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Chronicle AM: OR Gov Signs Marijuana Sales Bill, More British Cops Turning Blind Eye to Marijuana, More (7/28/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 21:01

Any adult will be able to buy marijuana at Oregon dispensaries beginning October 1, some British police are moving toward de facto decriminalization, dirty Philly cops beat a corruption rap and are now suing city officials, and more.

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Oregon Governor Signs Bill Allowing Recreational Marijuana Sales to Begin October 1. Gov. Kate Brown (D) has signed into law Senate Bill 460, which will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling marijuana to all adults on October 1. Pot shops other than existing dispensaries won't come on line until next year.

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Michigan Supreme Court Says Medical Marijuana Card Doesn't Grant Sweeping Immunity, But… In a pair of cases regarding medical marijuana caregivers, the state's high court has ruled that the medical marijuana law does not grant sweeping immunity to cardholders, but sent the cases back to lower courts to determine whether the defendants are entitled to immunity. The court seems to be getting tired of medical marijuana. It has addressed the issue nine times in the past seven years. "The many inconsistencies in the law have caused confusion for medical marijuana caregivers and patients, law enforcement, attorneys, and judges, and have consumed valuable public and private resources to interpret and apply it," wrote Justice Bryan Zahra.

Law Enforcement

Acquitted Philly Cops Sue City Officials for Defamation. Five members of a notorious Philadelphia Police dope squad who managed to avoid federal corruption convictions and who have won the right to return to work are now suing the district attorney, the mayor, and the police commissioner. They say they were unfairly maligned and fired. After numerous reports of corrupt activities, DA Seth Williams began refusing their cases in 2012 and that "started a gigantic, destructive avalanche of severe and permanent wrongs, damages and injustices" that continues to affect the officers today," their attorney wrote. They had been accused of routinely beating drug suspects, stealing money, and lying on police reports. One member of the squad pleaded guilty and testified against the others, but the jury did not convict.

International

Three More British Police Forces Will Basically Ignore Small Pot Grows. Police in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Surrey are joining police in Durham in quietly turning a blind eye to small-scale marijuana cultivation and use. While the Conservative government continues to have a hard-line stance on marijuana, the cops say they have better things to do. "On the list of priorities cannabis moves a long way down the chain," one police official explained.

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Chronicle AM: Reuters on West African Meth, Brit Pot Petition Goes Viral, Mexico Ibogaine Conference, More (7/27/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 21:45

Lot's of international news today, plus Minnesota gets a second dispensary, Vermont seeks to prohibit more new synthetics, New Hampshire is worried about heroin, and more.

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Kettle Falls Five Member Gets 16 Months in Federal Prison. They grew medical marijuana in a state where it is legal -- heck, even recreational is legal in Washington -- but were prosecuted by zealous federal prosecutors operating out of Spokane. Now, after pleading guilty and testifying for the federal government against fellow members of the five, Jason Lee Zucker has been rewarded with 16 months in federal prison. Assistant US Attorney Caitlin Baunsgard said last Friday Zucker's testimony was "integral" to obtaining convictions against his co-defendants and urged the lighter sentence. He could have been sent to federal prison for five years. Three of the other Kettle Falls Five face sentencing in October after being found guilty and are looking at up to 20 years. The fifth member, family patriarch Larry Harvey, saw charges against him dropped after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Second Minnesota Dispensary Opens for Business. The state's first medical marijuana dispensary outside of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Medical Solutions in Rochester, opened last Thursday. A Minneapolis-area dispensary opened earlier this year.

Ibogaine

Global Ibogaine Conference to Be Held in Mexico in March 2016. The conference will take place in the charming hipster town of Tepoztlan, about an hour south of Mexico City, and will feature speakers including Claudio Naranjo, Stanton Peele, and Andrew Tatarsky. Click on the link for all the conference and registration information.

