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US PA: State Store System Perfect Model For Legalized Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Jun 2014 - A wine and spirits store on Columbus Boulevard. A state Senate supporter of legalizing pot says infrastructure is already in place. Hey, Gov. Corbett. I know you're still determined to sell off the State Store system, even to the point of threatening funding for schools and other essentials if you don't get your way. The prospect of raising more than a billion dollars from selling off private liquor licenses must look irresistible in the face of a $1.4 billion budget shortfall.
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US: Changing Pot Laws Prompt Child-endangerment Review

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 22 Jun 2014 - DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids. And police officers in New Jersey visit a home after a 9-year-old mentions his mother's hemp advocacy at school.
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US FL: Local Nurseries Hope To See Green In Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 22 Jun 2014 - Nursery workers scrubbed their hands and put on robes and hair nets before entering a 46-degree processing room, ready to prep organic thyme arriving on conveyors from a greenhouse with computer-controlled climate. Kerry's Nursery owner Kerry Herndon envisions them working someday with marijuana.
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US NY: Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 22 Jun 2014 - The New York Legislature voted overwhelmingly Friday to legalize marijuana to alleviate pain and other symptoms for some severely ill patients, approving a compromise reached among legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The 49-10 approval by the Senate followed the 117-13 vote earlier Friday by the Assembly. Cuomo was expected to sign it shortly.
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US WV: Entrenched In The War On Weed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Jun 2014 - Steep Rise in Arrests Reveals Disparities in Legal Approach Weirton, W.VA. - Taped to the wall of pride inside the Hancock County drug task force's bare-bones office, a snapshot of eight marijuana plants draped over coat hangers serves as evidence of one more small triumph in the war on weed.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's eastern townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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Vatican: Pope Speaks Against Making Drugs Legal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 Jun 2014 - VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging in the United States and elsewhere. Francis told delegates attending a Rome drug enforcement conference that even limited steps to legalize recreational drugs "are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects."
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Observer, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Ok With Weed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Up In Smoke

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Smoke It If You've Got It

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 21 Jun 2014 - Quebec Hospital's Medics OK Marijuana Use for Patients MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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US PA: Ramsey: Police Would Ignore Pot Rule

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 Jun 2014 - City Council's attempt to soften penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana is not going over so well with Philadelphia's top cop. On Friday, the day after Council passed a bill that would treat possession of less than about an ounce no more seriously than a traffic violation, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said his department would ignore it should it be signed into law.
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US MA: Lawmen Side With Pope Against Legalized Weed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 21 Jun 2014 - Pope Francis' tough stand yesterday against legalizing recreational drugs had Bay State lawmen hoping his words will stiffen public opinion against a push to legalize marijuana here, even as pot backers raised doubts that the Catholic Church carries much influence on the hot-button issue. "I applaud the pope for taking a stand. I hope what he says carries some weight. I'm hoping that people will stop and at least consider the pros and cons of drug legalization when someone of the pope's stature has weighed in," said Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr.
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US NY: New York Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 21 Jun 2014 - Reuters - State lawmakers gave final approval Friday to allow limited access to medical marijuana and make New York the 23rd state to make the drug available for therapeutic purposes. The 49-to-10 vote in the state Senate came one day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a deal with lawmakers. The State Assembly passed the measure earlier Friday. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
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Chronicle AM -- June 20, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 20:59

Two killer narcs face consequences for their actions, New York is set to become the 23rd medical marijuana state, the Pope comments on drug policy, prohibition-related violence flares in Mexico and Peru, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy

FDA Studying Whether to Reclassify Marijuana. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is studying whether marijuana should be moved from Schedule I -- no medical use, high potential for abuse -- to a less restrictive schedule. The agency is acting at the request of the DEA, which is considering another rescheduling petition. Federal agencies have fended off efforts to reschedule marijuana for more than 40 years. The FDA reviewed marijuana's classification in 2001 and 2006 and found no reason to change it then.

