Boston Herald, 16 Nov 2015 - Undermines State's Opioid Crackdown Several Bay State sheriffs are blasting an ongoing push to legalize marijuana amid a raging opiate epidemic - accusing some lawmakers and those behind pot legalization ballot initiatives of undercutting Gov. Charlie Baker's bipartisan opioid crackdown.
Toronto Star, 15 Nov 2015 - Original finding that he smuggled drugs into Don Jail raised questions about security protocols Lawyer Deryk Gravesande's conviction for smuggling drugs to a former client at the Toronto (Don) Jail - a case that shocked and outraged the city's criminal bar - was overturned Friday by the Ontario Court of Appeal in a decision lambasting the trial judge's reasoning.
Ottawa Sun, 15 Nov 2015 - Pot Reduced Son's Seizures by 90% Mandy McKnight had tried more than 10 medications to control the seizures of her seven-year-old son, who suffers from Dravet syndrome. Two years ago, she decided to try medical marijuana. It reduced her son Liam's seizures by 90%, she said.
The Sunday Herald, 15 Nov 2015 - SINCE the official beginning of the drug war in 1971, the law-enforcement community in the United States has spent just over $1 trillion. Tens of thousands of citizens have died, sacrificed on the altar of this modern prohibition. Millions have suffered from a drug arrest, which haunts them forever - and the difference on the streets? Federal research shows drugs are cheaper, stronger and more "readily available" to America's youth. As a street cop and detective in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, I had a ringside seat to this unfolding social disaster.
The Palm Beach Post, 15 Nov 2015 - Authorities say they have arrested a deputy for her alleged role in a marijuanaselling business following a month-long investigation. St. Lucie County sheriff 's deputies said an anonymous tipster told them deputy Heather Tucker, 27, was involved in drug activity. Authorities searched the apartment she was staying at with her boyfriend and another couple Friday and said they found felony amounts of marijuana, packaging materials and other items typically associated with the sale and distribution of marijuana.
Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov 2015 - CHICAGO - Patients bought $210,000 of medical marijuana in the first week it was legal in Illinois, marking what patients and industry officials said was a welcome, if overdue, start. "By and large, things have gone well," said Joseph Wright, director of the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program.
The Oklahoman, 15 Nov 2015 - HIGH DRIVERS ARE JUST AS THREATENING TO OKLAHOMA ROAD SAFETY AS DRUNK DRIVERS Marijuana Is the No. 1 Drug Found in Drivers Who Tested Positive for Drugs in Oklahoma, According to the Osbi As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, concern rises about the risk of people getting behind the wheel while high. While many supporters point to the potential positive impact on economics that legalization in Oklahoma could hold, law enforcement officers who are faced with the deadly outcomes of driving while under the influence of marijuana or other drugs during their work point to the risks.
The Herald, 15 Nov 2015 - ALIGN U.S. CANNABIS LAW WITH STATE LAWS The U.S. Smart Act Would Protect Marijuana Users and Businesses in States Where It Has Been Legalized. In 2012, voters in Washington state passed Initiative 502, which legalized the sale, consumption and taxation of marijuana products. Including Washington, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana, and in 2016, several more states are expected to consider marijuana legalization ballot initiatives.
The News, 14 Nov 2015 - Farmer, concerned about flock's health, says policy needed Cyril O'Connor walks up to the fence on his Piedmont Valley Road property and gives a holler. Within seconds about 30 sheep are running to meet him.
The Star, 14 Nov 2015 - Couple Hope Court Will Agree All Have Freedom of Choice on Smoking Pot THE laws haven't changed, so Myrtle Clark and Julian Stobbs are "very discreet". "We are cannabis users," say the pair, who are open about supporting the legalisation of dagga. "But we're not like a lot of other users. We don't have jobs to lose. We don't have to fight child custody battles."
The Pretoria News, 14 Nov 2015 - With About 1,000 Daily Busts, It's Untrue That Cops Turn Blind Eye to It THE LAWS haven't changed, so Myrtle Clark and Julian Stobbs say they are "very discreet". "We are cannabis users," they say, open about their support of the legalisation of dagga.
