Uruguay takes ‘war on drugs’ in new direction: state monopoly over the production and distribution of marijuana

Uruguay has long been at the vanguard of social reform in Latin America. Today, it is on the verge of passing into law one of its most radical ideas yet.

The Broad Front – the center-left coalition that holds power – is proposing a state monopoly over the production and distribution of marijuana, making Uruguay the first national government to sell cannabis directly to citizens. The government says the measure is necessary to combat rising drug-related crime, decrease health risks for users, and counter ineffective US policies on drugs. But within Uruguay, interest groups have labeled the legislation totalitarian, while some international bodies argue it breaches global conventions.  More »

4 Americans Get Medical Pot From the Feds

Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye.
She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government.

The trooper and his supervisor were doubtful. But after a series of calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and her physician, the troopers handed her back the card — and her pot.

For the past three decades, Uncle Sam has been providing a handful of patients with some of the highest grade marijuana around. The program grew out of a 1976 court settlement More »

What The People Want: Abolishment of the TSA and Marijuana Legalization

Earlier this month, the White House launched “We The People“, a website for submitting petitions to the prez (a right guaranteed by the First Amendment). Per Obama’s pledge to make the government more open and accountable, the site will provide “a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country,” according to Whitehouse.gov. “If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”

At this point, “enough support” = 5,000 signatures in 30 days. If you have a petition that gets the attention of a community like Reddit, that’s pretty easy to achieve, meaning the White House is going to need to tell people why marijuana hasn’t been legalized and why the TSA hasn’t been abolished.  More »

Marcus Camby Arrested for Marijuana

NBA veteran Marcus Camby is free on bond after police in suburban Houston arrested him on a charge of marijuana possession.

Camby was in a Porsche pulled over Monday for what police called an equipment violation.

Pearland police Lt. Onesimo Lopez says an officer detected the odor ofmarijuana coming from the vehicle and they found less than two ounces of the drug inside.

Camby and another person inside, Kendal Johnson, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone because the arrest occurred near a school. Both were released on individual $2,000 bonds.

Court records did not show an attorney for either individual.

Camby, who was arrested in 1997 in Connecticut for marijuana possession, played last season with the Portland Trail Blazers. The 15-year NBA veteran is 37 years old.

Interview With Marijuana Legend Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is 78 years old and spent this past summer headlining the multi-act Country Throwdown music festival which now bears his name. The veteran Texan became a country legend by writing classic songs like “Crazy” (most notably a hit for Patsy Cline in 1962) and as a pillar of the “outlaw country” sub-genre. Albums like 1973’s Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages the following year, and 1975’s Red Headed Stranger helped define the so-called Outlaw Movement at the time and remain country music high water marks. But to younger audiences Nelson is perhaps equally well known for his pro-cannabis activism (he’s a co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and biodiesel advocacy (he formed Willie Nelson Biodiesel to market the bio-fuel to truck stops in 2005). Since 1985 Nelson has also been a co-organizer of the annual Farm Aid benefit concert, More »

Oakland hosting nation’s first marijuana street fair

OAKLAND, CA — An unusual event will happen in Oakland this holiday weekend — the city will host the nation’s first marijuana street fair. Some like the idea, some don’t. More »

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