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Canada: Ottawa Moves Toward Tight Controls On Recreational

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Jul 2016 - The federal government is moving toward a restrictive market for recreational marijuana, vowing to impose potency limits, controls on advertising, and strict rules over the production and sale of the drug. Ottawa has unveiled a nine-member panel to draw up Canada's new marijuana framework, sending out the clearest signal to date that it is not bowing to the demands of members of the illegal pot industry that has boomed in recent months.
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CN ON: Column: Grits A Real Buzz Kill

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Liberal Stalling Creating New Problems for Marijuana Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize pot isn't exactly giving his government the euphoric high they'd hoped for. Turns out it's way tougher to do than they anticipated. To speed things up, they've announced a traditional Liberal solution: Recycle old cabinet ministers and appoint a task force.
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CN ON: Column: Grits A Real Buzz Kill

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Liberal Stalling Creating New Problems for Marijuana Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize pot isn't exactly giving his government the euphoric high they'd hoped for. Turns out it's way tougher to do than they anticipated. To speed things up, they've announced a traditional Liberal solution: Recycle old cabinet ministers and appoint a task force.
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US AZ: Legal Pot Campaign Facing Questions

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
The Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Levels of Impairment Not Defined PHOENIX - The campaign to allow recreational use of marijuana is on amid questions of whether the measure would allow people to legally drive while under the influence of the drug.
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US DC: Editorial: No Blue Ribbons For Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 01 Jul 2016 - The District's 'State' Fair Can Celebrate Marijuana, the Leading Agricultural Crop It's difficult to hold a state fair when the District of Columbia is not even a state and is unlikely to become one, but a fair is always fun, with displays of pigs and cows and the bounty of the field, usually with a Ferris wheel and a midway offering unlikely freaks and games where the customer is never always right.
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CN ON: Mayor Tory To Tokers: Just Chill

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Mayor John Tory has a message for people looking to cash in on Canada's move to legalize weed - "hold their horses." Tory was reacting Thursday to the creation of a federal task force to blaze the trail towards marijuana legalization. But the feds also signaled that the current laws regarding recreational weed use, possession and sales remain intact and will be enforced.
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US MA: Marijuana Legalization Group Targets Walpole Chief

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 01 Jul 2016 - Organizers of a referendum campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts accused Walpole's police chief on Thursday of veering into political advocacy by speaking at a campaign event organized by opponents of the November ballot measure. Chief John Carmichael, who has been an outspoken advocate about the dangers of substance abuse, participated in the June 23 event in Framingham to detail what he said were public safety concerns about the dangers of edible products derived from marijuana.
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Philippines: Medical Marijuana Bill Filed Anew

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Manila Bulletin, 01 Jul 2016 - Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano re-filed yesterday his pet measure seeking to legalize the medical use of marijuana in the country. He said his proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act will benefit thousands of patients in the country suffering from serious illnesses. "Its objective is for patients to have access to safe, affordable, available medical cannabis prescribed by a registered physician. Recent scientific studies show that cannabis is effective in the prevention, treatment and management of specified symptoms, illnesses and diseases," he said.
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Chronicle AM: Jamaica Airport Pot Shops Coming, AZ Legalizers Hand in Signatures, More... (6/30/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 20:53

Arizona marijuana legalization advocates turned in signatures today, Massachusetts legalizers filed a campaign complaint against a police chief, Canada takes its first step toward legalization, Jamaica wants airport pot shops, and more.

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Arizona Legalization Campaign Hands in 200,000 Signatures. The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Thursday handed in more than 200,000 signatures in a bid to get its legalization initiative on the November ballot. The campaign needs 150,000 valid voter signatures to qualify. Given that petition drives typically end up with 20%-30% of signatures deemed invalid, this is going to be a nail-biter. If 20% of signatures are invalid, it qualifies; if 30% are invalid; it fails to qualify.

Arizona Legalization Would Bring in Tens of Millions in Tax Revenues. A new report from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee estimates that legalization would be a half-billion a year market in the state and would generate $82 million a year in revenues for the state from taxes and fees.

Massachusetts Legalization Campaign Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against Police Chief. The Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Thursday filed a complaint against Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. The complaint says Carmichael appeared at an event by campaign opponents dressed in police uniform, during working hours, and had arrived in a work vehicle. Under state campaign law, appointed officials may not promote or oppose ballot questions during working hours or use public resources to do so.

Law Enforcement

Texas Man Facing Murder Trial in Cop's Death During Botched Drug Raid Says Friendly Fire Killed Him. Marvin Louis Guy, the Waco homeowner who has been jailed on capital murder charges ever since the May 2014 raid in which Officer Charles Dinwiddie was killed, has filed a federal civil rights complaints charging that Dinwiddie was actually killed by fellow officers as they fired a hail of bullets into his home. The raiders were serving a "no knock" search warrant looking for cocaine; they found none. Guy admitted firing a weapon through his window as the police attempt to break his door down "put me in fear of me and my family's safety," but said that his were not the fatal shots. He is seeking the dismissal of the murder charge and monetary damages.

International

Canada Announces Launch of Marijuana Legalization Task Force. The federal government has taken a first step toward implementing marijuana legalization by announcing the formation of a task force to draft legalization legislation. The government expects to have a bill ready to go by next spring. Over the next four months, the task force will consult with provincial, local, and indigenous governments, as well as youth and experts in healthcare, criminal justice, economics, industry, and law enforcement. It will also talk with companies that have experience in the sale, production, and distribution of the herb.

