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US FL: New Pot Bill Filed In House

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Feb 2015 - Measure Targets Concerns of Law Enforcement A medical marijuana bill that addresses the concerns of law enforcement was filed Tuesday in the state House. Unlike a Senate bill on the subject, the House measure would limit marijuana treatment to HIV/ AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, ALS, Parkinson's disease, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis or an illness which a doctor estimates will kill the patient within a year. It also bans smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes.
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US CO: Column: Tax Preparers OK to Work With RMJ; Bills Coming

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 11 Feb 2015 - Toking & taxes It's tax season, and the IRS' Office of Professional Responsibility has some guidance for tax-prep professionals working with recreational marijuana retailers. According to Kathy Bylkas, an enrolled agent for the Springs agency Your TaxLady, businesses can deduct expenses for growing and wholesale costs, but not retail costs - advertising, sales staff, etc. So long as tax preparers don't help marijuana retailers reclassify retail costs as wholesale, and so long as all income gets declared, she says the IRS won't punish tax preparers for working with dispensaries.
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Chronicle AM: Drug Czar Confirmed; ME, OH Pot Initiatives Get Going; WY Asset Forfeiture Reform, More (2/10/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 22:51

2016 marijuana legalization initiative efforts are taking first steps in Maine and Ohio, Alaska lawmakers try to deal with implementing legalization there, Wyoming passes a bill ending civil asset forfeiture reform, CBD medical marijuana bills are moving in Virginia, we have a new drug czar, and more. Let's get to it:

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Alaska Lawmakers Continue to Struggle With Implementing Legalization. The Senate Judiciary Committee is now considering a new version of its bill to implement marijuana legalization after an earlier version was criticized for only providing a defense in court for marijuana possession instead of legalizing it outright, as voters envisioned when they passed the legalization initiative last fall. The new version simply removes marijuana, hash, and hash oil from the state's controlled substances laws. Use of marijuana would still be illegal in some circumstances, including while driving and on ski lifts. The committee was set to take up the bill today.

Maine Group Submits Legalization Initiative for 2016. One of the groups interested in putting a legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot has filed its initiative with the secretary of state's office. Legalize Maine is first off the blocks in the state and claims it will make Maine "the first state with a home grown group leading the charge to have local people and small farmers benefit from legalizing marijuana." Legalize Maine's initiative would allow adults 21 and older to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana outside of their homes, require that 40% of cultivation licenses go to small-scale farmers, and allow marijuana social clubs, where people could buy and use the drug. It would also tax marijuana sales at 10%, a higher rate than the one that applies to prepared food, lodging and liquor. The Washington, DC-based Marijuana Policy Project is also looking at a legalization initiative in the state. Initiatives will need some 61,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Ohio Legalization Group in First Phase of Initiative Signature-Gathering. Responsible Ohio has released summary petition language for its proposed 2016 legalization initiative. The group now needs to file 1,000 valid voter signatures with the attorney general's office for this first phase of the initiative process. The group's plan is for 10 sites in the state to be allowed to grow marijuana commercially. The marijuana would then be quality-tested and distributed to state-regulated dispensaries (for patients) and retail marijuana stores. Marijuana would be taxed at 15%. There appears to be no provision for home cultivation. If approved for general circulation, the petition would need 305,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

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Virginia House Approves CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. The House of Delegates today approved House Bill 1445 on a vote of 98-1. Similar legislation has already passed the Senate. The bills would allow for the use of cannabis oil for children suffering medical conditions that bring on life-threatening seizures.

Hemp

Southern Oregon Farmer Gets First Hemp License. Edgar Winter, an Eagle Point farmer, has obtained the state's first license to produce industrial hemp and says he and a nonprofit group intend to plant 25 acres in hemp this spring. That's if they can get the seeds, which requires the approval of the DEA. Stay tuned.

Asset Forfeiture

Wyoming House Passes Bill Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture. A bill requiring that an individual be convicted of a drug felony before his property could be seized passed the House yesterday. Senate File 14 passed the Senate earlier in the session. It's the first bill to make it through the state legislature this year. No word yet on if the governor plans to sign or veto it.

