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US CA: From Club Drug To Trauma Cure

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Aug 2014 - As bizarre as it might seem, ecstasy seems to restructure a patient's relationship to trauma ... permanently WHEN IT COMES to psychedelics, an under-the-radar nonprofit research group is opening people's minds.
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US CO: Pot Tax Hits Record $24.7m

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Albuquerque Journal, 09 Aug 2014 - DENVER - New marijuana tax records from Colorado show June was the best-selling month yet for the state's recreational pot experiment, with $24.7 million in total sales. The numbers released by the Department of Revenue also show recreational pot inching toward medical pot in total sales.
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Chronicle AM -- August 8, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 19:15

Things get slow in the dog days of summer, but there's still news from the legal marijuana states, California continues to grapple with regulating medical marijuana, and a couple of items from Britain suggest change could be in the air there. Let's get to it:

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[image:1 align:right caption:true]ACLU of Washington Joins Fight Against Local Marijuana Store Bans. The ACLU of Washington announced today that it is representing three state-licensed marijuana business owners who have filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Fife's ban on marijuana operations. The business owners and the ACLU argue that local bans violate I-502, the voter initiative that legalized marijuana in the state. You can view the ACLU's pleadings in the case here.

Colorado Health Department Says Teen Marijuana Use Is Down Since Dispensaries Came, Voters Approved Legalization. An annual survey of teen drug use in the state has found that marijuana use has been declining since hundreds of medical marijuana outlets opened in the state in 2009 and since the state legalized adult marijuana use and sales in late 2012. Current use among Colorado teens dropped from 24.8% in 2009 to 20% in 2013. Meanwhile, nationally, teen current use has increased, from 20.8% in 2009 to 23.4% last year.

Wichita Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Comes Up Short on Signatures. There will be no popular vote on decriminalization in Wichita this year. Election officials said that campaigners didn't have enough valid voter signatures to qualify. Although they handed in about 3,500 signatures and only needed 2,928, they still came up 180 valid voter signatures short. They say they will now press the city council to act on decriminalization.

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California Statewide Regulation Bill Goes to Assembly Appropriations Committee Next Week. The Assembly Appropriations will examine Senate Bill 1262, the law enforcement- and local government-backed bill to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry next Wednesday. That's the last day the committee meets this session. The bill has already passed the Senate, but must pass the Assembly by month's end or it dies. The bill link above may not represent the latest changes to it; new updates are expected today. The bill has divided the state's medical marijuana community, with some groups supporting it as is and some demanding changes to make it friendlier to patients and the industry.

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British Liberal Democrats Will End Jail for Drug Possession, Nick Clegg Says. Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg has said that if the Lib Dems win the next election, they will move to abolish prison sentences for simple drug possession, even for Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Half of the people currently being jailed for drug possession in Britain are being held for marijuana offenses. This call for effective decriminalization puts Clegg and the Lib Dems at odds with their governing coalition senior partners, the Tories. Meanwhile, the Home Office is currently undertaking a review of British drug policy.

British Government to Provide Foil to Heroin Users to Encourage Smoking Rather Than Injecting. In a harm reduction move, Britain will begin providing free foil to heroin users to encourage them to smoke the drug instead of injecting it. Injection drug users are more likely to contract blood-borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The move was approved last year by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which said it could also help move addicts toward recovery.

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CN BC: Ending Toddler's Seizures Matters More To Family Than Complying

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 08 Aug 2014 - The family of a two-year-old Summerland girl is willing to break the law to provide her with the cannabis oil that appears to have dramatically reduced the hundreds of seizures she was suffering daily. Kyla Williams, who has a severe seizure disorder, has shown marked improvement during the past five months while her family has been treating her with the illegal oil.
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UK: Drug-Running Teenage Boys Freed Despite Carrying Crack

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Evening Standard, 08 Aug 2014 - Brothers aged 14 and 15 walked free from court despite being found with crack cocaine while dealing for a notorious "Wire-style" gang in London. The younger boy had 21 wraps of crack on him and his brother spat four wraps of crack from his mouth in a sale to an undercover officer. They were arrested in an operation targeting a gang engaged in "prolific drug dealing".
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US NM: Pot Petition Signature Drive Comes Up Short

