http://io9.com/5916556/is-marijuana-unhealthier-than-people-think
Jun 7 2012

A new "study" from the British Lung Foundation claims that the "risk of developing lung cancer is as much as 20 times greater from a cannabis joint than a tobacco cigarette."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/nyregion/mayor-supports-plan-to-change-marijuana-arrest-policy.html
Jun 4 2012

NEW YORK TIMES: "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Monday that he would support a proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to significantly curb the number of people who could be arrested for marijuana possession as a result of police stops."

http://www.newson6.com/story/18575950/10-years-in-prison-for-2-ton-marijuana-bust
May 21 2012

AP: Exsaul Silva-Garcia of McAllen, Texas "and five others were arrested on Feb. 25, 2010 near Louisville. Police say they found a tractor-trailer stuck in sod that was carrying 3,766 pounds of marijuana in a hidden compartment. Prosecutors say Silva-Garcia and two others had called for a tow truck and were arrested."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/05/8000-pounds-of-marijuana-found-off-orange-county-coast.html
May 21 2012

LA TIMES: "Roughly 8,000 pounds of the drug -- bound into more than 100 bales -- was found bobbing in the water just before noon Sunday by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. It took three boats to haul the marijuana into Dana Point Harbor."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/17/BAA11OJP6Q.DTL
May 21 2012

SF CHRONICLE: 'A young and politically connected businessman who sought fame as a "ganja-preneur" in Oakland's medical marijuana industry was charged Thursday with 13 felonies for allegedly defrauding a city grant program that helps property owners pay for renovations.'

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120520/NEWS/305200043/Medical-marijuana-caught-standoff?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CHome&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1
May 21 2012

The state of Delaware is locked in a stalemate with the federal government over plans for distributing medical marijuana.

http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2012/05/new-jersey-legislature-will-hold-first-ever-hearing-bill-decriminalize-possession-marij
May 18 2012

Drug Policy Alliance: "On Monday, May 21st, the Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Assembly Bill 1465, which would make possession of one-half ounce, or 15 grams, of marijuana a summary offense similar to a parking ticket. The hearing will convene in Committee Room 12 at 10am in the State House Annex."

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Public+safety+trumps+privacy+hunt+gangsters+politician+says/6563068/story.html
May 17 2012

"It's time to plaster gangbangers' images on wanted posters and websites, and make the public aware of the dangers they pose, says B.C. politician and gang expert Kash Heed."

http://www.canada.com/news/Lawyers+support+judge+decrying+mandatory+minimum+sentences/6631505/story.html
May 17 2012

Lawyers in Victoria are "applauding a Victoria provincial court judge who spoke out against mandatory minimum sentences earlier this week."

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tory+laws+collision+course+with+courts/6636089/story.html
May 17 2012

Canadian courts are on a collision course with the federal government over its belief in minimum mandatory sentences that provide judges with no discretion.