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Oct

Cannabis Advocate Says Barack Obama Is Worse Than George W. Bush

Steve DeAngelo is a progressive visionary in the United States, widely known in the cannabis community as a pioneering dispensary owner and, most recently, author of The Cannabis Manifesto. He's someone you'd naturally assume would support like-minded Democrats like President Barack Obama.

Sat
31
Oct

Why Bernie Sanders’s marijuana announcement is a big political moment for pot

One day in the perhaps-not-too-distant future, when we — not the royal we, of course — light up a joint and reflect on how marijuana became as accepted and as legal as alcohol and cigarettes in this country, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) probably won't be top of mind.

But future marijuana-legalization scholars won't soon forget the first presidential candidate to publicly support removing marijuana from the government's list of dangerous drugs. It currently resides on that list; Sanders wants it off entirely, which is a political turning point in our relationship with pot.

In a Virginia town hall broadcast (naturally) to about 300 college campuses Wednesday, Sanders told an audience of more than 1,700 applauding students:

Sat
31
Oct

Ireland: Gardaí seized more than €1.1 million worth of drugs yesterday

GardaÍ seized more than €1.1 million worth of drugs in two separate seizures in Dublin yesterday.

Four people are currently in custody.

The first seizure took place on the N2 in the Finglas area, where two cars were searched.

A total of €300,000 worth of cannabis was seized and two men, aged 40 and 49, were arrested at the scene.

They are being held at Finglas Garda Station.

Later that day in an unconnected operation, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau raided a property in the Irishtown area of Dublin 2 at around 4pm.

The search yielded €880,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, and cannabis.

A man and a woman, both 29, were arrested.

Fri
30
Oct

Legalize marijuana? State OKs petition drive with April deadline

What could be a resolution to the long-running debate over medical marijuana in Los Angeles and across California took a step forward Friday when backers of a proposal to legalize the drug won the state’s OK to gather petition signatures needed to put the idea before voters.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.If enacted, the state would see a huge financial windfall through law enforcement cost savings and the new taxation of the drug and drug businesses.

More than $100 million in law enforcement costs could be saved if the measure becomes law, according to state officials. In addition, millions would be raised by taxing the drug industry.

Fri
30
Oct

Future could be bright for marijuana dispensaries

Experts are mulling over the future of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Dispensaries, designed to help people gain access to medical marijuana more easily, have been controversial in many parts of the country.

On Thursday, Saskatoon Police arrested four people connected to the Saskatchewan Compassion Club, charging them with drug trafficking.

Since the incoming Liberal government has promised to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana, the question of how the new government will handle dispensaries has become top of mind.

Fri
30
Oct

Donald Trump Believes Marijuana Legalization is a State Issue

Candidates vying for the presidency diverged this week quite a bit, with Bernie Sanders on one end, supporting the descheduling of marijuana as a controlled substance, effectively ending federal cannabis prohibition and Republicans Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina

Fri
30
Oct

Double Standard? Marijuana Or Hemp? DEA Indian Tribe Raid Raises Questions

Taking advantage of a 2014 Justice Department memo giving Indian tribes a green light to participate in marijuana commerce, as well as a 2014 congressional vote allowing for industrial hemp pilot programs, Wisconsin’s Menominee Tribe earlier this year planted some 30,000 cannabis plants as part of a pilot project with the College of the Menominee Nation.

Last Friday, the DEA came and cut them all down.

Fri
30
Oct

Sanders To Clinton: Without Marijuana, It's Not Criminal Justice Reform

NASHUA, N.H. — Criminal justice — an issue thrust into the Democratic primary fight by bipartisan legislative efforts in Washington and Black Lives Matter activists on the campaign trail — has emerged as one of the clearest divides between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in their quest for the presidency.

In short, Sanders says the racial disparities in the justice system cannot be remedied without ending the federal war on marijuana and banning the death penalty. Clinton is not ready to change federal law on marijuana and says the death penalty is an important tool in the belt of federal prosecutors.

Fri
30
Oct

Colorado asks voters to reshuffle spending of new pot taxes

DENVER (AP) — The only statewide ballot question in Colorado next week seems like a no-brainer: Should the state keep $66 million in marijuana taxes it has already collected to spend on schools and drug-abuse prevention?

The measure arose from an accounting error two years ago, when the taxes were first approved. And it has broad support, from Democrats, Republicans, the marijuana industry and nearly every newspaper in the state.

Fri
30
Oct

He Was A Conservative Anti-Pot Physician Until His Daughter Started Suffering From Seizures

We see a lot of stories come through about all the great things cannabis can do. But after seeing this video on the Marijuana Doctors Facebook page, it stopped us in our tracks. I cried for about five minutes after watching how this little girl's nightmare changed her Dad's mind about medical marijuana.

He's a physician, and admittedly very anti-cannabis. Things had gotten so bad, he was ready to let his daughter die rather than live a life of suffering. Left with no other medical alternatives, he turned to marijuana as a last ditch effort. If there's one story that captures all the emotion and power behind the marijuana legalization movement, it's this. Get your tissues ready...

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