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    Marijuana in Colorado has a long history and an uncertain future

    31 December 2013
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    Federal marijuana prohibition in the United States started with a knock on a Denver man's apartment door. Seventy-six years ago, Samuel Caldwell became the first person arrested and prosecuted under a federal charge of selling marijuana, after drug enforcement agents busted him with 3 pounds of cannabis in his apartment. Three-quarters of a century and an estimated 26 million marijuana arrests after Caldwell's, legal marijuana sales were set to start at 8 a.m. in Colorado.

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    A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked questions

    30 December 2013
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    On January 1, 2014, Colorado becomes the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. You have questions about how it will work? Since the voter-approved Amendment 64 (ah, there it is) went into effect on Dec. 10, 2012, it has been legal for anyone 21 and over to use marijuana or possess up to an ounce of marijuana for any purpose. Here are 64 answers to commonly asked questions.

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    El ejemplo uruguayo

    Mario Vargas Llosa
    30 December 2013
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    Ha hecho bien The Economist en declarar a Uruguay el país del año y en calificar de admirables las dos reformas liberales más radicales tomadas en 2013 por el Gobierno del presidente José Mujica: el matrimonio gay y la legalización y regulación de la producción, la venta y el consumo de la marihuana.

  4. Morocco: Istiqlal party proposes first draft law to legalize cannabis

    28 December 2013
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    According to La Vie Eco, the Istiqlal Party has recently proposed a draft law to decriminalize and regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medical and pharmaceutical ends. The Istiqlal Party thus becomes the first party to take this issue to the parliament. The objective is to delimit the cultivation of cannabis to certain regions, namely Al Hoceima, Chaouen, Tétouan, Ouezzane and Taounate. Beyond these regions, the cultivation of this plant will be prohibited.

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    Los clubes de cannabis catalanes facturan cinco millones al mes

    28 December 2013
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    El Ayuntamiento de Barcelona calcula que hay unas 200 asociaciones en la ciudad. En toda Cataluña la cifra ronda los 400. La Federación de Asociaciones Cannábicas Autoreguladas de Cataluña (Fedcac) estima que entre todas las entidades pueden tener más de 165.000 asociados, 60.000 de las cuales consumen con asiduidad. Fuentes del sector estiman que estas entidades sin ánimo de lucro y sin apenas regulación facturan cada mes unos cinco millones de euros.

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    Uruguay’s marijuana growers come out into open

    27 December 2013
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    Juan Andres Palese was using a fake name in public when he opened Uruguay’s first store dedicated to cultivating marijuana, where he offered growing equipment and advice but no illegal plants or seeds. Now that President Jose Mujica’s plan to create and regulate the world’s first national marijuana market has the force of law, Palese’s got much bigger plans.

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    Marijuana legalization would bring fresh cash to California

    26 December 2013
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    At least two of three marijuana legalization measures vying for the November, 2014 ballot would be good for California, according to the state Attorney General's office. The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act would decrease drug enforcement costs and increase tax revenue, Attorney General Kamala Harris said this week. However, that initiative recently ran into a speed bump and might be cutting it close to a Feb. 28 deadline to file enough signatures to quality for the ballot.

  8. Colorado issues first marijuana sales licenses to retailers

    26 December 2013
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    The first licences in the United States that permit retailers to sell marijuana for recreational use from 1 January were issued in Colorado. Owners of cannabis dispensaries lined up to collect the permits in Denver: an initial batch of 42 licences were issued, most to growers but around a dozen to shops. The state already licenses more than 500 medical marijuana dispensaries, and only those outlets may apply to sell it for recreational use. (See also: Colorado issues first licenses for recreational marijuana businesses)

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    Uruguay President Mujica signs marijuana law

    24 December 2013
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    Uruguay's President Mujica has quietly signed into law the government’s plan to create a regulated, legal market for marijuana. He signed the legislation Monday night. That was the last formal step for the law to take effect. Bureaucrats now have until April 9 to write the fine print for regulating every aspect of the marijuana market, from growing to selling in pharmacies. They hope to have the whole system in place by the middle of next year. But as of Tuesday, growing pot at home is legal in Uruguay, up to six plants per family and an annual harvest of 480 grams.

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    Rige regulación de la marihuana

    24 December 2013
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    El presidente José Mujica promulgó anoche la ley de regularización de la marihuana, por lo que la norma tomó estado en su total plenitud en todo el país. El proyecto se había transformado en ley el pasado 10 de diciembre cuando el Senado terminó con el ciclo legislativo pero restaba la promulgación del Poder Ejecutivo para que rigiera legalmente, acción que se concretó anoche con la firma del presidente José Mujica.

  11. Uruguay's neighbors now considering legalization of pot

    24 December 2013
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    Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America. Following the momentous vote by its smaller neighbor’s senate this month — making it the first nation in the world to completely legalize the cannabis — Argentina’s anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina has called for a public discussion in his country about emulating the measure. His comments are the clearest sign yet that Uruguay’s strategy has kicked off a trend in the region.

