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US CA: Proposed Pot Tax May Be Pulled

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 23 Jul 2016 - L.A. supervisors appear poised to nix measure that would help pay for homeless housing and services. Less than two weeks after voting to pursue a tax on marijuana businesses to help pay for housing and health services for the homeless, Los Angeles County supervisors appear poised to pull the measure from the November ballot.
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Chronicle AM: Poll Finds More Republicans Want to Legalize Pot Than Not, More... (7/22/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 20:46

It's one of those all-weed news days, with Republicans reaching the tipping point on marijuana legalization, Canadian provincial leaders demanding quick action on legalization, and more.

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Poll Finds For First Time More Republicans Support Marijuana Legalization Than Oppose It. A new YouGov.com survey has support for legalization nationwide at 55%, in line with other recent polls, but also finds that for the first time, more Republicans support ending pot prohibition than continuing it. Among GOP voters, 45% favored legalization and 42% were opposed. As recently as January 2014, 60% of Republicans opposed legalization. The shift comes not because Republicans are warming to marijuana, but because they trying to suppress it is a waste of money, YouGov pollster Peter Moore said. "The most interesting thing about this is, literally, that the Republican attitude towards marijuana itself hasn't changed that much. The only thing that's changed is the attitude toward prohibition."

Medical Marijuana

Guam Lawmakers Reject Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules. Lawmakers Wednesday unanimously passed a measure to reject the health department's latest draft of proposed rules and regulations as too strict. The move came after stakeholders and the public raised concerns about the latest draft. "They have stated that this set of rules and regulations will not be beneficial to patients for a number of reasons, including the high fees and strict layers of regulations," Sen. Tina Muna Barnes told her fellow lawmakers during the session.

Illinois Judge Orders State to Reconsider Rejecting Medical Marijuana for Migraines. Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Rita Novak has overturned the Department of Public Health's denial of a petition to add migraines to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended. That doesn't mean that migraines will necessarily be added to the list, but the department must now reconsider its decision.

International

Canadian Provincial Premiers Call for Quick Action on Marijuana Legalization. Meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, provincial heads of government called on the federal government to move quickly on legalizing marijuana. The premiers said they wanted to avoid a situation of patchwork enforcement and distribution across the country. The Liberal federal government has said it will legalize marijuana and has recently created a task force to do so.

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CN BC: Editorial: Shop Must Follow Rules

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 22 Jul 2016 - Procedure is the issue, not benefits of marijuana Jukka Laurio is right, but he's wrong. Laurio made an unscripted plea before Penticton City Council asking to rescind the suspension of the business licence for his Rush In and Finish Cafe, which sells much more than coffee and baked goods. Laurio politely argued that many of his clients suffer medical conditions and benefit greatly from cannabis he also sells there. He said marijuana is in the process of being legalized and Justin Trudeau won a majority in the last election with pot being a major plank in the Liberal campaign.
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CN YK: Premiers Push For Pot Policy

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 22 Jul 2016 - Provincial leaders call on Ottawa to deliver plan soon so they can build framework WHITEHORSE- Canada's premiers are signalling they need swift action from Ottawa on recreational marijuana legalization to keep cannabis away from kids, motorists and criminals.
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CN AB: Police Hope Impairment Laws Add Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 22 Jul 2016 - Driving while high may carry same penalties as drinking The Calgary Police Service is eagerly awaiting action on impaired driving laws once marijuana legalization goes through, according to Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey.
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CN YK: Premiers Talk Pot Concerns

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
The Telegram, 22 Jul 2016 - Premiers meeting in the Yukon say they want quick action from the federal government on the legalization of marijuana to prevent a patchwork of enforcement and distribution across the country. "There's real concerns," said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister before heading into the meeting Thursday in Whitehorse.
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US MA: Legalize Pot End Discrimination

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 22 Jul 2016 - As a 29 year-old bi-racial male raised in both the inner-city and suburbs of Worcester, having Black, White, and Latino family members and friends who responsibly consume marijuana, I repeatedly experienced and witnessed the disproportionate enforcement of marijuana laws in a racially biased manner. Despite virtually identical usage rates among whites and non-whites, research has consistently found that punitive marijuana laws disproportionately target non-white citizens. A recent study from the ACLU found that in 2010 - even after Massachusetts had decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana - black citizens in Massachusetts were four times more likely to be charged for marijuana possession than whites.
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CN BC: Editorial: Pot Issue Not Going Away