Harm Reduction

Lives Saved By Miracle Drug Naloxone Pass 300 in North Carolina. The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition has received a report of the 300th state drug overdose reversed by the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone. In the past year and a half, the coalition has distributed more than 7,300 naloxone kits through a network of staff, consultants, and volunteers. The coalition has also been instrumental in getting law enforcement on board with naloxone. Nine departments in the state currently carry naloxone.

Law Enforcement

Missouri Activists File Lawsuits Against Drug Task Forces. Show Me Cannabis has filed lawsuits against three Missouri drug task forces, accusing them of failing to comply with the state's Sunshine Law. "Missouri's drug task forces, who are trusted to enforce the law, routinely act as though they are themselves above it," plaintiff Aaron Malin said. "The citizens of Missouri have a fundamental right to know what their government is doing on their behalf, and that is why the Sunshine Law was enacted. Missouri's drug task forces have repeatedly ignored their legal obligations, and today we are taking them to court to force them to follow the law." Read the complaint and related documents here.

Drug Policy

Michael Botticelli Confirmed as Drug Czar. The Senate last night confirmed acting drug czar Michael Botticelli as the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He had served as the office's deputy director and before that, he spent nearly two decades overseeing substance abuse programs for the state of Massachusetts. "Michael Botticelli represents, in many ways, a significant improvement on all his predecessors as drug czar," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "It's not just that he comes from a public health background but that he seems truly committed to advancing more science-based and compassionate drug policies where the politics allow. What he most needs to do now is shed the political blinders that impel him both to defend marijuana prohibition and close his eyes to highly successful harm reduction measures abroad."

International

British Parliamentary Conference Will Discuss Drug Policy Alternatives. A conference next month hosted by the parliament's House of Commons Home Affairs Committee will discuss alternatives to Britain's much criticized drug laws and how to influence the looming international debate on drugs. It will feature a leading Liberal Democrat, officials from Mexico's foreign ministry, and harsh critics of the drug war status quo, including Danny Kushlick of Transform, and former Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs head Prof. David Nutt.

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US FL: OPED: GOP Should Not Ignore Millennials' Pot Views

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 10 Feb 2015 - Despite the stereotypical image of the stoner who is so lacking in motivation he can't get off the couch, a look at recent elections shows that marijuana actually does motivate people - to vote. And the phenomenon is most profound among millennials, as illustrated in the presidential swing state of Florida in November. Those who want to see a Republican in the White House should take note: Millennials could be the deciding vote in 2016, and marijuana law reform could be a key issue.
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CN BC: Vancouver Looks To Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 09 Feb 2015 - When Dana Larsen opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Vancouver's east side in 2008, he was more than a little nervous about what could happen. There were already a handful of other storefront operations in the city openly defying federal drug laws by selling marijuana, hash and other cannabis products to customers claiming a medical need. But it still wasn't clear how long police and the local government would allow that to continue.
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US PA: Column: Marijuana Legalization Could Unlock Votes for

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Daily Review, 09 Feb 2015 - Despite the stereotypical image of the stoner who is so lacking in motivation he can't get off the couch, a look at recent elections shows that marijuana actually does motivate people - to vote. And the phenomenon is most profound among millennials, as illustrated in the presidential swing state of Florida last November. Those who want to see a Republican in the White House should take note - millennials could be the deciding vote in 2016, and marijuana law reform could be a key issue.
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US IL: Column: Pot Emporium Opens Former Stoner's

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 09 Feb 2015 - The prospect of medical marijuana for sale in your Illinois neighborhood may seem unreal. But for a truly mind-blowing experience, even without trying the wares, consider a glimpse at the next step on the legalization continuum: its sale for recreational use.
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US CA: Column: Mary Jane Is A Regular Guest

