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US: Bill Would Let VA Recommend Medical Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 May 2015 - Veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to back the Veterans Equal Access Amendment. Under the measure, Veterans Affairs would be allowed to recommend medical marijuana to patients for everything from back pain to depression to flashbacks.
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US NY: Editorial: Latin America Rethinks Drug Policies

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 26 May 2015 - During the 1980s and 1990s, as the United States battled the scourge of cocaine throughout the hemisphere, Washington did most of the talking. Latin American governments were forced to listen and fall in line. The American government had the most money to throw at the problem, the toughest justice system and the biggest bully pulpit. In recent years, that top-bottom approach has been upended as countries in the region have begun to develop new strategies to fight drug trafficking and discourage the use of narcotics. The initiatives that are being discussed and applied represent a welcome break with the largely failed traditional approach, which has emphasized prohibition and punishment. A special United Nations General Assembly meeting next April on drug policy has provided an added incentive to develop fresh approaches to the problem, including sentencing reforms and legalization.
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US NJ: NJ Weedman Opens Restaurant, Sanctuary Across the

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 26 May 2015 - TRENTON - Marijuana activist and Trentonian columnist Ed Forchion has leased two adjoining East State Street properties and will soon open a restaurant and spiritual sanctuary. "I'm obviously catering to the cannabis consuming community in the area, but I also I want to tap into the artsy crowd here in Trenton," Forchion said.
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CN ON: Column: A Dispatch From The Field Of Harm Reduction

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 May 2015 - Recently I chewed khat, a leaf with properties conducive to sociability; and on a couple of occasions I ate cannabis chocolate. I neither brag nor complain, I merely think we ought to normalize khat, find a reliable way to measure the potency of cannabis, in any and all forms, so that those who use it can make informed judgments.
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US WA: Column: Veteran A Victim Of War On Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 25 May 2015 - Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
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US: The Great Pot Experiment

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:00
Time Magazine, 25 May 2015 - Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will blow your mind. Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the creatures' trippy little brains.
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CN ON: Column: New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 24 May 2015 - On the occasion of and his dog birthday, our own Jim Slotek wishes a couple of old dogs good tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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US WA: Column: Veteran's PTSD Led to Marijuana, Arrest and a

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 May 2015 - Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
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US CA: Marin Proposes Tough Ordinance About Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 24 May 2015 - SAN RAFAEL (TNS) - An ordinance allowing up to three not-for-profit medical marijuana facilities in Marin's unincorporated areas is under consideration by county officials, but it imposes so much red tape that only those who could comply with rigorous restrictions would qualify. A top Marin medical marijuana attorney called the tentative proposal a step in the right direction, but several entrepreneurs in the medical marijuana "delivery" business called it far too restrictive.
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US NY: How To Roll A Joint

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
New York Times Magazine, 24 May 2015 - After he sold his cable-television firm for $18 million in 1999, Bruce Nassau was a wealthy man looking for a new industry. He wanted to invest in a product with broad consumer appeal. Eventually, he settled on marijuana. "I'm an old guy in this business," says Nassau, 62, the chief executive of Tru Cannabis, a company with five marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area and plans to expand within Colorado and to four other states.
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CN ON: Column: Learning Some New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 23 May 2015 - On the occasion of Tommy Chong and his dog Otis' birthday, our own Jim Slotek wishes a couple of old dogs good tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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CN ON: Column: Learning Some New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 23 May 2015 - On the Occasion of Tommy Chong and His Dog Otis' Birthday, Our Own Jim Slotek Wishes a Couple of Old Dogs Good Tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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CN ON: Column: Learning Some New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Observer, 23 May 2015 - On the occasion of Tommy Chong and his dog Otis' birthday, our own Jim Slotek wishes a couple of old dogs good tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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US FL: Backers: Make Pot 'Like Aspirin'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 23 May 2015 - Doctors, advocates at conference say cannabis is a safe, effective drug that should be widely available. WEST PALM BEACH - Pro-pot activists and physicians offer a simple prescription for cannabis: Make it an easy-to-buy, over-the-counter drug.
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Australia: Column: Ice Is Too Big To Ignore

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
Geelong Advertiser, 23 May 2015 - Semantics instead of confronting this scourge won't help IN a week the Geelong community has talked openly and honestly about ice, some bureaucrats and academics have sadly failed to do the same. Concerning themselves more with the language used in the Addy's Breaking Ice series than with the people and truth behind our stories.
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Ireland: Gardai Cut With Knives And Savaged By Pitbull

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
Irish Independent, 23 May 2015 - THREE detectives were slashed with a knife and then attacked by a pitbull dog when they went to carry out a drug search at a house in Co Louth yesterday morning. The incident happened in the rural townland of Sandpit, between Termonfeckin and Drogheda, at around 10am.
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US MO: How A Missouri ''Pothead' Became Poster Boy For Compassion

