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Chronicle AM: Music Festival Drug Deaths Spark Controversy, GOP Candidates on MedMJ, More (8/4/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 21:01

GOP presidential contenders talk pot, drug overdose deaths at an LA music festival and an Italian nightclub excite controversy over how to respond, and more.

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Chris Christie Says Strictly Regulated Medical Marijuana Okay, But Not Legalization. The New Jersey governor and Republican presidential contender told a crowd in Cedar Falls, Iowa, last Friday that medical marijuana should be allowed through tightly regulated, state-run programs, but that he would enforce federal law on recreational marijuana. "This is a decision on medical marijuana that I think needs to be made state-by-state," Christie said. "I don't want it used recreationally, but for medical purposes, it's helpful for certain adult illness and certain pediatric illness. So where it's helpful and when a doctor prescribes it, I have no problem with it."

Marco Rubio Says He's Willing to Look at Medical Marijuana, But Not Legalization. Florida senator and Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio said Tuesday that he could support medical marijuana if it went through an FDA approval process, but that he did not support full legalization. "I'm not in support of any additional intoxicants being legalized," he said at a Republican presidential forum in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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In Wake of Two Overdose Deaths at HARD Summer Festival, LA Considers Ban on Music Festivals. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis said she planned to introduce a motion today to ban major music festivals on county property after two women died from suspected drug overdoses during the HARD Summer Festival in Pomona last weekend. "No one -- no one should have to lose their life while attending a public concert," Solis said, adding that she and Supervisor Michael Antonovich would propose a ban on "these kinds of events on county-owned land until we conduct a full investigation into this matter."

In Wake of Two Overdose Deaths at HARD Summer Festival, Experts Call for New Approaches to Festival Drug Use. The correct response to drug use at festivals is not to ban music events or focus on heavier policing, but to turn to harm reduction measures such as abundant free water and calm open spaces and to make drug information more available, experts responding to last weekend's overdose deaths at the HARD Summer Festival said. "What I want is for people to be safe, and we should be treating this as a public health issue," one expert said. "There needs to be a public health movement about this with education on campuses." Click on the link for much more.

Drug Testing

Ohio Republicans Revive Welfare Drug Testing Push. Legislators are preparing to once again try to pass welfare drug testing in the Buckeye State. Under the as yet un-filed bill, people applying for cash assistance would be forced to undergo screening for substance abuse. If the initial screening showed a likelihood of drug dependence, the applicant would be subjected to a drug test. If the applicant tests positive, he or she would be barred from receiving benefits for six months and would be referred to drug treatment.

International

Famous Italian Nightclub Closed After Ecstasy Overdose Death. Italian authorities have ordered a four-month closure of one of the country's most well-known nightclubs, Cocorico, after a 16-year-old died after taking Ecstasy there. The club is renowned for its enormous glass pyramid, which held raves with thousands of attendees. The move is proving controversial, with some consumer and health groups saying it didn't go far enough, while others said it was a severe overreaction.

(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, 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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US CA: Editorial: Supervisors Should Revisit Citing Landlords

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 04 Aug 2015 - Code enforcement should have some discretion on whether to cite owners What if you were asked this: If someone else commits a crime on your property, should you be accountable for that crime and be punished for it?
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US: Column: Truth For DARE

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 07:00
New York Post, 04 Aug 2015 - Why Marijuana Decriminalization Is Inevitable IT seems appropriate that an organization called DARE would do something bold. Grow and behold: Marijuana plants in Arlington, Wash., where recreational pot is legal.
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Chronicle AM: DEA "Fake Heroin" Ban, Canada Salvia Ban, London Laughing Gas Protest, More (8/3/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 21:44

Rand Paul benefits from MPP's largesse, California tax officials eye a pot bank, medical marijuana is okayed for autistic kids in Michigan, Canada moves to ban salvia, Brits hold a laughing protest over a proposed legal highs ban, and more.

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Marijuana Policy Project PAC Gives $15,000 to Rand Paul. MPP's PAC has given three $5,000 donations to groups supporting the Kentucky senator and Republican presidential contender's political ambitions, according to midyear Federal Election Commission filings. That makes some sense, given that Paul received the highest grade of any candidate of either party on marijuana policy issues in a recent MPP report. They gave him an A-.

California Tax Officials Want State-Run Marijuana Bank. With an eye toward looming legalization in the Golden State, the state Board of Equalization is signaling its interest in a state-run bank to allow marijuana industry operators to move away from an all-cash business. "We're a big state, and we have very creative minds," said Democratic board member Fiona Ma said at a meeting on the topic she called Friday with fellow board member George Runner. "We lead in many first-in-the-nation initiatives, and I believe we could create some sort of state depository that could handle cash deposits and also be available for the industry to make electronic transfers to make their payments."

Medical Marijuana

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley Stalls Medical Marijuana Bill. A bill that would reschedule marijuana and let states set their own medical marijuana policies has some congressional support, but with only two Republican cosponsors, Rand Paul (KY) and Dean Heller (NV), Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said the bill was not exactly a priority. "I'm going to wait until I talk to other Republican members," he told Politico.

