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There Is No Shortage Of Cannabis Entertainment!

There Is No Shortage Of Cannabis Entertainment!

A brief web search nets enough choices for even the most cultured cannabis connoisseur. From online events and opportunities to interact socially to celebrations featuring speakers and contests on location, most anyone interested in cannabis entertainment should find a source of education, fun and community. Listed below you will find three of more than a […]

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CN NS: Column: Reefer Madness On Horizon

CN NS: Column: Reefer Madness On Horizon

The News, 10 Jan 2014 – Trudeau has a lot riding on Colorado legalized pot plot When Justin Trudeau dove into the legalized marijuana debate last summer, it initially looked like an unnecessarily polarizing position that too easily allowed his opponents to depict him as a lightweight unable to grapple with more pressing issues.

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CN ON: Column: Trudeau Has A Lot Riding On Colorado

CN ON: Column: Trudeau Has A Lot Riding On Colorado

Hamilton Spectator, 08 Jan 2014 – Liberals Will Be Watching How Pot Legalization Plays Out When Justin Trudeau dove into the legalized marijuana debate last summer, it initially looked like an unnecessarily polarizing position that too easily allowed his opponents to depict him as a lightweight unable to grapple with more pressing issues.

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US CO: High Times In Denver As Dope Made Legal

US CO: High Times In Denver As Dope Made Legal

The Guardian, 02 Jan 2014 – Sees Recreational Cannabis Sales Permitted in a Move That Could Be As Radical As the End of Alcohol Prohibition Tim Cullen gave up being a high school biology teacher to enter the marijuana business after he and his father were diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He used his knowledge of botany to grow and harvest plants, which treated the condition and eased the pain, and built a business out of it.

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CN AB: Column: Sex, Drugs, Cons And Polls

CN AB: Column: Sex, Drugs, Cons And Polls

The Calgary Sun, 23 Dec 2013 – The House of Commons or the common bawdy house? The political party you’d last associate with sex and drugs is looking at a couple of years with sex and drugs on the political agenda. And you thought politics were boring.

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Weed Blogs

Morgan Shanahan:  Why You’ll Never Hear Me Call Myself A ‘Pothead Mom,’ No Matter How High I Am

Morgan Shanahan: Why You’ll Never Hear Me Call Myself A ‘Pothead Mom,’ No Matter How High I Am

I’m a mom. I’m a card-carrying medical marijuana user. Those are just two of about a million things about me.

Read more: Medical Marijuana, Parenting, California, Marijuana, Pothead Mom, Why You'll Never Hear Me Call Myself a Pothead Mom, Parents-Moms, Parents News

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Chris Weigant:  Friday Talking Points — Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

This week was a big week for women’s rights, as the Senate pushed for an Equal Pay Act to celebrate Equal Pay Day. It was filibustered, which just goes to show that one party cares about women’s rights and one party clearly does not.

Read more: Civil Rights Act, Marijuana, LBJ Presidential Library, Plan B, Eric Holder, War on Women, Vance McAllister, Sebelius Resigns, Health and Human Services, Sebelius, Equal Pay Act, Bill Clinton, Voting Rights, Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama, Louie Gohmert, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Friday Talking Points, Politics News

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U.S. Legal Pot Sales To Hit $8 Billion A Year By 2018: Report

U.S. Legal Pot Sales To Hit $8 Billion A Year By 2018: Report

Combined sales of legal recreational and medical marijuana in the United States is projected to reach more than $8 billion in 2018. That’s according t…

Read more: Legal Weed, Marijuana, Marijuana Business, 420, Marijuana Industry Profit, Medical Marijuana, Marijuana Legalization, Recreational Marijuana, Business News

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The 420 Times:  Weed Time With Bill Maher

The 420 Times: Weed Time With Bill Maher

Ballclub co-owner, writer, intelligent talker, Maher is a true renaissance man for this marijuana millennium. But, unlike some decriminalization intellectuals, this guy practices what he preaches. He smokes weed. And he breaks down boundaries doing it. Important boundaries.

