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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: What Strains Will Get My Appetite

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Westword, 07 Jan 2016 - Dear Stoner: I'm having a hard time keeping food down. Do you know of any strains I can smoke that would be good for my appetite? Dee 12 Dear Dee: Assuming you're able to smoke flower despite your condition, there are quite a few strains out there that should help relax your stomach. If you're a relatively light smoker and have a low tolerance, the strain probably won't matter as much, but if you're a veteran looking for more specific results, I recommend you stay on the sativa or hybrid side, just to be safe. That doesn't mean that heavy indicas are incapable of inducing hunger, by any means: Grand Daddy Purp, Master Kush and many, many more can provide the appetite you desire. But my experience has shown that sativas or hybrids most consistently temper a sensitive or upset stomach. Sativa-dominant varieties such as Jack Herer and Silver Haze and hybrids like Gogi OG and Girl Scout Cookies have all been known to kick-start the munchies for patients with nausea, so let's hope they work for you, too. Just remember: The name of a strain doesn't mean universal effects for everyone, and a dispensary's budtenders should be educated on the medical benefits of everything they currently carry. If your pot shop's employees can't tell you which strain is best for appetite, then it's time to go elsewhere.
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US DC: Editorial: Clouded Judgment

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Washington Post, 07 Jan 2016 - The D.C. Council Nearly Overturns a Ban on Pot Outside Private Homes, Without Careful Consideration. SINCE IT hasn't even been a year since marijuana was legalized in the District, one would think (or hope, at least) that officials would tread carefully before making any drastic changes in the new and untested status quo. So the D.C. Council's recent antics about further relaxing controls on pot do not exactly inspire confidence. Indeed, they are cause for concern.
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US CA: Editorial: Paradise: Don't Ban Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
The Chico News & Review, 07 Jan 2016 - The Town Council Has an Obligation to Look into the Matter Further Before Making a Hasty Decision The Paradise Town Council next week (Jan. 12) will discuss a Planning Commission recommendation to ban the cultivation and delivery of medical marijuana within town limits. But the commission gives little in the way of rationale behind making such a sweeping decision. The plant smells? Big deal.
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US CA: Column: Pot And The Sleeping Brain

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 07 Jan 2016 - I have decided to stop using marijuana for various reasons, but I am having a hard time falling asleep at night. What can I do? - -Wyatt E. Wake Habits are a hard thing to break. It's funny, when I stop using cannabis (Hush. I have gone without cannabis for days at a time in some small Idaho towns.) I generally don't have a hard time falling asleep but I do have crazy-vivid and funky dreams. Everyone is different. I looked it up online and all the advice seems to be the same: Exercise a little more during the day, don't look at electronic media while you are in bed, read a book, do some breathing exercises, yadda yadda yadda. Eventually your body will get used to the new paradigm and you shouldn't have any problem. Good luck and enjoy your vivid dreams!
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US NM: Med Pot Growers Seek Confidentiality

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Jan 2016 - Producers: Rule Change Will Expose Us to Criminals SANTA FE - Medical marijuana producers told state health officials Wednesday that disclosing the locations of growing facilities would invite criminals to burglarize the sites, while open-records advocates countered that greater transparency will help ensure fair and effective management of the state's cannabis program.
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US OK: Oklahoma Pushes For Colorado Pot Lawsuit

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 07 Jan 2016 - Nebraska Also Asks the Supreme Court to Let It Sue Over the Legal Sale and Production of Weed. WASHINGTON - Oklahoma and Nebraska compared Colorado to a drug cartel Wednesday and again urged the Supreme Court to let them sue their neighbor over its marijuana production and distribution system.
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US CO: Column: Risky Business, Part 1: Banking in the

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 07 Jan 2016 - For a bank, analyzing the risk of onboarding a cannabis business as a client is complicated. The legal marijuana industry is emerging and comes with its share of immaturities - the lack of historical data makes it difficult to study the past or predict the future of the market. This is also what makes it so attractive. Among the fastest growing industries in the country, a bank that can successfully onboard marijuana accounts stands to prosper tomorrow from what is risky business today. At the helm of the new marijuana industry are new businesses and business owners that, without the option to bank, operate beyond the traditional economic structure. They are allowed to deal in U.S. tender, accepting, spending and saving cash, but without a formal banking system many businesses struggle to document a chain of custody for their money, making it difficult for them to pay bills, taxes or attract investors and banks.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 22:05

An Oklahoma medical marijuana initiative is dead, state legislatures are gearing up with more medical marijuana bills, New York gets kosher medical marijuana, and more.

