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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona.

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Here are the positions that each of the GOP's many 2016 presidential hopefuls -- from the definitely-running to the definitely-maybes -- has taken on marijuana legalization.

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Five state legislatures are working on legalization bills, and two states could put the question to voters.

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In a letter sent Friday, lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to select a more progressive head of the DEA, following the embattled current chief will resign in May.

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WASHINGTON -- Multiple members of Congress suggested Wednesday that the misguided policies of the drug war have played a central role in brewing tensions between police and residents in Baltimore that exploded into chaos after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

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But Maine hospitals say they face federal penalties if they allow patients, including children, to use nonsmokable forms of medical marijuana prescribed by their doctors.

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ONTARIO — Marijuana took up most of the discussion on the April 23rd Legislative Hotline, with state Sen. Ted Ferrioli expressing frustration with the slow pace of rule-making.

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Margaret Talev ~ Bloomberg ~
 
Late in his term (and on the eve of a visit to Jamaica), the former Choom Ganger finally seems to be softening toward his old friend.

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Looking to shake the stoner stereotype, the marijuana industry drops famed smoker Tommy Chong as an activist.

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Last week I wrote about a bill that was then being debated in the Utah state legislature. S.B. 259 would have amended a law passed last year that allowed Utah citizens to use certain strains of CBD-dominate cannabis to treat medical conditions but mandated no legal way that patients could obtain them.

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Nevada's vote is set and advocates believe they can get similar measures on the ballot in four other states

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Senate Bill 259, a bill aimed at legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Utah, has been narrowly defeated in the state Senate

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Jacob Sullum ~ Forbes
 
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, Ted Cruz responded to a question about marijuana legalization in Colorado by endorsing a federalist approach to the issue.

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Kieran Nicholson ~ The Denver Post
 
Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner announced Thursday he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use.

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Arit John ~ Bloomberg
 
State Representative David Simpson says God made cannabis, and the government doesn’t need to fix that.