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Chronicle AM: MedMJ Doesn't Make Kids Smoke, SD Reservation Legalizes Weed, MI Pot Poll, More (6/16/05):

Methamphetamine (STDW) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 21:06

There's good polling news for Michigan pot legalization campaigners, a South Dakota Indian tribe legalizes weed, a new study refutes concerns that allowing medical marijuana leads to increased teen pot-smoking, and more.

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Michigan Poll Has Solid Majority Support for Legalization. A new poll from the Glengariff Group has support for marijuana legalization at 56%, with 36% opposed. The poll comes as two different groups are about to embark on signature-gathering campaigns to put an initiative on the 2016 ballot. Click on the link for more demographic data and discussion.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Become South Dakota's First Tribe to Embrace Marijuana. In a vote taken last week, the tribe's executive committee legalized the sale and use of marijuana on tribal land. The tribe has plans for a marijuana grow operation and for an establishment where people can buy and use pot. "Throughout Indian country, Flandreau's been trail-blazers,' Tribal President Anthony Reider said. 'We were with the casino, we were the second compacted tribe in the United States, the first and largest casino in between Atlantic City and Las Vegas, so it's something that's not new to us. We kind of like taking the forefront on issues."

Medical Marijuana

Study: Medical Marijuana Doesn't Lead to Increased Youth Use. A study published Tuesday in the British medical journal The Lancet finds that allowing for the legal use of medical marijuana has not led to an increase in the number of teens using it in the US. The study relied on 24 years' worth of data from the Monitoring the Future and found that while youth use levels were higher in some medical marijuana states, those higher levels of use had preceded the legalization of medical marijuana.

Georgia Unveils Online Registry for CBD Cannabis Oil Patients. The Department of Public Health today went live with its online registry for patients authorized to use low-THC CBD cannabis oil. Also today, the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis meets for the first time.

Methamphetamine

Meth Precursor Bill Passes New York Senate. A bill that would limit over-the-counter cold remedy sales to not more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per package and nine grams per person per month has passed the state senate. Senate Bill 627 would also require buyers to show photo ID and sign a logbook and requires retailers to electronically submit purchase information to state police before the sale is finalized, allowing state police to block sales in real time. The bill now goes to the Assembly.

Asset Forfeiture

Pennsylvania Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. State Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) has introduced Senate Bill 869, which would require a criminal conviction before property could be seized. Asset forfeiture has come under fire in the state, especially since the ACLU released a report earlier this year detailing abuses and revealing that cops had collected more than $100 million in seizures in the past decade.

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US CA: Hash Oil Burns A Growing Problem For Hospitals

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 08 Jun 2015 - SACRAMENTO - Tracey Clark's two teenage sons landed in intensive care, enveloped in gauze and their faces raw and red from burns over 40 to 60 percent of their bodies suffered in a fire, which prosecutors say was caused by an illegal hash-oil lab at their uncle's duplex. "I was scared they were going to die," said Clark.
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US: Against His Better Judgment

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Jun 2015 - In One American Meth Corridor, a Federal Judge Comes Face to Face With the Reality of Congressionally Mandated Sentencing They filtered into the courtroom and waited for the arrival of the judge, anxious to hear what he would decide. The defendant's family knelt in the gallery to pray for a lenient sentence. A lawyer paced the entryway and rehearsed his final argument. The defendant reached into the pocket of his orange jumpsuit and pulled out a crumpled note he had written to the judge the night before: "Please, you have all the power," it read. "Just try and be merciful."
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CN ON: Drug Potency, Risks Much Higher Today

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 03 Jun 2015 - Parents who had only benign experiences with drugs in their youth may have cloudy judgement when it comes to assessing the risks their own children may be getting into, says Timmins Police Const. Matthew Beerman. Beerman concedes many parents, who recall on their own youthful experiences, may think it's no big deal if their kids experiment with weed.
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CN NF: New Drug On The Rock

