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UK: Police Tell Cannabis Growers: You Are Not Our Priority

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Daily Telegraph, 22 Jul 2015 - CANNABIS users in County Durham who grow the drug for their own consumption will no longer be targeted by the police after the force declared the illegal activity was not a priority. In a move, which will be seen as a further step towards decriminalisation, Durham Constabulary declared it would only go after people using the drug if there was a complaint or if they were being "blatant".
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US MI: Column: Making An Example

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 22 Jul 2015 - Last week the Detroit Medz shop on Detroit's west side was raided for "selling marijuana outside the provisions of the state medical marijuana act," says Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of the Detroit police media relations department. News reports said police found two guns, 4,100 grams (about 9 pounds) of marijuana, and arrested one person - although Lewis says two individuals were arrested that evening. Lewis says that there were complaints from the community and that police previously had made undercover buys there, although it's not clear if those undercover buys were made by people with state cards (or fake ones as has been done in the past) or by folks who just walked in with nothing to show.
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US ME: Permit For Marijuana Farmers Market Denied

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 22 Jul 2015 - Portland (AP) - Portland's City Council is denying a permit to a group that wanted to hold a marijuana farmers market in a public park. The Portland Press Herald reported that the council voted 5 to 4 against granting the permit on Monday. The councilors previously granted New World Organics of Belfast permission to hold the New England Cannabis Farmers Market in Deering Oaks. Council members said they revisited the issue after hearing advertising for the event, which they said suggested marijuana would be available for use. Event organizer Justin Olsen said the market is designed to be a networking event and "not a place for people to smoke." - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
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US CO: Column: Springs Dreams, Seeking Investors, PTSD, and

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 22 Jul 2015 - Smoking in the 'burbs Holland Park is joining the cannabis club scene. Springs Dreams (4157 Centennial Blvd., facebook.com/springsdreams) opened July 18 in what was for years a chiropractic office. Owner Eddie Martinez, 38, is a Springs native, and he's happy to bring a new business to the neighborhood.
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US: Legal Pot Industry Combats Infestations

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
The Salinas Californian, 22 Jul 2015 - DENVER (AP) - Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations. As legal marijuana moves from basements and backwoods to warehouses and commercial fields, the mold and spider mites that once ruined only a few plants at a time can now quickly create a multimillion-dollar crisis for growers. Some are turning to industrial-strength chemicals, raising concerns about safety.
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Chronicle AM: The Case of the Dead ND Student Snitch, Brit Police Force De Facto Decriminalizes, More (7/21/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 21:29

There will be an open container law for weed in Washington state, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) files a bill to expunge some federal marijuana offense records, cops in one British county effectively decriminalize small-time marijuana offenses, there's a mystery surrounding a dead North Dakota student informant, and more.

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Congressman Introduces Federal Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) today introduced a bill designed to expunge federal marijuana offenses that are no longer illegal in a number of states. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 would clear the records of those federally charged with state-legal marijuana activity and those federally charged with possession of less than an ounce. It's not yet up on the congressional web site. Activists said its effects would be mainly symbolic.

Marijuana Legalization Money Being Raised in Maine. There are two competing legalization campaigns in the state, and both are fundraising. The Marijuana Policy Project-affiliated Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has raised $104,166 so far this year, with $50,000 coming from MPP in June, while Legalize Maine has raised $55,575.

Washington State Has Open Container Law for Marijuana. Effective September 26, drivers will be required to store their weed in the trunks of their vehicles in an unopened container, or in a part of the passenger compartment "not normally occupied or directly accessible by" the driver or passengers. That's a provision of House Bill 1276, which Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed into law on June 30. Medical Marijuana 

Michigan Panel Defers Decision on Medical Marijuana for Autism. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel postponed action on recommending whether or not autism should be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The panel said it wanted more time to review the evidence.

Sentencing

Federal Prosecutors Really Want Their Mandatory Minimums. Although only a tiny fraction of federal drug crimes involve violence, federal prosecutors are demanding that their mandatory minimum sentences be left unchanged. National Association of Assistant US Attorneys head Steve Cook warns that it would be "a huge mistake" to change federal sentencing laws. "The federal criminal justice system is not broken," he added, claiming that "drug trafficking is inherently violent." Oddly enough, only 142 of more than 20,000 federal drug offenses prosecuted last year involved violence or threats of violence. Cook also wants more prisons, calling them "a good investment."

