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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…

Former neo-Nazi band: Marijuana changed us to ‘peace-loving hippies’

Two blue-eyed, blonde-haired twins who were members a neo-Nazi band at the age of 11 now credit medical marijuana with turning them into “peace-loving hippies.” Lamb and Lynx Gaede, who created the band Prussian Blue in 2003, told the Daily Mirror that they now both had medical marijuana cards and…

Key Dem pulls the plug on California medical marijuana reforms

A bill that would have implemented significant reforms in California’s medical marijuana system was withdrawn by its co-author on Monday, just days before the state’s senate was expected to take it up for debate. State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D) pulled Assembly Bill 2312, which was previously supported by the marijuana…

Mexico elections: failure of drug war leaves nation at the crossroads

On 1 July, Mexicans will vote in vital presidential elections. But the issue no candidate dares to address is the cartel violence tearing the nation apart. One after another, Mexico’s presidential candidates sat in silence amid the grand setting of Chapúltepec Castle while, across the room, the leader of the…

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