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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…

Maine Republican stands up for medical marijuana grown in subsidized housing

Despite fears over whether the federal government would pull all its housing funds, the Maine State Housing Authority voted Tuesday to delay implementation of a rule that would ban growing and using medical marijuana in subsidized housing, giving sick and disabled tenants 180 more days of protection before a final…

On state ballots: Has pro-marijuana camp found way to win over middle America?

On ballots: Has pro-marijuana camp found way to win over middle America? The failure of Prop. 19 – a California legalization measure – two years ago was widely seen as a stunning defeat for high-flying pro-marijuana forces. Yet judging by three new pot legalization proposals now on ballots in Washington,…

Los Angeles pot-backers offer free weed in neighborhood election

In a surprisingly contentious election recently, several medical marijuana dispensaries reportedly offered free weed to individuals who voted in a race for seats on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles. The neighborhood council is a non-official group that operates purely on a volunteer basis, but according to The…

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