Business Day, 21 Apr 2016 - THE stalled Medical Innovation Bill, which seeks legality for dagga as a medical therapeutic adjunct and greater freedom for its recreational use, will need significant surgery if it is to become law. The bill, tabled by the late Mario Ambrosini in 2014, went through Parliament unopposed, but has been wheel-spinning ever since. It is hopelessly bogged down - primarily over the liberalisation of dagga for commercial and recreational use.
SF Weekly, 21 Apr 2016 - The truest words at "Altered State," the Oakland Museum of California's new exhibit all about America's favorite illicit drug - and, according to the museum's curators, the first-ever cannabis-centric museum exhibit in America - greet visitors at the very beginning, well before they reach the four large healthy indica plants behind glass or hear Richard Nixon's diabolical mumble rumble through their ears. "Californians can't seem to agree on cannabis."
Isthmus, 20 Apr 2016 - Dane County Pushing Municipalities to Lower Fines for Pot Possession Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has seen how possession of a small amount of marijuana can affect families in vastly different ways.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 Apr 2016 - MEXICO CITY - President Enrique Pena Nieto said Mexico will move to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in what was seen as a stark shift for a leader who has made clamping down on all forms of drug trafficking a hallmark of his tenure. Speaking to the United Nations, Mr. Pena Nieto said Tuesday he would also raise the amount of marijuana that would be de-criminalized for personal consumption, calling its use a public health problem and urging policies that avoid punishing users.
The Daily Local, 20 Apr 2016 - UPPER MERION - Gov. Tom Wolf, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17th Dist., and state Rep. Tim Briggs, D149th Dist., joined about a dozen advocates of the medical marijuana bill recently signed into law during a news conference in King of Prussia Tuesday to tout the new legislation and promise its swift implementation. The law, which passed with bipartisan support, will allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes in pill form and in oils that can be vaporized. The bill's signing makes Pennsylvania the 24th state to sanction a medical marijuana program.
Chicago Tribune, 20 Apr 2016 - They Fear Epilepsy Medication, Whose Maker Seeks FDA OK, Could Blunt Their Movement COLUMBUS, Ohio - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.
East Bay Express, 20 Apr 2016 - Legalizing cannabis could reduce sentences and clear criminal records for millions. Here's something to toast to on the week of 4/20: Millions of Californians with an old pot crime conviction besmirching their records could see the scarlet letters vanish if voters legalize marijuana on November 8. And those in prison for cannabis offenses that are no longer considered crimes could petition for a reduced sentence.
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Apr 2016 - Cannabidiol Extract Without THC Could Undercut Movement COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.
Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr 2016 - Race Champ Aims to Blunt the Stigma of Marijuana Users As Lazy "The World's Fastest Stoner" slowed under the Santa Monica Pier, pondering where to run. Photographs by Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times CHRIS BARNICLE, aka "The World's Fastest Stoner," smokes a joint in his van after winning the 420 Games in Santa Monica last month. "There are tons of athletes ... that are using cannabis. But because of their contracts they can't say anything," he says.
New York Times, 20 Apr 2016 - MONTPELIER, Vt. - First came Colorado and Washington. Then Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Now advocates for legal marijuana are looking to New England, hoping this part of the country will open a new front in their efforts to expand legalization nationwide. But this largely liberal region is struggling with the devastating effect of opiate abuse, which is disrupting families, taxing law enforcement agencies and taking lives. And many lawmakers and public officials are balking at the idea of legalizing a banned substance, citing potential social costs.
Washington Post, 20 Apr 2016 - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Tuesday that he is open to the legalization of medical marijuana in Mexico and that his government would announce new measures in the coming days. "I am giving voice to those who have [in public forums] expressed the necessity of changing the regulatory framework to authorize the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes," he said in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Press Democrat, 20 Apr 2016 - As millions of marijuana aficionados light up Wednesday at 4:20 p.m. in celebration of "Weed Day," many are blissfully unaware of the increasing interest that investors with deep pockets are showing in their favorite psychoactive herb. A green rush is on in the marijuana industry, with legal sales of cannabis rising by a billion dollars or more each year nationwide, according to one report, and venture capitalists pouring millions into marijuana enterprises ranging from computer software and social networks to storage bags, vaporizers and insurance.
Daily Times, 19 Apr 2016 - "This is what government is supposed to look like." Just let that notion sink in for awhile. We've gotten accustomed to the opposite when it comes to politics.
The Daily Californian, 19 Apr 2016 - When you think about what greens are helping to extend California's drought, you probably don't think of cannabis, but in California, marijuana and alfalfa may have more in common than you think. California is, in fact, responsible for two-thirds of the agriculture produced in the United States and 60 percent of the marijuana found around the country, mostly originating from growers in northern California. Unsurprisingly, both these water-intensive industries greatly contribute to, and worsen, the drought that California has been facing for the past five years. The legalization of recreational marijuana use may fix the problems the industry is currently causing, but only if proper regulations are put in place to protect our state's watersheds.
The Record Herald, 19 Apr 2016 - While medical marijuana has been passed in Pennsylvania after lengthy deliberation it may be too early for celebration based on the opinions of some of the advocates close to the passage of the bill. "This is a great step forward, but there's still a ways to go," said Karen Diller, of Chambersburg, who became an advocate for medical marijuana after her daughter Karly found significant relief in a medical marijuana study.
Globe and Mail, 19 Apr 2016 - Health Minister Jane Philpott has asked her staff to work on a range of options to address Canada's epidemic of opioid abuse, including setting up a national surveillance system to monitor drug overdoses. "There's an exponential growth in the number of opioid overdose deaths," Dr. Philpott told The Globe and Mail. "It's one of the most stark examples of why we have got to find a new way forward and we have got to address this."
Gaylord Herald Times, 19 Apr 2016 - GAYLORD - It's been nearly six weeks since all of the medical marijuana dispensaries in Otsego County were raided by law enforcement officials, resulting in two arrests and an ongoing investigation. As of Friday afternoon, the execution of search warrants at nine dispensaries in Gaylord and one in Vanderbilt March 10 have been proceeded with the arrest of two men, including [name1 redacted], 45, of Gaylord, and [name2 redacted], 36, of Gaylord, though more are expected to be made, possibly by the end of the month.
Albany Democrat-Herald, 19 Apr 2016 - The recent news about a looming controversy regarding medical marijuana and an experimental epilepsy drug raises intriguing questions - but, in the long run, likely will be seen as a footnote on the road to more widespread legalization. At issue in the recent case is an experimental drug, Epidiolex, which is made from cannabis plants grown in England. The drug is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD. It has little of the substance in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that produces the traditional pot high. A researcher in Columbus, Ohio, says that Epidiolex has shown great promise in treating seizures, especially among children. And, the researcher notes, studies have suggested that children can be hurt by using the whole marijuana plant.
Toronto Star, 19 Apr 2016 - 50 Parents, Including Five Canadian Mothers, To Address Session On Global Problem Donna May's daughter had been in a downward spiral for months. Once a happy young woman, with dimples and a quick sense of humour, Jac had become addicted to opioids.
The Calgary Sun, 19 Apr 2016 - No different than liquor stores. If not quite reefer madness, it's a mentality straight out of the archaic past, when marijuana was considered a dangerous narcotic only capable of corrupting our youth and incinerating societal mores, rather than a regulated medicine legally available across Canada.