In Mexico City, a discussion over the legalization of marijuana has required policymakers to consider allowing the cultivation of three marijuana plants per adult and the establishing of "nonprofit private club," also identified as "smoking clubs."
Less than two weeks after the Department of Justice issued a memorandum on how it intends to enforce marijuana laws in states that have legalized its use, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold unprecedented hearings focusing in part on the details of that enforcement plan.
In a largely unexpected development late last week, the Department of Justice announced new guidelines addressing the federal government's contentious relationship with states over marijuana policy, a conflict that dates back to the Clinton administration.
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The bill to decriminalize marijuana in the District of Columbia is expected to pass the council later this year and could become law by early 2014.
For the past twenty years, I have researched the economics of drug legalization versus drug prohibition. Based on this work and much other evidence, I have come to regard legalization as a policy no-brainer. Virtually all the effects would be positive, with minimal risks of significant negatives.
Hikers discovered Daniel's body and reported their horrific findings to local authorities which claim to have found the illegal garden also surrounded by barbed wire and a leg trap that is generally used to snare coyote.
These findings revealing the protective effects of aerobic exercise on preventing white matter brain damage in drinkers are compelling and valuable, regardless of whatever biological link to explain this correlation may be found in the future.
The principles of good faith, fair play and common decency dictate that based on these facts, DOJ owes the state of Washington, and other similarly affected states like California, Montana, and Michigan, a period of time to bring state laws in compliance with the second Cole Memo.
Frank Schnarrs, owner of Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia, Washington, is defending what he considers to be legal activity that is taking place on the second floor of his establishment, which is adults over the age of 21 consuming marijuana.
The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.
Beyond legalization, what any flyover, any conversation, is obligated to include is the industry's impact on the environment -- inclusive of animal, vegetable and mineral -- which is profound and growing.
In the light of 100 years of failure, California would be better off to repeal prohibition and to re-legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.
This announcement is the recognition by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has been the primary obstacle for reform of marijuana laws for 40 years, that the political reality has changed.
The competition to land one of 35 medical marijuana dispensary licenses that the state of Massachusetts will allow is underway.
The goal of drug policy is a balance between personal freedom and public safety. It's a model the public supports, but visualizing what that means in terms of policies and programs can be difficult.