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CN BC: B.C. Residents Want to Legalize Marijuana: Poll

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 09 Jul 2015 - While the majority of British Columbians in a new poll believe legalized marijuana would lead to benefits for all, more than half fear it could lead to more impaired driving and mental illness, according to Insights West. Two-thirds of those polled (67%) said they support legalizing marijuana in Canada-including 72% of those aged 18-to-34 and 77% of Vancouver Island residents, according to Mario Canseco, Insights West spokesman.
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US CO: Column: What's The Best Way To Stash My Stash?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 09 Jul 2015 - Dear Stoner: What is the best way to store pot when not using it for a while? Is it best to put it in the refrigerator, the freezer, or neither? Gary Dear Gary: Depending on your definition of "a while," there are a few ways to store your cannabis.
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US AZ: Column: MMJ Opinion

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 09 Jul 2015 - MMJ Is Here to Stay and Is Legal, but It Depends on What Public Agency You Talk to and That Needs to Change Friday, July 10 will go down in history but not for the same reasons I would have wished. There was a state of the art social event planned that had to be cancelled, well not entirely cancelled, just the state of the art part.
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US CA: Column: Pot O' Money

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 09 Jul 2015 - Marijuana PAC Unveils Tax Proposal Through months of discussion and seven drafts of a proposed marijuana cultivation ordinance, California Cannabis Voice Humboldt has promised that a revenue generating proposal was coming. In a July 7 presentation to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, the political action committee delivered, presenting the board with a draft excise tax initiative it says could generate millions for county coffers.
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US CA: Column: High Regard For Oregon Pot Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 09 Jul 2015 - I hear Oregon has legal recreational marijuana these days. How does it work? - -Jefferson Stater So far, so good. As of July 1, adults (meaning people over the age of 21) are allowed to possess and use marijuana recreationally! Woo hoo! Not only that, but the great state of Oregon is expected to allow medical cannabis dispensaries to sell cannabis to recreational users starting in October. You heard me. While the legislators are working out the rules and guidelines creating recreational cannabis facilities, people will be able to buy cannabis at their local medical cannabis dispensary. Did I mention that the cannabis will be TAX-FREE? That's right! Oregon weed has no sales tax! At least until 2016 when the new rules kick in and folks will have to pay a 17-20 percent tax. Wow. Oregon is so cool and smart, you guys.
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US CO: Column: It's Time to Let Boulder Cannabis Businesses

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 09 Jul 2015 - Having lived here nearly half my life, I frequent local businesses and want them to succeed and thrive. I'm proud to support companies that call Boulder home, too, - shops and stores that are part of the fabric of the community and who call me by my first name. Chain stores serve their function, but we all know a viable city needs to be built around a strong homegrown business community. Cannabis stores have now been open for a year and a half, and as a consumer, I'm especially eager to see local businesses thrive, especially the ones that came onboard at the beginning and took the chance to operate a legitimate business for a substance illegal under federal law beneath a confusing labyrinth of uncertain legal, financial and existential challenges. I'm just not that excited to see marijuana business, especially in Boulder, become just another string of corporate stores. In this case, smaller and local is better.
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US NJ: Column: Bongs, Blunts, Joints... How About Guns?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 09 Jul 2015 - Important stoner alert: huge marijuana protest at LOVE PARK, Philadelphia 7/10, @ 4 p.m. SMOKE DOWN PROHIBITION https:// www.facebook.com/ events/469747533199955 . I usually say joint, but lately I haven't been Passing the Joint much because I've been taking bong rips - oops, Chalice inspirations. I have several Chalices, which are my sacramental bongs. Don't laugh; some use cannabis religiously, so if you're using a bong - oops, Chalice for religious purposes, shouldn't it be protected by the First Amendment? I think so.
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US CA: Don't Let That Deal Go Down

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 09 Jul 2015 - Organized Labor Helped Cannabis Evolve From a Movement to a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry. Now, Organized Labor Is Working to Ensure It Keeps a Piece of the Action. Cannabis was good to Debby Goldsberry. The time she spent in the late 1980s and early '90s following the Grateful Dead on tour, passing out photocopied fliers that agitated for marijuana legalization, led to a high-paying career. After California legalized medical cannabis in 1996, Goldsberry cofounded one of the state's first major marijuana businesses, Berkeley Patients Group.
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ProCon.org: What Have US Surgeons General Had to Say About Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 23:13

[image:1 align:right]What have US Surgeons General had to say about medical marijuana? Read "11 US Surgeons General and Their Views on Medical Marijuana, 1961-Present" to find out, on MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org, part of the ProCon.org family.

This is the final installment in a six part Drug War Chronicle series of "Did You Know" items from ProCon.org. Sign up for ProCon.org's email list or RSS feed to stay in touch with ProCon.org. You can read last week's Chronicle ProCon.org installment here, and follow the similar links in each of them to view all the installments in this series.

