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  • Medical marijuana to go to ballot, Florida Supreme Court rules

    01/27/2014 6:51:27 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 1/27/2014 | Stephen Nohlgreen
    Floridians will vote on medical marijuana come November, after a divided Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment meets all legal requirements. If at least 60 percent of voters agree, Florida could become the first Southern state to legalize use of marijuana for health-related reasons.
  • Ashrawi: Recognizing Israel Like 'Legalizing Racism'

    01/11/2014 10:21:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi said on Saturday that Israel's demand that the PA recognize it as a Jewish state is an attempt to “legalize racism,” reports the Ma’an news agency. Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, said that defining Israel as a Jewish state would signify that any Jewish person would have the right to return to “Palestine”, while Palestinian Arabs would lose that right. Israel wants to "create a narrative that denies the Palestinian presence, rights, and continuity on the historic Palestinian lands," she charged, in a conversation with Ma’an. She also claimed that...
  • Rubio: We need to legalize immigrants so they can pay for border security

    06/13/2013 8:16:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 117 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/13/13 | Byron York
    Why is it necessary to legalize the roughly 11 million currently-illegal immigrants in the U.S. before newly enhanced border security and internal enforcement measures are in place? Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Senate’s Gang of Eight, says part of the reason is that the federal government can’t afford to secure the border on its own and needs financial help from the immigrants themselves, in the form of fines paid when they are legalized. Rubio made the statement during a radio interview after he voted against an amendment from Republican Sen. Charles Grassley that would have put off...
  • Taking Back the Joint

    11/14/2012 8:12:19 AM PST · by MadIsh32 · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/14/2012 | Betsy Woodruff
    Much ink has been spilt in describing the precise nature of the soul-searching the GOP is undergoing in the wake of getting totally shellacked last Tuesday. There are a plethora of suggestions — of varying degrees of helpfulness — as to how the Republican party can re-brand and re-orient itself; ranging from capitulating on taxes to deciding that gay marriage isn’t a hill to die on. But there’s one easy ideological maneuver that Republicans could make that would simultaneously burnish their stance as the party of freedom and expand their base while alienating the president from his. It is a...
  • Nevada lawmakers call for ban on synthetic cocaine, marijuana

    01/17/2012 4:51:59 PM PST · by redreno · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 17 Jan 2012 | By Cy Ryan
    CARSON CITY — Synthetic drugs that mirror cocaine and marijuana are showing up more often in Nevada, and some state legislators are unhappy that the state Pharmacy Board has not taken action to ban them. Assemblywoman April Mastroluca, chairwoman of the Legislative Committee on Health Care, said it’s been almost a year since the 2011 Legislature discussed the problem and she is frustrated the Pharmacy Board had not adopted a regulation to prohibit the “synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts.”
  • Senate Poised to Legalize Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

    12/01/2011 6:39:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 113 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 12/1/11 | Pete Winn
    The Senate this evening is poised to vote on a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality. On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.
  • Police say cash and drugs were traded for baby

    10/07/2011 6:35:27 PM PDT · by digger48 · 11 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | October 7, 2011 | Mike Fletcher
    Kokomo — Sheriff deputies arrested one of four people believed to be involved in a child-selling case in which a baby was traded for $17,000 and drugs. Deputies arrested Stephen P. Lynch Jr., 31, Thursday afternoon on a warrant charging him with a Class A felony conspiracy to deal in a narcotic and D felonies conspiracy to commit child selling and profiting from an adoption. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Howard Superior Court 1, Stephen Lynch, along with another person, gave another couple $13,000, a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII valued at $3,531 and numerous drugs in exchange...
  • Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal close

    09/23/2011 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/11 | Brendan Sasso
    Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal closeBy Brendan Sasso - 09/22/11 06:33 PM ET A proposal to legalize marijuana is the first idea on the White House's online petition site to gather enough signatures to break the threshold required to receive an official response. The White House has promised to evaluate and issue a formal response to any idea that receives more than 5,000 signatures within 30 days. Visitors are free to offer their own proposals. The first proposal to reach that limit asks, "Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in...
  • Governor Schwarzenegger: 'No one cares if you smoke a joint'

