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CN SN: Column: When Supremes Talk, We Should Listen

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 13 Jun 2015 - The Supreme Court of Canada is perhaps one of the most misunderstood bodies in this country's system of laws and how they are made. Misunderstood particularly, it seems, by our very own federal government. The Supremes are ultimate defenders of the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Their rulings are based primarily on those documents as well as a fundamental understanding of law as it ought to apply in this country.
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Chronicle AM: OH MJ Report, Colombia to Debate MJ Legalization, CDC Spice Warning, More (6/12/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 20:35

There's a new report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Ohio, the CDC sounds the alarm on "Spice," a CBD cannabis oil for kids bill passes in Delaware, and more.

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Ohio Marijuana Policy Task Force Says Legalization Will Create 35,000 Jobs. A task force commissioned by ResponsibleOhio, which is leading a legalization initiative campaign, issued a 187-page report Thursday that estimated legalization would bring 35,000 jobs to the Buckeye State. Those jobs would provide wages of around $1.6 billion, the report said. The task force was led by Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Prosecutor Joe Deters.

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Delaware Legislature Approves Youth CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. The state Senate Thursday unanimously approved Senate Bill 90, which would allow children with epilepsy to use CBC cannabis oil. The bill, also known as Rylie's Law after 9-year-old Rylie Maedler, who suffers from severe seizures, already passed the House and now heads to the governor's desk.

New Synthetic Drugs

CDC Sounds Alarm on Synthetic Cannabinoids. The number of phone calls to poison control centers and the number of deaths related to synthetic cannabinoids ("spice") has tripled this spring compared to last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The CDC reported that 15 people had died in the first five months of this year, up from five during the same period last year. For perspective, the CDC reported in April, that there were 44,000 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2013, more than half of them from prescription drugs.

Drug Testing

ACLU Sues Indiana Town Over Mandatory, Suspicionless Drug Tests for Public Assistance. The ACLU of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against the town of Black Township on behalf of a woman who was denied public assistance because she failed to take a drug test. It's not that she failed a drug test; the woman suffers from physical disabilities and was unable to physically urinate into a specimen cup. She sought an alternative means of doing the drug test, but the town refused to allow it. While the ACLU is suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act on that count, it also asserts that the town's policy of mandatory, suspicionless drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment, a position in line with federal court decisions.


Colombian Senator Will Push for Full Legalization During Looming Medical Marijuana Debate. Senator Roy Barreras of the coalition U Party said Thursday that he will attempt to amend a proposal to allow medical marijuana to turn it into a full legalization bill. That debate is set to take place next month. Barreras cited security issues, saying it is not drugs but "prohibition that is generating the mafias."

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CN SN: Editorial: Stance On Medical Marijuana As Perplexing As Battle

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 12 Jun 2015 - Canada's Health Minister Rona Ambrose said on Thursday that she is "outraged" by the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling on how users of medical marijuana can use it - they will not be restricted to just smoking it. Ambrose is also vowing to fight the SCOC's "normalization" of pot use in Canada.
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Canada: Pot Users Eat It Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 12 Jun 2015 - Munch away, medical pot users. The Supreme Court of Canada says those entitled to use marijuana for medical reasons can now have edible forms of the drug, such as pot brownies or cookies, not just dried leaf to smoke.
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Canada: Eat Your Pot Cookies - It's Your Charter Right!

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 12 Jun 2015 - Munch away, medical pot users. The Supreme Court of Canada says those entitled to use marijuana for medical reasons can now have edible forms of the drug, such as pot brownies or cookies, not just dried leaf to smoke. The law had limited licenced users to only using dried marijuana and any other form could lead to criminal charges. Owen Smith was charged in 2009 with possession and trafficking marijuana while he was the head of the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada.
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Canada: Pot Tea And Cookies OK, Court Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
London Free Press, 12 Jun 2015 - Munch away, medical pot users. The Supreme Court of Canada says you can now consume edible forms of the drug, such as pot brownies, cookies, infused cooking oils and teas, not just dried marijuana leaf to smoke. Thursday's decision came a day after London's first specialized cannabis clinic opened.
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CN MB: Winnipeg Bakery High On Marijuana Victory

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 12 Jun 2015 - "SPECIAL" brownies could soon be the running special at a Winnipeg bakery near you. After a unanimous Supreme Court decision Thursday ruled in favour of legalizing the production of edible medical marijuana products such as pastries, cooking oils and teas, Winnipeg tokers celebrated with cannabis-infused beverages and pastries at Vapes Off Main on Albert Street.
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CN BC: Ruling A Victory For Family Of Girl With Seizure Disorder

