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How much would legal marijuana cost? A new book says it would be nearly free Photograph by Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images. It continues to be totally off the radar of prominent politicians, but polls indicate that large and growing numbers of Americans are open to the idea of legalizing marijuana. Gallup broke ground last fall with the first-ever poll showing 50 percent of respondents nationwide wanting to legalize, and a more precisely worded poll from Rasmussen in May had 56 percent in favor of “legalizing marijuana and regulating it in a similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today.” Thus far those polls are outliers, and most surveys show more voter skepticism than that. But as elderly voters are more pot-phobic than the young, legalization’s support is likely to increase over time and surely it will work its way onto the national agenda sooner or later. There’s been relatively little analysis of what a legal marijuana industry might look like. How cheaply could pot be grown with advanced farming techniques?

The Art of Decentralization by Butler Shaffer Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter Operating on the assumptions (1) that Ron Paul will not be the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, and (2) that he is likely to retire from future presidential campaigns, I focus on the question: where are those who advocate peace and liberty to now direct their energies? My experiences and inquiries keep me convinced that trying to dismantle political thinking from within the system is both a futile and contradictory undertaking. Anyone who believes that Ron Paul has simply dreamed up an ideology that young people find attractive has no understanding of what is transpiring in this movement. Ron Paul did not invent this mobilization of the human spirit, nor will the energies subside after November’s elections. Those who are drawn to libertarian sentiments and ideas are generally in agreement that there is no definitive answer to the question of how free men and women will live.

Mexican Drug Cartels Have Infiltrated All Of These US Cities 30,000 Canadians are homeless every night - Canada Despite sporadic success in addressing homelessness in Canada, little progress has been made toward a permanent cross-country solution, says a national report into the extent of the problem. The report's initial numbers tell a grim story. Among the report's findings: At least 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness in any given year. Those numbers come from the Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, the groups behind what they call the first extensive national report card on homelessness. Their look at the state of homelessness in Canada found that annual shelter use did not change substantially from 2005 to 2009, while the average stay grew longer. As a result, the report's authors say, it's time the country shifted its focus from crisis management — from things like emergency shelter beds and soup kitchens — to more permanent solutions. "The reality is it isn't the best we can do at all." Who is homeless? Degrees of homelessness

Uruguay Considers Legalizing Marijuana to Stop Traffickers Matilde Campodonico for The New York Times Marijuana growing in a closet in Uruguay. Personal use has been decriminalized, but drug-related violence is an issue. Uruguay’s famously rebellious president first called for “regulated and controlled legalization of marijuana” in a security plan unveiled last month. And now all anyone here can talk about are the potential impacts of a formal market for what Ronald Reagan once described as “probably the most dangerous drug in America.” “It’s a profound change in approach,” said Sebastián Sabini, one of the lawmakers working on the contentious proposal unveiled by President on June 20. Across Latin America, leaders appalled by the spread of drug-related violence are mulling policies that would have once been inconceivable. Decriminalizing everything from heroin and cocaine to marijuana? Legalizing and regulating not just drug use, but also drug transport — perhaps with large customs fees for bulk shipments? Mr.

L'altruisme, une affaire de matière grise | Science Photo : iStockphoto La disposition à s'intéresser à autrui, à manifester de la générosité et du désintéressement serait liée à la quantité de matière grise dans le cerveau, affirment des chercheurs suisses. Selon Ernst Fehr et ses collègues de l'Université de Zurich, ces travaux laissent à penser qu'il existe un lien entre l'anatomie du cerveau, son activité et un comportement altruiste. Ainsi, plus une personne dispose de matière grise, qui est située dans le système nerveux central, moins elle aura tendance à se comporter de manière égoïste, révèle l'étude. Pour arriver à ce constat, l'équipe de recherche a demandé à des participants de partager un montant d'argent entre eux et un autre joueur anonyme. Les auteurs de ces travaux affirment qu'il s'agit d'un comportement altruiste, puisque la personne peut en aider une autre à ses propres dépens. Les observations ont étonné par la différence entre les participants.

How the drug war hurts everyone Something as massive and amorphous as America’s War on Drugs can be difficult to imagine in concrete terms. This web of failed policies is so huge, so persistent and so deeply woven into the fabric of our nation that it’s hard to envision an alternative — or even appreciate what the conflict is currently siphoning resources away from. That’s why the past week has been so important for the cause of ending the drug war — because it has provided three tragic examples of how that war harms not only its dead and/or incarcerated victims, but also how it makes society as a whole more susceptible to horrific crimes. In Boulder, Colo., for example, the Daily Camera reports that “the University of Colorado announced a new plan to snuff out the Boulder campus’s 4/20 smoke-out, warning that police will ticket pot smokers at this month’s event.” That’s a key point: Focusing police resources on safety is distinctly different than focusing them on the drug war.

Obesity in Canada - Healthy Living To share this page just click on the social network icon of your choice. [Previous Page] [Table of Contents] [Next Page] The main focus of this report has been to highlight new data and findings concerning the prevalence of obesity in Canada, as well as to summarize our current understanding of its determinants and the health and economic burden. General principles Even though scientific knowledge is still evolving and incomplete, waiting for the “perfect solution” may not be an option, and decisions about how best to address obesity at a population level must be made. Approaches to combat obesity can be categorized into three streams: health services and clinical interventions that target individuals,community-level interventions that directly influence behaviours, andpublic policies that target broad social or environmental determinants. In practice, these are not mutually exclusive categories but, rather, overlapping and complementary lines of action. Individual-based interventions

Virginia Drug Possession Case Highlights Flawed Drug War Policies By Aviva Shen "Virginia Drug Possession Case Highlights Flawed Drug War Policies" In a local case exemplifying changing attitudes on the War on Drugs, a jury found a farmer in Albemarle County not guilty of marijuana possession on Wednesday evening. 54-year-old Philip Cobbs was summoned to court to answer for two marijuana plants spotted on his 37-acre farm by a helicopter. The plants were discovered by a task force of law enforcement officials that routinely flies over farms searching for marijuana. Sneathern, pointing out that the task force uses National Guard helicopters, protested, “We’re treating our citizens like they’re the enemy.” As Sneathern noted, Virginia law dictates that anyone found guilty of a first offense of marijuana possession must have their drivers license revoked without exception. While the jury ultimately found Cobbs not guilty, it took half a day to find 7 people out of 25 who were neutral enough on drug laws to serve as jurors.