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measures as may be necessary to prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in, the leaves of the cannabis plant.” Sullum, however, concluded that using such a treaty to override I-502 (or Colorado’s Amendment 64) or force local law enforcement to uphold federal law was unconstitutional.

THE WORLD

An Evening with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Mexico lawmaker proposes legalized cannabis

Mexico, long seen by wrongheaded drug warriors as the root of all evil when it comes to narcotics trafficking, might have a few more progressive minds than its neighbor to the north. A leftist lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would legalize the production, sale and use of cannabis, according to Reuters. While it’s unlikely that the bill would pass—polls show that two-thirds of Mexicans would oppose the move—it is significant

to note the rising number of Latin American political leaders who have proposed legalizing cannabis and adopting a common-sense approach to drug policy. “The prohibitionist paradigm is a complete failure,” said Mexican lawmaker Fernando Belaunzaran, the author of the proposed legalization bill.

by the numbers

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The approximate population of Israel: 8 million (Source: The Associated Press)

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Percentage of voters who cast their ballots against Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law: 37 (Source: Reuters)

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The fine in dollars for using or cultivating cannabis in 1917 in Colorado: 10 to 100 (Source: Westword)

The percentage of the vote by which Amendment 64 passed in Denver: 66 (Source: Denver Post)

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The total number of votes cast in support of Amendment 64: 1,382,306 (Source: Secretary of State unofficial results)

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The total number of votes cast against Amendment 64: 1,116,354 (Source: Secretary of State unofficial results)

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Percentage of voters who cast their ballots in favor of Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law: 63 (Source: Reuters) 10 CULTURE • DECEMBER 2012

The approximate number of registered medical marijuana patients in Israel: 10,000 (Source: The Associated Press).

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The number of nanograms of THC per milliliter that constitute driving under the influence of drugs in Ohio and Nevada: 2 (Source: Detroit Free Press)

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The percentage of the vote by which Amendment 64 passed statewide: 55 (Source: Denver Post)

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The maximum number of days the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has to issue dispensary regulations, registration cards for patients, etc., starting Jan. 1, 2013: 120 (Source: golocalworcester.com)

The number of nanograms of THC per milliliter that constitute driving under the influence of drugs in Washington, as dictated by Initiative 502: 5 (Source: Detroit Free Press)

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The number of years that cannabis has been illegal on the federal level: 75 (Source: Marihuana Tax Act of 1937)

There’s nothing like the blues to get us ready for winter, and The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is there to fill that void. It’s nice to know that someone is still playing original music in the midst of a season oversaturated with covers of carols that have been playing ever since your parents were kids. That is the band’s agenda, regardless of the time of year—the air waves are oversaturated with teens and twentysomethings playing some high-pitched Auto-Tuned love songs that it’s simply astounding that iPods across the world haven’t exploded in protest. But we digress, for the opportunity to satiate your ear buds is right around the corner. The group promises three full sets at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom (as opposed to hours of opening acts and a half-hour of playing) and you should get tickets before they evaporate. It’s either that or your radio blaring some diva’s take on “Carol of the Bells.” All on you. (Joe Martone)

IF YOU GO

What: An Evening with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. When/Where: Dec. 31 at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St., Denver. Info: $35-$45. 8pm to 2am. Go to www.cervantesmasterpiece.com or call (303) 297-1772.

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