Law Enforcement

Did a North Dakota Student Get Killed After Campus Cops Turned Him Into a Snitch? The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a lengthy piece on the case of Andew Sadek, who went missing two weeks before graduation last year. His body was later found in the Red River with a bullet wound to the head and a backpack full of rocks. He had been busted for small-time marijuana sales on campus and agreed to become an informant for campus police. No one has been charged in his death, and police aren't even certain if it was a homicide or a suicide. Read the whole thing.

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British Police Force Quits Trying to Find Small Pot Grows. The police in County Durham and Darlington are giving up on proactively tracking down small marijuana grows in a de facto move toward decriminalization. Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said police there will also offer people caught with small amounts of weed to avoid criminal prosecution by entering a program aimed at ending low-level offending. "By and large we are saying it is not the top of our list to go out and try to pick up people smoking joints on street corners but if it's blatant or we get complaints, officers will act," Hogg said. "It's about keeping people out of the criminal justice system and reducing costs, it's about being more productive with the way we approach things. It's also about seeking to prevent future use by keeping people out of prison."

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CN MB: Medical Marijuana Protesters Light Up At Police

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 21 Jul 2015 - Local medical marijuana users sparked up a "smoke-in" in front of police headquarters on Monday to show their support for a local dispensary that has been under police investigation. Glenn Price, owner of Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters on Main Street, said police have been harassing him over the past week for filling medical marijuana prescriptions without a Health Canada licence.
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CN MB: Making A Case

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 21 Jul 2015 - Pot Smokers Praise Marijuana's Medical Benefits One of the most powerful and addictive drugs a prescription can buy isn't enough to alleviate the pain Randy Kotyk suffers daily. Kotyk suffers from cervical spinal stenosis, degenerative bone disease in his neck and back, an arthritic spine, and has had "a number of heart attacks."
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US WA: Chief Asks: Stop Writing $27 Pot Tickets Or Not?

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 21 Jul 2015 - Seeks Council Input Citations Still Skew Toward Blacks in Latest Report That Made News After another round of tickets for public pot use skewed disproportionately toward black people, a frustrated Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole asked City Council members if they want her cops to stop issuing the $27 fines.
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US HI: State Looking to Fix Process to Get Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 21 Jul 2015 - About 1,100 Applications Are Handled a Month, and It Is Expected to Double in 2016 State health officials say they're looking to streamline the application process for medical marijuana patient cards - which some local physicians say is unduly burdensome - ahead of the first pot dispensaries to open in Hawaii next year.
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US CO: Pot Growers At Loss To Fight Infestations

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 21 Jul 2015 - Turning to Pesticides Raises Health Issues DENVER (AP) - Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations.
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US ME: National Group Outraises Maine Effort in Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 21 Jul 2015 - A nationally-backed campaign to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Maine is raising more money than a local effort that has the same goal. Maine campaign finance reports say the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has raised $104,166 this year. The filings also say the group raised $53,011 during the quarter that ended June 30.
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US OH: Pot-Petition Signatures Fall Short

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 21 Jul 2015 - Backers of a for-profit marijuana-legalization amendment remain confident the issue will be on the November ballot, but they are turning to the Ohio Supreme Court to make sure. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office reported on Monday that ResponsibleOhio's petition fell 29,509 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters short of the 305,591 needed to qualify for the Nov. 3 ballot.
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US OH: Marijuana Legalization Effort Misses Target

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 21 Jul 2015 - COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio's elections chief says a marijuana legalization campaign has failed to meet its initial signature target. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Monday that about 276,000 of signatures submitted by the group ResponsibleOhio were valid. At least 305,591 were needed to make the November ballot. The group has 10 days to collect more signatures.
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US CO: Marijuana, Safety And Pesticides

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 21 Jul 2015 - New Questions Arising As Nascent Industry Develops DENVER (AP) - Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations.
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Chronicle AM: ResponsibleOhio Comes Up Short -- Maybe, MI Dispensary Busts, OK Forfeiture Abuses, More (7/20/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 22:58

Ohio election officials have disqualified more than half the signatures gathered for the ResponsibleOhio initiative, but the battle isn't over; a Michigan legalization initiative gets rolling, an Oklahoma report raises the curtain on asset forfeiture abuses, and more.

