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CN ON: Former PM Pushing For Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 26 Mar 2014 - MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Company applies for commercial licence in Port Colborne A former prime minister is setting out on a joint initiative. John Turner, who served as Canada's 17th prime minister from June 30 to Sept. 17, 1984, has put his support behind creation of a commercial medical marijuana grow operation in Port Colborne.
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CN BC: Injunction Puts Pot On Hold

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 26 Mar 2014 - Critics of medical marijuana plan call decision small victory Licensed medical marijuana users breathed a collective sigh of relief after a federal court handed down a last-minute reprieve which allows them to continue to grow their own pot at home.
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US MN: Dayton Says Marijuana Study Doomed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Brainard Dispatch, 26 Mar 2014 - ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he does not expect his proposal to study medical marijuana to pass this year's Legislature. In a WCCO radio interview, he called changes for the plan "slim and none."
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US MD: Medical Marijuana Plan Advances

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 26 Mar 2014 - Nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries could open in Maryland under a bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. The Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 10-1 to create a medical marijuana program significantly different from the version approved by the House of Delegates. The House plan calls for 10 licensed pot growers, which would also operate all dispensaries.
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US CA: Column: Police Lobby Wants To Gut Medical Pot In California

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 26 Mar 2014 - Proposed legislation would clamp down hard on medical cannabis, but weed activists are pushing for saner reforms. In a recent interview for a Culture magazine cover story, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the one-time US Surgeon General candidate, told me he believes that FDA-approved medical marijuana products should be available in every pharmacy in America. Medical pot patients and the latest research on cannabis have convinced him of the drug's efficacy, he said, and he is advising increased medical marijuana access around the globe.
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US HI: Hawaii Lawmakers Hear About Marijuana Dangers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Garden Island, 26 Mar 2014 - HONOLULU (AP) - A group protesting the possibility of legal marijuana in Hawaii told lawmakers Tuesday that pharmaceutical companies would try to hook people on the drug. The tobacco and alcohol industries serve as examples of what could happen if cannabis is decriminalized, said Dr. Kevin Sabet, co-founder of Washington-based Project SAM, which stands for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
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US HI: Group Lobbies Lawmakers On Pot Laws

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 26 Mar 2014 - Hawaii Should Learn From Other States, Drug Policy Researcher Tells Legislators National marijuana policy advocates returned to the isles for a second year to urge state lawmakers to take a common-sense approach on marijuana policy that focuses on science, public health and safety rather than legalizing or demonizing the drug.
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US DC: The Pot Lobby Suits Up

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Mar 2014 - It Took Michael Correia More Than a Week After Getting His New Job to Tell His Parents He Was a Marijuana Lobbyist. "I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues," he told them four months ago after being hired by the National Cannabis Industry Association.
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US IL: Legislation to Let Kids With Epilepsy Use Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 26 Mar 2014 - SPRINGFIELD - Legislation to expand the use of medical marijuana to severely epileptic children and to lower the penalties for possession of pot for recreational purposes advanced Tuesday at the Illinois Statehouse. Three different measures got out of Democratic-led House and Senate committees with only token opposition to a Democratic-led push to go beyond last August's vote to allow only sick Illinoisans to use the drug legally on a pilot basis.
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US CO: Column: City Comes Back for Studio A64, State

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 26 Mar 2014 - City aims at A64 again After its initial attempt to shut down Studio A64 (332 E. Colorado Ave., studioa64.com) was defeated via appeal to the Planning Commission - which on Feb. 20 voted 7 to 2 in favor of the cannabis social club - Colorado Springs' Planning Department has appealed the decision to City Council, which will hear that appeal at its Tuesday, April 8, meeting.
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Chronicle AM -- March 25, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:31

Richard Branson speaks out on California drug policy reforms, a leading anti-drug group gives up the ghost on fighting marijuana legalization, the Canadian government is under attack from a couple of directions, and more. Let's get to it:

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Drugfree.org Gives Up on Anti-Marijuana Ad Campaign. The people who brought you "this is your brain on drugs" and similar anti-drug advertising campaigns have given up on fighting marijuana legalization. Formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the group and its CEO, Steve Pasierb, say they have rejected a request to launch a campaign against marijuana legalization because legalization "is happening in America." Here is the interview in Advertising Age where Pasierb speaks out.

