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Canada: Going To Pot: Could Marijuana Legalization Come To Canada?

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 05 Jan 2015 - Could marijuana legalization come to Canada? Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it - marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor's prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be legalized and sold as a taxable commodity like alcohol, in government-regulated outlets.
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Canada: Trudeau Calls For 'Evidence-Based Approach' On Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Jan 2015 - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is hinting he'd repeal the Conservatives' controversial prostitution legislation, as he and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair vie to be the favoured alternative to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election scheduled for later this year. With Mr. Mulcair offering policy prescriptions such as a national child-care program, Mr. Trudeau is taking aim at Mr. Harper's record, including the prostitution bill and the government's income-splitting plan, which will reduce the tax burden on families with stay-at-home parents.
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US NM: Column: Medical Pot Users Not Protected by Americans

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
The New Mexican, 05 Jan 2015 - With legalized medical marijuana in 23 states and Washington, D.C., you might think that legal use of the plant would not result in the loss of your job or other dire consequences, but you are wrong. This is because federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means it has no approved medical uses. Drugs and other substances that are considered controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act are divided into five schedules.
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US WY: Yellowstone National Park Sees Rise in Marijuana Cases

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 05 Jan 2015 - CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An increasing number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park are being prosecuted for possessing small amounts of medical and recreational pot, which remains illegal on federal land. Park rangers attribute the trend both to ignorance of federal law and the growing prevalence of legal pot in other states, including neighboring Colorado, which has legal medical and recreational marijuana.
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US WA: Yakima County Considers Way To Curb Pot Commerce

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 05 Jan 2015 - May Create Business-License System Pot Industry Barred in Unincorporated Areas In an effort to keep marijuana businesses from cropping up in unincorporated areas of Yakima County - where they are banned despite state approval - county commissioners are discussing whether to create a business license system.
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US IL: Gov: ' We're Gonna Try' To Award Medical Pot Licenses

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 05 Jan 2015 - Gov. Pat Quinn would not commit Sunday to awarding licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois before he leaves office. Without explanation, the state blew its self-imposed deadline last week to award those licenses before the end of 2014. On Sunday, Quinn said research is still underway.
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Australia: Doctors In Clear On Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Herald Sun, 05 Jan 2015 - Medical Drug Use Surfaces Ahead of Legal Push FIVE doctors who prescribed their patients medical marijuana can continue to practise medicine, after health authorities ruled they were not putting the community in danger by recommending the controversial medication.
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US DC: Council Prioritizes Statehood, Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 05 Jan 2015 - New Attorney General Says He Will Be Fierce, Unyielding Defender of D.C. Promises to push for D.C. statehood and to protect voters' decision to legalize marijuana were a common refrain among the city's newly elected leaders.
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US WA: Editorial: Address Threats To A Budding Market

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 04 Jan 2015 - COLORADO'S neighbor states recently asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out the Centennial State's recreational marijuana law, based on frustration that its pot is washing over its borders. Washington - Colorado's pioneering companion in state legalization - should view that demand as a warning. Lawmakers this session must act to clamp down on the leakiest element of the Evergreen State's marijuana experiment - its medical-marijuana market.
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CN ON: Residents Oppose Medical Marijuana Facilities

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 03 Jan 2015 - Both Applications Appealed Niagara Falls Review The owners of two properties in Niagara Falls who were hoping to eventually be allowed to grow medical marijuana on those properties might want to consider other options.
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US: Medical Marijuana A Challenge For Legal Pot States

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 03 Jan 2015 - SEATTLE (AP) - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with scores of legally dubious medical dispensaries opening and some pot delivery services brazenly advertising that they sell outside the legal system.
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US NJ: Column: We The People Are Winning!

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 03 Jan 2015 - 2014 was a weird year for me, and good riddance. I started out 2014 in the horrible Burlington County Jail and ended it as the writer of this weekly column for The Trentonian yeah, that's weird! My new year's resolution(s): to eat better and to open a religious temple in Trenton that provides marijuana to its congregants.
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US: Legal Weed Brings States New Problems

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
Daily Times, 03 Jan 2015 - SEATTLE (AP) - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with scores of legally dubious medical dispensaries opening and some pot delivery services brazenly advertising that they sell outside the legal system.
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US HI: Medical Marijuana Group Offers Recommendations

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
Garden Island, 03 Jan 2015 - KAILUA-KONA (AP) - Hawaii's Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force will recommend that licenses for marijuana production centers and dispensaries be offered in 2017, according to the state representative overseeing the group. Rep. Della Au Belatti said the task force finished its work this week. She is working on a bill for the House to consider when the Legislature convenes Jan. 21, West Hawaii Today reported.
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US: Legal Pot, A Year Later