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    Légalisation du cannabis au Maroc

    23 December 2013
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    L’Istiqlal a présenté un projet de loi pour la légalisation du cannabis. «L'objectif est d'utiliser ce produit dans l'agriculture afin de promouvoir le développement économique local et régional», a déclaré Noureddine Mediane, président du groupe parlementaire à la Chambre des représentants, ajoutant que le parti s’est inspiré de la récente expérience de l'Uruguay. l’Istiqlal tente de «ressusciter» une loi qui existait à l'époque coloniale quand la culture du kif était tolérée avant d’être criminalisée après l'indépendance du Maroc en 1956. (A voir aussi: Cannabis: l'Istiqlal dépose une proposition de loi)

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    Istiqlal presenta ante Parlamento propuesta de ley para legalizar cannabis

    23 December 2013
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    El Partido Istiqlal ha presentado una proposición de ley para legalizar el cultivo y la comercialización del cannabis, tras otra propuesta similar presentada por un grupo de asociaciones marroquíes. "El objetivo es aprovechar este producto en la economía agrícola para promover el desarrollo local y regional", dijo Nuredin Mediane, quien añadió que se inspiró en la experiencia uruguaya. Explicó que se trata de un intento de "hacer resurgir" una ley que existía durante la época colonial cuando se toleraba el cultivo del kif antes de criminalizarlo tras la independencia de Marruecos, en 1956. (Véase también: L'Istiqlal dépose un projet de loi au parlement)

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    Senado aprobó el proyecto de internación compulsiva de adictos

    23 December 2013
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    El Senado aprobó el proyecto de ley que propone la internación compulsiva a personas adictas. El proyecto pasa a Cámara de Diputados para su aprobación definitiva. La nueva versión prevé la internación de quien presente un estado grave de "alteración psíquica", producida por drogas, en un ámbito privado. "El proyecto analiza la situación de los adictos en situación de riesgo y en estado de alteración mental aguda, que los pone en riesgo hacia sí mismos como también hacia terceros", explicó el senador Luis Gallo. La organización Regulación Responsable cuestionó el proyecto.

  15. What do Israelis want? Pot! When do they want it? Now!

    22 December 2013
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    An estimated 1,000 Israelis attended a rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to support the legalization of marijuana. As the crowd chanted phrases like "The people demand legal marijuana," the speakers at the rally sought to frame pot smoking as part of Israel’s national culture, as a unifying factor among the country’s disparate groups and even as a security issue. Medical marijuana, which is hard for patients to receive permission to access, was central to the rally. (See also: Cabinet approves Health Ministry rules on medical marijuana)

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    Councils join forces to call for legalised marijuana production

    20 December 2013
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    The mayors of 25 Dutch local authority areas have increased their pressure on the cabinet to allow experiments with regulated marijuana production. The initiative is being powered by the mayors of Eindhoven and Heerlen and a Utrecht alderman, the Volkskrant said. The manifesto is a reaction to justice minister Ivo Opstelten’s decision not to approve experiments with regulated growing. (See also: The Netherlands is ready to regulate cannabis)

  17. Uruguay: Yes we cannabis

    20 December 2013
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    When Uruguay recently became the first country in the world to legalise and regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana, it was a long-time dream realised for marijuana activist Juan Vaz. But it also came with a lot of work and campaigning. Vaz, a co-founder of the Uruguayan Association of Cannabis Studies, is are already looking to the next steps. "The time of fighting, protesting, asking for our rights and campaigning is over," he said. "Now it is about time to build things."

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    Ministro do STF defende debate público sobre descriminalização da maconha

    18 December 2013
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    O ministro do STF (Supremo Tribunal Federal) Luís Roberto Barroso, disse que um debate sobre a descriminalização da maconha se faz necessário para reduzir o poder do tráfico e evitar que jovens com bons antecedentes sejam presos e saiam dos presídios "pós-graduados em criminalidade". De acordo com o ministro, "boa parte das pessoas" que cumpre pena por tráfico foi apanhada com pequenas quantidades de maconha. (Leia também: Comissão aprova mudanças no Código Penal sem tocar questão da descriminalização das drogas)

  19. Do Falling Murders in Rio Mean Success for Brazil's UPPs?

    18 December 2013
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    Homicides have fallen 65 percent in the Rio de Janeiro favelas where Police Pacification Units have been installed during four years of the flagship scheme -- an impressive figure, but one that could just indicate a displacement of violence to other regions. A study by Rio's Public Security Institute (ISP) looked at 22 Rio neighborhoods where Police Pacification Units (UPPs) have been in operation for more than a year.

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    If marijuana legalization sends the wrong message to teenagers, why aren't they listening?

    18 December 2013
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    Prohibitionists warn that it’s dangerous even to discuss legalizing marijuana because such talk sends “the wrong message” to the youth of America, encouraging them to smoke pot. If so, you might expect that the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, approved by voters more than a year ago, would have a noticeable impact on marijuana use by teenagers. Yet the latest data from the government-sponsored Monitoring the Future Study indicate that teenagers continued smoking pot at pretty much the same rates as before.

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