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Albuquerque Journal, 08 Aug 2014 - Supporters: City Clerk's Office 'Arbitrarily' Disqualified Names The petition drive to reduce marijuana penalties failed to collect enough valid signatures to trigger an election on the issue, according to figures released by the Albuquerque City Clerk's Office.
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US PA: OPED: Sign City Bill On Pot Arrests

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 Aug 2014 - There is an everexpanding chorus of serious and legitimate voices in government and the media who are calling for the decriminalization - if not outright legalization - of marijuana. Twenty-three states and a number of cities have already enacted new laws legalizing or decriminalizing possession of marijuana. While stopping short of full legalization, President Obama has said this year that he believes marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and his administration's 2014 National Drug Control Strategy notes that "an enforcement-centric ' war on drugs' approach to drug policy is counterproductive, inefficient, and costly."
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CN ON: Column: Marc Emery a Liberal? Not One Bit

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 08 Aug 2014 - Is Marc Emery a secret agent for the Conservative Party of Canada? It sure looks that way. It's impossible that you have not heard of the World's Most Famous Pothead. But, in the event that you have been in a coma for the past while, consider this a primer, gratis.
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CN ON: Column: Marc Emery A Liberal? Not One Bit

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 08 Aug 2014 - Is Marc Emery a secret agent for the Conservative Party of Canada? It sure looks that way. It's impossible that you have not heard of the World's Most Famous Pothead. But, in the event that you have been in a coma for the past while, consider this a primer, gratis.
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CN AB: Clinic Offers Walk-In Weed Prescriptions

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 08 Aug 2014 - Pot friendly doctors hard to find. Oasis Clinic believed to be first of its kind in Calgary Graeme Mascuich has been using marijuana to treat symptoms associated with Asperger syndrome for years. But it's just recently that the 29-year-old was able to obtain his supply of the drug through legitimate means, thanks to a Calgary clinic believed be the first in the city to offer patient evaluations for the federal medicinal marijuana program.
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US DC: Editorial: High Times In D.C.

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 08 Aug 2014 - A November Referendum Could Make the District a Farm Territory Washington's corridors of power may soon reek of something more pungent than mendacity. D.C. voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether the nation's capital will join several jurisdictions across American to legalize marijuana.
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CN BC: The Politics Of Pot

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Kimberley Daily Bulletin, 08 Aug 2014 - Despite coming up well short of the required 400,000 signatures during last year's efforts to force a referendum on the decriminalization of marijuana, Sensible BC is in no way giving up. In fact, Sensible BC leader Dana Larsen believes that there is tremendous opportunity ahead on a number of fronts, including the municipal and federal elections. Municipalities across British Columbia elect new Mayors and Councils this November and a federal election is coming in 2015. The Bulletin spoke with Larsen this week on why he is feeling optimistic that changes are coming to marijuana laws.
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Chronicle AM -- August 7, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:56

The legalization debate packed 'em in in Anchorage, California's medical marijuana regulation bill is going down to the wire, Massachusetts has a new substance abuse law, China executes two for drugs, and more. Let's get to it:

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Alaska Legalization Debate Draws Big Crowd. The Wilda Marston Theatre in Anchorage was packed last night as supporters and opponents of the legalization initiative, Ballot Measure 2, duked it out. Click on the link to get the flavor of the debate.

NJ Weedman Becomes a Newspaper Columnist. Longtime New Jersey marijuana activist Ed Forchion, better known as the NJ Weedman, is about to get a new platform. He announced today that he now has a new gig: columnist for the The Trentonian newspaper, where he will produce the "Cannabis Column."

Lewiston, Maine, Initiative Campaign to Turn in Signatures Tomorrow. Citizens for a Safer Maine, the organizers of the Lewiston initiative to legalize marijuana possession for adults, will turn in more than 1,250 signatures tomorrow. They need 859 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. They will also hold a media availability at 11:00am in front of city hall.

Poll Finds Strong Support for Marijuana Reform in Pennsylvania. A new poll from Keystone Analytics has strong support for marijuana reform, with 47% supporting medical marijuana and another 22% saying they supported legalization for any reason. Only 27% thought marijuana should remain illegal for all purposes. The poll has a +/- 4.4% margin of error.

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California Still Struggling with Statewide Regulation Bill. The clock is ticking on Senate Bill 1262, the last effort to regulate medical marijuana statewide still alive in the legislature. It needs to pass before month's end or it dies, but the marijuana community itself is divided over it, and it's not clear that the interests of lawmakers, law enforcement, cities and counties, and the medical marijuana industry can all be aligned. As of now, the most recent version of the bill is still supported by the police chiefs and Americans for Safe Access. But California NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition oppose it unless it's amended. Click on the title link for more details.

