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Maine police return stolen marijuana plants worth nearly $13,000

Police in Ellsworth, Maine did something very unusual on Monday: they returned stolen marijuana plants. The plants were allegedly swiped from licensed medical marijuana caregiver Thomas Davis, according to reporter Mario Moretto at Bangor Daily News. Maine resident Aaron Pert, 32, was arrested for the theft last week. After witnessing a…

Colorado’s largest labor union endorses marijuana legalization

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 7, Colorado’s largest labor union, said Monday that its members endorse Amendment 64, a ballot measure that aims to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults and regulate the drug similarly to alcohol. “Amendment 64 will foster economic growth and…

Long-pending lawsuit could open floodgates for medical marijuana research

A key linchpin in America’s drug war establishment could soon be pulled, if medical marijuana advocates are successful before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia this week. For the first time in more than 20 years, the court will launch headlong into a serious challenge of…

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The Los Angeles City Council repealed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday night.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…

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