New Associated Press Poll Finds Record-High Support for Legalizing Cannabis

Cannabis_painNew polling released today by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago has found record-high support for legalizing recreational cannabis in the United States.

According to the poll, 61% of adults in the U.S. support legalizing cannabis, with 39% in opposition; 0% remain undecided.

Of those that said they support legalizing cannabis, 33% believe that there should be no restrictions on a person’s possession limit, while 43% believe that it should be limited to small amounts.

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New Side-Effect of Washington’s Marijuana Law: Youth Possession Now a Felony

By Associated Press

A prosecutor in southeastern Washington has charged three teens with felonies for marijuana poteen felonyssession, saying a new law demands the higher level of offense.

The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho reports (http://goo.gl/g8Xhpl) three teens ages 14, 15 and 17 have been charged in nearby Asotin County, Wash., with felonies that could net them up to five years in prison.

The offense was previously a misdemeanor with a maximum 90-day jail sentence.

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Police Raid Club Of Former Reporter Who Quit on Live TV to Advocate for Cannabis Legalization

By Associated Press

Charlo Greene, CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club.
Charlo Greene, CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police served search warrants at marijuana activist Charlo Greene’s Alaska Cannabis Club after receiving reports of illegal marijuana sales.

The police took marijuana and impounded a Dodge Dakota and a Jeep Liberty on Friday, KTUU reported.

Greene is a former television reporter who gained notoriety when she quit her job on live TV in September with an expletive and announced she’s becoming an advocate to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska.

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New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Cannabis

A majority of cannamissouriAmericans support legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes according to the newest General Social Survey, which has been measuring trends in American opinion and behavior since 1972.

The survey, which is conducted by the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, puts wide-ranging and long-running questions about a large array of issues to the public. Data from the survey was analyzed by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the General Social Survey.

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Anti-Marijuana Candidate Loses in Uruguay Primary

By Associated Press

The biggest threat to Uruguay’s new legal marijuana market has lost his party’s presidential primary.uruguaycannabis

Sen. Jorge Larranaga had been a favorite to represent the National Party this year and strongly opposes the new law, which puts the ruling Broad Front government at the center of a regulated marijuana industry. The government’s aim is to defeat organized crime by producing cheaper, better, legal weed and selling it in pharmacies to registered adults.

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Government Report: Bermuda Should Legalize Medical Cannabis, Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

By Associated Press

A report commissioned by the government of Bermuda has endorsed legalizing marijuana for medicalbermuda purposes and decriminalizing personal use of the drug.

The report from the Cannabis Reform Collaborative, which began reviewing drug laws in the British island territory in December, concluded that prosecutions for non-violent offenses related to marijuana are overwhelming the criminal justice system and disproportionately target non-white and immigrant populations.

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Minnesota House Approves Medical Cannabis Measure, Governor Announces Support

Minnesota’s full House of Representatives approved a a proposal today with an 86 to 39 vote to establish a medical cannabis study. Shortly after the vote Governor Mark Dayton announced that he would be willing to signmedicalcannabissymbol the measure into law if sent to him. The proposal will now head to the state’s Senate.

After the vote in the House, families were seen pumping their fists in celebration, and breaking into a round of hugs, according to the Associated Press.

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President Obama Commutes Sentences For 8 Drug Convictions, Calls for Sentencing Reform

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the obamamost expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.

All eight were sentenced under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses harsher than those involving the powder form of the drug. Obama also pardoned 13 others for various crimes.

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