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US NM: Column: Legal Arena Sorting Through Legalized Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 30 Mar 2015 - As Marijuana Becomes Increasingly Acceptable, Contradictory Federal and State Laws Raise Numerous Issues, Ignite Disputes Marijuana has evolved from a substance that a former U.S. president "tried but never inhaled" to a state tax bonanza, exotic medical treatment and a frequent subject of employment-related disputes.
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US NY: New York State's Medical Marijuana Rules Shaping Up As

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 30 Mar 2015 - ALBANY - When New York State's lawmakers were mulling legalizing the medical use of marijuana last summer, some proponents feared that the proposed law was so restrictive that it would prevent many patients from receiving the drug. Now, with the state's Health Department close to issuing final regulations about the new program, the law's supporters say their fears may soon be realized.
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US CA: Panel Prepares For Legal Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - OAKLAND (TNS) - With Californians likely to vote as early as next year on legalizing recreational marijuana, a task force headed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel the Golden State in the coming months to help the state think through the issues. In a new report, the task force says the state should figure out in advance how to keep pot from kids and keep impaired drivers off the road, whether to tax weed by weight or its sales price and how to eliminate a black market.
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US CA: Lawsuit Takes On New Pot Ordinance

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - Yuba County's new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance is cost-prohibitive for most patients to abide by and unconstitutionally deprives them of growing their own plants, a lawsuit filed against the county states. The suit filed late Thursday by four county growers also challenges the Board of Supervisors' approval of the more restrictive pot growing regulations as an urgency ordinance. It says the county didn't identify any circumstances to make the ordinance an urgency matter, which meant it went into effect immediately instead of after a 30-day waiting period.
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US PA: Column: Stirring the Pot at Joint Hearing on Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 Mar 2015 - It was doctors against lawmakers, science against anecdotes, at Tuesday's joint committee hearing on medical marijuana. Yes, joint. Twenty state representatives from the Judiciary and Health Committees, mostly Republicans, filed into Pennsylvania Hospital on Tuesday, many bearing grim accounts of ill constituents who say pot helps them feel less pain.
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US: Colorado, Washington Seek To Stop Pot Lawsuit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar 2015 - In what's shaping up as a battle of states' rights, the top law enforcement officials in Colorado and Washington are urging the Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from Oklahoma and Nebraska that seeks to strike down a Colorado law that legalized recreational marijuana use. Oklahoma and Nebraska filed their suit directly with the Supreme Court, arguing that Colorado's legislation conflicts with federal drug regulations.
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CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack Teeth

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 28 Mar 2015 - Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life. Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.
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CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack Teeth

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
The Tribune, 28 Mar 2015 - Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life. Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.
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US CO: Colorado Defends Pot Law In High Court Filing

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 28 Mar 2015 - Neb., Okla. Suing Over Legalization DENVER (AP) - States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law.
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US: Colorado Defends Its Pot Laws Against Oklahoma, Nebraska

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 28 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON - Colorado defended its marijuana laws on Friday against a legal attack from Oklahoma and Nebraska and argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that its sovereignty is being challenged by the two neighboring states. "Nebraska and Oklahoma filed this case in an attempt to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree," the Colorado attorney general's office said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court.
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US WA: Editorial: Update Marijuana Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 27 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON'S experiment with legal recreational marijuana is "teetering on the brink" of a market failure. That is the candid assessment of Hayden Woodard, a state-licensed grower in Dallesport who hasn't given himself a paycheck in a year. It's not just him. A stream of state-licensed marijuana operators recently testified in Olympia about how overregulation and unequal competition from unregulated medical-marijuana dispensaries are jeopardizing Initiative 502, the landmark legalization measure passed in 2012.
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US CA: Study Of Legal Marijuana Urged

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar 2015 - Gavin Newsom Seeks Inquiry Before an Expected 2016 Ballot Measure to Decriminalize Pot. A group led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a proponent of legalizing marijuana, is calling for a public airing of the issue to prepare the ground for an expected 2016 ballot measure that would decriminalize use of the drug.
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US HI: Senate Panels Pass Dispensary Bill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 27 Mar 2015 - Hawaii's Medical Marijuana Patients Could See Outlets As Early As Next Year The push to allow for medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii - some 15 years after state leaders permitted medical use of the drug - continues to advance through the Legislature, with key lawmakers in support saying they hope to give the state's nearly 13,000 medical pot patients access to such outlets by early 2016.
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Chronicle AM: CA Poll Has 55% for Legalization, GA MedMJ CBD Bill Passes, DEA Sex Parties, More (3/26/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:31

Marijuana and medical marijuana remain hot items at the statehouse, a new report says DEA agents partied with prostitutes paid for by drug traffickers, Indiana's governor okays emergency needle exchanges, and more.

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Alaska Marijuana Bill Would Still Treat Pot as Controlled Substance. The state Senate is preparing to vote Friday on the bill to deal with marijuana post-legalization, but it will vote on a version of Senate Bill 30 that keeps marijuana listed as a controlled substance. A Judiciary Committee draft removed marijuana from the list, but the Senate voted as a whole to adopt instead language from the Finance committee that keeps it on the list.

