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CN ON: 'I'm Learning To Cope'

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 28 Apr 2016 - Medical Marijuana Not Only Viable Business, But Helps Those In Need Farmers' plants are sprouting up a little more green than red in Leamington, Ont., these days. Once colloquially called the ketchup capital of Canada, many farmers in the southern Ontario town were left holding their empty tomato baskets when Heinz Canada moved its business south of the border in 2014, putting 750 people out of work.
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CN PI: Editorial: It's High Time To Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 28 Apr 2016 - The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to legalize marijuana and not before time. Health Minister Jane Philpott certainly didn't play down the controversial announcement. She chose a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime.
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CN BC: Pot Deadline Will Push Big Bucks Underground

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 28 Apr 2016 - This Friday (April 29) is the deadline for illicit marijuana dispensaries to shut their doors or risk steep city fines and other disciplinary measures. The city estimates there are about 80 storefronts selling cannabis that will be affected by the order to close. By the Straight's calculation, that means $10 million to $29 million could be forced back into Vancouver's underground economy every month.
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CN BC: Editorial: Hazy Pot Laws Will Clear Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 28 Apr 2016 - The federal government will start clearing away some of the haze about marijuana legalization. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced April 20 that the government is a year away from introducing legislation to legalize pot.
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US MA: Mass. Superintendents Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 28 Apr 2016 - The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, saying it is worried legalizing marijuana for adults will make it easier for kids to gain access to the drug, came out Wednesday against a likely ballot question to make marijuana legal for recreational use. "As superintendents, our primary focus is on helping each and every student reach their full potential, and we believe the commercial legalization of marijuana runs directly counter to that goal," the executive director of the association, Tom Scott, said in a statement. "Where marijuana is legal, we see increased use and abuse by young people."
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US NJ: NJ Weedman's Restaurant Raided On Wednesday

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 28 Apr 2016 - TRENTON - The authorities raided NJWeedman's Joint on East State Street Wednesday afternoon. According to police sources the narcotics task force raided the restaurant around 4 p.m. A number of police were seen going in and out of the building, and several people were detained by police.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Can I Take Edibles to a Work Party?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 28 Apr 2016 - Dear Stoner: Why did the annual 4/20 rally (the one with Lil Wayne and Wiz, canceled on April 16) have to jump through so many obstacles for a permit, but the stoner fest at Civic Center on April 20 was just fine? Scott
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US OR: Column: Life As A Canna Widow

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 28 Apr 2016 - What's It Like to Live with a Weed Columnist? OUR CANNABUZZ COLUMNIST had a rough week, starting with overconsumption on 4/20, followed by the loss of our greatest Granddaddy Purple, Prince. As Josh Jardine gets his head together, man, we bring in a special guest columnist-his long-suffering girlfriend. Wishing to remain anonymous (for myriad easy-to-understand reasons), let's refer to her as "C."
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US CA: Column: Butane Hash Oil

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 28 Apr 2016 - It's The Bomb Does a bear hash in the woods? No, no it doesn't. Whether it be oils, shatter, wax or honeycomb, the marijuana concentrates market is exploding. And in the eyes of some, that's a very literal problem.
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US CA: Column: Eye-Opening Results

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Apr 2016 - Is there a recommended type of cannabis for relieving glaucoma? - -DIC Good question. People have used marijuana to treat the symptoms of glaucoma for years. In fact, Robert Randall, the first person to receive medical marijuana from the U.S. government, suffered from glaucoma. Elvy Musikka, one of the four people left on the program, also uses cannabis to treat glaucoma.
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US NV: Licensed To Ill

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Reno News & Review, 28 Apr 2016 - A Down and Dirty Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada It took me a grand total of about two hours and less than $70 to get my medical marijuana card. And then I was able to go to a dispensary, buy pot, and smoke it-fully compliant with Nevada law.
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US CA: Column: What's On Barack Obama's Marijuana Schedule?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 28 Apr 2016 - A lame duck with nothing to lose but his legacy, Barack Obama is now in the peculiar position of being America's most cannabis-friendly president. He has earned this title passively: by doing nothing. Obama did nothing when Washington and Colorado legalized recreational cannabis in 2012. He did nothing when Oregon and Alaska did the same in 2014. But in 2010, when recreational marijuana was legal nowhere and when drug agents seized a record number of marijuana plants, Obama's Justice Department also did next to nothing - vague threats of jail time and some threatening letters to property owners - which, at the time, was enough to help kill legalization in California and to slow down the growth of the state's weed industry for a couple of years. Never have a few pieces of certified mail had more effect.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:46

The DEA approves a PTSD medical marijuana study, a Senate committee votes to rein in the DEA on medical marijuana, a Utah poll has very strong support for medical marijuana, and more.

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Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to prevent the DEA from undermining state medical marijuana laws. The committee voted 21-8 to approve an amendment offered by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration. After decades of inactivity on marijuana reform, Congress has moved at lightning pace to advance marijuana reform in recent years. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend marijuana. The Committee approved similar amendments last year as well as an amendment to allow state-legalized marijuana businesses to access banks and other financial services. The Mikulski amendment is expected to pass the full Senate as well as the House. Similar amendments were passed by Congress last year and the year before.

Last week, DEA approved a Colorado-funded study on marijuana and PTSD. It's the first time the agency has given permission to use raw marijuana in a controlled clinical trial for PTSD. Enrollment in the study could begin as early as next month. The study is one of nine funded by historic grants from the Colorado Health Department, which are in turn funded by medical and legal marijuana fees and tax revenues.