Colorado Supreme Court Says Lawyers Can Work With Marijuana Businesses. The Colorado Supreme Court approved a rule change Monday that will eliminate the threat of ethics sanctions against attorneys who work with marijuana businesses. Lawyers "may assist a client in conduct that the lawyer reasonably believes is permitted by these constitutional provisions and the statutes, regulations, orders, and other state and local provisions implementing them," Chief Justice Nancy Rice wrote in the updated rule.

Delaware Poll Has Majority for Legalization, Two-Thirds for Decriminalization. A Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project finds that a narrow majority (51%) support legalizing marijuana, while an overwhelming majority (68%) support decriminalization of the possession of small amounts.

Illinois Decriminalization Bill Has Hearing Today. A bill to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana gets a hearing today in the House Restorative Justice Committee. The measure, House Bill 5708, was introduced by Rep. Kelley Cassidy (D-Chicago).

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Florida CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Senate Committee Vote. A bill to legalize a special strain of low-dose medical marijuana passed through the Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Monday. Senate Bill 1030, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), and Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) would only allow patients to use extracts containing at least 15% CBD and less than 0.5% THC. The House companion bill, House Bill 843, differs in several ways. The two measures would have to be reconciled if both pass their respective chambers.

Illinois Bill to Add Seizure Disorders Gets Hearing Today. A bill that would add seizure disorders to the list of diseases and conditions for which medical marijuana is approved gets a hearing today in the Senate Public Health Committee. Filed by Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), Senate Bill 2636 will be supported in committee by testimony from Kurt Florian, president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago, as well as a family practitioner and parents of two children suffering from seizure disorders.

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Richard Branson Op-Ed Urges Support for California Drug Reforms. Virgin Airlines head and Global Drug Policy Commission member Richard Branson has penned an op-ed calling for support of an initiative campaign to decriminalize drug possession in California. Click on the title link to read the op-ed. Branson is also appearing this afternoon at an event in San Francisco, where Sundog Pictures will hold a special screening of its drug war documentary "Breaking the Taboo." That's at 5:30 pm at the New People Cinema on Post Street.

Law Enforcement

Pennsylvania Man Sues Philly Narcs for 13 Years of False Imprisonment. Philadelphia resident Kareem Torain has filed a lawsuit against a trio of current and former Philadephia narcotics officers, in which he claims they falsified evidence that led to him being convicted on drug charges and spending 13 years in prison. In addition to the individual narc, the lawsuit also targets the city of Philadelphia for "systemic deficiencies and deliberate indifference" that "have caused police officers, including defendant police Officers Monaghan and Reynolds, and former police Officer Walker in this case, to believe that they can violate the rights of citizens, with impunity, including the use of fraud and falsehood, without fear that their actions will be investigated." In recent years scores of drug cases have been dismissed by Philadelphia courts, and several lawsuits have been filed, claiming that narcotics officers routinely planted evidence and lied in court to secure convictions.

International

Russian Drug Czar Calls for New Plan to Combat Afghan Drug Threat. Viktor Ivanov, head of the Russian anti-drug agency, has called for the UN Security Council to address "planet scale" drug production in Afghanistan and for interested countries to create a global alliance for alternative development in Afghanistan through "forced industrialization." Ivanov is one of the Russian political leaders sanctioned as a result of the Crimea crisis, and last week, he suggested that the US was using the crisis to deliberately destroy the international anti-drug cooperation in order to hide its responsibility for the drug crisis in Afghanistan.

Canada Blocked Support for Harm Reduction at UN CND Meeting, Observers Say. Canadian diplomats in Vienna for the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting blocked harm reduction health approaches abroad that are widely practiced at home, said Canadian Drug Policy Coalition director Donald MacPherson, who attended the conference. "Historically, Canada had been a leader in this area," MacPherson noted. "A substantial amount of the scientific research validating harm reduction measures was done right here in Vancouver, and we've implemented quite robust harm reduction policies at the provincial level across Canada. It's hypocritical for us to oppose adoption of these strategies internationally, especially since this is a matter of life and death in many countries with high levels of injection drug use and HIV." Similarly, Richard Elliot, executive director of the Toronto-based Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, described the position adopted by Canada in Vienna as "profoundly stupid."

