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US DC: D.C. Pot Law Creates Confusion, Cultivates Acceptance

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 10 Aug 2015 - Legalization Manifests Itself in Tasting Parties and Shrugged Shoulders About 30 party guests wearing suits and summer dresses mingled in the candlelit back yard of a small, private home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Northwest Washington and snacked on hors d'oeuvres to the sound of jazz. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana.
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US CA: Cloverdale May Rethink Its Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 10 Aug 2015 - Cloverdale is reconsidering its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in light of what the city manager describes as a "potential new political dynamic regarding marijuana." With predictions that California, like a growing number of states, will approve the recreational use of marijuana next year, Cloverdale City Council members on Wednesday are expected to establish an ad hoc committee to potentially revamp city policies about cannabis.
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US VA: OPED: Stop Subsidizing Drug Cartels

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 07:00
Roanoke Times, 09 Aug 2015 - The Virginia State Police just released their 2014 Crime in Virginia report. Despite opinion polls showing that a majority of Virginians wants to see marijuana legal for personal use, Virginia continues to prioritize marijuana criminalization. There were 22,948 arrests for marijuana in 2014. Eight percent of all Virginia arrests are for marijuana offenses. Never mind the cost of arresting almost 23,000 Virginians for marijuana. Think about the opportunity costs and the impact on public safety. Police time spent arresting non-violent marijuana consumers is police time not spent going after murderers, rapists and child molesters. There is a myth in Virginia that minor marijuana offenders don't get jail time. The truth is that one in five persons arrested for simple marijuana possession in Virginia receives jail time. According to the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission, the median sentence is 15 days. That's more than enough time to cause someone to lose their job and the ability to support a family. Good luck finding a new one with an arrest record. The career crippling impact of marijuana criminalization applies to all Virginia residents busted for non-violent marijuana offenses, regardless as to whether or not they are jailed.
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US CO: Q&A: Director Of The National Institute On Drug Abuse

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 09 Aug 2015 - Dr. Nora Volkow represents a lot of inconvenient truths about marijuana that just don't square with industry claims and popular opinion that the drug is medicine, "safer than alcohol" - or even on its way to being adequately regulated by states that have sanctioned its use. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Md., Volkow is one of the world's top experts on the use and abuse of cannabis and research of the drug's impacts on individual and public health.
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US NY: Editorial: States Move Ahead On Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 09 Aug 2015 - Even as support for ending marijuana prohibition is building around the country, Congress and the Obama administration remain far too timid about the need for change. Last year, residents in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia voted to join Colorado and Washington State in making recreational use of marijuana legal. Later this year, residents of Ohio are expected to vote on a ballot measure that would legalize it. Nevadans will vote on a legalization proposal next year. And Californians could vote on several similar measures next year.
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US CA: Column: Newsom Takes High Road On Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 09 Aug 2015 - A guy named Philip Morris opened a tobacco shop in London in 1847, or so the story goes. When Phil passed on, the widow Margaret Morris took over the humble family business. Today, Philip Morris Inc., also known as Altria, is the world's largest cigarette maker and counts revenue of $30 billion a year.
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US CA: Angry Woman Outs Pot-Growing Neighbors

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 Aug 2015 - SANTA ROSA (TNS) Mary Quinn wants to make one thing perfectly clear - - she does not grow pot. The southwest Santa Rosa woman emphasized the point last week when she erected three large white-and-yellow banners in her pasture identifying two neighbors as growers.
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CN ON: City Park No-Smoking Rule Hazy?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 08 Aug 2015 - You can't smoke your medical marijuana at Supercrawl shows=C2=85 or can you? "We aren't here to judge, but illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia are not allowed on the premises at all. Ditto for medical marijuana," reads a Supercrawl Facebook post regarding Friday's Supercrawl show at Pier 4.
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US CA: Santa Rosa Woman Outs Neighbors Growing Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 08 Aug 2015 - Mary Quinn wants to make one thing perfectly clear - she does not grow pot. The southwest Santa Rosa woman emphasized the point this week when she erected three large white-and-yellow banners in her pasture identifying two neighbors as growers.
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US CA: Pot Farms Face Big Fines

