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Medical marijuana policy move sparks cautious optimism

Patients in the 13 states where medical marijuana is legal can now light up without fear of federal reprisal, but they may still have to answer to local authorities.

10.21.09

(Health.com) -- Patients in the 13 states where medical marijuana is legal can now light up without fear of federal reprisal, but they may still have to answer to local authorities.

Report: Top anti-drug official was ’secret ally of drug lords’

DEA says key ICE official sold info about informants, ran Panamanian cocaine to Spain via US ports

Richard Padilla Cramer, a 26-year veteran anti-drug official, is behind bars, arrested after officials accused him of directing a massive cocaine shipment to Spain via the United States, and selling important information in law enforcement databases to a vicious Mexican drug cartel.

Judge in Calif. marijuana case weighs leniency

By GREG RISLING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge said he is considering a reduced sentence for a medical marijuana seller whose case has become a rallying point, but is bound by the law to impose at least a one-year term.

U.S. District Judge George Wu on Thursday postponed the sentencing of Charles Lynch until June 11, saying he wanted to hear more from both sides.

Lynch, 47, was convicted in August of federal marijuana-related offenses. He was not charged with any state crimes.

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What 420 Means: The True Story Behind Stoners' Favorite Number

04/20/09

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, now touring as The Dead. He's just finished a Dead show in Washington, D.C. and gets a pop quiz from the Huffington Post.

Where does 420 come from?

He pauses and thinks, hands on his side. "I don't know the real origin. I know myths and rumors," he says. "I'm really confused about the first time I heard it. It was like a police code for smoking in progress or something. What's the real story?"

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States battle over drug tests for welfare recipients

Dear Friend,

We're all living President Obama's socialist dream (which I'm positive is going to end up being America's nightmare). Federal money is being tossed about in ways that would embarrass the most drunken of sailors.

Believe it or not, some states have shot down bills that would require drug tests for people on the welfare rolls.

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Jail for Selling Medical Marijuana

By JOHN STOSSEL and ANDREW SULLIVAN
March 10, 2009

If the voters in your state say it's OK to do something, is it?

Apparently not.

Charlie Lynch learned that the hard way, when federal authorities raided his home and small business in southern California in March 2007.

Tune in March 13 for a special hour with John Stossel: "Bailouts, Big Spending and Bull."

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