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US WA: Editorial: Legislature Needs To Take Initiative On

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 08:00
Yakima Herald-Republic, 11 Jan 2015 - Citizen initiatives have proven a popular feature of state politics ever since they won approval in 1912, less than a quarter century after Washington became a state. It's true that the initiatives serve a valuable function when our elected officials - for whatever reasons - - refuse to acknowledge the will of the people on a particular issue. The drawback to initiatives is they offer a one-size-fits-all solution that is not subject to the give-and-take of the legislative process. The vetting by state lawmakers and the amendment process help identify unintended consequences of legislation and usually resolve them before they become law. Initiatives, on the other hand, offer clunky implementation that frequently warrants legislative intervention.
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US GA: OPED: Medical Marijuana Debate In General Assembly

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:00
Ledger-Enquirer, 10 Jan 2015 - You're not going to see legislators rolling up big fat ones over the next few weeks, but members of the General Assembly will be discussing a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a state that smokes ribs instead of weed. The brainchild of State Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon, House Bill 1 would provide guidelines for growing, producing and selling therapeutic cannabis, an oil extracted from marijuana plants.
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US HI: Column: 3 Missing Words Trip UP Effort to Scuttle Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Jan 2015 - Harold Rogers, the Kentucky Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says a rider in the omnibus spending bill that Congress enacted last month stops the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's congressional delegate, disagrees.
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US GA: Medical Cannabis Bill Changed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
Macon Telegraph, 09 Jan 2015 - ATLANTA -- A proposal from state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will protect Georgians from state prosecution if they possess certain liquid medical cannabis legally obtained in another state. It remains a federal offense to transport any marijuana products across state lines. The Georgia bill sponsor, Peake, downplayed the transport risk for Georgia families because of a provision of the federal budget signed in December. The so-called "Cromnibus" bill defunds federal law enforcement operations against medical marijuana operations that comply with state laws.
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US CA: Ukiah Pomos to Establish State's First Tribal Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
The Press Democrat, 09 Jan 2015 - A Ukiah Indian rancheria will soon be the site of what is likely California's first tribe-sanctioned, large-scale indoor medical marijuana cultivation and distribution operation. The 250-member Pinoleville Pomo Nation revealed Thursday it has entered into a contract with Colorado-based United Cannabis and Kansas-based FoxBarry Farms to grow thousands of marijuana plants on its 99-acre rancheria just north of Ukiah.
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US: Venture Capital Firm Invests In Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Jan 2015 - Founders Fund Puts Millions into a Cannabis-Focused Private Equity Group. Despite growing momentum toward marijuana legalization, big-name investors have largely stayed on the sidelines of the budding industry, content to hold out until federal prohibition is one day repealed.
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US WA: Column: Medical-Marijuana Advocates May Howl, but No

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 09 Jan 2015 - City Attorney Pete Holmes has bona fides as the most marijuana friendly prosecutor in the United States. So when he says something is rotten in pot, there's more than just smoke in air. This week, Holmes lit a fire in local pot politics by describing the existing medical-marijuana industry as essentially a giant felony enterprise.
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CN NS: N.S. Doctors Adonat Have Data On Medical Pot Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
Chronicle Herald, 09 Jan 2015 - No one knows exactly how many people legally smoke marijuana in Nova Scotia anymore under a new system that places doctors as the sole gatekeepers to the drug. Health Canada previously tracked medical marijuana licences across the country. But the federal department stopped on April 1, 2014, when approvals fell into the laps of Canadian doctors.
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Canada: Bay Street Law Firms Going To Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 09 Jan 2015 - Corporate Lawyers Aim To Gain From Changes To Rules Governing Access To Medical Marijuana The pot industry has long created work for criminal lawyers. But now it's attracting some of the biggest corporate law firms on Bay Street.
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CN NS: Man Who Grew Marijuana For Medicine Gets Jail Time For

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
The News, 09 Jan 2015 - PICTOU - A Stellarton man will serve 60 days in jail for producing marijuana that he says he needs to help ease his chronic pain. James Malcolm Russell MacDonald, 36, was sentenced in Pictou provincial court Thursday on a conviction of production of marijuana and three additional counts of unsafe storage of a firearm.
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Canada: Much Interest In Producing Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 09 Jan 2015 - 23 Companies Now Have Grow Licences Health Canada has received nearly 1,200 applications so far from companies interested in producing medical marijuana. Spokeswoman Sara Lauer said there is no cap on how many licences the federal agency will approve.
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US CO: In Colorado, Pot Legalization Fails To Match

