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This Year in Marijuana News

As a close to this year's marijuana law reform debate (Prop 19 flopped last night), Boston.com's The Big Picture examines "photos from the past year of marijuana in the news, for both medicinal and recreational purposes, and some of the legal entanglements involved."

Some striking images here; 6 below, click through for the complete photo essay.

A Mexican soldier arranges blocks of marijuana, weighing a total of 46 tons, before they are incinerated at a military base in the border city of Tijuana May 11, 2010.
Mexican soldiers stand in formation as 46 tons of marijuana is incinerated at a military base in the border city of Tijuana May 11, 2010.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Jake Hoag of Bend, Oregon from India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment questions a marijuana farmer while on patrol near Kajaki, Afghanistan.
Drew Brown, a vice president at Abundant Healing store (left), hands over a check to one of his marijuana suppliers on April 19, 2010 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dani Geen holds up 1.5 gram "care packages" of medical marijuana at the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California on Aug. 3, 2010, where, until recently, the center had a program that gave out free weekly "care packages" to about 600 patients on unemployment or pensions.
Tim Blakeley, manager of Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary, shows a marijuana plant bud under a magnifying glass, reflecting the dispensary's overhead lights in Los Angeles, California.

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Meh, legalization means taxation. Id rather support its partial decriminalization. It would still be illegal, you just dont go to prison for having it. A fine would suffice...

Well, if you live in California, Gov. Schwarzenegger recently signed a bill decriminalizing possession of pot up to 1 ounce, reducing it from a misdemeanor to an infraction. It goes into effect Jan 1.

Well what more do people want? I mean i live in Canada, we have medical marijuana. But the only issue i have with its illegality is the extent the punishment goes to. Years in prison over a plant? Cmon now.

People want it to be taxed and regulated like alcohol or cigarettes. In California, many advocates are touting the tax revenue that could come in from legitimate sales of weed, as one possible way to deal with California's ongoing deficit issues.

absolutely true,, But if it was legal it would be a new economical source. Millons would me made in days or weeks. Countries would only gain more stabillity economically!
But there are abusive people and they are the reason why Marijuana isn´t legalized.
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It´s just too valious to be legalized.

Cannabis prohibition generates massive funding for the war on drugs. It enables black market sales and creates and funds gang activity. It never should of been prohibited in the first place.
Did you know that the federal government has a patent on cannabis? US Patent 6630507 titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The patent claims that "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."
The patent was obtained in October of 2003

I say go ahead and tax. This would create many legit jobs for medical growers otherwise unable to find stable income. As well as other "illicit" operations that are forced to feed into the black market or find "loopholes" in the laws to make a living. Operations that have the desire and intent on being free from persecution. And suppliers that must always live with the fact that federal agents could arrest them and seize their hard earned assets at any time. We would be creating a new legal market for Marijuana, and in my opinion drastically reducing the business demand for "street" dealers that often sell cannabis along side other more dangerous drugs. (cocaine herion etc) The money saved from no longer sending these people to jail for a plant could be used to educate the public about medical marijuana, regulate the drug and keep it out of the wrong hands. Just the way all controlled prescription medications are treated. (which I may add are more often than not, more of a potential health hazard, and even more addictive than cannabis) The tax revenue could be used for MANY things that I will leave to YOU to think of.

making to where you can grow it and sell it legally to would open up a #$%@ load of doors for jobs because with economy as it is now poverty is gonna become the number one problem in the US i mean look at europe they have a bunch of bud over there and we don't here complaints from them. One is because they are all busy with weed and doing something relevant to weed. Everyone is happy over there its like another big ass wood-stock.

Everything you said is so incredibly inaccurate its astounding. Europe are in a bigger #$%@ hole than the US is, and it's definitely not like woodstock. And if you think the Netherlands are all honky dory with the dope, their facing serious repercussions from the decriminalization. Google it.

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