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Chronicle AM: Marijuana Legal in Alaska, Ohio Initiative Hits Bump, Bad CA Bills, More (2/24/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 22:53

It was legalization day today in Alaska, Ohio's Responsible Ohio initiative goes back to the drawing board, a Georgia CBD medical marijuana bill moves, there are a couple of bad bills filed in California, and more. Let's get to it:

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Marijuana is Now Legal in Alaska. As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the first phase of Alaska's voter-approved Measure 2 marijuana legalization initiative goes into effect. Now, people 21 and over can legally possess up to an ounce of weed and grow up to six plants in their home (only three flowering). Adults may also share up to an ounce of weed with other adults and give them up to six plants. Taxed and regulated marijuana commerce will come next year. Click on the link for more.

Alaska Governor Files Bill for Marijuana Control Board. Gov. Bill Walker (R) yesterday filed a bill to create a marijuana control board to oversee the state's coming legal marijuana industry. Legalization supporters had sought to have pot regulated outside the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and this bill is a step in that direction. The measure is Senate Bill 60.

Ohio AG Rejects Wording on ResponsibleOhio Ballot Summary. Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) says the ballot language "omits that the proposed amendment permits the sharing of specified amounts of marijuana between adults 21 years old and older" and "does not accurately reflect the manner in which proposed taxes would be distributed." That means ResponsibleOhio will have to fix the ballot language and submit another 1,000 signatures to try again.

Medical Marijuana

Georgia CBD Cannabis Oil Bill Wins Committee Vote. The House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon). The bill was amended to restore a maximum 5% THC level (up from 3%) and to limit the personal information police can access when verifying a medical marijuana authorization, but an amendment that would have reinstated illnesses removed at the request of law enforcement failed.

Asset Forfeiture

California Bill Would Allow Civil Forfeiture Before Criminal Complaint is Filed. A bill touted as a measure against transnational crime that would give prosecutors the power to freeze assets before a criminal complaint is filed was introduced Monday. The bill is Assembly Bill 443, and it is being backed by state Attorney General Kamala Harris (D).

Drug Testing

Montana Welfare Drug Testing Bill Passes House. The House last Friday approved House Bill 200, which would require applicants for food stamps to be screened for possible drug use. Authorities will use the screenings to determine which applicants would have to submit to a drug test. Refusal to be screened would result in a denial of benefits. The bill now heads to the state.

Sentencing

California Bill Would Let Prosecutors Charge Possession of "Date Rape" Drugs As a Felony. Just last November, Californians voted to defelonize simple drug possession. Now, a bill has been filed that would allow prosecutors the option of charging possession of Rohypnol, GHB, and ketamine as either felonies or misdemeanors. The bill is Assembly Bill 46, sponsored by Rep. Tom Lackey (R-Antelope Valley), a former Highway Patrol sergeant.

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CN BC: Pot Products On The Shelves

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 24 Feb 2015 - Remains to Be Seen If This Move Will Force the RCMP to Intervene A compassion club in downtown Parksville is now distributing pot-based products. Though Pheonix Pain Management Society said it won't distribute medical marijuana from its Parksville site until the city is on board, managing director Akil Pessoa stocked the shelves Friday with cannabinoid (CBD) products. He said they will be available in-store this week.
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US AK: Alaska Becomes 3rd State to Legalize Recreational Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 24 Feb 2015 - Native leaders worry that initiative will bring new temptations JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.
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US AK: State Reps Predict Few Problems Under New Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 24 Feb 2015 - JUNEAU - Lawmakers overseeing marijuana legislation said they aren't expecting things to be particularly different now that marijuana possession has become legal. With the anticipation of Ballot Measure 2 becoming law today, lawmakers on Monday said they weren't expecting life in Alaska to be particularly different now that possession of up to one ounce of marijuana outside the home and growing up to six plants is no longer a crime.
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US AK: Alaska Becomes 3rd State With Legal Marijuana Tuesday