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Feb 2015 - Comic Doug Benson Has Turned a Fondness for Marijuana into a Career Move With His Stoner Web Series. It's 1:30 on a Monday afternoon, and on a quiet dead-end street in Culver City, three comedians are getting stoned and debating whether astronauts are, on average, handsomer than most people.
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US MD: College Begins Class On The Business Of Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 09 Feb 2015 - ARNOLD, MD. - Start stoner-friendly munchies stands in Colorado. Or open a lounge near a marijuana dispensary in Oregon. Or try selling fertilizer to weed growers, dude. "Opportunities are endless, whatever we can create in our heads," said Dean Warner, a student at Anne Arundel Community College.
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US MI: Resident Wants Term Limits, Pot Decriminalized

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:00
The Oakland Press, 08 Feb 2015 - Peter Trzos submits proposals to city government A Keego Harbor resident is working to change the city's charter with two new ballot proposals. One involves setting limits for how long a city council member can serve on the council and the other decriminalizes marijuana.
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UAE: Sentence Overturned For Woman Prescribed Medicinal Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:00
The National, 08 Feb 2015 - DUBAI - A four-year jail sentence given to a 25-year-old British woman for consuming hashish was overturned on Sunday. The woman's lawyer, Saeed Al Ghilani, told the Dubai Court of Appeal that his client was prescribed medicinal marijuana because she has bipolar disorder.
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US GA: OPED: On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:00
Rome News-Tribune, 08 Feb 2015 - It's disappointing that Georgia's sheriffs oppose a measure that could do much good for Georgians who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and seizure disorders. Last week, the executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, J. Terry Norris, said members of the organization are concerned that a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for medical use in limited circumstances would expand. Mr. Norris told an Atlanta area TV station that the sheriffs didn't object to children getting the treatment. But adults apparently were another matter.
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US CA: Supes Ready To Tackle Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 08 Feb 2015 - No matter what Yuba County supervisors do with their medical marijuana cultivation ordinance this week, it's time to do something, a board member said. "I think the public and everybody would like to hear something happen," said Supervisor Randy Fletcher, whose 5th District is home to most medical marijuana grows. "I think the board would like to make something happen."
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US VA: Column: Fix U. S. Drug Policies to Ease Immigration

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 08 Feb 2015 - Throughout its history, the United States' approach to controlling recreational intoxicants has varied. Up until the early part of the 20th century, drug use in the U. S. was completely unfettered - heroin, morphine and other substances were sold openly and without restriction. In fact, cocaine, various opiates and syringe kits were once available for order from the Sears & Roebuck catalog. Beginning with 1914' s Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, a slew of laws burst forth to regulate cocaine, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs of abuse. These laws were often the product of blatant racism, sensationalism and political theater, and they set the stage for current regulations that function as ham-fisted political instruments rather than data-backed guardians of public health.
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US CO: The First Bank Of Bud

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:00
New York Times, 08 Feb 2015 - Marijuana Industry in Colorado, Eager for Its Own Bank, Waits on the Fed It was zero degrees in Denver on a late December morning, and the ice-covered streets were mostly empty. Mark Mason, wearing a full-length black coat, green wool hat and sunglasses, sat in a white Buick LaCrosse, eyeing the squat building across the street. It was the local branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.
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US MI: Howell Considers Allowing Medical Marijuana Facilities

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:00
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, 07 Feb 2015 - The Howell City Council will consider a medical marijuana ordinance Monday that allows, but regulates, "provisioning" and growing centers and sets use standards for licensed caregivers operating out of residences. It doesn't affect home use by individual patients with state registration cards.
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US OR: OPED: Why So Anxious To Tax Marijuana?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:00
Ashland Daily Tidings, 07 Feb 2015 - What is up with the Jackson County Board of Commissioners' failure to understand the clearly written law that states "no county or city of this state shall impose any fee or tax ... in connection with the purchase, sale, production, processing, transportation and delivery of marijuana items"? Are commissioners listening only to a small group of big-mouth conservative prohibitionists?
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US NM: House Committee Votes 7-1 to Table Bill Legalizing Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Feb 2015 - Backers of Proposal Vow to Keep Trying SANTA FE - New Mexico appears unlikely - at least for now - to join four other Western states that have legalized recreational marijuana use, after a House committee on Friday voted down a proposal to regulate and tax the drug.
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Chronicle AM: NM MJ Legalization Bill Dead, Fed Crackdown on Drug Courts, More (2/6/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 21:54

State legislatures are keeping us busy with lots of drug-related bills, New York's attorney general gets a deal on naloxone pricing, the feds will crack down on drug courts that don't allow opiate maintenance, and more. Let's get to it:

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New Mexico Legalization Bill Killed. The House Agriculture and Wildlife Committee voted 7-1 to table House Bill 160, which would have legalized marijuana and allowed for regulated and taxed sales. Opponents said it would lead to more drug use on the job and impair public safety.

