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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.

Thu
26
Feb

New UK political party wants to make cannabis an election issue

A new political party is planning to field as many as 100 candidates at the general election to force the issue of cannabis legalisation centre stage.

Cista – Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol – is inspired by legalisation of the drug in some US states. The party’s election candidates will include Paul Birch, who co-founded Bebo before it was sold to AOL for $850m (£548m) in 2008 and says he is investing up to £100,000 in the venture.

Other candidates around the UK are soon to be named; this week the party said Shane O’Donnell, a former Conservative party activist, would stand against Labour’s Keir Starmer and the Green party leader, Natalie Bennett, in the London constituency of Holborn and St Pancras.

Wed
25
Feb

Mayor says District of Columbia to go ahead with pot legalization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Wednesday the District of Columbia would move forward as planned with marijuana legalization, despite objections from members of the U.S. Congress.

"We believe that we're on very strong legal ground," Bowser said. Voters in the U.S. capital overwhelmingly decided last year to make marijuana legal for recreational use. But Republican lawmakers said that was contrary to the will of Congress, which has responsibility for the District of Columbia.

Mon
23
Feb

Bill to legalize hemp farming in Maine gaining support

AUGUSTA — Farmers, organic growers, agricultural researchers and community members have thrown their support behind a bill moving through the Legislature to legalize hemp cultivation in Maine for industrial uses.

“Maine has an opportunity to break into an emerging industry that will be of tremendous benefit to our state,” Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, who introduced the measure, said recently. “Not only would it open new opportunities for farmers, it would also provide local sourcing for many products made from hemp. The fibers from hemp can be used in textiles, paper, insulation, building materials and composites for auto bodies.”

Fri
20
Feb

MODAFINIL: THE DRUG OF CHOICE OF GENERATION WORRY

With the image of Jon Snow puffing medical-grade skunk into his lungs through a clear plastic sack now firmly embossed in our minds, it’s safe to say British drug culture as we knew it is now officially dead. Not because Jon’s sesh and accompanying freakout – released online ahead of Channel 4’s Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial, which airs on 3 March – was powerful, just-say-no propaganda. Far from it. If you toke up on your own in a hospital room and then lie down in an MRI machine, things are going to get a bit weird. If Jon’s ordeal warns us of anything, it’s never take drugs under fluorescent lights.

Wed
18
Feb

Slovakia Heading Towards Full Decriminalisation

Drug Strategy vs. Reality

Slovak media have reported on the proposed decriminalisation of illicit substances several times over the past two years. According to this news, the new law would end imprisonment for possession of small amounts of illicit drugs.  Possession of small amounts would instead become a simple misdemeanour. This would apply to all substances presently listed as illicit.

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