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Politics
9:03 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Poll: Support For Legalizing Pot Surges During Past Year

A person identifying himself as Jermagisty Tha King of Denver lights up a 28 ounce blunt on April 20, 2012 in Denver, Colo.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 4:44 pm

Over the past year, Americans' support for legalizing pot has surged 10 percentage points.

That's according to Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. That means that 58 percent of Americans — a clear majority for the first time in more than 40 years — support legalizing marijuana and just 39 percent say the opposite.

To see the dramatic shift in public opinion, just look at this historical graph from Gallup:

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Health Care
7:50 am
Tue October 22, 2013

How Much Would It Cost To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Florida?

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The state is starting the process of figuring out how much it would cost to legalize medical marijuana. Private groups are gathering petition signatures to put a proposed constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot.

All citizen initiatives that propose changes to the Constitution must undergo a financial review.

Economists for the Florida Legislature will spend the next few weeks running the numbers.

Vesselka McAlarney with the Office of Demographic and Economic Research looked at data from other states that have legalized the drug. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

10/15/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents examines the 75-year prohibition of cannabis in the United States.  20 states have now approved medical marijuana consumption . . . two states have legislated limited recreational use.  52% of Americans, according to a Pew Research poll, support the decriminalization of cannabis.

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Americas
6:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Why Uruguay Is Latin America's Marijuana Reform Laboratory

La Mano (The Hand), a modernist sculpture at Punta del Este, is one of Uruguay's best known landmarks.
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This article was originally published in October and has been updated.

Uruguayans love it when you tell them what a resort paradise Punta del Este is. Or how tasty the country’s Tannat wine is. Or what a stable democracy their small nation (pop. 3.5 million) has turned out to be.

What they don’t like is to hear Uruguay called, as many do label it today, “the Switzerland of South America.” Not that Uruguayans dislike Switzerland. But many if not most of them think the comparison is cliché, exaggerated, inaccurate, condescending.

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Americas
11:18 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Canada To Launch Billion-Dollar Marijuana Free Market This Week

A new free market for medical marijuana in Canada will replace small growers with large-scale indoor farms.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:53 pm

Canada is ushering in what it projects to be a $1.3 billion medical marijuana free market this week, as it replaces small and homegrown pot production with quality-controlled marijuana produced by large farms. The market could eventually serve up to 450,000 Canadians, according to government estimates.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Q&A: The Effort To Make Medical Marijuana Legal In Florida

The proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida includes a state database that would track users, caregivers and growers.
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Organizers who want medical marijuana legalized in Florida have completed the first step toward getting a proposed constitutional amendment on next year's ballot. 

The United For Care campaign says medical marijuana is legally providing relief and therapeutic value to residents in 19 states and the District of Columbia, so why not Florida?

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Politics
10:24 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Medical Marijuana Group Collects +100K Petitions, Slows Drive Until Florida Supreme Court Rules

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A medical marijuana group says it has cleared its first major hurdle to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot: Collecting enough voter signatures to trigger Florida Supreme Court review of the initiative's language.

Since July, People United for Medical Marijuana collected at least 110,000 signatures -- well in excess of the 68,314 needed to start the review, said the group's treasurer and director, Ben Pollara.

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Opinion
12:55 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Marijuana Legalization: Why U.S. Latinos Are Not Latin Americans

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One irony of last week’s vote in Uruguay’s House of Representatives to legalize marijuana is that almost two-thirds of Uruguayans themselves oppose the measure, according to some polls.

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Americas
10:42 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Is Uruguay's Marijuana Legalization Vote A Tipping Point?

A man smokes marijuana outside Uruguay's parliament in Montevideo on Wednesday, where lawmakers in the lower house debated and passed a bill that would legalize marijuana and regulate its production and distribution.
Matilde Campodonico AP

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:00 pm

Within weeks, Uruguay is expected to become the first nation to legalize the production, distribution and use of marijuana for its citizens.

The South American country's response to incessant drug-related violence in the region signals a quest for alternatives to the U.S.-led war on drugs, and a rethinking of official U.N. anti-drug policy, which has been in effect for more than half a century.

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Marijuana
8:29 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Private Equity Fund Eyes The Business Of Pot

A cannabis leaf
Bolotov Paul iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 9:40 pm

A couple of guys with serious investment banking experience are moving into the marijuana business. They've launched the first multimillion-dollar private equity fund devoted entirely to what they like to call the "cannabis space."

It started when Brendan Kennedy was working at the Silicon Valley Bank and learned of an entrepreneur who wanted to sell software for marijuana dispensaries. The idea piqued Kennedy's interest. A few days later, a radio show about legalizing pot piqued it even more.

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Americas
4:29 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Uruguay Gives Initial OK To State-Controlled Marijuana Industry

Young backers of a bill to legalize the production and trade of marijuana in Uruguay wait outside the Parliament building as lawmakers debate the bill Wednesday.
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Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 1:32 pm

Uruguay is poised to create a state-licensed marijuana industry, after the country's lower house of Congress passed a controversial bill late Wednesday detailing how the government would regulate marijuana — from its production and import to marketing and distribution. The move would be a first.

NPR's South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells our Newscast unit that the landmark bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to sail through.

Lourdes reports:

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Marijuana
12:25 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Mysterious History Of 'Marijuana'

One of the many, many forms of cannabis.
"it was 3 a.m." via Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 1:21 pm

We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. This week, we look into how we came to call cannabis "marijuana," and the role Mexico played in that shift.

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Quinnipiac Poll
9:48 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Q Poll Charts Strongly Held Education Views In Florida (And Some Gay Marriage Wavering)

REALLY? Voters doubt a college degree can be had for as little as $10,000.

The News Service of Florida

Florida voters are overwhelmingly against charging college tuition based on what people study, skeptical that degrees can be offered for $10,000 and strongly against setting different educational goals based on race, a new poll has found.

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