Nearly 500,000 Pot Arrests in Liberal California

A new Drug Policy Alliance report, "It's Not Legal Yet: Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California in the Last Decade," says cops continue to arrest people in the Golden State for cannabis-related offen...

Maryland Considers Drug Decriminalization

The state of Maryland is considering drug decriminalization. On Tuesday Maryland's House of Delegates was scheduled to hold the state's first ever legislative hearing on eliminating criminal penalties for su...

Mexican High Court Says Marijuana Is a Right

The Mexican Supreme Court this week said individuals should have the right to cultivate and use marijuana. While the ruling wasn't binding, it was widely viewed as opening the door to legal challenges that c...

United Nations Leans Toward Decriminalization

The United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime reportedly prepared a briefing paper calling for nations to end the international War on Drugs and decriminalize self medication. This according to Sir Richard B...

White House Removes Roadblock to Marijuana Research

The White House this week removed a major hurdle for marijuana researchers, the loathed Public Health Service (PHS) Review. The review meant that each individual request to use pot for legitimate university ...

Meet the New DEA Boss. Same as the Old Boss?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the most backwards, anti-marijuana bureaucracy in the federal government, has a new boss. Hallelujah, you say. Such praise could be premature. But former U.S. Att...
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Feds Say They Will Defy Law and Target Medical Pot

In December President Obama signed into law an omnibus federal spending bill that included a special amendment that would deny money for federal prosecution and enforcement against medical marijuana providers a...

Colorado Legalization Has Almost Snuffed Out Pot Arrests

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to come to the conclusion that legalization of recreational marijuana will make pot arrests plummet. That's pretty much what the Drug Policy Alliance found recently with ...

Pro-Pot Michael Botticelli is America’s New Drug Czar

The U.S. Senate this week confirmed Michael Botticelli as the nation's new drug czar. Officially, he's the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He was already interim d...

NCAA to Change its Ways on Pot Testing

After two players for the championship-losing University of Oregon football team were suspended ahead of that game for allegedly turning up positive for marijuana, the NCAA announced recently that it will reexa...

Maybe Nebraska and Oklahoma Should Legalize It

Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado because that state's legal marijuana scene is allegedly creating problems--demand, trafficking--for those more conservative neighbors. Those two foes say Colorado's r...

New York State Openly Considers Full Cannabis Legalization

New York state legislators this week opened up the idea of fully legalizing marijuana to their constituents. A public hearing aired the pros and cons of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which would...

Congress Blocks D.C.’s Marijuana Legalization

One of the weird things about Washington D.C. being a part of the District of Columbia is that it has no state to call its own. It answers to Congress. And after city voters passed a marijuana legalization m...

Uruguay’s Marijuana Legalization Survives Election

Uruguay's status as the first nation to regulate the cultivation and sales of marijuana is safe for now. Tabaré Vázquez is the victor in Sunday's presidential runoff election. And although he's not as gung-h...