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US CA: Column: Another One Beats The Feds

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 07 Apr 2016 - If you needed more proof that boom times are here again for the medical cannabis industry - and here to stay - look no further than 15th Street in the Mission District. When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, the California marijuana industry exploded. The president said medical marijuana would be left alone; people interpreted that to mean it was open season on weed. The Justice Department, which issued a memo in 2009 stating that "limited federal resources" shouldn't be used to bust cancer patients growing a handful of pot plants, as they were under Bush, only seemed to egg them on.
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US OR: Column: Colorado Has Ideas For Cannabis Laws

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 07 Apr 2016 - Some Very, Very Stupid Ideas I HAVE BRUISES on my face this week. (No, not from Fight Club, which I really shouldn't even be talking about.) These bruises are from slapping my forehead repeatedly as I read what's up in the world of weed. Much as I have trouble comprehending anyone voting for a micro-fingered, angry tangerine wigman, I cannot grasp the logic behind some of the proposals that are happening in Colorado.
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US DC: Council Moves to Ban Private Marijuana Clubs in City

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 06 Apr 2016 - District Split Over Legality of Drug In the latest twist in the District's struggles over legal marijuana, the D.C. Council Tuesday moved to permanently ban pot clubs in the city, just two months after the body approved a task force to study the issue.
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US CA: Bill Targets Drug Use By Drivers

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 06 Apr 2016 - A New Device Would Allow Authorities to Test for Pot, Cocaine and Other Drugs During Traffic Stops. SACRAMENTO - With medical marijuana in widespread use and a ballot measure planned to legalize recreational pot in California, state officials Tuesday proposed using new technology to catch the increasing number of motorists who are driving while high.
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US CA: Column: Thank Donald Trump If California Legalizes Weed

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 06 Apr 2016 - It Appears That Only One Flavor of Legalization Will Make the Ballot This November, and It Might Have a Strange Ally. For those wondering what's going to happen with the crowded field of proposals to legalize cannabis in California this year, look no further than an independent source of information with boots on the ground: paid signature-gatherers. Thousands of these mercenaries have fanned out across the Golden State this April, earning an estimated $2.50 per signature to help place pot legalization on the ballot.
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US CT: Pot Proponents Push Legalization

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:00
Register Citizen, 06 Apr 2016 - University of Connecticut student Jennifer Purdon is not shy talking about what she termed Tuesday as her "daily use of cannabis." Purdon, who described herself as a double-major, honor student with a 3.6 Grade Point Average, said, "I just prefer it (marijuana) over alcohol."
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US OH: Group Gets Ok To Collect Signatures

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 05 Apr 2016 - The Ohio Ballot Board recently certified Ohioans for Medical Marijuana's petition, allowing the group to begin collecting signatures. The group, backed by the Washington D.C.-based Medical Policy Project, needs to collect 305,591 valid signatures from Ohio voters by early July in order for the proposed amendment to be added to the November ballot.
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Chronicle AM: Senate "Sham" Legalization Hearing, Legalizers Rally in Ann Arbor & DC, More... (4/4/16)

Ballot Measures (STDW) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:58

Marijuana legalization activists rallied in Ann Arbor and DC over the weekend, pot-related hearings take place in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the US Senate tomorrow, the California Assembly will take up supervised injection sites tomorrow, British pot arrests are down dramatically, and more.

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Senate Legalization Foes to Hold Hearing Tomorrow. US Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will hold a hearing in the Caucus on International Narcotics Control titled "Is the Justice Department Adequately Protecting the Public from the Impact of State Recreational Marijuana Legalization." The only witnesses are foes of marijuana legalization, making it a "sham hearing" in the eyes of the Drug Policy Alliance. "These hearings are a one-sided sham with the deck stacked with witnesses who have a track record of vehemently opposing marijuana legalization," said DPA deputy director of national affairs,Michael Collins. "An honest evaluation of marijuana legalization would include the undeniable benefits of legalization like the massive drop in marijuana arrests, the billions in taxes, and the transition from an underground market to a regulated one. A more even-handed hearing would also address the destructive harms of marijuana prohibition."

On Eve of Hearing, Connecticut Governor Reiterates Opposition to Legalization. With a legislative informational hearing on legalizing marijuana set for Tuesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) made clear Monday that he remains opposed to the move. "I'm not a believer in it," he said. "I've done all the things I thought were necessary," referring to supporting the state's medical marijuana program and signing a decriminalization bill. "I think when you legalize marijuana, you're encouraging marijuana, and that's not the place I want to go."

DC Pot Activists Fire Up in Front of White House. Led by the DC Cannabis Campaign, hundreds of legalization supporters gathered in front of the White House Saturday afternoon to urge President Obama to reschedule marijuana. The event was held on 4/2 instead of 4/20 because "Obama has been a big zero" when it comes to leading the country out of pot prohibition, the activists said. At 4:20pm, people lit up in a civil disobedience action, but no arrests were forthcoming, although some citations were issued.

