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Maryland: Reduced Marijuana Possession Penalties Take Effect

Senate Bill 364, signed into law this past April, amends statewide penalties for marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less from a criminal misdemeanor (presently punishable by arrest, up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a criminal record) to a non-arrestable, non-criminal, fine-only offense ($100 fine for first-time offenders,...

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Odds and Ends

September 29, 2014
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Odds and Ends

A tale of two Eric Holders

Eric Holder Was Great on Drugs: Will his successor throw it all away? by Ethan Nadelmann. Holder’s Drug Policy Record is Much Weaker Than Many Believe by Eric Sterling.

I suspect that they’re both right, depending on...

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2014 Boston Freedom Rally: New England Gaining Ground

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 25th annual Boston Freedom Rally, the two-day celebration of marijuana and protest against marijuana prohibition, held on the Boston Common each September sponsored by MassCann/NORML, the NORML state affiliate in Massachusetts. I have been attending this...

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Oh, Cliff… you’re so entertaining.

September 28, 2014
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Oh, Cliff… you’re so entertaining.

Haven’t had a bizarro anti-legalization post from Cliff Kincaid linked here in a while. I think you’ll find this one quite entertaining.

The Potheads in Our Dopey Media

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A little early for Halloween

September 27, 2014
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A little early for Halloween

A ghoulish shade from the past has come forth to haunt us once again. Yes, it’s John P. Walters!

Former ‘drug czar’ warns against marijuana...

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A little early for Halloween

September 27, 2014
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A little early for Halloween

A ghoulish shade from the past has come forth to haunt us once again. Yes, it’s John P. Walters!

Former ‘drug czar’ warns against marijuana...

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Study: CBD Administration Associated With Improved Quality Of Life In Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

The administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid, is associated with improved quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease, according clinical trial data published online ahead of...

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Open Thread

September 25, 2014
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Open Thread

I’m playing the piano this week for a production of Noël Coward’s high-farce-comedy-of-manners Hay Fever at Illinois State University, and having a delightful time. Pre-show, intermission, and a few...

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Study: Legal Marijuana Market Would Yield Over $3 Billion In Tax Revenue

Legalizing the retail production and sale of cannabis in the United States would yield over $3 billion in annual tax revenue, according to an analysis published this week by...

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Support NORML and get “Evergreen”, the exciting documentary that tells the story of how Rick Steves and friends helped legalize marijuana in Washington State

September 23, 2014
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Support NORML and get “Evergreen”, the exciting documentary that tells the story of how Rick Steves and friends helped legalize marijuana in Washington State

Dear NORML members and supporters, As a board member of NORML I am feeling really good. I’m on a drug policy reform high for four reasons: We legalized marijuana...

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Police training fails

September 23, 2014
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Police training fails

Aaron Malin has a rather disturbing article at Reason: Drug War Propaganda Counts as State Police Training

In Missouri, sworn law enforcement officers are required to take 48 credit...

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Hanging With Willie: A Friendship Sealed With Weed

Hanging With Willie: A Friendship Sealed With Weed

Willie Nelson is a proud marijuana smoker who stopped using alcohol and tobacco decades ago. Willie, 81, credits his longevity to that decision. Willie was purposely out of the “marijuana...

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