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Last Monday, a federal judge threw out a monopoly lawsuit against Berkeley dispensaries. Plaintiff Christopher Smith had sued the city and its existing dispensaries, arguing that the city's cap of three dispensaries allowed them to operate as for-profit businesses. But US District Court Judge William Allsup dismissed the lawsuit, saying "this court will not lend aid to Smith's efforts to operate an illegal business."

Georgia

On Wednesday, a medical marijuana cultivation bill was filed. State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) has filed House Bill 722 (not yet available on the legislative website), which would allow the state to issue up to six licenses for medical marijuana growers. The legislature last year passed a bill allowing for the use of high-CBD marijuana, but included no provisions for growing it in the state.

Illinois

On Monday, the state reported nearly $1.7 million in medical marijuana sales in less than two months. Sales began on November 9 and totaled nearly $1.7 million by year's end. The state said 2,815 patients had been served. The state has collected about $107,000 in taxes so far.

Indiana

On Tuesday, a CBD for kids bill was filed. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) has filed Senate Bill 72, which would grant immunity from prosecution to doctors conducting trials on the medical efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD). The bill has already been approved by an interim committee and is expected to have good prospects of passage.

Michigan

Last Friday, a bill to prevent employers from firing patients was filed. Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) have filed House Bill 5161 to protect the employment rights of medical marijuana patients. The bill would protect patients with registration cards, but they could still be fired if their marijuana use interferes with their job performance.

New York

Last Thursday, online registration for patients began. The state Health Department launched its online registration for patients to obtain non-smokable medical marijuana when it becomes available later this week. Registration information is here.

Last Friday, New York got its first kosher medical marijuana operation. Vireo Health, a provider of non-smokable medical marijuana products, has been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. The Union said it awarded the certificate after inspecting the company's facilities to ensure that the marijuana was being grown and processed according to kosher standards. Vireo said it was the first time a medical marijuana producer had been demanded kosher.

North Dakota

Last Monday, the medical marijuana initiative was off to a fast signature gathering start. The North Dakota Committee for Medical Marijuana said that it had gathered between 700 and 800 signatures during its first three weeks of petitioning for its initiative. The group needs 13,452 valid voter signatures by July 11 to appear on the November ballot. It says its goal is to gather at least 15,000 signatures.

Oklahoma

Last Friday, the medical marijuana initiative petition drive fell short. There will be no vote on a medical marijuana initiative this year. An all-volunteer signature gathering campaign by Green the Vote only managed to obtain 70,266 signatures. They needed 123,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Oregon

On December 24, a Lane County employee was fired for medical marijuan use. Medical marijuana is legal in Oregon. Heck, marijuana is legal in Oregon. But Lane County has fired a county employee suffering from cancer who uses medical marijuana because he violated the county's drug-free workplace policy. The fired worker, Eugene resident Michael Hirsch, now has the backing of the county's largest labor union. AFSCME Local 2831 said it plans to file a grievance and fight to get Hirsch's job back. "It's outrageous to me that the county did this," said union rep Jim Steiner. "We have fought the county's termination decisions before and won, but among the terminations, this one just doesn't make sense."

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

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Chronicle AM: DC Council See-Saws on Pot Clubs, Fed Judge Throws Out Pot Credit Union Lawsuit, More (1/6/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 21:37

Marijuana business access to banking services takes a hit from a federal judge, DC marijuana social clubs take a hit from the city council, Vermont legalization prospects get downplayed, pain patients are in the cross-hairs, and more.

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Federal Judge Throws Out Marijuana Credit Union Lawsuit. US District Court Judge R. Brooke Johnson today dismissed a lawsuit seeking approval from the Federal Reserve branch in Kansas City for the first credit union for pot businesses in the state. Jackson said he was compelled to dismiss the suit because marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

DC City Council Approves, Then Bans Marijuana Social Clubs. In a topsy-turvy day, the council first voted 7-6 to let an emergency ban on pot social clubs expire, but moments later, two council members switched positions, and the ban was extended a a 9-4 vote. The ban remains in effect for 90 days, and activists will continue to agitate for it to be allowed to expire.

Vermont Legislative Leaders Pour Cold Water on Legalization Prospects This Year. As the legislative session opens, House Speaker Shap Smith (D) said that there are still too many unanswered questions about how legalization would work and that he doesn't think it is ready for a full debate at this time. Minority Leader Sen. Joe Benning (R) said he, too, had similar questions and that the effort was "not quite ready for prime time." Both Smith and Benning said they generally support legalization.

