Dec 022014
 December 2, 2014
Presidential Vote In Uruguay Safeguards Marijuana Legalization

In a Sunday presidential run-off election in Uruguay, Frente Amplio (Broad Front) candidate Tabaré Vázquez beat opposition candidate Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou by 53.6 to 41.1 percent, a vote that had major implications for the future of Uruguay’s historic marijuana regulation. While Vázquez has promised to continue implementing marijuana regulation, National Party opposition candidate Lacalle Pou had said that if he were to become president, he would repeal major parts of the law, including government-regulated sales to adults – the most distinguishing feature of the Uruguayan initiative. “Sunday’s presidential election result safeguards Uruguay’s historic marijuana legalization” said Hannah Hetzer, Policy Manager

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Nov 182014
 November 18, 2014
Will Guatemala Legalize Marijuana In 2015?

One of my favorite places I’ve ever visited is Guatemala. I went there on a ten day missionary trip in 2009, and it’s a trip that will forever be in my heart. The people there were so nice and the country was so beautiful. I love fresh fruit, and I’m not that tall, and there’s fresh fruit everywhere there and everyone’s my height. But despite it’s beauty and amazing citizens, Guatemala is very poor. Guatemala is also plagued by the same problems that come with marijuana prohibition that other countries in Latin and South America face. Cartel operations are all

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Nov 122014
 November 12, 2014
Supplying Marijuana Grow Equipment Now Illegal In The Netherlands

I remember when I was a teenager growing up in the 90’s, Amsterdam (and the Netherlands in general) was the Mecca of marijuana. I always wanted to come visit there, visit their stores, and smoke their world class marijuana. While marijuana has technically been illegal in the Netherlands since that time, back then it was very loosely enforced. Things have changed quite a bit since then, with the Netherlands taking a harder stance against marijuana, while some states in the U.S. have loosened their marijuana laws. It sounds like it is now illegal to even supply marijuana growing equipment in

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Oct 222014
 October 22, 2014
International Impacts Of The US Trend Towards Marijuana Legalization

In collaboration with the Washington Office on Latin America, Governance Studies at Brookings will host a forum to discuss the international repercussions of the United States’ changing approach towards marijuana. A panel of experts will consider the possible ramifications for other countries and the international drug control regime.

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Oct 072014
 October 7, 2014
Majority Of Britons Want To Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana reform is a very popular public issue right now across the world, and Britain is no exception. A survey was released recently which found that a majority of Britons want to legalize marijuana. While the survey didn’t go into great detail, it did find the following, per The Guardian: The vast majority of those advocating a change to the legal status of drugs do not advocate a blanket treatment of all drugs; only 3% believe that all of them should be either legalised or decriminalised. Indeed, for many people the issue appears to be primarily focused on the legality

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Sep 102014
 September 10, 2014
Jodie Emery Files To Run For Federal Liberals In Canada

Jodie Emery has been one of my heroes for a long time. She fights hard for marijuana reform, even when it isn’t easy. Even when she had to fly from Canada to visit her wrongfully incarcerated husband in America, she was still able to be one of the most active marijuana reformers on the planet. Canadian politics are heating up, as Jodie Emery has announced that she is running for office. Per the National Post: Jodie Emery, the wife of notorious marijuana activist Marc Emery, officially filed her nomination papers Monday to run for the Liberals in Vancouver East —

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Sep 092014
 September 9, 2014
DPA Responds To New Global Drug Commission Report

On Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy will release a new, groundbreaking report at a press conference in New York City. The event will be live-streamed and speakers include Richard Branson, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss and others. The report reflects a new evolution in the thinking of the Commissioners, who reiterate their demands for decriminalization, alternatives to incarceration, and greater emphasis on public health approaches – and now also call for permitting the legal regulation of psychoactive substances. The Commission is the most

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Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
World Leaders Encourage World Governments To Legalize Marijuana

A prominent group of world leaders, led by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, along with former presidents of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and other nations, as well as former U.S. secretary of state George Shultz and business mogul Richard Branson, are encouraging governments around the world to legalize marijuana and other drugs. This is absolutely huge. Per Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority: “With polling having shown consistent majority voter support for legalizing marijuana in the U.S. for several years now, it’s been clear that this is a mainstream issue in this country. Now this group of world leaders has

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Sep 062014
 September 6, 2014
Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization In Alberta, Canada

Cannabis legalization is a very popular topic these days, with so many cities and states pursuing reform efforts. In the United States, voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. will be voting on cannabis legalization this November. Polls in Oregon and Washington D.C. show the initiatives winning. Unfortunately, the latest poll out of Alaska shows it losing. However, it’s worth noting that Alaska is a very hard place to get an accurate poll due to geography and the fact that the population of the state is so scattered. There is majority support in other parts of North America. One of

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Sep 042014
 September 4, 2014
Italy To Release 10,000 Marijuana Inmates

No one should ever have to be arrested and jailed because of marijuana. Prison beds should be reserved for those members of society that are such a threat to others that they need to be locked up so that they can’t re-offend. This obviously would include rapists, murderers, child molesters, etc. To throw marijuana consumers, sellers, and growers into the prison population with violent criminals is a huge was of resources and a huge injustice. Italy is taking a step in the right direction by releasing roughly ten thousand inmates from prison. Per The Weedist: Italy is poised to release about ten

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