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CN ON: Toronto Pot Shops 'Reckless,' Blair Says

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 May 2016 - Liberal MP and city's former police chief criticizes dispensaries that 'don't care about the law' at conference The marijuana dispensaries spreading rapidly across Canada's largest cities are illegal, reckless and often exist to make a "fast buck," Bill Blair, the federal government's point person on the legalization of marijuana, said Tuesday.
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US NJ: $300m For N.J. From Pot?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 May 2016 - Advocates Say Recreational Use Would Pay Off. New Jersey would gain at least $300 million a year in taxes if it followed the lead of four other states and legalized marijuana for recreational use, according to a report released Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective and New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.
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US PA: Enter Pot, Exit Opioids

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Daily Times, 25 May 2016 - ENTER POT, EXIT OPIOIDS Can the legalization of one drug help decrease abuse of another drug? It's possible that medical marijuana could be used to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction that has resulted in numerous deaths from overdoses in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
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US PA: Weeding Through The Issues

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Daily Times, 25 May 2016 - Role As Medicine Remains Controversial Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania, as well as 23 other states and the District of Columbia, but there are still many questions about how exactly the drug can be used as medicine.
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US OH: Pharmacy Board Out As Sole Medical Marijuana Regulator

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 25 May 2016 - Proposal Scrapped Over Concerns About Burden on the State. COLUMBUS (AP) - A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.
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US CA: L.A. County Extends Pot Growing Ban

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2016 - Supervisors ADD One Month to Temporary Prohibition, Hold Off Voting on Longer Plan. Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a temporary ban on growing medical marijuana in unincorporated areas by one month, but shelved a proposed 10-month ban. Al Seib Los Angeles Times SUPERVISOR SHEILA Kuehl noted that there is a strong possibility that Californians will vote in November to legalize recreational marijuana use.
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US MI: Column: Petition Rules Could Hold UP Michigan

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Metro Times, 25 May 2016 - When the MILegalize petitions proposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan hit the streets last summer I signed the first one that came my way. That was sometime in July. Now my signature probably won't count. That's the big issue facing the folks who organized the legalization effort right now: whether or not petition initiative signatures collected outside of a 180-day window are valid. And it doesn't look good. The most immediate answer to that question will be rendered by Gov. Rick Snyder when he decides to sign, or not sign, S.B. 776, the recent legislation that sets a hard 180-day window for collecting signatures on a petition initiative.
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CN BC: Vancouver's Dispensaries Remain Open

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 24 May 2016 - City acknowledges it could take more than a year to gain full compliance from 61 pot shops, which could still be open in 2017 When Vancouver's marijuana bylaw came into effect, the city promised a swift crackdown that would dramatically reduce the number of illegal pot shops in the city. Operators can face fines that start at $250 a day, potentially grow to $10,000 and end in court injunctions.
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US MA: How Much Marijuana Is Too Much For Drivers?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 24 May 2016 - Just how much marijuana is too much when getting behind the wheel? Is any amount safe? Those questions emerged anew after prosecutors alleged last week that a driver had visited a medical marijuana dispensary an hour before his car struck a State Police cruiser, killing the trooper inside.
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US CA: Commercial Marijuana Ban Petition Circulating

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Calaveras Enterprise, 24 May 2016 - If Successful, It Would Allow Only Personal-Use Cultivation Proponents of banning commercial marijuana production in Calaveras County on Monday gathered signatures at grocery stores and other locations in hopes of placing its proposal on the ballot in November.
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Australia: Amnesty Call For Medicinal Cannabis Fails

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Canberra Times, 23 May 2016 - Users have to break law The ACT government has rejected a push to create an effective amnesty for medicinal cannabis users by directing police not to charge them with drug offences. Canberrans who rely on medicinal cannabis to treat serious illness or chronic pain are currently forced to break the law to seek relief and a number, including campaigner Laura Bryant, have spoken publicly of their constant fear of arrest.
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Canada: OPED: Why We Need To Clear The Smoke Over Pot Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 23 May 2016 - The federal Liberal government intends to fulfill its election promise and legalize recreational use of marijuana across Canada some time next year. Meanwhile, a British Columbia Supreme Court decision in February, which held that the mail-order federal program to obtain physician-authorized marijuana is neither affordable nor accessible, created a legal lacuna when it comes to accessing marijuana even for medicinal use.
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US CA: Edu: OPED: Legalizing Marijuana in California Would Be

