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Uruguayan government proposes marijuana legalization billupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 14:57:00

With the intent of undermining the market for illegal drugs, Uruguay's government presented a bill to lawmakers that would legalize marijuana under a government monopoly.

Nobel laureates highlight violence against women in Mexico, Central Americaupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 19:39:00

Increased militarization in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala has created more insecurity, especially for women, a report spearheaded by two Nobel laureates found.

NY pot plan: Right step or bad message?updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 14:58:00

The New York governor's proposal to decriminalize the public possession of marijuana is drawing high praise from politicians and police, black and Hispanic activists and backers of pot legalization.

Colorado public pot-smoking event snuffed outupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 20:39:00

Steps taken to thwart a public marijuana smoking event Friday at the University of Colorado appear to have worked. Protesters who gathered at a quad on the campus for the customary 4:20 light-up time dispersed without an apparent toke.

Fertilizer used to snuff out pot smokingupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 20:39:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Jim Spellman about efforts at the University of Colorado to extinguish smoking on 4/20.

White House drug policy focuses on treating addictionupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 18:49:00

The U.S. government's drug strategy should focus more on treating addiction and less on imposing harsh prison sentences, the White House said Tuesday.

Federal agents seal off 'Cannabis College'updated: Mon Apr 02 2012 15:35:00

Drug Enforcement Administration agents Monday descended upon a California university known as "Cannabis College."

Guatemala's president makes drug legalization pitchupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 20:52:00

Guatemala's president made a formal pitch to his fellow Central American leaders over the weekend, urging them them to sign on to a regional security plan that would include legalizing drugs.

Guatemalan president leads drug legalization debateupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 11:07:00

On the campaign trail, Otto Perez Molina vowed to rule his country with an iron fist.

Pat Robertson wants pot legalizedupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 10:09:00

Televangelist Pat Robertson is raising eyebrows for his comments in support of decriminalizing marijuana.

Napolitano: Mexican drug war 'not a failure'updated: Mon Feb 27 2012 18:10:00

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Monday that the war on drugs in Mexico "is not a failure." Tom Verducci: Baseball takes a hit in Braun case as system's flaws are revealedupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 17:43:00

Back in boyhood, stoops at dawn awaiting newspapers from me, I had to laugh at how the noble enterprise of journalism, with its brave war correspondents across the globe and its ink-stained pressmen risking mangled fingers in massive machinery, ultimately was reduced to a 10-year-old-kid and his wagon delivering the product. So it is with the Major League Baseball drug policy, the one that commissioner Bud Selig has fought hard to position as the gold standard of the sporting world. Today Selig's gold is tarnished apparently because a courier in Wisconsin didn't know the FedEx office was open on a Saturday night.

Plans for Whitney Houston's funeralupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:47:00

A private funeral will be held in Whitney Houston's hometown. Anderson Cooper reports.

Legalizing drugs won't prevent abuseupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:47:00

On the evening of Whitney Houston's death, renowned recording artist Tony Bennett told the audience of Clive Davis' Beverly Hills party, "First it was Michael Jackson, then it was Amy Winehouse, and now, the magnificent Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs -- so they'll have to get it through a doctor, not to some gangsters who just sell it under the table."

Medical pot group sues Obama administration over California crackdownupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 20:33:00

A medical marijuana advocacy group sued the Obama administration Thursday, saying its policy "to subvert local and state medical marijuana laws in California" is unconstitutional.

Legalize pot, decrease crime?updated: Sat Oct 01 2011 15:07:00

A former Dutch police officer says legalizing marijuana could decrease crime in the U.S.

Uribe: Why Colombia is winning war on drugsupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 20:49:00

Colombia's former president has said he believes his country is finally winning the war on drugs thanks to the robust policies his government took to combat left-wing guerrillas.

Uribe: 'Colombia is winning' drug warupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 20:49:00

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe says his country appears to have turned the tide in its war on drugs.

Former Mexican president urges legalizing drugsupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 05:58:00

Part of the solution to end drug violence in Mexico should include legalizing drugs like marijuana for personal use, former President Vicente Fox told CNN en Espanol.

Gary Johnson: Face reality, legalize potupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 10:48:00

In 2002, I became aware of a woman who had already served more than six years of a 25-year prison sentence. Her crime? She was addicted to codeine, and she had fraudulently written herself more than 100 prescriptions for Tylenol III.

