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Poll: 62 percent of Californians want marijuana regulated like wine

A majority of Californians believe that marijuana should be regulated like wine, according to a recent statewide poll sponsored by legalization advocates. Sixty-two percent of residents in the Golden State support the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012, a ballot initiative that will be voted on in November. The…

#AskObama Twitter town hall ignores flood of marijuana legalization questions

Republicans were not the only ones flooding President Barack Obama with questions during his “#AskObama” Twitter town hall; the event also generated a huge response from those opposed to the war on drugs. Data gathered by TwitSprout showed the most retweeted question for Obama was about the legalization of marijuana.…

Utah Attorney General Shurtleff approves of medical marijuana after battling cancer

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment. “Until you’ve experienced chemo, you can’t describe exactly how it feels,” he said Thursday on KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright Show. “It’s kind of like having the flu because you…

City attorney, Pulitzer-winning Seattle paper call for marijuana legalization

Last year, many hopeful drug reform advocates expected California to be the first state to officially overturn the prohibition of marijuana. But after Prop. 19′s failure on the state-wide ballot at the end of 2010, few would have expected the next major push for reform would come from Washington. Yet,…

‘I never exhaled’: Former GOP governor admits to recent pot-smoking

A former Republican governor of New Mexico has admitted that he smoked pot as late as 2008. It’s no secret that Gary Johnson, who was governor from 1994 to 2002, is an advocate for marijuana legalization. In a recent interview with The New Republic, Johnson joked, “I never exhaled.” In…

Support for marijuana legalization in California continues to fall

The spread of those supporting the legalization of possessing and growing small amounts of marijuana in California and those opposing it has grown to seven points. According to the latest Field Poll, published Sunday, 42 percent of voters support California’s landmark Proposition 19, with 49 percent opposing. Besides legalization, the…

Billionaire George Soros gives $1 million to Calif. marijuana legalization campaign

Billionaire financier George Soros has thrown his money behind California’s marijuana legalization measure with a $1 million donation a week before the vote. The contribution reported Tuesday by The Sacramento Bee is the single biggest donation from an individual other than Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur Richard Lee, the main sponsor…

Dozens of law professors nation-wide endorse Calif. marijuana legalization

More than 65 professors of law from universities nation-wide gave their endorsement on Tuesday to California ballot initiative Prop. 19, which would allow for the regulation and taxation of the state’s cannabis trade, potentially generate millions in new revenue for the cash-strapped state. The professors, from schools such as Yale,…

Former Surgeon General calls for legalization of marijuana

Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders told CNN’s Don Lemon Sunday that she supports the legalization of marijuana. Bill Clinton appointed Elders as the United States Surgeon General in 1993. After leaving her office, she became a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Arkansas. “Many people say [marijuana…

Canadian pot activist Marc Emery sentenced to five years in US prison

Marc Emery, Canada’s enigmatic “Prince of Pot” who sold millions of marijuana seeds over the Internet, will face a five year punishment in the United States after a U.S. district judge in Seattle handed down his sentence on Friday. Emery, founder and publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, is a longtime…

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