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The Growing Economy: Will Medical Marijuana in New York Lead to Drug Policy Changes?

By law, New York’s medical marijuana program is due to be up and running for patient prescriptions by early 2016, but what’s the future of the program after that? Will enough patients sign up? Will doctors be willing to issue prescriptions?

For now, state leaders say it’s unclear how many people they expect to qualify for the program.

"I think as we roll out the program, we’re going to get more information so, right now, I anticipate there will be patients who want this therapy and we’ll have more information in the months to come," said Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

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Winding Down the War on Drugs: Reevaluating Global Drug Policy

Any discussion about transnational organized crime almost inevitably includes the trade in illicit drugs. A 2011 analysis by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that illicit drugs constitute the largest income source for transnational crime, accounting for about half of transnational crime proceeds, and one-fifth of all crime proceeds. The UNODC has estimated the value of the 2003 global illicit drugs market to be US$322 billion— higher than the GDP that year of 88 percent of the world’s countries.

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Orihuela marijuana farm discovered

Three arrested over plantation at their home

The National Police have dismantled a secret crop of marijuana in Orihuela, which had 375 plants, and arrested three men accused of a public health offence and electricity fraud.

The operation started when an off duty officer noticed two people violently tampering with the lock on the door of a house. When he asked what was going on, he noticed they seemed nervous considering one of them claimed to live there.

The police went about checking who owned the property and then noticed there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside and so applied for a search warrant.

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Drug dealer claimed he took cannabis to stop him dying in his sleep

A cannabis dealer has been jailed for 16 months after being caught with ÂŁ6,000 worth of the drug which he claimed he took to stop him dying in his sleep.

Gordon McIntosh turned to the class B substance after a life-changing car crash which left him in a medically induced coma for months.

The lasting effects of the accident included the potentially fatal disorder sleep apnoea and the Forfar 50-year-old believed the drug helped reduce the lethal risk of the condition, which puts sufferers at risk through irregular sleep-time breathing.

But when police raided his home in January this year they discovered a major haul of herbal cannabis and cannabis resin, along with over ÂŁ1,000 in cash.

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Canada: Federal leaders trade pointed barbs during debate on economy, including slam about marijuana usage

 

A series of feisty exchanges marked Thursday night's debate on the economy, as the three federal leaders launched pointed attacks on each other's plans on a range of issues, including jobs, energy, deficits and infrastructure.

This second debate, certainly a higher energy affair than the first, saw Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on the defensive during attacks from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who claimed his economic policies have resulted in hundreds of thousands of job losses and stagnant economic growth.

But with the race so close, Trudeau and Mulcair also didn't hold back from slamming each other.

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Sep

These 15 presidential candidates admitted they smoked marijuana

Jeb Bush certainly wasn’t the first presidential candidate to admit having smoked weed. Here are 15, including a few who ultimately became president.

One of the lighter moments of Wednesday’s epic slog of a Republican presidential primary debate came when former Florida governor Jeb Bush joked that his mother, the former first lady, would not be happy that he admitted having smoked marijuana “40 years ago.”

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Sep

Supposedly Neutral Federal Report Stacks The Deck Against Marijuana Legalization

In 2012 Coloradans approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, by avote of 55 percent to 45 percent. Last February a Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of Colorado voters supported that decision, while 38 percent opposed it and the rest weren’t sure.

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GOPers open the door to legal marijuana

Marijuana had a major moment at the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night, taking center stage for the first time this election season. But rather than launch a new war on drugs, several candidates endorsed the right of states to make their own decision on marijuana, clearing the way for an explosion of new pro-pot ballot initiatives in 2016.

Speaking at the presidential library of drug warrior Ronald Reagan, the GOP vanguard might have been expected to double down on opposition to the drug, promising to stamp out marijuana in America. But the biggest cheers came for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina –the three candidates who pledged to let local governments do what they want about pot.

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Court ruling a blow to marijuana legalization effort in Ohio

The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision regarding the ballot language and title of state Issue 3 could make it tougher for investors in a $20 million campaign to persuade voters to approve the Nov. 3 measure, which would legalize the commercial growing and selling or marijuana.

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