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Global: Fans Mourn Death of Longtime Cannabis Enthusiast, Music Legend David Bowie

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A lifetime of music came to an end on Sunday, January 10, as music legend David Bowie, 69, died after an 18-month struggle with cancer.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," the artist's Facebook page announced. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."

Nearly 40 years ago, back on March 21, 1976, Bowie was arrested along with rocker Iggy Pop for possession of about half-a-pound of marijuana, reports Gabrielle Bluestone at Gawker. Bowie, Pop and another man and woman were staying in a three-room suite at the Americana Rochester Hotel when they were raided by vice squad detectives at about 2:25 a.m.

All four were held for a few hours at the Monroe County Jail before they were eached freed on $2,000 bond, reports Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News. Bowie paid everyone's bail.

U.S.: Couric Explores Marijuana Legalization And The Changing Legal Landscape

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Global News Anchor Katie Couric on Friday explored the legalization of marijuana in the United States and how the legal landscape is changing on Yahoo News

Recreational use of the drug is already legal in Colorado, Oregon, Washington state, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Twenty-three states allow medical marijuana. Ahead of the 2016 election, at least five more states are expected to push for full legalization.

Many supporters of legalization believe harsh drug laws haven’t limited access to marijuana, but instead have cost billions of dollars on arrests and imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders. Opponents worry that legalizing marijuana would make it even more accessible, which could lead to wider usage and potentially to more people using it.

Watch the video on Yahoo News:

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U.S.: Bill Clinton Says States Should Experiment With Marijuana Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Former President Bill Clinton, who once infamously said he "didn't inhale" when he tried marijuana, said on Sunday that he thinks states should be able to legalize cannabis regardless of federal law.

"Look, I think there's a lot of evidence to argue for the medical marijuana thing," Clinton said in a "Meet the Press" interview with NBC's David Gregory, after being asked if it's time to "give pot a chance." "I think there are a lot of unresolved questions."

"This really is a time when there should be laboratories of democracy, because nobody really knows where this is going," Clinton said, reports Dylan Stableford of Yahoo News. "Are there adequate quality controls? There's pot and there's pot; what's in it? What's going to happen? There are all these questions."

States like Colorado and Washington, where voters in 2012 chose to legalize marijuana, should be allowed to experiment with their cannabis laws, Clinton said.

"I think we should leave it to the states," Clinton said. "If the state wants to try it, they can. And then they'll be able to see what happens."

Back in 1992, Clinton was a Democratic candidate for President when he commented on his own marijuana use during a campaign forum in New York. "When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two and didn't like it," Clinton said of his time as a student at Oxford University in the late 1960s. "I didn't inhale, and I didn't try it again."

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