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  • Plenty of Jews on board California’s bid to legalize marijuana

    by Sue Fishkoff, JTA

    October 26, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    Ed Rosenthal has been working to legalize marijuana in California since he moved to the state in 1972.

    Vindication may finally be at hand for the Bronx-born former yippie.

    On Nov. 2, California voters will consider Proposition 19, a ballot initiative to legalize the cultivation and...

  • Israel Debates Children of Illegal Immigrants

    By Susan Freudenheim

    August 2, 2010 | 8:38 pm

    Even as the U.S. grapples with how to treat children of foreign workers who don’t have legal status, Israel, too, faces the same problem. The New York Times reports on “The public debate followed a decision by [Israel’s] cabinet on Sunday to approve a plan for granting status to the children of people who entered Israel with a valid visa or permit but have stayed on illegally.” Read more here.

  • Books: Pot-smoking antihero proves cathartic for her creator

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Twenty-nine-year-old Dahlia Finger, the antihero of Elisa Albert's debut novel, "The Book of Dahlia," has an inoperable brain tumor and an attitude.

    Before her diagnosis, Dahlia spent her days smoking pot, watching cheesy movies and eating toaster pastries in the Venice, Calif.,...

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  • Is Pot Kosher for Pesach?

    By Jacob Berkman

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a fifth question for the seder: What makes this herb different from all others?

    The Green Leaf Party, a small Israeli political party that supports legalizing pot, announced March 27 that marijuana might not be kosher for Passover.

    The reason, they say, is that marijuana...

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