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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 21:35

With state legislative sessions winding down, its been pretty quiet on the medical marijuana front, except for California, where both localities and the legislature continue to grapple with the issue.

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Last Thursday, an attorney representing collectives filed a lawsuit challenging Riverside County's new restrictions on grows in unincorporated parts of the county. James De Aguilera, representing Chronic Relief and others, seeks an injunction to block implementation of an ordinance passed in May, which is set to go into effect Thursday. The ordinance bans commercial grows, but allows patients and caregivers to grow up to 12 plants.

On Monday, the governor signed the medical marijuana organ transplant bill into law. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed Assembly Bill 258, which will bar doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana patients solely because they use it. Some patients have been denied life-saving organ transplants in the past. The new law goes into effect January 1.

On Tuesday, a medical marijuana regulation bill advanced. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee approved the medical marijuana regulation bill, Senate Bill 643, on Tuesday. The bill provides a statewide regulatory framework for the industry, and has already passed out of the Senate.

Also on Tuesday, Monterey County supervisors adopted a temporary dispensary and cultivation ban in unincorporated areas of the county. They approved a 45-day interim ordinance to allow them time to write and enact regulations for what they think will be a burgeoning industry.

On Wednesday, Senator Feinstein was delivered petitions demanding she get on board with medical marijuana. Marijuana reform advocates led by the Drug Policy Alliance delivered a petition with 10,000 signatures from people "fed up with Feinstein's well-documented opposition to medical marijuana" to her San Francisco office. They want her to change her stance. "California has allowed access to medical marijuana for 20 years and the vast majority of Californians support this," said DPA's Amanda Reiman. "It is disappointing that Sen. Feinstein continues to be a lone voice of opposition from California when it comes to supporting medical marijuana patients."

Louisiana

On Monday, the governor signed a medical marijuana bill into law. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) Monday signed into law Senate Bill 143, which allows doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical use. The law foresees an extensive regulatory process to select and supervise a state-authorized grower and 10 licensed distributors, but some advocates are concerned that the prescribing language will make the law meaningless. The DEA will pull prescribing privileges from doctors who prescribe marijuana, which is why other states say doctors can recommend it. The bill originally called for recommendations, but the language was changed at the behest of social conservative groups in the state.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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Chronicle AM: Chile Decriminalization Vote, Miami Beach Decriminalizes, CDC Heroin Warning, More (7/8/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 20:01

A bill decriminalizing marijuana possession and allowing personal cultivation is moving in Chile, a bill regulating the medical marijuana industry is moving in California, the CDC issues another warning about heroin, Miami Beach is the latest South Florida community to decriminalize, and more.

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Montana Legalization and Medical Marijuana Initiatives Filed. Two separate marijuana reform initiatives have been filed with the secretary of state's office recently. They are ballot issues #7 and #8 on the official website. Ballot Issue #7 is the legalization initiative, submitted by a Glendive man who says he plans to bicycle the state to gather signatures. Ballot Issue #8 is the medical marijuana initiative. Both initiatives are now being reviewed by legislative services and must be okayed before signature gathering can begin.

Miami Beach Decriminalizes Possession. Miami Beach city commissioners voted unanimously today to approve an ordinance to fine those caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting and jailing them. Under the ordinance, police will have the option of issuing a $100 ticket to people caught with less than 20 grams, but could still arrest them at the officer's discretion. Miami-Dade County recently passed decriminalization, and Palm Beach is considering a similar move.

Medical Marijuana

California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Advances. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee approved the medical marijuana regulation bill, Senate Bill 643, on Tuesday. The bill provides a statewide regulatory framework for the industry, and has already passed out of the Senate.

Opiates

CDC Again Sounds Alarm on Rising Heroin Use. In a report released Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that heroin use in the US has grown at "an alarming rate," with overdose deaths doubling between 2011 and 2013. Heroin use is up among multiple demographic groups, but the biggest increases were among white people, women, and people with higher incomes and private insurance. "Heroin use is increasing at an alarming rate in many parts of society, driven by both the prescription opioid epidemic and cheaper, more available heroin," CDC Director Tom Frieden said. "To reverse this trend we need an all-of-society response -- to improve opioid prescribing practices to prevent addiction, expand access to effective treatment for those who are addicted, increase use of naloxone to reverse overdoses, and work with law enforcement partners like DEA to reduce the supply of heroin."

International

Chilean House Approves Decriminalization, Personal Cultivation Bill. The lower house of the Chilean congress has approved a measure that would decriminalize possession of marijuana for personal use of up to 10 grams and allow people to grow up to six plants of their own. Now, the bill must be reviewed by a health committee before the lower house votes again on its specific elements. The bill would then go to the upper chamber.

Poll: BC Residents Say Legalize It! A new Insights West poll has support for marijuana legalization at 67% among adult residents. Support was even higher among young adults, with the 18-to-34 age bracket coming in at 72%. Click the link for more details.

