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CN MB: Column: Law Goes To Pot

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 26 Aug 2014 - Timothy Lee Felger owned and operated a retail outlet, DaKine Store, in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The store sold marijuana-related products, not that there's anything wrong with that. But the store also had an unusual sign on its front window.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Growers Falling Behind On Their Harvests

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 26 Aug 2014 - To the Editor: Re: City becoming a pot hot spot, Editorial, Aug. 21. It is easy to read optimistic projections from the new licenced producers and gain the impression that production of medical cannabis may far exceed what would be required, but the reality is that, in most cases, the producers are not providing anywhere near the volume projected.
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Chronicle AM: Oregon Marijuana Legalization Endorsement, PA Mandatory Minimums, Heroin Maintenance, More (8/25/14)

Canada (STDW) - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:45

The Oregonian says legalize it, so do Vermont GOP gubernatorial candidates, LEAP founder says legalize heroin, a Pennsylvania court throws out mandatory minimums, Vancouver's SALOME participants will get their heroin, and more. Let's get to it:

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

Oregon's Largest Newspaper Endorses Measure 91. In a Sunday editorial, the Oregonian has endorsed marijuana legalization in general and New Approach Oregon's initiative, Measure 91, in particular. Click on the title link to read the newspaper's reasoning.

Vermont GOP Governor Candidates Agree Marijuana Should Be Legal. In interviews with Vermont Public Radio, all three Republican gubernatorial candidates said they agreed that marijuana should be legalized. Steve Berry of Wolcott, Scott Milne of Pomfret and Emily Peyton of Putney are competing in tomorrow's primary. Peyton and Berry came out strongly for legalization, while Milne said he would sign a bill if it got to his desk. Milne is the leading contender.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Upholds Eviction of Public Housing Tenant for Marijuana Criminal Activity. With marijuana decriminalized in the state, can a public housing tenant still be evicted for possession of less than an ounce? That question remains undecided after the state's high court sidestepped it in Figgs v. Boston Housing Authority. A lower court had held that the tenant could not be evicted for simple possession, but the high court reversed, saying the facts in the case showed not just possession, but also that the tenant's roommate sold marijuana and possessed a weapon. Figgs is going to have to find a new place to live now.

Medical Marijuana

Arizona Advocates File Lawsuit over PTSD Treatment Restrictions. The Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association filed a lawsuit last Friday challenging limits imposed on patients with PTSD who seek to use medical marijuana. Health Director Will Humble has ruled that PTSD patients can only use medical marijuana if they are already getting some other form of treatment for PTSD. The lawsuit is in Maricopa County District Court.

Kansas Democratic Party Endorses Medical Marijuana. Kansas Democrats now formally support medical marijuana, they announced during their statewide Demofest convention Saturday night. "Kansas Democrats support the availability of marijuana for medical use and protection of patients from criminal arrest and prosecution." the plank says. The platform link wasn't working as of Tuesday night, but you can try it here.

Sentencing

Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules Mandatory Minimums Unconstitutional. In a decision last week, the court has thrown out the use of mandatory minimum sentences as violating the constitution. The ruling came in Pennsylvania v. Newman, where James Newman had received a mandatory minimum 5-year sentence for possession of drugs and a gun. Relying on a line of federal court decisions beginning with Apprendi v. New Jersey, the Superior Court held that, in sentences based on the elements of the crime, jurors -- not judges -- must find that those elements existed.

California Fair Sentencing Act Heads for Governor's Desk. After a final Senate concurrence vote last Thursday, the Fair Sentencing Act is now headed for the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The act, Senate Bill 1010, would eliminate the sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses by reducing the penalty for crack offenses.

Heroin

Boston Globe Op-Ed Calls for End to Heroin Prohibition. A Sunday op-ed in the Globe published by former New Jersey narcotics officer and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition founder Jack Cole forthrightly calls for ending heroin prohibition. Police efforts to repress heroin "did more harm than good, and the harder my colleagues and I tried, the more damage we did," he writes. "As a police officer, I understand the instinct to mete out punishment, send a message, put somebody away for abusing drugs. Nonetheless, my experience has shown me that it is futile, counterproductive, and dangerous to try to arrest our way out of this very real problem." There's much more; click on the title link to read the whole thing.

International

Number of Disappeared in Mexico Keeps Rising. The number of people who have vanished since former President Felipe Calderon initiated his drug war in 2006 has increased to some 23,000, according to the Interior Ministry. More than 12,000 disappeared during the Calderon sexenio, and nearly 10,000 more have vanished during the first two years of the Enrique Pena Nieto presidency. Human rights groups say these official numbers are low.

Two-Thirds of Canadians Support Marijuana Law Reform. A new Forum Research poll finds that 66% of Canadians favor either legalizing and taxing marijuana or taking pot possession out of the criminal code (decriminalizing it). Some 35% said legalize it, while another 31% said decriminalize it. Only 16% said they were happy with the marijuana law status quo.

Canada's SALOME Study Will Get Prescription Heroin By Christmas. Vancouver heroin addicts participating in the Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness (SALOME) will have legally prescribed heroin by Christmas, their attorney said last week. They won the right to use heroin as a maintenance drug after the BC Supreme Court in May granted them an injunction exempting them from a federal government ban on such uses. The pharmaceutical grade heroin is coming from a European manufacturer.

Australian National Council on Drugs Softens on Medical Marijuana. The Australian National Council on Drugs today released Medicinal Use of Cannabis: Background and Information Paper, which concedes that pharmaceutical marijuana products are effective for treating some forms of pain, reducing nausea, and helping people with wasting syndrome. The backgrounder comes as clamor grows, especially in Victoria, for legalizing medical marijuana.

