The Press, 28 Oct 2013 - More Americans Back Legalised Cannabis Than Support Obamacare, Writes Andrew Sullivan. Alexis De Tocqueville, easily the best European interpreter of America, observed of how opinion shifts in this still-new country: "As long as the majority is still undecided, discussion is carried on; but as soon as its decision is irrevocably pronounced, everyone is silent, and the friends as well as the opponents of the measure unite in assenting to its propriety."
The Herald, 28 Oct 2013 - But Banks and Credit Unions Are Leery About Money From Marijuana Because Pot's Still Illegal Under Federal Law. OLYMPIA - Community banks and credit unions are ready and willing to provide financial services to entrepreneurs in the state's new legal pot industry.
Manawatu Standard, 28 Oct 2013 - Legalisation of Cannabis in the United States Is Only a Matter of Time, Writes Andrew Sullivan. Alexis de Tocqueville, easily the best European interpreter of America, observed how opinion shifts in this still-new country: " As long as the majority is still undecided, discussion is carried on; but as soon as its decision is irrevocably pronounced, everyone is silent, and the friends as well as the opponents of the measure unite in assenting to its propriety."
Irish Independent, 28 Oct 2013 - Well, another day another debate about drugs. And, Ireland being Ireland, another debate about drugs that immediately descends into the kind of hallucinatory silliness you'd normally associate with a hit of particularly strong acid. Luke Ming Flanagan's suggestion last week that this country legalise cannabis and save euro 300m in the process has been greeted with derision in some quarters and, let's be honest, that should hardly come as much of a surprise.
Washington Post, 28 Oct 2013 - Small Amounts of Pot Don't Call for a Criminal Response. BEFORE LONG, smoking a joint in the nation's capital might get you in even less trouble than parking on the wrong side of the street on street-cleaning day. Ten of 13 members of the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) have endorsed a plan to make small-time marijuana possession a civil rather than a criminal offense. That means recreational cannabis users wouldn't face arrest, charges or jail time - any of which can destroy their lives - as long as they aren't caught with more than an ounce of the drug. Instead, they would have to pay a fine, perhaps as low as $25. (The mayor also wants criminal penalties to remain for anyone caught using it in public.)
Washington Times, 28 Oct 2013 - Find a corner, pull out a joint and fasten your seat belts. The battle of the potheads is on, and from the looks of things, it's going to be a bumpy coast-to-coast ride. After legalizing medical marijuana, D.C. residents are entertaining the idea of decriminalizing pot, period. Meanwhile, the first states to legalize marijuana, Colorado and Washington, are also puffing away on proposals that would tax and regulate the drug for recreational use among adults 21 and older. Plop into a papasan chair and, as Rick James famously sang, "pass the joint."
The Times-Tribune, 27 Oct 2013 - Marijuana Becoming Alcohol Substitute for Young People. LOS ANGELES - In the heart of Northern California's marijuana growing region, the sheriff 's office is inundated each fall with complaints about the stench of marijuana plots or the latest expropriation of public land by growers. Its tranquil communities have been altered by t he emergence of a wealthy class of marijuana entrepreneurs, while nearly 500 miles away in Los Angeles, officials have struggled to regulate an explosion of medical marijuana shops.
Chicago Tribune, 27 Oct 2013 - Illinois Firms Struggle to Reconcile Drug Policies, Medical Marijuana Legalization Marijuana will soon be legal in Illinois as a prescription painkiller, but that doesn't mean patients who test positive for pot can't be fired from their jobs. At the same time, employers will not be able to discriminate against workers or applicants on the sole basis of their status as medical marijuana patients.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 27 Oct 2013 - Warnings of Disorder in California Have Proved Unfounded LOS ANGELES - In the heart of Northern California's marijuana growing region, the sheriff's office is inundated each fall with complaints about the stench of marijuana plots or the latest expropriation of public land by growers. Its tranquil communities have been altered by the emergence of a wealthy class of marijuana entrepreneurs, while nearly 500 miles away in Los Angeles, officials have struggled to regulate an explosion of medical marijuana shops.
Seattle Times, 27 Oct 2013 - For Most of the Past 15 Years, the State Legislature Has Had a Marijuana Problem. In 1998, Washington voters leapt way out ahead of lawmakers in legalizing medical marijuana. The Legislature seemed as comfortable with the idea as if it was being forced to wear a hair shirt, chafing at making necessary tweaks to the law.