Florida Poll Has Two-Thirds Supporting Medical Marijuana. A new survey from St. Pete Polls has more than 68% of respondents saying they would vote for a new medical marijuana initiative if it makes the ballot. An effort last year got 58% of the vote, but failed because, as a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% to pass. These poll results strongly suggest it will pass next time around. Click on the link for more poll results.

Veterans With PTSD Line Up for Free Medical Marijuana in Denver Protest. Hundreds of Colorado veterans lined up to receive free medical marijuana products Saturday as part of a protest against the state health board's refusal to include PTSD among conditions treatable by medical marijuana. The protest was organized by Grow4Vets. "We're tired of waiting around for the government to do something to help veterans," cofounder Richard Martin said. "We're losing over 50 American heroes every single day as a result of prescription drug overdose or suicide, and the VA's position up until this point has pretty much been let's just keep them in a drug stupor."

Michigan Panel Okays Medical Marijuana for Autistic Kids. In a 4-2 vote last Friday, the state Medical Marijuana Review Panel okayed medical marijuana for kids with severe forms of autism. Its use must be approved by two doctors, and the kids wouldn't smoke it, but would use it in edible or concentrate form.

Heroin and Prescription Opiates

In Emergency Move, DEA Makes "Fake Heroin" a Schedule I Controlled Substance. The DEA has responded to rising concern from both the medical and law enforcement communities over acetyl fentanyl by temporarily reassigning the substance as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. The compound is related to the prescription painkiller fentanyl and a small amount can produce a euphoric response in users that resembles a high from heroin or oxycodone, which led to it being dubbed "fake heroin."

International

Canada Moves to Ban Salvia Divinorum. The Ministry of Health last Saturday announced new regulatory amendments that would effectively ban salvia divinorum. Once the regulations are published on August 12, the sale or distribution -- but not the possession -- of salvia will be illegal. It will also be scheduled as a controlled substance.

London Laughing Gas Protest. Dozens of demonstrators against the British government's proposed ban on legal highs broke out in giggles last Saturday as they simultaneously inhaled nitrous oxide in laughing protest of the move. "The whole drug laws need looking at," said one demonstrator. "If we are going to have legal tobacco and alcohol with all their side effects, why can't we have legal highs?"

(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, 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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CN NF: Marijuana For Trauma Hopes To Expand In N.L.

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
The Telegram, 03 Aug 2015 - Founder says doctors who refuse to prescribe cannabis contribute to crime Fabian Henry hasn't been able to find a single doctor in Newfoundland and Labrador who will prescribe medical marijuana - the drug that saved his life.
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CN NF: Hoping To Expand

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
The Western Star, 03 Aug 2015 - Founder Says Doctors WHO Refuse to Prescribe Cannabis Contribute to Crime Fabian Henry hasn't been able to find a single doctor in Newfoundland and Labrador who will prescribe medical marijuana - the drug that saved his life.
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US NJ: Column: Chris Christie Is Wrong When It Comes to

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 03 Aug 2015 - If Chris Christie becomes president, he said he would enforce the federal marijuana laws. I'm also guessing he'd make husbands wear fedoras to work, make wives stay in the kitchen, and make sure the two of them gave each other a quick kiss goodnight before they turn into their individual twin beds.
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US CA: Column: Rolling Up With Willie Nelson

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
Manteca Bulletin, 03 Aug 2015 - With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility? The iconic musician and intrepid fighter for justice has announced that he'll market his own marijuana brand, "Willie's Reserve," and open a group of stores selling top-quality pot and paraphernalia.
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US NY: N.Y.'s Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 03 Aug 2015 - ALBANY, N. Y. (AP) - Tie-dyed they're not. Entrepreneurs, physicians and wellheeled investors are among those authorized by New York health officials to grow and dispense medical marijuana, the latest sign that the industry has come a long way from its humble beginnings 20 years ago.
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US IL: 'Dry' Town Site Of New Medical Marijuana Farm

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 03 Aug 2015 - If you want a bottle of booze in downstate Albion, you have to drive out of town. But the Edwards County town of less than 2,000 residents is the site of a huge medical marijuana farm. The seemingly contradictory situation has led some in town to declare Albion "high and dry."
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Australia: Column: Crime Thrives On Illegal Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
The Morning Bulletin, 03 Aug 2015 - SOME find "getting high" a great rush and an escape from their stressful and frustrating lives, while others have paranoid hallucinations or worse. Recently, the New South Wales Government announced the first medical marijuana trial.
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US HI: Homegrown

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
Garden Island, 03 Aug 2015 - Kauai Stakeholders Want Locally Owned, Operated Medical Marijuana Dispensary LIHUE - A group of Kauai stakeholders plans to apply for a medical marijuana dispensary on the island, and hopes to make it 100 percent locally funded and operated.
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US TN: Manhunt Is On

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
Commercial Appeal, 03 Aug 2015 - Police Issue Warrant for Suspect in Slaying of Officer Memphis police were looking Sunday for a 29-year-old bank robber they believe shot and killed one of their own after a traffic stop Saturday night.
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US: Time To Legalize Marijuana In Sports?

