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Three New Marijuana Reform Bills Being Introduced in Texas

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project AUSTIN, TX — As part of the Marijuana Policy Project’s multi-year legislative campaign in Texas, the Washington, DC based organization is developing bill proposals to address marijuana decriminalization, as well as allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons and eventually regulating it similarly to alcohol for adults in …

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New York Mayor de Blasio Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest Crusade

By Drug Police Alliance NEW YORK: A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg …

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Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on Whether Cannabis Should be Removed as a Schedule 1 Drug

By Paul Armentano, NORML Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute designating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM. Members of Congress initially …

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Georgia Homeowner Killed in Fruitless Drug Raid

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org A Georgia SWAT team shot and killed an armed homeowner during a September 24 drug raid sparked by the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property the previous day.  No drugs were found. David Hooks, 59, becomes the 34th person to die in US domestic …

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6 Tips for Sexing Your Marijuana Plants

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com One of the most annoying things about growing marijuana is that you have to accurately determine the sex of your plant. Many growers want to keep their female plants from being fertilized because it is the only way to ensure sinsemilla buds. These buds don’t have seeds and they will have …

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7 Ways to Keep Pests off Marijuana Plants

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com For centuries, gardeners have had to deal with pests of many varieties. Whether they are birds, insects, mammals, or even other humans, cultivated plants seem to have a target on their backs. While humans don’t really eat raw cannabis, some pests certainly seem to like the taste. If left unchecked, an …

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This is How You Create Strong Marijuana Plants

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com All cannabis plants start as seeds, and they all require water to germinate properly. Each seed contains a full, little plant that has a root, stem, and a couple of leaves. There are also enough nutrients in the seed for it to survive the first portion of its life. During germination, …

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California Fair Sentencing Act Signed Into Law

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org California Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act, which will undo racial disparities in the sentencing of cocaine offenders under laws passed during the crack cocaine hysteria of the 1980s. Brown did not issue a signing statement. The law, Senate Bill 1010, eliminates sentencing disparities between crack …

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Study: CBD Administration Associated with Improved Quality of Life in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

By Paul Armentano, NORML The administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid, is associated with improved quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease, according clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Investigators at the University of São Paulo in Brazil assessed the efficacy of CBD versus placebo in …

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Had Enough Drug War Yet? Man Suing Baltimore Police for Sodomizing Him on a Public Sidewalk

By Mike Sawyer, TheFreeThoughtProject.com Baltimore, MD — Jermaine Lyons was riding his bike on May 3, 2013 on his way to the park when he was stopped at a store in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue. According to the lawsuit, police asked Lyons if he had any drugs on him, to which he …

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