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Snoop on Obama’s reelection: ‘He cleaned half [Bush's] sh*t up in four years’

Snoop Lion (née Dogg), currently in Toronto promoting his new documentary film and album Reincarnated, which mark his transition from the self-proclaimed “childish gangster rapper” Snoop Dogg to “peace and love” Rastafarian and reggae artist Snoop Lion, took time out from his press conference to address the need to reelect…

Reagan-appointed Judge Richard Posner calls marijuana prohibition ‘really absurd’

Judge Richard A. Posner, a Chicago law school professor and Reagan-appointed jurist on the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, said Thursday that the criminalization of marijuana is “really absurd,” explaining that he sees no difference between the currently-criminalized substance and cigarettes. “I don’t think we should have a fraction…

CNN and MSNBC to feature marijuana legalization ads during DNC

Colorado drug reform activists said Tuesday that they’re launching the first television ad in support of the state’s ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol, set to air repeatedly in Colorado media markets on CNN and MSNBC during this year’s Democratic National Convention. The 30-second spot, titled “It’s Time,” puts…

5 Questions For: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson on marijuana policy

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson (R-NM) is now the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, which is well-known for its support for marijuana policy reform — and Johnson, like most politicians, admits to having smoked it himself. Raw Story asked him about the genesis of his positions, where he sees the…

Ballot initiative looks to save Los Angeles pot shops

Drug reform activists in Los Angeles said they will file more than 50,000 petition signatures on Wednesday supporting a ballot initiative that would halt City Hall’s plan to shut down nearly all the medical marijuana dispensaries. The city requires just 27,400 signatures to leverage an initiative onto the ballot. If…

Professors endorse legal weed in Colorado as Obama woos students

More than 100 college professors across the nation signed an open letter on Tuesday endorsing a Colorado ballot measure that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, in a move timed to coincide with President Barack Obama’s campaign stop at Colorado State University. The letter was released by The…

Drug war’s racial disparity moves NAACP to embrace marijuana legalization

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), one of the nation’s oldest civil rights groups, said at its Colorado-Montana-Wyoming state conference on Thursday that its members support Colorado’s marijuana legalization ballot initiative. “We are committed to changing policies that result in a disproportionate number of African-Americans and…

Yale study: Alcohol’s gateway effect much larger than marijuana’s

A Yale study published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that people who used alcohol or tobacco in their youth are almost twice as likely to abuse prescription opiate drugs than those who only used marijuana. Researchers were careful to specify that any youth substance abuse, including just marijuana…

Denver bans all marijuana-related signage

The Denver city council voted unanimously this week to ban all outdoor signage for medical marijuana, in a move that even enjoyed support from a trade group representing many of the city’s licensed dispensary owners. Many residents complained that medical marijuana ads were a public nuisance and the local media…

New Mexico state employee fired over medical marijuana

A state employee in New Mexico, one of 16 states that allows doctors to recommend marijuana for medical uses, told local media that she was fired after a drug test revealed that she’d been following her doctor’s orders to treat post traumatic stress disorder. The woman told local reporters she…

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