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US GA: Edu: Editorial: Medical Marijuana: Blurring The Lines

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Cluster, 01 Oct 2014 - Medical marijuana, also referred to as cannabis, is a topic in the medical and drug field that brings up much debate over whether or not it should be legalized in all of the states. Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and Washington D.C. Currently only two states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. If medical marijuana is truly needed and beneficial, patients should have access to the treatment that will help them.
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US NJ: Family To Leave N.J. Over Cannabis Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Oct 2014 - Jennie Stormes Said Her Son Has Life-Threatening and Frequent Seizures. She's Held Weekly Protests. A nurse who has staged weekly protests about New Jersey's troubled medical marijuana program is joining an exodus of families with ill children for Colorado. Courtesy of Jim Miller Jennie Stormes organized weekly protests against medical marijuana rules she says are too restrictive.
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US FL: Sides Fire Up Ad War On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 01 Oct 2014 - Twenty-three states have adopted similar measures, but the Florida campaign has drawn national attention because it would be the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana. TV viewers in Florida this week are seeing the first attack in an ad war over medical marijuana, as polls point to a close contest on a constitutional amendment to legalize the illicit weed.
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US MI: Column: Marijuana Prohibition, an Alchemy That Turns a

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 01 Oct 2014 - "Michigan State Police bust marijuana growing operation" reads the headline in the Freep. "Marijuana smell on Michigan kindergartener leads cops to dad's homegrown pot" announces another. And from The Washington Post's editorial board recently: "D.C. voters should reject the rush to legalize marijuana."
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US CO: Colorado Court Mulls Legality Of Firing For Pot Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 01 Oct 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law.
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US CA: Column: The State's Mystery Men Swoop In

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 01 Oct 2014 - THE STATE'S MYSTERY MEN SWOOP IN Attorney General Kamala Harris has had an uneasy relationship with marijuana. As San Francisco's District Attorney, Harris opposed the push to legalize marijuana in California in 2010. Marijuana advocates still campaigned heavily on her behalf during the AG race that fall, claiming the alternative, L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley, was much worse. With her margin of victory a meager 75,000 votes, the state's roughly 750,000 card-carrying medical marijuana patients may have made the difference.
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Chronicle AM: UMass Snitch Policy Review, Baby Bou Bou SWAT Grand Jury, More (9/30/2014)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 20:31

Medical marijuana news from several states today, the Baby Bou Bou SWAT raid case is before a grand jury, UMass examines its student snitch policy, DA candidates in Houston are fighting over drugs, and more. Let's get to it:

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Mississippi Group Wants Legalization Initiative. A group of activists filed a petition Monday with the secretary of state's office seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. This is the first step in putting a measure before the voters. The group is called Mississippi for Cannabis. We're not sure if these are the same folks, but there is a Legalize Marijuana in Mississippi Facebook page.

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Colorado Supreme Court Hearing Patient's Wrongful Firing Lawsuit Today. The state Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who worked for the Dish Network until he was fired four years ago for testing positive for marijuana. Dish Network argues that even though medical marijuana is legal under state law, it is still illegal under federal law, and the firing was thus justified.

New York US Senators Ask Feds to Approve State's Request to Transport Medical Marijuana Across State Lines. US Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and Charles Schumer (D) Monday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) request for the Justice Department to allow the state to import high-CBD cannabis oil from out of state. "As members of Congress whose constituents suffer from these illnesses, we feel that the federal government ought to do what it can to help these children," the senators wrote. "Therefore, we are requesting that you provide the state of New York with a waiver that would prohibit federal prosecution for the importation of cannabidol in the rare cases where medical marijuana is imported between two states with legalized medical marijuana, and the amount is small, finite and prescription-based."

Second Annual Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Festival This Weekend. The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition is hosting the festival to celebrate the eighth year of the state's medical marijuana program. Click on the link for more details.

