One of the great things about the United States is its one-party political system that has a stranglehold on our elections. “What?!?” say many readers. “The U.S. isn’t governed by one of those repressive and narrow-minded systems that exist in so many other totalitarian and authoritarian countries!” Well, think again Virginia. It’s been said that […]
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WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray stated that he supports decriminalizing marijuana, or removing criminal penalties associated with possession of under one ounce of cannabis. Currently, those caught with less than one ounce of marijuana in D.C. can be sent to jail for up to six months and fined up to […]
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Hundreds of users of medical marijuana protested outside Parliament last week to demand changes to Britain’s strict cannabis laws, a move many experts believe could yield billions of pounds in tax revenue and save the government billions in policing costs. Under current law, it is illegal for British citizens to consume or […]
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KINGSTON, JAMAICA — Lawmakers in Kingston Tuesday debated marijuana decriminalization, even though there is no bill pending or vote scheduled. The move came as the evergreen issue of marijuana law reform picks up momentum in the home of reggae and Rastafari, with other Caribbean and nearby island nations and US states contemplating similar pot law […]
Polls from two more states this week show an increasing acceptance of the need to reform marijuana laws. In a Florida poll, Sunshine State voters said they were ready to back medical marijuana, while in a Maryland poll, Old Line State voters said they were ready to decriminalize and/or legalize the weed. Voters in the […]
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VANCOUVER, BC – Law enforcement-based efforts criminalizing the possession of illicit substances have largely failed to reduce drug production, potency, or access, according to an assessment of global drug interdiction efforts published online this week by the British Medical Journal. Investigators from Canada and the United States reviewed government data to assess the long-term, global impact of enforcement-based supply reduction intervention […]
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BERN, SWITZERLAND — As of this week, the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a criminal offense in Switzerland. Instead, the Swiss have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of weed, replacing possible jail time and a criminal record with a maximum fine of $110. The new law went into effect Tuesday. […]
SACRAMENTO, CA — Thirteen states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government have already passed laws making simple drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony, and the momentum appears to be growing. A bill in California to do something similar has passed the legislature and is currently sitting on the governor’s desk, and […]
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Marijuana arrests in 2012 Philadelphia continued with a distributing trend of racial disparity, according to figures released today by Philly NORML, the local affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Using data from the Pennsylvania Uniform CrimeReporting System, the chapter’s annual arrest report has been issued for the last seven years. The […]
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KALAMAZOO, MI — A poll released Friday finds a majority of Michiganders in favor of reforming the state’s marijuana laws, and nearly half in favor of legalizing and regulating the herb. The poll, conducted by pollsters Epic-MRA for Michigan NORML, comes as the state’s activists attempt to lay the groundwork for moving a decriminalization bill in the legislature […]