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 24 Feb 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings. Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana was the goal of a coalition including libertarians, rugged individualists and small-government Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the state's constitution.
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Chronicle AM: Marijuana Legal in Alaska Tomorrow, Kosher MedMJ in NY, Chinese Meth, More (2/23/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 23:04

Alaska's Measure 2 legalization begins to kick in tomorrow, the UFCW organizes medical marijuana workers in Minnesota, Chuck Schumer wants more drug war money, India bans the new synthetic drug mephedrone, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

First Phase of Alaska Legalization Goes Into Effect Tomorrow. As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the first phase of Alaska's voter-approved Measure 2 marijuana legalization goes into effect. Beginning then, people 21 and over can legally possess up to an ounce of weed and grow up to six plants in their home (only three flowering). Adults may also share up to an ounce of weed with other adults and give them up to six plants. Taxed and regulated marijuana commerce will come next year. Click on the link for more.

Maryland Legalization Bill Gets Hearing Tomorrow. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing in the General Assembly on Tuesday, February 24, to consider a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. Supporters of the bill, including representatives of the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland, are expected to testify. The hearing will take place in Room 101 of the House Office Building at 1:00pm ET. The bill is House Bill 911, sponsored by Rep. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore).

Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Workers Unionize. Workers at Minnesota Medical Solutions, which will operate four medical marijuana dispensaries, have signed a labor agreement with the company under the auspices of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UCFW), Local 1189. The union is also in discussions about representing workers at the other four planned dispensaries in the state, which will be operated by LeafLine Labs. The UFCW has also organized marijuana workers in California, Colorado, and Washington.

Missouri Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Hearing Today. Rep. Dave Hinson's (R-St. Clair) House Bill 800, which would allow for medical marijuana for eligible payments, was set to get a House hearing today. Come back tomorrow for results.

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. On the last day to file Senate bills in the legislative session, Sen. Mitch Carmichael (R-Ripley) introduced Senate Bill 546, the "Creating Compassionate Use Act for Medical Cannabis." The bill would allow for medical marijuana for designated debilitating medical conditions and would require patients and caregivers to be registered with the state. The bill now goes before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Kosher Medical Marijuana Coming to New York? Orthodox Jews in New York may soon be able to get kosher medical marijuana. Rabbi Moshe Elefant, head of the Orthodox Union's kosher certification agency said he has held "preliminary discussions" with several companies seeking to obtain a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana. Click on the link for more.

Law Enforcement

Chuck Schumer Lobbies to Restore HIDTA Funding Cuts. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday Congress should reject President Obama's plan to cut funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. "This is one area where I disagree with the president, and I'm going to fight to reverse his decision," Schumer said. He wants $100 million in drug war funding restored, in part to fight heroin use in his state.

International

UN Official Blames "Corrupt" Chinese Pharmaceutical Industry for Meth Production. Chinese police recently busted 2.4 tons of meth in Guangdong Province, provoking UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) official Jeremy Douglas to say that "corruption in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries" in China was behind the easy availability of chemicals needed to mass produce the drugs. "To operate a lab like this, you need a lot of chemicals, which are legitimate, regulated chemicals from the pharmaceutical industry," Douglas said. "This group has been able to get their hands on the precursor chemicals necessary to produce the drugs. They've been doing it for a long time, which means they're getting these chemicals on a regular basis. There is some kind of corruption in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry taking place allowing this to happen."

India Bans Mephedrone. India has now classified mephedrone (also known as "Meow-Meow" or "M-Cat") as a psychotropic substance that falls under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985. That means mephedrone will now be treated as a controlled substance like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine. Previously, the new synthetic was not regulated in the country.

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First Phase of Alaska Legalization Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 20:51

This article was written in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]As of Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the first phase of Alaska's voter-approved Measure 2 marijuana legalization goes into effect. Beginning then, people 21 and over can legally possess up to an ounce of weed and grow up to six plants in their home (only three flowering). Adults may also share up to an ounce of weed with other adults and give them up to six plants.

