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Slumping demand for Mexican "brick weed" has more drug farmers turning to growing opium poppies for heroin production.
Jason Tama ~ Denver Post Guest Commentary ~
 
With multiple state marijuana initiatives winning voter approval in the 2014 midterm elections, legalization proponents are already hard at work in states like California, where passage of a comprehensive initiative in 2016 could provide the policy “legitimacy” reformers are seeking.

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Geordon Omand ~ The Canadian Press
 
VANCOUVER - The free-for-all era of Canada's commercial medical marijuana industry is over as a new crop of growers try to woo scarce investment dollars in an increasingly competitive business, observers say.

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Johnny Green ~ The Weed Blog
 
Medical cannabis (marijuana) patients from thirteen countries, including those represented by U.S. advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA), established the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition (IMCPC) this past week while at the “Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Policy, Research and Medical Practice” conference in Prague from March 4-7th. IMCPC member countries include Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.

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Island nation legalizes possession of two ounces of pot, use of the plant for religious purposes

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Alan Travis ~ The Gaurdian
 
International Narcotics Control Board report says US and Uruguay are breaking drug treaties and warns of huge rise in abuse of ADHD treatment Ritalin

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