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Matt Ferner is a national reporter for the Huffington Post. He was previously the editor of HuffPost Denver. Matt is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California, Los Angeles. For tips or comments email matt.ferner@huffingtonpost.com.

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Marijuana Tax Revenue May Top $3 Billion A Year With Legalization

(47) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 7:40 PM

Money may not grow on trees, but it apparently does grow on marijuana plants. If all 50 states legalized cannabis today, they'd be collectively raking in more than $3 billion a year in taxes.

That's according to NerdWallet, a personal finance site, which forecasts a total $3.1 billion annual windfall...

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Washington, D.C., Voters Strongly Support Marijuana Legalization

(11) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:54 PM

Washington, D.C., voters appear to be ready to legalize marijuana, according to a new poll that puts support at 65 percent.

The NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll's finding that district voters support legalization by amost a 2-1 margin “is the highest support ever for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative,” Adam...

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Sie mögen Sex und Cannabis? Dann ist das Ihr Traumjob

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:41 AM

Habe Sie gerne Sex?

Blöde Frage.

Aber kiffen Sie auch hin und wieder mal?

Aha.

Kiffen Sie vielleicht sogar manchmal, während Sie Sex haben?

Glückwunsch - dann sind Sie der ideale Kandidat für den besten Job der Welt!

Die Marihuana-Nachrichtenseite "The Cannabist", ein Ableger der...

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Ezell Ford Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeks $75 Million

(45) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:08 PM

LOS ANGELES -- The family of Ezell Ford will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday, just over a month after officers shot and killed 25-year-old Ford, who was unarmed and whose family has said had a history of mental illness.

The

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New Marijuana Ad Campaign Asks Users To Learn From Maureen Dowd And 'Consume Responsibly'

(13) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:58 PM

The advocacy group that helped to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado is reminding people to please "consume responsibly."

Wednesday marks the launch of a new public education campaign from the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that vocally backed Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot measure that legalized...

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Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officers Kill About One Person A Week

(75) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:14 PM

Since 2000, nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers. That's according to a sobering new report from the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, a youth advocacy organization, that looks into the use of lethal force...

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Best Job Posting Ever Seeks Sex-Loving Pothead

(112) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Do you like sex and marijuana? Well then this job is for you.

Last week, The Denver Post's marijuana news site The Cannabist posted what may be the best job description -- and job -- ever.

"Sex columnist, with weed focus (apply by Oct. 1)," the headline...

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New York Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2015

(104) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 7:08 PM

The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015.

State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act during the next legislative session, which begins in January, her office confirmed to The Huffington Post on Monday.

"We're definitely...

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California School Cops Received Military Rifles, Grenade Launchers, Armored Vehicles

(247) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:03 PM

School police in several California public school districts are ready for anything -- including, apparently, a small invasion.

The open news website MuckRock found through a recent Freedom of Information Act request that not only are California state and local police departments receiving military-grade equipment from the Department...

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Terminal Cancer Patient Sentenced To Probation, Instead Of Prison, For Growing Marijuana

(29) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 7:18 PM

A terminal cancer patient who faced up to 15 years in prison for growing marijuana that he says was used to treat his tumors was instead sentenced to probation by an Iowa judge Tuesday.

The Quad-City Times' Brian Wellner first reported the surprise ruling Tuesday afternoon:

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Colorado Not Suffering Buyer's Remorse Over Legal Marijuana, Poll Finds

(38) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Nine months after Colorado shops opened their doors to sell the first bags of recreational marijuana, a majority of state residents still support legal weed sales.

A new NBC News/Marist Poll shows that 55 percent of adult Colorado residents back the law that legalized the regulated use, possession...

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World Leaders Condemn Failed Drug War, Call For Global Reform

(148) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:00 PM

A coalition of former international leaders gathered in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the release of their new report calling for a complete overhaul of drug policies around the world, including legalization of psychoactive substances like marijuana.

In a discussion moderated by The Huffington Post's Washington...

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13 More 'Michael Brown' Police Killings We've Learned About In The Month Since His Death

(114) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:32 PM

It has been exactly one month since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The unarmed black teen's death drew national attention to a number of issues about policing and equal treatment under the law that have long been of...

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World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy

(43) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governments around the world to decriminalize drug use and legalize marijuana.

Members of the commission, including former Secretary General of the United...

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Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans, Survey Shows

(254) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 4:17 PM

A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the United States, and that support appears to be growing.

The survey, released last week from online polling data company CivicScience, asked more than 450,000 U.S. adults over the last two...

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Man Beaten By Police Accuses Immigration Agents Of Trying To Silence His Testimony

(29) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:54 PM

When immigration agents arrested Edgar Vargas Arzate on Aug. 18, he was driving to a court hearing in which the facts of a savage beating by Santa Ana, California, police would begin to unfold. A formal complaint filed last week by the Orange County Public Defender's office alleges that the...

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Feds Are Increasing Their Marijuana Growth Because Of Cannabinoid Research

(18) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 2:33 PM

The federal government is currently growing a lot more marijuana than it has in the past because it expects higher demand from researchers for cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that has shown tremendous promise for medical use.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which "oversees...

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LAPD Names Officers Sharlton Wampler, Antonio Villegas In Ezell Ford Shooting

(50) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:30 AM

LOS ANGELES -- More than two weeks after police in a South Los Angeles neighborhood fatally shot Ezell Ford, a black man who was unarmed and mentally ill, the Los Angeles Police Department has identified the two officers involved in the shooting.

"The Los Angeles Police officers involved in the...

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This Rapper Just Won The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With Marijuana

(100) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Just when you thought all variations on the Ice Bucket Challenge had been exhausted, rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill shows up with a bucket of marijuana.

"I know we're going through a drought with water and all that stuff, so we're going to do it a little different, but I...

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Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Legal Medical Marijuana

(79) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:40 PM

States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not, new research suggests.

In a study published Monday in the latest issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that although overdose deaths from opioid painkillers -- like...

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