Washington Post, 14 Nov 2015 - Officer Who Guarded Capitol Now Heads Security for Possible Medical-Marijuana Grower in MD. For much of his 46-year career in law enforcement, Terrance W. Gainer viewed marijuana as a substance to be confiscated and its sellers as criminals to be investigated and arrested.
Applicants have overwhelmed Maryland medical marijuana regulators, a New Jersey school becomes the first in the country to allow medical marijuana on campus, Bolivia's president chooses an official beverage, and more.
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Large Number of Applicants Will Delay Maryland Program. Nearly 900 people have applied to grow or sell medical marijuana in the state, and that is going to delay the program's rollout, Hannah Byron, the executive director of the state's medical marijuana commission said Thursday. She said the commission will extend the application period and revise the timeline, which had originally anticipated the first stage of the application review would be done by January.
New Jersey School Becomes First in Nation to Permit Medical Marijuana on Campus. The Larc School in Bellmawr Wednesday night adopted a policy allowing a teenage girl with autism and epilepsy to consume medical marijuana edibles while at school. The move comes just two days after Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed into law a bill requiring school districts to adopt such policies.
Senate Drug Caucus to Hold Hearing on Border, Mexican Anti-Drug Assistance Next Week. The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control will hold a hearing to examine drug trafficking across the Southwest border on Tuesday. The hearing will focus on the increase in illicit narcotics crossing the Southwest Border, the cartels profiting from this activity, and the nature and effectiveness of U.S. counternarcotics assistance to Mexico in reducing this flow, combatting corruption, and strengthening the rule of law. The following witnesses have confirmed that they will attend: Mr. Michael Botticelli, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Ambassador William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL); Mr. Jack Riley, Acting Deputy Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Todd Owen, Assistant Commissioner Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
. Former coca grower union leader President Evo Morales has announced that a coca leaf liquor, Cocablue, is the official drink of the presidential palace. Every bottle of Cocablue (111° proof) liqueur contains 69 grams of coca leaf extract that has been decocainized and is distilled five times. One vintage is released every year and each bottle is recorded, signed and numbered. The Mayan blue colorr is said to be a natural by-product of an artisanal handcrafting technique.
Delta Optimist, 13 Nov 2015 - Ladner man getting closer to developing roadside screening device for police use A local man's efforts to create a breathalyzer to test for marijuana are getting closer to having the device in the hands of police.
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 13 Nov 2015 - Twenty Three States Allow Medicinal Use of Marijuana. Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy launched a campaign Wednesday hoping to bring awareness to veterans' need for responsible marijuana use for service-related injuries.
Lethbridge Herald, 13 Nov 2015 - Non-Residents Face Various Charges Five non-tribal members - all currently facing drug-related charges - are facing banishment from the Blood Reserve. In a release issued Thursday afternoon, Blood Tribe leadership said they have made it official to enforce an action for trespassing on reserve lands.
Coast Reporter, 13 Nov 2015 - MEDPOT BYLAW HEADED TO FOURTH READING The District of Sechelt is one vote away from adopting a new medical marijuana zoning bylaw that would restrict where future medicinal pot facilities could operate.
Maple Ridge News, 13 Nov 2015 - Marijuana is still 'illegal' The operator of the third medicinal marijuana dispensary in Maple Ridge has met with Mayor Nicole Read and councillors and plans to continue operating under a "compassion club" model, until the new Liberal government legalizes the drug.
Metro, 13 Nov 2015 - MADD Canada hopes the new Liberal government beefs up legislation that allows police to better test drivers who might be drug-impaired, given the government's plans to legalize pot. Tracy Franklin, past president of the organization's Calgary chapter, said the organization is ramping up campaigns involving drug-impaired driving as part of a five-year strategy.
Boston Globe, 13 Nov 2015 - Voters shouldn't let the similar rhetoric of the state's two marijuana legalization efforts fool them: The groups are pursuing very different goals. One, Bay State Repeal, would remove almost all restrictions on cannabis cultivation, possession, and use for adults. The other, pushing a more complicated proposal, would create a cumbersome regulatory framework that seems as concerned with creating a hospitable environment for the nascent marijuana industry as extending rights to citizens.