New Synthetic Drugs

Vermont to Add 75 New Synthetic Drugs to Controlled Substances List. State officials are set to outlaw 75 new synthetic drugs after earlier moves against synthetics resulted in new ones being produced. "The people who design and create what people think of designer drugs are very creative chemists," said State Toxicologist Sarah Vose. "And they can change molecules very easily to avoid being regulated," Vose said. "So the updates to this list are an attempt to keep ahead of that trend in designer-drug creation." The new list of regulated compounds includes stimulants, depressants and hallucinogens. Among the soon-to-be-illegal compounds is acetyl-fentanyl, a derivative of a powerful opiate. The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules will convene a hearing on the regulated drug rule proposal next week.

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Poll Finds Drug Abuse Second Most Pressing Problem in New Hampshire. Concerns about drug abuse were second only to concerns about the economy for New Hampshire residents surveyed in a WMUR Granite State Poll released last Thursday. Some 25% of respondents said the economy was the main concern, while 14% said drug abuse. Pollster Andy Smith said it was the most concern he's heard about drugs in the 15 years he's conducted the survey. But respondents were divided on what to do about it, with 42% saying the government should spend more to address heroin use, 20% saying the government is spending enough, and 38% saying they didn't know enough to respond.

International

Reuters Does In-Depth Report on Meth in West Africa. The press agency has produced a fairly comprehensive look at the rise of meth, meth trafficking, and meth production in the region. Click on the link to read the whole thing.

Israel to Make Medical Marijuana Available By Prescription, Will Be Sold in Pharmacies. Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said Monday that medical marijuana will be available in pharmacies and more doctors will be allowed to prescribe it. "There are already pharmacies that dispense all sorts of other drugs, such as morphine. There is order with that, and there will be order with this," Litzman said. "There will be registration, and we'll supervise it, but it will be according to a standard, like a drug. Right now, we're in a case at the High Court of Justice because of the growers, and we'll issue a tender for the growers. I hope we get approval from the High Court of Justice. We'll fight aggressively to allow this to get out," Litzman emphasized. "The growers will also be stronger. As soon as there is a tender, it shifts to selling a drug by prescription, and I'm sure it will be accepted. We have a lot more work and much more to do, but this is my headline."

More Than One Quarter of Italian Parliamentarians Support Marijuana Legalization Proposal. Some 250 of Italy's 945 members of parliament have endorsed a bill that would legalize marijuana. The proposal would allow anyone 18 or older to grow up to five plants at home or to join a "cannabis social club" with a joint garden of up to 50 people and 250 plants. Marijuana produced by home gardeners or social clubs could not be sold, but marijuana stores would make pot available at retail, with people allowed to possess up to 15 grams at home and to carry up to five grams with them. The proposal has support across Italy's political spectrum, but it remains to be seen if it can pass.

Online Petition Calling for Marijuana Legalization Will Force UK Parliament to Respond. More than 150,000 Britons have signed a government-authorized online petition calling for the total legalization of marijuana. Like the change.gov petition process in the US, policymakers must respond if a certain signature level -- in this case, 100,000 -- is reached. The signatures have come in just five days. The petition now goes to the House of Commons petition committee, which has the power to press for action from the government or the parliament -- or not. But at least the petition committee will have to formally address it.

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US CA: Sutter County's Tough Pot Law Still Under Review

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 26 Jul 2015 - As the dust surrounding Yuba County's controversial marijuana ordinance settles, it can be easy to forget Sutter County passed a similar ordinance late in 2013. While it wasn't accompanied by prolonged public meetings filled with passionate public comment or recall notices of county supervisors, the ordinance did elicit concern from medical marijuana patients that the ordinance eliminated their ability to grow the medicine they claimed to need.
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CN AB: Medical Marijuana Bust

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 25 Jul 2015 - Three charged after dispensary raided by city police ALERT squad More than 1,000 patients suffering from chronic pain, cancer or epilepsy are without their medicine of choice after police shut down an Edmonton medical marijuana dispensary.
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US: US Policy Keeps Medical Marijuana Research Funding Low