Canada Court Hearing Request for Injunction to Allow Prescription Heroin This Week. The Vancouver-based Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care will be in court this week to argue that participants in the SALOME study (The Study to Assess Long-term Opioid Maintenance Effectiveness) should receive an exemption from recent amendments to federal drug laws that prohibit doctors from prescribing heroin to patients for whom other treatment options have been ineffective. Pivot is representing five patients whose condition improved while in the SALOME study, operated by Providence Health, and who can no longer access the treatment now that their time in the study is over. Click on the link for more details.

Mexican Lawmakers Hit DC, NYC to Discuss Their Marijuana Reform Proposals. Legislators from the Mexican Congress and the Mexico City Assembly will be in Washington, DC, and New York City to discuss the bills they introduced to decriminalize the consumption and purchase of marijuana for personal use in Mexico City and to legalize medical marijuana countrywide. Mexico City Senator Mario Delgado and Mexico City Assembly member Vidal Llerenas, both from the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), will be in DC on March 24 and 25 and in NY on March 26 to discuss the aims of the marijuana reform proposals in Mexico. Click on the link for more details.

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Canada: Editorial: Pot Makes Doctors Anxious

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Mar 2014 - When Health Canada announced it was changing the laws governing how medical marijuana is produced and dispensed, the goal was a good one: Increase access to pot for those who legitimately need it to ease suffering from pain. However, the new rules, which go into effect on April 1, are threatening to have the exact opposite effect. That's because the vast majority of doctors - the medical professionals responsible for authorizing the use of medical marijuana - are extremely wary. In failing to take their concerns seriously, Health Canada risks reducing access to medical marijuana rather than expanding it.
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CN AB: Commercial Pot Grow Reps Unfazed By Injunction

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 25 Mar 2014 - Alberta entrepreneurs say their product will be higher quality New hope has blossomed for home marijuana growers after a federal judge's ruling, but Alberta entrepreneurs believe there will still be a budding commercial market for the drug regardless of the court's ultimate verdict.
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US CA: Supervisors Reject Pot Dispensary South Of Santa Rosa

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 25 Mar 2014 - Sonoma County supervisors rejected a proposed medical marijuana dispensary south of Santa Rosa on Tuesday, saying it was too close to a residential area and two school bus stops. The owner of the Sonoma County Collective, the nonprofit that wanted to set up the dispensary at 4170 Santa Rosa Ave., however, said the supervisors were simply determined to use zoning rules to prevent medical marijuana businesses from opening.
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US NJ: NJ Senator Wants Tax On Marijuana To Pay For Roads

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 25 Mar 2014 - TRENTON (AP) - A New Jersey lawmaker wants to legalize marijuana, tax it and use the revenue to pay to fix the state's roads and bridges. State Sen. Nicholas Scutari announced his plan Monday, acknowledging that opposition from Gov. Chris Christie could seriously hinder it but pointing out, "He's not going to be governor forever."
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US NJ: N.J. Senator: Allow Recreational Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Mar 2014 - Nick Scutari, Who Helped Get Medical Marijuana Legalized, Cited Colorado's Revenue Windfall. A prime author of New Jersey's medical marijuana law wants the state now to emulate Colorado and legalize the recreational use of pot by adults.
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Chronicle AM -- March 24, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:23

Medical marijuana dominates the drug policy news today, plus a legalization bill is filed in New Jersey, welfare drug testing advances in a pair of states, the Russians halt anti-drug cooperation with the US, and more. Let's get to it:

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New Jersey Legalization Bill Introduced. State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) introduced a marijuana legalization bill today. The bill is not yet available online, but Scutari said it is modeled on the laws in Colorado and Washington state. "Anybody that looks at the facts, knows that the war on marijuana has been a miserable failure," Scutari said in a press release. "We're not delusional about how simple the effort would be, but I think from a standpoint of moving this state and this country forward on its archaic drug laws, I think it's a step in the right direction."

