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US: Is The Bloom Off Marijuana Stocks?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 22 Mar 2014 - The non-profit Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says investors should remain wary and research pot stocks before they consider buying. Wall Street seems to be losing its appetite for pot. Marijuana stocks were high flyers - so to speak- after Colorado and Washington states legalized pot sales and several other states announced they may legalize sales or decriminalize possession. Shares in about 20 marijuana-related companies began soaring, with some gaining more than 500 percent off 52-week lows.
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CN BC: Medical Pot Producers Win Legal Reprieve

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 22 Mar 2014 - People who grow medical marijuana at home won a reprieve Friday, but they still have to destroy most of their plants. A Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so beyond March 31, when new regulations governing production were to take effect.
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US GA: Medical Marijuana Bill Fails

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:00
Macon Telegraph, 21 Mar 2014 - ATLANTA -- As the clock ticked through the final hours of the annual state legislative session, state Rep. Allen Peake launched a last-minute but ultimately unsuccessful plan to pass his medical marijuana bill. "For these families, their reality is ... a child who is going to have one hundred seizures tomorrow," said Peake, R-Macon, author of House Bill 885, which would have decriminalized possession of a liquid medicine derived from cannabis that's used to treat pediatric seizures.
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US: Scientists Want Government To Relax Control On Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON - As the nation's only truly legal supplier of marijuana, the U.S. government keeps tight control of its stash, which is grown in a 12-acre fenced garden on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. From there, part of the crop is shipped to Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina, where it's rolled into cigarettes, all at taxpayer expense.
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US FL: House Panel Oks Bill To Legalize Pot For Seizures

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 21 Mar 2014 - TALLAHASSEE - With several legislators saying they were deeply troubled by the bill, the House Budget Committee unanimously approved legislation Thursday aimed at decriminalizing the possession of lowgrade marijuana for use in treating seizures. The so-called "Charlotte's Web" measure (CS/HB 843) is getting the blessing of Republican leaders in the Legislature, with many seeing it as potentially blunting a ballot measure in November that would go much further and legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
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US AZ: Column: War Against Weed Is Lost All That's Left Is Shouting

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:00
Daily Courier, 21 Mar 2014 - In Arizona, a referendum to legalize is moving toward inclusion on a statewide ballot in 2016. Also, a bill to end felony sentencing for minor possession cases has been introduced in the Arizona House and may move forward. Based on current public opinion - a Gallup poll in October found 58 percent of Americans say it should be legalized - it's only a matter of time before it is. After decades of evidence that prohibition doesn't work, it's time to end the weed war.
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CN BC: City Cracks Down On Pot Homes

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
Surrey Leader, 20 Mar 2014 - Medical pot grow-ops in residential homes have to be shut down as of next week (April 1), and the City of Surrey will be following up to make sure the houses are safe. People ignoring the city's requests for remediation work may face thousands of dollars in inspection costs.
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Canada: Health Canada's New Attack on Medical Marijuana Is No

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
Planet S, 20 Mar 2014 - HEALTH CANADA'S NEW ATTACK ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS NO TOKE In November, Health Canada publicly outed 40,000 members of the medical marijuana community by sending them envelopes marked Medical Marihuana Access Regulations through regular mail. Typically, Health Canada had communicated with patients via courier with unmarked envelopes.
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US HI: OPED: DEA Should Reclassify Marijuana to Allow Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 20 Mar 2014 - Imagine constantly living in fear that you may have a seizure at any moment. One minute you are coherent, playing, laughing, working - then things start to become fuzzy. The next thing you know, strangers are huddled around you with worrisome expressions on their faces. You've had a seizure. You are physically exhausted and embarrassed.
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US AZ: Column: Stress Study Success

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 20 Mar 2014 - Let's Cross Our Collective Fingers That Sue Sisley's Research on Marijuana and PTSD Gets the Remaining Approvals It Needs More than three years ago, a researcher at University of Arizona asked the federal government for permission to study the effectiveness of cannabis in treating post-traumatic stress disorder .. and was denied. Last week she cleared a major hurdle for the groundbreaking study.
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US CA: Signatures Submitted