Connecticut

Last week, the House approved medical marijuana for kids. The House voted overwhelmingly last week to expand the state's four-year-old medical marijuana program to include children. The bill also includes a provision to create a Board of Physicians to review requests for new ailments to be added the list of qualifying conditions, which currently lists 17 diseases or syndromes. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Iowa

On Monday, a href="http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/gop-medical-cannabis-plan-voted-down/article_f665abe6-90a0-58d9-b756-fed6c88a88d8.html" target="_blank">a CBD medical marijuana expansion bill was killed. A Republican-backed bill to expand the number of ailments for which Iowans could use CBD cannabis oil was defeated in the House Monday. Democrats said the proposal did not go far enough, while some Republicans objected to any effort to legalize marijuana, medicinal or otherwise. The bill was defeated 61-36.

Montana

On Monday, the state Supreme Court delayed enforcement of its medical marijuana rollback. The state high court said it will delay enforcement of its February ruling dramatically rolling back the state's medical marijuana program. The court said its ruling would now not go into effect until August 31. Montana activists and medical marijuana industry spokesman have said the rollback would force the closure of dispensaries and leave patients in the lurch. Supporters are also working on an initiative campaign to put a revamped medical marijuana system before the voters in November.

Utah

On Wednesday, a new poll found strong support for medical marijuana. A new Utah Policy poll has two out of three (66%) of Utahns in favor of medical marijuana, with only 28% opposed. The poll comes after the legislature failed to pass a medical marijuana bill this year. If the legislators are listening to their constituents, they will pass it next year.

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Chronicle AM: NH Decrim Back From the Dead, 4/20 MJ Sales Topped $37.5 Million, More... (4/27/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:33

Americans spent a lot of money on weed for 4/20, Dana Rohrabacher endorses California's AUMU pot legalization initiative, New Hampshire decrim rises from the dead, and more.

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4/20 Pot Sales Hit $37.5 Million. Americans spent more than $37.5 million on legal marijuana purchases on the 4/20 stoner holiday, according to MJ Freeway, a global cannabis business seed-to-sale tracking software provider. That's up by more than 30% over 2015.

Conservative GOP Congressman Endorses California's AUMA Legalization Initiative. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has announced his support for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) legalization initiative. "As a Republican who believes in individual freedom, limited government and states' rights, I believe that it's time for California to lead the nation and create a safe, legal system for the responsible adult use of marijuana," said Rohrabacher. He is the second California congressman to endorse the initiative. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) announced his support last week.

Michigan House Approves Marijuana Drugged Driving Study Bill. The House voted 107-1 Tuesday to approve House Bill 5024, which would create a commission to research and recommend a threshold for THC that would establish evidence of impaired driving. The bill now goes to the Senate.

New Hampshire Decriminalization Reemerges. The decriminalization bill had been killed, but the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12-7 Tuesday to bring decrim back to life. The committee voted to amend Senate Bill 498, which deals with discretion in sentencing, to make possession of up to a quarter ounce of marijuana a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor. The bill will come before the House next month.

Medical Marijuana

Utah Poll Finds Strong Support for Medical Marijuana. A new Utah Policy poll has two out of three (66%) of Utahns in favor of medical marijuana, with only 28% opposed. The poll comes after the legislature failed to pass a medical marijuana bill this year. If the legislators are listening to their constituents, they will pass it next year.

Law Enforcement

Family of Florida Man Slain in Marijuana Raid Awarded $500,000. The family of Derek Cruice, who was shot in the face and killed during a small-time marijuana raid in Deltona, Florida, in March 2015, will receive $500,000 in a settlement from Volusia County. Cruice was unarmed when he was shot in his living room by a Deltona police officer. The officer was never charged with a crime.

International

Israeli Police Won't Stop Busting People for Marijuana. Even though a former police commissioner has called for the country's police to reexamine their approach to marijuana in the face of increasing acceptance of its use, police aren't taking up the suggestion. Instead, police have decided that "enforcement policies should continue as they are." One police officer said he needed to be able to bust drug users in order to get at dealers.

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CN BC: Pot Plans Leave Plenty Of Questions

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Cowichan Valley Citizen, 27 Apr 2016 - Sophie Reid said she knew the legalization of marijuana in Canada was inevitable. But now that the federal Liberal government has finally announced plans to legalize and regulate marijuana in Canada by the spring of 2017, Reid is not sure what it will mean for her and her business.
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CN BC: City Waits On Dispensary Verdict

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 27 Apr 2016 - Councillors advised to wait for Abbotsford decision City of Powell River officials are waiting for a decision from the province's highest court before making a decision on how to handle the opening of a non-profit marijuana dispensary chain outlet on Marine Avenue.
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CN BC: Non-Compliant Pot Shops To Face Tickets

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 27 Apr 2016 - 62 dispensaries have appealed their licence refusals About 100 medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver will be facing enforcement starting Saturday after being refused by the city's new regulatory system.
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US: Could Marijuana Help Treat Heroin Addiction?

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 27 Apr 2016 - Concord, N.H. (AP) - The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates. Some are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.
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US FL: OPED: Ings: Here's Why I'm Voting No on Easing Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 27 Apr 2016 - The City of Orlando 2016-36 Ordinance relating to the possession of cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia encourages bad behavior. Accountability to our community as a whole for a wholesome life is a must for us as elected officials. If we were to sanction this ordinance, we would be going down a very slippery slope. People are confused. Some think this measure would decriminalize, or legalize, marijuana, and others think it allows the use of medical marijuana. People need to know, and understand, that this ordinance would make it easier for criminals to use marijuana with fewer criminal charges and less punishment.
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US: Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller, Heroin Addiction?

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 27 Apr 2016 - Idea Intrigues Doctors and Lawmakers in States Hit Hard by Addiction CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.
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