New California Poll Has Support for Legalization at 55%. A new Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll has 55% of Californians supporting marijuana legalization. "Support for legalization is at its highest point since PPIC began asking the question in May 2010," the group noted.

California Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy Releases Policy Road Map Today. A group of experts led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is today unveiling a "progress report" that outlines issues that should be addressed in any legalization initiative going before voters next year. The commission also includes the ACLU, leading academics, law enforcement officials, and activists.

Massachusetts Prosecutors Reject Legalization. State DAs showed little interest in legalizing marijuana at a statehouse hearing Wednesday. "We ought to turn ourselves into Denver, Colorado, where gummy bears are littering the streets that are made of marijuana?" asked Cape and Islands DA Michael O'Keefe in a typical comment from prosecutors. If the legislature doesn't legalize pot this year or next, the state is extremely likely to see one or more initiatives to do so next year.

New Jersey Governor Says Marijuana Tax Revenue is "Blood Money." Gov. Chris Christie (R) used the occasion of the ribbon-cutting event at a drug treatment facility to reiterate his opposition to marijuana legalization. Christie said marijuana is a "gateway drug" and that tax revenues from its sale would amount to "blood money."

ResponsibleOhio Begins Signature Gathering. Signature gathering started Wednesday for the group's marijuana legalization initiative, which is unique and controversial because of its scheme to essentially create a commercial marijuana monopoly with only 10 registered commercial growers. The group needs some 300,000 signatures by July to qualify for this year's ballot.

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Federal CBD Bill Filed. Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) has filed HR 1635, which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude cannabidiol (CDB) and CBD-rich marijuana plants from the definition of marijuana under the act.

Georgia CBD Passes Legislature, Governor Will Sign. The House Wednesday gave final approval to House Bill 1, which would allow patients with eight specified diseases to use CBD cannabis oil. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) said today he will sign the bill.

Hawaii Dispensary Bill Wins Committee Vote. The Senate Public Health and Public Safety committees have approved House Bill 321, which would create dispensaries and production centers in each county in the state. They also amended the bill to speed up the opening of dispensaries, which would now be set for next year.

Iowa Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Committee Vote. The Senate Ways and Means Committee Wednesday approved Senate Study Bill 1243, which would allow patients with a number of specified medical conditions to use medical marijuana -- but not to smoke it.

North Carolina House Committee Kills Medical Marijuana Bill. After an intense hour-long hearing, the House Judiciary Committee voted to kill a medical marijuana bill, House Bill 78. Some supporters of the bill vowed to move to other states, while one Republican foe of the bill, Rep. Dan Arp, complained he was struck in the back by an angry supporter. The man was detained by police, but later released without charges.

Heroin and Opiates

Kentucky Legislature Passes Compromise Heroin Bill. After more than three years of negotiations, the legislature has passed a bill that will allow for needle exchange programs, but also increase sentences for some heroin dealing offenses. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is expected to sign the bill.

Harm Reduction

Indiana Governor Authorizes Limited Needle Exchange Program to Fight HIV Outbreak. Gov. Mike Pence (R) has declared a public health emergency in Scott County, which has seen 79 new HIV cases since December, all tied to needle sharing among drug users. The move allows him to institute a short-term needle exchange program to attempt to slow the outbreak.

Drug Testing

Arkansas Welfare Drug Testing Bill Wins Committee Vote. The House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor has approved House Bill 1924, which would establish a pilot program to require welfare applicants to undergo screening for drug use and submit to drug tests if deemed "suspicious." The bill now heads for a House floor vote.

Law Enforcement

DEA Agents in Colombia Enjoyed "Sex Parties" Paid for By Drug Traffickers. A new report from the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General finds that foreign drug trafficking organizations paid for "sex parties" attended by DEA agents, including at least one DEA Supervisory Agent. At least seven overseas agents admitting attending parties with prostitutes, and they were hit with penalties of suspensions ranging from two to10 days. The DEA wasn't especially helpful in preparing the report, the OIG noted.

International

New Zealand Prime Minister Rejects Marijuana Decriminalization. Prime Minister John Key said while campaigning Thursday that he did not support marijuana decriminalization. When accused by a listener of wanting to lock people up, he said, "It's not so much that, I just don't agree with drugs." That prompted Northland candidate Maki Herbert to retort that Key was sending mixed messages. "On the one hand he wants cannabis to remain a crime but he denies wanting to lock people in jail for that crime," she said. "Mr. Key should remember that alcohol is also a drug, one which he admits to using regularly."