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Californian, 23 May 2016 - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a proponent of the legalization effort, should be reminded that his most important responsibility as an elected official is to protect the people from all enemies, foreign and domestic. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is rumored to be bankrolled by billionaires who do not have California's best interest in mind. New York billionaire Sean Parker has purportedly been recruited to augment money that will flow from George Soros and the Drug Policy Alliance. They didn't earn billions because they are dumb, but apparently they think we are. Their stated benefits of legalization are frankly an affront to one's intellect. It is a lie to say this will protect children. Proponents of this act want to tax and regulate marijuana and teach our kids not to use it. Absurd! Expanding the availability and access will increase adolescent use as it has in Colorado and Washington. Ability for anyone to grow 6 plants in a home will endanger children living there and provide even easier access for kids and their friends, while serving as a magnet for home invasion robberies.
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Canada: Tobacco, Marijuana Are Exactly the Same When It Comes

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 23 May 2016 - Is eating a pot brownie each day to help with your chronic pain as bad for you as regularly lighting up a cigarette? Canadian life insurers say the two activities pose the same risk and demand the same higher premiums from clients. The insurance industry's national trade association argues the standard policy among insurers of tacking on increased costs to marijuana users - regardless of whether they smoke, vape or eat the drug - is based on available research. The group also suggests pricier premiums could be due to the severity of a medical marijuana patient's underlying conditions.
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US MD: Advocates Frustrated As Medical Marijuana Inches

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 23 May 2016 - Maryland's state medical marijuana commission delivered a blow to marijuana advocates and would-be entrepreneurs last week by abruptly capping the number of businesses that can process marijuana into pills, oils and other products. The commission also gave conflicting information about when the first long-awaited growing licenses would be issued, with Executive Director Patrick Jameson first saying it would be late summer or early fall, then stating that licenses would come "weeks" after the evaluations of the applications are completed in early July.
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US FL: Backers: State Pot Industry Worth Billions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 23 May 2016 - Proponents Cite Benefits to Many Ill Floridians, Thousands of Added Jobs, Millions in Tax Revenue. Entrepreneurs in the budding cannabis industry are salivating at the prospect that Florida might legalize medical marijuana.
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US MD: Delays Frustrate Backers Of Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 23 May 2016 - MD. Still Hasn't Issued Licenses Panel Limits Processors of Medical Marijuana Maryland's state medical marijuana commission delivered a blow to marijuana advocates and would-be entrepreneurs last week by abruptly capping the number of businesses that can process marijuana into pills, oils and other products.
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US PA: Marijuana's Role As Medicine Remains Controversial

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Local, 23 May 2016 - MARIJUANA'S ROLE AS MEDICINE REMAINS CONTROVERSIAL Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania, as well as 23 other states and the District of Columbia, but there are still many questions about how exactly the drug can be used as medicine.
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US PA: New Law May Help In Fight Against Opioid Crisis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Local, 23 May 2016 - NEW LAW MAY HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST OPIOID CRISIS Can the legalization of one drug help decrease abuse of another drug? It's possible that medical marijuana could be used to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction that has resulted in numerous deaths from overdoses in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
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US MD: Advocates Frustrated As Medical Marijuana Inches

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 May 2016 - Maryland's state medical marijuana commission delivered a blow to marijuana advocates and would-be entrepreneurs last week by abruptly capping the number of businesses that can process marijuana into pills, oils and other products. The commission also gave conflicting information about when the first long-awaited growing licenses would be issued, with executive director Patrick Jameson first saying it would be late summer or early fall, then stating that licenses would come "weeks" after the evaluations of the applications are completed in early July.
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