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Major backer of Calif. pot legalization calls it quits

The man who funded a large swath of the marijuana legalization campaign activities during California’s 2010 election season has called it quits following a federal raid earlier this week on his business in Oakland. Richard Lee, who ran Oaksterdam University, said Friday he’s wrapping it up — and he didn’t…

Rasmussen: Record percent support marijuana legalization

A record number of Americans support the legalizing and taxing marijuana, according to Rasmussen Reports. Their nationwide survey found that 47 percent of Americans agree that marijuana should be legalized, while 42 percent disagree. Ten percent are undecided. The survey was conducted on March 24-25. In October 2011, Gallup also…

Coloradans to decide marijuana legalization in November

Residents of Colorado will have the opportunity this November to legalize marijuana possession and allow regulated sales of marijuana in their state. The Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Monday certified a ballot initiative for the state’s November general election after Denver-based activists gathered more than 170,000 signatures. If…

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…

O’Donnell blasts hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell slammed politicians Tuesday night for ignoring reality and continuing to “get high” on alcohol while Americans were being sent to jail for smoking marijuana. Gallup has found that Americans favor marijuana legalization now more than ever. A record-high 50 percent of Americans say the use of…

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…

California’s largest doctor group calls for marijuana legalization

The California Medical Association, the state’s largest doctor group, on Friday adopted a resolution to support the legalization of marijuana for medical uses, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group’s support of medical marijuana comes after U.S. prosecutors in California threatened to seize the properties of licensed California marijuana…

Washington state Democrats back marijuana legalization initiative

Washington state Democrats passed a resolution on Saturday to endorse Initiative 502, which would legalize the production and distribution of marijuana for sale to adults 21 and over through state-licensed stores. The resolution was passed by a 75 to 43 vote. The resolution (PDF) stated that thousands of Washington adults…

Seized marijuana legalization petitions missing

Task force allegedly held gun to 14-year-old boy’s head The campaign director for Washington state’s marijuana legalization effort is unable to account for eight petitions allegedly seized from a medical marijuana dispensary by a drug task force during a raid two weeks ago. “WestNET says it only seized two petitions,”…

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