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:00
Wall Street Journal, 09 Jan 2015 - Forecasts of Big Tax Windfall, Dire Social Consequences Don't Prove Entirely True DENVER - Before Colorado became the first state to allow marijuana for recreational purposes, supporters boasted that legalization would generate a sizable tax windfall, while opponents warned it could have serious social consequences.
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CN ON: Pot Plant Proposal Welcome News

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 08 Jan 2015 - Planned Medical Marijuana Facility Would Bring 100 Full-Time Jobs A Toronto-based company hopes to transform the remaining section of the former PPG plant in Owen Sound into one of the largest medical marijuana production facilities in North America.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 22:19

All the medical marijuana news this week is from the West and Midwest. There's good news from Iowa, Montana, and South Dakota, but things are going slowly in Illinois. Let's get to it:

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Last Wednesday, the state missed its own deadline on issuing medical marijuana licenses. State officials admitted Wednesday afternoon that they had missed their self-imposed deadline to begin issuing dispensary and cultivation licenses before the end of 2014. But they didn't say why or when they would be ready. Here is the statement from the Department of Health: "We are strongly committed to bringing relief to thousands of people across the state and ensuring Illinois is the national model for implementing medical cannabis. We are working hard to make sure this is done right. We are conducting a comprehensive review of every cultivation center and dispensary applicant to ensure that only the most qualified are approved for this important program. We will announce the recipients when this important review is finished."

Iowa

On Monday, the Iowa Pharmacy Board voted to reschedule CBD, but not marijuana. The state Board of Pharmacy voted to move cannabidiol (CBD) from Schedule I to Schedule II, but not marijuana. The board was acting on a petition from long-time activist Carl Olsen, who sought to have the whole plant rescheduled. But the board wasn't ready to do that. Olsen says while it isn't what he was asking for, it is a step in the right direction.

Montana

Last Friday, a district court judge blocked some restrictions on medical marijuana. A state district court judge dealt a death blow to provisions of a restrictive state medical marijuana law passed by the Republican-dominated legislature seven years after Big Sky voters approved a more open initiative allowing for medicinal use and a wide open dispensary scene. District Judge James Reynolds in Helena permanently enjoined the implementation of certain key provisions in the law. Those provisions have never actually taken effect because Reynolds blocked them with a temporary injunction back in 2011. Click on the title link for more details.

South Dakota

On Monday, medical marijuana billboards began going up in Sioux Falls. Billboards pushing for medical marijuana and paid for by the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers are going up this week in South Dakota's largest city. The move comes as advocacy groups, including South Dakota Against Prohibition, work to get a medical marijuana bill through the legislature this session. South Dakota legislators have consistently rejected medical marijuana, and so have the state's voters. Past efforts to legalize medical marijuana at the ballot box failed in 2006 and 2010.

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

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US MS: Group Leads Drive To Legalize Pot In Mississippi

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 08:00
Commercial Appeal, 07 Jan 2015 - Petition Effort Seeks to Get Issue on 2016 Ballot An effort to legalize marijuana in Mississippi is growing out of DeSoto County, where petition organizer Kelly Jacobs of Hernando is planning a series of town hall meetings this month to explain the proposal.
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US: States Find You Can't Take Legal Pot Money To The Bank

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 08:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 07 Jan 2015 - WASHINGTON - The nation's rapidly expanding legal marijuana industry, which operates in 23 states and the District of Columbia, enters a new year facing a multibillion-dollar question: What to do with all the millions in cash it collects each week? Nearly all of the nation's banks refuse to take money from marijuana sales or offer basic checking or credit card services to the industry for fear they'll be shut down by federal authorities, for whom marijuana remains an illegal narcotic. The banks won't do business with growers, processors, retail shops and medical dispensaries, or with their employees and contractors.
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Chronicle AM: Seattle Pot Vapor Lounges, VA Pot Poll, Here Comes California, Iran Drug Executions, More (1/6/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 23:28

Seattle's city attorney wants a place for marijuana users to congregate, California activists start moving toward 2016, Dr. David Nutt criticizes British Ecstasy policy, Iran starts the New Year with a bakers' dozen drug executions, and more. Let's get to it:

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Seattle City Attorney Wants Marijuana Vapor Lounges. In a new memo on marijuana policy, City Attorney Peter Holmes is calling for the legalization of pot vapor lounges in the city. "Single family homeowners have a legal place to consume marijuana; others however, such as out-of-town visitors, the homeless, and renters and condominium owners whose buildings do not permit marijuana use, have fewer options," he noted in the memo. "You can enforce that law much better if you, at the same time, provide an outlet for that demand," Holmes said. The lounges would be open only to those 21 and over, require customers to bring their own weed, and would only allow vaping, not smoking. Such a move would require the approval of the city council and the city health department.

