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Dutch pot advocates aiming to smoke out new voters

Opponents of a Dutch cannabis law that restricts sales of the drug to foreigners on Saturday launched a campaign aimed at getting citizens to vote for pro-pot parties in elections next month. Organisers said they would travel the nation in an old American school bus, painted silver to convince people…

Maher calls Obama a ‘dismal failure and a liar’ over drug policy

HBO’s Bill Maher on Tuesday blasted President Barack Obama over his administration’s decision to ramp up prosecutions of medical marijuana dispensaries. “This is one place where Obama has been such a dismal failure and a liar,” Maher said during an interview with The Huffington Post’s new HuffPost Live video streaming…

Researchers: Infant drug tests for marijuana are unreliable

The most commonly used drug testing methods for detecting marijuana exposure are unreliable when used on infant babies and “should not be reported” without additional testing and followup by hospital staff and social workers, according to new research published recently in the scientific journal Clinical Chemistry. While infant drug testing…

Pentagon wants bin Laden-style SEAL raid on Mexican drug kingpin: report

The most wanted man in the world, 55-year-old Mexican billionaire Joaquin Guzman Loera, has landed on the Pentagon’s hit list, according to a Spanish-language report published by Proceso (English translation), which cites anonymous military sources in the U.S. and Mexico. The plan, described as a bin Laden-style raid orchestrated by…

Medical marijuana appears headed for Arkansas ballot

A group of Arkansas drug reform activists submitted on Monday more than double the number of signatures needed to put their medical marijuana legalization initiative before the state’s voters in November. The signatures represented the second round of petition gathering for campaigners with Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which saw its…

Tax court burns entire U.S. medical marijuana industry

Medical marijuana dispensaries that have taken federal tax deductions are about to be gut-checked by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), thanks to a recent ruling by the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C. In Olive v. Commissioner (PDF), judges unanimously found that the owner of the Vapor Room Herbal Center,…

Vermont farmer crushes 7 police cars with tractor over pot arrest

A Vermont farmer used his tractor to crush seven Orleans County Sheriff’s Department squad cars on Thursday because he was angry about being arrested on marijuana charges last month. “It’s more than half our fleet,” Chief Deputy Sheriff Phil Brooks explained to the Burlington Free Press. “We have 11 cars.”…

Arkansas police claim man shot himself in head despite handcuffs

A Mississippi mother is accusing police in Jonesboro, Arkansas of killing her son after he was found shot in the head with his hands cuffed behind his back in a squad car. A police report obtained by KAIT indicated that 21-year-old Chavis Chacobie Carter had been a passenger in a…

Justice Department pressures two more pot dispensaries into closing

The federal crackdown on medical marijuana clubs continued Tuesday, as two San Francisco dispensaries blamed their closing on threats from the U.S. Justice Department. “The Justice Department sent our landlord one of those nasty letters,” HopeNet co-founder told KNTV-TV. According to The San Francisco Examiner, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s office…

Georgia man pistol whips woman and forces 7-year-old to smoke pot

Twenty-six-year old Justin Blake Mitchell of McDonough, Georgia has been arrested and charged with hitting a woman with a gun and forcing a 7-year-old boy to smoke marijuana at gunpoint, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. The incident took place on July 12, but further investigation has resulted in…

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