose between the state and federal constitutions. Those out-of-state law enforcers charge that the Colorado law is doing them undue harm.

“I, my deputies and all of law enforcement in Colorado that are subject to the oath both to the United States and to the state of Colorado are in an untenable position,” Chad Day, sheriff of Colorado’s Yuma County, said at a Thursday morning press conference.

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A majority favors marijuana legalization for first time, according to nation's most authoritative survey

For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana.

In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"

Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it, and another 7 percent were undecided. Support is up 9 percentage points from 2012, the last time the survey was conducted.

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