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 20 Mar 2014 - Medi-Pot Referendum Petition Filed With County Clerk-Recorder's Office Medical-marijuana advocates submitted a referendum petition last week to bring Butte County's medi-pot ordinance to a public vote.
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US GA: Edu: Legalizing Medical Marijuana Could Excel State's Health

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
The Red and Black, 20 Mar 2014 - If the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives approve the medical marijuana bill the state would become a leader in the nation in health care. James Bell, founder of Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education is one supporter of this belief.
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US FL: Cities Planning Ahead For Legalized Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Mar 2014 - Grow House Regulation and Other Concerns Crop Up As Medical Marijuana Vote Looms Several South Florida cities are preparing for the day when Florida legalizes marijuana for medical use. No matter that the ballot initiative won't go before voters until November: Pembroke Park recently became among the first to consider how to regulate growhouses.
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US AZ: Kimberly Yee and Sheila Polk Use Power to Prop UP

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:00
Phoenix New Times, 20 Mar 2014 - The New Prohibitionists of Arizona Arizonans who want to fight marijuana prohibition in this state have two strong allies in powerful positions: State Senator Kimberly Yee and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. Like would-be leaders of a modern-day women's temperance movement, the two Arizona politicians share a strong belief that cannabis users deserve to be jailed, and that the legalization movement sweeping the country should be literally nipped in the buds. In the latest moves by the pair to thwart the medical-marijuana law approved by voters in 2010, Yee has single-handedly blocked a proposal to use the state's medical-marijuana fund to help study how pot may help certain ailments, and Polk has won a court battle that allows her to ban a medical user from using the drug as a condition of her probation.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:39

A federal agency has given the okay for researchers to buy marijuana from NIDA for a PTSD study, which is a first, those CBD medical marijuana bills keep moving in heretofore medical marijuana-unfriendly states, an effort to fold Washington state's medical marijuana system into its general legalization scheme has failed, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Friday, HHS granted permission for researchers to purchase marijuana from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for a study of marijuana as a treatment for the symptoms of PTSD in US war veterans. That's the first time this has happened. The research is sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The DEA must still approve, but MAPS says it is "optimistic they will approve the study in a timely manner."

Also last Friday, ASA announced its second annual conference. The Americans for Safe Access Unity Conference will take place in Washington, DC, on April 5-7. Click on the link for more details.

Alabama

On Tuesday, a CBD medical marijuana bill was approved by a House committee. The bill has passed the Senate after being amended to become a research bill on the impact of using a marijuana derivative. Senate Bill 174 passed the House Judiciary Committee and now awaits a House floor vote.

Arkansas

Last Friday, advocates for a medical marijuana initiative said they had collected 15% of the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. Arkansans for Compassionate Care said they have about 10,000 signatures. They need 62,000 to make the ballot, and have until July 7 to do so. A similar initiative was narrowly defeated there in 2012.

California

Last Wednesday, opponents of Butte County's recent cultivation ordinance handed in some 12,000 signatures on a petition to abolish it. The February ordinance limited the size of outdoor gardens to 50 square feet on properties from a half-acre to five acres in size. Petitioners need only 7,600 of the signatures to be found valid, which would then force county supervisors to take up the matter again. In the meantime, enforcement of the ordinance is on hold.

On Tuesday, Shasta County supervisors voted to put a ban on marijuana growing to the voters. The supes had voted to ban all outdoor cultivation, but a successful petition drive to challenge the ordinance forced them to reconsider. They could have just repealed the ban, but instead voted unanimously to put it on the November ballot and let the voters decide.

Georgia

Last Wednesday, a CBD medical marijuana bill was approved by a Senate committee. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved House Bill 885, which would allow patients to use CBD-based cannabis oils. It also amended the bill to allow parents to bring the oil into the state without facing penalties. The bill has already passed the House and now awaits a Senate floor vote.