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 22 Jul 2016 - In a Solomon-like decision Tuesday, council separated out the issue of storefront marijuana sales from whether Jukka Laurio should have a business licence. Laurio, who owns the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, has been selling cannabis products from his operation for about 15 months. After his business licence was suspended earlier this year, Laurio asked for a public hearing to appeal the decision to council, arguing there was a big demand for medical marijuana and that sales of the drug were in a grey area as Canada awaits promised legalization.
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CN ON: Pot Advocates To Protest, Block Traffic

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 22 Jul 2016 - POT ADVOCATES TO PROTEST, BLOCK TRAFFIC If you're held up downtown, it could be due to a pot protest. A medical marijuana advocacy group calling itself Patients Lives Matter says it will block traffic in Ottawa and hold other peaceful protests until the federal government listens to its demands.
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US CA: Competing Pot Tax Mendocino County Measures Headed to

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 22 Jul 2016 - Mendocino County voters can expect two competing marijuana tax initiatives on the November ballot, one proffered by county officials and one by cannabis cultivators. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a 2.5 percent business tax on gross sales from marijuana cultivation and dispensaries, along with a $2,500 annual fee on marijuana distributors, delivery services, nurseries and testing laboratories. That business tax could be raised in increments of 2.5 percent up to a maximum of 10 percent, whether on medicinal or recreational pot.
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US: Player WHO Sought Approval for Medical Marijuana Will

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 22 Jul 2016 - Eugene Monroe, a veteran offensive tackle who became the first active N.F.L. player to publicly ask the league to let players use medical marijuana, will retire after seven seasons. In recent years, many retired players have urged the league to lift the ban on the use of medical marijuana. In March, Monroe echoed those calls, saying that medical marijuana is safer and healthier than the prescription painkillers that teams routinely give players.
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US CA: Cannabis Technology Accelerator Opens In California

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Jul 2016 - As Californians consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana use, a few entrepreneurs are already casting their vote in favor of the state's cannabis industry. The group, called Canopy San Diego, is accepting applications for its pot-themed technology accelerator, a first for Southern California. The concept is to find and fund early-stage companies with ideas that can assist the state's dispensaries and growers. That could include topics as diverse as water conservation tools, more optimal packaging, payroll software and analytics.
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Chronicle AM: Greece Moves Toward MedMJ, Italy to Debate Marijuana Legalization, More... (7/21/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:49

There's a job opening for an experienced marijuana activist in DC, Libertarian Gary Johnson endorses California's legalization initiative, three European countries are making marijuana policy moves, and more.

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Endorses California Legalization Initiative. Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who heads the Libertarian Party presidential ticket, has endorsed California's Prop 64 legalization initiative. "Why do I support it?" Johnson responded to a question while leaving the Republican National Convention. "Whether you agree with marijuana legalization or not, you have friends, family, coworkers that use marijuana," the former New Mexico governor said. "Are they criminal? No, they're not criminal." California Democrats have already endorsed the measure, and the national Democratic Party recently adopted a "pathway to legalization" as part of its platform. The Republicans, on the other hand, recently rejected supporting even medical marijuana.

Job Opening: NORML Seeks a New Director. In the wake of the resignation of long-time executive director Allen St. Pierre, the nation's largest marijuana consumer group is seeking a new leader. Click on the link for information about job requirements and more.

Drug Testing

New OSHA Rule Warns on Blanket After-Injury Drug Testing. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule for the electronic submission of injury and illness data for certain employers, and in doing so, the agency warns that "OSHA believes the evidence in the rulemaking record shows that blanket post-injury drug testing policies deter proper reporting." Policies mandating automatic post-injury drug testing can discourage reporting of accidents and injuries, OSHA said, adding that blanket testing may be inappropriate: "Although drug testing of employees may be a reasonable workplace policy in some situations, it is often perceived as an invasion of privacy, so if an injury or illness is very unlikely to have been caused by employee drug use, or if the method of drug testing does not identify impairment but only use at some time in the recent past, requiring the employee to be drug tested may inappropriately deter reporting. To strike the appropriate balance here, drug testing policies should limit post-incident testing to situations in which employee drug use is likely to have contributed to the incident, and for which the drug test can accurately identify impairment caused by drug use."

