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Denver Council Votes to Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales

Yesterday Denver’s City Council held an informal vote on whether or not the city should opt-out of the newly-legal recreational marijuana industry: Of the 11 members who voted (some abstained), only one voted in favor of opting out (Council member Jeanne Faatz), with the remaining 10 voting in favor of allowing retail outlets which would …

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Louisiana Senate Committee Approves Measure Reducing Marijuana Penalties, Ending Mandatory Minimums

A measure designed to significantly reduced the penalties for marijuana possession in Louisiana has taken another step forward this morning as the state’s Senate Judiciary committee approved the proposal with a 4 to 2 vote. The measure (House Bill 103) – which has already been approved by the House – now heads to the full …

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New Data Confirms Racist Nature of Marijuana Prohibition

New data released by the American Civil Liberties Union – which tracked marijuana arrests by race in all 50 states – found that African Americans were nearly four times more likely than someone who’s white to be arrested on a marijuana possession charge in 2010, despite their rate of consumption being roughly the same. In …

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New York Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill

Today the full New York Assembly passed Assembly Bill 6357 – the Compassionate Care Act – by a vote of 95 to 38. If the measure becomes law, it will legalize the use and distribution (via dispensaries) of medical marijuana in New York. The bill now heads to the Senate, where, according to its primary …

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Nevada Legislature Approves Measure Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By a vote of 28 to 14, Nevada’s Assembly has just approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries. The proposal – Senate Bill 374 – has already been approved by the state’s Senate with a 17 to 4 vote. Given that there were changes made to the licensing fees, it will head back to the …

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Hundreds Rally For an End to Marijuana Prohibition in Georgia

Today hundreds of Georgians rallied in downtown Tbilisi – the nation’s capital – to demand the legalization of marijuana. Part of the inspiration for the protest was a recent announcement from David Sergeyenko, Minister of Labor, Health-Care, and Social Protections, stating that his ministry is discussing the possible legalization of marijuana with Georgia’s Justice Ministry.

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Hemp History Week Begins Today

Hemp is a plant with a massive historical significance, dating back thousands of years. In the U.S., it was once used as currency – in colonial times, hemp production was mandated in order to assure a steady supply of easily the most diverse plant on the planet. To celebrate the history, and the future, of …

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New Research: 48% of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

A recently-released Pew Research Center survey has found that 48% of adults have tried marijuana in their life, up from 40% just three years ago. 12% have consumed marijuana within the past year. Among that group, 47% stated that they consumed cannabis for recreational purposes, compared with 30% who cited a medical reason for its …

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Independence Party of Minnesota Adopts Marijuana Legalization Platform

The Independence Party of Minnesota adopted a party platform yesterday calling for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana, meaning that they not only support such a move, but will be working towards it. The platform was adopted after a vote which took place at the party’s annual convention. “Party members spoke to allowing for …

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UFC Softens Marijuana Testing Policy

After months of outcry from fans for a change, and after the World Anti-Doping Agency recently changed its policy regarding marijuana, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has changed its testing policy to be substantially more lenient towards marijuana. Under the new policy someone won’t have “failed” a drug test unless they have at least 150 …

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