Gary Johnson: Legalize marijuanaupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 10:48:00

GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson tells Joe Johns why he's against higher taxes but for legalizing marijuana.

Let states enact their own marijuana policiesupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 10:15:00

It is hardly surprising that former drug czar William Bennett would, in his op-ed, oppose any changes to America's criminalization of marijuana. But it is surprising that he would lump Barney Frank and Ron Paul's proposal to allow states the opportunity to enact their own marijuana policy with the effort to legalize drugs.

'Shut up!' as marijuana debate heats upupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 09:13:00

Comic Tommy Chong and fmr. drug czar adviser Paul Chabot debate a federal bill that would leave states to regulate pot.

Why Barney Frank and Ron Paul are wrong on drug legalizationupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 09:13:00

From certain precincts on the left, notably Barney Frank, to certain precincts on the right, notably the editorial page of National Review, we are witnessing a new push to end the so-called war on drugs and legalize drug use, starting with marijuana. Indeed, Ron Paul, Barney Frank's co-sponsor in the latest legislative effort, said recently he would go so far as to legalize heroin.

CNNMoney: Ron Paul and Barney Frank: End the pot prohibitionupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 18:12:00

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and outspoken Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank want to get the federal government out of the marijuana regulation business. Alyssa Campanella of California Crowned Miss USAupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 11:38:00

The auburn-haired beauty told judges she supports legalizing medical marijuana

Comedian Hal Sparks: Legalize potupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 11:55:00

The straight-edge comic discusses why he thinks marijuana should be legal and also talks a little Kung Fu.

Organized crime won the war on drugsupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 12:08:00

U.S. taxpayers have spent an estimated $2.5 trillion on the "war on drugs" since former President Richard Nixon first declared it in 1971. With the U.S. federal government so far in debt, it is well overdue that this type of expenditure come under greater scrutiny.

Time to end war on drugs?updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 19:27:00

The Global Commission on Drug Policy says the war on drugs can't be won and governments should change current drug laws.

War on drugs has failed, report findsupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 19:27:00

The global war on drugs has failed, a high-level commission comprised of former presidents, public intellectuals and other leaders studying drug policies concluded in a report released Thursday.

Mexico's drug policy not a 'war,' security spokesman saysupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 16:33:00

A top Mexican official says Mexico's drug policy is not a "war" against drug cartels, but a comprehensive strategy of the federal government to dismantle criminal organizations while at the same time strengthening institutions. Ramirez retires in wake of drug-related issueupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 16:24:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- Unwilling to face another drug ban, Manny Ramirez is leaving baseball and is at peace with his decision while the sport confronts the specter of steroids again.

Montana House votes to repeal medical marijuana lawupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 07:51:00

The Montana House of Representatives voted 63-37 Thursday to repeal the state's six-year-old medical marijuana law.

Pot-growing grandmotherupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 15:21:00

Kristi, 68, has been growing and dispensing marijuana from her home in northern California since the 1970s.

War on drugs in Colombiaupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 10:35:00

The U.S. drug Czar visits Colombia to review coordinated counter drug policy. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Arizona voters approve medical marijuana lawupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 17:51:00

Almost two weeks after polls closed, Arizona voters have approved a medical marijuana law, state officials said Monday.

Arizona voters approve medical marijuana measureupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 12:57:00

By a narrow margin of about 4,300 votes, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana, state election officials said Sunday.

Medical marijuana 101updated: Sun Nov 14 2010 12:57:00

Dr. Melvyn Sterling talks with CNN's Ali Velshi about the pros and cons of medical marijuana.

Mexican lawmaker: Jobs, education key to fighting drug warupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 03:58:00

Mexico's government must create jobs and improve education to help fight drug trafficking, the country's senate president said in an interview with CNN en Espanol.

Forget Palin, here's Gary Johnsonupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 16:00:00

Approach a Tea Party supporter, compliment his "Don't Tread On Me" T- shirt, and ask what motivates his activism. The federal government is always growing, he might reply, as is the financial burden it imposes. We're borrowing more money every year, mortgaging our children's future, and little by little, we're ceding our very liberty.

