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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…

Central American drug violence surges as cartels move south

Drug-related violence has surged to “alarming and unprecedented” levels in Central America as Mexican drug cartels have shifted their operations, a UN report said Tuesday. The move “has resulted in increased levels of violence, kidnapping, bribery torture and homicide” in Central America, the annual report by the International Narcotics Control…

Coloradans to decide marijuana legalization in November

Residents of Colorado will have the opportunity this November to legalize marijuana possession and allow regulated sales of marijuana in their state. The Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Monday certified a ballot initiative for the state’s November general election after Denver-based activists gathered more than 170,000 signatures. If…

Ron Paul: Hemp is a good product

Texas Rep. Ron Paul praised the industrial crop hemp during a campaign stop in North Dakota on Monday. “There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp,” Paul said, according to the Associated Press. “Hemp is a good product.” Hemp, a crop related…

Hundreds flock to Oregon for medical marijuana cards

Authorities said this week that hundreds of out-of-state residents have flocked to Oregon in recent years to obtain medical marijuana cards, which the state will issue to anyone with a doctor’s recommendation. Speaking to a reporter with The Oregonian this weekend, state health officials said that hundreds of people from out-of-state have…

Nepal cracks down on cannabis at Hindu festival

Police in Nepal said they had cracked down on members of the public using cannabis at a major Hindu festival where the drug is smoked legally by thousands of holy men to honour a Hindu god. The wandering mystics — known as sadhus – use an ancient legal loophole to smoke marijuana during a night of…

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