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Canada: Pharmacists: Deal Us In

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 02 Jul 2016 - But They Don't Want to Be Involved in Recreational Market As the provincial government prepares for legal marijuana sales, pharmacists say they welcome the opportunity to dispense the drug for medicinal purposes - just don't get them into the recreational market.
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Chronicle AM: AZ MJ Init Prospects Look Good, Canada Supports Legalization, More... (7/1/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 21:00

The prospects for the Arizona marijuana legalization initiative just brightened, law changes affect medical marijuana patients in Minnesota and Washington, Canada shows strong public support for freeing the weed, and more.

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Arizona Legalizers Actually Handed In 258,000 Voter Signatures. We reported yesterday that the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in some 200,000 signatures to qualify its legalization initiative for the November ballot and expressed some concern because it needs 150,000 valid voter signatures and didn't have a big cushion. Well, that cushion is bigger and our concerns are smaller. The actual number of signatures handed in was more than 258,000, meaning a whopping 40% would have to be invalidated for the initiative to fail to qualify. That happens, but not very often, so Arizona is very likely to vote on legalization this fall.

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Minnesota Chronic Pain Patients Now Qualify for Medical Marijuana. As of today, intractable chronic pain that can't be controlled with existing treatments is approved for medical marijuana use. The state Department of Health added intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions effective today, the one-year anniversary of the beginning of medical marijuana availability in the state.

Washington State Folds Medical Marijuana Sales Into Adult Sales System. As of today, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana sales are combined, and only shops that have sought a special license can advise patients on medical marijuana. All medical marijuana dispensaries that are not licensed under the new scheme were to shut down by midnight last night. Only patients registered with the state will be able to avoid paying sales tax on their weed purchases.

International

Seven Out of 10 Canadians Support Marijuana Legalization. A new Nanos Poll has a whopping 69% either supporting or "somewhat supporting" marijuana legalization, with only 26% opposed. Some 43% fully supported legalization, while 26% somewhat supported it. Only yesterday, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced it had formed a task force to move forward with legalization and planned to file a legalization bill next spring.

South African Drug Authority Calls for Dagga Decriminalization, Not Legalization. The country's Central Drug Authority has called for marijuana to be decriminalized -- not legalized -- with strategies to reduce the harm of chronic use. "There are few data to indicate that supply reduction via criminalization is effective in reducing cannabis abuse. At the same time, there are insufficient data to indicate that the legalization of cannabis will not be harmful. The immediate focus should therefore be on decriminalization rather than legalization," executive committee member Dan Stein said.

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CN BC: Crackdown On Marijuana Shops Moving Forward

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 01 Jul 2016 - The City of Penticton is moving ahead with a crackdown on storefront marijuana shops setting up in the community. The Herbal Green Apothecary, associated with the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, was the first operation served with a notice of suspension on their business licence, and on June 29, Starbuds was also given a notice.
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US WI: Call To Reduce Pot Fines Renewed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Wisconsin State Journal, 01 Jul 2016 - A marijuana advocacy group has revived an effort to drastically reduce penalties for being caught with the drug in Monona. Members of the Madison chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are circulating a petition that supports reducing municipal fines for pot possession to $1 in hopes of placing a binding referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot.
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Canada: Liberal Task Force Dampens Hopes On Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 01 Jul 2016 - Making first move toward marijuana legalization, strict regulation looks likely Ottawa is taking the first step toward marijuana legalization with a new federal task force led by former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan.
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Canada: Ottawa Moves Toward Tight Controls On Recreational

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Jul 2016 - The federal government is moving toward a restrictive market for recreational marijuana, vowing to impose potency limits, controls on advertising, and strict rules over the production and sale of the drug. Ottawa has unveiled a nine-member panel to draw up Canada's new marijuana framework, sending out the clearest signal to date that it is not bowing to the demands of members of the illegal pot industry that has boomed in recent months.
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US AZ: Legal Pot Campaign Facing Questions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
The Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Levels of Impairment Not Defined PHOENIX - The campaign to allow recreational use of marijuana is on amid questions of whether the measure would allow people to legally drive while under the influence of the drug.
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CN ON: Mayor Tory To Tokers: Just Chill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Mayor John Tory has a message for people looking to cash in on Canada's move to legalize weed - "hold their horses." Tory was reacting Thursday to the creation of a federal task force to blaze the trail towards marijuana legalization. But the feds also signaled that the current laws regarding recreational weed use, possession and sales remain intact and will be enforced.
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Philippines: Medical Marijuana Bill Filed Anew

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Manila Bulletin, 01 Jul 2016 - Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano re-filed yesterday his pet measure seeking to legalize the medical use of marijuana in the country. He said his proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act will benefit thousands of patients in the country suffering from serious illnesses. "Its objective is for patients to have access to safe, affordable, available medical cannabis prescribed by a registered physician. Recent scientific studies show that cannabis is effective in the prevention, treatment and management of specified symptoms, illnesses and diseases," he said.
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US CA: Column: Big Money And Bigger Risks

