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US OH: Pro-Pot Group Closes In On Goal

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Dayton Daily News, 12 Aug 2015 - Ballot Threshold for Legalization Initiative May Have Been Hit. This newspaper's tally of nearly half of the new petitions turned in by ResponsibleOhio shows backers of a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio likely will exceed the threshold required to place the issue on the November ballot.
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US CA: Measure A Medical Marijuana Cases Increase 85 Percent

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Chico Enterprise-Record, 12 Aug 2015 - Oroville - With about two months remaining in the typical outdoor marijuana growing season, Butte County officials reported a total of 949 cases involving Measure A regulations setting the size of growing areas. The figure reported Tuesday by development services director Tim Snellings is an 85 percent increase from his last report June 22. He said there have been twice as many cases this year than there were throughout 2014.
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US CA: Column: Marijuana Harm Ignored in Push for Legalization

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Chico Enterprise-Record, 12 Aug 2015 - Four potential ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana are in the works for California's next general election, with pot advocates yet to choose the variation that will get their concerted push. But one thing for sure: Whichever one they send out for signature gathering will say nothing about the detrimental effects of the mind-altering weed, well known as a proven demotivating factor for heavy users.
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US CA: A Carrot And Stick For Pot Farmers

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East Bay Express, 12 Aug 2015 - The state water board has launched an unprecedented program that seeks to work cooperatively with cannabis growers, but other government agencies just want to raid farms and seize cash. Trusting government doesn't come easy to Northern California weed farmers - not after a drug war that has lasted for four decades.
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Chronicle AM: AK Regulators Want to Ban MJ Social Clubs, ME Gov Threatens to Call Out Guard, More (8/11/2015)

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Alaska regulators want to ban marijuana social clubs, Chris Christie signs a bill allowing methadone in drug court programs, a new report says Illinois needs to do better on heroin treatment, Russia wants to censor Reddit, and more.

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Alaska Regulators Want to Ban Marijuana Social Clubs. The Marijuana Control Board has presented its final set of proposed regulations and is generating controversy with a provision that bans social clubs. The board argues that since Alaska law doesn't allow BYOB bars, it shouldn't allow BYOM clubs.

California Governor Signs Law Targeting Illegal Pot Grows. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last Friday signed a law that will impose steep fines on marijuana grows that cause environmental harm by dumping chemicals and wastewater, removing trees, and killing animals. The measure is Senate Bill 165. Last year, investigators found more than 135 dams or diversions in rivers and streams linked to marijuana cultivation, resulting in the theft of about five million gallons of water.

California Governor Signs Bill to Increase Penalties for Residential Butane Hash Oil Manufacture. Gov. Brown also last Friday signed Senate Bill 212, which will increase penalties for people caught making butane hash oil. The process has been linked to numerous fires and explosions in the state.

Medical Marijuana

Massachusetts Advocates Protest Slow Pace of Medical Marijuana Implementation. Led by the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, protestors held a vigil on the stops of the State House this week in memory of patients who had died before they could get access to medical marijuana and to protest the slow pace of implementation of the state's medical marijuana law. Three years after voters approved it, the state's first dispensary just opened. Click on the link for more.

Drug Courts

New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medication Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts. Gov. Chris Christie (R) has signed into law Senate Bill 2381, which will allow people under the jurisdiction of the state's drug courts to complete their programs while using opiate-substitution medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine. Despite decades of evidence and the recommendations of treatment providers and even the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, most drug courts in the state required clients to quit medication-assisted treatment to complete the program. "Medication assisted treatment for drug court attendees, like all other clinical decisions made by a provider for their patient, is a critical component in a person's treatment and recovery plan. I thank the governor for his support of this legislation and his continued leadership and support of Drug Court programs," said Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex).

