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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…

Mexican cartel gunmen attack PepsiCo. subsidiary

A Mexican drug cartel known as The Knights Templar launched a series of attacks this weekend on warehouses and vehicles belonging to the potato chip company Sabritas, owned by U.S.-based PepsiCo., according to reports published Tuesday. Five different Sabritas warehouses, in Michoacán and Guanajuato, came under attack over the weekend by gunmen,…

Cory Booker declares support for medical marijuana

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) on Wednesday said that New Jersey should take steps to legalize medical marijuana for those who need it. In a series of messages posted to his Twitter account, Booker called the U.S. drug policy a “national nightmare” but stopped short of calling for complete legalization.…

California lawmakers decry ‘shameful’ federal assault on medical marijuana

California Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Sam Farr (D), and state Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D) and state Sen. Mark Leno (D) addressed pro-marijuana activists on Tuesday, urging them to help reform the nation’s drug laws by lobbying their lawmakers. As part of the California Unity Conference & Citizen Lobby…

Congressional candidate vows to smoke pot on Capitol Hill

A candidate for Congress, running in California’s 2nd District, promised recently to smoke a marijuana cigarette on the steps of the U.S. capitol is he’s elected to office. It wouldn’t be the first time for 54-year-old Andy Caffrey (D), either. Appearing on the campaign trail last week, Caffrey lit up…

Gov. Christie noncommittal on New Jersey marijuana decriminalization bill

A New Jersey General Assembly panel approved on Monday a bill that would lower the penalty for possessing a small amount of marijuana to a mere $150 fine for first-time offenders, essentially decriminalizing the drug by making possession a non-arrest offense. But Gov. Chris Christie (R), who’s supported drug reforms…

Cops arrest pair for selling pot-laced food to students

Police in the Philadelphia suburb of Tredyffrin announced Monday morning that they arrested two people for allegedly selling marijuana-laced food to students at Conestoga High School. According to NBC Philadelphia, 20-year-old Katelyn Anne Jennings and 19-year-old Justin Mendenhall were taken into custody after students informed police that Mendenhall sold the…

Officials pick up almost 8,000 pounds of marijuana in Pacific Ocean

The United States Coast Guard and border patrol agents recovered nearly 8,000 pounds of marijuana Sunday evening off the coast of Dana Point, California. According to CBS Los Angeles, the units used several boats to pick up the shockingly high volume of marijuana in the Pacific Ocean, which is street…

New York judge admits to medical marijuana use and endorses legalization

In a press conference and op-ed published by The New York Times on Wednesday, Kings County Supreme Court Justice Gustin L. Reichbach revealed that he regularly smokes marijuana to cope with the side effects of his ongoing cancer treatment, and pleaded with New York lawmakers to legalize medical use of…

Poll: 74 percent want end to medical marijuana raids

Nearly three out of four Americans believe that the federal government should respect state laws regarding medical marijuana and halt raids on dispensaries, according to a poll released Wednesday. “These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of…

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