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  1. U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency

    12 November 2014
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    Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week. 

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    Critica ONU legalización de mariguana en estados de EU

    11 November 2014
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    La semana pasada, los ciudadanos de Alaska y Oregón aprobaron en un referendo la posesión, el cultivo y la venta de mariguana sumándose a Washington y Colorado. La decisión de legalizar la mariguana para uso recreativo "no está en línea con las convenciones internacionales" sobre drogas, declaró el máximo responsable de las Naciones Unidas en la lucha contra los narcóticos, Yuri Fedótov. "No veo cómo (el uso recreativo de esa droga) puede ser compatible con las convenciones existentes", declaró Fedótov, director ejecutivo de la Oficina de la ONU contra la Droga y el Delito (ONUDD). (Véase también: El control de drogas visto desde Washington)

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    ¿Cómo va la marihuana legal en Estados Unidos?

    Francisco Thoumi
    09 November 2014
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    Las elecciones de 4 de noviembre en Estados Unidos pueden considerarse como un avance importante de los movimientos que buscan cambios en las políticas de drogas. Tales avances incluyen el aumento de las jurisdicciones donde la producción, el mercadeo y el consumo medicinal y no medicinal de marihuana se permiten de manera regulada, así como el debilitamiento en las políticas asociadas con la llamada “guerra contra las drogas”. Por otro lado, los resultados de estas elecciones complican la política internacional que Estados Unidos ha promovido por largo tiempo y debilitan el sistema internacional de control de drogas.

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    Nueva York suaviza su política policial contra la marihuana

    09 November 2014
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    El comisario, junto al alcalde, enseña 25 gramos de marihuanaLa policía de Nueva York dejará de detener a las personas que posean hasta 25 gramos de marihuana y se limitará a citarlas ante el juez, que podría imponerles una multa o la sanción que considere oportuna, según anunció este lunes el alcalde Bill de Blasio, en un cambio radical de la política contra el pequeño delito mantenida durante años. El objetivo del nuevo alcalde demócrata es cumplir con una de las promesas que le llevaron al poder y mitigar los efectos indeseados del stop and frisk (la policía puede parar y registrar a una persona simplemente por su aspecto), que tantas quejas ha provocado de las organizaciones de derechos civiles.

  5. The dark-horse policy reform that has both Obama and some GOPers optimistic

    09 November 2014
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    With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major legislation becoming law over the next two years. But officials in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill say there is one issue that may have enough cross-party appeal to break through the logjams. That issue is criminal justice reform. During the 2014 midterm elections, voters approved sweeping drug and criminal justice reform measures in multiple states, setting the stage for what may prove to be even more significant policy shifts over the next two years and beyond.

  6. Marijuana may mean ticket, not arrest, in New York City

    08 November 2014
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    The New York Police Department, which has been arresting tens of thousands of people a year for low-level marijuana possession, is to stop making such arrests and to issue tickets instead. People found with small amounts of marijuana would be issued court summonses and be allowed to continue on their way without being handcuffed and taken to station houses for fingerprinting. The change would remake the way the police in New York City handle the most common drug offenses to address the effects of the department’s excessive stop-and-frisk practices. (See also: Concerns in criminal justice system as New York City eases marijuana policy)

  7. The Marlboro of marijuana

    07 November 2014
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    Would household names really consider selling cannabis? They already have. In 1969 a Philip Morris executive wrote to the Justice Department, requesting a sample of marijuana for testing. In 1970 British American Tobacco put together a blueprint for a “cannabis-loaded cigarette”. Cannabis is certainly controversial. But then so is lung cancer. It may well be that the executives best placed to make a mint from marijuana, once it is fully legal across America, are the Marlboro men themselves. (See also: The legalisation of marijuana isn't just about liberal values - it's about dollars)

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    La marihuana es cada vez más legal en EE. UU.

    07 November 2014
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    marijuana-legal-us-2014En junio de 1971, el entonces presidente Richard Nixon declaró una guerra frontal contra las drogas. Entre las primeras medidas que tomó fue la de clasificar a la marihuana en la categoría número uno de las listas de sustancias prohibidas en EE.UU., en compañía de la heroína. Y aunque 45 años después esta droga sigue estando en la misma categoría, ha sido enorme el cambio de la sociedad frente a la otrora yerba maldita. Una nueva prueba emergió durante las elecciones de mitad de término. Alaska y Oregon no solo le legalizaron el consumo con fines recreativos sino que dieron poder a sus líderes para reglamentar la producción y venta.

  9. Support for legal pot down off its high

    06 November 2014
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    Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusiasm among voters has hit a plateau. A majority, 51%, favors legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup Poll. That's about where support has been since 2011, but a drop from the 58% who told Gallup last year they supported legalization. Last year's poll came just after Colorado and Oregon had voted to allow marijuana to be sold in stores and were in the process of setting up the market.