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:00
The Post-Star, 25 Jul 2015 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. Certain chemicals in marijuana may kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and prevent the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors. That's the National Cancer Institute reporting findings from preclinical trials - the kind of research that typically leads to more in-depth testing.
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US WA: Member of Kettle Falls Five Sentenced to 16 Months in

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 25 Jul 2015 - A federal judge rejected the medical marijuana defense of a member of the so-called "Kettle Falls Five" growing family and sentenced Jason Lee Zucker on Friday to 16 months in prison. "There is no such thing as medical marijuana," U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice said. "There is no such thing in federal law."
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US CA: Approval of Nipomo Medical Marijuana Dispensary Is

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:00
The Tribune, 25 Jul 2015 - An appeal has been filed against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo, and the project will now go before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in October. The project calls for a brick-and-mortar dispensary offshoot of the mobile dispensary business, Ethnobotanica Patients Cooperative. The storefront would be at 2122 Hutton Road in Nipomo.
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US OR: Oregon TV Anchor Fired Over Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:00
The Columbian, 25 Jul 2015 - After Minor Accident on Assignment, She Had to Take Drug Test and Failed PORTLAND (AP) - An Oregon television anchor has turned into a marijuana activist after being fired for testing positive for the drug.
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US NM: DEA, Agencies Probe SF Medical Pot Facility Blast

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 25 Jul 2015 - Regulations May Result From Enquiry SANTA FE - An explosion at a Santa Fe medical marijuana dispensary that severely burned two employees is being investigated by federal Drug Enforcement Administration and multiple city and state agencies.
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CN MB: Trudeau Backs Pot Shop, Restates Vow To Legalize

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 24 Jul 2015 - Trudeau Reaffirms Support for Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowed to legalize and regulate marijuana, if elected, removing the legal grey area surrounding Winnipeg's first medical marijuana shop.
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US WI: Column: Why Hillary Clinton Can't Just Ignore Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
The Week, 24 Jul 2015 - On Thursday, Gallup released a poll showing that 44 percent of Americans have said they've tried marijuana, the largest number the survey has ever recorded. This isn't too far off from what other polls have found (this Pew Research Center poll pegged the number at 49 percent), and given that people are being asked to admit to behavior that is illegal in most places, the true number is almost certainly higher.
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US MA: Editorial: Milk Street Medical Marijuana Facility

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 24 Jul 2015 - THE BUSINESS Improvement District in Downtown Crossing has done amazing work to revitalize the area, but the group's campaign against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in the neighborhood is misguided. Memories of the old Combat Zone seem to haunt the dispensary's opponents, but a small, highly secure medical marijuana facility poses no threat to the neighborhood's comeback. It deserves the city's approval. Patriot Care Corp., which has also won medical marijuana licenses in Greenfield and Lowell, wants to operate a small facility at 21 Milk Street. It will have no conspicuous signage, and will be open only to patients who have a medical marijuana card issued by the state. A voter referendum in 2012 authorized the cards, and the dispensaries. However one feels about the policy - this page editorialized against it - medical marijuana is now the law of the Commonwealth, and the downtown dispensary would meet the goals of a referendum that 63 percent of the state supported.
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US AZ: Column: Opinion MMJ Part I

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 24 Jul 2015 - New Rules an Update on MMJ Petition Process and DHS The Arizona Department of Health Services has announced that it will accept petitions from July 27-July 31 to add new debilitating conditions to those already approved by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The AMMA itself calls for open application periods twice a year, but the rules surrounding the process and the specific standards by which these conditions are approved or denied are largely left up to the DHS administration and these rules can be changed.
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Chronicle AM: ResponsibleOhio Fights On, GA Cop Indicted in Baby Boo-Boo SWAT Raid, More (7/23/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:47

ResponsibleOhio has about a week to come up with 40,000 more signatures, more Americans than ever admit smoking pot, e-sports is about to begin drug testing, a Georgia cop gets indicted for lying about probable cause in the Baby Boo Boo SWAT raid case, and more.

