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Uruguay: the world's laboratory for marijuana legalisation

The Guardian: If the marijuana legalization proposal becomes a law, Uruguay will be the first country to legalize the cannabis commercialization, a move other countries will no doubt watch and maybe follow. "It is not like 'viva la pepa' (let the good times roll ...
Thousands rally at Extravaganja for marijuana legalization

- 3 days ago @ wwlp.com: Toting lawn chairs in one hand and joints in the other, thousands gathered in downtown Amherst to do more than celebrate the culture of marijuana. At the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition's Extravaganja, they rallied for legalizing weed in Massachusetts.

Marijuana legalization far off in South Carolina

- 3 days ago @ ri.search.yahoo.com: The trend that has led to an easing of marijuana laws in dozens of states has gained a toehold in South Carolina

Will legalization spark marijuana research?

- 2 days ago @ columbian.com: And as the legalization and sales process moves along and marijuana becomes more readily available in Washington and Colorado, that sort of knowledge could certainly be useful. But while the research suggests a possible dosage problem for women, ...

The Five States Most Likely to Next Legalize Marijuana

- 2 days ago @ guardianlv.com: Colorado and Washington are the only two states that have passed laws on legally using marijuana but individuals all across the United States are wondering if their state is going to be next. However it takes more than just curiosity. There have to be ...

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Initiative group wants Alaskans to vote against marijuana legalization effort

Alaska Dispatch: But advertising is just one of the reasons why the group thinks marijuana legalization is a bad idea in Alaska. Deborah Williams cited some preliminary scientific studies that suggest prolonged marijuana use affects brain development as well as an ...

Marijuana legalization takes economy to a new high

Marijuana is literally now available at the push of a button as the first vending machine was unveiled on Saturday in Avon, Colo. Although similar mechanisms are already in use for registered dispensaries in states where the drug is sanctioned for medical use, this is the first machine designed for the recreational user. It allows customers to buy marijuana directly at their convenience, rather ...

Study: Marijuana legalization doesn't increase crime

MSNBC: Three months after Colorado residents legalized recreational marijuana with the passage of Amendment 64 in Nov. 2012, Sheriff Tom Allman of Mendocio County, Calif. – a haven for marijuana growers – warned that an onslaught of crime was headed toward ...

Jail Time Replaced With Fines: Gov. O'Malley Signs Marijuana Decriminalization

CBS Local: ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Maryland joins 17 other states in decriminalizing marijuana. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill Monday that replaces jail time with fines for possession of small amounts. Political reporter Pat Warren has more on the new law.

Marijuana, the cash crop that may be headed for your state

Should marijuana-laced gummy worms candy be sold in states where recreational pot use is legal? They are in Colorado. Should women in bikinis be allowed to parade down city streets wearing sandwich boards that say "Joints $5?" They do in Colorado.

Marijuana legalization raises logistical questions

Is your state considering legalizing marijuana? Here are eight issues to research and discuss before the debate even begins, courtesy of Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center and a co-author of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know."

Pros and cons of marijuana legalization

The eventual legalization of marijuana may seem inevitable. But that doesn't mean advocates on both sides of the issue have stopped fighting for and against it.

Eric Holder 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Marijuana Legalization In Washington

Huffington Post: But the nation's top law enforcement official, who spoke to The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday, also said it was tough to predict where marijuana legalization will be in 10 years. "I'm not just saying that, I think it's hard to tell," Holder ...

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Holder 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And

Huffington Post: But the nation's top law enforcement official, who spoke to The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday, also said it was tough to predict where marijuana legalization will be in 10 years. "I'm not just saying that, I think it's hard to tell," Holder ...

Eric Holder 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Marijuana Legalization

Huffington Post: But the nation's top law enforcement official, who spoke to The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday, also said it was tough to predict where marijuana legalization will be in 10 years. "I'm not just saying that, I think it's hard to tell," Holder ...

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OUR VIEW — America should slow down rush to legalize pot

HollandSentinel.com: The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has stirred optimism among advocates that they can end prohibitions against cannabis across the country. For the first time, a national poll this year showed a majority of Americans in favor of ...

Students, faculty and community members discuss the legalization of marijuana

A small cluster of people gathered in Sikeston on March 25 to listen and debate the potential legalization of marijuana in Missouri.

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Eric Holder 'cautiously optimistic' about marijuana legalization

MSNBC: Attorney General Eric Holder said it's tough to predict what direction Americans will take marijuana laws in the next decade, but he remains “cautiously optimistic” about the success of the ongoing experiments with legalizing recreational weed in ...

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Rhode Island Lawmakers to Hold Hearings on Marijuana Legalization Wednesday

The Daily Chronic: PROVIDENCE, RI — Lawmakers in the Rhode Island House will hold hearings on several marijuana related bills Wednesday, including a bill to legalize marijuana in the Ocean State. The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Wednesday at the ...

@ ISSUE: To legalize pot… or not

Dailyrecord.com: A bill to legalize marijuana in New Jersey has been introduced by Democratic lawmakers in both the Senate and the Assembly, even though Gov. Chris Christie has indicated he would veto it. The sponsors argue that taxing marijuana would help raise badly ...

Pot Accessories Remain Criminal Offense Under New Marijuana Law

A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

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How Five Pot-Farming Brothers Are Convincing Evangelicals To Embrace

Huffington Post: Jesse Stanley sees marijuana as “God's plant.” He is one of five brothers—all alums of an evangelical high school—who grow medical marijuana from their two dispensaries in Colorado Springs, Colo. As he put it to the website FaithStreet: “God is ...

Family bonds holding marijuana business together showing strains

This is the second in an occasional series of articles on Year One of recreational pot sales in Colorado told through the lens of one business, Medicine Man in northeast Denver.

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Legalizing marijuana may decrease violent crime, studies say

ksl.com: "We believe that medical marijuana legalization poses no threat of increased violent crime," Robert Morris, the study's lead author, said to the Huffington Post. "In fact, for some forms of violence — homicide and assault — we found partial support ...

Legalizing marijuana may decrease violent crime, studies say

Legalizing marijuana may decrease the amount of crime, according to new studies recently released.

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