Read more: Drug Reform, Bill Maher, Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Reform, Los Angeles News

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WATCH: Why Germans May Start Seeing Pot Plants Hanging Around Town

WATCH: Why Germans May Start Seeing Pot Plants Hanging Around Town

On the heels of Uruguay’s recent decision to legalize the sale of marijuana, some Germans are arguing for their own high times.

More than 120 crimi…

Read more: Legal Weed, Legalizing Pot, Legalizing Marijuana, Germany, Marijuana, Hpl, Germany-Marijuana-Plants-Protest, Pot, Weed, World News

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MMJ

US CA: Column: How To Grow Organic Pot

US CA: Column: How To Grow Organic Pot

East Bay Express, 16 Apr 2014 – Tips for harvesting your own sustainably grown medical weed. Spring has sprung, and if you’re thinking about growing some medical cannabis this year, it’s time to get cracking. Growing pot organically in one’s backyard can be a safe, rewarding, affordable way to obtain the botanical remedy. But coaxing decent medicine from the soil takes plenty of time and attention to detail.

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US CO: Colorado: Marijuana: Your Guide To 4/20 In Colorado

US CO: Colorado: Marijuana: Your Guide To 4/20 In Colorado

Colorado Springs Independent, 16 Apr 2014 – Your 4/20 Calendar While July 10 makes its push for relevancy – the date, “710,” is the word “OIL” upside down, a reference to increasingly popular variations of butane-extracted hash oil – April 20 reigns supreme on the cannabis calendar. So with that in mind, here’s where to celebrate this Sunday. (Note: All events are 21 and up.)

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CN AB: Commercial Marijuana Can Bloom In Calgary

CN AB: Commercial Marijuana Can Bloom In Calgary

The Calgary Sun, 15 Apr 2014 – Commercial medical marijuana grow operations will be allowed in Calgary, as long as they meet Health Canada and city regulations. City councillors voted in favour Monday of amending a bylaw to allow commercial medical grow-ops to exist in industrial areas, after new rules came into effect April 1 barring patients from growing at home.

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US NJ: Column: Want to (Illegally) Smoke Pot on the State

US NJ: Column: Want to (Illegally) Smoke Pot on the State

The Trentonian, 14 Apr 2014 – Wasn’t so long ago police officers used to kick Ed Forchion in his nether regions before they’d arrest him. Now, they ask for his autograph. In short: Things have changed for the NJWeedman. “I was at the Statehouse a few years ago, and I had a weed shirt on,” Forchion recalled. “I wasn’t even there to protest or anything, I just had to run into the bill room, I wanted to read something, but I was banned from the building and I ended up getting kicked in the (groin) and going to jail.” Today? “When I went to pick up my city permit for next week’s rally, a Trenton cop asked me for my autograph,” he said. “Basically, I’m not a wacko now, not some lone dude screaming about smoking weed. Most people agree with me.”

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US MD: Editorial: A Step Toward Sanity

US MD: Editorial: A Step Toward Sanity

Baltimore Sun, 15 Apr 2014 – Maryland Is Right to Be Cautious About Legalizing Pot, but Decriminalization Addresses Some of the Worst Problems of the War on Drugs In 2010, Baltimore police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them – 11 percent of the total – were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of hours by Baltimore police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and others, all of whom had better things to do. That year, Baltimore recorded 224 homicides, ranking it among the five deadliest cities in the nation.

