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U.S.: Drug Czar Claims Marijuana Is Drug Most Often Linked To Crime


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Sure, he's required by law to oppose marijuana legalization. And of course, being put in such an untenable and nonsensical position requires one to lie one's ass off on a regular basis. But still didn't make it sound one whit less ridiculous when Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske on Thursday claimed that marijuana is the drug most often linked to crime in the United States.

Kerlikowske, director of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), dismissed calls for cannabis legalization as a "bumper-sticker approach" that should be avoided, reports Rob Hotakainen at the McClatchy Washington Bureau. He claimed a study by his office -- which, again, is required by law to oppose pot legalization -- showed a "strong link" between marijuana use and crime.

Eighty percent of the adult males arrested in Sacramento, California last year tested positive for at least one illegal drug, Kerlikowske said. Marijuana was the most commonly detected drug, found in 54 percent of those arrested.

There were reportedly similar results in New York, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago. The study included examinations of 1,736 urine samples and 1,938 interviews with men who were arrested.

Alaska: Marijuana Legalization Advocates Want 2014 Vote

(Graphic: Red Bubble)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Voters could get the chance next year to make Alaska the third state in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older.

Cannabis advocates on Tuesday took the first step towards getting a legalization measure on the August 2014 primary ballot, report Rob Hotakainen and Lisa Demer at Anchorage Daily News. Three major sponsors of the measure filed their application with the lieutenant governor's office for an initiative petition along with signatures from what they said are at least 100 other supporters.

Tim Hinterberger, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, leads the group. The other two main sponsors are Bill Parker and Mary Reff, according to Gail Fenumiai, state elections director.

The measure would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana sales and allow Alaskans to grow their own cannabis for personal use. It would allow the Legislature to create a Marijuana Control Board, but until that board was established, it would allow the Alcohol Beverage Control Board to regulate marijuana sales.

Adults 21 and older could legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana under the proposal. They'd be allowed to grow up to six cannabis plants, three of which could be mature.

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