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 12 Jun 2015 - Family of Summerland toddler 'thrilled' with Supreme Court decision that makes treating her with cannabis oil legal Overjoyed only begins to describe the reaction of Kyla Williams's family to the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling that expands the definition of medical marijuana to include extracts and derivatives.
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CN BC: Editorial: Canada Should Start Research

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 12 Jun 2015 - For those who smoke pot for fun, maybe Thursday's Supreme Court ruling was no more than reason to giggle (not that you need any). For those who rely on medical marijuana, it was a chance to rejoice.
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US AZ: OPED: Arizona Chamber Against Legalization Of Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 12 Jun 2015 - Arizona voters next year will likely be asked whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry will oppose any such legalization efforts. We arrived at our decision after careful consideration of the experiences of other states that have legalized marijuana, the arguments of proponents and research by our foundation.
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US CO: Colorado To Track Pot Busts In Schools

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 12 Jun 2015 - State Aims to Study Effects of Legalization DENVER - Colorado schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana, an effort aimed at gauging the effects of the drug's legalization in the state.
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US DC: A 'Small Victory' For DC Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 12 Jun 2015 - House Budget Plan Would Continue Ban on Sales but Not Roll Back Legalization House Republicans advanced a budget plan Thursday that would prevent legal sales of marijuana in the District until at least 2017.
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US CA: OPED: What Happened To The Pot Stigma?

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 12 Jun 2015 - Twenty years ago, drug dealers were seen for what they were - criminal and dangerous elements in our society. They were shunned by the mainstream. People who sold marijuana were considered losers, in the business of harming our children. Parents warned their kids to stay away from those known to use drugs. But thanks to the marijuana lobby, what was once scorned is hyped and celebrated - even as the drug has become more potent, with THC, the intoxicating chemical, present at much higher levels than in the 1990s. Dealers run state-sanctioned dispensaries, lobby to further legalize their product and receive positive media coverage when doing so.
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US AZ: Commissioners Oppose Medical Marijuana Dispensary in

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 12 Jun 2015 - SAN LUIS, Ariz. - Planning and zoning commissioners are recommending the San Luis City Council turn down a request next month to open a medicinal marijuana dispensary in downtown San Luis. The planning and zoning commission voted 3-1 this week to recommend denial of a conditional use permit for the proposed dispensary at 708 N. Archibald St., but commissioners did endorse a request for a separate permit for a cultivation site on the city's north side that would supply the dispensary.
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Chronicle AM: Senate Panel Wants DEA Out of MedMJ, MI Legalization Inits Approved, More (6/11/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 22:59

The Senate is following the House's lead in telling the DEA not to interfere in medical marijuana states, two Michigan initiatives get the go-ahead for signature-gathering, a package of heroin bills passes the New York Senate, Vancouver gets tired of Cannabis Day, and more.

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House Budget Bill Blocks DC Marijuana Sales for Two Years, But Doesn't Try to Roll Back Legalization. The House approved an appropriations bill today that would block legal marijuana sales in the District for the next two years. But, in what advocates called a victory, it does not attempt to undo Initiative 71, which allows for legal marijuana cultivation, possession, and consumption.

Michigan Legalization Initiatives Get Go-Ahead for Signature-Gathering. Two separate marijuana legalization initiatives are ready to start gathering signatures after the state Board of Canvassers approved the wording of their petitions Thursday. One is from the Michigan Cannabis Coalition and the other is from the Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee. Now, the groups must each gather 253,000 valid voter signatures in order to send the measures before the legislature. If the legislature fails to approve them, they would go before the voters in November 2016.

Medical Marijuana

Senate Committee Votes to Keep DEA Out of Medical Marijuana. Just last week, in a series of successful amendments to the Justice Department appropriations bill, the House sent a clear message to the DEA and DOJ to stop interfering in medical marijuana states. Today, a similar message came from the Senate. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted two-to-one today in favor of an amendment from Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) that prohibits the Justice Department, including the DEA, from using federal funds to interfere in the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Click on the link for more details and reaction.

California Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act Wins Committee Vote. The measure, Assembly Bill 258, would bar health providers from denying organ transplants to people solely because they are medical marijuana patients. It has already passed the Assembly, and was approved Wednesday by the Senate Health Committee. It now heads for a Senate floor vote.


New York Senate Approves Package of Heroin Bills. The state Senate Tuesday approved a package of bills aimed at curbing the state's opiate addiction problem. The package is a mix of treatment and law enforcement measures, including a measure allowing police to charge dealers with murder in overdose deaths. The bills now head to the Assembly.


Vancouver Tells Marc Emery to Cool It With His Cannabis Day Festival. "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery and his wife, Jodie, have been holding an annual July 1 Cannabis Day protest for nearly 20 years, but now Vancouver city officials have told them to cease and desist because "the city does not support or approve this event at this location as planned." But Jodie Emery said that people are going to show up regardless, and if there are any problems, "that's going to fall on the shoulders of the City reps who made this call."

