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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…

Washington pot legalizers get $1 million after strong poll results

Over the course of a single weekend, Washington state’s marijuana legalization initiative received more than $1 million from some wealthy donors, who kicked in their cash a day after a poll found that voters favor the initiative by an overwhelming margin. The massive fundraising haul came thanks to the generosity…

Obama’s drug czar: White House is ‘interested’ in medical marijuana

Gil Kerlikowske, President Barack Obama’s drug czar, claimed recently that the White House is “interested in the potential marijuana may have” in medicine – but in an odd feint, he also insisted  that the drug war’s Nixon-era prohibition policies are “based on science and research, not ideology or politics.” Responding to a…

Pat Robertson’s face used in Colorado weed legalization campaign

The face and words of conservative icon and television preacher Pat Robetson are being used to sell legal weed in Colorado. Specifically, Robertson’s one-time advocacy of legalizing marijuana and treating it like alcohol is being promoted by The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “Pat Robertson would vote YES on…

Stoned mice lead to breakthrough in understanding memory

Scientists hoping to allow users of medical marijuana to avoid the impairment of short-term memory that typically goes along with the drug have made a dramatic breakthrough in the understanding of how memory functions. According to Scientific American, Giovanni Marsicano and his colleagues at the University of Bordeaux in France…

Scientist: Pushing OxyContin addicts to heroin reveals ‘utter failure’ of drug war

The author of a landmark study on how the recent decline in abuse of the opium-based painkiller drug OxyContin has driven up heroin addiction rates slammed the “utter failure” of the American drug war’s myopic focus on “supply-side” strategies speaking to Raw Story this week, explaining that the strategy ultimately…

Feds move to shut down West Coast’s largest medical marijuana dispensary

Feds move to shut down Harborside dispensary Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary on the West Coast, is the latest and biggest target of a federal crackdown on pot clubs. The dispensary’s employees learned federal prosecutors are trying shut to down the club when they arrived at work…

Study finds no long-term negative cognitive effects from marijuana

While cognitive performance is negatively affected by cannabis use, the negative effects appear to completely wear off within a month, according to research published in the Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology in late June. “With the number of cannabis users both illicitly and licitly increasing, the question of any potential lasting…

Pelosi: It would be ‘really important’ to take on medical marijuana in Congress

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated her support for medical marijuana on Wednesday and indicated Democrats might be interested in taking changes to federal law after the election. “I’ve been very clear on the subject of medical marijuana over time, in committee and on the floor as leader,” Pelosi said…

Chris Christie says drug reform a ‘pro-life’ issue

Despite having vetoed a popular bill to refocus police priorities away from nonviolent drug offenders, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seems to have recognized that being against the drug war is a popular thing these days — and he’s even trying to make that new politick into a pet cause…

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