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  • Two letters expose rift over new pot law

    Dueling letters highlight the acrimony and politics brewing as Washington begins to write its laws controlling legal marijuana
    The Seattle Times (US)
    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    alison-holcombA handful of legislators recently drew up a letter raising questions and concerns about the law, including whether it can be implemented by December as required under voter-approved Initiative 502. Alison Holcomb, drug-policy director for the ACLU of Washington and one of the law’s sponsors, defended it in a point-by-point response to the letter. Holcomb also implied that some of Hurst’s concerns could lead to a “Big Marijuana” industry whose advertising targets young people.

  • Pot plans: Efforts surge in Congress to reform marijuana laws

    Time Magazine (US)
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    passing-joint3Driven by a groundswell of public opinion, Colorado and Washington State last November became the first states in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. That wave of support, it now seems clear, has echoed through the U.S. Congress, which formally questioned the federal government’s prohibitionist drug policy in the form of marijuana-reform bills. (See also: Legalization hits the Hill)

  • FARC proposes drug legalization at peace talks

    InSight Crime
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    At peace talks in Cuba, Colombian guerrilla group the FARC outlined a proposal to legalize drug consumption and cultivation, complementing reforms that are about to be tabled by the Colombian government. Chief negotiator Marquez called for "an end to policies of criminalization and persecution, [and] the suspension of aerial fumigation and other forms of eradication that are generating negative socio-environmental and economic impacts." (See also: Colombia's Farc proposes legal coca and marijuana crops)

  • California high court seems inclined to uphold bans on pot shops

    Justices are weighing the legality of Riverside's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries
    Los Angeles Times (US)
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    The California Supreme Court appeared inclined to uphold municipal bans against medical marijuana dispensaries. Meeting for oral arguments, the state high court considered the legality of a ban on dispensaries by the city of Riverside. Several justices noted that the state Constitution gives cities wide policing power over land use and suggested that the state's medical marijuana laws have not undercut that authority. (See also: Marijuana dispensary curbs likely to stand)

  • Medical marijuana is greenlit

    Concerns over pricing, insurance coverage remain as bill passes through Senate
    The Prague Post (Czech Republic)
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    cannabis-smoker-czechMedical marijuana may soon be legally sold and available via doctors' prescriptions, with senators overwhelmingly approving the legislation in a 60-7 vote Jan. 30. The bill, which now awaits a presidential signature, marks a major step toward official acceptance of marijuana use in the country, after the Cabinet of Prime Minister Jan Fischer decriminalized possession of "small amounts" of marijuana for personal use in 2009.

  • Federal marijuana tax and regulate bills introduced in Congress

    The Daily Chronic (US web)
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    Members of Congress introduced bills to end marijuana prohibition and start regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol at the federal level. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, which would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol at the federal level. It would also remove marijuana from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). (See also: Colorado Rep. Jared Polis seeks to legalize marijuana at federal level)

  • Wider use of antidote could lower overdose deaths by nearly 50%

    Distributing naloxone and training people to use it can cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half, according to a new study
    Time Magazine (US)
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    naloxoneAround 15,000 people die each year by overdosing on opioid pain relievers such as Oxycontin, a rate that has more than tripled since 1990. The government has tried numerous strategies to reduce the death toll, but those policies have not had a significant effect on death rates from overdoses. Community-based naloxone distribution and training programs have existed in the U.S. since 1996, and have provided the drug to over 50,000 people, leading to 10,000 successful overdose reversals.

  • Effort building to change US pot laws

    The Associated Press (US)
    Monday, February 4, 2013

    An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax. One measure would regulate marijuana the way the federal government handles alcohol: In states that legalize pot, growers would have to obtain a federal permit. Oversight of marijuana would be removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration and given to the newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, and it would remain illegal to bring marijuana from a state where it's legal to one where it isn't.

  • La nouvelle révolte du kif dans le Rif

    À Al Hoceima, des affrontements ont eu lieu entre les habitants de Bni Jmil et Ketama et les forces de l’ordre à cause de la décision d’interdiction de la culture du kif dans la région
    Maroc Hebdo (Morrocco)
    Vendredi, 1 fevrier 2013

    protest-morroccoDes milliers d’habitants des communes de Beni Jmil et de Ketama, province d’Al Hoceima, ont bruyamment manifesté, samedi 26 janvier 2013, devant les sièges du caïdat, de la commune et de la gendarmerie royale, leur mécontentement contre cette décision. Les manifestants, qui scandaient, entre autres slogans, “Des alternatives et du pain”, sont allés jusqu’à barrer la route côtière entre Al Hoceïma et Tétouan avec des amas de pierre, demandant le départ du nouveau commandant de la gendarmerie royale pour son approche sécuritaire dans la gestion de ce dossier. Les protestations ont fini en affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre.

  • Ontario’s top court upholds country’s marijuana laws in medicinal pot case

    The Toronto Star (Canada)
    Friday, February 1, 2013

    matt-mernaghCanada’s ban on marijuana was effectively upheld when Ontario’s top court struck down the country’s laws related to medicinal pot much to the chagrin of activist groups. In overturning a lower court ruling, the Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge had made numerous errors in striking down the country’s medical pot laws. The Appeal Court found the judge was wrong to interpret an earlier ruling as creating a constitutional right to use medical marijuana. Doctors are allowed to exempt patients from the ban on marijuana, but many physicians refuse to prescribe on the grounds its benefits are not scientifically proven.

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