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US CO: Column: States Sue Over Cannabis, Colorado Approves

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 24 Dec 2014 - Or change your laws As the beginning of the lawsuit filed last week puts it, "Come now the States of Nebraska and Oklahoma, by and through their Attorneys General" ... to stop legalized marijuana. The states are suing the state of Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to get the federal government to curtail Colorado's industry.
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US IL: Kids to Have Access to Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 24 Dec 2014 - State Allowing Food, Liquid Infusions for Qualifying Children Children who live in Illinois will be allowed access to medical marijuana in the new year under rules announced by state officials Tuesday.
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US OK: Colorado Pot Challenge 'Ridiculous,' Tulsan Says

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 24 Dec 2014 - A leader of efforts to revise Oklahoma's marijuana laws says Attorney General Scott Pruitt's attempt to stop legal retail sales in Colorado is "ridiculous" and mischaracterizes that state's cannabis industry. Chip Paul, a Tulsa business owner and leader of Oklahomans for Health, said it would be impossible to accumulate more than a small quantity of marijuana through legal purchases in Colorado, and that licensed growers have too much at stake to sell on the black market.
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US CA: App Can't Deliver Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec 2014 - Judge Says Nestdrop, Which Takes Orders From Customers, Is Violating L.A. Law. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that Nestdrop, a smartphone application that lets customers order medical marijuana, must stop delivering pot.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 23:54

Another medical organization calls for rescheduling, a California court rules that concentrates are medicine, Colorado starts handing out medical marijuana research money, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Wednesday, the American Academy of Neurology called for rescheduling marijuana. In a just-released position statement on the use of medical marijuana for neurological disorders, the academy said it could not yet recommend medical marijuana for those disorders "because further research is needed to determine the benefits and safety of such products." To that end, the academy "requests the reclassification of marijuana-based products from their current Schedule I status so as to improve access for study of marijuana or cannabinoids under IRB-approved research protocols." Click on the link to read the entire position statement.

California

Last Thursday, a state appeals court ruled that cannabis concentrates qualify as medical marijuana. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that "concentrated cannabis" qualifies as marijuana for purposes of medical use. The ruling came in People v. Mulcrevy, in which medical marijuana patients and probationer Sean Patrick Mulcrevy was accused of violating his probation because he was caught in possession of cannabis oil. Concentrated cannabis "is covered by the Compassionate Use Act, and there is insufficient evidence Mulcrevy violated his probation in light of that conclusion," the appeals court held unanimously.

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge order Nestdrop to stop making medical marijuana deliveries. Nestdrop, a smart phone app, had been the subject of a complaint by LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, who said it violates a law restricting deliveries in the city. Nestdrop had already quit making deliveries, but now there is a preliminary injunction to prevent it from restarting.

Colorado

Last Wednesday, the Board of Health awarded more than $8 million for medical marijuana research. The awards will allow researchers to investigate marijuana's medical potential, not its downsides, as is required for most federally-approved research on marijuana. Three of the eight studies will still require federal approval and marijuana from the US government. In the other five "observational" studies, subjects will be providing their own marijuana. Researchers will study marijuana's impact on PTSD, irritable bowel syndrome, pain relief for children with brain tumors, pediatric epileptic seizures, and compare it with oxycodone for pain relief.

New Hampshire

Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it was taking dispensary applications. It released its request for applications for people who want a shot at operating one of the four "alternative treatment centers" contemplated under the state's medical marijuana laws. The state is divided into four geographic areas; each will be allowed one dispensary.

New York

Last Friday, the Department of Health released draft medical marijuana regulations. The Department of Health released the draft regs, but advocates say they are too tight. "New York will be one of the more restrictive programs in the country, which could inhibit patients from getting the relief they need," the Drug Policy Alliance complained. Click on the title link for details on the draft regs.