Thousands Attend Annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor. Pot lovers and legalizers gathered by the thousands on the University of Michigan's central campus Diag in the Midwest's largest annual celebration of cannabis culture. This was the 45th annual Hash Bash, and stoner icon Tommy Chong addressed the crowd, along with lesser luminaries. Activists were also out collecting signatures for a proposed statewide marijuana legalization initiative. Three people were arrested for marijuana possession.

Rhode Island Hearing on Marijuana Regulation and Policy Tuesday. State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin will host a forum on marijuana policy Tuesday at Brown University. Speakers include representatives from the city of Denver, the Washington state attorney general's office, and the Washington Institute on Public Policy, as well as Massachusetts state Sen. Jason Lewis (D), who chairs that state's Special Senate Committee on Marijuana.

Harm Reduction

California Assembly Hearing on Supervised Injection Sites Set for Tomorrow. The Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on Assembly Bill 2495, which would allow localities to establish supervised drug consumption services and let drug users consume controlled substances there under public health supervision. The bill is sponsored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton).

International

British Marijuana Arrests Down By Nearly Half Since 2010. Arrests are down 46%, warnings fell by 48%, and charges filed declined by 33% between 2010 and 2015, according to official data from police forces. Some forces admitted no longer targeting pot smokers, saying their officers had been "freed up" for "more important work."

Indian Opium Addicts Block Highway to Protest New Ban on Poppy Husk. Hundreds of people addicted to "doda post," as dried opium husk is known in the area, blocked a highway in Rajasthan to protest a ban on the trade that went into effect April 1. Police managed to clear the road, but demonstrations against the ban continued. One local doda user attempted to commit suicide, and his father, Himatram, said he and his son had been using doda for years. "This government banned doda while supplying liquor publicly," he said. "It is not justified." Doda users said authorities had begun "de-addiction" drives, but were supplying them with medications that were useless.

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US DC: Pot Activists See Win As Opportunity For Dialogue

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 04 Apr 2016 - Rally Pressures Obama to Deschedule Marijuana The local activists who helped legalize marijuana possession in the District were on the trail of bigger game Saturday, lighting up in front of the White House to protest the way federal laws classify the drug.
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US CO: Large Pot Business Push to Rename Stadium Seen As

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 04 Apr 2016 - DENVER - One of Colorado's top marijuana businesses wants to keep the "high" in the Denver Broncos' Mile High Stadium. Native Roots, which operates 14 medical and recreational dispensaries in Colorado, is prepared to make an offer for the naming rights of the NFL team's stadium, now called Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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US CA: Column: A Pot Habit Can Make You A Loser

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 03 Apr 2016 - There's a new report out on longtime marijuana use. And it's bad news for habitual stoners. In summary: The more pot you smoke, the more apt you are to be a loser. And it's not so much that losers toke weed. It's that toking a lot of weed over several years turns someone into a loser. It's not really a chicken or egg thing.
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US: Caught In The Haze Of Marijuana Laws

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 03 Apr 2016 - A self-described Michigan "soccer mom" who had "every belonging" taken from her family in a drug raid has been cleared of all criminal charges, 19 months after heavily armed drug task force members ransacked her home and her business. But in many ways, her ordeal is only beginning. Annette Shattuck and her husband, Dale, had been facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession with intent to manufacture marijuana and maintaining a drug house. But last month, Michigan Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kelly threw out all criminal complaints filed against the Shattucks "on the grounds of entrapment by estoppel," according to court filings. Entrapment by estoppel occurs when a government official leads a defendant to think that their conduct is permissible under the law.
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US NV: OPED: Legal Pot - Bad For Nevada

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Sat, 04/02/2016 - 07:00
Elko Daily Free Press, 02 Apr 2016 - Out-of-state pot industry promoters are pouring millions of dollars into Nevada to legalize recreational marijuana in this state. To qualify for the ballot, these promoters raised nearly $800,000, with 60 percent from outside Nevada - given by pot industry corporate donors from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Massachusetts - and including $250,000 from the Washington D.C. pro pot lobby group, Marijuana Policy Project. Nevadans need to know what this initiative is NOT. This initiative is NOT a Nevada-based libertarian "live and let live" effort to permit limited "backyard marijuana grows." Instead, the initiative will require the Nevada Department of Taxation to be radically transformed into a massive bureaucracy and become the single most powerful agency in state government.
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US OH: Medical-marijuana Backers Seek Signatures

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 01 Apr 2016 - Ohio Ballot Board Gives Go-Ahead to Secure Names Before Election. A skeptical Ohio Ballot Board on Thursday gave supporters of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for the fall election.
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US CA: Legal Challenge to Ballot Arguments Against Medical Pot