Wisconsin Activists Target Recalcitrant Legislators With Billboards. Sick and tired of seeing bills blocked in the state legislature, medical marijuana activists are targeting two key opponents, Republican state Sens. Mary Lazich and Leah Vukmir, in a newly unveiled billboard campaign. The billboards urge readers to call the two senators and ask them why Wisconsin patients have no access to medical marijuana.

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Harris County, Texas, (Houston) DA Race All About Drugs. A debate over the weekend between Republican incumbent Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Democratic challenger Kim Ogg was all about drugs. The candidates both suggested that they would allow some low-level marijuana possession offenders to avoid permanent criminal records, although Ogg would go further than Anderson. They also tussled over whether or not to press felony charges for trace amounts of cocaine or crack pipes, with Anderson taking the harder line. Click on the link for more flavor.

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Doctors' Group Issues Pain Reliever Guidelines, Says Not Appropriate for Many Cases. The American Academy of Neurology has released a new position paper, Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, that says the risks of opioid pain relievers outweigh their benefits in treating chronic headaches, low back pain, and fibromyalgia. "Whereas there is evidence for significant short-term pain relief, there is no substantial evidence for maintenance of pain relief or improved function over long periods of time without incurring serious risk of overdose, dependence, or addiction," the group concludes. The position paper calls for increased screening, monitoring, and drug testing of opioid-using pain patients, but has little to say about actually treating chronic pain.

Law Enforcement

UMass to Review Whether to Allow Students to Act as Drug Snitches. In the wake of the heroin overdose death of a student who had been arrested by campus police on drug charges, but who was allowed to become an informant for police, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst said Monday it would review the program that allows police to recruit students as snitches. Questions have been raised about whether the program gets students appropriate treatment for drug problems and whether the students' parents are notified of violations, as they are with alcohol violations.

Georgia Grand Jury Hearing Evidence on "Baby Bou Bou" SWAT Raid. A Habersham County grand jury Monday began reviewing evidence in the case of "Baby Bou Bou," the toddler who was seriously injured when a SWAT team member on a drug raid threw a flash bang grenade into his play pen. The SWAT team found neither drugs nor the individual they were seeking. The grand jury will review the evidence surrounding the drug raid and determine if criminal charges should be filed against authorities who executed it.

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Eleven Killed in Mexico Cartel Clashes in Chihuahua. Mexican prosecutors said clashes last Friday between Sinaloa and Juarez cartel members in the town of Guachochi, Chihuahua, in the Tarahumara mountain range, left 11 people dead. No Mexican security forces were involved, they said. The isolated region, home to the Tarahumara Indians, has been the scene of repeated clashes between rival drug gangs.

Canadian Drug Reformers Rally in Ottawa. Drug reformers, health lobbyists, and the Liberal Party's health critic, Hedy Fry, gathered on Parliament Hill Tuesday to advocate for more enlightened drug policies. Current policies unfairly criminalize drug users and don't effectively treat addiction, they said. Click on the link for more detail.

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Canada: Doctor's Group Offers Guide on Pot Access

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 30 Sep 2014 - Physicians Must Authorize Use of Marijuana, but a Lack of Research into Drug's Benefits Makes It Difficult to Know When to Prescribe The College of Family Physicians of Canada has created new guidelines to help doctors determine if and when a patient should have access to marijuana to treat chronic pain or anxiety.
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Canada: Doctors Get Advice On Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 30 Sep 2014 - Marijuana Should Only Be Prescribed After Trying Regular Medicine, College Says The College of Family Physicians has issued guidelines to Canada's more than 30,000 primary-care doctors about which patients should and should not get prescriptions for medical marijuana.
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US: Marijuana Industry Makes Political Donations

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 30 Sep 2014 - DENVER (AP) - The entrepreneurs of the young US marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal marijuana to more states. The political activity includes swanky fund-raisers at Four Seasons hotels and art auctions at law firms. And members of Congress who once politely returned the industry's contribution checks are now keeping them.
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Chronicle AM: Marijuana Policy in Senate Races, CA Fair Sentencing Act, Stanton Peele on Disease Model, More (9/29/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:36

