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35 Maine lawmakers want to regulate and tax marijuana

Legislation that would legalize and tax the recreational use of marijuana in Maine now has 35 co-sponsors in the state legislature. “Support for changing our marijuana laws is growing as more and more elected officials realize it makes no sense to maintain a system of prohibition for a substance that…

Justice Department: State employees can legally implement medical marijuana programs

The Department of Justice filed on legal brief on Monday that indicated the federal government would not prosecute state employees for implementing state medical marijuana programs, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. The brief asks for a lawsuit filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) to be thrown out. The…

Congressman targets federal funding for the war on drugs

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has offered two amendments to the House continuing resolution that would eliminate much of the federal funding for the war on drugs in the United States. The House is currently debating HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. The bill is needed to…

Pro-marijuana groups urge Senate to oppose new DEA head

Those fighting for drug policy reform are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose President Barack Obama’s nominee for DEA administrator during her confirmation hearings on Wednesday. Michelle Leonhart has been the interim administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for three years and has attracted criticism from pro-marijuana groups…

Arizona voters approve medical marijuana in nail-biter vote

UPDATE: Arizona voters have approved a measure that will legalize medical marijuana use in the state for people with chronic or debilitating diseases. Final vote tallies showed Saturday that Proposition 203 won by a tiny margin of just 4,341 votes out of more than 1.67 million votes counted. The measure…

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