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US: Reprising 'This Is Your Brain On Drugs'

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 08 Aug 2016 - For a generation of commercial-watching adolescents, it was an indelible image: an egg, sizzling in a frying pan, representing "your brain on drugs." It was a straightforward message, and the ad's final line - "Any questions?" - asked as the egg white clouded and cooked, was strictly rhetorical. Three decades later, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (the group formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) is bringing the frying pan out of retirement and firing up the stove again. But this time questions are the point.
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CN ON: Hempfest Set To Spark Up In Moonbeam

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 08/06/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 06 Aug 2016 - Moonbeam - The air in this small Northern town may get a little hazy at the end of this month as the annual Hempfest festival kicks off on Aug. 22. For the last 18 years, the festival has attracted advocates and supporters of the decriminalization of marijuana, both for its recreational and medicinal uses, to the week-long music and camping event.
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Chronicle AM: WA Legal MJ Sales Top $1 Billion, AR Welfare Drug Testing Flop, More... (8/5/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 20:43

Arizona legalizers fight a lawsuit aimed at knocking them off the ballot, Washington rakes in the tax revenue from legal pot, asset forfeiture is in the news in California and New York, and more.

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Arizona Legalization Campaign Wants Lawsuit Tossed. The group behind the state's legalization initiative has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by foes seeking to keep the measure off the November ballot. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol argued that the effort is more about politics and ideology than ensuring state law is followed. Foes argued that the ballot measure's summary language does not describe everything the initiative would do. Both sides will be in court a week from today.

In Face of Uproar, Oregon US Attorney Drops Federal Marijuana Charge Against Teen for One Gram of Weed. Rather than prosecute Devontre Thomas, 19, for possession of a gram of marijuana, federal prosecutors have agreed to enter him into a pretrial diversion program. The move comes after Oregon elected officials said the prosecution was overkill.

Washington State Sees Legal Marijuana Sales Push Past Billion Dollar Mark. After a sharp jump in adult sales last month as medical dispensaries were shut down, the state has now seen pot sales edge past a billion dollars, if revenue from processors and producers is included. The state has collected $273 million in excise taxes on the sales since they began two years ago.

Asset Forfeiture

California Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Set to Move After Compromise. After discussions with law enforcement groups, state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has amended her asset forfeiture reform bill, Senate Bill 443, so that only property seizures worth less than $40,000 would require a criminal conviction before permanent seizure. Seizures higher than that amount would not require that standard of proof. Mitchell said the compromise would allow police to preserve their ability to go after large criminal enterprises. The police groups have now dropped their opposition to the bill.

NYPD Sued for Failure to Release Asset Forfeiture Data. NYPD collected more than $6 million in asset forfeiture revenues in 2013, but is ignoring records requests for information on how it collects and distributes the cash it seizes, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by a legal aid group representing low-income people. The group, Bronx Defenders, had submitted a public records request nearly two years, but NYPD has been unresponsive, the lawsuit alleges.

Drug Testing

Arkansas Welfare Drug Test Program Finds Hardly Any Drug Users. According to data released this week by the Department of Workforce Services, exactly one welfare applicant out of 800 has failed a drug test. Another four refused to take it, rendering them temporarily ineligible for benefits. All five taken together constitute 0.63% of welfare applicants. The one failed drug test means 0.125% of all applicants tested positive. Arkansas and other states that have enacted such laws have done so on the unspoken assumption that welfare applicants are using drugs at the taxpayers' expense, but, once again, that has proven not to be the case.

