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Pope says no to Pope legalizing recreational drugs


Pope Francis has come out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs, lending his voice to the debate which is raging from the U.S. to Uruguay and beyond.

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Drugs and prostitution to be included in UK national accounts


The Guardian: The contribution of drug dealers and prostitutes to the UK economy boosted figures by £10bn according to estimates.

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First legal marijuana sales begin in Colorado

Recreational marijuana is now on sale in Colorado, marking the first time any place in the world has legalized and regulated sales of relatively small amounts of the drug. Read more from The Denver Post.

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Obama: Pot users should not be ‘top priority’ of federal law enforcement

President Barack Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.

"We’ve got bigger fish to fry," Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters.

"It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal," he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it’s legal.

California rejects bid to lower penalty for possession of small amounts of drugs

On Thursday, the California Senate defeated a bill that would downgrade from a felony to a misdemeanor charges for simple possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.


Report: Marijuana use grows, cocaine falls among men arrested in 10 US cities reports more than 60% of men arrested in 10 US cities in 2011 for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies tested positive for at least 1 illicit drug, according to a federal drug-monitoring program’s annual report.