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Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes,…
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Connecticut: Governor Signs Hemp Feasibility Measure Into Law

Hartford, CT:  Gov. Dannel Malloy this week signed legislation, House Bill 5476, to study the feasibility of establishing a regulated commercial hemp industry. The measure calls on the three state agencies, The Department of Agriculture, the Department of Consumer Protection, and the Department of Economic and Community Development to evaluate the feasibility of legalizing the possession, production, and sale of industrial hemp "for the purpose…
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Vermont: Majority Supports Regulating Retail Marijuana Sales

Montpelier, VT: A strong majority of Vermonters support regulating the commercial production and retail sales of marijuana for adults, according to a statewide Castleton Polling Institute surveycommissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said that they support "changing Vermont law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, so retailers would be licensed to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older." Only…
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Connecticut: Majority Of Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana

Hamden, CT, Thursday, 15 May 2014: Nine out of ten Connecticut voters support legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and a majority support allowing adults to possess the plant for any purpose, according to the results of a recent statewide Quinnipiac University poll. Fifty-two percent of voters support allowing adults "to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use." Forty-five percent of respondents…
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Poll: Majority of Colorado Voters Positive About State’s Experience With Legalization

Hamden, CT: Fifty-two percent of Colorado voters believe that legalizing cannabis has been "good" for the state and 54 percent say they are supportive of the new laws regulating the plant's retail production and sale, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released this week. Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in November 2012, which allows for the personal possession and…
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Two Denver deaths tied to recreational marijuana use

DENVER - This week, two Denver deaths were linked to marijuana use, and while some details of the deaths have yet to emerge, they are the first ones on record to be associated with a once-illegal drug that Colorado voters legalized for recreational use, as of January 1, 2014. One man jumped to his death after consuming a large amount of marijuana contained in a…
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Poll: Majority Of Physicians Support Legalizing Cannabis

New York, NY, Thursday, 10 April 2014: An estimated 70 percent of physicians acknowledge the therapeutic qualities of cannabis and over half believe that the plant should also be legal for medical purposes, according to survey data released last week by WebMD/Medscape. Sixty-nine percent of respondents say that cannabis can help in the treatment of specific diseases and 67 percent say that the plant should…
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Poll: Americans View Pot As Less Harmful To Health Than Tobacco, Alcohol, Or Sugar

  New York, NY, Thursday, 13 March 2014: Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses less harm to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday. Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be "most harmful to a person's overall health." Most respondents said tobacco (49 percent),…
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