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Seattle’s First Pot Shop Poised To Open Tuesday

By Andy Mannix, The Seattle Times A week before the grand opening of Cannabis City, James Lathrop paces by the conspicuously bare glass display cases in his small shop, tucked away just south of downtown Seattle. Barring some 11th-hour business catastrophe, 10 pounds of marijuana will line these shelves Tuesday, a quantity Lathrop expects will […]

July 3, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘A New Leaf: The End Of Cannabis Prohibition’

Today Weekend Reader brings you A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition, by award-winning investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, whose work has also appeared in The New York Times and The Nation. Martin and Rashidian argue that American society is now at a turning point, heading toward increasing acceptance and inevitable legalization of cannabis across the […]

March 15, 2014
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Medical Marijuana Poised For Ad-War In Florida

By Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Medical marijuana is so popular in Florida that 78 percent of likely voters in Republican-controlled state Senate districts back the idea, according to a recent state GOP poll obtained by The Miami Herald. The survey echoes two others last month that found medical marijuana support ranging from […]

March 12, 2014

California Democrats’ Meeting Ends On Fractious Note

By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — California Democrats broke with Governor Jerry Brown by calling for the legalization of marijuana and a ban on “fracking” in the state party’s official platform Sunday. The Democrats’ support for decriminalizing and taxing recreational cannabis and putting a stop to fracking sparked no […]

March 10, 2014

Legalize It, But: The Perils Of The New Marijuana Market

A majority of Americans, and an overwhelming majority of those under 30, now support the legalization of marijuana. The change in public opinion, which has been building for years but has accelerated of late, is now generating policy changes. In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington State endorsed initiatives legalizing not just the use of […]

March 6, 2014

The Withdrawal From The War On Drugs Has Begun

There’s nothing theoretical about the civil liberties crisis of our time. While it may take a bit of imagination to figure out what we should be worried about when it comes to government surveillance, you have to deny reality to ignore the devastation of the so-called War on Drugs, which has left America with the […]

January 31, 2014

Obama: Smoking Pot No More Dangerous Than Drinking

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama says smoking pot is no more dangerous than drinking but calls it a “bad idea,” amid a push for legalization in several states. In comments to The New Yorker magazine published Sunday, the U.S. leader also noted that poor minority youths are more likely to get prison time for […]

January 20, 2014

NY Governor Authorizes Medical Marijuana

New York (AFP) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday he will authorize the medical use of marijuana, making his the 21st U.S. state to do so and one of the biggest. Cuomo, a Democrat who has in the past opposed such a measure, announced a limited pilot program to serve the state of […]

January 9, 2014