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Activism

US: Finding Golf Clubs, Not Drugs

US: Finding Golf Clubs, Not Drugs

Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr 2014 – Federal Tracking System Is Snaring Law-Abiding Private Pilots Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, said he received quite a welcome when he landed his single-engine Cessna in Detroit two days after leaving his home in Palm Desert. Gina Ferazzi

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US MD: Maryland’s Pot Laws Present Challenges for Police

US MD: Maryland’s Pot Laws Present Challenges for Police

Washington Times, 15 Apr 2014 – Possession of Papers, Pipes Remains Criminal ANNAPOLIS (AP) – A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

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US CO: Company Publicly Releases Marijuana-Vending Machine

US CO: Company Publicly Releases Marijuana-Vending Machine

Washington Times, 15 Apr 2014 – In what seems the natural next step to legalized pot, a Colorado company has brought forward a new vending machine that cuts out the middleman for marijuana sales and gives buyers a speedier, after-hours means of purchasing the drug. It’s called the Zazz machine, and it’s produced by American Green, United Press International reported. It made its debut at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo., at the Herbal Elements shop. The dispensary, in turn, set up the machine outside a local barbecue restaurant in Avon, UPI said.

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US OK: Vote On Medical Marijuana Sought

US OK: Vote On Medical Marijuana Sought

Tulsa World, 12 Apr 2014 – OKLAHOMA CITY – Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana on Friday filed notice with the Secretary of State’s Office that they are trying to get it on the Nov. 4 ballot. Supporters have 90 days after filing the petition, or a determination by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to its sufficiency, whichever is later, to submit the signatures. They are required to obtain 155,216 signatures.

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CN ON: Editorial: Uxbridge Medical Marijuana Farm Deserves

CN ON: Editorial: Uxbridge Medical Marijuana Farm Deserves

The Uxbridge Times Journal, 10 Apr 2014 – A proposal to establish a medical marijuana grow farm in Uxbridge is no doubt a harbinger of the future and the dawn of change. Regardless of whether Uxbridge ultimately becomes home to such an operation or not, evidence is growing that the marijuana plant and its derivatives offer tangible medical benefits to many patients, including those with multiple sclerosis and children who suffer life-threatening seizures.

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Law

CN BC: Doctors Put In Tough Spot

CN BC: Doctors Put In Tough Spot

Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 15 Apr 2014 – Changing Medical Marijuana Regulations Have Left Users in a Smoky State of Mind and Doctors Fuming With Rage. Initially, new Health Canada legislation was supposed to put an end to home grown pot productions directing nearly 40,000 medical marijuana users to buy their green from large-scale commercial operations with a prescription-like document from their doctor.

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CN NF: Burin-Based Federal RCMP Unit Shifts Gears

CN NF: Burin-Based Federal RCMP Unit Shifts Gears

The Southern Gazette, 15 Apr 2014 – While ‘Bootlegging’ Is Still on the Radar, Illegal Drug Trade Now More of a Problem It’s been about a year since a shift in the RCMP at the federal policing level came into effect. Before Apr. 1, 2013, federal units were identified and assigned to specific areas of mandate – customs and excise, drug enforcement or some other specialization.

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New Zealand: Wide Range Of Kiwis Use Drugs

New Zealand: Wide Range Of Kiwis Use Drugs

Timaru Herald, 14 Apr 2014 – An invisible swath of middle-class New Zealanders are drinking heavily and indulging in drugs, a new survey has found. Fairfax Media’s involvement in the Global Drugs Survey on worldwide drug use has for the first time revealed how entrenched alcohol and drugs – both legal and illegal – are in our everyday lives.

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CN BC: Local Medical Pot User Relieved

CN BC: Local Medical Pot User Relieved

Oliver Chronicle, 10 Apr 2014 – Medical marijuana users say they are in a state of limbo after the latest court battle halted implementation of new laws governing pot. New federal laws that would have made it illegal for medical marijuana users to grow their own plants were set to take effect April 1.

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US CO: Pot Businesses May Get Green Light Tonight

US CO: Pot Businesses May Get Green Light Tonight

Pueblo Chieftain, 14 Apr 2014 – City Council is expected to rewrite Pueblo’s moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses tonight to allow three categories of wholesale pot businesses to operate in the city: marijuana growers, product makers and testing companies. The amendments are on the agenda for council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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Reviews

Signs You’re Definitely Way Too High For This Party

Signs You’re Definitely Way Too High For This Party

“Why is everybody staring at me?”