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Virginia CBD Bill Passes Senate. The Senate voted Thursday to approve Senate Bill 1235, which would allow patients with epilepsy to use CBD cannabis oil to control their seizures. The measure passed 37-1. A similar bill has already passed out of committee in the House and awaits a floor vote.

Hemp

Federal Industrial Hemp Act Picks Up New Sponsors. The bill, HR 525, would remove hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. The bill now has 52 cosponsors -- 34 Democrats and 18 Republicans. The newest are Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC).

New Synthetics

New Hampshire Bill to Ban Synthetic Drugs Wins Committee Vote. The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 106, which would restrict the sale and possession of all synthetic drugs. The bill would give the Department of Health and Human Services the ability to "add, delete, or otherwise revise" the list of substances included in the law and set a $500 fine for businesses caught distributing the drugs.

Asset Forfeiture

House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Federal Asset Forfeiture Next Week. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations will hold a hearing on federal asset forfeiture uses and reforms. The hearing is set for next Wednesday at 10:00am.

Colorado Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Vote Stalled. A bill that would require a criminal conviction before asset forfeiture could take place has been stalled. Senate Bill 6 was supposed to have a committee hearing this week, but the hearing has been delayed, with no make-up date announced.

Harm Reduction

New York Attorney General Gets Deal to Reduce Price of Overdose Reversal Drug. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals that will result in cheaper prices for the company's formulation of naloxone, which can reverse opiate overdoses. The company nearly doubled the price of the drug last fall as demand rose, giving rise to a chorus of complaints. The deal would give New York state naloxone buyers a $6 per dose rebate. But the company had increased the price of the drug by about $20 per dose.

Drug Testing

Wisconsin Governor Narrows Public Benefits Drug Testing Proposal. Gov. Scott Walker (R) no longer plans to require drug screening and possible drug testing for all public benefits recipients; instead, now only childless adults will face the screening.

Law Enforcement

Feds to Crack Down on Drug Courts That Don't Allow Opiate Maintenance. Acting drug czar Michael Botticelli said during confirmation hearings Thursday that drug courts receiving federal funds will no longer be allowed to deny opiate addicts access to opiate maintenance treatments such as suboxone. Click on the link for more details.

International

New Cartel Violence in Matamoros Sends Newspaper Editor Fleeing to Texas. At least 15 people have been killed in the past week in confrontations between drug trafficking factions in Tamaulipas state, across the border from South Texas. And a newspaper editor from Matamoros has fled to Texas after being threatened upon publishing reports of a shootout that left nine people dead. Enrique Juarez Torres, editor of El Manana, said he had been kidnapped, beaten, and threatened with death for his reporting. The Thursday edition of the newspaper carried no news of his kidnapping or any other reports on cartel activity.

Laos Vows Crackdown on Drugs; Will Target Addicts as Well as Traffickers. Laotian security officials say they will be going after important drug rings and street dealers, but also drug users. "We're targeting the buyers, sellers, and consumers," a security official said. Laos has already ratcheted up drug law enforcement, with drug arrests up five-fold in 2014 over 2013. The moves come as opium production continues in the country and next door in Myanmar.

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CN BC: Editorial: Laissez-Faire

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:00
Quesnel Cariboo Observer, 06 Feb 2015 - The attitude towards marijuana in this province is in sharp contrast with the approach in other parts of Canada. Proof of that comes in details from a court document, filed as part of an application to seize a property near the Aldergrove border crossing which was the subject of a massive search last week.
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