Prescription Opiates

Massachusetts Governor Signs Substance Abuse Bill. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has signed into law Senate Bill 2142, which expands access to drug treatment by requiring insurers to pay for up to 14 days of inpatient care and bars them from requiring prior authorization. The bill also allows the public health commissioner to classify a drug as "dangerous" for up to a year, effectively banning its use in the state, and it creates a commission to come up with substitutes for opiates. And it has new reporting requirements on overdose deaths, infants born exposed to drugs, and for the state's prescription monitoring program. The bill is a response to increases in opiate addiction and overdose deaths in the state. But it contains no provisions explicitly protecting access to opiates for patients suffering from chronic pain.

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China Executes Two South Korean Drug Traffickers. Two South Korean citizens were executed for drug trafficking in China yesterday. They were killed after being found guilty in Intermediate People's Court in Baishan, Jilin Province of smuggling about 30 pounds of amphetamines. The two men were the first South Koreans executed in China in a decade. Along with Iran, China is one of the world's leading executioners of drug offenders.

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US MI: Column: Medicinal Pot Should Be Legal Across Country

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Monroe Evening News, 07 Aug 2014 - Last week, The New York Times published an editorial calling for the federal legalization of marijuana but suggested it should be left to individual states about whether it should be legal within their individual boundaries. The Times made a number of logical arguments, including comparing the criminalization of marijuana with the outlawing of alcohol in the Prohibition era. The Times said marijuana should be legal for recreational and medical use. It noted that arrests for marijuana far outstrip the number of arrests for more serious and more dangerous substances, including heroin and cocaine, and the enforcement tends to waste law enforcement resources that could be spent better on more serious crimes.
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CN ON: Emery Seeks 'Political Revenge'

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
View Magazine, 07 Aug 2014 - British Columbia marijuana activist Marc Emery is vowing "political revenge" on the federal Conservative government for allowing him to be extradited to the U.S. where he's just finished serving almost five years for selling marijuana seeds by mail. Emory - who will soon be returning to Canada from the Louisiana prison where he was most recently incarcerated - is coming home at a time when even the Conservatives' only polling shows the vast majority of Canadians favour legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. "The whole thing is nonsense," he told CBC News last week. "I should never have been turned over to the U.S. government. My own government betrayed me and I'm going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge when I get home and campaign against the Conservative government." While it's not clear how much of an impact his personal mission will have, if a recent poll commissioned by the Department of Justice is any indication, a majority of Canadians are on his side on the issue.
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US PA: OPED: Time To End Prohibition On Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 07 Aug 2014 - This past week, I and three members of my legislative staff flew to Denver, Colorado, to see for ourselves what the complete legalization of cannabis looks like. Given the polls, what other states are doing, and the arc of history, it seems difficult to deny that legal cannabis is coming to Pennsylvania fairly soon. We wanted to make sure we understood how it works and what Colorado did right, and wrong, in an effort to ensure we do this the right way when the time comes.
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US NM: Column: Times Sees Error of Its Ways on Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Aug 2014 - With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.
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CN ON: Column: Is Emery A Grit? Not One Bit

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 07 Aug 2014 - Is Marc Emery a secret agent for the Conservative Party of Canada? It sure looks that way. It's impossible that you have not heard of the World's Most Famous Pothead. But, in the event that you have been in a coma for the past while, consider this a primer, gratis.
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US NM: Worker Fired Over Medical Pot Use

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Aug 2014 - Lawsuit Filed Against Presbyterian After Employee Loses Her Job A New Mexico nurse practitioner participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program says in a lawsuit that Presbyterian Healthcare Services violated her rights by firing her after a drug screening.
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US IL: Column: Liberals Late To The Pot Party

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Herald & Review, 07 Aug 2014 - With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board. It is a significant milestone, but not altogether in the way the Times would like. For starters, the Times is pulling a bit of a Ferris Bueller here. It is leaping out in front of a parade and acting as if it's been leading it all along. It's worth noting that the Times is 18 years behind National Review magazine and my old boss, the late William F. Buckley, and at least 40 years behind Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who wrote in Newsweek in 1972 that President Nixon's war on drugs should be called off even before it started.
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