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Indicators Point to a Softening of America’s Marijuana Laws

By Alexander Zaitchik | With key medical marijuana ballot initiatives likely to pass, and a more pot-friendly majority in Congress, there is room for optimism. You have to hand it to the Republican National Committee: Those guys really know how ...

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Noam Chomsky on Marijuana

By John Veit - HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE | A hundred years from now, Avram Noam Chomsky is going to figure in the history books as the prime voice of conscience, dissent and reason in the wars and social catastrophes of the ...

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The War on Drugs – ’30 Years of Failure’

Radley Balko | HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire wrapped up its final season in March. The show has been widely praised for its raw and cynical realism, its huge cast of multidimensional characters interweaving across complex story arcs, and ...

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Is Amsterdam turning into a prudish backwater?

By Frank Scimone | The owners of cafés in the centre of Amsterdam are again up in arms against what they say is the umpteenth attempt to turn the city into a prudish provincial backwater. A majority of the Amsterdam ...

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How Pot Became Demonized

The following is an excerpt from “Dying to Get High” by Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb (NYU Press, 2008). (c) 2008 NYU Press. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. For many modern critics, the concept of “medical marijuana” is ...

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Britain throws away £10bn of food every year

By Martin Hickman | Global food shortages, soaring prices and alarm over the environment. But every day, Britain throws away 220,000 loaves of bread, 1.6m bananas, 550,000 chickens, 5.1m potatoes, 660,000 eggs, 1.2m sausages and 1.3m yoghurts. A new study ...

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Gov set to defy its own experts and upgrade cannabis

By Alan Travis | The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, will today stress the dangers of more potent strains of cannabis as she is expected to defy medical opinion by announcing that the drug will be upgraded from class C to ...

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Banksy throws London stencil party

By Raphael G. Satter | Graffiti impresario Banksy and airbrush-wielding guerrilla artists blanketed the walls of an abandoned London tunnel with offbeat murals as part of a three-day stencil-art street party this weekend.Banksy marshaled more than three dozen international artists for ...

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Police reject tougher action on cannabis

By Alan Travis - The Guardian | Police will not adopt a tougher approach to cases of simple possession of cannabis when ministers upgrade the legal status of the drug to class B, the Guardian can disclose. The Association of Chief Police ...

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Top brands in OFT price-fixing probe

By James Hall and Richard Fletcher | About 100 leading household brands, including PG Tips, Coca-Cola and Aquafresh, are at the centre of an investigation into allegations of price-fixing, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. They are included on a hit list ...

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