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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…

Wounded veteran condemns Feds for blocking marijuana research for PTSD

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition by a former U.S. Marine that calls on multiple government agencies to stop blocking research concerning marijuana’s potential to help treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Iraq war veteran Sergeant Ryan Begin is leading the campaign on Change.org following the U.S.…

Federal medical marijuana patient: Cannabis worked a ‘miracle’ for me

LOS ANGELES — In 1988, Elvy Musikka (pictured, left) became the first woman in the United States to be legally permitted by the federal government to smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes, due to a case of Glaucoma that threatened to render her blind. Armed with a mountain of paperwork, a…

Tons of marijuana found in sea off Mexican coast

In this video, Reuters reports that two tons of marijuana were found floating in the ocean off the coast of Los Cabos, a popular tourist destination in Mexico. It took Mexican marines two days to retrieve all of the bales of pot, which are believed to have been dumped by…

Study: Medical marijuana does not increase use among youth

The legalization of medical marijuana in Rhode Island in 2006 did not increase its use among teenagers, according to research presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition on Wednesday. The study was led by Rhode Island Hospital physician Esther Choo. The finding directly contradicts White House…

GOP presidential candidate pledges pardons for marijuana prisoners

LOS ANGELES – Speaking to this year’s Drug Policy Alliance conference on Thursday, GOP presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson promised to pardon all federal marijuana prisoners if he’s elected to the nation’s highest office. Citing recent polling, Johnson excitedly proclaimed that because 50 percent of Americans…

Chicago aldermen back marijuana decriminalization proposal

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A group of Chicago aldermen plan to introduce an ordinance at a Wednesday city council meeting that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana. Supporters say the measure would help raise revenue for the city, save money and free up police to pursue more serious crimes. Cook…

Officials arrest 70 in major Arizona drug bust

(Reuters) – Law enforcement officials in Arizona seized thousands of pounds of narcotics and arrested at least 70 suspected drug smugglers with apparent ties to a violent drug cartel in Mexico, an official involved with the investigation in the U.S. Southwest told Reuters on Sunday. The operation, which included three…

White House responds to marijuana legalization petition

Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, responded Friday to an extremely popular marijuana legalization petition on the White House’s “We the People” site. He responded to the petition by stating that the legalization of marijuana would not resolve the problems associated with…

Chicago may decriminalize marijuana

CHICAGO — Chicago pot smokers may soon be able to light up without fear of jail time. Several Windy City councilmen said Thursday they plan to introduce a local law that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in order to cut costs and free up police to handle…

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