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City of Oakland sues feds to save nation’s largest pot shop

In a landmark first for an American city government, officials in Oakland approved a lawsuit this week in hopes of saving Harborside Health Center, better known as America’s largest pot shop. The City of Oakland collects more than $1 million in taxes every year from sales at regulated medical marijuana…

Larry King: Marijuana legalization is ‘logical’

Appearing Wednesday with Huffington Post hosts Alyona Minkovski and Jacob Soboroff, longtime television interviewer Larry King confessed that he thinks marijuana should be made legal, saying prohibition’s end is actually quite “logical.” “I’ve always felt marijuana– Marijuana used to be legal,” he said. “It was the liquor industry that made…

Vets see growing number of ‘stoner dogs’

A growing number of canines in Colorado are getting stoned, and that’s got some animal doctors concerned. Speaking to CBS Denver this week, Dr. Debbie Van Pelt said that medical marijuana can be problematic for animals which many times after they got into their owner’s edible medical goods. Dr. Stacy…

Los Angeles City Council repeals ban on pot shops

The Los Angeles City Council repealed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday night. That ban, passed in July, was put on hold by citizen activists who raised a ballot initiative to rebuke the city’s move, gaining access to the citywide ballot for a special election in March. Appearing…

Marijuana officially decriminalized in Kalamazoo, Michigan

City Commissioners in Kalamazoo, Michigan voted unanimously on Monday night to decriminalize marijuana, saying that the new ordinance will help police respond to serious crimes even faster than before. The ordinance imposes a misdemeanor charge for adults over 21 who are caught with less than one ounce of marijuana, carrying…

Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo: ‘Marijuana prohibition has failed’

In a little noticed op-ed published last week, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) endorsed a voter-sponsored initiative to legalize marijuana in Colorado, saying his change of heart came “not despite my conservative beliefs, but because of them.” “In many ways, marijuana prohibition is very similar to alcohol prohibition,” he wrote…

Missouri pot activists may sue after Springfield re-criminalizes marijuana

Missouri drug reform activists told Raw Story on Tuesday that they’re looking to sue or trigger recall elections after city officials in Springfield voted Monday to re-criminalize marijuana, just one month after the same city council passed a citizen-driven initiative that would have kept small time pot offenders out of jail. The council…

Conservative New York politician calls Lady Gaga a ‘slut’ for smoking weed

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says that pop star Lady Gaga is a “slut” who is influencing children by publicly using marijuana. During a Monday event to promote the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Initiative program, the Conservative Party of New York politician lashed out at Lady Gaga for recently…

Warren backs medical marijuana ‘with the right restrictions’

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) said Monday that she favors legalizing medical marijuana, provided the law has “the right restrictions” to prevent people who aren’t actually sick from getting the drug. Speaking with Boston talk radio station WTKK-FM, Warren recalled holding her father’s hand as he died from cancer…

Fiona Apple facing up to 10 years in jail over Texas marijuana bust

Singer Fiona Apple may face serious jail time in Texas thanks to a state law that classifies possession of any amount of hashish, no matter how small, as a third-degree felony. In Texas, a third-degree felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, or no less than two,…

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