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CN AB: Deaths From Fentanyl Outpace Those From Homicides, Auto Wrecks

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 20 Jan 2016 - More Calgarians lost their lives to fentanyl overdoses last year than to homicide and fatal traffic collisions combined. And that is before the final number of deaths linked to the dangerous street drug in 2015 is even known.
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CN QU: Editorial: Government Should Not Endorse Or Belittle

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 20 Jan 2016 - Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, A little over a decade ago a wandering federal government stuck its finger to the wind to see what would carry them back to power in the next election. It openly dithered with the idea of decriminalizing marijuana only to make a halfhearted attempt that was doomed to fail. As a result of this irresponsible attempt to gain popular favour, police officers commonly encountered confused young people who believed that decriminalization was all but a done deal. Unfortunately, many of them now have criminal records. Considering, therefore, the still-present legal implications of its use, and considering the ever-present health implications of its abuse, I ask, sir, that your government tread carefully so as not to make light of what is a serious issue.
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Chronicle AM: Iran Hangs More Drug Offenders, VT Legalization Hearings Underway, More... (1/19/2016)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 21:57

Georgia faces a pile of marijuana bills, Boston cops go after one of the state's leading legalization activists, Vermont legalization hearings get underway, and more.

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Georgia Legislature Faces Stack of Marijuana Bills. Solons in Atlanta face no fewer than seven pieces of marijuana-related legislation as they return to work this month: House Bill 722 -- Medical Cannabis Expansion, Senate Bill 254 -- No felonies for possession of marijuana, House Bill 704 -- Industrial Hemp; House Bill 283 -- Marijuana arrests and drivers licenses, Senate Resolution 6 -- Ballot initiative for the legalization of marijuana, Senate Bill 7 -- Medical cannabis bill, and Senate Bill 198 -- Marijuana Regulations.

Boston Police Seek to Bust Activist Bill Downing Over Marijuana Sales. Boston Police have filed a criminal complaint against Downing, one of the state's most well-known marijuana legalization activists, charging him with multiple counts of marijuana distribution. A magistrate judge will decide today whether to approve the charges. Downing's attorney said the complaint is nothing but an effort to "silence the most vocal supporters of the legalization of marijuana."

Vermont Legislative Committee Holds Marijuana Legalization Hearings. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on marijuana legalization Monday at three venues across the state. Click on the link to get the flavor of the testimonies.

Drug Testing

South Dakota Welfare Drug Testing Bill Coming. Rep. Lynne DiSanto (R-Rapid City) and Sen. Betty Olson (R-Prairie City) are working on a welfare drug testing bill that would require mandatory drug testing for people applying for welfare and other cash assistance programs. Federal courts have held mandatory, suspicionless drug testing to be a search under the Fourth Amendment, so this bill could have problems if it gets passed. The bill is not yet on the legislative web site.

International

Iran Hangs Four for Drugs. Four men convicted of drug offenses were hanged at Karaj's central prison last week. They were identified as Seyed Hamid Hajian, Hossein Toutiannoush, Mostafa Jamshidi, and Mohsen Nasiri. Iran hanged hundreds of people for drug offenses last year, and this year looks like more of the same. Or does it? Last month 70 members of the parliament introduced legislation to end the practice.

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CN ON: Oh Cannabis!

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 19 Jan 2016 - Councillor fears T.O. will become pot capital of the nation 'High' risk you'll die of cardiac arrest Councillor Jim Karygiannis fears Toronto will become the weed capital of Canada. Given that the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city has grown to nearly 50, the Scarborough-Agincourt politician wants the city to be included in the development of regulations needed to govern legal pot.
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US WA: Editorial: Take the Wheels Off Marijuana Delivery