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New York to Become 23rd Medical Marijuana State. The New York legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) reached a last-minute compromise on medical marijuana this week, and today, the state Senate and Assembly approved the compromise bill, Program Bill 57. Gov. Cuomo says he will sign the bill into law, making New York the 23rd medical marijuana state.The bill is more limited than many patients and advocates would have preferred. It forbids smoking medical marijuana, although patients may vaporize or consume it in edibles. It also forbids using the raw plant. And it limits access to those with specified qualifying conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.

Drug Policy

Pope Says Nope to Dope. Pope Francis told participants at a drug control conference that he opposes marijuana legalization, and he's not so sure about using opiate maintenance to treat heroin users. 'Drugs are an evil, and with evil you can't give way or compromise," Francis said. "Even the partial legalization of so-called recreational drugs, besides being questionable on legal grounds, doesn't produce the intended effects," according to the text of his remarks posted on the Vatican web site.

California Set to End Ban on Food Stamps for Drug Felons. The California legislature has approved a bill that will once again allow people with drug felonies to obtain food stamps. A 1996 federal law barred drug felons from food stamp programs, but also gave states the ability to opt out. With the passage of Assembly Bill 1468, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to sign, California will have done so. Only 12 other states continue to ban drug felons from getting food stamps.

Harm Reduction

North Carolina Injury Free Medication and Drug Overdose Prevention Summit Coming Next Month. State agencies and non-profits will take part in medication and overdose prevention summit on July 14 in Raleigh. Click on the lick for more details.

Law Enforcement

Utah Narc Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Danielle Willard. Former West Valley City Police undercover narcotics officer Shaun Cowley has been charged with manslaughter in the November 2012 shooting death of Danielle Misha Willard. Willard, who was unarmed, was shot and killed as she backed up her car in an apartment building parking lot. Cowley and another officer, who were investigating heroin sales, claimed they feared for their lives, but prosecutors didn't buy it. "Mr. Cowley acted in a reckless manner, and the evidence that we have does not support that his life was in danger or give him the justification to use the force that he did," said Salt Lake County prosecutor Sam Gill. The case has already resulted in a major shake-up in the department, and Willard's family has already filed a civil lawsuit.

Georgia Narc Must Pay Millions to Family of Pastor He Killed in Drug Investigation. A federal judge has ruled that Georgia undercover narc Billy Shane Harrison used unreasonable force in the killing of Pastor Jonathan Ayers and must pay his widow $2.5 million. Harrison shot and killed Ayers in a convenience store parking lot as Ayers attempted to drive away from undercover officers approaching him. They thought Ayers had some connection with a woman they were investigating, but he was just acting as a pastor.

International

Cartel Drug Wars Inflaming Mexico's Tamaulipas State. Dozens of people have been killed and numerous others have gone missing in Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas since April as factions of the Gulf Cartel fight for dominance there. Click on the link to read more.

Peru Clashes Leave Soldier, Shining Path Guerrillas Dead. A Peruvian army soldier and three suspected Shining Path guerrillas have been killed in gun battles this week between security forces and suspected drug traffickers in the VRAE (Valleys of the Apurimac and Ene Rivers), a major Peruvian coca producing region. The soldier died fighting "narco-terrorists," Peruvian authorities said.

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Medical Marijuana Passes in New York

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 19:29

The New York legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) reached a last-minute compromise on medical marijuana this week, and today, the state Senate and Assembly approved the compromise bill, Program Bill 57. Gov. Cuomo says he will sign the bill into law, making New York the 23rd medical marijuana state.

[image:1 align:left]The bill is more limited than many patients and advocates would have preferred. It forbids smoking medical marijuana, although patients may vaporize or consume it in edibles. It also forbids using the raw plant. And it limits access to those with specified qualifying conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.

In all, patients with ten specific diseases or conditions will qualify for medical marijuana. The state will be able to add other conditions, and, under the bill, it must determine within 18 months whether to add Alzheimer's, PTSD, muscular dystrophy and dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

The bill also places restrictions on healthcare providers, such as requiring that all recommendations for medical marijuana be made by physicians (excluding nurse practitioners or physician assistants who can prescribe many other medications) and mandating that participating physicians take a training course, an extremely uncommon requirement in US medicine.