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 30 Jun 2016 - Mendocino County is back in the marijuana business. Not that its citizens ever stopped growing, and not that the Emerald Triangle's cash-rich economy found another cash crop. But after a few years' hiatus, Mendocino is again using cannabis as a funding source - - for law enforcement, with the county sheriff taking in $150,000 from marijuana in a single day, and all of it willingly paid.
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US CA: Column: The Sweet Spot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 30 Jun 2016 - It was Benjamin Franklin who famously wrote in a 1789 letter that "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Well, California pot farmers have largely skirted the second of those for decades and now fear the looming certainty of taxation may bring death to their businesses. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with putting a marijuana excise tax on the November ballot that, if passed, promises to bring in millions of dollars in revenue to county coffers. Staff recommended a complexly tiered progressive tax that would give breaks to small, outdoor farms and operates under the basic premise that the larger and more environmentally damaging a grow the larger its tax bill.
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US CA: L.A. County Deals Blow To Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 30 Jun 2016 - Ahead of a Statewide Vote, Supervisors Extend a Ban on Cultivation and Distribution Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend by one year a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation and distribution in unincorporated areas.
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US AZ: Column: MMJ Notes

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 30 Jun 2016 - Keep Up With the Global and Local Medical Marijuana News U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES MARIJUANA BANKING A new measure has been approved by the U.S. Senate Committee that would allow banking institutions to offer financial services to marijuana businesses. State-legalized marijuana businesses will soon be able to operate as a traditional business with a traditional banking system. Thus far, banking services have not been available to a majority of marijuana businesses due to marijuana's illegal federal status.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 21:42

The fight over veterans' access to medical marijuana continues, an Illinois judge tells the state to quit messing around and recognize PTSD, a fired Oregon medical marijuana users wins his job back, and more.

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On Tuesday, eleven lawmakers asked the House and Senate leadership to restore medical marijuana language in the VA bill. The move came after language allowing VA docs to recommend medical marijuana passed both the House and Senate only to be mysteriously dropped in conference committee. "We feel the failure of the Conferees to include either provision is a drastic misfortune for veterans and is contrary to the will of both chambers as demonstrated by the strong bipartisan support for these provisions," the supporters wrote to congressional leaders on Tuesday. Among the signatories were Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Other signatories to the letter, all Democrats, include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Dina Titus of Nevada and Ruben Gallego of Arizona.

California

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County extended its ban on medical marijuana in unincorporated areas. County supervisors voted to extend by a year a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation and distribution in unincorporated areas. The county enacted a 45-day ban earlier this year and then extended it by another month before now extending it for another year. County planning officials said the ban was needed as they study how to regulate medical marijuana, but advocates retorted that the supervisors should concentrate on actually regulating the industry, not on extending bans.

Illinois

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the state to add PTSD to the medical marijuana list. A Cook County judge has ordered the state Department of Public Health to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of diseases eligible to be treated with medical marijuana. The sternly worded ruling also said the department's director, Niray Shah, an appointee of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, had engaged in a "constitutionally inappropriate private investigation" before deciding to rule against adding PTSD after the medical marijuana advisory board had recommended adding it. The court accused Shah of applying his own standard of medical evidence that "appears nowhere in the Act or the department's rules" and "was contrary to the plain language of the department's rules."

Montana

On Monday, the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from medical marijuana supportersl. The nation's high court refused to hear a challenge to a state law that limits medical marijuana providers to selling it to no more than three patients. In refusing to hear the case, the high court let stand a Montana Supreme Court decision upholding most of a state law that effectively overturned a 2004 voter-approved medical marijuana initiative. New restrictions are now set to go into effect on August 31.

New Mexico

Last Wednesday, the state auditor bemoaned delays in processing ID cards. The state auditor and the attorney general are investigating a backlog of medical marijuana ID card applications as requests for the cards surge. The state has 30 days to issue the issue the cards, but the Department of Health said it is taking 45-50 days, and the auditor's office said it had complaints of wait times of up to 90 days.

Oregon

Last Wednesday, a worker fired for medical marijuana use won his job back. An arbitrator has ordered Lane County to reinstate a worker it fired because he used medical marijuana to deal with the side effects of cancer treatment and it has ordered the county to give him nearly $22,000 in back pay. Michael Hirsh had been employed as a senior programmer for the county before he was fired in December after two employees reported smelling pot smoke on his clothing.

Pennsylvania

Last Friday, state official finished drafting temporary medical marijuana regulations. State health officials announced last Friday that they had completed drafting temporary regs that will allow child patients to use medical marijuana products from outside the state while the state's program is being set up. Applications should be available at the health department's website sometime next month.

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

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Chronicle AM: CA Will Vote on Legalization, Veterans' MedMJ Fight Not Over Yet, More... (6/29/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 20:32

That nation's most populous state will vote on marijuana legalization in November, federal legislators keep fighting for medical marijuana access for veterans, a New Jersey needle exchange bill nears passage, the ACLU goes after the Border Patrol for abuses at interior check points, and more.