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 19 Jan 2016 - A thriving network of unlicensed marijuana-delivery services makes a mockery of Initiative 502's important goal of ending the black market. WASHINGTON'S landmark effort to legalize and tax marijuana, now three years old, is finally gaining steady footing. Without federal interference, 197 retail marijuana stores are operating statewide, and state regulators are running checks for underage sales. Finally, the unregulated medical-marijuana market is being folded into the licensed, regulated system.
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US NY: OPED: Just Saying Yes To The Politics Of Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 19 Jan 2016 - EARLIER this month, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida opened up on a subject he had once chided reporters for asking about: his daughter, Noelle, who, he said, "was addicted to drugs." In a video released by the campaign, Mr. Bush speaks plainly about his daughter's struggle, her time in jail and drug court, and her recovery. "I can look in people's eyes and I know that they've gone through the same thing that Columba and I have," he said, referring to his wife.
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US MA: Police Seek Charges Against Marijuana Advocate

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 19 Jan 2016 - Boston police are seeking criminal charges against Bill Downing, one of the state's most vocal marijuana legalization supporters, a move that his lawyer calls retaliation for his criticism of the state's regulation of the medical marijuana industry. A magistrate judge is scheduled to consider whether to approve a complaint filed by the Boston Police Department at a hearing at Boston Municipal Court in Brighton Tuesday morning. The complaint seeks multiple charges of distribution of a Class C substance, which covers THC-based products that Downing admitted he sold, as well as distribution of marijuana, according to a copy of the document.
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US IL: OPED: Looking for a Less Potent High? End the Drug War

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 19 Jan 2016 - Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate. They ask: Aren't many drugs, even pot, much more potent today than they were in the 1960s, when the boomers formed their views on drug use? Hasn't cannabis morphed into super skunk? Aren't people who used legal painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet sliding into heroin addiction - suggesting that legally accessible drugs are a slippery slope toward the abuse of harder drugs?
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Chronicle AM: CA Dems Endorse Legalization, Fed Court Upholds MedMJ Firing, More... (1/18/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 21:56

California Democrats have endorsed marijuana legalization, Bernie Sanders ties together racism and pot prohibition, a federal court upholds employers' rights to fire medical marijuana users, and more.

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At Democratic Debate, Sanders Ties Together Racism and Marijuana Prohibition. "We have a criminal justice system that is broken," he said. "Who in America is satisfied that we have more people in jail than any country on earth, including China -- disproportionately African-American and Latino. Who is satisfied that 51% of African-American young people are either unemployed or under-employed? Who is satisfied that millions of people have police records for possessing marijuana when the CEOs of Wall Street companies who destroyed our economy have no police records? We need to take a very hard look at our criminal justice system, investing in jobs and education -- not in jails and incarceration."

California Democratic Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization. On the final day of the state Democratic Party's annual convention, delegates on a voice vote approved a platform plank saying the state's Democrats "support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol."

Toledo Decriminalization Now in Effect, Despite Legal Challenge. The courts in Toledo are sentencing marijuana users to no fines and no jail time under a decriminalization measure that passed in September, even though state Attorney General Mike DeWine has challenged other portions of the law. Those sections attempted to rewrite state law regarding felony amounts of marijuana.

Medical Marijuana

New Hampshire Approves First Medical Marijuana Production Facility. The Department of Health and Human Services said last Friday that it has approved the first of three locations to grow medical marijuana and started mailing out ID cards. Some 176 Granite Staters have qualified to use medical marijuana so far.

Federal Court Okays Firing for Medical Marijuana Use. A federal district court in New Mexico has held that an employer is not obligated to accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana, even when the drug had been supplied to the employee by a state-legal medical marijuana program. The ruling came in the case of an AIDS patient whose job offer was yanked after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a pre-employment drug test. The court noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Asset Forfeiture

Maryland Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. Sens. Michael Hough (R-Frederick), Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery), and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) have filed Senate Bill 161, which would reform civil asset forfeiture by barring state law enforcement agencies from doing an end run around state asset forfeiture laws by handing their cases over to the federal government. The move comes as the state Senate prepares later this week to try to override a gubernatorial veto of an earlier asset forfeiture reform bill.

International

Vietnam Sentences Two to Death for Drug Smuggling. A court in the northern province of Lang Son has sentenced two people to death for selling drugs. Lurong Van Ty and Lu Thi Thuong were given the death penalty in the case; two others were sentenced to life, while other members of the smuggling ring received shorter sentences.

