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Apr 20, 2012

Factbox: Medical marijuana in the United States

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Voters in Colorado and Washington state will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use under their state laws, despite opposition from the federal government, which considers pot an illegal narcotic liable to be abused.

If the measures are approved, the states would be the first in the nation to allow recreational use of the drug.

Apr 20, 2012

FACTBOX: Medical marijuana in the United States

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Voters in Colorado and Washington state will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use under their state laws, despite opposition from the federal government, which considers pot an illegal narcotic liable to be abused.

If the measures are approved, the states would be the first in the nation to allow recreational use of the drug.

Apr 20, 2012

Colorado lights up pot debate by blazing regulatory trail

DENVER (Reuters) – At a Denver dispensary for medical marijuana, state inspector Mark Brown makes his usual checks, verifying that employees wear name-tag licenses and the video surveillance system works.

The store is a laid-back place with a popcorn machine, a “Reefer Madness” movie poster and plenty of pot, sold both mixed into candy and as buds.

Apr 12, 2012

Mel Gibson fires back at anti-Semitism claim

LOS ANGELES, April 12 (Reuters) – Mel Gibson fired back
Thursday at screenwriter Joe Eszterhas for accusing the
“Braveheart” star of anti-Semitism, calling the writer’s
comments “utter fabrications” and saying he was angry over a
rejected film script.

Gibson, who has been dogged by similar criticism since
making an anti-Semitic statement in 2006 to police in a drunken
rant, had been working with the “Basic Instinct” screenwriter on
a movie about the ancient Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.

Apr 7, 2012

No timetable for restarting California nuclear plant: Jaczko

DANA POINT, California (Reuters) – The top U.S. nuclear official said on Friday his agency has not set any timetable for restarting the troubled San Onofre nuclear station in Southern California and that it would only do so if safety was assured.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko made his comments after touring the facility where both reactors have been shut since January due to the discovery of premature wear on tubes in giant steam generators installed in 2010 and 2011.

Mar 30, 2012

Virgin’s Branson turns from adventuring to drug-war critic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, involved in ventures that have included attempting to circle the globe in a balloon and selling space travel to the affluent, says people should to have the freedom to get high on Earth without risking going to jail.

The British billionaire argues that criminal punishment fails to stem drug abuse, and is calling on countries to decriminalize drug use and eliminate criminal penalties on narcotics consumers. He argues that countries should even consider legalizing drugs.

Mar 29, 2012

Richard Branson turns from adventuring to drug war critic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, involved in such ventures as selling space travel to the affluent, is now pushing for people to have the freedom to get high here on Earth without risking going to jail.

The British billionaire argues criminal punishment fails to stem drug abuse, and is calling on countries to decriminalize drug use and eliminate criminal penalties on narcotics consumers or even consider legalizing drugs.

Mar 23, 2012

Stan Lee puts himself into his latest comic book

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stan Lee is barging into the pages of his own comic book as a character based on himself who rubs elbows with superheroes – call it a cameo for the reality TV age.

His new series “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7″, which hit stores this week, is inspired by reality television and throws into the mix real-life characters – like Lee himself, the creator of such Marvel Comics icons as Spider-Man and The X-Men.

Mar 17, 2012

Breakaway Crystal Cathedral congregation finds theater refuge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The faithful of Crystal Cathedral will have a choice of where to worship on Sunday — either in the glass-walled Southern California mega-church famous from “Hour of Power” broadcasts or with the daughter of the televangelist who built it.

Sheila Schuller Coleman, whose father is Crystal Cathedral’s founding pastor Robert Schuller and most recently led services at the church, has invited her congregation to join her for worship in a movie theater at an outdoor mall.

Mar 15, 2012

Comic Gallagher suffers heart attack in Texas

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gallagher, the stand-up comedian famous for smashing watermelons, has suffered a heart attack and is recovering in a Texas hospital, a representative from his management office said on Thursday.

Gallagher, 65, was set to perform on Wednesday night at Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks in Lewisville, Texas, when he collapsed backstage. An ambulance took him to a nearby hospital where doctors determined he had suffered a heart attack. He remains there under sedation, said Christine Scherrer, a representative for his manager.