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 01 Apr 2016 - A supporter of Yuba County's medical marijuana dispensary initiative has filed a court action to remove portions of opposition ballot arguments against the June measure. The Yuba County Superior Court complaint filed on behalf of Terry Comer claims "false and misleading statements" were made in a sample ballot argument opposing the initiative and in a related rebuttal. Comer is one of four people listed as official proponents to Measure B on the June 7 countywide ballot.
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US: Legalize It All

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:00
Harper's Magazine, 01 Apr 2016 - How to Win the War on Drugs In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results?
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US VT: Analysis: How Vermont Could Change the Marijuana

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 07:00
Keene Sentinel, 31 Mar 2016 - Over the past four years, marijuana legalization has come to the United States at a relatively fast pace, thanks to overwhelming support for it among young adults. But up until now, change has mostly come from the voters - sometimes in spite of lawmakers' wishes. That balance could be shifting toward legislators, at least in one state: Vermont. In the next few weeks, Vermont could become the first state legislature to legalize marijuana. At Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin's urging, a bill to make Vermont the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana passed the state Senate in February and is being debated in the state House.
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US CA: Column: Smoking Marijuana Might Make You A Loser

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar 2016 - There's a new report out on longtime marijuana use. And it's bad news for habitual stoners. In summary: The more pot you smoke, the more apt you are to be a loser. And it's not so much that losers toke weed. It's that toking a lot of weed over several years turns someone into a loser. It's not really a chicken or egg thing.
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US DC: Mass Smoke-In Planned By Marijuana Activists

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 31 Mar 2016 - Supporters of Legalization Risk Arrest for Lighting Up Outside the White House Attention senior class-trip chaperones, cherry blossom lovers, and anyone else who may wander by the White House on Saturday: Brace yourself for a cloud of marijuana smoke - and, possibly, mass arrests.
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Chronicle AM: More Obama Commutations, SC Town Pays Big for Killing Teen in Pot Bust, More... (3/30/16)

Ballot Measures (STDW) - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 20:55

The president has commuted sentences for another 61 federal drug offenders, Maine legalizers are fighting to get their signatures validated and their initiative on the ballot, a South Carolina town pays out big for the death of a local teen in a small-time pot bust, and more.

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Maine Senate Approves Marijuana DUID Bill. The Senate voted 19-14 Wednesday to pass LD 1628, which establishes a blood level for THC over which the driver is presumed to be impaired. The bill sets the limit at 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, the same as the states of Colorado and Washington. The bill now goes to the House.

Maine Legalization Campaign Gets Hearing On Invalidated Signatures. At a court hearing Wednesday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol fought to get more than 17,000 invalidated signatures reinstated. The campaign accused Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap of using an "unconstitutionally vague" interpretation of election laws to invalidate the signatures -- all of which were notarized by the same person. Dunlap said the notary's signature didn't match his on-file signature. By invalidating the 17,000 signatures, Dunlap ensured that the initiative campaign would not qualify for the November ballot. The court has until April 11 to render a decision.

Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Edibles Bill. Gov. Kate Brown Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 1511, which allows people 21 and over to purchase edibles and extracts at dispensaries. The bill also allows recreational pot stores to sell medical marijuana tax-free to registered patients.

Medical Marijuana

Rhode Island Patients Protest Proposed Medical Marijuana Tax. Protestors gathered at the State House Tuesday to just say no to Gov. Gina Raimondo's (D) plan to impose a tax on patient and caregiver growers. "We have pain, we have cancer, taxing us is not the answer," they chanted. Under her plan, caregivers would have to pay $350 per plant and patients who grow their own would have to pay $150. The protest took place just before the House Finance Committee took up the proposal.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Full Transcript of President Obama's Atlanta Remarks on Heroin and Pain Pills. The White House has released the full transcript of the discussion panel in which President Obama took part Tuesday as part of the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Click the title link for the transcripts.

Law Enforcement

Family of Zach Hammond Settles Police Killing Lawsuit. The South Carolina teenager was shot and killed by police last summer as he sat in his pick-up truck. The teenage girl who was his passenger was the target of an attempted bust over the sale of a bag of weed, and police shot Hammond as he attempted to pull away from the scene. His family has settled the lawsuit for $2.1 million. State investigators last year concluded that the killing was justified, but the city has just paid up.

Sentencing

Obama Pardons More Drug Offenders. President Obama today granted clemency to 61 more federal drug offenders, more than a third of whom were serving life sentences. That brings to 248 the number of sentences commuted by Obama, more than the six previous presidents combined. He was also set to meet today with people whose sentences had been commuted by previous presidents to discuss their experiences with reentry and how the process can be strengthened. On Thursday, he will hold a Life After Clemency briefing at 2:00pm EDT, which can be viewed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

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