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McConnell: Marijuana use causes death

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently replied back to one of his constituents to declare that marijuana usage leads to death, according to the Huffington Post. McConnell sent a response letter to the constituent, who posted it on the pot supporting website grasscity.com Tuesday morning. The Kentucky senator candidly…

Dying cancer patient booted from hospital for medical marijuana

A California woman who says she is dying from a brain tumor was kicked out of a California hospital this week for using doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. Angel Raich told NBC Bay Area that the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco asked her to leave after she refused to stop using…

Pat Robertson: Marijuana ‘absolutely’ should be legalized

Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson says he has become a “hero of the hippie culture” by calling for marijuana to be legalized. “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson told The New York Times on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend…

New health concerns about ‘fake pot’ in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A type of fake pot has raised new health concerns in the United States after at least three users were hospitalized for kidney failure, authorities in the western state of Wyoming said Monday. Often known as “Spice” or “K2,” the substance is marketed to young people as herbal…

Cops in shoot out with Mexican drug gang across Rio Grande

(Reuters) – U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican drug traffickers fought a gun battle across the Rio Grande river in south Texas, authorities said on Friday, the latest of a spate of cross-border shootings in recent months. The Border Patrol said gunfire erupted on Wednesday after agents confronted a group…

Pot advocate: Calif. court ruling could trigger wave of federal raids

A California court ruled this week that individual cities cannot issue rules banning state-sanctioned marijuana dispensaries so long as the drug is grown on site — and while that sounds like a win for pot shops, a leading advocate is warning that it could spell big trouble for California’s marijuana…

SOPA author’s refusal to hear marijuana bill angers activists

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), author of controversial anti-piracy legislation recently defeated after the Internet’s first mass work stoppage, is embroiled in controversy yet again, this time over his refusal to stage a hearing on a bill that would allow individual states to determine their own policies on marijuana.…

Cannabis use tied to psychosis recovery trouble

(Reuters) – People who suffer an episode of psychotic symptoms may want to steer clear of marijuana afterwards, according to a study from the Netherlands. Researchers, whose findings appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found that people who kept smoking cannabis after a psychotic break tended to have certain…

Rep. Jared Polis mocks Colorado’s new DEA chief

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado on Wednesday poked fun at his state’s new head drug enforcement agent, joking that the Drug Enforcement Agency’s new motto was “protecting America from mold and water damage.” Barbra Roach, the chief of Denver’s Drug Enforcement Administration, recently told the Denver Post that medical…

Medical marijuana patient denied liver transplant: It’s too late for me

A man who was refused a liver transplant by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles because he used medical marijuana to cope with his symptoms is hoping his story will change the transplant policies of hospitals around the country. “Now I just accept it, I deal with it, and I…

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