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Ohio Officials Say ResponsibleOhio Initiative Short on Signatures, But… The office of Secretary of State Jon Husted said today that the ResponsibleOhio legalization initiative had come up 29,000 signatures short of qualifying for the ballot. The campaign had gathered nearly 700,000 and needed only 305,000 to qualify, which would suggest a bad signature rate far, far above what the conventional wisdom suggests, maybe 25% or 30%. But it ain't over yet. ResponsibleOhio now has 10 days to try to make up the shortfall, and it says it will go to the state Supreme Court to fight over some 40,000 signatures that "remain unaccounted for" in the secretary of state's tally.

Michigan Legalization Initiative Kicks Off Signature Gathering Drive. Supporters of the Michigan Legalize initiative held a volunteer kickoff meeting in Marquette last Saturday. They will need to gather some 315,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot. There is at least one competing initiative in the state, too.

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Michigan Cops Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. Police departments in the greater Detroit area have shut down several dispensaries in the past week, in some cases bringing felony charges against the operators. Raids, arrests, and seizures took place in Shelby Township and Detroit last week. While the city has an estimated 180 dispensaries, they are illegal under the state's medical marijuana law.

Asset Forfeiture

Oklahoma Reports Show Asset Forfeiture Abuses. Audits by the State Auditor and Inspector's Office for the past five years show many district attorneys didn't have formal policies for dealing with seized property and that, in many cases, police didn't keep inventories of seized items. In some cases, seized money was spent before in was legally forfeited; in others, forfeiture cases were never filed for seized money. The report also found that seized money was used to pay for retirement plaques, a retirement party, doughnuts for a "spring roundup," and for a prosecutor's student loans and house rental. In the latter case, the prosecutor justified the rent payments saying that he spent most of his time on drug cases. Click on the link for more.

Drug Testing

Indiana Town to Stop Drug Testing Welfare Applicants… For Now. Black Township has agreed to stop drug testing applicants to its public assistance program until a lawsuit over whether the practice is constitutional is decided. The ACLU of Indiana filed the lawsuit in federal court in June. The judge in the case last week signed an order approving the agreement to stop drug testing until the case is settled.

Opiates and Heroin

New Jersey Governor Signs Prescription Monitoring Bill. Gov. Chris Christie (R) has signed a bill that will expand and tighten the state's prescription management program, one of a series of bills intended to combat the state's problem with heroin and prescription opiate use. The bill requires all doctors to register for the program and to check the program when patients return for a second refill on medications. The law is part of a 21-bill package targeting opioid and heroin abuse in New Jersey.

International

Australia Greens Call for Adoption of Portugal Drug Model. The Australian Green Party is calling for the country to follow the example of Portugal and decriminalize drug possession. It says Australia's current drug policies have failed, and the Portuguese model is the best path forward.

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US NM: Editorial: RRPS Random Drug Tests Should Include Checks

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:00
The Observer, 20 Jul 2015 - We applaud the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education for adopting the area's first random drug-testing policy for student athletes. Hopefully, it will go a long way toward making a student who elects to go out for a sports team think twice about using alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates and other substances the contractor selected to handle the program will test for.
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CN MB: Smoke Signals

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Jul 2015 - Medical Marijuana Proponents Plan Pot Protest at Police Station A "smoke-in" in support of Winnipeg's only medical marijuana dispensary is planned to take place just outside Winnipeg police headquarters Monday morning.
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US WA: Editorial: Overhaul America's Criminal-Justice System

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 20 Jul 2015 - PRESIDENT Obama has seized on the righteous issue of mass incarceration for the final lap of his presidency. This one has a broad ideological and bipartisan coalition behind it, with Republican senators, governors and funders (including the Koch brothers) linked with the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP. But Obama is not going far enough.
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US NM: Editorial: Governor Sheds Light on NM Marijuana Industry

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jul 2015 - When a state regulation has no compelling reason to exist - especially one that shrouds an important state function in secrecy - it takes decisive leadership to get it off the books. Gov. Susana Martinez's decision to direct the New Mexico Health Department to dump a provision in the state's Medical Cannabis Program that kept the names of licensed medical marijuana producers secret is a perfect example of logic - and transparency - prevailing over furtive regulation.
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