Canadian Electronic Music Festival in Doubt After Offering Pill Testing Services. Just yesterday, we noted that the Evolve Music and Awareness Festival set for this weekend in Nova Scotia had taken the ground-breaking harm reduction step of offering pill testing services for attendees. But now there's a hitch: As a result of the pill testing plan, his insurance company underwriters have pulled its liability insurance, and now the festival may not be able to go on at all. Organizers are looking at their options.

Moroccan Head of State Rejects Legalizing Marijuana Cultivation. Head of state Abdelilah Benkirane said Tuesday his government will not allow the legalization of cannabis cultivation, and that those who claim differently are selling "illusions" to the country's hash farmers. Morocco is one of the world's leading hash producers. Opposition parties have called for the legalization of cultivation.

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US OR: Column: Let's Legalize Heroin Now, Okay?

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 08 Jul 2015 - Friends, it truly is a wondrous time in which we live-and the last few weeks are proof! The racist relic that is the Confederate flag has been torn down across the land, the Supreme Court has finally recognized same-sex marriage as a basic human right, and, at long last, Oregon has brought about a new age of enlightenment and freedom by legalizing cannabis. But our fight is not yet over. Not while so many Americans still demonize the joy of so many people's lives: sweet, sweet heroin.
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CN ON: Norfolk County OPP Issue Marijuana Alert

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Tillsonburg News, 08 Jul 2015 - Illegal Crop Lurks in Numerous Locales Police are seeking the public's help in controlling the production of illegal marijuana in Norfolk County. The 2015 growing season is underway and it promises to be a good one for illegal producers of marijuana. Norfolk OPP advise the public to be cautious and to report suspicious activity associated with marijuana production to the authorities.
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US AZ: Edu: Legal Marijuana Bodes Well For Students, Local

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Arizona Daily Wildcat, 08 Jul 2015 - Last week, Oregon's new law legalizing recreational marijuana came into effect, -making it the fourth state to legalize, following Alaska, Washington and Colorado. Recreational marijuana is also legal in the District of Columbia. Thousands of Oregonian growers, dispensary owners and marijuana enthusiasts gathered at the Weed the People event to celebrate what many called a historic moment. The main impetus for the event was a result of people seeing green-and I'm not talking about marijuana. As free doobies were passed around the event, so were business cards among the "ganjapreneurs" who gathered there to network. These eager capitalists are hoping to be ahead of the market when retail cannabis sales begin, likely next fall.
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US CO: Injunction Sought To Stop Pot Party

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
The Cortez Journal, 08 Jul 2015 - Event Violates Land-Use Code, County Says The Associated Press (AP) - At the request of upset neighbors, Montezuma County commissioners will seek a court-ordered injunction to stop a bong-a-thon event scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 along the West Fork River.
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US WA: Column: The Cusp

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 08 Jul 2015 - "It's either understanding one another, or destruction!" Ricardo, it turns out, is Honduran, but he looks black to me. We've known each other for several years in passing; he plays percussion in Faith Beattie's jazz trio at the Queen City Grill, where I frequently drink heavily. We've exchanged smiles and nods, and I've thrown a few quid into the tip jar on nights I feel flush.
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US MA: Plan for Downtown Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Limbo

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 08 Jul 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh says he knows medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to Boston and has no intention to try to block them. Yet three years after voters approved the medical use of marijuana, a proposal to open the city's first - and, so far, only - dispensary in Downtown Crossing remains contentious. Patriot Care Corp. has a license to sell medical marijuana and wants to open a dispensary at 21 Milk St. But the Zoning Board of Appeals, which must approve the location, deferred a decision until Aug. 4 after the issue attracted droves of passionate supporters and opponents to a City Hall hearing Tuesday.
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US MI: Column: The Beginner's Guide to Weed in the New Frontier

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 08 Jul 2015 - The only thing my father ever told me about marijuana was that I shouldn't use it because it was illegal. He didn't say it was bad for me or anything. He pointed out that you can drink alcohol in front of the police and not get arrested. That's the kind of thing that someone who was around during alcohol prohibition - and dad was - would say. Today you still can't smoke a bud in front of the cops in most situations. But with legal medical marijuana in a bunch of states and legal recreational moving along smartly, there are a lot of people who never thought much about it noticing green buildings popping up in their neighborhoods or maybe some really bright lights shining from their neighbor's house at night. Here's a little primer for the curious on the herb superb.
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US CO: Column: Elevations Dispensary Brings High-Class to the

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 08 Jul 2015 - Getting higher This Friday, July 10, co-owner Troy VanOrden and his Elevations Dispensary (8270 Razorback Road, elevationsdispensary.com) will celebrate the medical-marijuana center's grand opening.
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US: Pot Industry Blows into Political Arena to Try to Achieve

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 08 Jul 2015 - Industry Opens Wallet and Courts Major Candidates DENVER (AP) - Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago. White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.
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