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US CO: Colorado Considers Letting Pot Smokers Carry Concealed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Daily Mail, 23 Dec 2014 - Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana sales. Now the state's voters may consider a ballot measure to allow pot smokers to carry a concealed firearm. The 'Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights' is working to put a question on the November 2016 ballot to have Colorado ignore guidelines from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about firearms and pot.
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US: Tribes Treading Carefully Into Pot Discussions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Washington Times, 23 Dec 2014 - FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. (AP) - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and whether alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs that casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse. When the federal government announced this month that it would allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana, the same divisive discussions resurfaced. The tribal president's office talked of expanding crops to include pot for medicinal but not recreational use, while a tribal lawmaker quickly declared his opposition.
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US MA: Schools Offering Courses On Sale Of Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 23 Dec 2014 - New Mass. Schools Are Offering Programs on What Is Likely to Be a Fast-Growing Business NATICK - Jeanne Ficcardi-Sauro was watching television this summer when she saw a story about a trade school for a fast-growing field that promised plenty of job opportunities. She couldn't wait to enroll.
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US: Tribes Tread Carefully Into Marijuana Discussions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Dec 2014 - FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse. When the federal government announced this month that it would allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana, the same divisive discussions resurfaced. The tribal president's office talked of expanding crops to include pot for medicinal but not recreational use, while a tribal lawmaker quickly declared his opposition.
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US HI: Editorial: Medical Marijuana Too Hard To Obtain

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 Dec 2014 - It's been almost 15 years since the law was enacted, and Hawaii still doesn't know what to do with its medical marijuana program. It's actually less of a program than a policy, and that policy is: Hawaii residents can get a prescription for the drug, but filling it is another matter. If the state had the concern that it should about maintaining the integrity of the program and quality control for the drug it provides, lawmakers would finally finish the work they started in 2000 by establishing a regulated dispensary system. The fact that it hasn't yet done so means that anyone enrolled in the program is on their own, with no reasonable way to ensure the effectiveness or safety of what they're using.
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Chronicle AM: Cuomo Just Says No, Christie Talks Mandatory Treatment, Lebanese Hash Boom, More (12/22/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 21:13

Cuomo rejects legalization, Christie talks treatment instead of prison, New Hampshire takes a step toward getting dispensaries going, Lebanon's hash trade is booming, and more. Let's get to it:

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New York Governor Rejects Legalizing Pot, Cites Myth. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Sunday reiterated his opposition to freeing the weed. "I do not favor legalized marijuana," he said in a radio interview. "I do believe it can be a gateway drug." The "gateway theory" is widely considered to be a myth.

South Carolina Decriminalization Bill Pre-Filed. Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens) has pre-filed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in the Palmetto State. Under the bill, possession of less than an ounce would be a civil infraction with a fine of between $100 and $200 for a first offense. Fines increase with subsequent offenses. The bill is H 3117.

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California Appeals Court Rules Concentrates Qualify as Medical Marijuana. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled last week that "concentrated cannabis" qualifies as marijuana for purposes of medical use. The ruling came in People v. Mulcrevy, in which medical marijuana patients and probationer Sean Patrick Mulcrevy was accused of violating his probation because he was caught in possession of cannabis oil. Concentrated cannabis "is covered by the Compassionate Use Act, and there is insufficient evidence Mulcrevy violated his probation in light of that conclusion," the appeals court held unanimously.

New Hampshire Now Taking Dispensary Applications. The Department of Health and Human Services Friday released its request for applications for people who want a shot at operating one of the four "alternative treatment centers" contemplated under the state's medical marijuana laws. The state is divided into four geographic areas; each will be allowed one dispensary.

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Christ Christie: Drug War Has Failed, Treat Addiction as an Illness, Mandatory Treatment Needed. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has spoken out again on drug policy, saying the state needs to embrace a dramatically different approach to drug use and addiction. "I think what we've seen over the last 30 years is it just hasn't worked," he said. "And there are some people who make one bad choice to try drugs one time and their particular chemistry leads them to be an addict from the minute they try it. So we need to treat it as a disease. And not having mandatory incarceration for non-violent offenders but having mandatory treatment is something that's going to yield a much greater result for society in general and for those individuals in particular." There's much more at the link.

International

Lebanese Hash Trade Booming in Shadow of Syrian Civil War. Distracted by the civil war next door in Syria, Lebanese security forces have for the past two years refrained from their annual hash eradication campaigns, and now, well-armed leaders of the trade are confident enough to tell troops to stay away if they don't want trouble. "We are selling hashish, and if anyone from the government tries to come close to it, we'll kill them," said Ali Shamas, a spokesman for growers and sellers. "This year we had a good year." Because of oversupply due to lack of eradication, prices have dropped dramatically, but the trade is still lucrative, Shamas said. "All of my main growers made at least half a million dollars this year," he told The Daily Telegraph. Much more at the link.