Private pot-smoking will be completely legal for adults, although public consumption remains illegal. Not all issues related to personal use, possession, and cultivation are resolved. The state legislature is still trying to settle questions around edibles, transporting marijuana, and use by minors. Senate Bill 30, which was supposed to be ready by legalization day, is still working its way through the legislature.

The second phase of legalization -- legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana commerce -- won't go into effect until the spring or summer of 2016. A nine-month rulemaking process is set to begin on legalization day, with the state expected to begin accepting applications for business permits in February 2016. The timeline was mandated in Measure 2, and the process is on schedule so far.

"First Colorado and Washington, now Alaska and Oregon -- and all with levels of support higher than the winning candidates for governor and US Senate achieved in those states," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "Legalizing marijuana just makes sense now to voters across the political spectrum and -- as we'll likely see in 2016 -- across the country."

Dr. Tim Hunterberger, cosponsor of the initiative and chair of the winning Campaign to Regulate Like Alcohol in Alaska, and Bruce Schulte of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, an industry group monitoring the implementation process, are calling for legalization supporters to celebrate by consuming marijuana responsibly and to keep in mind that personal legalization doesn't mean a marijuana free-for-all.

"As with alcohol there's an appropriate time, place, and manner to consume marijuana, and the worst thing that could happen right now is for a handful of overzealous folks to spoil things by making a public spectacle out of marijuana consumption," they cautioned. "So, please be respectful of your fellow Alaskans, don't drive under the influence and don't do anything to give your neighbors reason to feel uneasy about this new law. We're in the midst of an enormous social and legal shift. Please do your part to make it as successful as possible by consuming responsibly."

Alaska isn't the only place where legalization is going at least partially into effect this week. The District of Columbia's possession and cultivation legalization initiative is set to go into effect Thursday -- unless Congress acts to block it (and the president signs such a measure) before then.

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US AK: As Legalization Nears, Military Spreads Word: Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Feb 2015 - FAIRBANKS - Tomorrow is the day marijuana becomes legal in Alaska, a day weed enthusiasts have long been waiting for. The average citizen who is old enough to drink will now be able to possess or transport - but not sell - up to one ounce of weed or six plants. While state and local officials are still struggling to determine specific regulations about where marijuana can be used, for the roughly 20,000 active duty military members in Alaska not much has changed. Marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, and that means its presence on a federal installation such as a military post or base is prohibited.
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US DC: Legal Haze: DC Pot Users Face Questions As Deadline

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Jerusalem Post, 23 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) Marijuana advocates' hopes that the US capital would easily follow in the footsteps of Denver or Seattle in clearing the way for lawful pot use are set to go up in smoke this week. Voters in the District of Columbia last year passed a measure clearing the way for pot possession, but members of Congress have used their power over the city to prevent local officials from coming up with any plan to let the drug be sold legally for recreational purposes.
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US FL: After Medical Marijuana Defeat, Some in GOP Tentatively

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 23 Feb 2015 - WEST PALM BEACH (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year's presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last year, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a law to allow low-potency strains of marijuana helpful to a very limited group of patients. But many people argued it was inadequate and took the fight to voters with a constitutional amendment that would have widely expanded the drug's availability to the sick. It got about 58 percent of the vote in November but needed 60 percent to pass under Florida law.
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US IL: Docs Investing In Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 23 Feb 2015 - It's OK for Illinois Physicians to Get into the Medical Marijuana Business- As Long As They Don't Recommend It to Patients At least three Illinois doctors are getting into the legal medical marijuana business, according to a review of records of the companies recently approved to grow and sell marijuana.
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US AK: Feds Not Expecting More Pot Possession Cases