    11/09/2010 9:14:02 AM PST · by patriotgal71 · 31 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | 11/9/2010 | SkinnieMinnie
    Last night on the “Tonight Show”, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger responded to host Jay Leno’s question about the failure of Proposition 19, a measure on the California ballot to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Schwarzenegger responded that the measure failed in part, because he had already decriminalized the use of less than 1 oz of pot, and also because, “No one cares if you smoke a joint.”
  • Details emerge about Mendocino pot garden victim (was not Norwegian)

    08/04/2010 12:35:51 PM PDT · by GunsAndBibles · 37 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 08/04/2010 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    A suspected marijuana grower who was fatally shot by a Mendocino County officer Tuesday once lived in Santa Rosa, was married, had a 4-year-old son and also had a prior criminal record. Angel Farias Hernandez, 24, leveled a rifle at law enforcers as they entered a huge marijuana garden in remote northeastern Mendocino County, Sheriff’s officials said. Law officials seized 11,635 marijuana plants from three gardens in the area following the shooting.
  • Legalize pot? Get mom onboard Activists target women in push to legalize marijuana

    05/08/2010 5:22:01 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 309 replies · 2,654+ views
    msnbc ^ | Sat., May 8, 2010 | KRISTEN WYATT
    DENVER - Moms got tougher drunk-driving laws on the books and were directly responsible for passing and then repealing alcohol Prohibition. Now marijuana activists are trying to enlist the nation's mothers in legalization efforts with a sales pitch that pot is safer than booze. The nation's largest marijuana legalization lobby recently started a women's group. The Moms4Marijuana website draws thousands. And just in time for Mother's Day, a pot legalization group in Denver has created a pink-carnation web card asking moms to support legalization. These marijuana moms argue that pot is no worse than alcohol, that teens shouldn't face jail...
  • Venezuelan drugs Boeing crashed in Mali: UN

    11/18/2009 3:47:21 PM PST · by Flavius · 13 replies · 799+ views
    afp ^ | 11/16/09 | afp
    A Boeing plane that used to transport cocaine from Venezuela to West Africa crashed in northern Mali earlier this month after a failed take-off, the representative of the UN's regional office on drugs and crime said Monday.
  • Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care

    09/18/2009 8:31:38 AM PDT · by BellStar · 71 replies · 2,490+ views
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 9/18/09 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage. He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.
  • Mag: Legalize drugs for a better world

    09/14/2009 2:43:42 PM PDT · by freepersunite · 31 replies · 1,670+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 14th Sep | Clare Wilson
    Far from protecting us and our children, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place. SO FAR this year, about 4000 people have died in Mexico's drugs war - a horrifying toll. If only a good fairy could wave a magic wand and make all illegal drugs disappear, the world would be a better place. Dream on. Recreational drug use is as old as humanity, and has not been stopped by the most draconian laws. Given that drugs are here to stay, how do we limit the harm they do? The evidence suggests most of...
  • CA 2-fer: Bill would legalize, tax marijuana / State ranks 48th for seniors who go to 4-year college

    02/23/2009 6:44:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 702+ views
    Sac Bee/LA Daily news ^ | 2/23/09 | DUhhh
    What's wrong with California? Heck, What's right? Submitted for your consideration and comments. (cough) Tom Ammiano, newly elected homosexual state assemblyman in California, an former SF City/County Supervisor continuing in the finest traditions of the decadent liberal enclave known as 'Baghdad by the Bay' to many, has introduced legislation to reap the tax benefits of cultivation of pot in the Goldarn State. I thought the 4-year college ranking might add a little flavor to the arguments for and against the first article's proposed legislation.
  • SF Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wants California to smoke its way out of a deficit and I don't mean

    02/23/2009 4:55:02 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 13 replies · 323+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 23, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Leave it to a loony Assemblyman from San Fransisco to suggest legalizing marijuana and taxing the sale of it as a way to improve the states budget. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano claims this would raise $1 billion dollars per year with a tax of $50 for every ounce. I wonder how he came up with that number? Perhaps, Assemblyman Ammiano has been doing a little personal research
  • Keep Drugs Illegal!

