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Yes, Denver is called the “Mile High City” and yes marijuana is legal. Not surprisingly, Colorado peaked at the summit of the Movato Real Estate “Highest City in the U.S.” survey of cities and towns across the United States. says it took into account a large body of data, including the number of medical (and recreational) dispensaries, how many medical pot licenses are issued and whether or not adult use is legal. While it is not hard to determine that Denver is the highest city based on that criteria, we wonder what the researchers were smoking (or not) when they came up with their results

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica

The government of the South American nation of Uruguay plans to not only legalize marijuana, but to sell it, according to local news media.

Unnamed lawmakers from Uruguay’s ruling party were quoted as saying that the government would send a bill to Congress on Wednesday that would legalize cannabis sales as a “crime-fighting measure.” Only the government would be allowed to sell marijuana, and only to adults registered as “users,” reports Pablo Fernandez of the Associated Press.

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A solid majority of voters nationwide favor legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco are currently regulated, according to a poll released last week by Rasmussen Reports. Most of those responding don’t believe it should be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes.

The national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters shows that 56 percent favor legalizing and regulating marijuana in a manner similar to the way alcohol and cigarettes are regulated. Thirty-six percent (36%) are opposed to legalizing and regulating cannabis in such a manner.
“Polling now consistently shows that more voters support legalizing and regulating marijuana than support continuing a failed prohibition approach,” said Neill Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics cop who now works with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). “Yet far too many politicians continue to acts as if marijuana policy reform is some dangerous third rail they dare not touch.

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Many of us are already familiar with how Big Pharma’s deep pockets and (thanks to the Supreme Court’s horrendous Citizens United decision) unlimited political contributions have helped keep cannabis illegal.

Some of us are aware that the pharmaceutical industry is, even as we speak, likely making a move to take over the medical marijuana industry, eliminate dispensaries, eliminate home-growing, eliminate cannabis flowers, and reduce “medical marijuana” to less effective, overpriced pills and potions.
But it’s even worse than that.

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Fraternal Order of Police telemarketers are on drugs.

​Two former employees say that illegal drug use was rife at the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police call center when they worked there recently.

“People would go smoke weed on their 10-minute break and come back smelling rank,” claimed Cameron Duncan, a psychology major at Ball State University who quit his job at the call center in April, reports Seth Slabaugh at the Muncie Star Press.
Another former employee, Gareth Bowlin, said when he worked at the Fraternal Order of Police call center last year, “everybody did drugs in the parking lot, smoking weed and dealing pills; it was nothing but a big drug area. One girl they fired, she was so messed up on pills she fell asleep during a phone call.”

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Fuck censorship.

​​In March, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component agency of the National Institutes of Health, acknowledged the medicinal benefits of marijuana in its online treatment database. But the information only stayed up a few days, before it was scrubbed from the site.

Now, newly obtained documents reveal not only how NCI database contributors arrived at their March 17 summary of marijuana’s medical uses, but also the furious politicking that went into quickly scrubbing that summary of information regarding the potential tumor-fighting effects of cannabis, reports Kyle Daly at the Washington Independent.
Phil Mocek, a civil liberties activist with the Seattle-based Cannabis Defense Coalition, obtained the documents as a result of a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request he filed in March after reading coverage of the NCI’s action. Mocek has made some of the hundreds of pages of at-times heated email exchanges and summary alterations available on MuckRock, a website devoted to FOIA requests and government documents.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio claims he “wanted to be prepared for criminals who believe that Proposition 203 will allow them to deal marijuana with impunity”

​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, already infamous for his treatment of immigrants and prisoners, has now set his sights on Arizona’s new medical marijuana patients following the passage of Proposition 203 by voters last November.

Arpaio on Wednesday announced the formation of a special unit targeting people who violate the state laws, claiming he “wanted to be prepared for criminals who believe that Proposition 203 will allow them to deal marijuana with impunity,” reports Deborah Stocks at ABC 15.
The Sheriff is so far alone — other police agencies in Arizona are waiting for finalization of state Department of Health Services rules regulating medical marijuana before assigning resources to control abuses of the law, reports JJ Hensley at The Arizona Republic

N.M. Gov. Susana Martinez opposes safe access for patients, and wants to repeal her state’s medical marijuana law.

​New Mexico’s medical marijuana program will continue for now, although the state’s new Republican governor has made it clear she dos not support the law, which allows people with certain medical conditions to use cannabis.

Gov. Susana Martinez said during her campaign that the state’s medical marijuana law puts state employees in the position of violating federal law and she’d like it repealed, reports the Associated Press.
But she also said New Mexico had pressing budget issues, so repeal is “not a priority” in the 2011 legislative session.