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New DEA Chief to Focus Less on Cannabis, May Improve Methods to Reclassify and Declassify Cannabis

By Marijuana Business Daily The incoming head of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly will focus less on marijuana and instead put more resources toward harder drugs such as heroin, which could relieve some pressure on cannabis businesses in states without strong regulations on the industry. Chuck Rosenberg – who served as chief of staff to …

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President Obama Selects Chuck Rosenberg to Head DEA

By Drug Policy Alliance DEA Increasingly Scrutinized as States Legalize Marijuana and Public Opinion Turns Against Failed Drug War A senior F.B.I. official and former U.S. attorney, Chuck Rosenberg, has been selected by President Obama as acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rosenberg has served as the chief of staff to the F.B.I. director, …

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Growing Cannabis Outdoors; A Detailed Guide

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com If you smoke heavily, you will only need the harvest from between five and seven large female marijuana plants for the entire year – assuming they were grown properly and are as healthy as possible, of course. When translated into choosing the best place for growing cannabis, this means that you …

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Hemp and Medical Cannabis Bills Advance in Missouri

By John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis On Monday, both HB 830, which would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Missouri, and SB 386, which would allow doctors to recommend CBD oil for disorders other than intractable epilepsy, were approved by legislative committees. The hemp bill was voted out of the Senate Agriculture, Food Production, and …

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Montana Legislature Votes to Require Conviction for Asset Forfeiture

By Scott Shackford, Reason.com Another state legislature has massively voted in favor of reforming their asset forfeiture laws to require criminal conviction. Today Montana’s House of Representatives joined the state’s Senate in passing some major updates to its asset forfeiture laws to make it harder to take the property of its citizens—particularly the innocent ones. …

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Cannabis Associated With Seizure Control In Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy, Finds Study

By Paul Armentano, NORML The administration of oral cannabis extracts is associated with the mitigation of seizures in adolescents with epilepsy, according to clinical data published this month in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Researchers from the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver performed a retrospective chart review of 75 children provided cannabis extracts. Authors reported …

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Confirmed: DEA Head Michele Leonhart Stepping Down

By Paul Armentano, NORML Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart is stepping down, US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed. Members of the US House Oversight Committee gave Leonhart a vote of “no confidence” last week after an Office of the Inspector General report revealed that senior DEA officials had participated in sex parties arranged …

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NYC Teen Suspected of Smoking Cannabis Dies After Falling from Building to Escape Police

By Reuters NEW YORK, NY — A 17-year-old boy died on Saturday from injuries he sustained falling six stories from a New York City building rooftop as he tried to escape police investigating a report of teenagers smoking marijuana, law enforcement said. Hakeem Kuta, of the Bronx, died Saturday morning after being in critical condition …

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New Mexico Ends Civil Asset Forfeiture

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org In a historic move, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) yesterday signed into law a bill that will end civil asset forfeiture by law enforcement in the state, a practice widely known as “policing for profit.” The measure is House Bill 560. Under civil asset forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize …

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Medical Cannabis and Hemp Legalization Bills Move Forward in Missouri

By Aaron Malin, Show-Me Cannabis Last week was an excellent one for cannabis legalization efforts in the Missouri legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 255, which allows licensed individuals to grow industrial hemp. Along with HB 830, this bill represents the very real prospect that Missouri could return to …

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Study Finds Mexican Troops Did Not Stem Drug-War Killings, May Have Led to Increase

By Elisabeth Malkin, The New York Times MEXICO CITY — Rival drug gangs battle over territory. The murder rate rises and helpless residents implore the government to restore order. The government sends soldiers to keep the peace. But instead, the violence gets worse. The story was repeated many times during the six-year term of President …

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Parkinson’s Patients Report Subjective Relief From Cannabis, Finds New Study

By Paul Armentano, NORML AURORA, CO — Patients with Parkinson’s self-report cannabis to be a highly efficacious alternative medicine in the treatment of the disease, according to survey data published online ahead of print in the journal Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Investigators reported that cannabis use remains comparatively uncommon among patients with Parkinson’s disease. …

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Growing Cannabis At The Cellular Level

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com There are millions of varying kinds of cells that make up a cannabis plant. The different cell types vary in their function, and they all work together as a sort of cell team. Cells for the leaves, roots, vascular system are just a few examples of the different cell functions and …

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City Official Calls Vietnam Vet “The Enemy” for His Use of Cannabis

By Matt Algorist, TheFreeThoughtProject.com Maricopa County, AZ — A video was submitted to the Free Thought Project Sunday, which illustrates the brutal insanity of the state’s War on Drugs. The video was taken during a heated debate on whether or not to legalize marijuana in Arizona. Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery, and Attorney Marc Victor went …

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New York Department of Health Issues Final Medical Cannabis Regulations

By Drug Policy Alliance New York State Officials Ignore Patients, Providers and Industry Experts to Instead Pursue One of the Nation’s Most Unworkable Medical Marijuana Programs ALBANY, NY — Late Tuesday, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released the final regulations for New York’s medical marijuana program. The announcement followed a period of …

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