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Ahead of state-wide vote, marijuana legalization battle heats up in California

Far from being a war between hippies and police, the fight to legalize marijuana in California centers on whether decriminalizing and taxing cannabis can help fill the state’s fiscal hole. Using the drug for medical purposes has been legal for 14 years in the western state. But a new initiative…

Fox host defends Republicans’ right to smoke pot

Even Republicans should be able to get stoned, according to a Fox News anchor. While interviewing Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson found herself in the curious position of advocating for marijuana rights Friday. Chong told Carlson that he wants to see marijuana legalized — but not…

Pointing to Obama, Hawaii lawmaker aims to decriminalize marijuana

A Hawaii lawmaker plans to introduce legislation this week that would decriminalize adult possession of marijuana, and he’s pointing directly at the Obama administration to justify his decision, according to a published report. But State Sen. J. Kalani English, a Democrat, isn’t stopping there. A second bill slated for introduction…

Gay marriage generates millions, expert tells court

SAN FRANCISCO — Legalizing same-sex marriage would generate millions of dollars for San Francisco, the city’s chief economist said Thursday, as a trial on California’s gay wedding ban entered a fourth day. Edmund Egan, who directs San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis, said legalization of same-sex marriage would increase the…

Over two dozen states weighing marijuana reforms

Washington is one of four states where measures to legalize and regulate marijuana have been introduced, and about two dozen other states are considering bills ranging from medical marijuana to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the herb. “In terms of state legislatures, this is far and away the most…

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