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US IL: Column We're A Nation Of Addicts

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 03 Feb 2015 - Maybe drug cartels wouldn't terrorize Mexico and Central America - our gift to our southern neighbors. Maybe drunks wouldn't kill so many on our highways, or our health care system wouldn't be so overwhelmed and costly. Maybe not so many families would fall apart and our cities wouldn't be bloodstained by gang wars - or so many adolescent lives wasted before they could even get started.
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CN BC: Dispensary Debate Heating Up

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Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 03 Feb 2015 - Eight medical marijuana users went to Parksville city hall Thursday in support of a compassion club, but were told "municipalities have little power over the issue," by Mayor Marc Lefebvre. The supporters and patients of Phoenix Pain Management Society like John Whitlock asked that the city "considers asking police to shift their priorities, based on the people's will."
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US AK: Lawmakers to Hear From Community Officials on Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 03 Feb 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lawmakers are scheduled to hear from local government officials on community concerns as the date for legalization of recreational marijuana nears. The House Community and Regional Affairs Committee will hear from representatives of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Municipality of Anchorage on marijuana regulations Tuesday.
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US DC: President's Budget Would Let D.C. Use Local Cash to

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 03 Feb 2015 - President Obama's $4 trillion budget plan would allow the District to spend its own tax dollars to legalize and regulate marijuana by rolling back restrictions put in place by Republican lawmakers last year. Congress passed a spending bill in December that blocks the District from spending any money - federal or local tax dollars - to enact legislation that would legalize or reduce penalties associated with the recreational use of marijuana or any other Schedule 1 drugs.
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Mexico: Mexican Farmers Feed U.S. Heroin Boom

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 03 Feb 2015 - SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR, MEXICO (AP) - Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in woodplank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing.
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US WA: Lawmakers Hear Proposals On Pot Reform

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 03 Feb 2015 - Legislature 2015 20 Separate Bills Tackle Issues Including Taxes, Zoning Issues, Medical Pot OLYMPIA - So many tweaks are needed to reform Washington state's marijuana laws that state House lawmakers began Monday a two-day session of public hearings on nearly 20 separate bills.
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US DC: President's Budget Clears Path For Legal Pot Sales

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 03 Feb 2015 - Proposal Ends Congress's Restriction on Setting Up Regulations in the City President Obama's $4 trillion budget would do a lot of things, but one of the most controversial may turn out to be allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation's capital.
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Chronicle AM: MJ Decrim and Medical Bills Filed, Ramarley Graham Settlement, Jamaica Decrim Progess, More (2/2/15)

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Decriminalization and medical marijuana bills are being filed left and right, Maine says pot patients can be unfit parents, Oregon says pot patients can't operate child care centers, New York City pays out big time for the killing of a black youth over weed, Jamaica's decrim bill advances, and more. Let's get to it:

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Delaware Decriminalization Bill Filed. State Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington) and several cosponsors have filed House Bill 39, which would make possession of up to an ounce a civil infraction punishable only by a fine. Public use would remain subject to jail time, but for no more than five days.

Maryland Push for Legalization Underway. Supporters of legalization held a press conference last Friday to push the idea forward. State legislators, including Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) were joined by a Colorado legislator and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. The press conference came as legalization supporters prepared to brief legislative committees on the topic. Maryland decriminalized it last year.

Minnesota Poll Finds More Want to Legalize It Than Don't. A new Public Policy Polling survey finds just short of a majority for legalizing pot there. Some 49% said they thought marijuana should be legal and regulated, while 44% thought it "should remain illegal." Support for medical marijuana, meanwhile, was at 76%.

New Hampshire Decriminalization Bill Filed. Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and seven cosponsors have introduced House Bill 618, which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. New Hampshire is the only New England state that has not decriminalized.

New Mexico Decriminalization Bill Filed. State Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Dona Ana County) has introduced Senate Bill 383, which would decriminalize the possession of up to four ounces and eliminate jail time for possession of up to eight ounces. Currently, possession of less than an ounce is a petty misdemeanor with possible jail time, while possession of between one and eight ounces is a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail.

Virginia Decriminalization Bill Dies in Senate Committee. A bill that would have decriminalized pot possession in the Old Dominion was killed last Wednesday in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Senate Bill 686, introduced by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) died in a 9-5 party line vote.

Philadelphia Pot Arrests Drop 88% After Decriminalization. Philadelphia police arrested only 63 people for marijuana possession between October 20 and year's end, marking a massive decline in marijuana arrests after decriminalization. Last year during the same time period, there were 559 possession arrests.

Medical Marijuana

Connecticut State Commissioner Agrees to Expand Qualifying Ailments List. Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said this morning that he will follow the recommendation of the program's Board of Physicians and is drafting new regulations to include sickle cell disease, post-surgical back pain with a condition called chronic radiculopathy, and severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to the list of qualifying conditions. But that's not the end of it. Now, the proposal must be approved by the state attorney general and then by the General Assembly's Regulation Review Committee. A vote there could come by spring.

