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CDC: Teens now favor pot over cigarettes

A study released Friday (PDF) by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that in 2011, for the first time ever, more American teens were smoking marijuana than cigarettes. The CDC’s annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey tracks drug abuse, among other potential destructive behaviors, by surveying high school students across…

Holder: DOJ only going after people ‘taking advantage’ of pot laws

Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday denied that the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) was trying to shut down all legal medical marijuana in the U.S. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee that critics who charged the that Obama administration was abusing its authority with an aggressive campaign against the medical…

Hemp legalization added to Senate farm bill

In a last minute addition to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has submitted an amendment that would legalize the production of industrial hemp, a potential new bumper crop for U.S. farmers. “Industrial hemp is used in many healthy and sustainable consumer products.…

CNN contributor: N.Y. police trick marijuana users into getting arrested

CNN legal contributor Paul Callan explained on Monday how police in New York were tricking marijuana users into getting themselves arrested. Under current New York law, individuals in private possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana only face a finable violation. But if the same amount of marijuana is…

CNN contributor: ‘You’re an idiot’ to vote only for who lets you ‘roll up a blunt’

A left-leaning CNN contributor on Monday said that Americans who voted solely based on who let them “roll up a blunt” were foolish and shouldn’t bother voting at all. CNN’s Carol Costello asked contributor LZ Granderson to respond to any of the Colorado voters who might be less likely to…

NY Gov seeks to reduce marijuana arrests from stop-and-frisk

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is pushing to reduce the number of people arrested for marijuana in his state, a move opposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). According to the New York Times Monday, Cuomo will ask the state legislature to change state law reducing the…

Israeli scientists develop marijuana strain without the high

Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn’t get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday. According to the Maariv daily, the new cannabis looks, smells and even tastes the same, but does not induce any of…

Connecticut Gov. signs nation’s most restrictive medical marijuana bill into law

With Gov. Dannel Malloy’s (D) signature on Friday, Connecticut became the 17th state to allow doctors to recommend marijuana for medical uses, setting up what will be the most restrictive regulatory framework for dispensing the drug anywhere in the nation. “For years, we’ve heard from so many patients with chronic…

California split on marijuana legalization, most support medical use: poll

A new poll in the heart of the nationwide pro-marijuana movement finds that attitudes have not changed appreciably since California voters defeated a citizen’s initiative to legalize pot in 2010. The University of Southern……

Former UK adviser: Cannabis and ecstasy bans prevent scientific research

The classification system that makes drugs such as cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy) illegal has prevented scientists from properly researching their possible therapeutic uses for conditions such as schizophrenia and depression, according to the government’s former chief adviser on drugs. Professor David Nutt said the UK’s laws on misuse of drugs…

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