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US drug policy fuels push for legal pot worldwide

In this July 31, 2013 file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint, while Senators debate a bill at the Senate to legalize marijuana and regulate production and distribution in Montevideo, Uruguay. From the Americas to Europe to North Africa and beyond, the marijuana legalization movement has unprecedented traction, a nod to successful efforts in Colorado, Washington, and the small South American nation of Uruguay, which in Dec. 2013, became the first country to approve nationwide pot legalization. AP/Matilde Campodonico, File

In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Blazing cannabis trail, US states eye tourism surge

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Marijuana users in Colorado and Washington are counting down the hours before the western US states become the first to legalize recreational pot shops on January 1.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Denver gives out recreational pot sales licenses

Employees trim pot plants to be sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Friday Dec. 27, 2013. Medicine Man was among the first batch of Denver businesses which received their licenses allowing them to legally sell recreational marijuana on Friday. AP

The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana have received their licenses, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they’d see the day when they’d get a permit to sell pot.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Colorado gets members-only clubs for legal pot use

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In this May 23, 1966, file photo, people roll joints at a marijuana party near the University of California at Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif. In 2012, Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize and regulate its recreational use. But before that, the plant, renowned since ancient times for its strong fibers, medical use and mind-altering properties, was a staple crop of the colonies, an "assassin of youth," a counterculture emblem and a widely accepted - if often abused - medicine. On the occasion of “Legalization Day,” Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington’s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the “evil weed” in American history. AP FILE PHOTO

With reggae music pumping and disco lights flashing, members of a Colorado recreational pot club lit up in celebration of the new year — and a new place to smoke legally.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Nike faces antidrug backlash to shirts

PORTLAND, Oregon — Nike Inc. is being blasted for replacing its signature “Just Do It” slogan on some T-shirts with the phrases “Dope,” ”Get High” and “Ride Pipe.” The shoe and athletic apparel company said the terms are part of the lingo used by the skaters, snowboarders and participants in other extreme sports it’s trying […]

Posted: June 24th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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