  10. US vote refuels ganja debate

    06 November 2014
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    The local pro-ganja lobby in Jamaica is welcoming the vote for the legalisation of ganja in the American states of Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC. "One of the biggest stumbling blocks has been the fear about how the United States would react to what we are doing and what we seeing happening is a clear indication that the United States people are moving in favour of legalising ganja on a wider and wider basis, whilst Jamaica continues to stall and not be bold enough to do what we need to do," Delano Seiveright, director of the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce said. (See also: Jamaica urged to keep ganja debate going)

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    La marihuana sigue ganando batallas

    05 November 2014
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    DCPotLeg_011415126651En coincidencia con las elecciones legislativas en Estados Unidos, tres estados – Oregon, el Distrito de Columbia y Alaska – aprobaron el uso recreativo de la marihuana siguiendo el ejemplo de Colorado y Washington, que fueron pioneros en legalizar la marihuana en 2012. La iniciativa Measure 91 permite que, a partir de los 21 años, los residentes de Oregon posean marihuana y que planten hasta un máximo de cuatro plantas en sus casas. También en Alaska se impuso la legalización. Los partidarios de la legalización se impusieron también con amplio margen en un plebiscito en el distrito de Columbia, sede de la capital.

  12. Fear of cannabis commerce didn't, won't and shouldn't stop legalization

    05 November 2014
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    Three marijuana legalization initiatives were on the ballot this week, and all three won. That’s a better outcome than I was expecting. I was surprised when voters in Colorado and Washington approved legalization two years ago, and I was surprised again when voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., followed suit. Partly that’s because, after 25 years of advocating drug legalization (along with various other unpopular positions), I am accustomed to losing. But it’s also because I had looked at the polling data.

  13. Marijuana legalization sweeps the 2014 midterm elections

    05 November 2014
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    On November 4, several states radically altered their approaches to a drug once known for Reefer Madness. In Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, voters approved marijuana legalization measures. But in Florida, a medical marijuana amendment fell short of the 60 percent approval it needed to pass under state law. Here's a breakdown of each state's initiative, the latest results, and how the opposing campaigns pushed their messages to voters.

  14. California next for pot proponents emboldened by election victories

    05 November 2014
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    Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation’s capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it’s a big one: California. They are aiming to ask voters in the nation’s largest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2016, hoping to draw on a more liberal and larger electorate during a presidential election to help them avoid a repeat of their 2010 failed pot measure. The 2014 ballots were considered by many to be the first real test of marijuana reform’s popularity since Washington state and Colorado passed the first legal pot laws in 2012. (See also: Marijuana legalization wave will hit California in 733 days, supporters say)

  15. 6 facts about marijuana

    05 November 2014
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    Attitudes about marijuana have undergone a rapid shift in public opinion, paralleled by few other trends in the U.S. Our recent data, along with historical figures from Gallup and the General Social Survey, reveal how views have shifted about the drug over time. Earlier this year, our survey found that many more Americans now favor shifting the focus of the nation’s overall drug policy. Here are six key facts about public opinion and marijuana.

  16. Oregon and Alaska vote to legalise recreational marijuana use

    05 November 2014
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    Oregon and Alaska have become the latest US states to legalise recreational marijuana in ballots hailed by supporters as evidence that a national change of policy is underway. Voters in both states approved laws which will permit residents over 21 to grow their own marijuana and establish a legal retail trade. The results, which followed the legalisation of recreational marijuana in Washington state and Colorado two years ago, were cheered by national campaigns as evidence of a gathering movement to challenge federal laws banning the drug. (See also: Election 2014: Americans ready to end the War on Drugs)

  17. D.C. voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana, joining Colo., Wash.

    03 November 2014
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    Washington DC followed Colorado and Washington state into a closely watched experiment to legalize marijuana, as voters overwhelmingly backed an initiative 7 to 3 allowing cannabis to be consumed and grown in the nation’s capital. The move to allow the drug almost certainly will take effect unless the next US Congress, which holds significant legislative authority over the city, blocks it. Under a voter-proposed measure, known as Initiative 71, residents and visitors age 21 and older will be allowed to legally possess as much as two ounces of marijuana and to grow up to three marijuana plants at home.

  18. Legal marijuana could be $130 million a year business in D.C., study finds

    29 October 2014
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    If D.C. residents vote to legalize marijuana possession next week, it wouldn’t just mean a sea change in drug policy in the nation’s capital. It could also mean big business. A study by District financial officials shared with lawmakers estimates a legal D.C. cannabis market worth $130 million a year. The ballot initiative voters will see Tuesday does not allow for the legal sale of marijuana — only the possession and home cultivation of small amounts — but D.C. Council members gathered Thursday to hear testimony about what a legal sales regime might look like.

  19. Grow your own marijuana law

    25 October 2014
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    Retail marijuana sales for adults are now legal (at least at the state level) in Colorado and Washington. Next month, voters in Alaska and Oregon may decide to follow suit. It is nearly certain that marijuana legalization will make it onto the California ballot in 2016, during a presidential election season that will generate enormous interest among young voters. Robert MacCoun looks at options for designing a marijuana proposal.

  20. The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020

    23 October 2014
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    A report from Greenwave Advisors, a "comprehensive research and financial analysis for the emerging legalized marijuana industry," projects that legal cannabis could be an industry with revenues of $35 billion by 2020 if marijuana is legalized at the federal level. To put that figure in perspective, $35 billion represents more annual revenue than the NFL (currently $10 billion), and is roughly on par with current revenues for the newspaper publishing industry ($38 billion) and the confectionary industry ($34 billion).

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