Drug Treatment

Illinois Doesn't Adequately Fund Drug Treatment and Wants to Cut It Even More, New Report Says. A report released today by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy found that the state ranked 44th in the nation in state funded treatment admissions for heroin and that Gov. Bruce Rauner's (R) proposed budget would slash funding by another 61%. Chicago ERs rank first in the country in emergency room visits for heroin use, and Cook County is number one in the nation for arrestees who test positive for the drug. Click on the consortium link to read the report.

Law Enforcement

Maine Governor Threatens to Call in National Guard to Fight Drugs. Tea Party Gov. Paul LePage (R) today reiterated his threat to call in the National Guard to fight the state's "drug epidemic" if legislators don't give him his way. The legislature has rejected his repeated demands that it deal with the drug issue primarily by hiring more agents at the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and while it did agree to fund six additional agents, two prosecutors, and two judges, that wasn't enough for LePage, who called it "chump change." It's not clear just what LePage what have the Guard do. Click on the link for much more.

International

Australian Parliamentary Committee Approves Medical Marijuana. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has recommended that a Green-sponsored medical marijuana bill be passed. The committee called for the bill to be amended to set up a medical marijuana regulatory agency. The bill has cross-party support in the parliament.

Russia Threatens to Block Reddit Over Single Thread on Drugs. The Kremlin's increasingly busy Internet censor has warned that the popular website Reddit will be blocked unless it deletes a thread about growing marijuana plants. The censor said Reddit has so far failed to respond to demands that it delete the thread and asked readers to reach out to Reddit to tell its editors to check their emails. The censor has also blocked Wikipedia pages about how to smoke pot, online anonymity services, Pirate Bay, and made similar threats against YouTube.

(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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CN AB: Column: Not A Rave Review

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The Calgary Sun, 11 Aug 2015 - Electronic music fest draws ire of deputy mayor over drug problems They could be facing a bad trip of their own - one that orders a drug-tainted music festival straight out of the city. The festival, billed as the largest electronic music gathering in Western Canada, is called Chasing Summer, and after two consecutive years featuring multiple drug overdoses, talk about chasing the controversial concert out of Calgary has predictably started.
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CN BC: Pot Activists Protest Dispensary Rules

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Vancouver 24hours, 11 Aug 2015 - A small group of marijuana supporters rallied outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday as the deadline approaches for applications to the city's new regime of pot dispensaries. Darcy Delainey, owner of Erbachay Health Centre on Granville Street, knows his storefront is still too close to a nearby school. There are also multiple dispensaries near his location - which the new regulations will prohibit - but Delainey feels it's still worth a shot to apply.
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CN ON: Editorial: Legalize Pot Use

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Guelph Mercury, 11 Aug 2015 - An editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press: Glenn Allan Price will get his day in court, but does the prosecution of purveyors of medical marijuana really serve the public interest? Well, if you're the federal Conservative government, pursuing an out-of-touch political agenda, clearly it does.
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CN BC: Editorial: Naloxone Kits A Fresh Approach

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Kamloops This Week, 11 Aug 2015 - In the past 17 months, the work undertaken by Dr. Ian Mitchell and public-health nurse Kirsten McLaughlin at Royal Inland Hospital has saved three lives - and perhaps more. The duo's commitment in distributing medical kits designed to reverse the effects of an opiate drug overdose is a prime example of what the focus of Canada's health-care system should be.
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US CA: County Residents Mixed On Marijuana Legalization

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Calaveras Enterprise, 11 Aug 2015 - Would Like More Regulation Calaveras County residents responding to an unscientific survey of their opinions on the marijuana industry say they generally don't oppose medical use of the plant but would like to see more regulation of the industry.
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CN ON: Hempfest Has Town Abuzz

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The Daily Press, 11 Aug 2015 - Organizer Hopes Smokin' Live Bands Are a Big Draw for Annual Festival MOONBEAM - Robert Neron is the voice on the other end of the line and apologizes for not getting to the phone earlier. "I just came from outside to pick up branches and make the lot more campable."
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CN BC: Overdoses Overturned

