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Rhode Island decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent, on Wednesday signed into law a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The Providence Journal reported that the law makes possessing an ounce or less of marijuana a civil violation with a $150 fine. However, three violations within 18 months…

Sen. Wyden pushes to repeal ‘outrageous’ ban on industrial hemp

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday called on Congress to repeal the ban on industrial hemp production, framing the ban as a restriction on free enterprise. “This in my view is a textbook example of a regulation that flunks the common sense test,” he said on the Senate floor. “There…

Police arrest Connecticut Catholic school teacher for growing marijuana

Police in Hartford, Connecticut arrested a Catholic school teacher and his wife Tuesday evening for allegedly growing marijuana out of their backyard, according to The Hartford Courant. Christopher and Kristine Gallagher were charged with cultivating more than 1 kilogram of marijuana, possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, possession…

Pro-hemp protester arrested near White House

David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps was arrested outside the White House on Monday while protesting the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “I had hoped that President Obama would not succumb to drug warriors’ hysteria regarding hemp,” he said. “I really don’t know what else to…

Drug czar: Treat drug abuse as a public health problem

President Barack Obama’s top adviser on drug policy called Monday for greater emphasis on treating drug abuse as a public health problem in the United States rather than as a crime. In a speech at the Betty Ford Center in Palms Springs, California, Gil Kerlikowske blamed US laws punishing drug…

Hospital denies woman’s kidney transplant due to medical marijuana use

RELATED: Tommy Chong vows to treat prostate cancer with hemp oil —— For the second time in less than a year, one of the largest hospitals in Los Angeles has removed a patient from an organ transplant list due to medical marijuana use, Raw Story has learned. Toni Trujillo (pictured…

Tommy Chong treating prostate cancer with ‘hemp oil’

RELATED: Hospital denies woman’s kidney transplant due to medical marijuana —— “Cheech & Chong” actor Tommy Chong on Sunday revealed that he had prostate cancer, but he says “cannabis is a cure” instead of the cause. “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer about a month ago, and I’m going to…

Oliver Stone: ‘This drug war is insane’

Filmmaker Oliver Stone has a new film coming out that encapsulates one of his closest-held political convictions, which he summarized during an appearance on Current TV this week with a single phrase. “This drug war is insane,” Stone explained. The film is called “Savages,” and depicts several young Americans going…

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…

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