Virginia Poll Finds Majority Support for Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana. A Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project finds that 74% of respondents supported allowing medical marijuana and 60% supported decriminalization. The poll also had a near-majority for legalization, with 49% in favor and 44% opposed.

California Activists Set First Meeting for 2016 Initiative. The California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform will kick off the effort to legalize pot in the state in 2016 with a meeting in Oakland this Friday. The meeting will be a seminar examining lessons from the successful initiative efforts in Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the roll-out of marijuana commerce in Colorado. Click on the link for meeting details.  

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Iowa Pharmacy Board Votes to Reschedule CBD, But Not Marijuana. The state Board of Pharmacy voted Monday to move cannabidiol (CBD) from Schedule I to Schedule II, but not marijuana. The board was acting on a petition from long-time activist Carl Olsen, who sought to have the whole plant rescheduled. But the board wasn't ready to do that. Olsen says while it isn't what he was asking for, it is a step in the right direction.

Sentencing

Washington State Defelonization Bill to Get Hearing. A bill that would make simple drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony will get a public hearing in the House Public Safety Committee on January 16. The bill is House Bill 1024, introduced by Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo), and is estimated to save the state millions in incarceration costs each year if passed. Fourteen other states have defelonized drug possession, with California being the most recent. Voters there approved a defelonization initiative in November.

Law Enforcement

Rolling Stone Exposé on Crooked Texas Border Drug Task Force. Rolling Stone has published an in-depth look at a South Texas drug task force, the infamous "Panama Unit" of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and the Mission Police Department. The extent of the thievery and corruption is mind-blowing. Well worth the read.

International

"Illogical and Punitive Drug Policy" to Blame for British Ecstasy Deaths, Prominent Critic Says. Dr. David Nutt, the former head of the Advisory Commission on the Misuse of Drugs who was fired for failing to toe the government's hard line of drug policy, has blamed that hard-line policy for the drug overdose deaths of four men in the past few days. The men thought they were taking Ecstasy, but a British government crackdown on the drug has led to it being substituted by a more lethal substance, PMA. That's the "illogical and punitive drug policy," Nutt was referencing. "The emergence of the more toxic PMA following the so-called ‘success’ in reducing MDMA production is just one of many examples of how prohibition of one drug leads to greater harm from an alternative that is developed to overcome the block," he added.

Mexican Army Kills Nine Civilians in Cartel-Plagued Michoacan. Nine civilians have been killed by Mexican soldiers in the town of Apatzigan, Michoacan, after the army tried to take control of city hall, which had been held for days by armed civilians. It's not clear who exactly was involved, but the western Mexican state has been plagued for years by violent drug trafficking organizations, and more recently, by armed vigilantes fighting the cartels.

Iran Greets New Year By Hanging 13 Drug Offenders. New Year's Day saw 13 drug offenders hanged in Iranian prisons, including four women. All had been convicted of drug trafficking. Iran hanged hundreds of drug traffickers last year, and it looks like it's off to a quick start this year, too. 

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US WA: Holmes Asks State To Act On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 06 Jan 2015 - Urges It Be Put into Recreational System Wants City to Crack Down on Medical-Shop Offenses Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes urged the Legislature to fold medical marijuana into the state's recreational system in a wide-ranging policy memo Monday.
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US: Medical Marijuana A Challenge For Legal Pot States

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:00
The Day, 06 Jan 2015 - SEATTLE (AP) - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with scores of legally dubious medical dispensaries opening and some pot delivery services brazenly advertising that they sell outside the legal system.
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US WA: Editorial: Outdated Pot Law Again Stirs Costly Trouble

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 08:00
Spokesman-Review, 06 Jan 2015 - The outdated Controlled Substances Act of 1970 continues to act as a gateway to lunacy, with the latest example being a lawsuit filed by the states of Oklahoma and Nebraska against neighboring Colorado over the legalization of recreational marijuana. The offended attorneys general fought hard for federalism in warding off the Affordable Care Act's bid to widen Medicaid eligibility in the two states. Butt out, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, and the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately agreed. Now, they want the same court to intervene in Colorado and throttle its legal pot industry.
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