Maine High Court Rules Using Medical Marijuana Can Make Parents Unfit. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in a child custody case that even though medical marijuana is legal in the state, its use can make a person an unfit parent. "Determining what is in the best interest of the child necessarily involves considering whether a parent's ability to care for his or her child is impaired, including by his or her marijuana use. As with any medication or substance, the question of whether a parent's ingestion of marijuana is legal is only part of the equation. The more important question is whether that ingestion negatively affects, limits or impairs a parent's capacity to parent his or her child," Chief Justice Leigh Saufley wrote in the eight-page decision. The case is Daggett v. Sternick.

Mississippi Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. State Sen. Deborah Dawkins (D-District 48) has filed Senate Bill 2318, which would allow patients with specified conditions to use medical marijuana. The bill doesn't envision dispensaries, but would allow patients to grow their own with a physician's recommendation.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. Rep. Pamela Anderson (D-Fargo) has introduced House Bill 1430, which would allow patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana. But there is a big loophole. Patients could also qualify if they suffer "any persistent or chronic illness or condition that, in the opinion of a physician, substantially limits the ability of a person to conduct one or more major life activities; or may cause serious harm to the patient's safety or mental or physical health if not alleviated; if the illness or condition may be improved by the use of marijuana."

Oregon Bars Medical Marijuana Patients From Being Child Care Providers. The state Early Learning Council has voted to bar patients from being child care providers. The decision follows a six-month temporary rule that was issued last August and gave patients an ultimatum: your patient card or your child care business.

Tennessee Low-THC Cannabis Oil Bill Filed. State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-District 11) today introduced House Bill 197, which would allow the use of cannabis oil with less than 0.9% THC for medical purposes.

Law Enforcement

Chicago Federal Prosecutors Drop "Stash House" Cases. The US attorney's office in Chicago has dropped dozens of serious drug conspiracy cases that were based on undercover stings where law enforcement agents enticed people into robbing non-existent drug stash houses. The law enforcement technique has come under strong criticism that it amounts to entrapment and is used disproportionately to target minorities. Clarence Walker has covered this issue for the Chronicle here and here.

New York City Pays to Settle Killing of Black Teenager Over Weed. The city has settled with the family of Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old black teen who was shot dead in his own bathroom by an NYPD cop who had stormed into his apartment without a warrant after suspecting he had marijuana. The killer cop, Richard Haste, was indicted in the shooting in 2012, but a judge threw out that indictment and a second grand jury failed to indict. Police said they suspected he had a gun because of the way he moved his hands near his waist. No weapon was ever found. The city has now agreed to pay the Graham family $3.9 million.

National Sheriffs Association Wants Deputy Attorney General Nominee "Investigated" for Pro-Drug Reform Comments. The group is upset with Vanita Gupta, nominated to head the department's Civil Rights Division. She has called for the decriminalization of all drugs, and that "put her at odds with the goal of public safety," the sheriffs complain. How her publicly made remarks would be "investigated" remains to be seen.

International

Jamaica Senate Begins Debate on Decriminalization. The Senate last Friday began debating a bill that would decriminalize marijuana and establish a licensing authority for a marijuana industry on the island. The bill would also allow for Rastafarians to use ganja for religious purposes. Debate is expected to continue in the Senate in coming days before the bill is sent to the lower chamber. It is expected to pass, since the ruling party, which submitted it, controls both chambers and the opposition also supports its broad outlines.

Venezuela Shoots Down Suspected Drug Plane Off Aruba. The Venezuelan defense ministry confirmed last Friday that its fighter jets had shot down a civilian plane suspected of carrying drugs. The plane went down off Aruba. Aruban officials had reported a day earlier that a plane had come down in flames, and human remains and packages of drugs could be seen in the water. Venezuela has shot down a number of suspected drug planes in recent years.

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Australia: 'Medicinal Cannabis Use Should Be Approved Now'

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Sydney Morning Herald, 02 Feb 2015 - The NSW government's clinical trial of medicinal cannabis is inappropriate for patients suffering extreme pain, and the drug should be legally approved for patients diagnosed by doctors, a paper in a top medical journal argues. "We are behind the times on medical cannabis," writes David Penington, an emeritus professor at Melbourne University, in a paper in the Medical Journal of Australia on Sunday.
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Australia: Expert Proposes Legal Cannabis For The Ill