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Kamloops This Week, 11 Aug 2015 - Today's new reality for medical staff like Ian Mitchell and Kirsten McLaughlin is simple."In the old days, you'd buy drugs and wonder if there "In the old days, you'd buy drugs and wonder if there was really nothing in them," Mitchell said. "These days, you buy drugs and worry you might die."
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Chronicle AM: OH Init Looks Set, Israel Anti-Drug Unit Shuttered, NY "Fake Pot" Ban, More (8/10/15)

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The New York Times has a strong editorial on marijuana reform, the ResponsibleOhio initiative should qualify for the ballot on a second try, Philly pot busts plummet after decrim, Israel zeroes out its anti-drug agency, and more.

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New York Times Calls Obama, Congress "Too Timid" on Marijuana Reform. In a Sunday Times editorial, the newspaper of record criticized federal elected officials for just "standing by" as the movement to legalize marijuana gains ground. Instead, the Times editorial board said, they "should be more actively debating and changing the nation's absurd marijuana policies, policies that have ruined millions of lives and wasted billions of dollars." The editorial also called for marijuana to be descheduled. There's more to the editorial; click on the link to read the whole thing.

Marco Rubio Joins Chris Christie in Vowing to Roll Back Marijuana Legalization. A second GOP presidential contender has now joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in vowing to undo state-level legalization if he wins the presidency. Florida US Sen. Marco Rubio was asked on Meet the Press Sunday whether he would enforce federal pot laws against states that have legalized it. "Absolutely," he replied. "I believe the federal government needs to enforce federal law." While he said he is open to medical marijuana with some important caveats: "I'm not in favor of legalizing marijuana. I'm not. I never have been."

Florida Legalization Initiative Launches. A group of activists organized as Regulate Florida has an initiative drafted that would create legal marijuana commerce in the Sunshine State. No more details yet, but they could come as early as this week.

Missouri Marijuana Lifer Jeff Mirzansky To Be Freed. Mirzanskey has been behind bars since 1994 for a marijuana offense and was set to die in prison before a campaign spearheaded by Show Me Cannabis led Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to adjust his sentence, making him eligible for parole. His son, Chris, told local media Monday that he has now been granted parole and should be home within two or three weeks.

ResponsibleOhio Legalization Initiative Looks Close to Qualifying for November Ballot. After the state's two most populous counties, Cuyahoga and Franklin, completed verification of petition signatures last Friday, it appears that ResponsibleOhio will actually make the ballot. The group had originally handed in nearly 700,000 signatures and only needed 305,000 valid ones to qualify, but came up nearly 30,000 short. It then had a 10-day period to make up the shortfall and handed in 95,000 more raw signatures. They had a validity rate of 51% in Franklin County and 40% in Cuyahoga. If that combined 45% validity rate holds, ResponsibleOhio make the ballot.

Denver Social Use Initiative Hands In Signatures. Backers of a Denver municipal initiative to allow for marijuana use -- but not sale -- in commercial venues limited to people 21 and over handed in more than 10,000 raw signatures today. The Campaign for Limited Social Use needs 4,726 valid voter to qualify for the November 2015 ballot. The city clerk has 25 days to certify the petition.

Philadelphia Pot Arrests Plummet 73% After Decriminalization. In the first six months of 2015, 465 people were arrested for marijuana possession. That's down from 1,681 during the same period in 2014. This after a policy shift toward decriminalization in most cases.

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New York Emergency Regulations to Ban "Fake Marijuana" Now in Effect. Previously announced regulations to ban several synthetic cannabinoids went into effect last Thursday. Under the emergency rules, possessing or selling the stuff is now subject to criminal penalties of up to 15 days in jail.

