Category: Law & Politics

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March 26, 2015
03/26/2015
Wordplay and Stigma: An Appeal Against the Word Marijuana

Wordplay and Stigma: An Appeal Against the Word Marijuana

As a botanist myself, I always look for the proper names of things — especially plants. There is a reason for this, and any first year plant...
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March 26, 2015
03/26/2015
Georgia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Georgia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

A two-year effort to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia may finally succeed, as the Senate passed a likely compromise that would OK a limited form of the...
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March 26, 2015
03/26/2015
Report: Racial Disparities in Arrests Persist With Legal Pot

Report: Racial Disparities in Arrests Persist With Legal Pot

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn’t solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than...
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March 25, 2015
03/25/2015
Pre-Employment Drug Screens Stigmatize Stoners Even in Legal States

Pre-Employment Drug Screens Stigmatize Stoners Even in Legal States

I decided to peruse Craigslist and see what types of jobs require pre-employment drug screening. Keep in mind, I live in Washington with legal weed.
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March 24, 2015
03/24/2015
Missoula Traffic Sign Hacked to Display ‘Smoke Weed Every Day’

Missoula Traffic Sign Hacked to Display ‘Smoke Weed Every Day’

Practical jokers and weed enthusiasts from the University of Montana hacked a digital traffic sign to display a very important message.
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March 24, 2015
03/24/2015
Schedule I Ruling Delayed Again – What Does It Mean?

Schedule I Ruling Delayed Again – What Does It Mean?

Judge Kimberly Mueller, the federal magistrate who made history by granting defense requests for a five-day hearing on the constitutionality of the continued inclusion of cannabis in...
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March 23, 2015
03/23/2015
Cannabis Tax Revenue Used to Build Schools in Colorado

Cannabis Tax Revenue Used to Build Schools in Colorado

In Colorado cannabis users are helping to fund construction on public schools, buying new roofs, boilers and security upgrades. How? By smoking weed of course.
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March 20, 2015
03/20/2015
Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum in Senate

Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum in Senate

A push to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is gaining momentum in the Senate, drawing a growing roster of co-sponsors from both parties just over...
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March 20, 2015
03/20/2015
Smelling Like Marijuana Is Not Illegal

Smelling Like Marijuana Is Not Illegal

While there are still many marijuana-related ways a person can get sent to the slammer in the United States, smelling as if you reside in an eternal...
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March 19, 2015
03/19/2015
Parents 4 Pot ‘Help-a-Family’ Program Helps Families All Year

Parents 4 Pot ‘Help-a-Family’ Program Helps Families All Year

Those selected for the Help-A-Family program include families with children who face life-threatening illnesses and need cannabis treatments, as well as families that have been torn apart...
By: Anna Diaz
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March 19, 2015
03/19/2015
Preppy State Proposes Amnesty for Potheads

Preppy State Proposes Amnesty for Potheads

What happens to the millions of Americans with existing marijuana convictions once it’s legal? This week, with a groundbreaking case in Connecticut, the U.S. may be one...
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March 18, 2015
03/18/2015
Bill Maher Champions Legal Weed On Real Time

Bill Maher Champions Legal Weed On Real Time

Maher said the generic, canned justification politicians give about their pot past is to claim that they were just young and stupid; a silly child who learned...
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March 18, 2015
03/18/2015
Obama Talks Marijuana Decriminalization and Reclassification

Obama Talks Marijuana Decriminalization and Reclassification

Only recently, with no more elections to fight for his party, has Obama started to tell interviewers that he wants softer treatment of a popular drug that...
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March 18, 2015
03/18/2015
US Scientists Can Soon Run Experiments on Stronger Marijuana

US Scientists Can Soon Run Experiments on Stronger Marijuana

Scientists who study medical marijuana will soon have access to a wider variety of strains. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) — the federal “dealer” that...
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March 17, 2015
03/17/2015
Stoned Rabbits: The DEA’s Latest Fear Mongering Tactic

Stoned Rabbits: The DEA’s Latest Fear Mongering Tactic

Fairbanks actually said that he feared passage of the Utah legalization bill would lead to an epidemic of stoned rabbits.
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March 16, 2015
03/16/2015
Senator Booker’s Drug Reform Argument Touts Reason Over Morality

Senator Booker’s Drug Reform Argument Touts Reason Over Morality

Democratic New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, recently gave an interview wherein he laid out some very logical, rational reasons to reform our national drug policy and incarceration...
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March 16, 2015
03/16/2015
NYPD Commish Blames Cannabis for City’s Homicide Rate

NYPD Commish Blames Cannabis for City’s Homicide Rate

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton recently took to the podium and directly blamed marijuana for a jump in the city’s homicide rate.
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March 16, 2015
03/16/2015
MMJ Patients Form International Coalition at UN

MMJ Patients Form International Coalition at UN

Patients in need of cannabis treatment from 13 different countries, including those represented by KOPAC from the Czech Republic, met at the “Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Policy,...
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March 16, 2015
03/16/2015
Michigan Hopes to Legalize Recreational Weed in 2016

Michigan Hopes to Legalize Recreational Weed in 2016

While Michigan lawmakers continue to lock horns in the legislature over proposed changes to repair the state’s crippled medical marijuana program, an organization fighting for total reform...
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March 12, 2015
03/12/2015
Wasserman Schultz: Cannabis Two-Face

Wasserman Schultz: Cannabis Two-Face

Florida Congresswoman and Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has found herself in a bit of political discomfort after she allegedly offered her support...
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