Iowa

On Monday, a new poll had support for medical marijuana at 81%. The Quinnipiac Poll results are dramatically different from a recent Iowa Poll, which found 59% of Iowa adults said they supported "legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes." But no matter what the polls say, medical marijuana bills get no traction in the Hawkeye State.

Kentucky

On Wednesday, a CBD medical marijuana bill passed the Senate. The Senate passed a bill allowing doctors to prescribe and patients to use CBD cannabis oil for medical reasons. The bill passed with no opposition. Senate Bill 124 now goes to the House.

Maryland

On Tuesday, the House passed a full-on medical marijuana bill. The House overwhelmingly approved House Bill 1321, which includes dispensaries. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Nevada

Last Friday, the Board of Health approved regulations for dispensaries. They are allowed under a law passed last year, which goes into effect April 1. It's not quite a done deal; they must undergo a final review by the Legislative Commission on March 28. After final approval, there will be a 45-day notice announcing the date applications will be accepted. Once the application period opens, there will only be a 10-day window for accepting them. After the application period closes, the state must make a decision on each application within 90 days of receiving it.

South Carolina

Last Thursday, a CBD medical marijuana bill won a Senate subcommittee vote. The bill must still pass a committee vote before going to the Senate floor. Meanwhile, companion legislation is advancing in the House. The bill would allow the use of CBD cannabis oil for those suffering from epilepsy.

Utah

Last Thursday, a CBD medical marijuana bill passed the Utah legislature. House Bill 105 now goes to the desk of Gov. Gary Herbert (R). It would allow children with epileptic seizures to use CBD cannabis oil.

Washington

Last Thursday, an effort to fold the state's medical marijuana system into its marijuana legalization scheme died in the legislature. Lawmakers were seeking to establish regulation of the medical market as the state's new voter-approved recreational market is about to take hold this summer. The week before, the Senate passed a measure that moved to merge the medical with the still-developing legal recreational market. It would have eliminated unlicensed dispensaries, established a patient registry, and reduced the amount of marijuana patients could grow and possess. That leaves the unregulated industry in a sort of limbo.

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

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Chronicle AM -- March 19, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:37

Fewer people are getting arrested for marijuana possession in Washington state after legalization -- imagine that! -- Kansas legislators want to drug test teachers, a New Jersey heroin and opiates panel has recommendations, Russell Brand goes to Vienna, and more. Let's get to it:

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Oregon GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Says Legalize It. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Carr says he favors legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana use and would spend the proceeds on helping the homeless and others in need. Carr is one of six Republicans running in the primary to determine who takes on incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber. He's not the front-runner; that distinction goes to state Rep. Dennis Richardson.

Massachusetts Poll Has Near Majority for Legalization.A new WBUR TV poll shows increased support for marijuana legalization, with 48% in favor and 41% opposed. A Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll showed majority support for the first time. These two polls suggest that attitudes toward legalization in the Bay State have moved in a positive direction in the past year.

Washington State ACLU Reports Big Drop in Pot Arrests. Misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests plummeted last year, the ACLU of Washington reported today. There were just 120 such arrests last year after legalization went into effect, compared to 5,531 the year before. But black people are still getting arrested for pot possession more often. They're getting popped at a rate three times that of whites, the ACLU said.

National Cannabis Industry Association to Host Marijuana Business Summit. The NCIA will hold its first national conference, the Cannabis Business Summit, June 24-25 in Denver. Click on the links for more details.

Medical Marijuana

Alabama CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Advances. A bill that would study the impact of using a marijuana derivative to treat seizures is one step closer to becoming state law. Senate Bill 174 passed the House Judiciary Committee after it was amended in the Senate last week.

Drug Testing

Kansas School Teacher Drug Testing Bill Passes Senate. A bill that requires drug testing of school employees and affirms the firing of educators convicted of DUI, drug crimes, and other offenses passed the state Senate Tuesday. Senate Bill 335 was approved after Senate Democrats successfully offered an amendment that would subject members of the House and Senate to treatment requirements and financial sanctions mirroring those in state law for the unemployed or those on cash aid. The welfare drug testing law passed last year also included elected representatives, but contained no provisions for sanctioning them or requiring they seek help. The bill now goes to the House.