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 08 Aug 2015 - Brown Signs 16 Bills, Including One Focusing on Environmental Damage From Illegal Marijuana Grows. Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed 16 bills into law, including one that allows steep civil fines against marijuana farms that damage the environment by dumping wastewater and chemicals, removing trees and killing wild animals.
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Chronicle AM: Judge Throws Out More Philly Cases, India Shiva Pilgrims Toke Up, More (8/7/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 20:52

An Oregon congressman calls for down-scheduling marijuana, an Oklahoma US senator wants to punish tribes that allow marijuana, Boston's first dispensary is likely coming soon, drug hair-testing for truck drivers edges closer, and more.

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer Calls for Rescheduling or Descheduling Marijuana. The Oregon Democratic congressman sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Thursday urging her to reschedule or de-schedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act to reflect science and the government's position on this issue." Blumenauer added that "It is clear to the American people, scientists and researchers that marijuana should not be categorized as a Schedule I drug."

Oklahoma Senator Files Bill to Punish Tribes That Allow Pot. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) has filed a bill that would cut all federal funds for any Indian tribes or tribal organizations that allow the cultivation, manufacture, or distribution of marijuana on their reservations. The Justice Department earlier this year gave tribes the go ahead to get into the marijuana business if they wanted. Lankford's bill, the KIDS (Keeping Out Illegal Drugs) ACT, is not yet available on the congressional website, but can be viewed here.

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First Boston Dispensary Could Open Soon. Patriot Care Corporation has received tentative approval from zoning board officials to open the first dispensary in the city, despite some opposition from locals. After twice delaying a decision, the Zoning Board of Appeals decided Tuesday to grant Patriot Care conditional approval. The state's first dispensary opened in June in Salem.

Drug Testing

Federal Advisory Board Recommends Hair Testing for Truck Drivers. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA) Drug Testing Advisory Board has recommended that hair testing be approved as an alternative drug screening technique for truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" federal workers. The recommendation now goes to the head of SAMSHA, and if she approves it, it would then go to the Department of Health and Human Services. Hair drug testing detects drug use for much longer periods of time than urine or blood testing.

Law Enforcement

Philadelphia Judge Throws Out 158 More Convictions Linked to Corrupt Narcs. Philly's dirty narcs may have managed to avoid criminal convictions for their misdeeds, but their actions continue to reverberate through the city's criminal justice system. A city judge today threw out 158 more criminal convictions linked to the narcs, bringing the total of vacated convictions involving the seven officers to 560, and more are on the way. More than 135 civil rights lawsuits have been filed against the city as a result of cases involving the seven narcotics officers.

International

Indian Shiva Devotees on Pilgrimage Enjoying Roadside Cannabis. Shiva devotees on the Kanwar Yatra pilgrimage route toward the Ganges are staying high on overgrowths of cannabis along the roads. The devotees are big smokers: "Without weed, the yatra remains incomplete," said one. "It brings me closer to Bhole Baba," said another. "Its usage also helps one cover long distances from Haridwar to Meerut on foot, as it keeps the body's energy intact," he added. State officials are supposed to eradicate wild cannabis growth, but are having a hard time: "It has grown almost everywhere. How do we destroy it?" asked one official who declined to be named. Another said that eradication is so ineffective it ought to be decriminalized.