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Ohio Legalization Initiative Still Fighting to Get on Ballot. The ResponsibleOhio legalization initiative campaign, which state officials say came up 35,000 signatures short in its effort to get its measure on the November ballot, says it is sure it had enough valid signatures and will go to the state Supreme Court to contest the results. "There are over 21,000 voters who were incorrectly identified as invalid. We want to make sure they have their signatures count. We also see that there are 40,000 signatures that weren't reviewed," spokesman Ian James said. The group is also gathering more signatures -- it has a 10-day window to try to make up any shortfall.

Gallup Poll Finds Largest Number Yet of Americans Admitting to Having Smoked Weed. Some 44% of Americans admit to having smoked marijuana, the largest number ever record by the pollsters. When Gallup first asked the question back in 1969, only 4% admitted to having tried it. By 1985, the figure was at 33%. Gallup wasn't sure if the rising numbers reflected more people actually using marijuana or more people being comfortable admitting to it. "The changes over time may reflect either an increase in the percentage who have tried the drug, or an increased willingness to admit to having done so in the past," Gallup explained.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves DC Pot Shops, Marijuana Banking Bill. The committee today approved a bill today allowing the nation's capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries. The votes came on the financial services spending bill, which includes language removing a federal ban on regulated marijuana commerce in the District, which legalized possession and cultivation last year. The committee also approved an amendment allowing banks to provide services to marijuana businesses where they are legal.

Marijuana Policy Project Report Criticizes New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Program. In a report marking the two year anniversary of the signing into law of the state's medical marijuana program, the activist group is harshly critical of the state's failures in implementing the law. The report title pretty much says it all: Confusion, Delays, and Continued Arrests: A Two-Year Retrospective on New Hampshire's "Therapeutic Use of Cannabis" Law. Click either link to read the report.

Asset Forfeiture

Arizona ACLU Files Lawsuit Claiming State's Asset Forfeiture Laws Are Unconstitutional. The ACLU of Arizona today filed a federal lawsuit in Phoenix arguing that the laws "have created a lucrative system in which police and prosecutors are heavily incentivized to seize and forfeit property." The group says the law allows "law enforcement [agencies to] supplement their budgets without any legislative oversight." The ACLU is representing a Sun Tan Valley woman whose pick-up truck was seized after her son borrowed it and was arrested for allegedly stealing a hood ornament and putting it on the truck.

Drug Testing

Drug Testing Comes to E-Sports. The Electronic Sports League, the largest online gaming organization, has announced that it will adopt policies to keep drugs out of virtual sports. The move comes in the wake of ongoing controversy about the use of Adderall by e-sports players. A high-ranked e-sports player, Kory Friesen, ignited the commotion by not only admitting to use of the drug, but claiming it was prevalent. "We were all on Adderall," he said in a widely-copied interview.

Law Enforcement

Georgia Cop Indicted Over Baby Boo-Boo SWAT Raid. A Habersham County sheriff's deputy has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the May 2014 raid that left a toddler severely injured by a flash-bang grenade. Nikki Autry, a special agent of the Mountain Judicial Circuit Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team (NCIS), has been indicted for lying in a search warrant affidavit and providing the same false information to obtain an arrest warrant in the case. Autry is accused of claiming that one of his informants made a meth buy at the address when the alleged meth purchase was made by someone else and lying about whether it was a "true and honorable informant." Nor had Autry confirmed there was heavy traffic in and out of the house, as he claimed. His alleged lies were the basis for a judge signing off on the "no knock" warrant that resulted in the bad raid.

