Anti-marijuana Kansas lawmaker: African Americans more susceptible to drug abuse because of “genetics”

A Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives is facing criticism this week after arguing that illicit drugs are illegal in part because of “the African Americans” and their predisposition to drug abuse. Attempting to explain at a weekend legislative coffee session with constituents why “all drugs” were outlawed in the United States in the 1930s, Rep.…

The Netherlands Moves to Legalize Growing Pot

Amsterdam’s black market has been thriving thanks to the Netherlands’s convoluted legal system, where coffeeshops can sell cannabis, but can’t grow it. This year, 10 Dutch regional governments will experiment with legalizing marijuana farming. The Netherlands has long had an uneasy relationship with its famous and reliable tourism draw: the coffeeshops in Amsterdam and other cities allowed…