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It's Official -- California Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November. A broadly-backed initiative to legalize marijuana in the country's most populous state will be on the California ballot in November. The secretary of state's office made it official Tuesday afternoon, certifying that a random sample of more than 600,000 signatures turned in showed there were enough valid signatures to qualify the measure. "Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself," said Jason Kinney, spokesperson for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

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Eleven Lawmakers Ask House and Senate Leadership to Restore Medical Marijuana Language in VA Bill. The move comes after language allowing VA docs to recommend medical marijuana passed both the House and Senate, only to be mysteriously dropped in conference committee. "We feel the failure of the Conferees to include either provision is a drastic misfortune for veterans and is contrary to the will of both chambers as demonstrated by the strong bipartisan support for these provisions," the supporters wrote to congressional leaders on Tuesday. Among the signatories were Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Other signatories to the letter, all Democrats, include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Dina Titus of Nevada and Ruben Gallego of Arizona.

Illinois Judge Orders State to ADD PTSD to Medical Marijuana List. A Cook County judge has ordered the state Department of Public Health to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of diseases eligible to be treated with medical marijuana. The sternly worded ruling also said the department's director, Niray Shah, an appointee of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, had engaged in a "constitutionally inappropriate private investigation" before deciding to rule against adding PTSD after the medical marijuana advisory board had recommended adding it. The court accused Shah of applying his own standard of medical evidence that "appears nowhere in the Act or the department's rules" and "was contrary to the plain language of the department's rules."

Los Angeles County Extends Ban on Medical Marijuana in Unincorporated Areas. County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend by a year a temporary ban on medical marijuana cultivation and distribution in unincorporated areas. The county enacted a 45-day ban earlier this year and then extended it by another month before now extending it for another year. County planning officials said the ban was needed as they study how to regulate medical marijuana, but advocates retorted that the supervisors should concentrate on actually regulating the industry, not on extending bans.

Harm Reduction

New Jersey Needle Exchange Bill Nears Passage. The Senate Monday gave final approval to a bill that would allow localities across the state to enact needle exchange programs. The Assembly is expected to approve changes in the Senate version of the bill Thursday. The measure, Assembly Bill 415, would then await the signature of Gov. Chris Christie (R) to become law. The state enacted a law allowing pilot needle exchange programs a decade ago.

Law Enforcement

ACLU Accuses Border Patrol of Wrongful Detentions, Seizures The ACLU of Arizona Tuesday filed a formal complaint with the Department of Homeland Security and its constituent agency, US Customs and Border Protection, demanding an investigation into "abuses arising from Border Patrol interior operations." "At the same time the Justice Department and the Obama administration are rightly urging local police to adopt 'best practices' -- ending racial profiling, collecting stop data, and curbing police militarization and asset forfeiture abuses -- we see the nation's largest law enforcement agency, CBP, rejecting those commonsense reforms," said James Lyall, a staff attorney with the ACLU. "The federal government is effectively saying, 'Do as I say, not as I do,' which leaves Border Patrol free to target citizens and non-citizens alike with these increasingly extreme and abusive practices."

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CN BC: Pot Shop Appealing Suspension

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 07:00
Peninsula News Review, 29 Jun 2016 - Sidney Put Hold on Business Licence After Dispensary Raided Proponents of the Dispensary-by-the-Sea are trying to convince the municipality to get in on the ground floor of changes to how people access medicinal marijuana in this country.
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CN BC: Medical Marijuana Smoker Loses Case On Firing

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 29 Jun 2016 - A bartender who claimed he was fired for smoking marijuana while on shift has had his complaint dismissed by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Darin Burton alleged that the owners of Tugboat Annie's Pub discriminated against him on the basis of physical disability, as he consumes cannabis to treat pain associated with degenerative disc disease.
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CN ON: Toronto Puts Off Regulating Pot Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 29 Jun 2016 - Licensing Committee Defers Debate Until October The city of Toronto won't regulate rogue pot dispensaries anytime soon, after the licensing committee voted this week to defer the issue until the fall, touching off a brief but noisy protest at city hall. Last month, Mayor John Tory asked staff to look at ways of regulating the marijuana dispensaries popping up in some parts of the city.
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US IL: Judge Orders State: Make PTSD Eligible for Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 29 Jun 2016 - Illinois must add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment, a Cook County judge ordered Tuesday in a sternly worded ruling that also said the state's public health director engaged in a "private investigation" that was "constitutionally inappropriate." In a lawsuit filed by an Iraq war veteran, Judge Neil Cohen ordered Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah to add PTSD within 30 days. It's the first decision among eight lawsuits filed by patients disappointed with across-the-board rejections by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration of recommendations from an advisory board on medical marijuana.
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US WA: The Fall Of Mmj A Drama In Three Acts

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 29 Jun 2016 - This Week, Hundreds of Marijuana Dispensaries Will Be Shuttered. How did that happen? The evening of November 6, 2012, will live long in the memories of many progressive Seattleites. It was a night of raucous celebration in the heart of Seattle as a singular mass of bodies danced at the corner of Pike Street and 10th Avenue.
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