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Boxer: Legalizing pot could increase crime, car accidents

California Sen. Barbara Boxer has a message for marijuana law reform activists: Just say no. The liberal senator’s position might come as a surprise, but it’s no surprise to those who follow California politics: Boxer is facing perhaps the toughest reelection race of her career in 2010. She’s neck-and-neck with…

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…

Pot legalization almost certainly headed for California ballot

Voters in California will likely decide this November whether or not to legalize marijuana, after legalization activists handed in far more than the necessary number of petition signatures to get the measure onto the ballot. Organizers of the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 filed some 700,000 petition…

US House approves Iran sanctions

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved sanctions legislation aimed at forcing Iran to freeze its nuclear program by depriving the Islamic republic of gasoline. The measure would empower US President Barack Obama to effectively block firms that supply Iran with refined petroleum products, or the ability to…

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