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 03 Aug 2015 - You've seen the ubiquitous prescription drug commercials on television. A happy couple walks hand-in-hand along an isolated beach as the sun sets in the background. The drug name flashes across the screen. Cue a voice over listing all the possible side effects - always in staccato speed because, well, the number of possible side effects is long enough that it would take a while to get through them all at regular pace.
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Canada: Feds Stamping Out Pot Advertising

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 02 Aug 2015 - Health Minister Rona Ambrose ordered a crackdown on groups that illegally advertise marijuana and restated the Conservative party's pledge to keep storefront dispensaries illegal Saturday on the eve of the expected launch of a federal election campaign. "Today I directed Health Canada to create a task force to crack down on illegal marijuana advertising," Ambrose said in a statement.
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US CA: Property Owners Caught In Marijuana Conundrum

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 01 Aug 2015 - The people who are actually illegally growing marijuana in Yuba County aren't always the only ones penalized for violating the county's stricter cannabis ordinance. Property owners, whether they live within view of marijuana gardens grown by tenants or are out-of-area and unaware of what renters are doing, are subject to fines.
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Chronicle AM: High Drama in Ohio, Congressmen Seek DOJ Investigation Into MedMJ Harassment, More (7/31/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 20:55

It's the dog days of summer, and it looks like not much is going on except marijuana-related issues. Will ResponsibleOhio make the ballot, will the Justice Department ease up on medical marijuana where it's legal? Stay tuned.

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[image:1 align:left caption:true]Federal Reserve Blocks Marijuana Credit Union. The Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City has denied an application for a "master account" from a Denver-based credit union created to serve the legal marijuana industry. The credit union is chartered in Colorado, but can't open its doors without the "master account." If the Fed had approved the account, it could have led to banking access for the state's marijuana industry. In response to the denial, the Fourth Corner Credit Union has now filed a lawsuit against the Fed and the National Credit Union Administration.

ResponsibleOhio Hands in Another 96,000 Signatures; Only 29,000 Valid Ones Needed. Late today, the controversial ResponsibleOhio monopoly marijuana legalization initiative campaign handed in 96,000 signatures to state officials in a bid to overcome a signature shortfall after the state threw out more than half of the nearly 700,000 signatures the group originally handed in. The deadline for handing in signatures is 11:59pm tonight. The group needs 305,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2015 ballot. According to state officials, it had about 275,000 valid ones before this latest and last batch was handed in.

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Congressmen Want DOJ Inspector General to Look Into Harassment of Medical Marijuana Providers in Wake of Vote Barring Same. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) Thursday sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking him to clarify whether continued prosecutions against medical marijuana providers in states where it is legal violate a successful budget rider that prevents the department from spending money to interfere in those states. "Cases such as the Kettle Falls Five case in Washington, asset forfeiture actions against dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay area, or the Lynch case now pending in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, are all instances of DOJ expending dollars it does not have the legal authority to spend," Rohrabacher and Farr write. "Consequently, we believe there is sufficient cause for your office to investigate potential violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act by the Department with regard to its prosecution and other enforcement actions against persons and businesses conducting legitimate medical marijuana activities under state law." That act makes it a crime to use federal funds for purposes not approved by Congress.

Nevada's First Dispensary Opens Today. Silver State Relief was set to open its doors today in the Reno suburb of Sparks. It's the first to open in the state, and one of two approved by city fathers.

New York Awards Five Medical Marijuana Licenses. The Department of Health today announced the names of five groups that will be allowed to sell medical marijuana in the state. Each group can open up to four dispensaries across the state. They are required to be open for business within six months, meaning patients may be able to buy it before year's end. Click on the link to see who the groups are.

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US SD: Ex-US Attorney Wants Feds to Allow Hemp on SD

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:00
Rapid City Journal, 31 Jul 2015 - FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The former U.S. attorney in North Dakota decided to take on his former employer by filing a motion Thursday to lift an 11-year-old federal injunction that prevents a man from growing industrial hemp on a South Dakota reservation. Timothy Purdon, who now works for a Minneapolis-based law firm, contacted the U.S. attorney's office in South Dakota several months ago in an effort to allow Oglala Sioux Nation member Alex White Plume to produce hemp, as the tribe legalized the crop in 1998 and last year's federal farm bill allowed hemp to be grown through state agriculture departments and college research stations.
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CN BC: Officials Discussed Legalizing Cannabis

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 31 Jul 2015 - Newly released e-mails show health brass considered applying for exemption to federal laws to allow recreational use of the drug As Vancouver struggled to regulate its explosion of marijuana dispensaries, top provincial health officials considered how they could legalize the recreational use of the drug across British Columbia.
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US OH: Pro-Pot Group Submits More Than 95k Signatures

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 31 Jul 2015 - ResponsibleOhio Needs 29,509 Valid Signatures to Get Issue on Ballot. COLUMBUS - The campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio turned in more than 95,500 supplemental petition signatures on Thursday in a last push to make the statewide ballot in November.
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