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CN BC: A Taste Of His Own Medicine For Langley Marijuana Advocate

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:00
Langley Times, 05 Aug 2016 - Medical marijuana advocate battles cancer with cannabis At first, he thought it was a shoulder injury. When the pain in his left shoulder started, Randy Caine thought his days working in construction had caught up with him.
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US CA: Pot Backers Sue Over Opposing Arguments

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:00
Manteca Bulletin, 05 Aug 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supporters of a California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing opponents of including false and misleading language in official ballot materials. The Yes on Proposition 64 committee sued in Sacramento County Superior Court, asking a judge to change or delete several arguments that opponents make against the measure on the November ballot.
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CN AB: Bylaw Is For Tobacco Only

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 05 Aug 2016 - Legalized Pot Could Mean Changes to City Regulations Calgary's smoking bylaw may not yet pass the puff test when it comes to marijuana regulation. On Wednesday, a Calgary woman facing several charges for smoking in a bus shelter didn't pay a cent to the city because she was medicating with medical marijuana.
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US OR: Grants Pass Will Ask Voters To Ban All Pot Commerce

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 05 Aug 2016 - Both Medical and Recreational Marijuana Commerce Would Be Outlawed If Measure Passes In a unanimous vote Wednesday night, Grants Pass City Council referred an ordinance to the November ballot that would ban virtually all forms of marijuana commerce in the city.
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Colombia: Colombians See A Future In Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 05 Aug 2016 - RIONEGRO, Colombia - Like many drug barons in Colombia, Federico Cock-Correa wants to sell his product globally. Just 15 miles outside Medellin, Mr. Cock-Correa is looking to replace vast acres of flowers with marijuana plants, with plans to export the harvest. But unlike the brutal heroin and cocaine trade that once flourished nearby, his operation has the government's stamp of approval.
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Chronicle AM: UN Agencies Condemn Philippine Killings, Huge Danish Consumption Room Opens, More... (8/4/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:36

UN drug agencies join civil society in condemning Philippine drug war killings, the world's largest drug consumption facility opens in Copenhagen, the California marijuana legalization initiative sues to have "false and misleading" ballot arguments removed, and more.

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California Prop 64 Campaign Sues to Disallow "False, Misleading" Ballot Arguments. The Prop 64 marijuana legalization campaign filed a lawsuit in state superior court in Sacramento Thursday seeking to have what it calls false or misleading statements submitted by opponents removed from ballot arguments. Ballot arguments appear in the voter information guide. The campaign wants the judge to reject or amend a number of arguments, including one that claims children will be exposed to edibles advertising and one that claims Prop 64 will remove consumer protections, among others. All legal questions around ballot arguments must be settled by August 15.

Medical Marijuana

Arkansas Poll Has Support for Medical Marijuana at 58%. A new poll of likely voters has a healthy majority for medical marijuana, with 58% saying they support it. Voters will have a chance to signal that support at the polls in November, when the Arkansans for Compassionate Care initiative will appear on the ballot. A second medical marijuana initiative, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Amendment, is still trying to qualify for the ballot and has received an extension to gather more signatures after coming up just short last month.

New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill to Make PTSD a Qualifying Condition. The Senate Tuesday gave final approval to Assembly Bill 457, which would allow people with PTSD to use medical marijuana. The bill now goes to Gov. Chris Christie (R), who has not indicated whether he will sign or veto it.

International

UN Drug Agencies Join Chorus of Critics of Philippines Drug Killings. In a statement Wednesday, UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) executive director Yuri Fedotov said he joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in "condemning the apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killings" of alleged drug users and dealers in the country under the new administration of President Rodrigo "Death Squad" Duterte. "[Extrajudicial killing] is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms," he said. "Such responses contravene the provisions of the international drug control conventions, do not serve the cause of justice, and will not help to ensure that 'all people can live in health, dignity and peace, with security and prosperity,' as agreed by governments in the outcome document approved at the UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem," he said. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) likewise expressed its concern later the same day. In a written statement, the self-described "quasi-judicial" agency that monitors compliance with the drug conventions wrote that "should these reports prove accurate, this would constitute a serious breach of the legal obligations to which the Philippines is held by the three UN drug control conventions and by the corpus of international legal instruments to which the country has adhered."

World's Largest Drug Consumption Room Opens in Copenhagen. The drug consumption room is 1,000 square meters and includes space for both drug injecting and smoking. It is partially funded by the city of Copenhagen. Users at the site will also be able to engage with medical and social welfare services.