Watch the latest “Commentary On” video from Above Average to see what one woman’s night looked like when she got …

Read more: Video, Commentary on Getting Too High, Marijuana, Funny Videos, Getting Too High, Too High at the Party, Above Average, Commentary On, Getting Too High Parody, Comedy News

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This Is The Marijuana Musical You’ve Been Waiting For

This Is The Marijuana Musical You’ve Been Waiting For

Marijuana legalization has been dominating headlines as of late, bringing tales of Colorado’s edibles and Washington’s dispensaries to nationwide news…

Read more: Musical, Somewhere Maine the Marijuana Musical, Marijuana, Jonathan Leavitt, Theater, Marijuana Musical, Marijuana Legalization, Port City Music Hall, Arts News

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New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised

New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised

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New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised, and 67% want a comprehensive review of our approach to drugs

A new poll by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by Transform Drug Policy Foundation, shows that over half of the public (53%) support cannabis legalisation (legal regulation of production and supply) or decriminalisation of possession of cannabis. Only 1 in 7 support heavier penalties and more being spent on enforcement for cannabis offences. In addition, the survey shows that around two thirds (67%) support a comprehensive independent review of all the possible policy options (from legal market regulation to tougher enforcement) for controlling drugs.

The findings indicate that 45% of mid-market newspaper readers (including Daily Mail and Express readers) support cannabis legalisation (legal regulation of production and supply) or decriminalisation of possession of cannabis, with less than one in five (17%) supporting heavier penalties and more being spent on enforcement for cannabis offences. For tabloid readers these figures are 47% and 20%. Around 65% of mid-market newspaper readers and 66% of tabloid readers support a full review of all drug policy options.

Additional survey findings include:

  • 53% of the public support legal regulation or decriminalisation of cannabis – 50% of Conservative supporters and 55% of Labour supporters also support these options, as do 46% of Daily Mail readers
  • Only 14% of the public (and 17% of Daily Mail readers) support tougher enforcement and heavier penalties for cannabis offences
  • 67% want a comprehensive review of all policy options. 70% of Conservative supporters and 69% of Labour supporters also feel this way, as do 61% of Daily Mail readers
  • When outcomes from Portugal were briefly described, almost 40% of the public support the Portuguese-style decriminalisation of small quantities of drugs for personal possession

A spokesperson for Transform said: “These results show just how far ahead of politicians the public are. Whilst Labour and Conservative politicians shy away from the debate on drugs, around half of their supporters want to see legal regulation of cannabis production and supply or decriminalisation of cannabis possession, and a significant majority want a comprehensive review of our approach to drugs – including consideration of legal regulation. The poll demonstrates that even amongst Daily Mail readers, almost half support less punitive approaches to cannabis, and a majority back an independent review of all options, which may come as a surprise to the paper’s editors.

“Politicians have repeated their ‘tough on drugs’ propaganda for so long that they assume the public are more fearful of change than they really are. In fact the world has changed, and the public are far more progressive than was thought, right across the political spectrum. At the very least the government should heed long standing and growing calls for a review of all policy options, including legal regulation. And as a matter of urgency the coalition should engage in experiments in the Portuguese style decriminalisation of possession of drugs for personal use. Now is the time for the heads of all parties to show the leadership citizens surely deserve.”

Contact

Danny Kushlick, Head of External Affairs: 07970 174 747 danny@tdpf.org.uk

Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst: 07980 213 943 steve@tdpf.org.uk




Notes

1. The full poll data is available here: http://www.tdpf.org.uk/Ipsos_MORI_TPDF_poll.pdf

Technical Details

Ipsos MORI carried out the survey, on behalf of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, between 25th January and 5th February 2013. A sample of 946 British adults aged 18+ completed a face-to-face survey via the Ipsos MORI omnibus. The data has been weighted by gender, social grade, age, region, working status, housing tenure and ethnicity to reflect the known local population profile.

Questions / Definitions

  • Given the subject matter, questions were presented to respondents on showcards with options reversed for some respondents. Respondents read out a letter to indicate their response.
  • Q1 was a split sample question: half sample were asked Q1A half sample were asked Q1B.