Supreme Court stays out of NFL drug violation disputeupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 12:44:00

The Supreme Court is staying out of an ongoing fight over the right of professional athletes to challenge their league-imposed suspensions.

Why did California vote down legal pot?updated: Wed Nov 03 2010 12:53:00

California voters have just rejected Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana under state law. Where did Prop 19 go wrong?

Legal cannabis for the rest of us?updated: Wed Nov 03 2010 09:57:00

Marijuana makes you slow and raises the risk of addiction, memory problems and cognitive functions, some health agencies warn.

As vote looms, Northern California ponders how to peddle legal potupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 15:18:00

Tony Smithers has been answering a lot of questions lately about marijuana. Over coffee at Ramone's Bakery & Cafe, he was polite but mildly irked to be fielding queries about a substance the federal government outlaws.

CNNMoney: Soros backs Prop 19 for marijuana legalizationupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 13:57:00

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has thrown his support behind Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize marijuana in California.

CNNMoney: Legal pot means big savings on law enforcementupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 13:58:00

Cash-strapped California would get some relief by legalizing pot, but the biggest boost would be thanks to massive law enforcement cuts, not new tax revenue, experts say.

Why conservatives should favor legalizing marijuanaupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 10:21:00

If there is one clear emotion emerging before November's U.S. congressional elections, it is that citizens across the political spectrum are worried about government spending and a perceived lack of government accountability regarding where tax dollars are spent.

Easy to get medical pot in Californiaupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 10:21:00

CNN's Ted Rowlands finds out how easy getting a medical marijuana card is in California.

Ex-surgeon general: Legalize marijuanaupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 09:27:00

Former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders says prohibitions against marijuana should be lifted.

Don't buy the hype on pot legalizationupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 09:27:00

On November 2, California will vote on Proposition 19, a measure to legalize marijuana. Advocates believe Prop 19 will generate a major budgetary windfall and unleash an economic boom in marijuana-related industries while reducing crime, corruption and Mexican drug violence.

Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalizationupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 01:11:00

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders told CNN Sunday she supports legalizing marijuana.

Holder: Feds would enforce drug laws if California legalizes potupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 10:00:00

The federal government will continue to enforce federal marijuana laws in California even if the state legalizes pot through a ballot initiative next month, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter obtained Friday by CNN.

Parker: Legal pot a 'good stimulus bill'updated: Thu Oct 14 2010 08:44:00

"Parker Spitzer" host Kathleen Parker tells CNN's Don Lemon that pot should be decriminalized.

Legalizing marijuana for votes?updated: Tue Sep 28 2010 10:03:00

In August, CNN looked at progressive activists putting the legalization of marijuana on the ballot.

Sooner or later, marijuana will be legalupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 10:03:00

It's as predictable as the sun rising and setting. Even though police made more than 850,000 marijuana arrests last year, a recent government report shows youth marijuana use increased by about 9 percent.

Former DEA heads unite against California plan to legalize marijuanaupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 15:51:00

California's proposal to legalize marijuana has provoked every former director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to join in urging the White House to block the proposition if it is approved on the November ballot.

Legalizing marijuana is civil rights issue, California NAACP saysupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 15:20:00

Legalizing marijuana is a civil rights issue, according to one of California's most prominent African-American advocacy groups.

'War on drugs' behind endless miseryupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 11:51:00

The news of intense drug-related violence out of Jamaica is shocking and dreadful but entirely predictable. Wherever the war on drugs touches down, death and destruction result. A recent target is Kingston, Jamaica.

U.S.-Mexico 'war on drugs' a failureupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 12:15:00

Last week during the day, some kids in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, were playing soccer in a park when a car slowed down, guys got out and executed a 13-year-old boy. And then they drove away, unmolested in a city with 11,000 army and police officers.

The new face of marijuanaupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 11:15:00

CNN's Jim Spellman introduces us to a mother and son in the controversial and expanding business of medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana users risk job lossupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 11:15:00

When a rare form of cancer invaded Joseph Casias' nasal cavity and his brain, his doctor prescribed marijuana to help alleviate the daily pain.

Calderon meets with Juarez leaders, vows to restore orderupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 22:55:00

Mexican President Felipe Calderon vowed Wednesday that his government "will act to the maximum of our capabilities" to restore order to the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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