Cuomo, who has never been a big fan of medical marijuana, threw a spanner in the works late last week, demanding a number of changes be made to win his support. This came after the Assembly had already passed the Compassionate Use Act and the GOP-dominated Senate had signaled it would allow a vote.

The sponsors of the Compassionate Use Act, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried (D-Manhattan) and Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) worked over the weekend and through this week to craft a compromise that addressed the governor's concerns, and now, New York has a medical marijuana bill, albeit more restrictive than originally envisioned.

For patients and advocates it was a bittersweet victory.

"Today, the Senate passed a medical marijuana bill that will help some patients in New York, and that is good news," said Susan Rusinko of Auburn, who has multiple sclerosis. "But this bill they passed is far from perfect. With any medication, the decision about the best mode of administration, including smoking for some patients, should be left up to healthcare providersand their patients, and this bill does not do that. We fought hard to get this far, and we'll keep fighting to make sure that New York's medical marijuana program becomes the best in the country."

"I'm pleased that the New York Senate stood with patients and on the side of compassion when they passed the medical marijuana bill today," said Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. "This was a long, hard fight, and we are elated that cancer patients and others will have one more tool to help alleviate disease symptoms and side effects of treatments. But this bill has flaws, including the exclusion of smoking, which may be the cheapest and most effective way for many patients to use medical cannabis. We call on the Commissioner of Health to quickly implement a program that is accessible to all patients, regardless of their income."

"Today the Senate passed a medical marijuana bill that will help some, but not all, seriously ill New Yorkers who could benefit from medical cannabis," said Kate Hintz of North Salem, whose daughter, Morgan, has Dravet's Syndrome, a serious seizure disorder. "As a parent of child with a seizure disorder, I'm glad that my family will be able to access medicine that can help my daughter. But I must remind these lawmakers that they are not doctors. The decision if and how to treat a condition with medical marijuana should be left up to the patient and the doctor, not our government. We will keep fighting for the regulated, flexible program that all New Yorkers deserve."

"This is a huge step for patients in New York who will benefit from this legislation, and without question, today would not be possible but for the dedicated and sustained organizing work by patients, families, and advocates," said Gabriel Sayegh, New York State director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

"And we are especially appreciative of the leadership shown by Assemblyman Gottfried and & Senator Savino," he continued. "This bill is far from perfect. Many of the limitations in this bill -- like the restrictions on conditions and physician-patient relationships -- are unnecessary and not supported by the science. And we know that overly restrictive medical marijuana programs leave patients behind. But if implemented quickly and effectively, this program will help thousands of sick and suffering New Yorkers, who need help now."

"Passage of this measure comes as a relief to thousands of seriously ill New Yorkers and their families. Medical marijuana can be an effective treatment option for a variety of debilitating conditions. For some patients, it is their only option," said Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project.

"While the bill's passage is a significant step forward, it leaves behind thousands of patients. We hope the governor's staff promptly implements the measure and that the health department will approve additional qualifying conditions," O'Keefe added. "Voters overwhelmingly agree that seriously ill people should have legal access to medical marijuana."

Both the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project have worked along with state and local organizations for more than a decade to pass a medical marijuana bill in New York.

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CN ON: Changes In Wind For Notl Medicinal Marijuana Growers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 20 Jun 2014 - Bylaw changes for medicinal marijuana facilities received preliminary approval from town council this week. The changes would involve site plan controls for greenhouses and their proximity to properties where residents might be adversely affected by the marijuana crop.
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US OK: Group Says Police Are Hampering Petition

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 20 Jun 2014 - TULSA - Supporters of an initiative petition to put a medical marijuana state question to a November vote said Thursday they are experiencing increased interference from authorities statewide. The Tulsa World reported Tuesday allegations by Chip Paul, chairman of Oklahomans for Health, that Tulsa police disrupted petition-circulation efforts at locations that were predisclosed online four times last week.
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