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Should dagga be legal?

Today isn’t just any Monday – it’s April 20th. Despite the large number of South Africans who celebrate 420, marijuana is illegal in South Africa. Here are some views on the legalisation of cannabis in South Africa.

According to Jeremy Acton, the leader of The Dagga Party of South Africa, cannabis can be used as an energy resource and as an alternative to fossil fuels. “South Africa is on the edge of an irreversible energy and resource crisis that could easily be alleviated by legalising cannabis to allow megascale production of carbon as an alternative to fossil carbon,” Acton said to Connect.

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Glasgow cannabis rally offers smoke, politics and croissants

Noone seemed quite sure of the reason why this annual gathering in support of reform of the drug laws is called 420 day, but most of those present seemed pretty relaxed about it.

This included the police, who detained two people early in the afternoon but thereafter kept their presence low key, with a male and a female officer strolling past the stalls and temporary stage periodically in the sunshine.

Twenty years ago the attitude of the police would have been far less relaxed towards yesterday's (mon) gathering, which was part of World Cannabis Week.

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Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on marijuana

Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on marijuana

It’s April 20th or 4/20, a day when marijuana enthusiasts gather, legally or otherwise, to celebrate the joys of smoking pot — a sort of stoner Fourth of July.

Last year, President Barack Obama gave weed activists a boost when he said he considers marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol.

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Artist arrested for smoking 420 joint outside Sydney Town Hall

A Sydney medical marijuana activist has been arrested after blazing up on the steps of Town Hall.

Jesse Willesee, the son of veteran TV journalist Terry Willesee and nephew of Mike Willesee, announced his plans to take part in the pro-pot protest known as 420 Day by posting a photo of himself smoking a joint outside the Opera House on Instagram to more than 6600 followers.

"I'm willing to stand up for what I believe in and if that means the police turn up, that is something I will have to regretfully but peacefully accept," the 27-year-old self-styled conceptual artist told ninemsn, adding that Australia is stuck in the dark ages on the issue.

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Kansas Police Shutdown Cannabis Oil Activist's Facebook to Prevent Her From Raising Money for her Legal Defense

The Garden City Police Department had cannabis oil activist Shona Banda’s Facebook account shutdown because she was using her social media network to raise money for her legal defense after the police raided her home and took her 11 year-old son into custody, all because he vocally disagreed with anti-cannabis propaganda that his school counselors were teaching in his classroom.

The GoFundMe account Shona is using to raise money was actually set up at her request, by Wichita activist Jennifer Winn and Kansas Exposed editor Mike Shatz.

Click here to donate to Shona’s legal defense:

Ben Swann has the original story:

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Weedmaps donates $2 million in bid to legalize marijuana in CA

One of California’s largest marijuana-related apps is donating $2 million toward the drive to legalize weed in the state — a move that not only would vastly expand its customer base but also foreshadows an expected increase in political activity from the cannabis industry.

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A look ahead at the next steps for Alaska's newest industry

As Legislature prepares to pass the baton on marijuana

Speaking in a conference room within the Alaska State Capitol, James Barrett reached into a pocket and pulled out two $1 bills.

Waving them, he drew the attention of lawmakers who leaned back in their leather chairs and listened to him with new attention.

“When we dial it down to cost per Alaskan, it’s less than two bucks,” he said waving the bills.

Barrett was speaking in favor of the establishment of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Friday, and after he spoke, it sailed through the Alaska Senate Finance Committee. A day later, it passed the full Senate with unanimous approval.

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Watch: Bill Maher Creates Petition to Make 4/20 a National Holiday

Bill Maher announced a petition on his show to make 4/20 a national holiday.  And to make it sound like another classic national holiday, Maher read from a book titled, ‘Twas the Night Before 4/20.

Share this page, then sign Bill's petition here:  Change.org.   Let the world know we want a 420 Holiday.

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Marijuana Control Board bill passes Alaska Senate; municipal regulation bill fails

Two pieces of marijuana legislation were heard on the Senate floor Saturday afternoon. A Marijuana Control Board bill moved forward, while a bill clarifying municipal regulations of marijuana was held for reconsideration in the final days of Alaska’s legislative session.

House Bill 123, which would create a Marijuana Control Board, passed unanimously on the Senate floor, 20-0.

Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, said before the vote that the bill was “a responsible step … to respond to the voter initiative.”

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Medical marijuana vote expected in PA Senate committee Tuesday

The Medical Cannabis Act is on the State Government Committee's April 21 calendar

State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, shakes hands with marijuana activists on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg during a September 2014 medical marijuana rally. Folmer's Medical Cannabis Act, or Senate Bill 3, was introduced in the Senate in January. (Mark Walters - York Daily Record/Sunday News)

A bill that would legalize some form of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania will be considered by the Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday, according to the committee's calendar.

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