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Matt Ferner
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

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Nebraska, Oklahoma File Federal Suit Against Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

(2014) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:38 PM

The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, claiming that Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional under federal law.

"Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana," Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday in a statement....

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Colorado Funds Multiple Studies On Marijuana's Medical Possibilities

(16) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:10 PM

The Colorado state Board of Health approved nearly $8 million in grant funding Wednesday for eight separate studies investigating the potential medical benefits of marijuana.

All eight medical marijuana research projects that were recommended to the board received approval, Mark Salley, communications director for the Colorado Department...

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Los Angeles Police Will Get Body Cameras

(222) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 7:53 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Every Los Angeles police officer will soon be equipped with a body camera, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.

Garcetti said at a press conference that the department will buy 7,000 on-body cameras for Los Angeles Police Department officers to expand transparency and accountability.

"The trust between a...

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D.C. Pols Fight GOP Marijuana Legalization Ban

(75) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ignoring an effort among congressional Republicans to block marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia in the recently passed “cromnibus” spending bill, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) says he intends to submit the new law to Congress anyway.

“The Chairman’s position is that it is his duty...

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Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill

(146) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operations in states where they are legal.

The spending bill includes an amendment that prohibits the Department...

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Pelosi Says Legal Weed Still Has A Chance In D.C.

(165) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying to thwart legal weed in the District of Columbia, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) thinks the plant still has a fighting chance.

The "cromnibus" spending bill that the House of Representatives passed Thursday is supposed to stop the marijuana legalization approved by D.C....

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Congress Blocks Feds From Targeting Medical Marijuana, Hemp Cultivation

(236) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 2:38 PM

States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress.

Included in the federal spending bill released late Tuesday are amendments that prohibit the Department of Justice from using funds to go after state medical marijuana operations and that block the Drug Enforcement...

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D.C. Marijuana Law Blocked By Congress, But There May Be A Loophole

(80) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington, D.C., appears to be blocked in the spending bill Congress released late Tuesday.

A summary posted to the House Appropriations website says the spending bill Congress will consider this week "prohibits both federal and local funds...

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What The CIA Said It Learned Through Torture, But Didn't

(307) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's bombshell torture report reveals multiple CIA misrepresentations about the effectiveness of its post-9/11 torture program to justify mistreatment of detainees.

Below are some of the most egregious CIA claims that "enhanced interrogation techniques" produced new and viable information when,...

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Congress Looking To Block D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative (UPDATE)

(117) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:07 PM

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. -- A summary posted to the House Appropriations website Tuesday evening says the spending bill Congress will consider this week "prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implement a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana use in the District."

WASHINGTON -- Congress...

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Americans Want States With Legal Marijuana Protected From Federal Prohibition

(103) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 8:30 PM

A majority of Americans want each state to decide its own marijuana laws and don't want federal interference with those that legalize cannabis.

A report released Monday by centrist think tank Third Way says 60 percent of American voters believe states should decide whether to legalize marijuana. And...

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Rand Paul Hints At Previous Marijuana Use: 'I Wasn't A Choir Boy In College'

(39) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) maybe, probably, could have smoked some pot in college.

"Let's just say I wasn't a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes," Paul said when asked about his previous marijuana use during an interview with

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Houston Police Chief Calls Drug War A 'Miserable' Failure, Says Feds Need To Lead Reform

(92) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 5:30 PM

The drug war is a "miserable" failure and the federal government needs to take the lead on reforming marijuana policy, Houston Police Chief Charles McLelland said Friday in a radio interview.

"Most of us understand, we do believe, those of us that are law enforcement executives, that the war on...

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Judge Andrew Napolitano Says Eric Garner's Death Was 'Criminally Negligent Homicide'

(58) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 7:27 PM

Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, said Wednesday that he was shocked by a grand jury's decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, describing Garner's death as "criminally negligent homicide."

"I think it is clearly a...

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Protestors Rally Against Police Shootings, March To Site Of Ezell Ford Shooting

(23) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:41 PM

LOS ANGELES -- A group of protesters gathered in front of Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division on Monday and marched to the neighborhood in South LA where Newton officers shot and killed 25-year-old Ezell Ford more than three months ago.

The protest was part of a broader nationwide demonstration...

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Marijuana Industry Sets Its Sights On The Mainstream

(70) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 7:31 AM

Marijuana is growing up. As Colorado and Washington’s recreational marijuana industries blossom and new markets in Oregon and Alaska begin to take shape, so-called ganjapreneurs are looking for ways to take cannabis mainstream. Before long, they hope, marijuana products will be as widely available as alcohol -- and just as...

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Veterans May Gain Easier Access To Medical Marijuana

(38) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 7:36 AM

A bill introduced in Congress would allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients.

The Veterans Equal Access Act. Introduced Thursday by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) with 10 bipartisan cosponsors, would lift a ban on VA doctors giving opinions...

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Drei Omas rauchen zum ersten Mal Marihuana und es ist einfach nur großartig

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Drei Großmütter haben das erste Mal in ihrem Leben Marihuana geraucht und waren high. Es ist einfach nur großartig. Und keine Sorge, hier wurden keine Gesetze gebrochen. Die Damen wurden in ihrem Heimatstaat Washington gefilmt, wo Marihuana legalisiert ist.

Dieser Artikel ist ursprünglich bei der

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세 할머니가 생애 처음으로 대마초를 폈다(동영상)

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 11:37 PM

세 할머니가 생애 처음으로 대마초를 폈다.

할머니들은 완전히 즐거운 '하이'상태가 됐다! 그리고 그 모든 걸 카메라에 담았다.

걱정 마시라. 할머니들은 조금도 법을 어기지 않았다. 그들이 사는 워싱턴 주는 오락용으로 대마를 피는 것이 완전 합법이다.

할머니들의 유쾌한 반응을 보시라.


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Three Grandmas Smoke Pot For The First Time, And It Is The Best Thing Ever

(537) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:23 PM

Three grandmas recently smoked marijuana for the first time and got high. It is the best thing ever. And don't worry, they didn't break the law -- Cut filmed the trio in their home state of Washington, where recreational use is legal.

Watch the magic...

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