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  1. Justice minister calls for light drug legalisation, PM pulls rug

    08 February 2015
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    The Portuguese justice minister, Paula Teixeira da Cruz, said she agreed with decriminalizing the use of soft drugs, in an interview to TSF radio, so “there is no highly organised crime or money laundering”. The prime minister has said that the decriminalisation of light drugs “is not on the government programme” and said that the comments made by the justice minister about this matter were made “personally”.

  2. How legal weed could change the future of sex

    08 February 2015
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    Weed’s got a dirty little secret: It holds the power to transform our sex lives. Our ancient ancestors believed it, researchers in the 70s and 80s tried to prove it, and today, savvy “potrepreneurs” are attempting to capitalize on it.

  3. One year after law's approval, Uruguay waits for commercial cannabis sales

    02 January 2015
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    A year after Uruguay's historic marijuana law was signed, officials have green-lighted homegrown cannabis, cannabis clubs, and hemp cultivation, but the specifics of its signature provision – a regulated commercial cannabis market – remain unclear.

  4. Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

    02 January 2015
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    A year into the experiments with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

  5. Geneva committee backs legalizing marijuana

    07 January 2015
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    Authorities are considering a radical liberalization of drug laws in the Swiss canton in a bid to undermine the black market in cannabis.

  6. Uruguay’s year in weed: 3 big successes, 3 burning questions

    05 January 2015
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    It’s been just over a year since Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica signed a law creating the world’s first nationalized market for the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana.

  7. The war on drugs is burning out

    07 January 2015
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    The conservative wave of 2014 featured an unlikely, progressive undercurrent: In two states, plus the nation's capital, Americans voted convincingly to pull the plug on marijuana prohibition.

  8. Canadian lawyers scent profit as medical marijuana industry prepares to go legit

    06 January 2015
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    Since 2001, Canada has allowed patients to grow their own marijuana or designate a grower to do so on their behalf, but a policy change established the opportunity for licensed growers operating under strict quality controls to supply patients – essentially spawning a new legal marijuana industry overnight.

  9. Synthetic cannabis deaths show case for controlled sale of marijuana, expert says

    15 January 2015
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    The deaths of two men in central Queensland after they smoked synthetic cannabis highlight the need to regulate marijuana and allow its controlled sale, the president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation says.

  10. A dozen ways to legalize the marijuana supply chain, in Vermont or any state

    16 January 2015
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    After months of research, the RAND corporation released a report for the state of Vermont exploring marijuana legalization and regulation there.

  11. German Green Party leader Cem Özdemir stripped of immunity over cannabis plant

    16 January 2015
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    Like countless people around the world, German politician Cem Özdemir took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge last summer.

  12. The legalization of marijuana: a good example of flexible policymaking

    21 January 2015
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    Marijuana policy may not seem like the natural setting to model policies that pursue inclusive growth, but the innovative policy-making processes initiated in four US states are actually well worth considering.

  13. Jamaica poised to relax cannabis laws

    22 January 2015
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    The cabinet has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry in Jamaica.

  14. Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana

    28 January 2015
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    Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana.

  15. Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation

    27 January 2015
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    Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder, would not support marijuana legalization.

  16. US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation

    29 January 2015
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    The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses.

  17. Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020

    25 January 2015
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    A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot.

  18. Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate

    28 January 2015
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    Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government official William Brownfield cautioning the Government against breaching international drug treaties to which it is a signatory. "He is saying that Colorado, Washington DC and so on can go ahead and legalise ganja, but Jamaica signed those treaties and therefore cannot do the same. What a ridiculous argument," McDonald commented.

  19. Marijuana growers steal more electricity, fewer plantations discovered

    02 February 2015
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    The amount of electricity stolen by marijuana growers rose by 5% last year but fewer plantations were discovered than in 2013, according to the Dutch electricity association Netbeheer Nederland.

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