    01/15/2009 8:32:09 AM PST · by Ericka81 · 62 replies · 794+ views
    Culture11 ^ | 1/15/09 | David Fredosso
    he cause of criminal violence is not drugs or alcohol but rather criminals. To believe otherwise is to expect every drug dealer in America to give up and apply for a job at McDonald’s or WalMart the day legalization occurs. Every society contains a sizable element whose members refuse to make an honest living under any circumstances. The legalization of drugs will not change this large-scale reality of human behavior. For now, many societal malefactors have the option of selling or trafficking drugs. But their real trade is to profit from the unwillingness of others to take the risks involved...
  • Switzerland Votes To Give Away Free Heroin; Pot Still Banned

    12/01/2008 6:03:45 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 10 replies · 388+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 1, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    We gave up on the Swiss back in May when they decided that their Constitution gives plants the right not to be arbitrarily killed. Now we have more lunacy from the same bunch of fruitcakes. More . . .
  • Marijuana Decriminalized!

    11/05/2008 8:06:44 AM PST · by QenBirQeni · 109 replies · 3,731+ views
    boston.com ^ | 2008-11-05 | David Abel
    Voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, making getting caught with less than an ounce of pot punishable by a civil fine of $100. The change in the law means someone found carrying dozens of joints will no longer be reported to the state's criminal history board. With about 90 percent of the state's precincts reporting last night, voters favored the Question 2 proposition 65 percent to 35 percent. ...
  • Special Report: Pot Farmers Ravage Bay Area Parks (Many Pot Farms Located On Public Land)

    08/05/2008 1:04:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 699+ views
    NBC11 ^ | August 5, 2008
    It used to be that marijuana came to the Bay Area from the legendary back country of Humboldt County or the desert fields beyond Tijuana. Now the fields are in the Bay Area, and everywhere else in the state. Marijuana is one of the top cash crops in California, NBC Bay Area's Mike Luery reported. Many of the fields are located next to popular trails and in the middle of state parks. A fierce battle is being waged in our own back yard to remove the pot groves. They are hidden in brush so thick that specially trained officers must...
  • Legalize It

    04/29/2007 9:16:03 PM PDT · by secretagent · 277 replies · 2,901+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | May/June 2007 | Christopher Hitchens
    The largest single change for the better in U.S. foreign policy, and one that could be accomplished simply by an act of political will, would be the abandonment of the so called War on Drugs. This last relic of the Nixon era has long been a laughingstock within the borders of the United States itself (where narcotics are freely available to anybody who wants them and where the only guarantee is that all the money goes straight into criminal hands). But the same diminishing returns are now having a deplorable effect on America’s international efforts. Consider the case of Afghanistan....
  • 'Transplant tourism' on rise due to donor shortages

    03/31/2007 5:30:57 PM PDT · by TheBethsterNH · 29 replies · 563+ views
    Stuff.co.nz ^ | 31 March 2007
    "Transplant tourism" on rise due to donor shortages By Laura MacInnis GENEVA - "Transplant tourism" is on the rise because organ donations are not keeping up with growing demand, especially for kidneys, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The United Nations agency said it was concerned about a rise in cases where people in countries such as Pakistan, Egypt and the Philippines were persuaded to sell their body parts to outsiders, mostly through a broker. The practice has increased over the past decade, said Luc Noel of the WHO's health technology and pharmaceuticals unit. "We believe 5 to...
  • POLL: Should gay marriage be legalized in Illinois?