Ten Dead in Cartel Violence in Mexico's Michoacan. Ten people were shot and killed in Michoacan over the weekend in apparent cartel feuds. The violence-plagued states is home to at least seven drug trafficking groups: the Familia Michoacana, Guerreros Unidos, Caballeros Templarios, Los Viagras, Jalisco Nueva Generacion, and the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels.

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CN PI: Weed With That

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 18 Jan 2016 - WEED WITH THAT Author of 'Cannabis in Canada' Sends Marijuana With Book to MPs Members of Parliament from Egmont and Malpeque ridings didn't even review the literature that a British Columbia pot activist mailed to their constituency offices.
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US CO: Where Pot Pays For Schools And Sidewalks

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 18 Jan 2016 - Colorado Cities High on Benefits of Taxing Marijuana; Proceeds Go to Infrastructure, Substance-Abuse Programs The gym rats who join the still-under-construction recreation centre in central Denver will owe their workouts to weed smokers.
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CN ON: Column: LCBO A Real Buzz Kill

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - You think they can handle pot sales? What are you smoking? Now that the LCBO has shown it can't handle its vodka, we better rethink how to sell pot. Unless you've been high since Christmas, you know Premier Kathleen Wynne and union boss Smokey Thomas - Smokey and the Bandit - are pushing to have weed, when the feds make it legal, added to the shelves of LCBO stores.
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CN ON: Column: LCBO A Real Buzz Kill

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - You Think They Can Handle Pot Sales? What Are You Smoking? Now that the LCBO has shown it can't handle its vodka, we better rethink how to sell pot. Unless you've been high since Christmas, you know Premier Kathleen Wynne and union boss Smokey Thomas - Smokey and the Bandit - are pushing to have weed, when the feds make it legal, added to the shelves of LCBO stores.
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CN PI: Editorial: Don't Rush On New Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 18 Jan 2016 - The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense. Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on medically-assisted suicide. The ruling gave the federal government 12 months to rewrite the Criminal Code, or ignore the ruling, essentially leaving the matter in legal limbo.
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US CA: Editorial: More Chaos Ahead For Medical Pot?

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan 2016 - If L.A. Doesn't Start Rethinking Its Rules, the Cannabis Industry Could End Up Rewriting Them. In October, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills establishing a statewide system to regulate medicinal cannabis, he called it a long-overdue framework that would "make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system." He should have added: "Everywhere in the state, except Los Angeles," because it turns out California's strict licensing regime won't apply to the state's largest city. What's more, under the terms of the new state law, if L.A. doesn't change its existing rules, all medicinal pot shops in the city's boundaries will be illegal in 2018.
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CN ON: Column: Three 'Progressive' Positions Tories Can Adopt

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - A lot of Conservatives are wondering exactly what their party will look like in a couple of years. What values will it place front and centre? Which policies will it continue to hold dear and which will it jettison? Will it try to move more to the left in response to Justin Trudeau's majority win? It's that last one that has some party members I've spoken with, both in the caucus and the grassroots, a little worried.
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CN ON: LCBO Just Mellowing Out

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - Booze chain waits for marijuana to be legalized TORONTO - Give them the green light. The union that represents LCBO workers wants the retailer to start studying how it could sell marijuana.
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CN ON: Weed Business Is Buzzing

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - While 'technically' illegal, pot dispensaries are springing up all over Toronto They line up to see God at this dimly-lit emporium in the Church and Wellesley area - then they go home and smoke it.
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Canada: Column: How The Heck Do We Legalize Marijuana?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jan 2016 - Canada Wants to Show the World How to Do It in an Orderly and Responsible Way. Good Luck With That I'm the only person I know who flunked a medical marijuana test. Now all my friends are laughing at me.
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CN NS: Editorial: Too Much At Stake

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Cape Breton Post, 16 Jan 2016 - Doctor-assisted dying law shouldn't be hastily implemented The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense.
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