Q1A. Possession of illegal drugs is currently a criminal offence in the UK. Some other countries have ‘decriminalised’ possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use. This means that possession of a small quantity for personal use is usually punished with fines (like a speeding fine), or attendance at a drug treatment or education programme, rather than arrest. Under ‘decriminalisation’, drugs are still confiscated. Production and supply to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.

With this in mind, which of the following comes closest to your view of the law in the UK?

  1. The law in the UK should stay as it currently is, so that possession of illegal drugs remains a criminal offence.
  2. The law in the UK should be changed, so that the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs is ‘decriminalised’, as described.
  3. An experimental trial of ‘decriminalisation’ should take place for a limited time period in some parts of the UK, to allow its effectiveness to be evaluated.
  4. Other

Q1B. Possession of illegal drugs is currently a criminal offence in the UK. Some other countries have ‘decriminalised’ possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use. This means that possession of a small quantity for personal use is usually punished with fines (like a speeding fine), or attendance at a drug treatment or education programme, rather than arrest. Under ‘decriminalisation’, drugs are still confiscated. Production and supply to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.

Since this was introduced in Portugal in 2001, and resources were instead spent on healthcare, overall use of drugs rose at a similar rate to neighbouring countries. However, there were higher numbers accessing drug treatment, the justice system spent less time and resources on drug-related crime, and there were falls in problematic drug use, and drug use amongst school age children also fell.

With this in mind, which of the following comes closest to your view of the law in the UK?

  1. The law in the UK should stay as it currently is, so that possession of illegal drugs remains a criminal offence.
  2. The law in the UK should be changed, so that the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs is ‘decriminalised’, as described.
  3. An experimental trial of ‘decriminalisation’ should take place for a limited time period in some parts of the UK, to allow its effectiveness to be evaluated.
  4. Other

Q2. Would you support the government commissioning a full independent review of drug policy, that compared our current system of criminalisation with alternatives, including: increasing the criminal penalties for production, sale and use of drugs; decriminalising drug possession as described; and the legalisation and state regulation of production and supply for some currently illegal drugs?

  1. Yes, I would support a review
  2. No, I would not support a review
  3. Other

Q3. Here are a number of different options for regulating the production, supply and use of cannabis (also sometimes called marijuana, pot, hash, grass, skunk, weed, spliff or joints). Please read through this card and then read out the letter next to the option which you think best matches how you think cannabis should be regulated.



Scenario A. Legal – minimal control


Legal to produce and sell cannabis with minimal control and regulation.

Similar to tea and coffee, there is unrestricted advertising and availability. Only basic trading standards and quality controls apply, with prices, location and number of outlets decided by the market.



Scenario B. Legal – moderate control

Legal production and availability of cannabis with moderate government control and regulation

Similar to the current system for tobacco and alcohol, but cannabis is only available from licensed shops or premises. The number and location of outlets is decided by the government, which also influences prices through taxes or setting minimum prices. Packaging carries health warnings, and advertising and age restrictions apply.

If you are underage and in possession of cannabis, it may be confiscated. Licensed premises selling the drug to anyone underage will be fined, and may lose their license. All unlicensed sales are illegal and may result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario C. Legal – strict control

Legal production and availability of cannabis with strict government control and regulation

Like controlled medicines, cannabis is only available either with a doctor’s prescription for medical uses, and/or bought over the counter from a licensed retailer similar to a pharmacist, trained to give health information and advice. The government decides prices, maximum quantities sold, and the number and location of outlets. Users may be registered, age restrictions apply. Packaging carries health warnings, and branding and advertising are banned.

Any licensed retailers selling cannabis to anyone underage will be fined and may lose their license. All unlicensed sales are illegal and may result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario D. Illegal – decriminalise possession

Illegal to produce and supply, but possession of cannabis does not lead to a criminal record

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Those found in possession of a small amount of cannabis for personal use would not be given a criminal record. But the drug may be confiscated, and the user given a fine (similar to a speeding fine), or a requirement to attend a drug treatment or education programme.