    03/22/2007 10:52:57 PM PDT · by TheEaglehasLanded · 13 replies · 651+ views
    State Journal Register ^ | March 23, 2007 | the eagle has landed
    62% of nearly 3,000 votes are saying yes.
  • Feinstein offers plan to legalize immigrants - The "Orange" card program

    05/23/2006 8:34:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 417+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/23/06 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the complicated Senate plan to legalize the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country "100 percent calculated to fail" and proposed Monday a simpler system based on a bar-coded orange card for anyone illegally in the country before January. "If we don't get this right, we're going to end up repeating the mistakes of the past," Feinstein said of the proposed immigration overhaul. Feinstein said the Senate's plan to split immigrants into three groups -- and treat each group differently -- is unworkable and predicted it would create a bureaucratic nightmare and would...
  • Mexican Bill Would Legalize Some Drugs

    04/28/2006 11:58:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 678+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/28/06 | Mark Stevenson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Congress approved a bill Friday that would legalize drug possession for personal use — decriminalizing the carrying of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroin. The only step remaining is the signature of the president, whose office indicates he will sign the measure, despite the implications for the war on drugs. The bill, approved by the Senate on a 53-26 vote with one abstention, had been approved earlier by the lower house of Congress. U.S. officials had no immediate reaction on what this means for the fight against drug trafficking, or the vast numbers of...
  • War On Drugs A Joke To Ex-Cop

    03/01/2006 7:37:05 PM PST · by winston2 · 80 replies · 1,285+ views
    Media Awareness Project ^ | Tue, 28 Feb 2006 | Jay Bergstrom
    WAR ON DRUGS A JOKE TO EX-COP In Norm Stamper's world, the "drug store" is a place that is much different from what generally comes to mind. The 28-year police veteran of the San Diego police department and former Seattle police chief wants to see all street drugs legalized, firmly regulated and sold just like we sell alcohol today. And his "shopping list" includes marijuana, cocaine, heroin, even crystal methamphetamine. "The more dangerous the drug, the more addictive and the greater the potential for health risks, the greater the justification for regulation," he said last week in a phone interview...
  • Marijuana Compound Spurs Brain Cell Growth

    10/13/2005 2:38:13 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 420 replies · 3,744+ views
    HealthDay ^ | Oct. 13, 2005 | Alan Mozes
    Marijuana Compound Spurs Brain Cell Growth In rat study, synthetic cannabinoid also boosted rodents' mood THURSDAY, Oct. 13 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to the controversy surrounding medical marijuana, an international team of researchers is busy stirring the pot by releasing findings that suggest the drug helps promote brain cell growth while treating mood disorders. According to the study in rats, a super-potent synthetic version of the cannabinoid compound found in marijuana can reduce depression and anxiety when taken over an extended period of time. This mood boost seems to be the result of the drug's ability to promote...
  • Canadian pot activist, wanted by U.S., gets bail

    08/02/2005 4:40:38 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 24 replies · 683+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Aug 2nd, 05 | Allan Dowd
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A judge rejected a U.S. request that a Canadian marijuana activist be held without bail on Tuesday in a case that is likely to ignite debate over the countries' diverging drug policies. U.S. officials say Marc Emery illegally sold millions of dollars worth of marijuana seeds, but Emery's supporters say his business activities were well known for years and tolerated by groups that included Canada's federal health ministry. Emery is a founder of the pro-legalization B.C. Marijuana Party and his arrest comes as the Canadian government is pushing a measure to decriminalize possession of small...
  • One Reporter's Opinion – Never Legalize Pot!

    06/10/2005 2:32:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 377 replies · 3,034+ views
    Newmax ^ | Friday, June 10, 2005 | Gearge Putnam
    It is this reporter's opinion that each generation in turn takes a new look at the marijuana question. Now it's this generation's turn. In a 6-to-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-marijuana statutes overrule the laws in ten states that allow the use of marijuana plants to ease pain or nausea. Fifty years ago, as a much younger television reporter, I did a series of interviews with Dr. Hardin B. Jones, Professor of Medical Physics and Physiology at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Jones, in his thorough study, raised disturbing questions about marijuana's effects on the...
  • One Reporter's Opinion – Never Legalize Pot!

