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High Times’ 2016 Denver Cannabis Cup in Trouble After Local Colorado County Denies Permit

(WTF NEWS) - Denver's 2016 Cannabis Cup is in trouble after a local Colorado county denied a necessary permit to the event's organizers, High Times magazine. The Cannabis Cup is a multi-day festival featuring a trade show for businesses and an international celebration of cannabis held yearly on 4/20 in…
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Senate Votes to Allow Veterans to Use State Medical Marijuana Programs, On Veterans Day Eve

WTF NEWS The Senate has passed a measure that will allow veterans living in legal medical marijuana states to take advantage of those programs without negative consequences from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Passed on the eve of Veterans Day, the legislation would allow Veterans Health Administration doctors to discuss…
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Republicans Reject Bill Amendment to let Veterans Affairs Doctors Recommend Cannabis

| WTF News | Thursday, United States House representatives rejected a proposal that would allow doctors at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals to discuss the use of medical marijuana with patients. The bill's amendment was defeated by three votes, 210-213 along highly partisan lines. The amendment was considered along with…
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420 buzzkill: Denver mag pulls article listing weed shops in pesticide ‘public health’ scandal

| WTF News | Page 2: City of Denver report Page 3: March 13 Bulletin from City of Denver A storm is brewing in Denver over the growing scandal from the local cannabis industry's improper use of pesticides which can be harmful to the health of those consuming cannabis products.…
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Barack Obama stuttered for 20 seconds when a Rasta in Jamaica asked him about marijuana (VIDEO)

| WTF News | The curious legal structure of state and federal laws in America has left many around the world with questions about why marijuana is treated with such a wide disparity in different regions. A set of intriguing questions on the issue was posed to United States President…
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Crackdown: Colorado’s marijuana regulator issues threats 2 weeks before Cannabis Cup, 4/20

| WTF News | Outrage has spread among some Colorado cannabis companies after the state regulator sent out a bulletin on Friday warning of consequences for using any marijuana products for marketing or promotional purposes outside of their licensed facility. The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division sent a warning which threatens…
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UN Outraged After More U.S. States Nullify Global Pot Regime

The New American by Alex Newman After two more states and the District of Columbia nullified the marijuana prohibition regimes of the United Nations and the federal government, the UN blasted the move as not being “compatible” with what the dictator-dominated organization likes to describe as “international law.” The UN’s…
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UN Official Accuses US States of Violating International Law By Legalizing Pot

Ben Swann In the United States, decades-old marijuana prohibition laws are crumbling, state-by-state and city-by-city. Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Voters in the nation’s capital, Washington DC, recently approved a referendum legalizing recreational cannabis. 23 US states now allow patients to seek treatment with…
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Colorado cops show off cannabis harassment tactics for CNBC crew, give tickets for cigarettes

| WTF News | Last Tuesday, Colorado police in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge showed off their cannabis enforcement tactics for a CNBC news crew filming a segment at a private social club where members typically consume cannabis. The business news network has been touring Colorado reporting on the…
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Election 2014: Mixed results on GMO labeling, cannabis initiatives

| WTF News | 2014 was seen as a year of significant opportunity for various liberty friendly ballot initiatives with major battle lines drawn for the issues of GMO labels and the legality of cannabis. Hopes for success remained high for the variety of initiatives despite early news that GMO…
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‘Fuck It’: Alaska Cannabis Club owner, TV reporter quits on air, says she’ll work to legalize

| WTF News | At some point, activists reach a decision in their professional working life to stop compromising and to focus their attention on their selected cause. KTUU A reporter for Anchorage CBS-affiliate KTVA quit on live television Sunday night, using the f-word to punctuate an announcement that she…
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Legal marijuana sales begin in Washington, 2nd state to allow pot without prescription

Marijuana dispensaries in Washington state began legally selling recreational weed on Tuesday morning, joining Colorado by officially becoming the second state in the country where adults can lawfully purchase pot. Customers formed lines outside retailers in the Evergreen State early Tuesday as select shops prepared to open their doors for…
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​DEA blackmailed doctors with ties to medical marijuana – reports

​RT The Drug Enforcement Administration allegedly threatened doctors associated with medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts, telling them they would lose their federal license to dispense medications unless they severed ties with marijuana companies. At least three doctors told The Boston Globe and that DEA agents visited their homes or offices…
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Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Finance, and Little Marijuana

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism Yves here. This post is an interesting “be careful what you wish for” warning as far as the legalization of marijuana is concerned. By Sasha Breger, a lecturer at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of the recent…
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People Are Getting Busted for Growing ‘Legal’ Weed in Washington

Vice There’s a sign welcoming visitors to a tiny town in northeastern Washington. It reads “Kettle Falls: 1599 Friendly People and One Grouch.” The small Columbia River city with a per capita income of $13,614 boasts of “excitement on the edge of wilderness,” according to its website. Lately, much of…
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Feds ban legal marijuana growers from using government water supply

