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Uruguay planning to sell legally cloned marijuana by year’s end

Uruguay plans to begin legal marijuana sales of pot grown under government control by year’s end, using cloned plants, President Jose Mujica said Wednesday. Mujica, speaking to a local newspaper during a visit to Chile, said the process was complex because it was regulated by the market. “We try to…

Drug czar upset by survey finding fewer teens see marijuana as a harmful substance

Fewer American teenagers consider marijuana to be dangerous, a federal agency reported Wednesday, a fresh indication of growing public acceptance of a substance that remains illegal under US law. In its Monitoring the Future survey for 2013, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said 39.5 percent of high school seniors…

Sen. Grassley: Marijuana prohibition based on ‘what science tells us’

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws,” Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) claimed that marijuana prohibition was based on “what science tells us about this dangerous and addictive drug.” He followed that by noting that there’s “a process that exists for moving drugs on…

Canada’s Liberal Party backs legalization of marijuana

MONTREAL — Canada’s Liberal Party overwhelmingly passed a motion Sunday proposing the legalization of marijuana on the last day of its national convention, at which Michael Crawley was chosen as its new leader. The motion says that, if elected, a Liberal government “will legalize marijuana and ensure the regulation and…

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…

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…

Gallup poll: Record number of Americans favor marijuana legalization

Gallup has found that Americans favor marijuana legalization now more than ever. A record-high 50 percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up 4 percent from last year and 14 percent from 2006. Now only 46 percent say marijuana use should remain illegal, according to…

A counter-proposal to ban patchouli

One of the biggest obstacles to massive decriminalization and perhaps even legalization of marijuana has been the loudest advocates of this policy. There was a surge in pro-legalization organizing and sentiment a few years ago in Austin, and the only result I’ve seen is that the cops came down like…

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