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  • Brothers Beheaded for Marijuana Trafficking in Saudi Arabia

    Brothers Beheaded for Marijuana Trafficking in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia is apparently very strict when it comes to drug trafficking. Four brothers were reportedly beheaded after they were found attempting to transport the illegal substance into the kingdom.  Severed heads lie on a banner, threatening a rival drug gang, in the municipality of Puente de Ixtla, in the outskirts of Cuernavaca July 12, 2012. Six severed human heads were found early Thursday in two different sites, three of them in front of a kindergarten, in the municipalities of [...]

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  • Jaycee Chan Arrested for Cannabis in Beijing

    Jackie Chan’s Son Could Face Execution for Marijuana Charges

    Like WF on Facebook  |  Follow WF on Twitter   Chinese actor and singer Jaycee Chan was arrested for marijuana consumption and possession in Beijing Monday. The son of Jackie Chan, he could face up to three years in prison or, at worst, even execution if convicted. Last night, China Central Television (CCTV) reported that Beijing police had arrested 32-year-old Jaycee Chan, real name Fang Zuming, and Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung. Both tested positive for marijuana consumption. The younger Chan was [...]

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  • Colorado’s Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

    Colorado’s Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding

    In November 2012, Colorado voters decided to experiment with marijuana, passing a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational cannabis. It was a bold move, but it also required quick, bold, and unprecedented action on the part of the state government to implement the policy. Colorado needed to set up a legal, regulatory, and tax system so that product would be available in dispensaries by January 1, 2014. As part of an examination of Colorado’s implementation and rollout, Brookings’ John Hudak spent a week [...]

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  • These 5 Groups Are Standing in the Way of You and Legal Marijuana

    These 5 Groups Are Standing in the Way of You and Legal Marijuana

    A new OpenSecrets report has revealed some of the biggest donors to anti-marijuana legalization campaigns and politicians — and there’s serious money involved. When marijuana reform laws are on the ballot in your state, you should know that people with a financial interest in keeping marijuana illegal are bankrolling those scare ads and anti-pot PSAs. Here are the five biggest groups OpenSecrets thinks have ulterior motives in mind for backing the War on Drugs. 1. Police unions Police unions are major donors to anti-legalization efforts, probably because a [...]

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  • D.C. Voters to Decide on Marijuana Use in November

    D.C. Voters to Decide on Marijuana Use in November

    D.C. residents will vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana use in the nation’s capital after elections officials decided Wednesday to place the question on the ballot. The three-member D.C. Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday morning to approve the ballot initiative, certifying that activists gathered the tens of thousands of voter signatures necessary to qualify for the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Several of those activists attended Wednesday’s meeting and cheered the vote, which moves the District closer to [...]

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  • Since Marijuana Legalization, Highway Fatalities in Colorado are at Near-Historic Lows

    Since Marijuana Legalization, Highway Fatalities in Colorado are at Near-Historic Lows

    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved [...]

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  • Former Prison May Be Converted Into A Marijuana Shop

    Former Prison May Be Converted Into A Marijuana Shop

    In a fitting encapsulation of how the tables have turned on U.S. marijuana policy, a former correctional facility in rural Colorado may one day be the site of a marijuana dispensary. Earlier this year, Nicholas Erker, an agricultural businessman from the region, purchased the High Plains Correctional Facility in Brush, Colorado, on the rural plains about 100 miles northeast of Denver. Erker has already put in a formal request to the Brush City Council to lift the moratorium on the [...]

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  • The Great Colorado Weed Experiment

    The Great Colorado Weed Experiment

    In January, Colorado defied the federal government and stepped with both feet into the world of legal recreational marijuana, where no state had gone before. For seven months Coloradans have been lawfully smoking joints and inhaling cannabis vapors, chewing marijuana-laced candies and chocolates, drinking, cooking and lotioning with products infused with cannabis oil. They are growing their own weed, making their own hash oil and stocking up at dispensaries marked with green crosses and words like “health,” “wellness” and “natural [...]

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  • Which College Athletes Smoke the Most Weed?

    Which College Athletes Smoke the Most Weed?

    Who are the biggest pothead college jocks? As it turns out, lacrosse players smoke more weed than any other type of college athlete, according to an NCAA survey. Their rate of use actually exceeds use among college students overall by over 15%. Across college-level baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and wrestling, cannabis use ranges from 18.2-32.7% of players in 2013. But among lacrosse players, an astounding 46.3% reported using marijuana — that’s actually down from 49.4% in 2005. Alcohol appears [...]

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