(This article was published by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also shares the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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CN MB: PUB LTE: Legalize It Already

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 24 Aug 2014 - Just a quick heads up to Stephen Harper and the federal Conservative party. Marijuana has been directly in the hands of Canadian youth for the last 40 years now, and lo and behold our civilization hasn't gone to pot. In fact many of the hi-tech gadgets and other advances we can't seem to do without these days were the brainchilds of people who occasionally smoke a bit of grass. Isn't it time to focus on truly destructive substances such as crack cocaine, heroin and handguns? Ken Glofcheskie
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CN ON: Column: Law Goes To Pot?

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 24 Aug 2014 - B.C. Store Owner Argues Police Can't Enter His Premises Because He Posted a Sign and Wrote Them a Letter Timothy Lee Felger owned and operated a retail outlet, DaKine Store, in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Ambrose Politicizing Marijuana Issue

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 24 Aug 2014 - Re Minister Says Pot Campaign Not An Attack On Leader, Aug. 19 Health Minister Rona Ambrose is pleading with the Canadian Medical Association to join the Conservatives' anti-drug campaign, a request that the CMA and other like bodies have declined, saying that the issue has become too political. Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for making marijuana a political issue. Enough has been said about how ridiculous the government's accusations are, particularly given the findings that even the CMA will admit to about marijuana use, addiction and access. Perhaps we should take Ms. Ambrose's claims and accusations with a grain of salt, as well as question if Stephen Harper has the right people for the job in his cabinet.
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CN MB: PUB LTE: Pot Sideshow

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 24 Aug 2014 - Marijuana: Be prepared for smoke and mirrors. Democracy is all about listening to the people. Justin Trudeau has heard what the majority of Canadians are saying about legalizing marijuana and is ready to act accordingly. Stephen Harper only listens to his conservative base, a dwindling minority of Canadians, and is determined to ignore reality in a crass attempt to garner campaign contributions. Trudeau wants to find a pragmatic solution for a modern-day problem. Harper wants to maintain an outdated unworkable punitive policy for partisan politics. Trudeau's plan will generate government revenue, introduce quality control standards and undermine organized crime. Harper's obstinate stand abets the underground drug economy, perpetuates the lack of product standards and guarantees organized crime's cash flow. In a desperate attempt to obscure and distort Trudeau's rational policy on marijuana, Harper has once again reached into the Conservatives' tickle trunk of dirty tricks an! d pulled out their smoke screen generators and curved carnival mirrors. Please don't be taken in by their tawdry sideshow. Lloyd Atkins
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CN AB: LTE: Going To Pot

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:00
Calgary Herald, 23 Aug 2014 - Re: "Haze of confusion," Editorial, Aug. 20. It has taken so long to educate the public about the dangers of cigarettes, and we have come such a long way in reducing smoking, so why now encourage the smoking of the mind-altering drug marijuana?
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Canada: PUB LTE: A Blueprint for Decriminalizing Pot, and

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:00
National Post, 23 Aug 2014 - Re: Don't Smoke Pot, Canadian MDs Warn, Aug. 21. The Canadian Medical Association is quite right to point out that there are particular hazards associated with smoking any plant material, including medicinal cannabis. While some patients, particularly those who use small quantities of marijuana, choose to smoke it, the preferred method of delivery is through the use of a vaporizer - a device that heats the cannabis to release the cannabinoids (the active ingredients), but does not burn it. There is good clinical evidence to show that vaporized cannabis contains significantly lower levels of toxins and harmful chemicals.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Legalize It Already

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 22 Aug 2014 - Just a quick heads up to Stephen Harper and the federal Conservative party. Marijuana has been directly in the hands of Canadian youth for the last 40 years now, and lo and behold our civilization hasn't gone to pot. In fact many of the hi-tech gadgets and other advances we can't seem to do without these days were the brainchilds of people who occasionaly smoke a bit of grass. Isn't it time to focus on truly destructive substances such as crack cocaine, heroin and handguns?
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CN BC: Group Of Vancouver Addicts Will Receive Heroin By

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 22 Aug 2014 - Health Ministry 'Disappointed' With B.C. Supreme Court Decision on Prescribing Drug A group of Vancouver drug addicts is slated to become Canada's first recipients of legally prescribed heroin by Christmas.
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CN BC: Views Aired On Harm Reduction

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00
Mission City Record, 22 Aug 2014 - Opinions Differ At Public Hearing On Needle Exchange Facilities Harm reduction helped save Erica Thomson's life. The people who reached out to her made her feel worthy and that she was not disposable. Methadone helped get her off drugs, and as long as she was on it, she was permitted to keep her daughter in her care.
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Canada: Mounties And Military Spend Millions On Weeding Out

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 22 Aug 2014 - The RCMP and Canadian military have spent nearly $11.5 million in the last eight years on a national search-and-destroy mission for illicit marijuana crops. Federal figures show the annual Mountie-led effort, known as Operation Sabot, has led to tens of thousands of pot plants being weeded out each year.
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Canada: Mounties, Military Spent $11.5m Weeding Out Pot

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00
Guelph Mercury, 22 Aug 2014 - OTTAWA - The RCMP and Canadian military have spent nearly $11.5 million in the last eight years on a national search-and-destroy mission for illicit marijuana crops. Federal figures show the annual Mountie-led effort, known as Operation Sabot, has led to tens of thousands of pot plants being weeded out each year.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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Canada: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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