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Marijuana Legalization in US Continues to Take Profits from Mexican Cartels

Marijuana Legalization in US Takes Profits Away from Mexican Cartels

As someone who has been writing about cannabis issues since 2009, it’s always gratifying to see the things those in the legalization movement have been saying for decades being proven true in the real world now that legalization is becoming a reality.

Marijuana legalization advocates have long said that legalization will undercut the black market, reducing criminal profits and lessening their ability to sustain violence in pursuit of their goals. And this is exactly what’s happening.

Business
Amsterdam Has Cracked Down on Cannabis, But Europe Has Other Options

Amsterdam Has Cracked Down on Cannabis, But Europe Has Other Options

When you think about cannabis, usually the subject of Amsterdam pops up somewhere along the way. Amsterdam has always been thought of as the “Capital of Cannabis” since it was the first city to introduce cannabis cafes (or “coffee shops”) in the early 1970s where locals could go spark a joint without The Man (i.e., the government) breathing down their backs. However due to the country’s new laws, it’s not nearly as simple as one might have thought.

Lifestyle
What Were The People Who Came Up with “Stoner Sloth” Smoking?

What Were the People Who Came Up with “Stoner Sloth” Smoking?

They clearly weren’t smoking marijuana, as evidenced by the lack of creativity and sheer stupidity of the series of ads seen below.

The brainchild of Australia’s New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, the “Stoner Sloth” campaign is supposed to be an “educational” advertisement steering impressionable youths away from the horrific dangers of cannabis. In reality it has just become a viral punchline that highlights continuing pockets of reefer madness.

Lifestyle
Obama Pardons More Federal Prisoners Serving Drug-Related Sentences

Obama Pardons More Federal Prisoners Serving Drug-Related Sentences

Everyone that I love and enjoy spending time with has very discerning opinions. I think being opinionated is also a sign that you are person both exceptionally judicious and considerate — two qualities of high value; I have always said the most considerate person is also one of the sharpest and especially discerning. 

Those with a strong will usually have strong opinions, and they rarely keep from sharing them. It is a great thing to have strong convictions, but acting on them is important too — just try not to be a jackass. 

Politics
Media Reports Ireland Will Decriminalize Cannabis... But Will It?

Media Reports Ireland Will Decriminalize Cannabis... But Will It?

Ireland has been in the headlines recently and congratulations have been pouring in to Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán O Ríordáin for his progressive decision to decriminalize cannabis (as well as heroin and cocaine). Despite these reports, the real answer to whether Ireland is decriminalizing cannabis is a resounding and disappointing "no".