• Liberal Dutch marijuana policy taking another hit?

    The Associated Press
    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    The new conservative Dutch government wants to force the country's marijuana cafes to become "members only" clubs, a move that would effectively block foreigners from buying the drug. If the idea ever becomes reality — it would be legally complicated and politically divisive — it would be the latest of the country's liberal policies to be scrapped or curtailed as the Dutch rethink the limits of their famed tolerance. While marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, it has been sold openly in designated cafes for decades, and police make no arrests for possession of small amounts.

  • A hunger strike divides Switzerland

    Swissinfo (Switzerland)
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    rappazImprisoned cannabis farmer Bernard Rappaz has been on hunger strike for more than 80 days in protest at a prison sentence he considers too high. Doctors have refused orders from the authorities to force feed him. In the latest twist to the story, the Federal Court rejected Rappaz' appeal for his imprisonment to be suspended. Rappaz, who is well known as someone who has fought for the legalisation of cannabis, received a prison sentence of five years and eight months for violating the federal drugs law.

  • Legal marijuana: Not if, but when

    Allan Block
    The Orange County Register (US)
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    One might have expected the principals of the Proposition 19 campaign to partially decriminalize marijuana possession and use to be a little chagrined in the wake the initiative's 54-46 loss after it had maintained a narrow but reasonably steady lead in the polls until a couple of weeks before Election Day. But in two teleconferences in which I participated after the election, they were remarkably upbeat, celebrating Prop. 19 as the proposal that finally brought marijuana legalization into the mainstream, garnering mostly favorable news coverage worldwide that significantly advanced the debate over marijuana legalization.

  • Prop. 19 Failure Means Advocates Have Clean Slate

    Allison Margolin
    The Harvard Law Record (US)
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    Drug use and abuse are social and pubic health issues. But these drug laws started as purity laws in a progressive effort to stop pharmaceutical companies from addicting their unknowing customers to substances like heroin and cocaine added to common products like cough medicine and soft drinks. We have lost sight of these original goals.

  • Voters approve Arizona medical marijuana measure

    The Associated Press
    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    By a narrow margin, Arizona voters have given their OK to legalized medical marijuana for people with chronic or debilitating diseases. The decision makes Arizona the 15th state to approve a medical marijuana law. California was the first in 1996, and 13 other states and Washington, D.C., have followed suit.

  • Backers of Legal Marijuana Find Silver Lining in Defeat of California Measure

    The New York Times (US)
    Saturday, November 13, 2010

    Proposition 19, which would have legalized in California, received more votes than the Republican nominee for governor. It also received untold news coverage, bringing the debate a new level of legitimacy in the eyes of many supporters. And while it lost — with 46 percent of the vote — its showing at the polls was strong enough that those supporters are confidently planning to bring it back before voters in California, and perhaps other states, in 2012.

  • U.S. appeals court judge endorses legal marijuana

    Juan Torruella says it's only realistic alternative since the drug war has been lost
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    A U.S. federal appeals court judge says the United States should consider legalizing marijuana. Judge Juan Torruella tells a law school audience in Puerto Rico that experimenting with legalization of marijuana and perhaps other drugs is a better way to reduce drug abuse and crime.

  • Pot legalization advocates are undeterred by the defeat of Prop. 19

    Supporters see this year's campaign as a trial run that, if retooled, could win passage in 2012. Polls show Californians open to making the drug legal.
    John Hoeffel
    Los Angeles Times (US)
    Sunday, November 7, 2010

    Despite Proposition 19's loss at the polls last week, marijuana legalization advocates in California are already working on their comeback plan for 2012 and are almost giddy about their prospects. They see the election as a trial run that could lead to a campaign with a better message, a tighter measure and more money. Both the winning and losing sides say California's voters rejected this specific initiative, but remain open to legalizing the easily obtainable drug.

  • Colorado groups look to legalize marijuana in 2012

    Activists plan to launch campaigns but won’t collect signatures yet
    The Durango Herald (US)
    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Colorado marijuana activists, undaunted by California’s failure to legalize the drug, said last week they are launching two separate campaigns to legalize marijuana for adults in 2012. The groups announced their intentions even as voters in more than two dozen Colorado municipalities decided last week to ban medical marijuana centers. But advocates who want to legalize the drug see hope in Colorado, one of 14 states where medical marijuana is legal, and where Denver voters approved an ordinance making marijuana possession the “lowest law-enforcement priority.”

  • Voters in many Massachusetts communities back loosening of marijuana laws

    The Associated Press
    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Voters in more than a dozen state legislative districts backed dramatic expansions to legal access to marijuana in Tuesday’s elections, and advocates plan to use the results to press lawmakers to loosen restrictions on the drug. Advocates placed 18 advisory questions on Tuesday’s ballot to get a sense whether voters would support another overhaul of marijuana laws.

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