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British press misrepresents research on cannabis liberalisation experiments

April 25, 2013 Cannabis

Earlier this month the press reported that the downgrade in cannabis (from B to C) in 2004 and the Lambeth depenalisation experiment had both been found to result in increased cannabis use and crime. However, the data these claims were based upon does not support this conclusion – provoking one of the authors to write a public letter of complaint about the misrepresentation of his research.

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Link Between Cannabis and IQ Drop Challenged

March 5, 2013 Cannabis

A report recently published in the online journal PNAS challenges the belief that smoking cannabis in adolescence can reduce IQ. The original causal link was suggested by the Dunedin longitudinal study of cannabis users in New Zealand. However, new analysis by Norwegian economist Ole Røgeberg apparently indicates that the observed decrease in IQ could instead be linked to lower socioeconomic status.

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Harborside: Judge in San Francisco lets biggest medical pot shop stay open

January 8, 2013 Cannabis

The latest in the Harborside medical marijuana facilities story – federal judge rules against the eviction of dispensaries from their premises in Oakland and San Jose

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On drugs, the law lags behind public opinion

December 11, 2012 Cannabis

A substantial majority are happy to see the personal use of cannabis decriminalised, or penalties for possession lowered to the status of a parking fine

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Comment: Politicians don’t have the guts to support us in public

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Politicians will say many things privately but never dare utter them in public, especially when in office. Only when they are out of power do they reveal their true feelings. And this is no truer than the when addressing the ‘D’ word – drugs. Support the regulation of drugs and your career could be over. Or could it?

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Turning Over a New Leaf

December 3, 2012 Cannabis

Photograph courtesy of Deutsche Welle Friday, November 30, 2012 Turning Over a New Leaf One would have to be a dope not to appreciate the deep-rooted controversy that the legalization of marijuana in the US states of Colorado and Washington has unearthed for the rest of the Americas. Faced with this soiled wedge between state legislation and […]

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Can Obama and Peña Nieto Clear the Marijuana Smoke?

November 30, 2012 Cannabis

Time Magazine: President Obama and Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto already had more than enough on their bilateral agenda. When Peña Nieto visits the White House on Tuesday, he and Obama will briefly engage concerns ranging from immigration reform to trade with Asia. But a figurative yet pungent cloud of marijuana smoke may hang over their conversation as well — in the form of this month’s historic decision by voters in the states of Colorado and Washington to legalize pot.

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Most Americans and Canadians Are Ready to Legalize Marijuana

November 29, 2012 Cannabis

In the online survey of representative national samples, a majority of Canadians (57%) and Americans (54%) support the legalization of marijuana.

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Following win, Colorado marijuana activists debate how hard to push

November 27, 2012 Cannabis

At a recent forum, advocates talked about whether the movement should continue to step lightly in Colorado politics — being accommodating toward law enforcement and welcoming of strict regulations — or act like a political powerhouse whose measure garnered more votes than any presidential, gubernatorial or U.S. Senate candidate has ever received in Colorado.

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Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws?

November 26, 2012 Cannabis

Parts of new laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana will take effect early next month. The Obama administration needs to choose whether it will sue to stop the legislation or let those states go their own way — even though the drug remains illegal under federal law.

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