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Florida court weighs medical marijuana question

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether to allow an initiative on the November ballot that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Hearing finds little legislative support for medical marijuana

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Proposals to legalize marijuana for medical use in Louisiana would pass if put to a public vote, a state lawmaker told a legislative committee hearing.

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo would get 70 percent of vote against Trump, poll says

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has public support of his programs and high approval ratings as his 2014 re-election campaign looms, a poll indicates.

Federal court rejects challenge to California pot dispensary closures

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The federal government has the right to close down medical-marijuana dispensaries in California, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday.
Alaska marijuana initiative gathers 45K signatures

Alaska marijuana initiative gathers 45K signatures

Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Alaskans would like to make theirs the next state to legalize recreational marijuana use, and they're making their voices heard.
Gabrielle Levy

Pot-smoking Mountie ruled fit to stand trial for assault

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Canada's pot-smoking Mountie was found fit to stand trial Monday on charges he assaulted a colleague, and his attorney said he'll plead not guilty.
Cuomo to use executive order to allow medical marijuana in N.Y.

Cuomo to use executive order to allow medical marijuana in N.Y.

ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce in his State of the State he will use executive powers to have hospitals dispense medical marijuana, aides say.

Court hearing coming up for mountie who uses medical marijuana

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Psychiatric testing of a Canadian Mountie charged with assault may have been meant to keep him from talking about his medical marijuana use, his lawyer says.

Hash oil fires leave people injured in San Diego, suburban Seattle

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Hash oil fires in San Diego and suburban Seattle this week left three people injured, authorities said.
Legal sales of recreational marijuana begin in Colorado

Legal sales of recreational marijuana begin in Colorado

DENVER, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Stores in Colorado sold the first legal recreational marijuana in the United States at 8 a.m. MST Wednesday.
Marijuana demand, prices likely to skyrocket in Colorado

Marijuana demand, prices likely to skyrocket in Colorado

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Marijuana dispensary owners in Colorado expect demand -- and therefore prices -- will skyrocket after the New Year when recreational weed becomes legal.
Chris Brown's probation revoked following D.C. assault charge

Chris Brown's probation revoked following D.C. assault charge

Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The singer won't have to go to jail just yet, because a judge said he could remain in residential rehab.
Kate Stanton

Pot-smoking mountie has uniform seized by other officers

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers seized the uniform of a fellow Mountie, who says he should be allowed to smoke medical marijuana while in uniform.

Mountie's uniform seized after marijuana pictures emerge

KINGSCLEAR FIRST NATION, New Brunswick, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A New Brunswick officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said his uniform was seized after he was photographed smoking medical marijuana in uniform.
The Issue: Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol?

The Issue: Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol?

A domino effect driven by more available information is expanding acceptance of and support for reform the U.S. marijuana policy, whether for medical or adult recreational use.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado give pot to pets

Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado give pot to pets

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Colorado medical marijuana enthusiasts giving pets pot to deal with pain.
Evan Bleier

Judge rejects marijuana sentencing guidelines, gives shorter terms

BALTIMORE, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Maryland, saying public attitudes on marijuana have shifted, gave two traffickers sentences much shorter than prosecutors requested.

First legal marijuana retail store plans opening in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A company that believes the era of legal sales of recreational marijuana is about to dawn says it plans to open its first retail store within a year.
Medical marijuana to be available in Canada on open market

Medical marijuana to be available in Canada on open market

TORONTO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Ailing Canadians were only hours away from being able to legally buy marijuana for medical purposes on the free market, officials said Monday.

San Diego resumes pot dispensary offensive

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said he is resuming enforcement of a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries but would like to see the law changed.

Marijuana sales could begin in Washington state in early 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Recreational marijuana could be available for sale early next year in Washington state, officials say.

Denver sets rules, sales tax on retail marijuana

DENVER, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Denver City Council has adopted rules on the sale of recreational marijuana, in advance of the legal sale of non-medical marijuana beginning in January.

Christie sends medical pot bill back to N.J. Legislature

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday he approved of a bill making medical marijuana more available for minors but sent it back to the Legislature.

U.N. drug monitoring unit urges Uruguay to reconsider pot bill

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.N. unit that monitors production and consumption of narcotics Thursday urged Uruguay to reconsider a bill that would legalize non-medical marijuana.

Illinois is 20th state to legalize medical marijuana

CHICAGO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Illinois Thursday became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana when Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill supporters say is the strictest in the nation.
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