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SCIENCE
August 8, 2013 | By Amina Khan
CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta says he regrets his past stance on weed. Gupta, who previously opposed legalizing marijuana, says he's woken up and smelled the proverbial plant life. "I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough," he wrote in a CNN article . "I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.
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SPORTS
September 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. submitted a positive post-fight urine test for marijuana, the Nevada State Athletic Commission informed the boxer's promoter Wednesday. Carl Moretti, the vice president of promoter Top Rank, said he received a phone call, alerting him to Chavez's positive test, from Nevada commission executive officer Keith Kizer. The result could have steep consequences for Chavez Jr., who surrendered his World Boxing Council middleweight belt with a unanimous decision loss Saturday to Sergio Martinez that came despite a dramatic 12th-round rally by Chavez Jr. It was the second positive test for Chavez Jr. in Nevada.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NEW YORK -- Scammers may be jumping into the weed business, Wall Street's regulator warns. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, issued an investor alert Tuesday cautioning  investors that some marijuana stock pitches bear the hallmarks of classic Wall Street "pump and dump" schemes. The investment pitches can come via email, Twitter, webinars or fax, the alert said. In such scams, promoters of thinly traded, low-price shares (or penny stocks) fuel investor demand by hyping the stocks' growth potential.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
More adolescents are using pot and they increasingly believe that the drug is benign. Those are the findings from the latest annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders put out each year by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse . Among other things, the Monitoring the Future survey found the following: Among 12th-graders: 6.5% smoked marijuana daily. That's an increase from five years ago, when that figure was 5.1%. “Nearly 23% said they smoked it in the month prior to the survey,” a press release about the study noted.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The parents of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin on Monday angrily lashed out at reports that their son was suspended from school because of marijuana, accusing authorities of continuing to demonize the memory of the victim in order to support George Zimmerman, the man who shot him. Speaking at a televised news conference, Martin's father, Tracy, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, said their son was again being made a victim. Martin was killed during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer on Feb. 26. Zimmerman, 28, told police that he shot in self-defense, but the family has dismissed Zimmerman's version of events and has repeatedly called for his arrest.
NEWS
July 19, 1990 | Associated Press
Yusof Zulti, 27, a clothing vendor, was sentenced to death Wednesday for trafficking in 30 ounces of marijuana.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama and a key Senate Democrat said Friday they were willing to consider relaxing federal enforcement of the laws against marijuana for those who possess small amounts of the drug. They were reacting to new voter-approved laws in Washington and Colorado that permit recreational users to have an ounce of marijuana at home. In addition, California and 17 other states allow the medical use of marijuana. Despite this state-by-state move toward limited legalization, federal law still classifies marijuana as a highly dangerous drug and makes it a crime to sell or possess even tiny amounts.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Oregon voters will decide in November whether to make medical marijuana more readily available, officials said in Portland. The ballot initiative would let patients possess up to a pound of marijuana, up from 3 ounces under a law passed in 1999. It also would create a system of dispensaries that could legally sell the drug to patients. About 9,000 Oregonians have medical cards allowing them to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes.
NEWS
December 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Hawaii announced its medical marijuana rules, saying certified patients will be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana and grow up to seven plants. Ted Sakai, director of the Department of Public Safety, detailed the regulations under a law passed earlier this year. Doctors can get a registration certificate for a patient to use marijuana to ease pain caused by debilitating diseases such as cancer and AIDS. The rules take effect Dec. 28.
NEWS
June 9, 1991
American society feels compelled to direct its efforts to doing away with marijuana. Unlike any other of the social drugs (caffeine, nicotine, alcohol) and the hard drugs (ice, crack, heroin), pot has some medicinal value. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have major bouts of nausea. Marijuana can reduce the sensation and allow patients to deal better with the treatment. Marijuana also is a minor pain killer and reduces sensation. (This is not to say that marijuana is not dangerous.
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