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:00
The Telegram, 12 May 2015 - Charges laid after RNC-RCMP team seizes cocaine, marijuana, MDMA and shatter Among a huge amount of illegal drugs seized last week in St. John's by a joint RNC-RCMP drug team is a drug known as "shatter," a derivative of marijuana, but much more toxic.
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CN ON: Ice Storm

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:00
London Free Press, 12 May 2015 - METH Addiction, availability and difficult withdrawal symptoms add to problems Explosive growth in the use of the street drug crystal methamphetamine is causing havoc in London, with those who work with addicts saying the city isn't equipped to deal with the fallout.
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US: Pot Retailers Fear Being Taxed Out Of Business

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 10 May 2015 - Federal Deductions Barred Legal Enterprises Hurt by an Old Law Aimed at Preventing Drug Dealers From Claiming Tax Write-Offs DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. He was going to owe the Internal Revenue Service a small fortune.
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US: Marijuana Merchants Face Another Federal Obstacle: High

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 10 May 2015 - DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Mr. Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. He was going to owe the Internal Revenue Service a small fortune. "I had to write a check for $275,000," Mr. Nassau said. "Unbelievable."
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US: Marijuana Merchants Face Another Federal Obstacle: High

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 10 May 2015 - Typical Write-Offs Denied by IRS DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills.
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Thailand: Editorial: Politicians Still High on Damaging Drug

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
The Nation, 08 May 2015 - Regardless of What Our Self-Serving Leaders Say, the So-Called Wars on Drugs Have Been a Disaster Laws to deal with drugs offences drew international attention in recent weeks as rights groups, governments and family members called on President Joko Widodo to pardon a group of drug traffickers sentenced to death in Indonesia.
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US ME: OPED: A Path To Wellness, Not A Jail Cell

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
Bangor Daily News, 08 May 2015 - This Friday at the State House, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will have a work session on LD 113, An Act to Reduce the Penalties for Certain Drug Offenses. The bill is sponsored by Senator Roger Katz of Kennebec. The bill, in part, looks to downgrade punishments associated with possession of heroin and methamphetamine, two drugs that have been especially problematic in Maine. The bill would downgrade possession of these Class W drugs from a Class C Felony crime to a Class D Misdemeanor crime. Class D crimes come with a maximum 364 days in jail while Class C felonies come with up to 5 year prison terms. The bill also downgrades other penalties including possession of hypodermic needles.
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CN BC: Victoria City Council To Draft New Pot-Dispensary Bylaws

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 08 May 2015 - City councillors in Victoria have asked staff to draft new business and zoning regulations for marijuana dispensaries that could include licence fees and ban minors from the premises in response to public concern over a surge in new outlets. Bylaw changes that staff were asked for at a meeting on Thursday could limit hours of operation and introduce security requirements, licence fees and age restrictions.
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Thailand: Drug Penalties 'Unfair, Laws Need Rethink'

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
The Nation, 06 May 2015 - People Wrongly Jailed for Possessing Small Amount of Drugs, Academics Say IT IS HIGH TIME Thailand amends its drug laws so as to ease prison crowding and stop putting so many undeserving people behind bars, a recent seminar was told.
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US IL: OPED: Pilot Program Needs Independent Assessment

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 05 May 2015 - While this proposed policy would save taxpayers over $ 58 million over three years, it may not reduce time waiting in jail. The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University supports the intent of House Bill 356 because it is vitally important to reduce the number of days that individuals wait for a preliminary hearing. Awaiting results from the Illinois State Police Crime lab creates long delays for defendants and causes overcrowding in Cook County Jail.
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CN ON: Cocaine, Meth Remain Drugs Of Choice

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 30 Apr 2015 - Fentanyl joining the deadly mix of prescription medication police are finding in abundance in region WATERLOO REGION - Cocaine, methamphetamine and a list of prescription drugs continue to be the drugs of choice among users and dealers in Waterloo Region.
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