    06/10/2005 2:29:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies · 1,083+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, June 10, 2005 | George Putnam
    It is this reporter's opinion that each generation in turn takes a new look at the marijuana question. Now it's this generation's turn. In a 6-to-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-marijuana statutes overrule the laws in ten states that allow the use of marijuana plants to ease pain or nausea. Fifty years ago, as a much younger television reporter, I did a series of interviews with Dr. Hardin B. Jones, Professor of Medical Physics and Physiology at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Jones, in his thorough study, raised disturbing questions about marijuana's effects on the...
  • Marijuana: The Myths Are Killing Us

    04/27/2005 3:39:23 AM PDT · by seacapn · 565 replies · 7,678+ views
    US Drug Enforcement Administration ^ | April 26, 2005 | Karen P. Tandy
    APR 26--When 14-year-old Irma Perez of Belmont, California, took a single ecstasy pill one evening last April, she had no idea she would become one of the 26,000 people who die every year from drugs.1 Irma took ecstasy with two of her 14-year-old friends in her home. Soon after taking the tiny blue pill, Irma complained of feeling awful and said she felt like she was "going to die." Instead of seeking medical care, her friends called the 17-year-old dealer who supplied the pills and asked for advice. The friends tried to get Irma to smoke marijuana, but when she...
  • High regard for medical pot law

    12/06/2004 7:19:59 AM PST · by aynrandy · 11 replies · 488+ views
    Denver Post ^ | December 06, 2004 | David Harsanyi
    Maybe it's just the contact high speaking, but there's little doubt in my mind that if marijuana were seriously and institutionally studied, Thomas Lawrence would have won a Nobel Prize by now. As we're sitting around his dining room table, in an unassuming house tucked away in a middle-class Denver neighborhood, Thomas hits me with the least surprising confession I've ever heard: "Listen, Dave, I'm high right now." Cats and dogs mill about in stupors, as Thomas then tries to explain cloning techniques, chemical compounds and ways to develop new, more effective, strands of cannabis. I eye a timeworn bong...
  • Discussion: Legalizing illegal aliens and tax revenue

    11/10/2004 6:33:17 AM PST · by demolishhollywood · 53 replies · 1,107+ views
    If the Bush administration succeeds in legalizing millions of illegal aliens, would that cause a significant gain in tax revenue? Most illegal aliens are already employed, so my guess is that thier contribution would be huge. I am off base here?
  • Medical marijuana accepted in majority of West - With Montana vote, treatment gains ground

    11/05/2004 6:41:44 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 18 replies · 480+ views
    The Dominion Post ^ | 2004-11-05 | AP
    AP Photo A cancer patient holds a roll of MEDI-JUANA in Portland, Ore. With Montana's approval of a medical marijuana initiative, nearly three-fourths of Western states now have such laws. Associated Press With Montana's approval of a medical marijuana initiative, nearly three-fourths of Western states now have such laws -- while only two of the 37 states outside the West have adopted them. Why is the West so much more receptive to the idea? From a procedural standpoint, it's just easier to get pot issues on Western ballots because most states in the region allow such initiatives. Nationwide, just...
  • ***CAPTION THIS***Director Tom Ridge at Miami Event to Float Illegal Alien "Trial Balloon"

    12/12/2003 6:59:11 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies · 345+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12 December 2003 | AmericanInTokyo
  • Case for legalized pot is a deadly con job

    10/17/2003 7:06:26 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1,178 replies · 709+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 17 2003 | A.M. Rosenthal
    After about two decades as a foreign correspondent, I returned to the United States to find my country in a war I had barely heard of before. A lot of young people were dying by swallowing poison pills or injecting the poison into their veins. Americans took to calling it the war on drugs. Thousands had died by then, and before long thousands more would be killed because of organized gangs that were operating all over the world and harvesting billions of dollars. They still are killing, often gang against gang, but with far more powerful weapons than they had...
  • Cannabis makes you like, crazy, man

    07/05/2003 4:39:53 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 171 replies · 454+ views
    IOL ^ | July 4, 2003 | Cape Times
    London - The increasing use of cannabis by adolescents is threatening the mental health of a generation because of the drug's capacity to trigger psychosis, a leading psychiatrist has warned. Robin Murray, a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, said growing evidence linking cannabis with mental disorder had failed to curb use of the drug. One study suggested cannabis users were at seven times higher risk of developing mental problems. "In the past 18 months, a number of studies have confirmed that cannabis consumption increases later risk of schizophrenia," he told the Royal College of Psychiatrists annual conference in Edinburgh....
  • Bad news in the drug war America is waging a phony war on narcotics (O'REILLY FACTOR TRANSCRIPT)

