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Former Washington, Colorado cops explain: What’s really going to change now that marijuana is legal?

Following wins for marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado on Tuesday night, a former Seattle police chief and a former Denver police officer sat down with Raw Story to discuss what the laws will actually do and how they think things will change. “Today is a great day for America!”…

Former Obama drug policy adviser predicts weed war if states legalize

The Obama administration will not just sit by and watch as up to three states attempt to implement laws legalizing marijuana, one of the president’s former senior drug policy advisers predicted Sunday. Officially, the Obama administration hasn’t said how it will react if three states legalize marijuana this week, but…

Marijuana industry in Israel grows with government support

The medical marijuana industry in Israel is growing rapidly — with no organized government or religious opposition to be found, reported Fox News. Today, there are more than 10,000 Israelis who have the government’s go-ahead to use medical marijuana, a major jump from just a few hundred in 2005. Next…

Amsterdam’s mayor: cannabis cafes will remain open for tourists

Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops will remain open for business with foreign thrill-seekers despite the new government’s plan to restrict sales to locals only, the mayor said Thursday. In an interview with the leftist Volkskrant, Eberhard van der Laan said the city’s 220 coffee shops will continue to sell pot to…

Study: Voters in three states could approve billion-dollar ‘shock’ to Mexican cartels

If Washington, Colorado or Oregon legalize marijuana in next week’s statewide elections, the result won’t just be felt in those states: according to a study published this week, American voters appear set to back a massive “structural shock” to the Mexican drug cartels that could sap literally billions from their…

Amsterdam’s pot shops saved after new Dutch government scraps ‘weed pass’

The Dutch city of Amsterdam, a famous hotspot for marijuana tourism, won’t be forced to stop selling weed to tourists any time soon thanks to a pact between the country’s liberal and labor parties, which came together this week to form a new coalition government. Under the new arrangement, the…

America’s 2011 drug war tally: One marijuana arrest every 42 seconds

New numbers released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program show that nearly half of all drug arrests in 2011 were marijuana-related, and of those arrests almost 90 percent were for possession alone. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a drug reform advocacy group, said that…

Disabled veteran could change U.S. drug policy on medical marijuana

A disabled veteran has told an appeals court that the department of veteran affairs policy on medical marijuana has caused him pain and significant economic harm, in a development campaigners say is a positive step in the battle to push for the drug’s reclassification. Michael Krawitz, one of five plaintiffs…

Massachusetts medical marijuana opponents say law is too ‘vague’ in last-ditch effort

Ahead of what appears to be a tidal wave of voter support for legalizing medical marijuana in Massachusetts, the state’s most ardent prohibitionists have staked their last-ditch effort on labeling the proposed law as “vague,” arguing that medical marijuana will be open to “exploitation.” During a gathering a debate on…

Colorado tax enforcer tells ’60 Minutes’: Weed beat the recession in Denver

In a 13-minute segment broadcast Sunday night, CBS’s “60 Minutes” explored Colorado’s budding medical marijuana industry, and heard from a former drug cop turned tax enforcer who insisted that the industry has helped Denver beat the recession. That runs contrary to President Barack Obama’s logic: he said in 2010 that…

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