Production and supply of cannabis to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario E. Illegal – current laws apply

Illegal to produce, supply and be in possession of cannabis all lead to a criminal record

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Production, supply and possession for personal use, or to supply others, can result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario F. Illegal – much heavier penalties apply

Illegal to produce, supply and be in possession of cannabis all carry a prison sentence

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Possession for personal use is always punished with a prison sentence, or a young offenders’ institution for under 18s. Production and supply to others is punished with an automatic life prison sentence. Substantially more money would be spent on enforcement against suppliers and users.

ENDS



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New Zealand: Column: Legalising Dope On Back-Burner

New Zealand: Column: Legalising Dope On Back-Burner

The Dominion Post, 06 Jan 2014 – IT’S BEEN great staying at home in Wellington this summer. The combination of awful television and dreadful weather has enabled me to catch up on heaps of reading. But tucked in between the dreary viewing of inane reports on New Year celebrations around the world and heart-breaking road tragedies was an entertaining story about America’s first legal marijuana stores.

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US MI: Column: Domino Effect In Marijuana Decriminalization

US MI: Column: Domino Effect In Marijuana Decriminalization

Metro Times, 01 Jan 2014 – Also, Dr. Sanjay Gupta Switches to Pro-Medical Marijuana Side. One of the most interesting stories I’ve read this past year is that of the Lykovs, a Russian family that lived off the land in the Siberian wilderness for more than 40 years before they were discovered in late 1978. Smithsonian magazine did a big story on them last winter, and versions of it have been making the rounds ever since.

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US: Are Baby Boomers Ready To Give Marijuana A Second Chance?

US: Are Baby Boomers Ready To Give Marijuana A Second Chance?

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Boston Globe, 13 Apr 2014 – Are aging baby boomers ready to rekindle a long-ago love affair with marijuana? That is a weighty question for cultural anthropologists and cool-eyed business analysts alike as the once celebrated, later maligned, but explicitly contraband cannabis plant goes legit – for the first time in nearly 80 years – in a new era of medical and recreational use.

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US MI: Editorial: America Should Slow Down Rush To Legalize Pot

US MI: Editorial: America Should Slow Down Rush To Legalize Pot

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Holland Sentinel, 13 Apr 2014 – The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has stirred optimism among advocates that they can end prohibitions against cannabis across the country. For the first time, a national poll this year showed a majority of Americans in favor of legalization. Seventeen states, including Michigan, allow medical marijuana, and 12 communities in Michigan are facing ballot proposals to legalize or decriminalize marijuana.

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UK: Third Of Scots Turn Up At Work Suffering From Drink Or

UK: Third Of Scots Turn Up At Work Suffering From Drink Or

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Herald, 14 Apr 2014 – One in three of the working population of Scotland has turned up at work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, a ground-breaking survey has revealed. More than 36% have had a drink or used drugs just one or two hours before starting their shift, according to the unique poll.

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US MN: Minnesota Legislature Takes a Break With Much Done

US MN: Minnesota Legislature Takes a Break With Much Done

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Forum, 12 Apr 2014 – ST. PAUL – The looks on Minnesota legislators’ faces before they began a holiday break told the story: They are tired. The 201 legislators put in long hours the past couple of weeks debating and initially passing pretty much every major bill of the 2014 session, often going well after dark just as spring presents Minnesotans with longer days.

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US CO: Editorial: Downtown Marijuana

US CO: Editorial: Downtown Marijuana

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Durango Herald, 08 Apr 2014 – When limited stakes gambling was approved in Colorado, the beneficiaries were to be three mountain towns whose economies were stuck on empty. But, “limited” was not what happened to their main streets. Casinos quickly dominated their economies to the exclusion of almost everything else, leaving their small-town flavor behind. Recreational marijuana outlets will not produce that kind of runaway change to Colorado communities. For one, the investment required to open a marijuana outlet is significant in order to comply with the stringent regulatory framework.

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