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Rand Paul backs bill that could lead to crack down on states where voters legalized weed

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has thrown his support behind legislation that Republicans could use to force President Barack Obama to crack down on legal marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington. Speaking to Fox News on Thursday, the libertarian-leaning senator said he supported the Enforce the Law Act, which has…

Group wants to give Massachusetts voters a chance to legalize pot

A group of pro-pot activists in Massachusetts are pushing a ballot measure to fully legalize marijuana. The group Bay State Repeal hopes to get the proposal on the ballot in 2016 after testing different versions of the measure by placing nonbinding referendum questions on next year’s ballot in about a…

New Hampshire prison official calls to ‘legalize, control, regulate, tax’ marijuana

The head of one jail in New Hampshire said on Monday that his experience in the prison system had made him sure that it was time to legalize marijuana. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill earlier this year to decriminalize small amounts of weed, but Cheshire County Department of…

Alaska could be the next state to legalize marijuana

Supporters of marijuana legalization are hoping that Alaska will follow the example set by Colorado and Washington state. Timothy Hinterberger told the Anchorage Daily News that his ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska is about halfway there. Hinterberger, who sponsored the ballot initiative, and his…

Mellow mood at first Seattle Hempfest since pot legalization

By Jonathan Kaminsky SEATTLE (Reuters) – Pot smoke wafted over thousands of revelers gathered at Seattle’s downtown waterfront to kick off the first Hempfest rally since Washington state and Colorado passed initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use last November. The mellow mood among the revelers swaying to reggae music…

Ohio Attorney General rejects ballot measure to legalize marijuana

A ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in Ohio was rejected on Monday by the state’s attorney general, who said the petition was not “fair and truthful.” The group Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis collected enough signatures to submit the ballot measure to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office for approval.…

Uruguay president wants to legalize marijuana as a ‘contribution to humanity’

Uruguay wants to make a “contribution to humanity” by legalizing marijuana but will backtrack if the “experiment” goes awry, President Jose Mujica told AFP in an exclusive interview. Mujica said he sees his country as a potential test case for an idea slowly gaining steam across Latin America — that…

Mexico could legalize marijuana in five years: former president Vicente Fox

By Gabriel Stargardter SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico could legalize marijuana within the next five years, stripping brutal drug cartels of a major source of income, former President Vicente Fox said on Friday. Fox, who battled the powerful cartels while president between 2000 and 2006, has since become a…

Colorado’s ’4/20′ party under increased scrutiny after Boston bombings

'4/20' marijuana celebration notes security lessons from Boston Marathon bombing (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington’s Liquor Control Board, takes photos as he tours a marijuana growing facility in Seattle. Washington State voted last fall to legalize marijuana for adults over 21…

Maryland Senate votes to legalize medical marijuana

Maryland is set to become the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical uses after lawmakers in the state’s senate voted Monday 42-4 in favor of setting up a state-run commission that grants licenses to distribute the drug to approved patients. HB 1101 cleared Maryland’s lower chamber on March 25…

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