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CN SN: Editorial: Legalize, Donat Prosecute, Pot Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 07 Aug 2015 - Glenn Allan Price will get his day in court, but does the prosecution of purveyors of medical marijuana really serve the public interest? Well, if you're the federal Conservative government, pursuing an out-of-touch political agenda, clearly it does. Mr. Price, owner of a recently opened, unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary on Main Street, was charged by Winnipeg police with trafficking and possession following a raid Tuesday.
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CN MB: Shut-Down Pot Vendor Wants National Standard

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 07 Aug 2015 - THE owner of Winnipeg's sole medical-marijuana dispensary issued his first public statement Thursday since his arrest earlier this week. "First I would like to thank everyone for their support," Glenn Price said in an email to media Thursday afternoon.
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US MD: Medical Marijuana Wins Support

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Aug 2015 - Possibility of Economic Boost From Production Facilities Is Enticing in Conservative Rural Areas of MD. Washington County is a proudly conservative place. Voters here haven't backed a Democrat for president since 1964, and same-sex marriage lost by a landslide in a referendum three years ago.
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US WY: Wyoming Police Group Plans Anti-Pot Effort

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:00
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 07 Aug 2015 - CHEYENNE - A Wyoming law enforcement group is planning a campaign to fight back at efforts to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police is gauging interest in starting a statewide outreach effort to inform residents on the "harmful personal and societal effects of marijuana."
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:44

Medical marijuana got attention on the national stage this past week, medical marijuana for PTSD sufferers was at issue in two states, Florida looks poised to pass a medical marijuana initiative next time around, and more.

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Last Thursday, two congressmen asked the DOJ inspector general to look into harassment of medical marijuana providers after Congress voted to bar it. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking him to clarify whether continued prosecutions against medical marijuana providers in states where it is legal violate a successful budget rider that prevents the department from spending money to interfere in those states. "Cases such as the Kettle Falls Five case in Washington, asset forfeiture actions against dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay area, or the Lynch case now pending in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, are all instances of DOJ expending dollars it does not have the legal authority to spend," Rohrabacher and Farr write. "Consequently, we believe there is sufficient cause for your office to investigate potential violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act by the Department with regard to its prosecution and other enforcement actions against persons and businesses conducting legitimate medical marijuana activities under state law." That act makes it a crime to use federal funds for purposes not approved by Congress.

Last Friday, Chris Christie said strictly regulated medical marijuana was okay, but not legalization. The New Jersey governor and Republican presidential contender told a crowd in Cedar Falls, Iowa, that medical marijuana should be allowed through tightly regulated, state-run programs, but that he would enforce federal law on recreational marijuana. "This is a decision on medical marijuana that I think needs to be made state-by-state," Christie said. "I don't want it used recreationally, but for medical purposes, it's helpful for certain adult illness and certain pediatric illness. So where it's helpful and when a doctor prescribes it, I have no problem with it."

On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said he wasn't moving on a medical marijuana bill. A bill that would reschedule marijuana and let states set their own medical marijuana policies has some congressional support, but with only two Republican cosponsors, Rand Paul (KY) and Dean Heller (NV), Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said the bill was not exactly a priority. "I'm going to wait until I talk to other Republican members," he told Politico.

On Tuesday, Marco Rubio said he's willing to look at medical marijuana, but not legalization. Florida senator and Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio said Tuesday that he could support medical marijuana if it went through an FDA approval process, but that he did not support full legalization. "I'm not in support of any additional intoxicants being legalized," he said at a Republican presidential forum in Manchester, New Hampshire.

On Wednesday, news came that the DOJ tried to mislead Congress on the impact of a medical marijuana amendment. In the days before Congress voted to approve an amendment limiting the Justice Department's ability to interfere in medical marijuana states, an internal memo obtained by Tom Angell at Marijuana.com shows that the department tried to mislead Congress by falsely claiming that the amendment could "in effect, limit or possibly eliminate the Department's ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well,' according to the document. [Emphasis added.] The memo admits that the DOJ talking points were "intended to discourage passage of the rider," but "do not reflect our current thinking." Click on the link for more.

Arizona

Last Wednesday, a state judge blocked efforts to remove limits on medical marijuana for PTSD. In a ruling Wednesday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge rejected efforts by patient advocates to overturn a decision by then state health chief Will Humble that medical marijuana could be used for PTSD, but only for palliative care. Judge Crane McClennen said there was "substantial evidence" to support Humble's restrictions.