International

Marijuana Cultivation on the Upsurge in Sweden. Swedish media are reporting an increasing number of marijuana cultivation busts. There were 904 pot farms reported to police last year, up fourfold from 2011, and police said they were on track for similar numbers this year.

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US KS: Arrest Affidavit Offers Look at Case Against Garden

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
Wichita Eagle, 23 Jul 2015 - Marijuana advocates say the state unfairly targeted one Garden City mom for using weed to treat her medical condition. Her arrest affidavit paints a slightly different picture. Shona Banda, 38, faces five charges related to marijuana use and child endangerment after her 11-year-old son talked about her drug use during an anti-drug program at school.
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US: Senate Panel Would Allow Marijuana Vendors to Use Banks

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 23 Jul 2015 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved, by a 16-14 vote, an amendment that would effectively ease laws making it officially illegal for banks to handle money from marijuana vendors. The laws have resulted in a situation in which many marijuana vendors have typically had to use cash to conduct their business.
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US CA: Column: A Roach In The Batter

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 23 Jul 2015 - Yeah, it's a cure-all. My buddy Jonah broke his elbow one time. He just smoked some weed. It still clicks, but it's cool. -Ben Stone in the film Knocked Up. Maybe Ben Stone and his friend Jonah were onto something. A study by Israeli scientists recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found broken bones healed faster and stronger in lab rats injected with cannabidiol (CBD), one of the non-psychoactive compounds found in marijuana. In the study, Tel Aviv University researchers injected CBD into rats with mid-femoral fractures and found the CBD made the bones stronger during and after healing. The study found the treatment was far less effective, however, when the rats were injected with a combination of CBD and THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. Sorry, Ben.
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US CA: Panel: Legalizing Shouldn't Be About Revenue

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 23 Jul 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A blueribbon panel says curtailing the illegal marijuana market in California should be the primary goal of legalizing the drug's recreational use in the state, and not developing another tax source. In a 93-page report released Wednesday, the panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presents a wide range of choices and competing interests involved as advocates work to bring a recreational use initiative to voters next year.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:48

There's medical marijuana news from the far Pacific, with Hawaii okaying dispensaries and Guam releasing draft medical marijuana regulations, plus more.

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Last Wednesday, state officials rejected medical marijuana for PTSD. Health officials voted against adding PTSD to the list of qualifying ailments for medical marijuana. They cited scant research on the issue. "We can't have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don't have data to show it's correct," said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.

Hawaii

Last Tuesday, Hawaii began moving toward licensing dispensaries. After Gov. David Ige (D) signed a bill allowing for eight dispensaries to operate in the state, state officials are moving forward with developing rules and regulations for the program. They say to they will begin accepting license applications early next year. The move comes 15 years after Hawaii became the first state to okay medical marijuana through the legislative process.

Guam

Last Thursday, the US protectorate released medical marijuana draft regulations. The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services has released draft rules for the island territory's medical marijuana program. Guamanians voted to allow medical marijuana in last November's elections. The rules must be approved by the legislature. Click on the link to read the draft rules.

Michigan

Last week, Michigan cops raided medical marijuana dispensaries. Police departments in the greater Detroit area have shut down several dispensaries in the past week, in some cases bringing felony charges against the operators. Raids, arrests, and seizures took place in Shelby Township and Detroit last week. While the city has an estimated 180 dispensaries, they are illegal under the state's medical marijuana law.

On Tuesday, a state panel deferred a decision on medical marijuana for autism. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel postponed action on recommending whether or not autism should be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The panel said it wanted more time to review the evidence.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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US WA: In Our View: Give Medical Pot Law Time

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
The Columbian, 22 Jul 2015 - Legislative action reconciling marijuana markets too new to appeal, modify In addition to a slate of candidates for local offices, it's likely that Washington voters this fall will decide two citizen initiatives. One, sponsored by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, would ban trafficking of endangered species and their parts. The other, from initiative king Tim Eyman, deals with his favorite subject: taxes.
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