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Maryland House rejects bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

(Reuters) – A bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Maryland was effectively struck down by a committee in the state House of Delegates, a staff member said on Thursday. The House Judiciary Committee voted instead on Wednesday to form a task force to investigate decriminalization over…

Seattle man complains: Someone keeps mailing me weed!

A Seattle man told police that he has been receiving mystery packages of marijuana mailed to his home. The man, whose name was not released, told officers that he received the first package last month marked “return to sender, insufficient postage,” reported KOMO-TV. His home was listed as the return…

Teens who smoke marijuana do better in school than cigarette smokers, study shows

Students who smoke marijuana do better in school than their cigarette-smoking classmates, according to a new study. Canadian researchers surveyed nearly 39,000 Ontario students in grades 7, 9, and 11 between 1981 and 2011 on their marijuana and tobacco use and their academic performance. The study found that students who…

Growing medical marijuana is a big business in Canada

An hour's drive south of Canada's capital, past snow-covered pine forests and farmland, Chuck Rifici is growing marijuana at an old Hershey's factory. He plans to sell it for medical use under a new government scheme starting on April 1 that will ban……

Oregon Dem destroys top drug official who can’t say if weed’s less addictive than meth

An Oregon Democrat literally threw up his hands in frustration Tuesday after failing to get a direct answer to his question about marijuana’s dangers from the deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) asked Michael Botticelli, the drug czar’s chief deputy,…

Obama refuses to reclassify weed: It’s up to Congress

President Barack Obama said he’ll leave it up to Congress to remove marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic. “First of all, what is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” Obama said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “It’s not something that we by ourselves…

Drug czar upset by survey finding fewer teens see marijuana as a harmful substance

Fewer American teenagers consider marijuana to be dangerous, a federal agency reported Wednesday, a fresh indication of growing public acceptance of a substance that remains illegal under US law. In its Monitoring the Future survey for 2013, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said 39.5 percent of high school seniors…

It’s official: Uruguay legalizes production and sale of cannabis

Government experiment reaches new heights as it attempts to regulate marijuana business and find alternative to war on drugs The world’s most far-reaching cannabis law was passed by the Uruguayan parliament, opening the way for the state to regulate the production, distribution, sale and consumption of the planet’s favourite illegal…

Feds will continue to jail pot dealers ‘in all states’

The White House has pledged to continue to jail those who traffick in marijuana or sell it to minors — even in two US states where its recreational use is now legal. At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Attorney General James Cole defended the federal decision not…

Sanjay Gupta explains the best way to get the most out of marijuana

Smoking or eating marijuana are not the best ways to get the most out of (especially medical) marijuana, according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN recently told Business Insider that vaporizing marijuana was the best option from a medical dosage standpoint. Marijuana also comes…

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