Law Enforcement

Maryland Gives Up on Plan to Ban Letters to Prisoners to Fight Drug Smuggling. State corrections officials have withdrawn a proposed ban on sending letters to prison inmates in an a bid to stop the smuggling of drugs that can be soaked into photos and paper. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer had proposed the idea last month, but has now folded in the face of opposition from lawmakers and civil liberties advocates, who called the ban extreme and unconstitutional.

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Italian Parliament Takes Up Marijuana Legalization on Monday. The Chamber of Deputies is expected to debate a legalization bill on Monday. The bill would legalize the possession of up to 15 grams at home and five grams outside the home, the cultivation of up to five plants for personal use, the creation of cannabis social clubs, and a regulated and licensed marijuana industry in the country.

Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Ireland. An opposition member of the Dail has introduced a medical marijuana bill. Deputy Brid Smith of the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit Party filed the measure, which envisions a Cannabis Regulation Authority and a licensing regime. The bill will be debated later as a private member's bill.

Greece Moving Forward on Medical Marijuana. The Health Ministry this week announced the formation of a working group of academics, psychiatrists, and scientific and legal advisers for the prime minister, the health ministry, and the justice ministry to begin examining issues around medical marijuana. The group's task is to propose feasible regulations for medical marijuana, and it is charged to submit its proposals by the end of October.

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Canada: Marijuana Companies Register As Lobbyists

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 21 Jul 2016 - In another sign that Canada's booming marijuana industry has gone corporate, dozens of companies have registered as paid lobbyists ahead of Ottawa's plan to legalize the drug's recreational use next spring. As of March 19, the federal government's lobbyist registry listed 88 paid positions with interests in marijuana or cannabis. The companies named range from small, independent businesses like Vancouver's Eden Medicinal Society to large corporations, including the Loblaws chain of more than 2,000 supermarkets across Canada.
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US CA: Nevada County Marijuana: County Releases Draft Grow

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 21 Jul 2016 - Nevada County Supervisors have released a proposed interim marijuana cultivation ordinance in advance of Tuesday's meeting, when supervisors are scheduled to replace their own implemented ban with the new ordinance. Nevada County officials on Thursday released the interim marijuana grow ordinance that supervisors will vote on next week, a document calling for no residential grows, a maximum of 25 plants in approved zones and a fee structure calling for a per-day, per-plant fine.
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Uruguay: Pot Gets A Contest

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
West Australian, 21 Jul 2016 - Montevideo (AP) - Uruguay is home to the world's first government-regulated national marketplace for pot, so it's not surprising that growers have a competition for best marijuana. At the Cannabis Cup in Montevideo over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavour, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops.
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US FL: Low-Dose Medicinal Pot To Be Fired Up Next Week

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Jul 2016 - TALLAHASSEE- The first medical marijuana will be available in Florida next week. Trulieve, a grower and dispensary based in Tallahassee, said Wednesday that it has received permission from the Department of Health to start selling a strain of the drug low in THC, the chemical that causes a euphoric high. The Florida Legislature in 2014 legalized that variety of cannabis as a medical option for children with severe epilepsy and cancer. This is the first dispensing license fromthe state health department, Trulieve says. "We are happy to announce that we have passed all inspections-from growing and processing to dispensing- and are the very first medical cannabis provider in the state to receive these formal authorizations," Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in a statement.
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US MD: Delegate's Role In Cannabis Firm Draws Scrutiny

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 21 Jul 2016 - Morhaim a Key Advocate for Medical Marijuana in State A state lawmaker who has been a leading advocate for Maryland's medical marijuana law said Wednesday that he wished he had been more transparent about his business connection to the cannabis industry.
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US PA: Wolf Signs Hemp Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Standard-Speaker, 21 Jul 2016 - Harrisburg - Three months after Pennsylvania legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law Wednesday allowing for greater cultivation of hemp, another cannabis plant. Farmers will be able to cultivate hemp in connection with state and academic research program as a result. The state Agriculture Department will oversee these programs. The law brings Pennsylvania in line with a recent federal law that allows hemp pilot programs at universities involved with agricultural research.
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Philippines: Average 10 People Killed Daily in War on Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 21 Jul 2016 - In the 20 days since President Duterte took office, about 10 drug personalities were killed daily all over the country. Records of the Philippine National Police (PNP) show that 207 suspected drug pushers and users were killed from July 1 to 20. PNP records also show that 2,789 drug pushers and users were arrested while 114,833 surrendered during Duterte's first 20 days in office.
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