California

On Tuesday, the first legal dispensary in Santa Ana opened. South Coast Safe Access is the first and only licensed dispensary so far in the city and the country. The city's permitting system has been plagued by division and lawsuits, but now the first dispensary has arrived.

Colorado

On Saturday, veterans with PTSD lined up for free medical marijuana in a Denver protest. Hundreds of Colorado veterans lined up to receive free medical marijuana products as part of a protest against the state health board's refusal to include PTSD among conditions treatable by medical marijuana. The protest was organized by Grow4Vets. "We're tired of waiting around for the government to do something to help veterans," cofounder Richard Martin said. "We're losing over 50 American heroes every single day as a result of prescription drug overdose or suicide, and the VA's position up until this point has pretty much been let's just keep them in a drug stupor."

Florida

On Monday, a poll had support for a medical marijuana initiative above two-thirds. A new survey from St. Pete Polls has more than 68% of respondents saying they would vote for a new medical marijuana initiative if it makes the ballot. An effort last year got 58% of the vote, but failed because, as a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% to pass. These poll results strongly suggest it will pass next time around. Click on the link for more poll results.

Michigan

Last Friday, a state panel okayed medical marijuana for autistic kids. In a 4-2 vote, the state Medical Marijuana Review Panel okayed medical marijuana for kids with severe forms of autism. Its use must be approved by two doctors, and the kids wouldn't smoke it, but would use it in edible or concentrate form.

Nevada

Last Friday, the state's first dispensary opened for business. Silver State Relief was set to open its doors today in the Reno suburb of Sparks. It's the first to open in the state, and one of two approved by city fathers.

New York

Last Friday, the state awarded five medical marijuana licenses. The Department of Health announced the names of five groups that will be allowed to sell medical marijuana in the state. Each group can open up to four dispensaries across the state. They are required to be open for business within six months, meaning patients may be able to buy it before year's end. Click on the link to see who the groups are.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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CN BC: So You Want To Open A Pot Shop?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 06 Aug 2015 - The City of Vancouver is holding private information sessions for current and potential pot shop operators to "learn how to make a successful medical marijuana business licence application" as it embarks on its plan to become Canada's first city to regulate the illegal dispensaries. The city is advertising the sessions on its website, saying "staff will explain everything you need to know about the new regulations and how to successfully apply for permits and licences to run a marijuana-related business."
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US IL: Editorial: Give Medical Marijuana Program a Chance to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 06 Aug 2015 - With every day that passes, it becomes more important that Gov. Bruce Rauner sign a bill resetting the start date of Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program. At the same time, if only to protect popular support for the pilot program, the governor has good reason to veto, for now, a companion bill that would add to the list of conditions for which medical pot can be subscribed. The pilot program was expected to run for about four years, enough time to evaluate whether it helps people who are ill without creating unexpected problems. But due to a number of delays, the program has yet to start, and it is scheduled to end Jan. 1, 2018. The bill on Rauner's desk would reset the start date, allowing the pilot program to get its full run.
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CN MB: Trafficking Charge Laid In Probe Of Pot Store

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Aug 2015 - THE owner of Winnipeg's sole medical-marijuana dispensary faces drug-trafficking charges after police arrested him and shut down his business Tuesday. Glenn Allan Price, 54, was arrested at his unlicensed Main Street dispensary and is charged with drug trafficking and possession offences, as well as possession of the proceeds of crime after police issued two search warrants at his home and business. He was released from custody.
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CN MB: Getting Meds Tougher

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Aug 2015 - Storefront filled need, advocate says DELTA 9 Bio-Tech, the only federally licensed medical-marijuana operation in Manitoba, says it has room for 200 new patients this month. Others will turn to their own stash of pot. And as a last resort, there's always the street.
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