Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market
Proposals likely to become law, leading to innovative policies at odds with the 'war on drugs' philosophy.
The legalization of pot in Uruguay might embolden other Latin American governments to consider similar measures
Under Mr. Mujica, 78, an outspoken former guerrilla, Uruguay has emerged as a laboratory for socially liberal policies
. A small nation of 3.3 million people, the country has also enacted a groundbreaking abortion rights law, moved to legalize same-sex marriage and is seeking to become a center for renewable energy ventures.
The owner of a California medical marijuana dispensary has been found guilty of violating federal drug laws. [LA Times]
FTA: ...jurors had a clear sense that Lynch was not an ordinary street-corner drug dealer, but the fact that he was dispensing medical marijuana didn't matter under federal law
. [...] "It was a tough decision for all of us because the state law and the federal law are at odds
of the trial by Reason TV. Federal raids on California's medical dispensaries were recently featured on MeFi
AARP poll finds older Americans favor medical marijuana.
With a medical marijuana case
in front of the Supremes
, and with a dozen states now with medical marijuana laws on the books, AARP
decided to take a poll
. Here's what they found:
"Nearly three-fourths of older Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use."
My father (a senior citizen) takes prescribed Marinol
(synthetic THC) as an appetite stimulant; my wife, a cancer survivor, got through chemotherapy largely on the strength of the weed I was able to buy on the street in New York
The times, they are etcetera-ing.
Jean Chrétien drew applause and a few whoops of joy at a fundraising dinner Tuesday night when he said that legislation decriminalizing possession of marijuana in Canada would soon be announced. "Don't start to smoke yet," he quickly cautioned the celebrants in the audience. Meanwhile
, across the border, there are more than 236,000 drug offenders in state prisons
. Hands up who's heading north.
Drug War Roundup III A 70% increase in the price of cigarettes seems to have dropped
the teenage smoking rate by 7%. On May 15 you heard the Drug War Czar say anti-drug ads were a flop
. He announced a new campaign
the next day. San Franciscan test subjects in a medical marijuana study say they're given "low-potency ditch weed
." Subjects in a similiar study in Canada say the weed they're given is way too good
. Lastly, Canada is debating whether to decriminalize
smoking pot on the heels of a committee conclusion that it doesn't lead to hard drug use, committing more crimes or driving fast.
is given health all clear in UK
Nevada, Colorado approve medical marijuana
but Alaska's decrim measure goes down in flames.
Man, I love Ontario.
Monday afternoon, an amazingly significant court trial ruled that possession of marijuana being criminal is unconstitutional, and that new laws need to be written.