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Soap maker David Bronner: Hemp ban highlights absurdity of drug war

David Bronner, the maker of organic “Magic Soap,” on Tuesday blasted the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “In our soap, hemp oil is a super fatty ingredient,” he explained to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. “It contains an unparalleled content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are—omega-3…

German Pirate Party website censored by schools for questioning marijuana laws

Germany’s Pirate Party has moved beyond its seemingly humorous origins to become a serious political force. Since last year, it has received over 7% of the vote in three different regional elections, enabling it to claim seats in the local parliaments. However, in Germany’s largest state, North Rhine-Westphalia, which is…

Richard Branson says Spain can solve its economic problems by legalizing marijuana

Sir Richard Branson believes that the ideal way for Spain to get out of its current morass of national debt, savage austerity cuts, and social turmoil would be to legalize and tax marijuana. The billionaire founder of the Virgin Group suggested at the opening of the world’s largest cannabis museum…

Colorado marijuana legalization campaign runs first TV ad

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol unveiled its first television advertisement on Thursday, urging voters in Colorado to legalize recreational use of the drug. In the 30-second ad, a young woman sends an email to her mother explaining why she uses marijuana instead of alcohol. “I used to drink…

Colombian Congress advances drug legalization bill

Colombia’s Chamber of Representatives has approved a bill that would legalize the cultivation of drugs that grow as plants, bringing to fruition the start of more legislative drug reform efforts to come, as promised by South American leaders during the recent Summit of the Americas. Colombia’s drug crop legalization bill…

Romney incorrectly insists marijuana is a ‘gateway drug’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday lashed out at a reporter in Colorado who asked him tough questions about same sex marriage, immigration and marijuana. “Aren’t there issues of significance that you’d like to talk about?” Romney quipped to CBS 4 reporter Shaun Boyd. “The economy — the…

Bipartisan amendment seeks to halt Obama’s medical marijuana raids

A forthcoming amendment to H.R. 5326, a key appropriations bill currently being debated in Congress, will give the House of Representatives an opportunity to rebuke the Obama administration’s rapid fire raids on voter-approved medical marijuana facilities in the states that allow doctors to recommend the drug. Three California Republicans and…

Connecticut passes medical marijuana bill

State Senators in Connecticut on Saturday voted to legalize marijuana for medical uses, creating a system of regulation that would license pharmacists to dispense marijuana only in special cases where doctors certify that it is needed. The Senate voted 21 to 13 after a lengthy debate, and Gov. Dannel Malloy…

23 killed in day of drug wars horror for Mexico

The northern Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo saw a brutal day of gang violence, with 14 headless bodies found stuffed in a vehicle and nine bodies found hanging from a bridge. The gruesome crimes came less than two months before Mexico’s presidential election, and just ahead of a key…

Pelosi condemns Obama’s continued raids on marijuana dispensaries

President Barack Obama’s emphasis on raiding medical marijuana dispensaries drew a rebuke from none other than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week, who warned in a prepared statement that she has “strong concerns” about her political ally’s policy. Since President Barack Obama took office, “more than 200″ state-approved…

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