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05
Mar

A majority favors marijuana legalization for first time, according to nation's most authoritative survey

For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana.

In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"

Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it, and another 7 percent were undecided. Support is up 9 percentage points from 2012, the last time the survey was conducted.

Thu
05
Mar

Washington State Senate Says NO to Marijuana Vending Machines

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to forbid selling marijuana through a drive-through window or in a vending machine.

In a 47-0 vote Monday, Senators voted to add the new restriction to the state’s legalized trade in recreational marijuana, which is restricted to sales in state-licensed stores. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, said the bill would keep marijuana-laced edible products from being supplied in parks, football games and in coffee shop drive-through windows.

Senators also voted 45-3 to create a marijuana research license so the drug’s effects can be legally studied by researchers working with the University of Washington and Washington State University.

Both bills will next move to the state House for consideration.

Wed
04
Mar

D.C. police forced to return man's marijuana seized during arrest

D.C. police on Monday were forced to return a man’s stash of marijuana that was confiscated during his arrest, D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander said.

Ms. Alexander, a Democrat, told WAMU public radio that a resident walked into the Sixth District police station on Monday and asked an officer on duty to return his seized property.

“He walked in to recover his property from a recent arrest,” she said. “He walked in and said, ‘I want my property back and want to make sure I get my weed back.’ “

Wed
04
Mar

Paraguay Next to Legalize Marijuana Says President of Congress

A high-profile Paraguayan senator has called for marijuana decriminalization in the landlocked South American country, in a bid to “put an end to the drug-traffickers’ business.”+

Senator Blas Llano, chair of the National Congress, made the proposal in the southern Paraguayan town of San Juan Bautista during a camp for the youth wing of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party, one of the country’s principal opposition parties.+

As long as the narcotic remains illegal, “marijuana trafficking will continue to be a discussion topic,” he told camp attendees over the weekend.+

This is not the first time that a Paraguayan congressmen has proposed drug-law reform. However, Llano is the most senior political figure yet in the country to back legalization.+

Wed
04
Mar

Representative files bill to legalize marijuana in Texas

Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed a bill Monday to legalize marijuana in Texas.

If passed, HB 2165 would repeal offenses related to possessing, selling and growing marijuana in Texas. The bill retracts all mentions of the word “marihuana” mentioned in the current provisions of the law.

In a statement, Simpson said, “God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana.” According to Simpson, the government should not have a role in marijuana regulation.

Tue
03
Mar

UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation

The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to comply with international drug treaties.

The annual report from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, which is responsible for policing the drug treaties, said it would send a high-level mission to Uruguay, which became the first country to legalise the production, distribution, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes.

The UN drug experts said they would also continue their dialogue with the US government over the commercial sale and distribution of cannabis in Colorado and Washington state.

Tue
03
Mar

Denver proposes marijuana plant limit for nonresidential grows

DENVER — The City and County of Denver made a motion to set a limit to the number of marijuana plants being grown in a non-residential zone on Tuesday.

The proposed change will allow no more than 36 marijuana plants to be grown in a non-residential area, with the exception of licensed marijuana cultivation facilities, according to Dan Rowland, Denver’s representative for marijuana policy.

This change will not affect the 12-plant limit already in place for residential dwelling units.

“After careful consideration, we have concluded that this is a necessary change to protect the health and safety of Denver residents,” said Ashley Kilroy, the city’s executive director of Marijuana Policy.

Tue
03
Mar

Washington, DC, police chief on marijuana: "All those arrests do is make people hate us"

Washington, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier seems fairly enthusiastic about marijuana legalization in the District, even decrying the past system of prohibition and how it tarnished community relations with police.

Lanier told the American News Women's Club last Wednesday, according to the Daily Beast, "All those [marijuana] arrests do is make people hate us." She added, "Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop. They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem."

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.

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