Marijuana politics is popping up in some US Senate races, pot arrests are still going up in some states, the Guam medical marijuana initiative faces a legal challenge, Stanton Peele takes on the disease model of addiction and liberals who love it, Jerry Brown signs the California Fair Sentencing Act, and more. Let's get to it:

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Marijuana Policy in the Kentucky US Senate Race. Pot politics is playing a role in the Kentucky Senate race. Both incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Grimes agree that industrial hemp is a good thing, but Grimes said last Thursday she wants to have a discussion on legalizing marijuana, especially for medical purposes. McConnell retorted last Friday that he opposes legalizing marijuana for any reason because the state has a heroin problem and it would send the wrong message.

Nebraska Democratic US Senate Candidate Open to Legalization. The Democratic nominee for the US Senate from Nebraska is open to marijuana legalization. "I think we should give very serious consideration to legalization of marijuana," Dave Domina said Thursday. "If I were a philosopher king, we wouldn't have it, but I'm not and we need to spend our law enforcement dollars as intelligently as we can. That's not on marijuana enforcement. "What we should do is to make safe and dispense responsibly the drugs that are the most common, the least dangerous," he said. "I'm not saying they are desirable. I don’t think cigarettes are desirable, frankly. But nonetheless, I think that’s what we need to do. We need to methodically make marijuana available to people on a rational basis. It needs to be safely distributed and it needs to be taken away from crime as a profit center." The Republican nominee, Ben Sasse, didn't take a firm stand on the issue.

Marijuana Arrests Up in 17 States. Marijuana legalization may be inevitable, but some states haven't gotten the message. According to a new report from marijuana researcher Dr. Jon Gettman, even though national marijuana arrests peaked in 2007, marijuana arrests increased in 17 states between 2008 and 2012. Those states and their rates of annual increase are: South Carolina (11.6%), Washington, DC (7.7%) South Dakota (7.7%), North Dakota (5.5%), Utah (4.5%), Illinois (4.3%), Montana (3.5%), Idaho (3.2%), Virginia (2.6%), New York (2.4%), New Jersey (2.4%), Oregon (2.1%), Tennessee (1.7%), Wisconsin (1.2%), Vermont (1%), Michigan (1%), and West Virginia (1%). The report is Marijuana in the States 2012.

Overblown Analogy Department. The Polk County, Florida, Sheriff's Office is sounding the alarm over high-THC cannabis oil, popularly known as "wax" or "dabs," but its spokesperson is relying on an old bogeyman to get her message across. "This particular drug is to marijuana the way crack is to cocaine," Donna Wood said.

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Guam Attorney Seeks to Block Medical Marijuana Initiative. Voters in Guam are set to vote on a medical marijuana initiative submitted by the territorial legislature next month, but a Guam attorney has asked the US District Court there to block the vote. Howard Trapp argues that the legislature can't legally "pass the buck" to voters, even though the island's Supreme Court said it could in an August ruling. The election commission has until October 7 to respond to the filing.

First Illinois Patients Get Their Cards. Jim Champion, an Army vet who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is apparently the first Illinois patient to get his medical marijuana card. His came last week. He is the first of more than 2,000 Illinois residents who have applied under the state's new law.

New York Governor Asks Justice Department to Allow State to Acquire Medical Marijuana from Other States. Last Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General David Cole asking the Justice Department to extend a narrow, time-limited exception to federal law to allow the importation of certain strains of medical marijuana from other states for use by children in New York with severe forms of epilepsy. The letter follows a similar letter sent last month by the Cuomo administration to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Drug Policy

Dr. Stanton Peele on the Disease Theory of Addiction. Drug war critic and iconoclastic addiction psychologist Dr. Stanton Peele has penned a provocative screed critical of the disease theory of addiction and political liberals who embrace it. The article is "Why Liberals Love the Disease Theory of Addiction, by a Liberal Who Hates It."

