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And so it begins…

January 3, 2014
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And so it begins…

Longmont toddler tests positive for THC after acting oddly

Satur said the girl’s mother said she does not use drugs, but she told police she found the girl eating a cookie that she had reportedly found outside the family’s apartment complex on the 200 block of East Eighth Avenue about a half hour before...

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Predictions that make you go ‘huh’? (updated)

January 1, 2014
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Predictions that make you go ‘huh’? (updated)

Some… interesting… predictions in this piece: Pot law: Hazy days ahead for state

From Jonathan Caulkins:

Caulkins expects impaired driving to become a bigger issue, particularly after initial 2013 reports from the Washington State Patrol showed a 50 percent increase in the number of drivers testing positive for pot.

This is either imprecise speech...

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New Year, New World: Legal Marijuana Sales Begin in Colorado

New Year, New World: Legal Marijuana Sales Begin in Colorado

At eight o’clock this morning, Iraq War Veteran Sean Azzariti stepped up to the counter at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver and made the first ever legal marijuana purchase in the United States. He didn’t have to show a medical marijuana program card, proving he paid a fee and consulted a doctor, he simply...

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Treatment for drug war addicts

January 1, 2014
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Treatment for drug war addicts

The excellent Diane Goldstein (a member of LEAP) has a good tongue-in-cheek column: I am a Recovering Drug War Addict

She suggests the need for a program for drug war addicts…

How do we create a “safe space” for both our political and law enforcement leaders to publicly acknowledge what most admit behind closed...

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Welfare drug testing ruled unconstitutional

January 1, 2014
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Welfare drug testing ruled unconstitutional

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A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a law requiring Florida cash welfare recipients first pass a drug test. The law, enacted in 2011, had been temporarily blocked by a federal judge under grounds that it might constitute an illegal search and seizure.

Of course, the governor isn’t happy:

“Any illegal drug use...

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Colorado counts down to legal cannabis shops

December 31, 2013
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Colorado counts down to legal cannabis shops

The Denver Post has a new website for their pot culture reporter: The Cannabist, with cannabis reviews, recipes and much more.

Looks like a good site.

Jacob Sullum writes about What to expect when Colorado’s marijuana shops open on Wednesday

Short answer: shortages and price increases

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The Countdown to Legal Cannabis Retail Sales Has Begun

The eyes and ears of the national and international media will be focused on Colorado on New Year's Day as the nation's first modern state-licensed retail cannabis dispensaries will be open for business.

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For those who wish to quit, treatment is not the only option

December 30, 2013
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For those who wish to quit, treatment is not the only option

This peer-reviewed paper is several years old, but I thought it was very interesting and brought up some important points about how we in society tend to deal with those who wish to give up a particular “vice.”

The Global Research Neglect of Unassisted Smoking Cessation

It’s a study related to those who quit...

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‘Legalization’ is coming into focus

December 28, 2013
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‘Legalization’ is coming into focus

We’re just days away from the first legal recreational sales in Colorado. Many are projecting shortages of product to begin with (not surprising as there will certainly be a beginning surge as a kind of celebration of the new status). It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out. City of Denver has...

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2013: The Year In Review – NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy

2013 will go down on record as one of the most significant years in the history of marijuana law reform. Here’s why.

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Marijuana Arrest: Devastation Of A Life Well Lived

Marijuana Arrest: Devastation Of A Life Well Lived

If there is another human being who has publicly debated more in favor of cannabis law reform, or, spoken to more legal victims of America’s cannabis laws than me, I want to meet and thank them. From these hundreds of debates and thousands of personal encounters with my fellow cannabis consumers busted for ganja,...

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Open Thread

December 25, 2013
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Open Thread

I’ve got a number of commitments over the holidays so I’ll be in and out here. Yet there’s a whole lot going on, so everyone take shifts and keep active in comments, while having a wonderful, joyous, and safe holidays.

Plenty of eggnog in the fridge, spiced cider on the stove, and someone brought...

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