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CN MB: High Time To Answer Burning Questions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/14/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 2016 - By this time next year, weed will be well on its way to becoming a legal in Canada. Next spring, the Trudeau government intends to introduce legislation that will effectively legalize the production, distribution and sale of marijuana and other cannabis products and eliminate penalties for possession. Precisely what that involves will depend on regulations that may take longer to put in place - whatever Ottawa decides will require Canadian provinces and municipalities to make changes of their own.
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US OR: Medford Councilor Opens Dispensary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/14/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 14 May 2016 - Clay Bearnson Believed to Be the First City Councilor in the State to Own Pot Shop A member of the Medford City Council, known for its tough stance on legalized marijuana, has opened his own dispensary.
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US IL: Editorial: Illinois Should Expand the Uses of Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/14/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2016 - Illinois has taken a go-slow approach to medical marijuana, limiting risk by allowing the industry to operate as a pilot program until the start of 2018. So far, so good: The highly regulated system, designed to provide relief to patients suffering from 39 specific ailments, such as cancer and Parkinson's, has operated smoothly since it started last year. Gov. Bruce Rauner, like his predecessor, Pat Quinn, hasn't rushed the process. But a policy of prudence that doesn't evolve with the evidence can wind up being overly cautious: Today some hurting Illinois residents can't get the aid they seek because of Rauner's approach.
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US OR: Editorial: Commissioners Made the Right Choice on Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
The Bulletin, 13 May 2016 - The Deschutes County Commission has agreed to repeal the ban prohibiting recreational and medical marijuana businesses from operating in unincorporated parts of the county. It hasn't been an easy decision for the commissioners. It shouldn't be an easy decision given the complexities involved. But it was the right decision.
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CN ON: Toronto Set To Crack Down On Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 13 May 2016 - In a sweeping crackdown, Toronto officials say that, by month's end, every single one of the city's growing number of marijuana dispensaries - estimated at up to 100 storefronts across town - will be facing charges for violating zoning rules and up to $50,000 in fines. Word of the blitz came as Mayor John Tory labelled the growth of pot shops "alarming," and called for city staff to study the licensing regimes now in place in Vancouver and Victoria to see if Toronto could bring in similar rules that would control, for example, how close dispensaries can set up to schools. In the meantime, Mr. Tory also asked city staff to work with Toronto police "to address the health and safety concerns of neighbours and businesses" as the pot shops proliferate.
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CN ON: City Preparing For Pot Shop Crackdown

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 May 2016 - Numbers will explode if left unaddressed, mayor fears City and law enforcement officials are in the midst of a wide-scale investigation into the dozens of unlicensed marijuana outlets that have exploded around Toronto.
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CN AB: Medical Marijuana User Seeking Clarity

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 13 May 2016 - Vaping Rules Restrict Use of Prescribed Medication A Calgary medical marijuana user is looking for clarity on where and when he can use the substance. Daniel - not his real name - told Metro he's been using marijuana to deal with anxiety, PTSD and depression.
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Canada: Veterans' Pot-Prescription Rates Raise Flags

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 13 May 2016 - Health Officials Are Looking into the Practice of Some Former-Soldiers' Groups Getting Kickbacks From Medical-Marijuana Producers The recent explosion in the number of veterans being reimbursed for medical marijuana, flagged by the Auditor-General in a critical report, is being fuelled by groups in the Atlantic provinces connecting former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with licensed growers hungry for patients.
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CN ON: Column: Blowing Smoke At The Future?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 13 May 2016 - Tory Wants to Turn Back Clock: Pot Boosters When it came to rapidly expanding Uber, Mayor John Tory was certainly opposed to standing in the way of the changing reality. "The notion that we think somehow we're going to turn back the hands of time in Toronto, Canada, I mean this is not sensible," Tory said, much to the chagrin of the taxi industry.
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CN ON: Editorial: Regulate Pot Shop Pop-Ups

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 May 2016 - It used to be that pop-up stores were focused on selling seasonal items like Christmas decorations. But the latest craze is in so-called "medical marijuana dispensaries," which are popping up like weeds this spring in residential areas around the city. Bags of marijuana are among the offerings at a medical marijuana dispensary in Vancouver. A number of similar shops have opened in Toronto.
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CN ON: Dispensaries Popping Up

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 13 May 2016 - Mayor John Tory has asked city staff to look into ways of controlling Toronto's booming pot dispensary industry. For several weeks, Tory has been publicly lamenting the large number of marijuana dispensaries growing like weeds in city neighbourhoods. On Thursday, he fired off a letter to Municipal Licensing and Standards executive director Tracey Cook asking her to take action.
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US FL: Benefactor Optimistic On Amend. 2

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 13 May 2016 - BENEFACTOR OPTIMISTIC ON AMEND. 2 For the second time in two years, Florida voters will be presented with a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. United for Care, which backed Amendment 2 in 2014, is also backing the 2016 measure, also known as Amendment 2. Campaign chairman John Morgan has invested millions of dollars in both efforts. We discussed the issue with Morgan, campaign manager Ben Pollara and Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre. An excerpt of Morgan's responses follows. A video of the full interview is at OrlandoSentinel.com/opinion.
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Chronicle AM: Millions Would Grow Pot If They Could, Hemp Returns to WV, More... (5/12/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 21:00

Congress acts on opioid and drug trafficking bills, million want to grow pot if it's legal, a CBD cannabis oil bill moves in Louisiana, a medical marijuana bill is killed in Missouri, and more.

