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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.”…

U.S. authorities crackdown on medical marijuana spots

The federal crackdown on state legalized medical marijuana facilities has grown to become a rising issue across the United States, as a new report from Al Jazeera documents. California is an epicenter for the law enforcement crackdown despite being one of the dozen states to legalize medical marijuana, including a…

Marijuana fans hold pot parties in Canada, U.S.

Marijuana fans held mass rallies and pot parties in Canada and the United States, easing into the weekend with an annual celebration devoted to the feel-good weed. Western Canadian metropolis Vancouver closed a major road in the financial district for the day-long demonstration, in which attendees are urged to light…

Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself at 4:20 on 4/20

Country singer Willie Nelson unveiled an eight-foot statue of himself in front of the Austin City Limits Sutdio in Austin, TX on Friday. Organizers of the event insisted that they hadn’t chosen the date deliberately to commemorate Nelson’s long-time advocacy of marijuana legalization, but once it was brought to their…

CU-Boulder resorts to fish guts, censorship to keep 4/20 celebrants away

Colorado University-Boulder officials on Friday coated a large tract of land with a gag-worthy, fish-based fertilizer and hired Haitian musician Wyclef Jean to stage a free concert off campus, just to keep an annual gathering of marijuana protesters away from the school. A bonus: the school’s contract with Wyclef stipulates…

Harvard economist: Legalize all drugs to fight corruption

Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron (pictured, left), a leading intellectual force in the drug policy reform movement, sees the black market for illegal drugs purely as a creation of American economic policy — and by definition, the black market corrupts. “The main reason there’s so much [illegal traffic between] Mexico into…

Drug Policy Alliance director: Legalize marijuana to protect human rights

As executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Ethan Nadelmann (pictured, left) told Raw Story recently that from his perspective, a truly global movement against the drug war has only just begun. In spite of its relative newness, he said that “dramatic” victories are already being won over policies increasingly…

Obama financier-turned pot shop owner: ‘They can’t criminalize us’

Wanda James (pictured, above), a Navy veteran, restaurant owner, longtime Democratic strategist and former member of Obama’s national finance committee, might not be the kind of person you’d expect to sell weed. Because of her background,  she’s in a perfect position to champion the cause of marijuana entrepreneurship, and it’s…

Top drug reformer: ‘Obama is worse than Bush’ on marijuana policy

Rob Kampia (pictured, left), director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), has been working on drug policy issues for 17 long years, and during that time he’s seen a dramatic shift toward legalization in the U.S. political climate. Unfortunately for reform advocates, he told Raw Story recently that the shift…

Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson: Legalize marijuana to reduce violence

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (R) knows what it’s like to wade out to the fringes of an issue and wait for everyone else to catch up with him. Back in 1999, he was onto flaking ”harm reduction” policies before the whole political establishment, including President Barack Obama’s own people, adopted…

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