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Arizona Judge Okays Use of Medical Marijuana Extracts. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that using marijuana extracts is legal under the state's medical marijuana law. The state Health Department had argued that that the law only allows patients to consume parts of the actual plant, but Judge Katherine Cooper said nothing in the law backs that conclusion.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Initiative Language. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the popular name and ballot title of a proposed medical marijuana initiative. The initiative is sponsored by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis. Another Arkansas initiative, from Arkansans for Compassionate Care, is already in the signature-gathering phase.

Iowa Lawmakers Introduce Resolution for Medical Marijuana Study. A bipartisan group of 10 Iowa lawmakers have introduced a resolution seeking a legislative interim study of the feasibility of legalizing medical marijuana in the Hawkeye State. Senate Resolution 112 now goes to the Iowa Legislative Council, which meets in June to consider requests for interim studies, which are typically completed prior to the next legislative session.

Oregon Health Authority Says No to Edibles at Dispensaries. The Oregon Health Authority last week released draft rules for dispensaries that do not allow medical marijuana edibles to be sold there. The authority said it feared edibles would be attractive to young people, but advocates said some patients need to take the drug orally.

Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Dead. A bill to allow for the use of medical marijuana in Tennessee is dead after sponsors reported no possibility of action on it in the state Senate. House Bill 1385, sponsored by Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) also got no respect in the House, where the Health Subcommittee heard unscheduled testimony opposing it from the Department of Health and the hearing ended without Jones being able to present an amendment to the bill and get a vote on it.

Alabama CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Legislature. A bill to authorize and fund a $1 million University of Alabama study of the effectiveness of CBD cannabis oil in treating seizures has passed the Alabama legislature. Senate Bill 174 now goes to the governor's desk.

Georgia CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Dies. A bill to allow the use of CBD cannabis oil for epileptic seizures died in the legislature last week. House Bill 885 fell victim to parliamentary maneuvering as the session neared an end. After it passed the House, Senate leaders tied it to a favored autism bill and approved that, but the House never voted on the merged bill. Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), the bill's sponsor, vowed to try again next year.

Kentucky CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House Committee. A bill to allow the use of CBD cannabis oil for children suffering seizures passed the House Judiciary Committee last week and now heads for a House floor vote. Senate Bill 124 has already passed the Senate.

South Carolina CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Advances, But With Restrictions. A bill that would allow children with epilepsy to use CBD cannabis oil won a Senate committee vote last week and now advances to the Senate floor. The Senate Medical Affairs Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 1035, but only as part of clinical trials testing federally approved drugs.

Utah Governor Signs CBD Medical Marijuana Bill. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has signed into law House Bill 105. The measure allows children with epileptic seizures to use CBD cannabis oil and allows their families to bring it back to the state with a neurologist's consent.

Drug Policy

Massachusetts Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Would Consider Decriminalizing Drug Possession, But… Democratic gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem said last week she would consider decriminalizing some drugs, including cocaine, in an effort to treat nonviolent drug offenders differently within the criminal justice system. "Decriminalization of marijuana has been important. I think we should consider it for other drugs, or create more drug courts so that people do not fall into the criminal justice system," Kayyem said. But she later clarified that she meant drug users should be sent to treatment, not jail.

Harm Reduction

Georgia 911 Good Samaritan, Naloxone Bill Passes Legislature. A bill that would provide a "medical amnesty" to people seeking medical attention for overdose victims has passed the Georgia legislature. House Bill 965 was also amended to include allowing for the distribution of the overdose reversal drug naloxone. It now heads for the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal (R).

New Jersey EMTs to Carry Overdose Reversal Drug. The office of Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced last week that emergency medical technicians will be able to carry and administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone. The move required a waiver of state EMT rules, which do not cover the use of naloxone. "Allowing first responders to administer Narcan [naloxone] will save lives," Christie said in a statement. "We want to encourage people to seek medical assistance when a drug overdose occurs."