    03/05/2003 11:24:49 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 292 replies · 375+ views
    THE O'REILLY FACTOR / VIA EMAIL | 2/21/2003 | THE O'REILLY FACTOR
    THE O'REILLY FACTOR February 21, 2003 FACTOR Follow-Up O'REILLY: Thanks for staying with us. I'm Bill O'Reilly. And, in THE FACTOR "Follow-Up" Segment tonight, bad news in the drug war. The U.S. inexplicably did not destroy the poppy fields in Afghanistan, and the Bush administration has not moved the military to the borders to back up the Border Patrol as the patrol has requested. Result: It is business as usual for drug dealers around the country, and some believe America is waging a phony war on narcotics. Joining us now from Washington is Heidi Bonnett from the National Defense Council...
  • Daschle favors legalizing many immigrants - (Can you say "2004" DNC campaign trail?)

    01/30/2003 10:24:33 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 27 replies · 339+ views
    QuePasa.com ^ | 29 Jan, 2003 | QePasa
    Daschle - "It is very important to keep the pressure on the president to act on legalization. Lately he has been less than enthusiastic," the South Dakota Democrat told EFE in an interview. "We need to get this done. We need to make it a high priority," he added. His comments came as Mexico has begun to press more insistently for progress on the status of an estimated 3 million Mexicans living illegally in the United States, and as congressman Luis Gutierrez presented a bill providing for broad normalization of immigrants' status.
  • Nevada Voters May Legalize Marijuana

    09/13/2002 2:44:19 PM PDT · by LostThread · 167 replies · 528+ views
    US National Associated Press ^ | Friday September 13, 2002 | BRENDAN RILEY, Associated Press Writer
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - In Nevada, they love gambling and tolerate prostitution. Now they are talking about legalizing pot. A measure on the ballot Nov. 5 would make Nevada the first state to allow adults to possess marijuana — up to 3 ounces, enough for maybe 100 joints. People over 21 would be allowed to smoke it in their homes but not in cars or public places. Pot would be sold in state-licensed smoke shops and taxed like cigarettes. "This initiative will allow the police to spend more time going after murderers, rapists and other violent criminals," said Billy...
  • [Gephardt] tells Hispanic conference he will introduce bill to legalize undocumented immigrants

    07/22/2002 12:55:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 168 replies · 956+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-22-02 | DEBORAH KONG, AP Minority Issues Writ
    <p>MIAMI (AP) --  House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt said Monday he plans to introduce a bill that would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.</p> <p>The measure, he said, would legalize immigrants who have lived in the United States for five years and worked in the country for two years.</p>
  • Cannabis 'worse than tobacco'

    07/10/2002 7:15:32 AM PDT · by SheLion · 106 replies · 6,685+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10 July 2002
    Cannabis poses a greater threat to health than tobacco, lung experts have warned. The warning comes on the day that Home Secretary David Blunkett is due to make a Commons statement about the future of government drug policy. Many young people are simply not aware that smoking cannabis may put them at increased risk of respiratory cancers and infections . Dame Helena Shovelton: The Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended that cannabis is downgraded from a class B drug to class C. This would mean that possession would lead to a caution, rather than arrest. The British Lung Foundation is...
  • Swiss set to legalise abortion

    06/02/2002 8:52:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 229+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 02 2002
    Partial results from Sunday's Swiss referendum on abortion appear to show a large majority in favour of easing the law. At least 70% voters in eight of the country's 26 cantons, or regions, backed government proposals to decriminalise terminations carried out in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. A proposal by anti-abortionists to toughen the law was rejected by at least 80% of the electorate. While abortion is still officially illegal except where the mother's life is at risk, it is estimated that about 16,000 pregnancy terminations are carried out legally each year. Switzerland's abortion law, which dates back to...