Sentencing

California Fair Sentencing Act Signed Into Law. California Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act, which will undo racial disparities in the sentencing of cocaine offenders under laws passed during the crack cocaine hysteria of the 1980s. Brown did not issue a signing statement. The law, Senate Bill 1010, eliminates sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses. It also eliminates related disparities in probation and asset forfeiture guidelines for those offenses.

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Uruguay Presidential Candidate Says Pot Smoker Registry Could Be Used to Identify People Needing Drug Treatment. Former President Tabare Vazquez, who is running to return to the office, has proposed using the state's registry of marijuana users to expose them to drug treatment. He was attempting to frame the law as a rehabilitative measure, but critics say it could dissuade users from registering with the state. Vazquez's remarks also run afoul of provisions in the law that limit revealing such data "without the individual's express written consent."

(This article was published by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also shares the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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US CO: Pot Giveaway For Vets Draws About 1,000

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 29 Sep 2014 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel. The "Grow 4 Vets" giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications.
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US CO: 1,000 Veterans Line Up For Free Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 29 Sep 2014 - COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) - A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel. The Operation Grow 4 Vets giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications.
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US CA: Lake County Fight Over Marijuana Going Back to Voters

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 29 Sep 2014 - Lake County's ongoing battle over medical marijuana regulations returns to the ballot box, with two measures this November that, if passed, would overturn the county's current pot ordinance approved by voters in June. Measures 0 and P continue the tug-of-war over pot that is becoming a tradition of sorts. Each time the county attempts to enact restrictions on marijuana cultivation and dispensaries, pot advocates have challenged them with referendums, ballot initiatives or lawsuits.
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US NM: OPED: When A Decision Comes Back To Haunt You

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Sep 2014 - The Lessons Learned From Legalizing Alcohol Should Be a Role Model for Why Decriminalizing Drugs Is a Bad Idea When I first read Diane Dimond's column, "When will we really listen to the experts on drugs?", my first mental response was, this woman really is out of touch as to how and why we have the prisons overflowing and the social issues that plague us today over drugs.
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US FL: Marijuana Amendment On The Bubble Of Approval

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
Tallahassee Democrat, 27 Sep 2014 - Florida's pending constitutional amendment that could allow the sale, purchase and use of medical marijuana is on the bubble of the voter support needed in November for it to be approved. The 75-word Amendment 2 question asks voters decide if individuals with debilitating diseases may get medical marijuana from a licensed Florida physician.
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US FL: Debating the Help, Harm of Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 27 Sep 2014 - Doctor, Lawyer Square Off Over Effect of Amendment 2 Will Amendment 2 give seriously ill people a chance to treat their symptoms with medical marijuana instead of potentially deadly prescription drugs? Or will it give doctors carte blanche to recommend it to just about anyone, turning Florida into a pot paradise?
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CN NS: Experimenting With Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 26 Sep 2014 - More Data Needed to Determine Effectiveness, Pain-Treatment Specialist Says At least a dozen physicians raised their hands at a pain conference in Halifax on Friday when asked if they have prescribed medical marijuana for their patients.
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US FL: OPED: No. Dressing Up Marijuana As Medicine Doesn't Cut

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 26 Sep 2014 - Real prescriptions tell us how many precisely dosed pills to take ... Do we expect budtenders to tell us how many puffs ... [are] optimal? The relationship between a doctor and a patient is a sacred trust and a legal bond. One of the most common treatments that doctors provide to patients is to prescribe medications. When writing a prescription, the doctor stipulates a specific medication, precise doses, how often and when it is taken, and for how long. Your doctor and pharmacist review every medication you are taking to protect you from adverse drug interactions. The entire process of testing, approving, manufacturing, prescribing and selling prescription medications is carefully regulated.
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US FL: Editorial: Amendment 2: Good For Florida?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 26 Sep 2014 - Talk about reefer madness. Trying to gauge Floridians' support for Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions - on which voters will have their say in November - based on the myriad crazily vacillating polls is truly mind-bending. In May, a Quinnipiac poll found that 88 percent of Florida voters backed the medicinal use of marijuana. That's up a tick from a November 2013 poll that recorded 82 percent support.
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