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Drug czar: There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana

R. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Tuesday denied there was any reason the United States should regulate marijuana the same way it regulates alcohol. “There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana,” he said at an event hosted by the Center for…

Colorado Senate to vote on marijuana DUI bill

The Colorado Senate will vote on legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle with trace amounts of THC — the main psychoactive compound in marijuana — in their blood. “Quite frankly, I think it’s time we cleared the smoke out of this,” state Sen.…

Dutch roll out ‘cannabis card’ to stop pot tourists

Keen to stub out an era of dope tourism, the Netherlands on Tuesday starts restricting cannabis sales in the country’s south to residents only, despite opposition from pro-pot lobby groups. Famous for decades for its laid-back attitude to marijuana, the Netherlands will now require so-called coffee shops in some regions to only sell to…

British police find 20 cannabis farms a day

Police discovered more than 20 cannabis farms and factories in the UK every day last year, seizing drugs worth up to £100 million, figures showed on Monday. Criminals were attempting to reduce risk and minimise potential losses by employing a large number of so-called “gardeners” to manage smaller farms across residential neighbourhoods,…

Man detained after trying to pay for taxi ride with pot

BERLIN — German police detained a man after he tried to pay for a taxi ride with cannabis because he was not carrying any cash, police said Sunday. Officers in the southern city of Munich accompanied the 30-year-old home on Friday after the taxi driver reported him to the police,…

San Francisco Democratic Party tells Obama to end crackdown on medical marijuana

The San Francisco Democratic Party issued a resolution this week calling on President Barack Obama and his administration to end their crackdown on medical marijuana facilities. The resolution, signed by 21 members of the party’s Central Committee (DCCC), calls on Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag to…

Judge approves Dutch ‘weed pass’ ban on drug tourism

Amsterdam, famous for its coffee shops where marijuana and magic mushrooms are dispensed to just about anyone who can pay for it, is about to harsh the buzz of tourists everywhere. A judge ruled this week that the nation’s “weed pass” law, which would restrict drug-buying to Dutch citizens only,…

Federal judge: Rick Scott’s drug testing of state workers unconstitutional

A federal judge in Miami found on Thursday that Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s requirement that all state workers undergo drug testing is unconstitutional. In a 37-page opinion (PDF), U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled that Scott’s executive order for blanket testing of 85,000 state employees violated the ban on…

New Hampshire House approves medical marijuana bill

The Republican-led New Hampshire House on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana. The House voted 236-96 to approve SB 409. The Senate passed the bill by a 13-11 vote in March. Democratic Gov. John Lynch has threatened to veto the legislation, which would allow…

Petition author: Drug czar’s hemp warning ‘like getting hit in the head with a hammer’

In a recent response to a White House petition, President Barack Obama’s drug czar warned of danger in the domestic production of industrial hemp, drawing a stunned reaction from the petition’s author, who told Raw Story on Wednesday that it was “like getting hit in the head with a hammer.”…

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