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Thu
08
Oct

Ohio voters support marijuana legalization, poll finds

Legalizing marijuana Issue 3 would legalize recreational and medical marijuana in Ohio. Click here for more information about the proposal. And click here for an updated list of supporters and opponents.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A majority of Ohioans favor legalizing recreational marijuana but support has not significantly changed in the past six months despite widespread advertising and campaigning for a legalization measure that appears on the November ballot, according to poll results released Thursday.

Wed
07
Oct

NICK CLEGG WANTS GLOBAL DRUGS POLICY TO BE REFORMED

Nick Clegg, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, is hoping for a global reform of drug laws, saying "we are losing the war on drugs".

With a campaign funded by Sir Richard Branson and Hungarian-American businessman George Soros, Clegg wants those caught in possession of drugs to be given health care rather than be punished, and will present his case at a United Nations meeting next year.

Preferring Portugal's approach, where drugs have been decriminalised and users are given treatment, Clegg hopes European leaders will challenge the strict approach currently employed by countries such as Russia.

Wed
07
Oct

Federally funded agency warns states considering legal pot

States considering legalizing recreational marijuana should think again. That is the message of a federally funded agency which recently released a report on the negative effects of legal pot in Colorado. 

"[Traffic] fatalities related to marijuana, it showed about a 28 percent increase [since legalization]," said Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which compiled the report. 

He said it also showed hospitalizations went up about 36 percent while "marijuana-related ER" visits went up around 30 percent. "Poison control calls [had] about a 72 percent increase. And all of this is within a year's period of time," he said. 

Wed
07
Oct

Mom in court over boy’s dagga expulsion

Durban - The mother of a Grade 8 Ballito schoolboy who was expelled after testing positive for dagga, has launched an urgent high court application challenging the school’s authority to randomly test pupils using shop-bought urine sampling kits.

But while the mother – who works in the legal profession – insists the school’s conduct was “unconstitutional and unlawful” and that her son must be reinstated, the school says its zero-tolerance drug policy is crucial because the upmarket suburb is the “crucible for drug taking and dealing on the North Coast”.

Wed
07
Oct

Early release for 6000 federal prisoners: A risk to public safety?

Willie Best did some crazy stuff in his life, before being sentenced to nearly a decade in federal prison. The jury that convicted him in 2008 heard that the D.C. drug dealer was found by cops in a stolen car clutching an assault rifle, after taking a potshot at a nemesis.

But Mr. Best is joining some 6,000 federal prisoners whose sentences are being cut short under new federal sentencing guidelines and whose release will be soon. Best told the Associated Press that he’s a new man: “I came in one way. I’m coming out another.”

Wed
07
Oct

The Secret History of Cannabis in Japan

Experts point out the plant’s cultural significance. 

Today Japan has some of the strictest anti-cannabis laws in the world.

Punishment for possession is a maximum 5 years behind bars and illicit growers face 7-year sentences. Annually around 2000 people fall foul of these laws – their names splashed on the nightly news and their careers ruined forever. The same prohibition which dishes out these punishments also bans research into medical marijuana, forcing Japanese scientists overseas to conduct their studies.

Wed
07
Oct

Proposed tax changed as Michigan House preps vote on major medical marijuana package

LANSING, MI — Medical marijuana dispensaries would be taxed at 3 percent, and customer patients would also pay the state's six-percent sales tax, under legislation set for a vote Wednesday in the Michigan House.

The proposed dispensary tax was lowered from 8 percent in a substitute bill adopted by the House on Tuesday, and the medical tax would be eliminated if recreational marijuana use and taxable sales are later authorized in the state.

Wed
07
Oct

Ohio sues Toledo over marijuana decriminalization ordinance

The state of Ohio sued the city of Toledo on Tuesday to overturn parts of its new marijuana decriminalization law, alleging it will encourage drug cartels to set up distribution operations in the city.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Lucas County prosecutor and sheriff filed the lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas court against the "Sensible Marijuana Ordinance" passed in last month's Toledo municipal election.

The ordinance eliminated fine and jail penalties for marijuana-related offenses in Ohio's fourth-largest city, according to DeWine. The northeastern Ohio city was the first in the state to enact a local ordinance decriminalizing marijuana.

Wed
07
Oct

Germany rejects Berlin district's request to legalize cannabis

BERLIN - Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices rejected an application on Monday by a Berlin district to legalize the sale of hashish and marijuana.

Monika Herrmann, the major of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, had hoped to get approval for the sale of the drugs to registered adults in four shops in the district. But the institute nixed the proposal citing narcotics regulations banning the sale of the drugs except for very few medically justified cases.

The district has one month to appeal the decision.   

Wed
07
Oct

Majority of medical-marijuana permits in Massachusetts issued to those who don't have one of eight pre-qualifying conditions

The vast majority of medical-marijuana certificates in Massachusetts -- more than 90 percent -- were issued to patients who have not been diagnosed with one of the eight pre-qualifying conditions established under state law, according to new data from the Department of Public Health. 

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