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2015 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has commuted Jeff Mizanskey's life sentence for marijuana offenses, allowing him a parole hearing - an indication of the public and political shift on draconian drug laws. ATLANTA - Back in the day, Jeff Mizanskey was a bit of a pothead, at least that's how the police in Sedalia, Mo., knew him. The third time Mr. Mizanskey got busted for weed - during a 1993 sting at a Super 8 motel - he lost his case at trial and received a mind-boggling punishment: Life in prison, with no chance of getting out.
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Chronicle AM: IL Senate Approves Decrim, MedMJ Extension; Ex-Cincy Police Chief Endorses Pot Init, More (5/22/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 19:03

Midwest marijuana news dominates today, with the Illinois Senate approving decriminalization and medical marijuana extension bills, a prominent Ohio law enforcement figure endorsing a legalization initiative and the state attorney general rejecting another one, and more.

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Illinois Senate Passes Decriminalization Bill. The state Senate Thursday approved House Bill 218, which would decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana, replacing the possibility of jail time and a criminal record with a maximum $125 fine and no criminal record. The bill has already cleared the House, but will not go to the governor's desk until sponsors get some additional cleanup language approved.

Former Cincinnati Police Chief Endorses Ohio Legalization Initiative. Former Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher has come out in favor of the controversial ResponsibleOhio pot legalization initiative. "Our state spends over $120 million per year to enforce marijuana prohibition, even though we all know these laws do not work," Streicher said. "Law enforcement should instead be able to spend their time and their resources cracking down on the real criminals." ResponsibleOhio is the midst of a signature-gathering campaign to qualify for the November 2015 ballot. It needs more than 300,000 approved voter signatures to qualify, but says it has 320,000 raw signatures right now and aims to gather 800,000 by the July deadline.

Ohio Attorney General Rejects Language for Third Legalization Initiative. Attorney General Mike DeWine Thursday rejected the ballot summary language for a third statewide legalization initiative, the Ohio Cannabis Control Amendment from Ohioans to End Prohibition. Two other initiatives, from ResponsibleOhio and Better for Ohio, have already been approved and are in the signature-gathering phase. Now, Ohioans for Prohibition will have to gather another 1,000 signatures and resubmit modified language if it wants to move forward.

Medical Marijuana

Illinois Senate Approves Extension of Medical Marijuana Program. The state Senate voted 33-16 Thursday to approve House Bill 3299, which would extend the program by two more years. The measure has already passed the House and is headed for the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), but it's unclear if he will sign it. He has said he didn't think the program should be extended until it's been fully evaluated -- but it hasn't even really started.

Nebraska Legislature Approves CBD Cannabis Oil Study Bill. The state Senate Thursday gave final approval to Legislative Bill 390, under which the University of Nebraska Medical Center would study the effectiveness of CBD in treating epileptic seizures. Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) now has five days to act on the bill.

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Local Collective Garden Bans. The state Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Thursday that the city of Kent can ban medical marijuana collective gardens. The decision upheld lower court rulings allowing cities to impose bans via zoning regulations. The case was Cannabis Action Council v. City of Kent.

Drug Testing

Maine Committee Rejects Governor's Food Stamp Drug Testing Bill. The legislature's Health and Human Services Committee voted 6-5 on party lines to reject LD 1407, Gov. Paul LePage's (R) bid to impose drug testing on food stamp recipients. That doesn't mean the bill is dead, though; it is still likely to be debated in the House, and the question will be whether the Democrats can hold their caucus together in opposition.

Harm Reduction

North Carolina Jail Becomes First in South to Offer Naloxone to Released Inmates. The Durham County Detention Facility last month began distributing overdose reversal kits to inmates being released in a bid to cut the overdose rate among the newly freed whose tolerance to opiate drugs has been reduced by the jail stays. The formerly incarcerated are more than a hundred times more likely to die of drug overdoses in the first two weeks after their release than the general population.

International

Iceland Support for Marijuana Legalization Doubles, But Still Low. Nearly one quarter (24.3%) of Icelanders now support marijuana legalization, up from 12.7% in 2011, a new survey finds. Men were more supportive than women (31% v. 16%), and the youth were more supportive than older cohorts, but even among people under 30, support was only at 43%.

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US IL: Waiting For The High Sign

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 22 May 2015 - Bill That Would Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana Is Through the Illinois House and Senate; Decision Now Up to Gov. Rauner Police won't be able to arrest Illinoisans for having small amounts of marijuana if a bill passed by lawmakers gets Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature.
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US IL: Column: Finally, We're Making Progress In Drug War

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 22 May 2015 - Maybe we're at long last starting to win the war, but not in the way we had planned. It was always crazy that you could buy a gallon of vodka at any grocery store, while a joint would land you in a jail. But "crazy" is one of the more apt adjectives describing America's- War on Drugs, a multi-decade, multibillion-dollar effort that in the end . . . assuming this is, please God, the beginning of the end . . . produced what? Plentiful, ever cheaper street narcotics and a prison system jammed with drug offenders.
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