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Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change.

The discussion starts here: "No policy has failed as badly in the past 30 years as drug policy."

Puerto Rico authorizes medical marijuana

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro García Padilla has authorized the use of marijuana for medicinal use, in a surprise move after Puerto Rico's legislature failed to act on the issue.

Big Tobacco need not apply for work in the cannabis market

In his article entitled “Big Tobacco’s future as Big Marijuana,” Leonid Bershidsky advises investors that, “Big Tobacco is poised to dominate” the legal cannabis market, and for that reason, “Big Tobacco may be one of the biggest opportunities of a lifetime.” But potential investors beware: As Warren Buffet has said, “never invest in a business you can’t understand.” And it appears that Mr. Bershidsky doesn’t understand the cannabis business.

Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica

Latin American countries have been slow to follow Uruguay's lead in legalizing pot. A 2014 survey in Costa Rica found that 53 percent of the population supported the use of medical marijuana.

Big Tobacco’s future as Big Marijuana

More than 19 million people in the U.S. aged 12 and older reported using marijuana in 2012. If recreational marijuana is ever legalized beyond the four states where it's currently permitted, the tobacco companies will be perfectly positioned to capture this vast market.

At US-Mexico border, a flood of heroin, meth show drug trade is changing

Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that the United States' marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade.

Cannabis on a high in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It's been something of a breakthrough year for marijuana, the once shunned intoxicant that is steadily gaining ground as a legal high in parts of the world.

Bob Marley-branded marijuana will soon be available thanks to legalization

"Marley Natural" is being launched by Privateer Holdings, a cannabis industry investment firm, and products will reach the market in late 2015.

US election shows increased support for legalizing pot

"More and more people are realizing that it makes sense to choose licensed, regulated, and taxed marijuana businesses over the drug cartels," said Mike Elliott, head of the Colorado-based Marijuana Industry Group.

92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A 2013 survey in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly 8-in-10 doctors approved the use of medical marijuana. Now, a wide-ranging survey in the U.S. state of California finds that medical marijuana patients agree: 92 percent said that medical marijuana alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraine and cancer.

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