Aug 20 | Legalizing weed: the Uruguayan model
(CNN) -- Views on marijuana are shifting, but nearly everywhere, it is too early to talk about substantive changes to drug policies.
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Aug 09 | Sting and Richard Branson accused of using Uruguay as a 'laboratory' for drug reform by politicians in the country who oppose recent marijuana legalisation
Sting and Sir Richard Branson have been accused of using Uruguay as a 'laboratory' for the drug reform after backing a campaign to legalise cannabis in the country.
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Aug 08 | Pierce commissioner says counties need I-502 opt-out clause
It’s one thing for Washington state residents to approve legislation that puts them squarely at odds with federal law. But it’s something else again to demand that local governments put their heads in the same noose.
Aug 07 | Our Prime Export Is Political
Last week, the lower chamber of Uruguay's parliament passed a bill to legalize cannabis. Although the move shocked United Nations drug war proponents, it elated pot legalization advocates around the world.
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Aug 05 | Gil Kerlikowske will exit Drug Czar post
Former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske is being moved out of his job as the nation’s drug czar, and was nominated Friday by President Obama to become the new U.S. Commissioner of Customs.
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Jul 02 | Hemp flag to fly high over Capitol building
The flag flying over the Capitol building on the Fourth of July might look like your typical Old Glory. But you probably won’t notice the fibers that make it special. It’s believed to be the first hemp flag to flutter over the dome since the government began outlawing marijuana’s less-recreational cousin back in the 1930s.
Jun 28 | Viewpoint: U.N. Admits Drug War Is ‘Floundering,’ but Is Regulating Recreational Drugs the Answer?
As the DEA reported its largest-ever bust of synthetic-drug dealers and manufacturers, the U.N. admitted that its law-enforcement efforts to contain illegal drugs have largely failed.
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Jun 26 | National Lawyers Guild Report Condemns Federal Marijuana Policy, Calls for Reclassification of Marijuana for Medical Use
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) — the country’s oldest and largest public interest and human rights bar organization — issued a report yesterday addressing the federal government’s flawed policy on marijuana. According to its author NLG Senior Researcher Traci Yoder, High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives “analyzes the legalization process under way in the states, suggests strategies to further marijuana legalization initiatives, and highlights current obstacles to ending prohibition.”
Jun 26 | Oversight Chair Hurst Asks Hard Questions of Proposed Rules: “Gravest Concern” For Security
In a strongly written letter to Sharon Foster, Chair of the Washington Liquor Control Board, LCB, State Representative Chris Hurst, Chair of the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee laid out his researched, thoughtful and experienced opinion about weak and inadequate sections of the agency’s proposed rules for the growing, processing and sale of recreational cannabis. The LCB is responsible for implementing Washington’s recreational cannabis use law, I-502, which was passed by the citizens in November of 2012.
Jun 24 | U.S. Conference of Mayors tells Obama to keep hands off their pot... laws
States rights have now become a major subplot of the the federal government’s war on drugs.