The United States Bureau of Reclamation delivers water to around million acres of irrigated land west of the Mississippi, but certain customers in the states Washington and Colorado are now being told to find a new source. On Tuesday this week, a spokesperson for the bureau said that that districts…
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How Marijuana Legalization in America Is Destroying Mexican Drug Cartel Business

Liberty Blitzkrieg by Mike Krieger Nothing is more amusing (and sad) than when I see some ignorant out of stater commenting about how nightmarish the legalization of marijuana has been for Colorado. The most high-profile and hilarious example of this came from disgraced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who I…
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Scientists Discover Gene For Happiness — And It’s Related To Marijuana

Leaf Science A gene responsible for the effects of marijuana may explain why some people are naturally happier than others, a new study suggests. Scientists in Japan measured happiness levels among nearly 200 individuals and found those who carried a variation of the gene were happier on average and responded…
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Uruguay to limit pot buyers to 10 grams a week

By LEONARDO HABERKORN Associated Press Uruguay's government is still writing the rules for its legal marijuana market, two weeks overdue now, and President Jose Mujica has asked that no details be released until the regulations are published Friday or Monday. But an official in Uruguay's drug control office told The…
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New Study Contradicts Obama’s Pot Perspective

The New American by Rebecca Terrell "The Administration steadfastly opposes legalization of marijuana and other drugs because legalization would increase the availability and use of illicit drugs, and pose significant health and safety risks to all Americans, particularly young people," reads the White House website's Marijuana Resource Center. It calls…
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Tennessee effectively nullifies federal hemp ban

Ben Swann Yesterday, the Tennessee General Assembly took the final necessary steps to send legislation to Governor Haslam, which if signed, will nullify the federal ban on hemp. House Bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial…
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The Bitcoin Accepting, Biometric ID Checking Cannabis Vending Machine

| WTF News | In cannabis Marijuana vending machines have long been rumored to debut en masse in certain US states, but the first machine that can be accessed directly by consumers was finally unveiled at an invite-only event in Colorado last week. Billed as the first marijuana vending machine…
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Comcast to Air First Television Ads for Medical Marijuana

Reason might not have the most inspired name, but the website is set to make television history with the first medical marijuana-related TV ad. The 1-minute spot—slated to air on Massachusetts Comcast channels come April—compares buying drugs illegally to buying sushi off the street and urges potential patients to visit…
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‘Don’t drive high, you’ll get a DUI’ Ponzi scheme starts in Colorado as new war on marijuana ensues

IntelliHub By Shepard Ambellas You are almost in 1984, a total Orwellian nightmare built this way by design–and yes, it’s 2014 Well there you have it residents, don’t act like you’re shocked now. Yes, now that you have been given a free (green) pass to smoke weed recreationally in your…
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Washington state just shifted marijuana market from ‘big weed’ to ‘ma and pa weed’

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Faced with the possibility of 11 million square feet of federally illegal plants, the Washington Liquor Control Board on Wednesday made a rule change that will have a dramatic effect on the state’s legal marijuana market. The board cut all applications for producers down to one license per…
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18 Members of Congress Call on Obama to Reclassify Marijuana

Toke Signals Citing high numbers of arrests, billions of dollars wasted, disproportionate effects on black Americans and the relative safety of marijuana, a group of 18 Congress members on Wednesday, February 12, called on President Obama to “delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way, at the very least eliminating…
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Bill Introduced In Congress Allowing Drug Czar To Speak The Truth About Marijuana

Toke Signals Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske:Prohibited by law from telling the truth about marijuana Under Current Law Drug Czar Must Oppose Legalization of Marijuana, Even for Medical Use, No Matter What the Science Shows or What the American People Support Cohen Bill Would Allow Drug Czar to Take Same Positions…
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Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Lead To Fewer Suicides

Huffington Post A team of economists' newly published report in the American Journal of Public Health suggests states that have legalized medical marijuana may see a reduction in suicide rates in young men. The researchers took a close look at state-level suicide data over a 17-year period, from 1990 to…
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Legal Hemp Cultivation Gets Boost From Pending Farm Bill

Wall Street Journal Legal cultivation of hemp—a cousin of marijuana used to make everything from fabrics to pharmaceuticals—is closer to becoming reality as a result of a provision tucked into the farm bill that passed the House last week.Federal law effectively prohibits the cultivation of hemp, making no distinction between…
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Deputy drug czar reluctantly admits marijuana is less deadly than alcohol

Raw Story The deputy director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy admitted Tuesday that marijuana was less deadly than alcohol, but insisted that pot was not a benign drug. At a House Oversight Committee hearing, the drug czar’s second-in-command, Michael Botticelli, received a stern questioning from…
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D.C. Council weakens bill to decriminalize marijuana, keeps smoking in public a crime

Washington Post The Council voted to eliminate criminal penalties for possession of marijuana on Tuesday, but left smoking of marijuana a crime, splintering an effort to have the District join the quarter of states that have fully decriminalized marijuana. The 11-1 decision by the Council came as Mayor Vincent C.…
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Lab-Tested Marijuana Will Soon Be Mandatory In Colorado