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Millions of Americans Would Grow Pot at Home If It Were Legal, Survey Finds. A new Harris Poll conducted for Green State Gardener has found that a whopping 44.5 million adult Americans would grow their own at home if it were legal. That's 18% of all adults, up from 10% only last year. "A year or two of research doesn’t establish a trend yet, but the jump in these numbers is pretty significant," said industry analyst Bruce Butterfield. "The largest number of adults most likely to grow marijuana themselves is 18 to 34 year olds, followed by baby boomers aged 55-plus." The poll also found that 59% said marijuana should be legal, in line with other recent polls showing consistent, if narrow, majorities for legalization.

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Louisiana Houses Passes CBD Cannabis Oil Expansion Bill. The House approved Senate Bill 271 Wednesday, but because it amended it, the bill must now go back to the Senate for a final vote. Last year, legislators legalized CBD cannabis oil, but only for a handful of conditions. This bill expands those conditions to include seizure disorders. No one can currently use CBD cannabis oils because the legislature is still figuring out how to regulate them.

Missouri House Rejects Medical Marijuana Bill. The House Wednesday killed the bill on a 71-85 vote. That leaves an open path for a medical marijuana initiative whose supporters have handed in signatures and are awaiting confirmation that the initiative has qualified for the November ballot.

Ohio Poll Has Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana. A new Quinnipiac University poll has support for medical marijuana at very high 90%. The poll comes as a restrictive medical marijuana bill is working its way through the legislature and as a medical marijuana initiative is in the signature-gathering phase. The poll also asked about support for legalization, which came in at 52%.

Industrial Hemp

West Virginia to See First Legal Hemp Crop Since World War II. Scientists with West Virginia University are set to plant hemp next week in Morgantown as part of a research study on phytoremediation (reinvigorating depleted or polluted soils). The second phase of the study will explore hemp's industrial applications.

Drug Policy

House Passes 10-Bill Package Aimed at Opioid Addiction. The House Wednesday approved 10 bills that are part of an 18-bill legislative package designed to fight opioid addiction. One bill would concentrate on best prescribing practices for opioids, another would provide funding for care for babies of mothers addicted to opioids. The rest of the package is due for consideration today or tomorrow.

Congress Passes Transnational Drug Trafficking Act. The act, Senate Bill 32, now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature. The bill would criminalize foreign drug manufacturers if they intend, know, or have probable cause to believe the substance will be illegally imported into the US. It would also increase penalties for trafficking in counterfeit drugs.

International

Irish Government Makes it Official: Safe Injection Sites Are Coming. The government released its Program for Government Tuesday, and the document commits the Fine Gael-led administration to supporting "a health-led rather than a criminal justice approach to drug use, including legislation for injection rooms."

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CN ON: Charged Activist Also 'Victim' - Judge

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 12 May 2016 - Robert Neron's legal troubles started five years ago when he asked the Ontario Provincial Police in Kapuskasing to lay a charge against Health Canada. It signalled to police that Neron, a long-time user and advocate for medical marijuana, was no longer licensed to possess or grow his own cannabis at his Moonbeam residence.
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CN ON: Wynne Worried About Pot Shops That Are Popping Up Like

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 May 2016 - Premier Kathleen Wynne is concerned about the explosion of unlicensed marijuana"dispensaries" opening up across the province. With more than 90 of the illegal storefronts already up and running in Toronto alone, Wynne said operators are exploiting the fact that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is moving forward with legalization next year.
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US FL: Poll: 80% Of Floridians Support Pot Amendment

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 12 May 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - About six months before Election Day, Florida voters overwhelmingly support a broad legalization of medical marijuana but are less clear about a critical U.S. Senate race, a new poll shows. The poll, released on Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, said that 80 percent of voters support a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana for patients with a wide range of conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.
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US CA: Column: Baby Steps

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 12 May 2016 - Is the Adult Use of Marijuana Act gonna be on the ballot or what? - -Reggie Stird-Votairs Probably. Last week, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a bunch of other movers, shakers and moneymakers stood on a stage and announced that they had gathered more than enough signatures to place AUMA on the 2016 ballot. (They have 600,000 and they only need 385,000, so even if 36 percent of the signatures are thrown out, they still have enough.) Let the yelling and name-calling begin.
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Australia: Our Medical Marijuana Boom?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sunshine Coast Daily, 12 May 2016 - Adam Benjamin Says Medical Cannabis Could Be a Huge Export Crop for the Sunshine Coast and Today He Meet With Queenland Treasurer Curtis Pitt to Discuss His Plans to Start Farming It: ADAM Benjamin's goal of turning the Sunshine Coast into a world leading supplier of medicinal cannabis is a step closer with a bill tabled in the Queensland Parliament.
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US FL: Medical And Recreational Pot Have Voters' Support

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 12 May 2016 - Florida voters overwhelmingly support legalization of medical marijuana, pollsters said Wednesday, and most also favor legalization of recreational pot use. The Quinnipiac University poll found 80 percent of Florida voters said they would vote for a proposed constitutional amendment in November allowing for medical use of marijuana. Just 16 percent said they'd vote no.
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US CO: Column: A Hit and a Miss for Colorado Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 12 May 2016 - In the week leading up to the end of the Second Regular Session of the State Legislature, two major pieces of marijuana legislation met their fates. In the first week of May, a proposal to certify organic marijuana at the state level was rejected in a Senate committee by a vote of 4-3, while Jack's Law, a bill requiring Colorado schools to accommodate the use of non-smokeable medical marijuana by students, passed both the House and Senate.
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