Trump Cuts the Legs Out from Under Sessions’ War on Weed

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President Trump last week signaled a dramatic turnaround in administration marijuana policy, telling Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner that the Justice Department would not go after state-legal marijuana in Colorado and that he would support moves to address the contradiction between legal marijuana states and federal pot prohibition. That puts Trump in line with his […]

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Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed

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Chuck Schumer is Ready to Legalize Weed | Phillip Smith

The Senate’s highest-ranking Democrat is letting his freak flag fly. In a Thursday night interview with VICE News, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he is crafting legislation that would result in the effective end of federal marijuana prohibition. Schumer has previously supported medical marijuana and allowing states the right to experiment with legalization, but this […]

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Five Reasons Trump Needs to Think Twice Before Waging War on Weed

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Five Reasons Trump Needs to Think Twice Before Waging War on Weed | Phillip Smith

White House press secretary Sean Spicer‘s comment last week that we “will see greater enforcement” of federal marijuana prohibition has set off tremors in the pot industry, but it should be setting off warning bells at the White House itself. Any move against marijuana would be politically fraught, economically foolish, and counter to some of […]

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North Americans Spend Almost as Much on Weed as They Do on Wine

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North Americans Spend Almost as Much on Weed as They Do on Wine | Phillip Smith

Move over, Napa Valley, there’s a new kid on the block. When it comes to spending on mind-altering substances, Americans and Canadians are shelling out just about as much for marijuana as they do for wine. In its executive summary of a yet-to-be-released report, Arcview Marijuana Research pegs the size of the North American marijuana […]

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Can cannabis gelato change Italy's attitude to weed?

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Can cannabis gelato change Italy's attitude to weed?
The gelato is made with shelled hemp seeds, which De Michelis says contain minimal and legal traces of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in Cannabis. Surprisingly, De Michelis says the shop's weed-infused range of treats, which includes …
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Cannabis use linked to worse treatment outcomes for psychosis patients
Patients experiencing a first episode of psychosis may endure worse treatment outcomes if they use cannabis, say researchers, after finding that such patients are 50% more likely to be admitted to the hospital after initial treatment than non-users of …
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Bob Marley-Branded Marijuana Adds to Growing Weed Market

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Bob Marley-Branded Marijuana Adds to Growing Weed Market
Backed by Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based private equity firm focused on the cannabis indsutry, the Marley Natural brand is clearly designed to appeal to a wider customer base than college kids with a Bob Marley "Legend" poster on their dorm room wall.
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Marijuana Legalization: Elizabeth Warren Wants CDC To Study How Legal Weed

Marijuana Legalization: Elizabeth Warren Wants CDC To Study How Legal Weed
As reported by the Washington Post, the Massachusetts lawmaker wrote a letter to Tom Friedan, the head of the CDC, requesting the agency to examine how both recreational and medical marijuana legalization would affect the number of opioid overdose …
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Vermont Governor's Statement On Senate Committee Passage Of Marijuana
vermont marijuana decriminalization There are half a dozen states that have a shot at legalizing recreational marijuana via citizen initiative in 2016 in my opinion – California, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Maine, and Massachusetts. There are also …
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Marijuana, Cannabis, Ganja, Weed, Grass, Pot, Reefer, or Maryjane: What's In a

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Marijuana, Cannabis, Ganja, Weed, Grass, Pot, Reefer, or Maryjane: What's In a
Some who are new to the issue, when they first discover the racist under-pinning's of both marijuana prohibition, and the word “marijuana” itself, naively think if we could just stop using the word “marijuana,” and instead use “cannabis” or some other …
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Three jailed after police uncover "commerical scale" cannabis operation across
A gang of cannabis growers who set up five different farms in Liverpool and Wirral were sentenced today. Three of the men were jailed for a total of six years and eight months at Liverpool Crown Court while two people were given suspended sentences for …
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Boxed cannabis lands man in jail
Torto, who used to run a supermarket in Smith St and has worked as a paralegal, purchased almost 4½kg – 10lbs – of cannabis in Melbourne in October, 2014. He packed it into 1lb packages, which he layered in heat-sealed plastic bags to eliminate odour …
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Marijuana Legalization 2016 Risks: Weed Causes Long-Term Verbal Memory Loss

Smoke Two Joints in the Morning, Smoke Two More at Night, Legalizing Marijuana is the Number One Suggestion in President Obama’s Virtual Suggestion Box
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The Register published a story yesterday regarding President-Elect Barak Obama’s experiment with a public suggestion box over at change.gov. Change.gov is a sort of government suggestion box where people can ask questions or offer suggestions to the newly elected President that supposedly he’s going to consider. Users on the site can vote suggestions up or down. And the top suggestion amongst the thousands offered to the new President. Yep, you got it, people wanna get high, legally.

From the Register:

"Obama’s Change.gov site will close down its internet suggestion box today, after a week of taking suggestions and opinions on the new administration’s executive policy from the web public at large. In standard Web 2.0 fashion, users can vote up or down on existing entries — the theory being that the best schemes will rise to top.

Supposedly, the "top ideas" will be presented directly to the new Commander-in-chief in the form of a "Citizen’s Briefing Book" following his inauguration on January 20.

Barring any massive last-minute changes, the tip-top idea will be best summarized by the philosopher/poet Chris Tucker in his cinematic role as Smokey: "I’m gunna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job…and you ain’t got shit to do."

There are lots of other interesting ideas that the general public has come up with including suggestions for bullet trains and light rail, ending Govt sponsored abstinence programs, creating a more green country, etc. But top of the list is legalizing pot.

Barack Obama of course is the first President who has admitted that he smoked pot in the past and actually inhaled frequently because "that was the point."

With the budget woes that are currently facing the country, certainly legalizing marijuana could provide for a windfall of Government revenue. It was largely the need for tax revenues that got the government to end the prohibition against alcohol back after the Great Depression. In an interesting editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle last week the tax benefits of legalizing marijuana were raised once again with the argument being made that the State of California could possibly address our current budget woes by a tax on the popular drug:

"The marijuana crop is valued at .8 billion annually – nearly double the value of our vegetable and grape crops combined. Our state is the nation’s top marijuana producer. Indeed, the average annual value of our marijuana crop is more than the combined value of wheat and cotton produced in the entire United States.

According to government surveys, 14.5 million Americans use marijuana at least monthly but both the producers and consumers of this crop escape paying any taxes whatsoever on it. While precise figures are impossible given the illicit nature of the market, it is reasonable to suggest that California could easily collect at least .5 billion and maybe as much as billion annually in additional tax revenue, if we took marijuana out of the criminal underground and taxed and regulated it, similar to how handle beer, wine and tobacco."

It will be interesting what our new President has to say about legalizing marijuana if he has the political gumption to actually broach the subject. Certainly almost 100,000 people on the internet have. One person though who it looks like doesn’t support marijuana legalization is Obama’s pick for Surgeon General, Sanjay Gupta.

Marijuana Legalization 2016 Risks: Weed Causes Long-Term Verbal Memory Loss
Marijuana advocates have long touted the plant as a safe substance, arguing it has similar risk factors to alcohol, if not fewer. A new study has found, however, that long-term use may impair verbal memory, Reuters reported Tuesday. “Recreational …
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Patrick Oglesby: Sharing the wealth from marijuana legalization
Wait — won't marijuana taxes be regressive – the opposite of sharing the wealth? Well, even if consumers bear the tax, legalization as a whole will avoid regressivity, so long as the total price of taxed legal marijuana is no higher than current black …
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