“The real reason cocaine, heroin and marijuana are illegal has nothing to do with addiction”


SALON

The history of drug criminalization in America is a history of social panics rooted in racism and xenophobia

The history of drug criminalization in America is a history of social panics rooted in racism and xenophobia

“Legalization comes to Yankee country: Is this the year New England goes green?”


SALON

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants are seen nearly ready for harvest at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Dr. Bodo Schneider, a physician accused of charging patients for marijuana recommendations without a legitimate doctor-patient relationship, could lose his license in a case critics say highlights the state's strict enforcement. His case came before an administrative law judge Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants are seen nearly ready for harvest at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Dr. Bodo Schneider, a physician accused of charging patients for marijuana recommendations without a legitimate doctor-patient relationship, could lose his license in a case critics say highlights the state’s strict enforcement. His case came before an administrative law judge Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

“The U.S. Government’s Department of Health Finally Admits That Marijuana Kills Cancer”


POLITICUS USA

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“Jeb Bush Smoked Marijuana And Was A Bully In High School, Say Former Classmates”


HUFFINGTON POST

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“The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science”


THINK PROGRESS

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CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK

“Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’


THE DAILY BEAST

Forget plasma TVs and winter sweaters on Black Friday. Enter $1 joints and holiday-themed edibles on Green Friday, Colorado’s new favorite shopping day.
In Colorado, where recreational marijuana stores became legal last January, the biggest shopping day of the year just took on a whole new meaning. Forget about furniture flash sales or massive clothing markdowns—this Black Friday, the Centennial State will be buzzing about the big discounts and day-only deals on pot. Meet “Green Friday.” FULL ARTICLE

“Drug cops converge on Georgia man’s property after spotting … okra”


CNN

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“Frequent teen marijuana use linked to issues later in life”


CNN

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“This is your body on weed.”


CNN

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“Obama: Marijuana not ‘more dangerous’ than alcohol”


CBS

By Jake Miller

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President Obama waded into the controversial politics of marijuana in an interview published Sunday, saying he’s not convinced pot is “more dangerous than alcohol” and arguing it’s “important” to allow recent legalization efforts in Colorado andWashington State to proceed.

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” the president told the New Yorker’s David Remnick. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

The president even argued marijuana is less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

Still, “It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy,” he added.

The president also said he’s troubled by racial disparities in the application of marijuana laws.

“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he explained. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”

Mr. Obama ascribed some element of hypocrisy to lawmakers who’ve stiffened penalties against pot use despite some probable experimentation of their own.

“We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing,” the president said.

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