Jamaica Wants Airport Pot Shops for Tourists. The island nation's Cannabis Licensing Authority is drafting plans for marijuana shops that would allow tourists to buy up to two ounces of weed at airports as they enter the country. People from abroad who are medical marijuana patients could buy ganja without any further ado, but others would have to be licensed by workers at the airport shops.

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CN BC: ATMs Can Stay In Pot Shops

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
The Chief, 30 Jun 2016 - Council Changes Decision on Allowing Automatic Banking Machines Bank machines can stay in local marijuana dispensaries thanks to a revote on the issue at council. Council passed third reading of the Business Licence Bylaw on Tuesday, for the second time, but this time the bylaw allows the cash machines.
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US CA: Column: Big Money And Bigger Risks

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 30 Jun 2016 - Mendocino County is back in the marijuana business. Not that its citizens ever stopped growing, and not that the Emerald Triangle's cash-rich economy found another cash crop. But after a few years' hiatus, Mendocino is again using cannabis as a funding source - - for law enforcement, with the county sheriff taking in $150,000 from marijuana in a single day, and all of it willingly paid.
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US AZ: Report: Legal Marijuana Could Bring $82m for Arizona

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
The Sun, 30 Jun 2016 - PHOENIX -- Arizonans would buy nearly $500 million worth of marijuana a year by 2020 if voters agree in November to allow its use here for recreational purposes, according to a new report. The study by the staff of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee figures legalization would generate nearly $82 million in taxes when the program is fully implemented. That includes $74 million based on a tax rate of 15 percent of retail costs, with the balance coming from things like licensing dealers and growers.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: How Can I Get the Weed Smell Out

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 30 Jun 2016 - Dear Stoner: I really want to try my hand at growing my own, but I live across the street from an elementary school. What am I supposed to? Jamey Dear Jamey: Once cultivating marijuana became legal under the Colorado Constitution in 2012, you've been allowed to grow marijuana in your home no matter where you live - as long as you're the homeowner or have permission from the homeowner. Think of it this way: Can a homeowner brew beer on his/her property if it's near a school? The answer is yes, so what makes growing recreational marijuana any different - other than years of uneducated prohibition?
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US OR: Column: CBD And Seizures

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 30 Jun 2016 - Here's How a Component of Weed Helped Someone with Seizures THESE ARE DAYS when it's important to find some good news, to seek out stories that remind us of our fellow human's capacity for decency, compassion, and selflessness. So turn away from the darkness-just for a minute, it'll still be there if you start to miss it-and let's examine the light for a minute.
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US CA: Column: The Sweet Spot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 30 Jun 2016 - It was Benjamin Franklin who famously wrote in a 1789 letter that "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Well, California pot farmers have largely skirted the second of those for decades and now fear the looming certainty of taxation may bring death to their businesses. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with putting a marijuana excise tax on the November ballot that, if passed, promises to bring in millions of dollars in revenue to county coffers. Staff recommended a complexly tiered progressive tax that would give breaks to small, outdoor farms and operates under the basic premise that the larger and more environmentally damaging a grow the larger its tax bill.
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US CA: L.A. County Deals Blow To Medical Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 30 Jun 2016 - Ahead of a Statewide Vote, Supervisors Extend a Ban on Cultivation and Distribution Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend by one year a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation and distribution in unincorporated areas.
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Philippines: Suspects' Trek To Police Continues

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 30 Jun 2016 - More Drug Users, Pushers Give Up on Eve of Duterte's Oath-Taking SAN AGUSTIN, Isabela -This town became witness yesterday to the latest in a string of surrenders of drug suspects that is being linked to a brutal campaign against drug trafficking that the incoming Duterte administration plans to carry out as soon as it assumes office today.
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US CA: Column: Before You Vote To Send California To Pot .

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Manteca Bulletin, 30 Jun 2016 - It sounds like a pothead's nirvana. California voters legalize recreational marijuana in November and the good times start rolling. Life can't get better, right? Enjoy a joint or two, get the munchies, and call for pizza delivery. Sounds sweet except for one little problem. In time - as things stand now - it is highly likely that a lot of pizza places will stop delivering pizza or else jack up the price. That's because passage of recreational marijuana in November will eventually trigger more random drug tests.
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US AZ: Column: MMJ Notes

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 30 Jun 2016 - Keep Up With the Global and Local Medical Marijuana News U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES MARIJUANA BANKING A new measure has been approved by the U.S. Senate Committee that would allow banking institutions to offer financial services to marijuana businesses. State-legalized marijuana businesses will soon be able to operate as a traditional business with a traditional banking system. Thus far, banking services have not been available to a majority of marijuana businesses due to marijuana's illegal federal status.
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US OR: Column: Rescheduling Weed

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 30 Jun 2016 - Will Making Weed a Schedule II Drug Be Bad for Oregon? I read that weed might be removed from Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Is that bad for the Oregon scene? NOT IN MY OPINION, but people disagree. The argument is that if weed were moved to Schedule II or III, big pharma would roll in and crush the little guys (that is, everyone who sells weed in the legit or gray market). But I think the little guys would be fine, just like today.
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