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ATF: No firearms for those who use marijuana legally

Those who use marijuana legally in accordance with their state’s laws cannot be sold or possess firearms, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) memo issued on September 21. The memo to gun dealers in the United States, obtained by the National Organization for the Reform of…

Man claims police threatened to kill his dog in pot raid

A medical marijuana patient in San Francisco claims Alameda Count sherriffs threatened to kill his dog if he didn’t consent to a search of his home. Jason Rivera, a paraplegic who suffers severe chronic pain, told Russ Belville of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) that he…

DEA to legalize marijuana only for ‘Big Pharma,’ NORML claims

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposal to reclassify the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana as a Schedule III substance would allow pharmaceutical companies to market the drug while still penalizing common recreational use, according to marijuana law reform advocates. The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is currently a…

Colorado Dem: ‘A lot’ of lawmakers want drug law reforms

Support for legalizing marijuana at the federal level is steadily increasing in Congress, according to a Democratic representative from Colorado. “I find that a lot of members of Congress privately agree that we need to change our drug policy, they’re just still too timid or scared to come public with…

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…

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