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Tue
03
Mar

One more marijuana idea from Rep. David Simpson — a bill to end pot prohibition

Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, on Jan. 11, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Yesterday was Texas Independence Day. It was fitting that Rep. David Simpson used the occasion to file a sweeping bill (HB 2165) that would end marijuana prohibition in Texas. I posted an item yesterday about his “Christian case for drug law reform.” Little did I know that this Longview Republican had put a radical pot bill in the hopper.

Tue
03
Mar

Perhaps the world's most humble leader — humbly steps down

Forget honorifics like “your excellency” or “Mr. President” or even “Sir,” Uruguayans call their outgoing president simply, "Pepe."

José “Pepe” Mujica is stepping down after five years as perhaps the world's most humble presidents.

 

 

“This man is a guru,” says journalist Uki Goñi, “He's the head of state that refuses to dress in the pomp and ride in a limousine."

Mujica never occupied the presidential palace, he has never driven around in chauffeured limousines, rather, the 79-year-old head of state continues to live in his own country house 20 minutes outside of the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo and continues to drive around in his old, beat-up Volkswagen Beetle.

Mon
02
Mar

Public Health Association backs medicinal cannabis

Doctors should manage a tightly regulated, compassionate regime for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia, a leading public health organisation has told an ACT inquiry. 

The Public Health Association has labelled state and territory governments, including the ACT, "out of step with the attitudes and behaviour of much of the general public and professional opinion" on the use of cannabis to treat some illness. 

A position statement incorporated into the organisation's submission to the Legislative Assembly inquiry considering the use of cannabis for medical purposes says the fact the drug is already widely used illegally means a regulated system is unlikely to lead to more illicit drug taking in the community. 

Mon
02
Mar

How do marijuana advocates rate Eric Holder's legacy?

When Eric Holder steps down as attorney general, he'll leave behind a legacy on more than just civil rights issues. For advocates of recreational marijuana use, Holder was a progressive leader who played a key role in the early days of legalization at the state level.

"He has established a foundation that other attorney generals will build on," Dr. Malik Burnett, the policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance told CBS News during a marijuana expo in Washington, D.C. that took place over the weekend. "He's been progressive on marijuana issues, as progressive as an AG who has to uphold the federal ban on marijuana can be."

Sun
01
Mar

Authorities seize 15 tons of marijuana on US-Mexico border

Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California.
  

U.S. Customs

Fri
27
Feb

Pot-Dispensing Rabbi: DC Residents Deserve Legal Access to Marijuana

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn lives in Washington, D.C., where he and his family own and operate Takoma Wellness Center.

Congress needs to back off and respect the wishes of D.C. residents to legalize marijuana.

Fri
27
Feb

Colorado releases trove of marijuana data

Pot patent(Photo: Bloomberg)

DENVER - It may very well be largest collection of data about marijuana use ever released in human history.

Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division unveiled an official report documenting a trove of information about marijuana and edible pot sales, the size of the industry, and testing results.

The Raw Tonnage

74 tons of marijuana flower were sold in the state, of which only 19 tons were sold as "recreational," telling us medical patients used more than twice as much marijuana flower (buds) as did recreational customers.

Fri
27
Feb

Iceland Face­book drug-deal­ing ar­rests

Reyk­javik Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice have in re­cent weeks have made up to 20 ar­rests and seized con­sid­er­able quan­ti­ties of drugs in op­er­a­tions to com­bat drug-deal­ing on so­cial me­dia. Searches of var­i­ous res­i­dences found co­caine, LSD, am­phet­a­mines and cannabis. The money also found is be­lieved to be the pro­ceeds of drug-deal­ing. Those ar­rested are mostly men in their twen­ties, with one women among the group.

The po­lice be­lieve drug-deal­ing on so­cial me­dia to be wide­spread and are con­tin­u­ing their op­er­a­tions. Sev­eral Face­book pages, for in­stance, of­fer­ing drugs for sale have been shut down.

Fri
27
Feb

The Legalization of Marijuana Is Debated at CPAC — Here's How It Went Down

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The arguments were, “Think of the children,” versus, “Everybody’s doing it” — and if those two cliches weren’t enough, the debate kicked off at 4:20 p.m.

The debate over marijuana legalization at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference re-filled the conference’s main ballroom after a few hours of venue-emptying panels Thursday afternoon.

Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and libertarian presidential candidate, took the pro-weed side while former New York Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle argued against legalization.

Ann Marie Buerkle, left, arguing against marijuana legalization at CPAC 2015 while Gary Johnson, right, argued in favor of legal weed. (Images via NBC News)

Thu
26
Feb

Marijuana Legalized in Washington D.C., But Congress Isn't Happy

(Bloomberg) -- Marijuana is now effectively legal in the nation’s capital even though Congress tried to stop it.

 

District of Columbia residents who are at least 21 years old are free to grow as many as six plants and possess as much as 2 ounces, as a measure approved by voters in November took effect Thursday. It’s still illegal to sell the drug or smoke it in public.

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