Law Enforcement

Customs and Border Patrol to Quit Harassing General Aviation Pilots. In the face of loud complaints from general aviation pilots, CBP has greatly reduced the number of unwarranted stops and searches of small planes. The pilots' organization also said there it "has received no new reports of unwarranted stops and searches of GA aircraft or harsh treatment meted out to innocent GA pilots." Click on the link for more.

International

Thousands March for Marijuana Legalization in Berlin. The city's annual Hanfparade (hemp parade) drew an estimated 8,000 people to the streets last Saturday. They demanded the legalization of marijuana for recreational, medical, and industrial use.

Israel Anti-Drug Agency To Be Shuttered. The Israeli Anti-Drug and Alcohol Authority will be shut down in what the government calls a cost-cutting move. The agency had attracted criticism for a last-century stance toward marijuana, with a recent campaign warning "It's not that innocent." Despite that campaign, however, the agency green-lighted what is now a thriving nationwide medical marijuana program, as well as research into MDMA therapy for PTSD. The Finance Ministry says the agency is being zeroed-out in an effort to merge programs in the Public Safety Ministry.

(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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CN MB: Column: Pot Dispensaries Need Regulation, Not Raids

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Metro, 10 Aug 2015 - Without regulation, dispensaries will open in neighbourhoods where they're not wanted. Glen Price may not be the leader the medical marijuana movement wanted or needed, but he's what they got. Scruffy, with an eclectic storefront on Main Street and questionable prescription fees, the owner of Your Medical Marijuana Headquarters has put a question to city leaders, one that has yet to be answered.
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CN BC: Column: Drug Users Need Education and Support-Not

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Vancouver 24hours, 10 Aug 2015 - Columnists Petr Pospisil and Brent stafford battle over the issues of the day. The winner of the last Duel on Insite was Petr with 66%. This week's topic: Do we need another 'War on Drugs" to fight the recent outbreak of fentanyl overdose deaths?
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US NC: An Innocent Beginning For Synthetic Marijuana

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Washington Post, 10 Aug 2015 - UNICORPORATED JACKSON COUNTRY, N.C - The chemist who unwittingly helped spawn the District's synthetic drug epidemic is a hard man to find. His phone numbers are listed under his wife's name. Strangers who call his laboratories at Clemson University are told he doesn't return messages. To find him, you must travel deep into the Smoky Mountains and take a road that winds into the clouds. There, atop a mountain, you will discover a stooped, elderly man padding about a house cloaked in mist.
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US DC: D.C. Pot Law Creates Confusion, Cultivates Acceptance

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Washington Post, 10 Aug 2015 - Legalization Manifests Itself in Tasting Parties and Shrugged Shoulders About 30 party guests wearing suits and summer dresses mingled in the candlelit back yard of a small, private home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Northwest Washington and snacked on hors d'oeuvres to the sound of jazz. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana.
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US CA: Cloverdale May Rethink Its Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 10 Aug 2015 - Cloverdale is reconsidering its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in light of what the city manager describes as a "potential new political dynamic regarding marijuana." With predictions that California, like a growing number of states, will approve the recreational use of marijuana next year, Cloverdale City Council members on Wednesday are expected to establish an ad hoc committee to potentially revamp city policies about cannabis.
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Mexico: Drug Lord Is A Hero At Home

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug 2015 - Mexicans See Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman As a Robin Hood, and He Has Certainly Given the Economy a Boost. CULIACAN, Mexico - A new shipment of caps arrived at Isaias Rodriguez's Culiacan store, black canvas with the image of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman - once again the world's mostwanted drug lord - embossed in gold on the front.
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US NY: Editorial: States Move Ahead On Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 09 Aug 2015 - Even as support for ending marijuana prohibition is building around the country, Congress and the Obama administration remain far too timid about the need for change. Last year, residents in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia voted to join Colorado and Washington State in making recreational use of marijuana legal. Later this year, residents of Ohio are expected to vote on a ballot measure that would legalize it. Nevadans will vote on a legalization proposal next year. And Californians could vote on several similar measures next year.
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