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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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Here Comes Italy: The Next Country to Legalize Cannabis?

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org An effort to legalize marijuana is getting underway in the Italian parliament, with some 60 lawmakers having signed onto a motion to do just that by the time it was rolled-out three weeks ago. Now, the “all party” group is getting to work on the twin tasks of drafting an actual …

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Justice Department: DEA Agents had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes Paid for by Drug Cartels

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French, Politico.com Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday. In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during …

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Study Finds Cannabis Use Linked With Lower Diabetes Risk In HIV/HPC Patients

By Paul Armentano, NORML Marseille, France: A history of cannabis use is positively associated with a lower risk of insulin resistance (IR) in HIV/Hepatitis C co-infected patients, according to a longitudinal analysis published online ahead of print in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Insulin resistance is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes. French investigators …

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Now Is The Time To Support Cannabis Law Reform In Your State

By Paul Armentano, NORML Marijuana law reform legislation is presently pending in over 30 states. Is your state one of them? Visit NORML’s online ‘Take Action Center’ here to find out. By clicking this link, you will have access to up-to-date bill status information. You can also quickly contact your elected officials and urge their …

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