Brazil Will Study Legalizing High CBD Medical Marijuana. The Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency said Friday it is going to start discussing whether to reclassify the marijuana derivative cannabidiol (CBD). The announcement came one day after several dozen people protested in Brazilia to demand its reclassification and less than a month after the Federal Medical Council authorized neurologists and psychiatrists to prescribe CBD to epileptic children and teens who haven't responded to other treatments.

First Medical Marijuana Trials Get Underway in New South Wales. The state government announced Sunday that it has authorized clinical trials for medical marijuana. Those will be the first ever in Australia. NSW Premier Mike Baird said he expected hundreds of people to take part in the trial, and if it is successful at relieving pain and suffering, the government would consider importing marijuana or allowing it to be grown in the state.

New South Wales Bar Association Law Committee Calls for "Radical Rethink" of Drug Policy. The bar association's Criminal Law Committee is calling for a drug summit that will "radically rethink" Australia's approaches to drug use and the drug trade. The committee said that marijuana decriminalization is a start, but that "this would not remove the black market in drugs or respond to what we had found with respect to other illicit drugs." Instead, the best way to reduce drug- and prohibition-related harms would be "to replace the black market for drugs with a form of legal availability under a highly regulated system."

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CN ON: Former Factories Could Become Medical Marijuana Grow-Ops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - From sugar to pot? If may take a while, but the process has begun for medical marijuana grow operations to start sprouting up in Niagara Falls. The city's committee of adjustment approved two zoning variances for the former Redpath Sugar plant on Garner Rd. and the former Kimberly Clark factory on Victoria Ave.
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CN ON: 'Residents Deserve To Have Their Voices Heard'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - Councillor unhappy with way pot proposal dealt with, mayor says proper guidelines followed Residents and councillors should have been given more information about two medical marijuana applications that went before the city's committee of adjustment, says Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni.
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US: Society Split Over Legalizing Pakalolo

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Garden Island, 22 Dec 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws.
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US CO: Marijuana To Kick Off Commissioners' Agenda

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 22 Dec 2014 - The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners is set to take up a measure attempting to limit the number of marijuana plants in home-based grows. The proposed zoning measure was delayed Dec. 10. It proposed that the number of medical marijuana plants grown by individual caregivers be limited to 18 in a private home, 12 in an apartment or duplex and that outdoor growing be limited to agricultural zones in the county.
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US HI: Hawaii Law Lacks Clarity On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Garden Island, 22 Dec 2014 - HONOLULU (AP) - Fourteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, there is still no legal way for patients to obtain pot without growing it themselves. The 2000 law also is silent on how the state's 13,000 patients can get the seeds for plants they are allowed to grow.
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US MA: Sites Eyed South of Boston for Medical Marijuana Sales

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 21 Dec 2014 - Four communities south of Boston could soon become the hosts of medical marijuana businesses, as groups across Massachusetts bid for the final approvals they need to enter the state's fledgling pot industry. Ermont is seeking to open a combined medical marijuana dispensary and growing facility in Quincy, while In Good Health is attempting to locate a combined facility in Brockton.
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US NY: State Proposes Rules For Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 21 Dec 2014 - New York officials on Thursday proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. The Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the program under a law signed in July. It authorizes patients with certain diseases to be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug, which can be ingested or vaporized.
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US CA: Defendant Rolls The Dice On Pot Penalty

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec 2014 - After His Conviction on Six Felony Counts Related to Marijuana Distribution, a Father Agonizes Over Strategy. Noah Kleinman faced his moment of reckoning: Should he tell a federal judge his marijuana dispensaries were just a front to distribute bulk marijuana and make hundreds of thousands of dollars? Or stick to his claim of innocence?
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US HI: Growing Pains

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 21 Dec 2014 - Years After Hawaii's Landmark Medical Marijuana Law, Patients Still Struggle to Get the Drug Legally After allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in 2000, Hawaii was widely envisioned to be the first state that would legalize marijuana in America.
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