Heroin

Kentucky Omnibus Heroin Bill Stuck in House. A bill that would both enact harm reduction measures and crack down on heroin-selling offenses is stuck in the House Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 5 would let drug dealers be charged with murder if the sale of Schedule I drugs results in death and increases penalties for high-volume heroin dealers. It also seeks increased Medicare funds for drug treatment, access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone, and a 911 Good Samaritan provision. The Senate passed the bill in January.

New Jersey Heroin Task Force Calls for Broad Reforms. A governor's task force on heroin and opiate use called for a wide array of reforms, saying it is "time to confront our demons." According to The Newark Star-Ledger, which obtained an advance copy, the panel's report calls for tighter prescription pill monitoring laws, changes in the state's insurance system to make treatment more available, and expanded use of drug treatment recovery communities.

Sentencing

California Bill Would Equalize Crack and Powder Cocaine Sentences. A bill filed by state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) would cut prison sentences for people convicted of selling crack to bring them in line with sentences for people convicted of selling powder cocaine. Senate Bill 1010 was introduced last month, but amended Monday. It is before the Senate Rules Committee.

International

In Vienna, Russell Brand Joins "Support, Don't Punish" Campaign. British actor and comedian Russell Brand spoke at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna today and publicly joined forces with the Support, Don't Punish campaign to decriminalize drug possession and end the imprisonment and punishment of people who use drugs.

Senior Mexican Anti-Drug Official Resigns. Manuel Mondragón y Kalb, Mexico's national security commissioner and one of the most senior officials in charge of the country's counternarcotics fight, has resigned "for personal reasons." The National Security Commission (CNS), which falls under the Interior Ministry, was created by President Enrique Peña Nieto in January 2013 to replace the Secretariat of Public Security. The CNS, which is in charge of the Federal Police, is behind schedule in its task to create a National Gendarmerie to bolster the country's counter-narcotics fight, which is one of Peña Nieto's campaign promises.

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US MI: Oak Park, Hazel Park Among Cities Statewide Targeted

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:00
Morning Sun, 19 Mar 2014 - Marijuana proponents are gearing up to get pot decriminalization proposals on ballots in about a dozen cities statewide this year, including Hazel Park and Oak Park in Oakland County. The effort comes after the Safer Michigan Coalition successfully passed similar proposals last year in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing.
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CN BC: Editorial: Consider The Tax Implications

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:00
Sooke News Mirror, 19 Mar 2014 - While many may think that a medical marijuana grow op will bring lots of revenue to a municipality or a regional district, that may not be the case. It appears a Medical Marijuana Production(MMP) facility can become a farm and the resulting property taxes would be far less than if the property was classed as an industrial zone. Business taxes are generally three times that of residential and can build up the coffers in a significant way compared to a property with farm status. An example would be the proposed MMP facility in Otter Point. If it was industrial the taxes would be roughly $7,600 and if it had farm status the taxes would be $176. That is a significant difference. This could destroy a community's tax base plain and simple.
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US DC: Medical Marijuana Advocates Decry Debate

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 19 Mar 2014 - Medical marijuana advocates in the District are grumbling that prospective patients have been left behind in the rush to decriminalize and legalize pot for recreational use. The District's program, which has a notoriously restrictive list of just four conditions that qualify a patient to use the drug, has underperformed in the eight months since it was implemented. In the meantime, lawmakers have approved a plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city, and an effort to outright legalize the drug appears on its way to a public vote in November.
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US CA: Column: Burning Down The House

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 19 Mar 2014 - Democrats Vote for Pot Laws Yet Work Against Them It's only one item, just a few lines in a 21-page document full of bold pronouncements and promises. And yet, if you knew that the California Democratic Party had had a convention at all, you knew it because an item pledging support for marijuana legalization, "in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol," was added to the statewide party's platform on March 9.
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