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Mexico unearths 600-meter border drug tunnel

TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican authorities have unearthed a 600-meter (1,800-foot) drug smuggling tunnel beneath the US border, the second such find in the same area this month. The 15-foot-deep tunnel found on Tuesday was similar to another tunnel found on November 16, and contained both lighting and transport carts, indicating…

Governors petition federal government to reclassify marijuana

Governors Christine Gregoire (D-WA) and Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) announced at a press conference Wednesday that they were jointly filing a federal petition to reclassify marijuana for medical use. The use of medical marijuana has been legalized in 16 states and the District of Columbia. But it is still classified as a…

Study: Legalizing medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities

States that have passed initiatives to legalize medical marijuana have also seen a decline in traffic fatalities, according to a new study out this week by the Institute for the Study of Labor. Opponents of medical marijuana often focus on the social detriment to making America’s most valuable cash crop…

Mexican truck driver jailed in drug tunnel conspiracy

SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) – A U.S. judge jailed a Mexican truck driver for 15 years and 8 months on Monday for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs through a sophisticated tunnel to California from Mexico. U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns sentenced Daniel Navarro-Chavez, 45, to prison…

Gingrich calls for more aggressive drug policy

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich does not support the legalization of medical marijuana and would like the see the United States adopt a more aggressive policy against drug use. Gingrich told Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody on Saturday that California showed that medical marijuana was a “joke,” where doctors prescribed the drug…

Probation officer fired after supporting marijuana decriminalization

Joe Miller, who had worked as a probation officer for nearly three years in Arizona, was fired in December after adding his name to a Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) letter that supported a California ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona this week filed…

Nebraska man wins right to pot-themed license plate

The State of Nebraska will issue a custom license plate with the numbers 420 on it, after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke up for a marijuana activist whose unusual request was denied. All it took was a lawsuit. Thanks to the ACLU of Nebraska, Frank Shoemaker, a resident…

Hospital refuses liver transplant for medical marijuana patient

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has denied a liver transplant to a patient with inoperable liver cancer because he uses medical marijuana. But the marijuana was prescribed by the very same hospital, according to the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA). Sixty-three year-old Norman B. Smith was diagnosed…

New drug tunnel found under U.S.-Mexico border

LOS ANGELES — US authorities announced Wednesday they had uncovered a “major” drug-smuggling tunnel under the US-Mexico border, the latest such find on the troubled frontier. US and Mexican officers seized at least 14 tons of marijuana and arrested two people linked to the “sophisticated” tunnel, which linked warehouses in…

Cain comes out for marijuana policy reform

Appearing briefly in Urbandale, Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain revealed a new caveat of his political platform: he favors removing federal penalties for medical marijuana, placing the decision to ban or regulate squarely in the states’ hands. “If states want to legalize medical…

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