Canada Supreme Court Expands Definition of Medical Marijuana to Include Edibles. The Canadian high court today ruled that medical marijuana is not limited to dried, smoked flowers, but also includes edibles, extracts, and derivatives. Read the opinion here.

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Senate Committee Votes to Keep DEA Out of Medical Marijuana States [FEATURE]

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 20:09

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

Just last week, in a series of successful amendments to the Justice Department appropriations bill, the House sent a clear message to the DEA and DOJ to stop interfering in medical marijuana states. Today, a similar message came from the Senate.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]The Senate Appropriations Committee voted two-to-one today in favor of an amendment from Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) that prohibits the Justice Department, including the DEA, from using federal funds to interfere in the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.

While the appropriations bill must still be approved by the Senate as a whole, both houses of Congress are now on record as telling the DEA to butt out of medical marijuana states. The passage of identical amendments in both houses is a good indicator that they will be included in the spending bill when it gets to President Obama's desk.

While the House has passed similar amendments for the last two years, this is the first time it was offered in the Senate. It mirrors the provisions of the CARERS Act (HR 1538/S.683), introduced earlier this year, but because a ban in an appropriations bill expires at the end of the fiscal year, advocates are still calling for the CARERS Act to move.

The vote was an impressive 21-9, with the only Democrat voting against it being Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Republicans split right down the middle, with eight opposing and eight supporting.

[image:2 align:right caption:true]Drug reform advocates were pleased.

"This is another resounding victory for medical marijuana patients, their families, and their care providers. Congress is making it clear that the Department of Justice and the DEA have no business interfering in state medical marijuana laws," said Dan Riffle, director of federal policy for the Marijuana Policy Project.

"The goal of this amendment is to provide deference to the states, making it strikingly similar to the operative provisions of the CARERS Act. Unfortunately, that bipartisan bill has languished for months in the Senate Judiciary Committee because Chairman Chuck Grassley has refused to hold hearings on it. The Senate spoke loudly and clearly today. Hopefully Sen. Grassley was listening," Riffle continued.

"With so many votes going our way these days, each new one gets less and less exciting. But that's a good problem to have," said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority. "We're entering an era where marijuana reform is accepted as mainstream and not seen as controversial, and that's exactly where we want to be. With this vote, it's now clear that a growing bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers are ready to get the federal government out of the way of the effective implementation of state marijuana laws. These temporary funding restrictions certainly help us to demonstrate political momentum, but the next step should be passing legislation to permanently change federal law."

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BREAKING: Another Senate Pro-Medical Marijuana Vote

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:21

[image:1 align:right caption:true]BREAKING: The Senate Appropriations Committee just voted to extend the ban on DOJ spending funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

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Categories: Marijuana Ten Pharmaceutical Drugs Based on Cannabis

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:30

Did you know that there currently are ten pharmaceutical drugs based on marijuana? Read the details on, part of the family.

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From the Blog: NY Medical Marijuana Program Brings in $3 Million from Application Process

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:05

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Today state officials in New York will close the application process to open a dispensary.

According to numbers from the New York Post, the state has already brought in $3 million from the selection process by charging 300 perspective dispensary owners $10,000 a pop to file their bid to attain one of the five permits being distributed in the state.

These permits would allow their holder to open four dispensaries, and 20 dispensaries in total would be allowed to open in a state with a population of 19.75 million. The idea of one dispensary per 1 million residents does not really float with any goals for there to be ease of access, but with how limited the conditions list is, it shouldn't be much of an issue as dispensing kicks off in 2016. However, patients upstate are worried about the travel times that would be required to access their medicine.

Lightly processed flowers, as in trimmed, dried, and cured, will not be available to New York patients. This is due to the ban on smoking medical cannabis -- only oils, edibles, and vapable products will be for sale.

Not everyone in New York is happy with how the state's regulations turned out. State Assembly Leader Richard Gottfried told a Drug Policy Alliance event, "Last June, we were about to pass in both houses and the Governor calls me and Diane Savino down to his office and says 'This is how we've got to change it.' Maybe we should have told him to stuff it and passed it how it was and had him veto it, but we decided to bargain with him. We got a lot of really bad changes into the legislation and when they came out with the regulations they were even worse."

Hopefully after the kinks are worked out in the distribution process, New York's medical cannabis program will redevelop into something a bit more inclusive. Right now, lots of folks will be left out of the loop when it comes to using cannabis as effective medicine.

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CN ON: Drug-Addicted Babies Increasing

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 11 Jun 2015 - SOCIAL SERVICES: CAS has 300 kids in care The Children's Aid Society is sounding alarm bells. The number of children in care combined with an in ux of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is exhausting local resources.
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