The 27th episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the week.
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Uruguay’s President Jose “Pepe” Mujica has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Price. According to advocates, President Mujica’s legalization of marijuana in his country is “a tool for peace and understanding.”
The Drugs Peace Institute, which has supported Mujica’s legalization drive since 2012, has endorsed his candidacy, reports RT.com. Also endorsing Mujica for the award are members of his left wing political party, the Frente Amplio, the PlantaTuPlanta (a collective of Uruguayan cannabis growers), and the Latin American Coalition of Cannabis Activists (CLAC).
In late December Uruguay became the first nation in the modern world to fully legalize the production and sale of cannabis. Under the new law, which comes into effect in April, Uruguayans will be able to buy marijuana at the drug store, or will be allowed to grow their own.
An Oregon Congressman on Tuesday blasted the deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy after failing to get a straight answer to his question about the supposed dangers of marijuana.
When Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), a friend to the cannabis community for more than 40 years, asked chief deputy drug czar Michael Botticelli for the number of fatal cannabis overdoses for the past five years, Botticelli replied, “To my knowledge, I don’t know if there have been instances of specific overdose-related deaths.”
Rep. Blumenauer continued pressing Botticelli in the House Oversight Committee hearing, asking him whether marijuana is more dangerous and addictive than cocaine or methamphetamine, reports Travis Gettys at The Raw Story.
“North To The Future” is Alaska’s state motto, and the future is cannabis legalization, according to the polls. State voters will get a chance to have their say at the ballot box on August 19 after supporters collected enough signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot.
“They have hit the magic numbers,” said Alaska elections director Gail Fenumiai on Tuesday, reports Michelle Theriault Boots at the Anchorage Daily News. The totals are still unofficial.
The signature threshold was reached on Tuesday morning by Alaska’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana. Totals posted on the Alaska Division of Elections’ website showed 31,593 valid voter signatures had been counted.
Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) filed HB 1659, which would impose a 25 percent tax on marijuana at the wholesale level, and set up a system of state licensing for growers and sellers, reports KMOV.com.
Kelly told The Huffington Post that his experience as a circuit judge changed his position on legalization. “I saw a lot of marijuana cases,” he said.
Senator Connie Johnson introduced Senate Bill 2116, which would legalize, tax and regulate cannabis similarly to alcohol, reports The Huffington Post.
“By taxing and regulating marijuana we can take the lucrative market out of the hands of criminals and drug cartels and put it in the hands of tax-paying, law-abiding businesses,” Senator Johnson said.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday took a major step to decriminalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital by voting 11-1 in favor of a bill that would eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and treat possession as a civil offense.
The Council takes a final vote on the bill in early March; it is expected to pass and to be signed into law by the mayor. It is viewed by both council members and advocates as a model for other jurisdictions looking to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
“This is a major victory for advancing the cause of racial justice in D.C.,” said Grant Smith, policy manager with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “The war on marijuana is largely a war on people of color and the D.C. Council is saying enough is enough.”
The dig, in the central Anatolian province of Konya at the settlement of Çatalhöyük, is being called one of the most important finds of 2013, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. More than 120 people from 22 countries worked on the excavations.
“The fire warmed up the ground and platforms of the building and created a kiln drying effect,” said Professor Ian Hodder of Stanford University. “Therefore the pieces and this piece of cloth underground have been so far protected.”
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