Medical Marijuana

Georgia Medical Marijuana Cultivation Bill Filed. State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) has filed House Bill 722 (not yet available on the legislative website), which would allow the state to issue up to six licenses for medical marijuana growers. The legislature last year passed a bill allowing for the use of high-CBD marijuana, but included no provisions for growing it in the state.

New Psychoactive Substances

Florida Grand Jury Calls for Statewide Bans on Broad Classes of NPSs. Empaneled to confront the use of "flakka," a synthetic cathinone called alpha-PDP, a Broward County grand jury has issued a report calling for a state law that would ban entire classes of new psychoactive substances, such as synthetic cathinones, rather than limited bans on specified chemical compounds. The report calls for passage of the 2016 Florida Designer Drugs Enforcement Act proposed Monday by Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). Flakka has been linked to some 60 deaths in the state over the past four years.

Pain Treatment

CDC Proposed Opiate Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain Include Provisions for Drug Testing All Pain Patients -- Still Time to Comment. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain includes provisions for requiring drug testing of all pain patients -- including those with cancer or terminal illnesses. Comment on the proposed guidelines here. Comments are open until January 13.

International

Mexico City Mayor Supports Marijuana Legalization, Says Would Hurt Cartels. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said last week that marijuana legalization is an issue of personal freedom and that it would hurt illegal drug trafficking organizations. "My position is always in defense of freedom," he told El Universal. "I do support legalization." Legalizing marijuana would not be attractive for drug cartels, he added, saying "it would be a blow to them." Mancera's comments come as the country prepares for a national debate on legalization later this month.

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Canada: Legalizing Pot Could Violate International Treaties

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 06 Jan 2016 - OTTAWA - The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest. That work will have to include figuring out how Canada would comply with three international treaties to which the country is a party, all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.
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Canada: Trudeau Warned Of Legalizing Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 06 Jan 2016 - OTTAWA - The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest. That work will have to include figuring out how Canada would comply with three international treaties to which the country is a party, all of which criminalize marijuana.
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Canada: World Of Headaches When Pot Is Legalized

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:00
Lethbridge Herald, 06 Jan 2016 - Canada will run afoul of global treaties, Trudeau warned The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest. That work will have to include figuring out how Canada would comply with three international treaties to which the country is a party, all of which criminalize the possession and production of marijuana.
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US HI: Cocaine Use By Isle Workers Doubles

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 06 Jan 2016 - Cocaine use in the workplace doubled in the fourth quarter from the year-earlier period while marijuana still remained the drug of choice. Among employees and job applicants tested for drugs, 0.4 percent tested positive for cocaine during the final three months of the year, according to a report Tuesday by Honolulu-based Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. That's up from 0.3 percent in the third quarter and double the 0.2 percent who tested positive for the drug in the fourth quarter of 2014.
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US CA: San Diego Rushes to Adopt Marijuana Cultivation Rules

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 06 Jan 2016 - SAN DIEGO - A new state law may prompt San Diego to regulate and allow cultivation of medical marijuana within city limits for the first time. A memo issued last week by Deputy City Atty. Shannon Thomas describes ways the city could regulate growing marijuana, including creation of zoning regulations specific to the drug or simply allowing cultivation in all areas now zoned for agriculture.
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US WA: Some Pot Labs Favor Industry, Scientist Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 06 Jan 2016 - A Scientist Who Looked at the Data Says a Number of Labs Are Overly Grower-Friendly. Some state-certified marijuana labs testing for microbes such as E.coli and mold appear more friendly to pot merchants than others, according to an analysis by a Woodinville data scientist.
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Chronicle AM: Jeb Bush Releases Drug Policy, MO Bill Would Criminalize Drug Use in Pregnancy, More... (1/5/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 21:31

Marijuana business license applications are now available online in Oregon, Illinois medical marijuana sales go past a million dollars, Jeb Bush rolls out a drug policy platform, and more.

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Oregon Marijuana Business License Applications Now Available Online. The state Liquor Control Commission today opened the state's online application system for marijuana licenses. The state expects hundreds of people to apply for licenses to grow, process, and sell pot. The agency had originally planned for a call center with staff and policy experts to be open today, but a winter storm resulted instead in state buildings being closed today.

Medical Marijuana

Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales at Nearly $1.7 Million in Less Than Two Months. Sales began on November 9 and totaled nearly $1.7 million by year's end. The state said 2,815 patients had been served. The state has collected about $107,000 in taxes so far.

