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Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

“But in both parties, there are still calls to exercise more caution when it comes to overhauling marijuana laws” writes Seung Min Kim for washingtonpost.com. Democrats are increasingly embracing looser restrictions on marijuana — and a growing number of high-profile Republicans are joining them, marking a shift in the politics of cannabis.Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) have pressed the Justice Department to back off efforts to curtail medical marijuana research at the Drug Enforcement Administration.In a written statement announcing his decision, Schumer said “there’s no better…

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Md Democrats running for governor embrace marijuana

“The National Cannabis Policy Summit is a gathering of activists and leaders from government, business, healthcare, veterans groups, and civil rights organizations to discuss marijuana policy” writes Steve Thompson Writes for washingtonpost.com. Some strategists had speculated that adding the failed marijuana legalization question to the ballot might have helped turn out young and other Democratic-leaning voters against the popular governor in the general election.Some politicians are waiting to see how the state’s so-far shaky rollout of medical marijuana goes.Jealous 100 percent.” He said Friday he would, however, support legalizing medical…

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Shifting views on marijuana highlight just how differently people of color are impacted by drug laws

“But how people of color in urban areas have been treated by this country’s drug laws appears to be a lesser concern right now” reports washingtonpost.com. And some Democratic lawmakers took note. “More than 2 million in jail, mostly black and brown, many for holding a small amount of marijuana.Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Friday that he was also changing his stance on marijuana. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Turning to Marijuana for a Runners’ High and More

“Sixty-one percent of Americans now say marijuana should be legalized, up from 31 percent in 2000, according to the Pew Research Center” writes Jen A for nytimes.com. On a federal level, the purchase, possession or use of marijuana is illegal, considered a Schedule I drug — in the same category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.Indeed, some studies have linked marijuana to hypertension and other heart risks.Studies on the effects of marijuana on athletes are sparse. “Most of the work is, at the moment, observational, looking at people who use and…

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Sen. Charles Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana

“It also will ensure that minority- and woman-owned businesses have a dedicated funding stream to help them compete against bigger companies in the marijuana business” writes unknown author for latimes.com. Critically, we ensure that advertising can’t be aimed at kids, and put real funds behind research into the health effects of THC,” referring to the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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Yep, the feds grow and sell marijuana. Here’s how.

“They have the one and only license ever issued by the DEA to grow cannabis for research purposes,” Dr” writes Morgan Sung for mashable.com. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse pays this university to grow weed, and then distributes it to registered researchers.Does the government actually grow weed for its citizens, though?. Is the government really growing weed?. In the 2008 stoner staple Pineapple Express, a secret military facility experiments with growing marijuana in the 1930s. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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4/20 day is no celebration for these Americans — they’re most likely to get arrested

“According to several organizations, Nixon is right that people of color are more likely to be targeted in marijuana crimes” writes Maria Lamagna for marketwatch.com. April 20, or “4/20,” is known in popular culture as a day to celebrate recreational marijuana.Some 86% of people who are arrested for possessing marijuana in New York City are black or Latino, according to New York’s City Council.But the day is also a reminder for many about those who have less cause for “celebration”: People of color, who are arrested more frequently than people…

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Does medical marijuana decrease opioid use or boost it?

“Studies conducted at the state level show that expanding access to medical marijuana is correlated with lower rates of opioid misuse and overdose” writes Keith Humphreys Is for washingtonpost.com. In the meantime, the medical marijuana debate will rage on, with many people on each side citing as authoritative whichever study suits their purposes.More studies like Cooper’s are needed and should become more common if Congress is wise enough to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana research.Yet studies of individuals show that using medical cannabis is correlated with higher rates of using…

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Chuck Schumer signs a bong, declares support for bill that would decriminalize marijuana

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signed a bong during an interview where he revealed his support for forthcoming legislation to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Schumer said he believes full legalization should be decided on the state level and threw his support behind legalizing marijuana in his home state of New York.If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?” Schumer explained. Some states have already legalized recreational marijuana use, despite the federal ban, including…

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Anti-cannabis group contends state would go to pot legalizing marijuana

“An anti-cannabis group estimates legalizing recreational marijuana use will cost Illinois $670 million a year” writes Alexandra Arriaga for suntimes.com. So far, recreational marijuana use has been legalized for adults over 21 by nine states and the District of Columbia, with only Vermont going through its legislature, the others through voter referendum. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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