Pedestrians pass a medical marijuana dispensary in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on July 24, 2012.
Credit Damian Dovarganes / AP
Faced with several lawsuits, petitions with thousands of signatures and heavy criticism, the Los Angeles City Council reversed itself yesterday. In a preliminary vote, members ended the city's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Increasing drug use and narcotrafficking has made some Latin American countries among the most violent places on Earth. But tiny, progressive Uruguay, where it's always been legal to use marijuana, is leading the way with an alternative drug policy.
The government of President Jose Mujica has proposed a law that would put the state in charge of producing and selling marijuana to registered users.
This November Colorado will be one of three states deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Supporters of Amendment 64 have raised more than a million dollars for their campaign. There’s also broad opposition to the measure.
Colorado’s ballot initiative to legalize marijuana possession is billed by one leading local advocate as “a grassroots effort here on the ground,” but an examination of contributions to the campaign tell a far different story.