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US sheriffs are asking for armored trucks to wage war on marijuana. Yes, really.

Clearwater County, Idaho, has a population of fewer than 10,000 people. It seems like overkill to keep an armored truck on hand for the purpose of "marijuana eradication." This is especially true when you consider that in recent years, the number of marijuana grow sites discovered in the entire state of Idaho can be counted on one hand.

Drug traffickers who cooperate with the US government have it pretty good – too good, watchdog says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drug traffickers who cooperate with U.S. federal investigators are poorly vetted, and the Drug Enforcement Administration did not properly monitor at least 240 informants — some of whom crossed the line into illegal activity and were under criminal investigation by other authorities.

Another medical use for pot: Healing broken bones

Cannabidiol, or CBD, enhances the maturation of collagen, the protein in connective tissue that "holds the body together." Says Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv's Bone Research Laboratory who led the study, "After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future."

A huge new study finds that medical marijuana doesn’t ‘send the wrong message’ to kids

"These findings, consistent with those from earlier studies, provide the strongest empirical evidence yet that medical marijuana laws do not account for increased use of marijuana in U.S. adolescents," the researchers write.

Cannabis is medicine, experts at first regional conference on medicinal marijuana agree

For many Costa Ricans, marijuana legalization conjures images of dreadlocked hippies lying in hammocks getting baked. This perception is precisely what CannaCosta 2015, Central America's first annual conference about the medicinal and industrial uses of cannabis and hemp, tried to change.

Cost of drug war in Costa Rica too high, says former police officer

The turning point for Enrique Ceciliano, former delegation chief in the Southern Zone canton of Pérez Zeledón, came after one drug operation left a pregnant mother and her children without a home.

Medical marijuana proposal in Costa Rica gets Health Ministry review

Medical marijuana would only be approved as a "last resort” treatment after all other options have been exhausted, the ministry said.

Decades of drug war have brought only crisis

The U.S. drug economy rests on a highly exploitative labor regime. If pot were an iPhone and the supply chain based in China, investigative journalists would be blasting the labor practices that delivered it.

Medical marijuana in Costa Rica? The time has come, says La Nación

"The time has come for our country to ... take this step, void of prejudice and strictly abiding by reality and good practices," Costa Rica's major Spanish-language daily, La Nación, writes in a Wednesday editorial supporting the legalization of medical marijuana.

PHOTO ESSAY: Marijuana Legalization March in Costa Rica

The groups Movimiento Cannábico Costarricense and Cannabis Medicinal Costa Rica organized the march with the help of other legalization supporters.

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