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Weed Cures Insomnia

Let’s talk about weed, shall we?<p>Honestly, I’m pretty much the last person I’d ever imagine writing an article that advocated marijuana use. Historically speaking, I’ve never been a drug guy. In fact, I’ve spoken out about habitual weed use in the past. I know it’s not “addictive”, per say. However, …

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Congress moves to end war on medical marijuana

In a potential “stunning victory” for medical marijuana advocates, the U.S. Congress is ready to-defund the federal war on medical marijuana.<p>Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have included riders in a large, “omnibus” spending bill that prohibit the Department of Justice from …

How legalizing marijuana on Indian reservations could end the prohibition on pot

This week, the Department of Justice announced that it would let Native American tribes grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states where the drug is still illegal. The decision opens the door to pockets of legal marijuana throughout the country, in addition to the growing number …

Report Predicts 18 States Will Legalize Pot by 2020

A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states …

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Says Marijuana 'Can Be Helpful' For Some Medical Conditions

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's new surgeon general, says that marijuana "can be helpful" for some medical conditions, and wants science to dictate policy on the federally banned substance.<p>"We have some preliminary data that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be …

Legalize Marijuana and Keep the Moral Police Out of Our Lives

The push for legalized marijuana has overcome some major hurdles in recent year, but still has a long way to go. At the state level in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, marijuana possession, sale, transport and cultivation is legal. Unfortunately, everywhere else, being caught with it will …

US Senate Step Promises Peace for Medical Marijuana Patients

Medical marijuana patients just got a step closer to what we need, with the introduction yesterday of a historic medical marijuana bill in the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) would finally end the federal …

Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

Marijuana legal reform has made great strides over the past few years. Four states are now allowing their citizens to freely use recreational marijuana. Washington D.C. -- the seat of the federal government itself -- has joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state in fully legalizing …

Obama: If Enough States Decriminalize Marijuana, Congress May Change Federal Law

President Barack Obama said if enough states reform their marijuana laws, Congress may change federal law that continues to make the drug illegal.<p>Obama, during an interview with Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith released in full on Monday, said he's encouraged that liberal Democrats and …

Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday.<p>"What I'm encouraged by is you're starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans recognize this doesn't make sense, including sort …

Obama: I’m ‘Encouraged’ by Bipartisan Efforts on Marijuana Decriminalization

President Barack Obama seemed open to the idea of decriminalizing marijuana and said he was “encouraged” by bipartisan efforts in Congress, even as he said it shouldn’t be the “biggest priority” for young people.<p>“At a certain point if enough states end up decriminalizing, Congress may then …

Insider Tips on How to Get a Job in the Booming Weed Industry

Thanks to legalization efforts around the country, the marijuana industry is booming, and cannabis-related jobs are following. Last month I wrote Need a Job? The Weed Industry is Hiring — Especially Women, which reported that industry experts expect 200,000 pot-related positions to be created in …

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Native Americans Look Beyond Casinos To Marijuana

Native American tribes are looking to expand their business beyond casinos and into the lucrative cannabis industry.<p>The Portland Press Herald reported that three of the states four tribes were considering legalizing marijuana on their lands, but hadn’t gone much further than discussions. One of the …

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This addiction specialist makes a compelling case for the legalization of marijuana

"The Culture High" is a feature-length crowd-funded documentary that analyzes modern day marijuana prohibition and reveals the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose the existing marijuana laws. In this clip addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Mate makes the …

Justice Department Defying Congress, Breaking the Law on Medical Marijuana

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently told the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> that a bipartisan amendment passed by Congress last year prohibiting DOJ from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws doesn't prevent it from prosecuting people for medical marijuana or …

Vermont Lawmakers Threaten To Reinstate Prohibition If Pot Isn't Legalized

Vermont may well become the next state to legalize marijuana, and two state lawmakers who support legalization have a simple message for their colleagues: Give us what we want, or we'll take away your booze.<p>A new bill filed earlier this month by state Reps. Jean O'Sullivan and Christopher Pearson …

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Why We Celebrate Weed On 4/20

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, touring as The Dead. It's the spring of 2009, he's just finished a Dead show in Washington, D.C., and he gets a pop quiz from The Huffington Post.<p>Where does "420" come from?<p>He pauses …

12 Key People Who Will Influence The Future Of Pot

With 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana, 19 that have decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot and four that have legalized recreational use outright, pot policy is one of the most fiercely contested issues in America today. Recent polling suggests that support for legal weed …

Americans' Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High In CBS Poll

A majority of Americans support the legalization of recreational marijuana, according to a new poll from CBS News -- and it's the highest percentage in support since the news organization began asking the question in 1979.<p>Just in time for 4/20, the annual marijuana holiday, CBS News released a poll …

10 best marijuana strains for 4/20

The term “420” and the de facto cannabis appreciation holiday it spawned traces back to the Bay Area, and has become like a St. Patrick’s Day — but with less fights.<p>For those heaviest of fans — the 5.9 million daily to near-daily tokers — a Monday holiday only encourages a three-day weekend.<p>About …

Dr. Sanjay Gupta drops bomb with ‘WEED 3’ on eve of 420

On the eve of the de facto cannabis holiday of April 20 (4/20), trauma neurosurgeon and journalist Dr. Sanjay Gupta — once a candidate for U.S. Surgeon General — fires yet another salvo at the plant’s federal prohibition.<p>President Obama will endorse the legalization of medical marijuana in the CNN …

Illinois Lawmakers Move Closer To Decriminalizing Marijuana

Illinois has moved one step closer to decriminalizing marijuana in small amounts.<p>The bill cleared the Illinois House on Thursday afternoon, 62-53. House Bill 218 would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than 15 grams (roughly half an ounce) of marijuana and protect against the penalty …

Colorado gov now says legalizing marijuana helps state's fiscal health

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper seems to be softening his anti-pot stance.<p>The Democratic governor recently told Fox Business Network that the issue is “not as vexing” as he feared it would be, and partly ties Colorado’s strong fiscal health to the popularity and economic opportunities connected …

Marijuana laws pose dilemma for Republican presidential hopefuls

New Jersey Gov.<p>Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona.<p>A former prosecutor and potential presidential candidate, Christie has long been a staunch opponent of pot, at one time lambasting tax revenue …

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