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Feb 2015 - ANCHORAGE - With marijuana set to be legal in Alaska but still a controlled substance under federal law, the U.S. Attorney in the state and the head ranger for Denali National Park and Preserve both say they do not expect to prosecute more pot possession cases. The U.S. Attorney for Alaska, Karen Loeffler, said simple, misdemeanor marijuana possession cases are not something her office prosecutes often, so when the recreational use of marijuana on private property becomes legal Tuesday, not much is expected to change for federal prosecutors. While they will continue to focus on drug organizations, whether selling marijuana or not, federal prosecutions will continue to be aimed at violent and gang-related operations, Loeffler said.
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US AK: OPED: Celebrate Pot Legalization Responsibly

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Feb 2015 - Ballot Measure 2 will become effective tomorrow, Feb. 24, and many Alaskans are wondering what will change on that date. The simple answer is: Everything, and not much at all. Beginning that day, it will be lawful for someone 21 or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Those with a green thumb may legally grow no more than six marijuana plants (only three of them mature at any time) in their homes.
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US CT: State's Medical Pot Law Turns Child Into Refugee

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
The Day, 23 Feb 2015 - Child Lives in Maine With Mom Because She's Too Young to Use Drug Legally in Connecticut to Treat Her Epileptic Seizures At the family's request, Rep. Kevin Ryan, D-Montville, introduced a bill in the current session to lift the age restriction on medical marijuana. It is pending in the Public Health Committee.
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US NY: JFK Officials Filter Fecal Matter in Search for Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 23 Feb 2015 - 2014 Saw 176 'Cavity Conceals' The federal government is looking for doctors to help monitor suspected smugglers' bowel movements at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in a solicitation that sounds like it could be something out of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" program.
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US FL: Column: Where Are We On Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 08:00
The Ledger, 22 Feb 2015 - Well, let's see, citizens have been asking the Florida Legislature to legalize it for at least a decade - and legislators said no. There was a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November, put there via citizen initiative. Months before the election, it polled at 78 percent, with support across party lines, age, race and gender. Legislative leaders came out publicly against it. Anti-drug crusaders formed a political action committee and hit up Daddy Warbucks - Sheldon Adelson - for millions to fund their effort.
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UK: Column: The Real Mind-Blowing Terror Threat in Our Midst:

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 08:00
The Mail on Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 - CAN you put two and two together? Have a try. The authorities, and most of the media, cannot. Did you know that the Copenhagen killer, Omar El-Hussein, had twice been arrested (and twice let off) for cannabis possession? Probably not. It was reported in Denmark but not prominently mentioned amid the usual swirling speculation about 'links' between El-Hussein and 'Islamic State', for which there is no evidence at all.
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US: NHTSA Studies: Drunken Driving Falls; Drugged Driving on

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:00
The Day, 21 Feb 2015 - The number of drunken drivers observed in voluntary roadside surveys has fallen drastically while the share of those with drugs in their system has gone up, according to findings recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The studies noted that marijuana is the most prevalent drug observed in survey participants and that drivers under the influence of this drug are more likely to be involved in an accident. However, the NHTSA could not conclusively say whether the higher crash rate was a result of marijuana's effects or other factors.
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US FL: Tribe Threatens to Grow Pot If Casino Disallowed in

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 21 Feb 2015 - PENSACOLA (AP) - A small, Alabama-based Indian tribe that wants to expand its casinos into the Sunshine State might adopt a hardball negotiating stance: Let us offer gambling in a few Florida locations, or we could consider growing and selling marijuana on our property. The prospect of selling pot is just one "what if" scenario that tribal leaders say is possible. But what the Poarch Creek Band of Indians want now is for Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to take them seriously and approve a compact with the tribe that would allow a casino.
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US OH: Middletown Explores Options To Stop Marijuana Site

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:00
Dayton Daily News, 21 Feb 2015 - Growing Facility One of 10 Linked to Ballot Initiative. MIDDLETOWN - A day after Moraine was removed from the list of potential sites for a 100,000square-foot indoor marijuana growing facility, Middletown city officials said they are still exploring all options to stop one from going there, too.
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