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Ohio legislators accidentally legalized pot, say law enforcement experts

8/10/19--State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors. Read

Mitch McConnell’s campaign team is selling cocaine-themed t-shirts

5/9/19--Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reelection campaign team is raising money by selling a cocaine-themed T-shirt. The garment features a depiction of McConnell alongside what appears to be a cloud of coke dust. “Cartel Member,” is emblazoned on the back. Read

Does medical marijuana really work? The truth behind the buzz.

11/21/17--More research is needed to determine if medical marijuana really works. However, there is a possibility that more research may not provide all of the highly sought-after answers. Some—or maybe all—of the benefits found in randomized controlled trials of marijuana could be nothing more the product of expectations and the placebo effect. It may not work as well as studies suggest. In fact, it may not work at all. Read

Canada marijuana legalization: Police services ask feds to postpone July 2018 start date

9/12/17--Canada's police services say there is zero chance they will be ready to enforce new laws for legalized pot by next summer. They said Tuesday they need more time to properly train officers about the new laws and more than double the number of police officers who are certified to conduct roadside drug impaired driving testing. There also needs to be more time for public education, the police said. Read

Dennis Rodman won’t explain North Korea trip, but weed currency paid for it

6/13/17--Former NBA star Dennis Rodman's current visit to North Korea for meetings with dictator Kim Jong Un was sponsored by PotCoin, a digital currency for the marijuana industry.    Officials for PotCoin, which is likened to a smaller-scale Bitcoin for weed entrepreneurs and their customers, did not explain why they’ve put up the money for Rodman’s mission. The company and Rodman said such details would be revealed when he returned. Read

Officials in Obama’s drug czar office wanted to decriminalize marijuana

5/30/17--Officials at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President Barack Obama wanted to take a more lenient stance on marijuana. Staff pushed to ease federal prohibitions against the drug but they never made that case directly to the public. It was determined that they couldn’t publicly support decriminalizing marijuana because of a provision in the legislation that authorized its existence. Read