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
The Herald, 03 Jan 2015 - The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Has Brought Unexpected Problems: Competition, High Taxes and Black Market Sales. SEATTLE (AP) - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.
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US: Washington, Colorado Have Lessons To Share

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
The Herald, 03 Jan 2015 - DENVER (AP) - Don't worry about a federal lawsuit. But do worry about tax rates. Those are among the many lessons Colorado and Washington have to share from the front lines of America's marijuana experiment.
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US VI: deJongh Supports Decriminalizing Pot but Not Bill

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 03 Jan 2015 - ST. THOMAS - In his transmittal letter to the Senate, Gov. John deJongh Jr. took some time to comment on one of his vetoes that the Senate overrode at the last session. At the Dec. 19 session, senators unanimously overrode a veto on a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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US: Medical Marijuana A Key Issue For Legal Pot States

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
Republican-American, 03 Jan 2015 - SEATTLE - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with scores of legally dubious medical dispensaries opening and some pot delivery services brazenly advertising that they sell outside the legal system.
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Chronicle AM: AZ Pot Reform Bills, IL MedMJ Applications Delayed, Australia Festival Drug Busts, More (1/2/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 22:17

Pot dollars are starting to roll in in Washington state, marijuana reform bills filed in Arizona, Illinois delays dispensary applications without explanation, Colorado wants to grow research marijuana at colleges, and more. Let's get to it:

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Washington State Did $64 Million in Pot Sales in Slow Roll-Out First Year. Legal marijuana commerce has been slow out of the gate in Washington, thanks to regulatory hurdles and supply shortages, but still rang up $64 million in sales by year's end. Some 99 retail outlets have been licensed (although that doesn't mean they are operating) out of the 331 envisioned by the state Liquor Control Board, which is in charge of legal marijuana. As legal pot settles in, looks for this year's numbers to be significantly greater.

Arizona Lawmaker Files Legalization Bill. Rep. Mark Cardenas (D-Phoenix) has filed a bill that would legalization the possession of up to an ounce of weed and allow for it to be sold through state-regulated retail outlets. The bill is House Bill 2007. Cardenas admits passage is unlikely, so he has a back-up plan: His House Bill 2006 would simply decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce.

Medical Marijuana

Illinois Misses Deadline on Issuing Medical Marijuana Licenses. State officials admitted Wednesday afternoon that they had missed their self-imposed deadline to begin issuing dispensary and cultivation licenses before the end of 2014. But they didn't say why or when they would be ready. Here is the statement from the Department of Health: "We are strongly committed to bringing relief to thousands of people across the state and ensuring Illinois is the national model for implementing medical cannabis. We are working hard to make sure this is done right. We are conducting a comprehensive review of every cultivation center and dispensary applicant to ensure that only the most qualified are approved for this important program. We will announce the recipients when this important review is finished."

Colorado Seeking Federal Okay for State Colleges to Grow Marijuana.In a letter sent last month, the state attorney general's office asked federal health and education officials to allow state institutions of higher learning to "obtain marijuana from non-federal government sources." The letter was sent under a law passed last year requiring state officials to ask the federal government to allow colleges and universities "to cultivate marijuana and its component parts." "Current research is riddled with bias or insufficiencies and often conflict with one another," reads the letter, written by deputy attorney general David Blake. "It is critical that we be allowed to fill the void of scientific research, and this may only be done with your assistance and cooperation." Don't hold your breath, though.

Drug Treatment and Recovery

Text Available for Federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The full text of the act, HR 5845, is now available online. The bill, sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), would authorize the awarding of grants for prevention and education, treatment alternatives to incarceration, expansion of law enforcement use of the overdose reversal drug naloxone, as well as "evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and interventions demonstrations" and "criminal justice medication-assisted treatment and intervention demonstrations." The bill currently has six cosponsors—three Republicans and three Democrats—and has been assigned to the House Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Workforce committees. Click on the link to read the bill. 

International

Australian Cops Using Drug Dogs Bust 214 People at New Year's Dance Festival. Who let the dogs out? New South Wales police did, that's who. They reported arresting 214 people at the "Fuzzy Field Day 2015" electronic music festival in Sydney yesterday after drug dogs alerted on them. Three other people were arrested on drug trafficking charges. 

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US NM: Editorial: Err On Side Of Compassion

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 08:00
The New Mexican, 02 Jan 2015 - Too much energy is being spent rewriting rules for the distribution of medical marijuana in New Mexico. The state Department of Health, rather than devising cumbersome rules that make it harder for patients to get the medicine they need, should streamline the process. While the latest version of rules is an improvement (anything would be) on the original plan, more work is needed. Compassion needs to play a role. The Medical Cannabis Program is too important to sick patients to burden it with rules that are more political than practical. Testimony from patients whose quality of life has been improved because of marijuana prescriptions is too compelling to ignore.
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