Drug Testing

Georgia Food Stamp Drug Testing Bill Passes Legislature. A bill requiring food stamp recipients to undergo drug tests if state officials have "reasonable suspicion" they are using drugs has passed the state legislature on the last day of the session. House Bill 772 now goes to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal (R) for a signature.

Michigan Senate Passes Welfare Drug Testing Bill. A bill that would require drug testing for welfare recipients if state officials suspect they are using drugs has passed the state Senate. It would set up a pilot program in three counties. The bill is part of a package of welfare drug testing bills that are still under consideration in the House.

Methamphetamine

Illinois Pseudoephedrine Prescription Bill Gets Hearing. A bill that would require prescriptions to obtain cold medications containing the meth precursor pseudoephedrine got a hearing before a Senate panel last week. Senate Bill 3502 is supported by law enforcement, but opposed by OTC drug manufacturers.

Sentencing

New Jersey Supreme Court Committee Report Urges Major Bail Reforms. The state Supreme Court has released a report from its Joint Committee on Criminal Justice calling for significant changes to the current bail system in New Jersey and enactment of speedy trial legislation. Click on the links for more details.

International

Russians Warn US Sanctions Will Halt Anti-Drug Cooperation. Russia's anti-drug agency said Friday US sanctions imposed over the Crimea crisis would wreck its cooperation with the US. "The U.S. administrations' arbitrary and ill-considered decision will, in one day, destroy our unique experience of cooperation," the agency said.

Canadian Court Rules Medical Marijuana Patients Can Keep Growing Their Own. A Canadian federal court judge has issued an injunction exempting patients already licensed to possess or grow medical marijuana from the Conservative government's new rules attempting to restrict such grows to commercial facilities. The federal government announced its plans to overhaul the production of medical pot last year, arguing the current system had grown out of control and was rife with problems ranging from unsafe grow-ops to infiltration by criminals. The injunction is only good while a lawsuit filed by patients works its way through the courts.

Bermuda Marijuana Reform Report Coming Next Month. A final report detailing local opinions on cannabis reform is to be handed in to the government by April 17, according to the Cannabis Reform Collaborative (CRC). The group has canvassed views through seven focus groups, targeting different age groups. Bermuda's marijuana laws are being appraised following a call last year by National Security Minister Michael Dunkley for a public discussion on decriminalizing the drug.

Bermuda Has Near Majority for Marijuana Decriminalization. The Bermuda National Household Survey on Drug Consumption and Health is out, and it shows that nearly 49% support marijuana decriminalization, with 41% opposed and 9% undecided.

Australian Government Toughens Penalties for New Synthetics. The Australian government said it has added four substances marketed as "synthetic LSD" to its list of drugs that attract the most serious penalties. Under the move, importers will face a minimum of two years in jail. Currently, importers pay only a fine set a three times the value of the product. The substances are derivatives of phenethylamine marketed under names like "N-Bomb."

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US OH: Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
The Marietta Times, 24 Mar 2014 - What Will Ohio Voters Say If the Issue Is on the Ballot? Medical marijuana proponents are continuing efforts to bring legalization of the drug to Ohio voters in November. Libertarian candidate for governor Charlie Earl announced his endorsement for the "Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment" earlier this month, and John Pardee, president of the Ohio Rights Group that's pushing to get the amendment on the ballot, praised Earl for his support in a recent news release.
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US: Web: Marijuana Medicine's Near-Miraculous Healing Powers Require

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 07:00
AlterNet, 23 Mar 2014 - Marijuana Medicine's Near-Miraculous Healing Powers Require the Whole Plant-Not Just One Oil Extract CBD-only laws are a pretext to extend marijuana prohibition under the guise of 'protecting the children.'
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US MI: Group Targets City Of Summer Marijuana Vote

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 07:00
The Macomb Daily, 23 Mar 2014 - Marijuana proponents are gearing up to get pot decriminalization proposals on ballots in about a dozen cities statewide this year, including one in Macomb County. The effort comes after the Safer Michigan Coalition successfully passed similar proposals last year in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing.
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