By the end of this year, all marijuana products sold in Colorado will have to be lab-tested first. Final rules for the state’s recreational industry require all products to be tested and labelled for THC content and contaminants by Oct. 1st. The system will be gradually introduced, with testing on…
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Green day for banks as feds to adjust rules for legal pot shops

The Obama administration has decided that state-sanctioned pot dispensaries should have access to the US banking system, even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Details remain scant at the moment, but Holder said the new rules will help marijuana growers and retailers, in the 20 states that have legalized…
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Head of DEA slams Obama for saying marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol

Daily Mail The nation’s drug enforcement czar disagrees with President Barack Obama about the dangers of smoking marijuana. Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele M. Leonhart supposedly told a recent closed-door sheriff’s conference that she isn’t happy with the federal government’s willingness to allow states to legalize the plant. Leonhart expressed…
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Wisconsin Assembly approves tougher marijuana sanctions

WEAU (WI) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would expand municipalities’ powers to enforce marijuana ordinances after district attorneys decline to prosecute. Currently municipalities can enforce ordinances prohibiting possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. But they can’t prosecute anyone…
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Alaska takes major step toward marijuana legalization

Legal marijuana is inching closer and closer to becoming a reality in Alaska, where it’s very likely voters will render a decision on the issue in August. On Wednesday, Alaska’s pot supporters handed over a petition to legalize the recreational use of marijuana with over 45,000 signatures, according to the…
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NFL Commissioner Open to Players Using Medical Cannabis

TheJointBlog Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), has made his first ever public comments surrounding medical cannabis consumption among players, saying that he’s open to a change in the league’s rules which would allow its use in states where its legal. “I don’t know what’s going to…
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Some Alabama lawmakers ready to legalize marijuana-derived oil that helps control seizures

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A marijuana-derived substance believed to help control seizures in children would become legal in Alabama under a bill expected to be introduced this afternoon. Sponsored by state Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, the bill would allow parents of children with certain neurological and epileptic disorders to possess CBD,…
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Report: Cuomo to legalize medical marijuana in N.Y.

USA Today ALBANY, — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce plans to legalize medical marijuana through an executive order, according to a published report Saturday. Cuomo is expected to legalize medical marijuana on a limited basis at 20 hospitals for specific conditions, the New York Times reported Saturday evening.…
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Flurry of petitions propel medical marijuana toward Florida ballot

Tampa Bay Times TAMPA — Buoyed by a last-minute flood of signatures, the group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Florida says it now has enough petitions to force a vote in November. Elections officials are scrambling to see if that is true. "We have collected close to 900,000 and…
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Marijuana: So Evil, the U.S. Gov’t Owns the Patent “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants”

The Daily Sheeple by Melissa Melton On January 1st, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legally sell marijuana for recreational purposes. Hoax stories tell of blood raining in the streets of the state following the legalization, while Internet memes everywhere are pointing out the fact that the…
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A group of activists in the US are encouraging people nationwide to plant cannabis seeds on April 20th in their town to protest against the war on drugs

IntelliHub By John Vibes A group of activists in the US are encouraging people nationwide to plant cannabis seeds on April 20th in their town to protest against the war on drugs. In various isolated occurrences throughout the world activists have planted cannabis freely in public areas as a protest…
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Medical Marijuana Activists Arrested In Alabama; Bond Set At $1 Million

Toke Signals By Steve Elliott Medical cannabis activist Chris Butts, his girlfriend and fellow activist Sonja Renae, and two others were arrested by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department in Alabama at about 2 Saturday afternoon and — reportedly — charged with possession and cultivation of marijuana. “Was just raided,” Butts…
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Cannabinoids May Help Revive Individuals After Cardiac Arrest

An intriguing new study being published in next month’s issue of the journal Critical Care Medicine, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid-based medicine administered through IV may provide a method of helping an individual resuscitate from cardiac arrest. According to researchers, who examined…
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Argentia: Uruguay’s neighbors now considering legalization of pot

GlobalPost LIMA, Peru — Argentina has given the first sign that Uruguay’s groundbreaking cannabis reform just may have started a domino effect across Latin America. Following the momentous vote by its smaller neighbor’s senate this month — making it the first nation in the world to completely legalize the soft…
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UN Claims Uruguay Not Allowed to End Marijuana Prohibition

The New American by Alex Newman As the United Nations, which is widely ridiculed as the “dictators club,” becomes increasingly bold in purporting to dictate policy to nations and governments, the controversial global body is now under fire from many of its traditional allies after claiming that Uruguay’s recent decision…
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Uruguay faces UN backlash for legalizing pot

RT Uruguay is facing criticism, as the UN’s drug body, supporting the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), lashed out at the country for allegedly breaking international law, after it legalized the consumption and growing of the plant on Tuesday. “Uruguay is breaking the international conventions on drug control with the…
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