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:00
Herald Sun, 02 Feb 2015 - TERMINALLY and chronically ill Victorians could legally grow their own cannabis plants and get early access to the drug, under an ambitious plan by a top drug expert. The use of cannabis for medical purposes should be decided by a discussion between a patient and doctor, rather than relying on the results of an upcoming trial into the drug's effectiveness held across the eastern states, says the University of Melbourne's Professor David Penington.
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Israel: Medical Marijuana Without The High

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 02 Feb 2015 - Israel Is at Forefront of Research, but Export of Plant Doesn't Appear to Be on the Horizon Safed, Israel - In a greenhouse in the mountains of the Galilee, a technician in a lab coat is coddling a marijuana seedling that is coveted for life-saving medical benefits for epileptic children, doctors say - without the high.
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US NY: Pot Arrests Plunge After Policy Change

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 08:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 01 Feb 2015 - NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets, where arrests and summonses for smalltime pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall. After a mid- November turn toward violations and summonses instead of misdemeanor arrests for carrying modest amounts of pot, such arrests plunged by 75 percent in December compared to last year, from about 1,820 to 460, according to state Division of Criminal Justice statistics obtained by The Associated Press.
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Jamaica: Column: Time To Reform International Drug Treaties

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 08:00
Jamaica Observer, 01 Feb 2015 - THE report 'Ganja worry' (Jamaica Observer, January 29, 2015), presents the thinking of William R Brownfield, assistant secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, on the recent developments of the new ganja regime in Jamaica. He was quick to point out that this change will see increased export of the crop to the United States, and warned of Jamaica's legal obligation to the international treaties. He speaks as if Jamaica is the only country moving towards change. He is obviously oblivious about changes all over the world, including its major ally Israel. The international treaties Jamaica has signed are not written in stone. They were prepared for a world very much different from the present. Their foundations were built on myths and anecdotal evidence. Since 1922, there have been many commissions and research projects providing scientific studies, dispelling those myth and anecdotal evidence. The time has come to reform those treaties. Who will lead the process in Jamaica?
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US IL: State's Medical Pot Startup Costs Piling Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 01 Feb 2015 - Although the state's medical marijuana program remains in limbo, with patients and entrepreneurs waiting for the state to get it rolling, it's not coming cheap. So far, the startup cost has been more than $1.8 million, most of it for computer software, records show.
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Uruguay: Legal Marijuana Takes Root In Latin America

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 08:00
Kuwait Times, 01 Feb 2015 - MONTEVIDEO (AFP) - After Uruguay first moved to legalize marijuana in 2013, the approach has taken root in Latin America with several other countries now considering a revamp of their own drug laws. "Someone has to start in South America," Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said in late 2013 as he unveiled plans to make cannabis legal in his country. Under Mujica, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana all the way from the cannabis field to the joint, setting up a regulated market for cultivation, sales and use. Though marijuana is not yet being sold in pharmacies, the National Drug Council, or JND, already counts 1,300 of the country's 3.3 million inhabitants registered as self-producers. There are also six clubs of up to 45 consumers. Uruguay's neighbors are intrigued.
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US IL: Rauner: Quinn Left Behind Medical Marijuana ' Mess'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 31 Jan 2015 - At the groundbreaking for a charter school in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, Gov. Bruce Rauner slammed his predecessor, saying Pat Quinn has left him plenty of work to do. Asked about how he plans to deal with Illinois' new medical marijuana law, he described it as a "mess" that Quinn had created and "then ran away from."
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Canada: Column: This Message Is Brought to You by ... Yourself

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 31 Jan 2015 - What we learned this week, in response to a House of Commons order-paper question by Liberal MP Scott Simms, is that through Health Canada our government spent just over $7-million on anti-pot ads targeting the parents of teens. This amount is nearly $2-million more than Health Canada spent in total on advertising the previous year on a range of issues - -including immunization, adverse drug reactions and food safety.
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US MD: Advocates Push For Legal Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan 2015 - Supporters Hope Laws in Other States Will Pave the Way for MD. In a year when budget cuts dominate debate in Annapolis, advocates for legalizing marijuana are mounting a renewed effort to get Maryland to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington state - if not now, then in a year or two.
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US NY: New York to Pay $3.9 Million to End Suit Over Police

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
New York Times, 31 Jan 2015 - The family of a Bronx teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer who had barged into his apartment after suspecting him of taking part in a drug deal has agreed to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city for $3.9 million. The agreement to settle the case, reported Friday by The Daily News, comes nearly three years after the Feb. 2, 2012, shooting of the teenager, Ramarley Graham.
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US OH: Pro Athletes Back Pot Effort

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
Dayton Daily News, 31 Jan 2015 - Initiative Aims to Put Legalized Marijuana Issue on Ohio Ballot. Columbus - Former and current COLUMBUS pro-athletes, real estate developers, a fashion designer and a sports agent are among the investors backing a campaign to ask voters this fall to legalize marijuana in Ohio for personal and medicinal use.
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