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US CA: Column: Green Leaves, White Faces

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 26 Mar 2015 - Hey, Ngaio. I am hella stoked that marijuana legalization is on the way. However, when I go to conferences and look at marijuana businesses, all I see are white faces. Are people of color going to get a chance to get a piece of the legal marijuana game? - -Tokely Carmichael
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US NC: NC House Panel Rejects Proposal For Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
News & Observer, 26 Mar 2015 - A state House committee unanimously rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana after an emotional hourlong hearing that ended with a legislator saying he was assaulted by a marijuana advocate. House Bill 78 marks the most progress any marijuana proposal has had in the N.C. General Assembly. Two years ago, a similar bill was directed to the House Rules Committee, where Republican leaders allowed four people to speak before cutting off discussion and killing the bill.
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CN BC: Column: Laws Need To Change, Not RCMP

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
The Chief, 26 Mar 2015 - Like many, I was disappointed Bryan Raiser was forced to shut down his medical marijuana dispensary and is now dispensing only information. Not only do I believe marijuana should be made easily available to those who are sick and use it as medicine, but I also have leanings that it should be legalized, like alcohol. Heck, for a whole schwack of the population, I actually think it should be legally mandated.
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CN BC: Hundreds Oppose Pot Farm

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 26 Mar 2015 - So many people showed up at Monday's public hearing in Whonnock, some stood outside It was a raucous crowd at the Whonnock Lake Centre Monday, as concerned residents came out in droves to share their opinion on a massive medical marijuana grow-op being constructed in their backyard.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:29

There is now a House version of the federal CARERS Act, California regulatory squabbles continue, CBD cannabis oil bills move in the darndest places, and more.

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On Monday, a House version of the federal medical marijuana bill was filed. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (D-AK) introduced the House version of the CARERS Act filed two weeks ago in the Senate. Both bills would allow states to have medical marijuana without federal interference, reschedule marijuana to Schedule II, allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana, allow interstate commerce in CBD cannabis oils, and ease banking problems for the industry. The House version is HR 1538.

California

Last Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo city council approved an odor ordinance aimed at medical marijuana cultivators. After complaints from residents, the council amended the ordinance to apply to any offensive and persistent odors. The ordinance includes provisions specifying when enforcement actions could be taken. One more council vote is necessary for the measure to become law.

Last Friday, several Clearlake residents filed a lawsuit against the ban on cultivation in the city. The lawsuit was filed in Lake County Superior Court and says the recently adopted ban violates both the letter and the spirit of Proposition 215.

On Tuesday, Santa Cruz County supervisors voted to ban commercial medical marijuana production. Supervisors voted 3-2 to allow only limited personal grows. The county says there are 145 illegal pot grows there, up from 80 last fall. The new rules allow for only a 100-square foot garden per parcel. The ban is set to go into effect on May 30, after a second reading.

Last Friday, Upland patient advocates sought a court order to force a special election on dispensaries this year. The California Cannabis Coalition charges that the city council violated election laws when it decided to delay placing a dispensary ballot initiative on the ballot until the 2016 general election. They will get a hearing on the motion in May.

Georgia

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a CBD cannabis oil bill. The state Senate approved House Bill 1, which would allow the use of the oil for eight specified medical conditions. The bill has already passed the House, but because it was amended in the Senate, it has to go back for a final House vote. That was expected to happen today.

Idaho

Last Friday, two CBD cannabis oil bills were headed for Senate floor votes. A bill that would allow for the use of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of epilepsy passed the Senate State Affairs Committee and now heads for a Senate floor vote. The measure is Senate Bill 1106. Another cannabis oil bill that would only allow an affirmative defense, Senate Bill 1146, also awaits a Senate floor vote.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved one of those bills. The state Senate voted 22-12 to approve Senate Bill 1146, which would allow the use of the oil for children with severe forms of epilepsy. The bill had originally only offered an affirmative defense to prosecution, but was amended in the Senate to go further. The bill now heads to the House.

Louisiana

On Monday, a medical marijuana bill was pre-filed. State Rep. Dalton Honore (D-Baton Rouge) has pre-filed a bill that would allow for the use of marijuana for specified medical conditions, including seizure disorders, glaucoma, cancer, and the side effects of cancer treatments. The bill is House Bill 6. Last year, similar legislation failed to get out of committee in the face of opposition from law enforcement. The session begins April 13.

North Carolina

Last Thursday, North Carolinians rallied for a new medical marijuana bill in Raleigh. More than a hundred people rallied at the state capitol today in support of House Bill 317, which would allow for medical marijuana use by terminally ill patients. Rep. Kelly Alexander formally introduced it today.

Tennessee

Last Thursday, a Republican state senator said he would file a medical marijuana billl. State Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) said today he is working on a bill that would allow for medical marijuana. He said he expected to have final details by Monday. A Democratic bill in the House has yet to make it out of committee.

Last Saturday, medical marijuana advocates rallied in Johnson City. Hundreds of people showed up for the Smoky Mountain Medical Marijuana Rights Rally and march in Johnson City Saturday. The rally comes as the state legislature considers a number of medical marijuana-related bills.

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

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US CA: Column: More Downs Than Ups

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 25 Mar 2015 - The Bay Area Medical Cannabis Industry Seems to Be Taking Two Steps Back for Every Step Forward Lately. Notes From Four of the Front Lines. Berkeley could add a fourth licensed brick-and-mortar dispensary by the end of the year, now that the March 20 deadline to apply for such a business license has passed. The city has three existing permitted dispensaries - Berkeley Patients Group, BPCC, and CBCB - a number that's been unchanged in a decade, said Charles Pappas, a member of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission.
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