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  • Legalize marijuana and other ways U.S.-Mexico can win drug war

    Tim Padgett
    Time Magazine (US)
    Friday, May 3, 2013

    obama-pena-nieto2There was a lot of drug-war hand-wringing in the U.S. leading up to President Obama’s visit to Mexico. That’s because Mexican President Peña Nieto is in change-the-conversation mode: he wants Washington to focus less on his country’s awful drug violence – some 60,000 narco-related murders in the past seven years, with little sign of abating – and more on its robust economic potential. The fear in some Washington circles is that Peña Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which in its dictatorial 20th-century heyday was every drug lord’s cuate, or best buddy, is putting the fight against Mexico’s vicious cartels on the back burner.

  • Maine panel hears case for marijuana legalization

    The Seattle Times (US)
    Friday, May 3, 2013

    maineWith other states already starting to allow the legal use of marijuana, Maine needs to get ahead of the issue and legalize, regulate and tax the sale of the drug, lawmakers were told. LD 1229, the Act to Tax and Regulate Marijuana, was introduced by State Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland). "This issue is coming to our state," Russell told the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee as it took up the bill she sponsored. It has 35 co-sponsors in the 186-member Legislature.

  • Le Cannabis social club va-t-il être dissous ?

    Le procureur de la République de Tours, Philippe Varin, estime que l’objet du Cannabis social club est illicite
    La Nouvelle République (France)
    Vendredi, 3 may 2013

    Le bras de fer entre le Cannabis social club et les autorités judiciaires a connu un nouvel épisode. Le 4 mars dernier, les membres fondateurs du Cannabis social club français s'étaient rendus à la préfecture d'Indre-et-Loire pour déposer les statuts de cette association dont le but officiel est de fédérer les Cannabis social clubs qui devaient être créés un peu partout en France. Lors d'une audience civile, le procureur de la République de Tours, Philippe Varin, a demandé la dissolution de cette fédération. (Lire aussi: Les Cannabis Social Club assignés à Tours)

  • NDP, Green party okay with research trial of marijuana use

    The Vancouver Sun (Canada)
    Friday, May 3, 2013

    B.C.’s New Democratic and Green parties say they would not oppose a research trial to evaluate the regulation of adult marijuana use, which would be a step towards taking pot use out of the criminal realm, according to Stop the Violence BC. The B.C. Liberals said a research trial would have to be initiated by the federal government and only then would they give the proposal “serious consideration.”

  • Maastricht mayor to clamp down on cannabis cafe foreign sales

    DutchNews (Netherlands)
    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    onno-hoesMaastricht mayor Onno Hoes has warned the city's 13 cannabis cafes that he will take legal action if they go ahead with plans to sell marijuana to non-residents on Sunday. The local cannabis cafe association issued a statement earlier saying that all outlets will sell to people who do not live in the Netherlands when the Netherlands celebrates the end of World War II. (See also: Maastricht to get less strict on cannabis sales to foreigners?)

  • A rising marijuana reform tide at the Statehouses

    Drug War Chronicle (US)
    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    In the wake of the marijuana legalization victories in Colorado and Washington last November, and buoyed by a series of national public opinion polls showing support for pot legalization going over the tipping point, marijuana reform legislation is being introduced at state houses across the land at levels never seen before. According to a legislative activity web page maintained by the Marijuana Policy Project, decriminalization bills have been introduced in 10 states.

  • DEA: Warning letters to 11 pot dispensaries don’t signal war on state law

    The Seattle Times (US)
    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    The Drug Enforcement Administration sent cease-and-desist letters to 11 medical-marijuana dispensaries because they are within 1,000 feet of schools or other prohibited areas. The DEA maintains that the crackdown does not signal a federal war on Washington state’s new legal-pot law. Despite Washington state’s new legal recreational-pot law, enacted by voter-approved Initiative 502, all forms of marijuana remain illegal under federal law.

  • Colorado House gives initial approval to marijuana tax measure

    The Denver Post (US)
    Monday, April 29, 2013

    Colorado lawmakers tried to find the Goldilocks level for recreational marijuana taxes — an amount neither too high to discourage voters from approving it nor too low to pay the costs of pot legalization. At the end of the debate, the state House gave initial approval to a bill that proposes a 15 percent excise tax and an initial 10 percent special sales tax on recreational marijuana, over the objection of Republicans who said the tax rates are too much.

  • Clubbers mix former legal high mephedrone with ecstasy, despite ban

    Research shows that polydrug use is increasingly common
    The Observer (UK)
    Sunday, April 28, 2013

    Clubbers are regularly taking the former legal high mephedrone alongside ecstasy and cocaine, a trend that experts warn could have grave health implications. Research found that polydrug use was now the norm among clubbers, who are happy to mix legal, newly banned and established illegal club drugs. It indicates that criminalising drugs has little effect on consumption other than to provide new revenue streams for dealers selling established illicit substances. Experts say the findings are important because what happens on the club scene is often copied by wider society later on.

  • Councils increase pressure for legal cannabis production

    DutchNews (Netherlands)
    Saturday, April 27, 2013

    At least 10 of the Netherlands’ local councils have already or will soon submit plans to the justice ministry asking to be allowed to approve commercial marijuana growing. Newspaper Trouw showed councils are highly critical of official government policy on marijuana and say legalised production would remove organised crime from the equation. ‘Marijuana does not fall from the sky,’ said Heerlen mayor Paul Depla. (See also: Plan to ban strong marijuana unworkable, experts say)

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