Indiana CBD for Kids Bill Filed. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) has filed Senate Bill 72, which would grant immunity from prosecution to doctors conducting trials on the medical efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD). The bill has already been approved by an interim committee and is expected to have good prospects of passage.

Drug Policy

Jeb Bush Rolls Out Drug Policy Platform. The GOP presidential contender today released a drug control platform that calls for increased efforts at prevention, "strengthening criminal justice" (by giving the feds "the resources they need to tackle illicit drug pipelines and supply chains," increasing sentences for high-level drug traffickers, but reducing them for low-level offenders; and increasing the use of drug courts), "securing the border," and promoting treatment and recovery programs.

Reproductive Rights

Missouri Bill Would Criminalize Drug Use By Pregnant Women. Rep. Jared Taylor (R-Nixa) has filed House Bill 1903, which would make it a crime for a woman to use drugs while pregnant. Taylor said the bill is designed to get women into drug treatment, but reproductive rights activists said it could drive them away from seeking health care. The bill would make it a misdemeanor for a woman to use drugs is she "reasonably should have known she was pregnant" and a felony charge of "abuse of an unborn child" if the fetus died before birth. Taylor filed a similar bill last year; it won a committee vote, but never got a full House floor vote.

International

Argentina's New Rightist President Vows More Drug War. President Mauricio Macri today vowed to crack down on drug trafficking as the country is mesmerized by the December 26 escape of three prisoners convicted in drug-related killings. "We are committed. We will not look away. We are going to take this on with all our strength," Macri said, blaming his predecessor, Kristina Kirchner. "We all know that, unfortunately, (drug trafficking) has increased more than ever in our country because of inaction, incompetency or complicity of the previous government," he said.

(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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Canada: Pot A Lifeline For Some Ailing Veterans

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 05 Jan 2016 - Medical marijuana helped former soldier deal with anger and land civilian job It took six deaths on Easter Sunday, 2007, for Noah Starr's life to unravel. It would take five years, thousands of pills, lost relationships and the discovery of medical marijuana before he won back some semblance of control.
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CN ON: Planning Committee Approves Pot Amendment

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 05 Jan 2016 - Despite apprehension from some around the table, the planning advisory committee has lit up bylaw amendments aimed at sheltering the city from improper medical marijuana production and sale. City council will now have to decide if the committee recommendation to clearly define how and where these retail and manufacturing facilities can operate can proceed on to become law. Public input can be submitted on the issue as well.
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US CA: Drugs In Pa. Bust Involving Deputy Have $2m Value

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 05 Jan 2016 - Pennsylvania police said they seized $11,000 in cash, 247 pounds of marijuana, two trucks with California plates and a sheriff's deputy's pistol when they busted a drug trafficking trio that included a Yuba County deputy. Authorities in York County, Pa., conducted a press conference Monday about the arrest of Deputy Christopher "Mark" Heath, 37, and his two alleged accomplices, Tyler Neil Long, 31, and Ryan Jay Falsone, 27. All three have been charged with three felonies and are scheduled to appear in court in February.
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Chronicle AM: Bolivia to Fight at UN to Decriminalize Coca, No MedMJ Initiative for OK This Year, More... (1/4/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 01/04/2016 - 21:16

Some former NFL players would rather treat their aches and pains with medical marijuana than opiates, an effort to put medical marijuana on the ballot in Oklahoma comes up short, Bolivia's president vows to fight for coca decriminalization, and more.

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Former NFL Players Want Medical Marijuana Off Banned List. Former pro football players have organized to lobby the league to allow access to medical marijuana. They formed a group called the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition to share their experiences and advocate for its inclusion in the NFL.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Petition Drive Falls Short. There will be no vote on a medical marijuana initiative this year. An all-volunteer signature gathering campaign by Green the Vote only managed to obtain 70,266 signatures. They needed 123,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.

International

Bolivia Will Push for Decriminalization of the Coca Trade. President Evo Morales said last Friday that he will campaign for the United Nations to decriminalize the coca trade. Bolivia has already secured a finding from the UN that chewing coca leaf is not illicit, but wants to be able to export coca and coca products. "This is the second battle that must be waged. We are ready," he told a gathering of coca traders in Yacuiba, a village on the border with Argentina.

UN University to Host Discussion on Metrics in Evaluating Drug Policies. The UN University in New York City will host a panel discussing what metrics might best evaluate drug policy at UN headquarters on January 21. The discussion is part of the run-up to the UNGASS on Drugs set for later this spring. Click on the link for registration information.

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