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Medical Marijuana Update: Frontlines

It's been fairly quiet over the holidays, but medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts now! Let's get to it:

California

On December 19, the Berkeley Patients Group dispensary reopened for business.

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Roots of Cannabis Cultivation Hard To Trace

Los Angeles Times
By Joe Mozingo

Mexican cartels' role seems smaller than once believed, but the crops and the dangers they pose have proliferated in the last decade.

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Colorado’s Pro-Pot Vote Shows the Fading of Evangelical Fervor

Slate.com
By Clint Rainey

The religious conservatives who brought you Reefer Madness rolled over for Amendment 64.

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Marijuana Business: Will Cigarette Makers Jump Into Cannabis Market?

Marijuana CigaretteAssociated Press
By Nicholas K. Geranios

SPOKANE, Wash. — Will the Marlboro Man light up a joint soon?

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Government Settles With Montana Medical Marijuana Provider

MISSOULA, Mo. — Montana medical marijuana provider Chris Williams has reached a settlement with prosecutors.

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Amanda Feilding: The Tide Is Turning

HuffingtonPost.com
By Amanda Feilding

The Beckley Foundation, in association with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Virgin Unite, Avaaz and Sundog Pictures, has launched a global grassroots campaign to call for an end to the War on Drugs. The campaign's website, www.breakingthetaboo.com, aims to gather over 1 million signatures from global citizens calling on governments and the UN to change their drug policies. The petition is to be presented to Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General.

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Parsing Obama's Words on Legalizing Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com
By Ethan Nadelmann

Anytime the president answers a question about marijuana and federal marijuana policy, as he did in a recent interview with ABC's Barbara Walters that airs tonight, it makes sense to parse his words.

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Obama Comments On Marijuana Users in Legalized States, But No Update For the Legal Cannabis Industry

Obama 20/20 Exclusive Interview on Marijuana LegalizationWASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama has finally broke his silence on marijuana legalization following Colorado and Washington voters' approval of Nov. 7 ballot measures that legalized the use and sale of recreational marijuana in defiance of federal law. Obama stated that he won't target marijuana users but did not indicate whether his administration would go after producers, suppliers, or retail stores of marijuana in those states.

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Something Eric Holder Should Read Before He Sues to Block Pot Legalization

Reason.com
By Jacob Sullum

Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder, in response to questions after a speech in Boston, said the Justice Department will settle on a response to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington "relatively soon":

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Holder Says Administration Will Announce Marijuana Policy Soon

Bloomberg.com
By Phil Mattingly

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department will announce “relatively soon” its policy on recently passed state measures legalizing the use of marijuana.

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Amendment 64's Christian Sederberg Upbeat About Being Named to Marijuana Act's Task Force

Denver Westword
By Michael Roberts

Word that Governor John Hickenlooper had signed Amendment 64 into law necessarily overshadowed the announcement of members assigned to a task force that will guide implementation of the act. But Christian Sederberg, who'll represent the A64 campaign in the group, thinks the process is off to a positive start.

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Jimmy Carter: Marijuana Legalization Is Smart, Imprisonment For Possession Is Out Of Control

HuffingtonPost.com
By Nick Wing

Former President Jimmy Carter gave a full-throated endorsement of state efforts to legalize marijuana during an appearance at a CNN forum aired on Tuesday.

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