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Chris Christie Calls Marijuana Users “Diseased,” Pledges to Cure Them With Law Enforcement

While delivering a speech on Thursday, New Jersey Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie doubled-down on his anti-marijuana agenda. Referring to marijuana users as “diseased,” Gov. Christie reiterated his ambitions to “crack down and not permit” marijuana use, even in states where the practice is legal.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Allows Marijuana Legalization to Move Forward in Nation's Capital

Senate Appropriations Committee Allows Marijuana Legalization to Move Forward in Nation's Capital

Also Votes to Allow Banks to Provide Services to State-Legalized Marijuana Stores

Drug Policy Reform Moving Forward Nationally and in the States

A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation’s capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries. These are just two of several marijuana reforms advancing in Congress.  Meanwhile sentencing reform is gaining steam, and the U.S. is shifting towards treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue.

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New Zealand Historical Medical Cannabis Policy Briefing

Historical Medical Cannabis Policy Briefing with NZ Officials

The New Zealand Drug Foundation in conjunction with United in Compassion New Zealand call upon United Patients Group to contribute to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between US and international experts to further explore cannabis as a possible therapeutic treatment in New Zealand for a range of conditions

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Petition to legalise marijuana in Britain approaches 50,000 signatures

Campaigners half way to the number of signatures needed to trigger a debate in Parliament

Support is growing for the legalisation of pot in Britain with a petition already securing enough signatures to force the Government to give a public response.

At the last count the petition has attracted more than 49,000 signatures and once it reaches 100,000, the Government will be obliged to grant time for a Parliamentary debate.

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10 Reasons Why US Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

When I first opened the D.C. office for Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in 2006, to bring representation of medical marijuana patients to our nation's capitol, I was told by many it was not worth the effort.  A quick skim of the political landscape back then showed we would be facing a steep slope. Sure, twelve states had passed medical marijuana laws and  80% of Americans supported medical cannabis access, but the federal government refused to admit that medical cannabis patients existed.  The talking points from federal agencies were always “there is no such thing as medical marijuana,” and most members of Congress were paralyzed by fears of backlash or were dug into to refer madness.

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UK petition to make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal could reach parliment

Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.

A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.

A petition created on the UK Government and Parilment Site has already reached nearly 70,000 signatures.

At 10,000 signatures the government has to repsond and if the full 100,000 signatures are met it will be considered for debate in Parliment.

You can view the petition here.

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Medical marijuana cleared to treat PTSD in Washington

As a U.S. Army medic during the invasion of Iraq, Dante Cammarata was tasked with treating wounds, handing out pills and saving lives.

Back in the civilian world and grappling with his own less visible wounds, Cammarata, 34, says the cannabis plant probably saved his life.

Now the Olympia college student hopes to keep fellow veterans from taking their own lives by promoting marijuana as an alternative to prescription pills. By one estimate, post-traumatic stress disorder afflicts one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

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24
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Why is marijuana used against victims like Sandra Bland? - Philly.com

News outlets today are reporting that Black Lives Matter activist Sandra Bland had marijuana in her system when she died while being held in a Prairie View, Texas jail three days after a traffic stop.

Reuters reports that Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis texted the attorney for Bland's family saying, "Looking at the autopsy results and toxicology, it appears she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail."

Bland's actual levels were not disclosed. Her family's attorney, Cannon Lambert, has called the autopsy "defective." 

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Bowe Bergdahl an 'Unexpected Visitor' at Marijuana Farm in Raid

Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier taken prisoner by the Taliban before before being released and charged with desertion, was spotted at a California marijuana farm Tuesday morning during a police raid, according to local reports.

Calling him an “unexpected visitor,” The Anderson Valley Advertiser reported Bergdahl was visiting old friends in Mendocino County when authorities raided the marijuana farm.

U.S. Army via Getty Images

Sheriff Tom Allman confirmed to the Advertiser that Bergdahl was in fact present when the drug task force conducted a raid. He, however, added that Bergdahl “readily produced his military ID,” but was “not involved” in the marijuana operation.

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24
Jul

Australian gets 1-year sentence for smoking marijuana

The Denpasar District Court sentenced on Thursday Australian national Nicholas James Langan and his Indonesian friend Hanung Pekik Hermantoro to a one-year term of imprisonment for smoking marijuana. The sentence was lighter than the four-year prison term demanded by the prosecutor.

Both Langan and Hermanto were arrested on Batu Bolong beach in North Kuta in late January as they shared a marijuana joint. Police seized a used marijuana joint weighing 0.1 grams and 0.86 grams of marijuana wrapped in brown paper.

The court found them guilty of violating Article 127 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics.

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