New York Times, 27 Oct 2013 - LOS ANGELES - In the heart of Northern California's marijuana growing region, the sheriff's office is inundated each fall with complaints about the stench of marijuana plots or the latest expropriation of public land by growers. Its tranquil communities have been altered by the emergence of a wealthy class of marijuana entrepreneurs, while nearly 500 miles away in Los Angeles, officials have struggled to regulate an explosion of medical marijuana shops. But at a time when polls show widening public support for legalization - recreational marijuana is about to become legal in Colorado and Washington, and voter initiatives are in the pipeline in at least three other states - California's 17-year experience as the first state to legalize medical marijuana offers surprising lessons, experts say.
Sun-Sentinel, 26 Oct 2013 - FLORIDA, Uruguay - Pot connoisseurs of the world take note: Uruguay is about to go where no country has gone before by legalizing the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, with the left-of-center government regulating all facets of the trade. The initiative runs sharply counter to the Obama administration's anti-drug policies, which criminalize the use of marijuana, heroin and cocaine and rely on tough interdiction tactics to stop the flow of drugs from Latin America.
The Record, 26 Oct 2013 - A Gallup poll released this week showing that 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana should send a clear message to Congress. It is time to talk seriously about decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level and leaving the regulation of pot to the states. The federal government already is leaning this way on a smaller scale, agreeing to stand down in the face of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado. But the Gallup poll showed much of the American public obviously favors this policy elsewhere.
New Haven Register, 26 Oct 2013 - A panel of lawyers Friday explored the legal minefield Connecticut's medical marijuana statute presents for attorneys representing clients seeking to produce and distribute a product the state permits but which the federal government prohibits. The discussion, part of a forum at the University of Connecticut School of Law, centered around "demystifying" the state's medical marijuana policy. Connecticut's medical marijuana program has been touted as one of the most tightly regulated programs of its kind and an August U.S. Department of Justice memo suggested the federal government is unlikely to crack down on the state any time soon.
Baltimore Sun, 26 Oct 2013 - States' Legalization of Pot Raises Sentencing Questions in U.S. Cases A federal judge said Friday he would consider lighter-than-normal sentences for members of a major suburban marijuana smuggling organization - the latest fallout of the drug's legalization in several U.S. states.
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 25 Oct 2013 - Sensible BC's campaign to force the issue of marijuana decriminalization to referendum in B.C. has just reached its halfway mark, and organizers say about half the signatures needed have been gathered. A 90-day countdown began Monday, Sept. 9, for a petition campaign to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana in B.C. Volunteers for Sensible B.C. have until Dec. 5 to collect more than 400,000 signatures. This number represents 10 per cent of eligible voters in each of B.C.'s 85 electoral ridings. In Kootenay East, 3,100 signatures are needed.
Chicago Sun-Times, 25 Oct 2013 - Chicago Police issued just 1,117 tickets for small amounts of marijuana in the first 14 months of decriminalization - and the cash-strapped city has collected only 21 percent of the $310,755 in fines, records show. "The ticketing process is an administrative pain in the butt. It's so much easier to do a marijuana arrest the old-fashioned way" or just let it go, said Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields.
Detroit Free Press, 25 Oct 2013 - LANSING -- Baby Bree is back home. In a case that galvanized Michigan supporters of medical marijuana, custody of an 8-month-old seized by Child Protective Services workers last month was awarded to the child's parents Friday in a Lansing courtroom.
Creative Loafing Atlanta, 24 Oct 2013 - For the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, the state's only syringe exchange program, funding is harder to come by than a needle in a haystack Additional reporting by Thomas Wheatley and Jim Burress
Seattle Times, 24 Oct 2013 - Smokers, Quoting Dealers, Said Some of the Weed Comes into the Country Via the Northern Port in Haiphong, a City That Has a Reputation for the Import and Export of Illegal Goods. HANOI, Vietnam - For the young Vietnamese dope smokers rolling up outside a smart Hanoi cafe, local cannabis is just not good enough. As with their Adidas caps, iPhones and Sanskrit tattoos, so with their choice of bud: Only foreign will do.