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Arkansas activists seek November vote on medical marijuana

A group hoping to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas submitted petitions on Friday in hopes of getting the issue on the November ballot, according to the Associated Press. The ballot initiative would allow the sick and dying to use medical marijuana with a doctors recommendation. Arkansans for Compassionate Care delivered…

Mexico urges U.S. to join drug policy ‘review’

WASHINGTON — Mexico’s incoming president Enrique Pena Nieto called Sunday for a “new debate” on the drug war raging in his country and urged the United States to play a “fundamental role” in the review. A week after returning the once-authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power on campaign promises…

Global report: Decriminalization does not increase rates of drug use

A new report by the U.K.’s “national centre of expertise on drugs and drug laws” says that drug decriminalization does not lead to an increase of drug use. In an article at Huffington Post, Columbia University epidemiologist Ernest Drucker argues that like alcohol prohibition, the “war on drugs” is doomed…

Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana

A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially…

Government-sponsored study destroys DEA’s classification of marijuana

A government-sponsored study published recently in The Open Neurology Journal concludes that marijuana provides much-needed relief to some chronic pain sufferers and that more clinical trials are desperately needed, utterly destroying the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) classification of the drug as having no medical uses. While numerous prior studies have shown…

New Hampshire legislature fails to override veto of medical marijuana bill

The Republican-led New Hampshire legislature has failed override the governor’s veto of a medical marijuana bill by three votes. Democratic Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill on July 21. He said the bill did not do enough to prevent medical marijuana from being used by those who didn’t really need…

Colombia court: Personal drug use is not a crime

The Constitutional Court of Colombia approved a plan that will drop all criminal penalties for individuals caught with small amounts of marijuana or cocaine, according to Spanish-language media reports. That means anyone caught with less than 22 grams of marijuana, or one gram of cocaine, will no longer be subject…

Oliver Stone: Marijuana saved me from ‘becoming a beast’ in Vietnam

Speaking to the hosts of CBS This Morning on Friday about the plot of his new drug war film “Savages,” filmmaker Oliver Stone took a moment to help his interviewers understand his affinity for marijuana, saying that it helped him and many others avoid “becoming a beast” during the Vietnam…

Moms and Dads for Marijuana Regulation unveil new Colorado billboard

The recently formed Moms and Dads for Marijuana Regulation, which supports marijuana legalization in Colorado, unveiled a new billboard advertisement on Thursday. The billboard is located across the street from the Denver Broncos’ stadium and features a man embracing his teen son and stating: “Please, card my son. Regulate the…

Chicago city council overwhelmingly votes to decriminalize marijuana

In a sweeping victory for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago City Council voted 43 to 3 on Wednesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Instead of requiring police to make an arrest when they discover someone possessing less than 15 grams of the drug, they have the option…

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