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CN ON: Editorial: Remaining Vigilant Against Impaired Driving

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
The Scarborough Mirror, 04 Aug 2016 - It's sad that we still have to warn people about the dangers of impaired driving; one would have hoped the message had been received loud and clear by now, but that is unfortunately not the case. In today's editions of our papers we look at the consequences of impaired driving, from the standpoint of a woman whose life was forever altered after being struck by a driver who was impaired, and from the perspective of a young man who killed one of his best friends after crashing a car while driving drunk.
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CN BC: Editorial: Pot Delay Wasting Money

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
Langley Advance, 04 Aug 2016 - Sometime in the next year or two, marijuana will be legal for personal consumption in Canada. The federal government is currently working on the exact laws around this, but all indications so far point to it being produced, sold, and taxed much like alcohol, i.e. not sold to kids, sold through special outlets, taxed heavily.
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CN ON: Waterloo Marijuana Clinic Closes After Raid

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 04 Aug 2016 - WATERLOO REGION - Police have shuttered a pot selling storefront and that's welcome news to a different clinic that prescribes marijuana. The Waterloo Dispensary on King Street North in Waterloo closed Tuesday after police went there with a warrant and seized property. There is no word on charges.
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CN BC: Compassion Club To Be Shut Down

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
Merritt Herald, 04 Aug 2016 - The City of Merritt says a recently opened marijuana compassion club storefront in Merritt doesn't have a business license and was told to cease operations on Wednesday. Corporate officer Melisa Miles confirmed a bylaw officer visited the storefront Wednesday, and the business was closed thereafter.
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CN ON: Vets Find Peace At Strathroy Pot For Trauma Centre

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 04 Aug 2016 - STRATHROY - Ken Blanchard said he was downing 600 milligrams of anti-depressants a day to deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder. The 14-year Canadian military veteran said he was taking up to six Percocet pills, a highly addictive opiate, daily for back pain.
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CN AB: Charges Dropped Due To Vague Bylaw

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 04 Aug 2016 - Through the smoke and mirrors of Calgary's bylaws, one medical marijuana user is celebrating a small victory. Ticketed for her medicinal marijuana use in a Calgary Transit bus shelter, Lisa "Mamakind" Kirkman was prepared to challenge her fines, over $1,500 in infractions, as a Charter of Rights and Freedoms case. But after a year of fighting the write-ups, charges against her were withdrawn on Wednesday, according to her lawyer, because of a vague bylaw.
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US CA: Column: Nomrl

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 04 Aug 2016 - Cannabis Reducto Ad Absurdum Damn, but we love our views. We love them so much that, back in 2011, some of us successfully levied this love into stopping the big baddies at Shell Energy from installing wind turbines on Bear River Ridge, just south of Ferndale. "Unsightly!" was the argument.
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US CO: Column: Reading the Entrails: The Latest Marijuana Polls

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 04 Aug 2016 - The latest marijuana legalization polls are out, and they contain bad news and good news. First, the bad news. Recent polls in both Massachusetts and Arizona - two of the five states that will be voting on legalizing recreational marijuana this November - show the initiatives losing.
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US CA: A Mixed Bag

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 04 Aug 2016 - Legalizing Recreational Cannabis May Have Varying Implications for Health of Kids and Teens Come November, California could join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington by becoming a state where adults can legally buy, possess and use cannabis recreationally as well as medically.
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US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The Week

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
Reno News & Review, 04 Aug 2016 - In the Carson Valley Times, prohibitionist lawyer Jim Hartman was quoted on the initiative petition, ballot Question Two, that provides for regulation of marijuana: "It's a 13-page initiative that was written by the marijuana industry," Hartman was quoted as saying. "It protects the industry while doing a disservice to Nevadans. It never went through the legislative process.
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US CA: Column: Parties And Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 04 Aug 2016 - What kind of pot should I smoke if I want to be social at a party? - -Wanda Wallflower Good question. Different kinds of weed can definitely make you feel a certain way. Most indicas will give you the quiet introverted couch lock in a hurry. I have definitely killed a party or two with a fat indica joint (usually the Granddaddy Purple).
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