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Mexico's El Chapo Guzman Reportedly Captured

Reports are coming out that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the elusive head of the Sinal

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Mexico
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No Marijuana Legalization for Hawaii This Year

A bill that would have legalized marijuana in the Aloha State died in a state Senate committee Thursday, but a decriminalization bill still lives.

Location: 
Honolulu, HI
United States
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Some Drug Sanity from Italy!

Italy's constitutional court today struck down a 2006 law that removed the distinction between "soft" and "hard" drugs, treating pot possession like heroin possession.

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Rome
Italy
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Hemp Amendment Becomes Law as Prez Signs Farm Bill

President Obama this afternoon signed into law the omnibus farm bill, which includes an amendment allowing for research into hemp production in states that have authorized it.

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Washington, DC
United States
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Smart Needle Exchange Reform Bill Moving in Maryland

The Maryland Senate today moved to undo a restriction in existing state law that prevents injection drug users from picking up more clean needles at the

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Annapolis, MD
United States
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It's on in Alaska! Marijuana Legalization Vote Coming in August

Alaska election officials have certified that a marijuana legalization initiative there has qualified for the ballot. Alaskans will go to the polls in August.

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AK
United States
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DC Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The District of Columbia city council today approved a marijuana decriminalization bill, but a second vote is needed for final approval.

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Washington, DC
United States
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Another Poll Confirms Emerging Marijuana Majority

They just keep on coming -- polls showing a majority nationwide in favor of marijuana legalization. The latest is from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

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Hemp Amendment Included in Federal Farm Bill

The massive federal farm bill, soon to be voted on by both houses of Congress, includes an amendment allowing for research into the industrial uses of hemp.

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Washington, DC
United States
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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Will Go to the Voters!

Just moments ago, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion approving a medical marijuana initiative

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Tallahassee, FL
United States
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German Cannabis Activist Georg Wurth Wins a Million Euros!

Big congratulations are in order for our German brethren. They have scored a major publicity and resource coup that will definitely help them advance the cause.

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Germany
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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Has Enough Signatures!

The Florida Department of Elections reported today that the

Location: 
FL
United States
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No Chronicle AM today, folks, but I have a couple of stories to post.

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Due to out-of-town visitors, I have tour guide duties this afternoon, so I won't have time to get around to the Chronicle AM. But...

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DC Pols Move Toward Marijuana Decriminalization, But a Legalization Initiative Looms

The possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation's capital could soon be no more than a ticketable offense.

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Washington, DC
United States
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Cuomo to Establish NY Medical Marijuana Program Based on '80s-Era Legislation

New York Gov.

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Albany, NY
United States
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Marijuana History Was Made in Denver This Morning!

Legal retail marijuana sales to adults got underway in Denver (and the rest of Colorado) a couple of hours ago. This is a historic day, as Amendment 64 finally goes into full effect.

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Denver, CO
United States
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Judge Strikes Down Florida Welfare Drug Test Law

Happy holidays, indeed!

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Orlando, FL
United States
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"Obamacare" Heroin Hits the Market

Like any other businessmen seeking to differentiate their product from similar competitors, heroin dealers come up with brand names, too.

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MA
United States
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Obama Commutes Sentences of Clarence Aaron, Seven Others

The White House announced this morning that President Obama had granted commutations

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Washington, DC
United States
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Guatemala Considers Legalizing Opium Growing

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and other government officials said repeatedly this week that they are considering legalizing and regulating opium poppy production in areas where it is alrea

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Guatemala
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