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CN BC: Home Saved By Police Error

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 03 Jul 2014 - Senior keeps dwelling after grow-op bust The Calgary senior busted for keeping a marijuana grow-op in her basement won't lose her home, Alberta's top court has ruled. In a written decision, a three-member Court of Appeal panel said Justice Carolyn Phillips decision to order Heng Kiet Kouch to forfeit her home was based on inadmissible evidence.
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CN ON: T.O. Mayor Opens Up On Drug Abuse

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 03 Jul 2014 - Says He Had Problem Before Taking Office TORONTO - The stress of running Canada's largest city is not what drove Rob Ford to abuse substances, he said Wednesday, admitting he was drinking and using drugs before he was elected as Toronto's mayor.
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Chronicle AM -- July 2, 2014

Canada (STDW) - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:39

The Louisiana State Bar goes where the state legislature wouldn't, the Florida medical marijuana initiative gets a big cash donation, the CDC issues an eye-opening report on opioid prescribing, some Vancouverites celebrate Canada Day with an illegal open marijuana market, and more. Let's get to it:

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

Iowa State NORML Sues School Over Ban on Use of Marijuana Image. ISU NORML yesterday filed a lawsuit against the university charging that administrators violated its First Amendment rights by blocking the group from using the university's mascot on their t-shirts because the t-shirts also included a marijuana leaf. The "overbroad" trademark decision effectively censors the group's goal of "challenging the orthodoxy that marijuana use should be prohibited." The university initially approved the design, but withdrew approval after getting negative feedback from the public.

Louisiana State Bar Backs Marijuana Reform. The Louisiana State Bar Association has approved a resolution backing efforts to classify simple possession of marijuana as a misdemeanor, rather than a felony. An effort to pass a similar bill failed this year in the state legislature.

Medical Marijuana

John Morgan Kicks in Another $4 Million for Florida Initiative. Prominent Florida attorney and Amendment 2 initiative backer John Morgan has contributed another $4 million of his own money to ensure the medical marijuana initiative wins in November. Because the initiative is a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% of the vote to pass.

New Jersey Legislator Files Medical Marijuana Fix Bill. Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) has filed a bill to fix the state's medical marijuana program, which she describes as "broken." The bill would allow patients to grow their own supplies, remove caps on the number of dispensaries, expand the list of qualifying diseases, and remove some of the law's most rigid provisions. The bill is not yet available on the legislature's web site.

High Support for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania Poll. The latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll has support for medical marijuana at 84% in the Keystone State. That's up three points over the same poll six months ago, and up eight points from eight years ago. A medical marijuana bill is currently pending in the state Senate.

In Massachusetts, No Tax on Medical Marijuana -- Yet. Legislators in Boston Tuesday voted not to approve taxes on medical marijuana, but instead to send the proposal to study, which generally means it's dead. The vote came in the Revenue Committee.

Prescription Drugs

New CDC Report on Opioid Prescribing. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, Opioid Painkiller Prescribing: Where You Live Makes a Difference, finds that Americans were prescribed 259 million bottles of opioid pain relievers in 2012, but that there is great regional variety in levels of pain reliever prescribing. Doctors in Alabama, for example, wrote opioid prescriptions at a rate three times higher than those in Hawaii. The highest prescribing rates are generally in the Deep South and the Appalachian Midwest. Forty-six people die every day from prescription opioid overdoses, but efforts to restrict access to opioids in some states have managed to lower deaths. The report did not address the the possible impact of such restrictions on undertreatment of pain.

International

Australian Octogenarian Drug Reformer Named Victorian of the Year. Professor David Penington, 84, who has called for marijuana and ecstasy to be legalized and who heads a committee advising the Victoria state government on drug policies, has been named Victorian of the Year at a national ceremony in Melbourne. "At the age of 84 I was really looking forward to genteel disappearance from the scene," he said, adding that he would use his new honor to continue to push for drug refom. "The reality is that prohibition just hasn't worked for 100 years and the problems are getting worse," Professor Penington said. "We've got to find better ways to handle illicit drugs."

Canada Day Marijuana Street Market in Vancouver Goes Unimpeded. As our northern neighbor celebrated its national holiday yesterday, a street market outside the Vancouver Art Gallery offered up hash brownies and fudge, as well as dime bags and joints of BC bud, despite such acts being illegal. Vendors said the market was a protest "to legalize marijuana." A Vancouver police officer watching the scene from his bicycle said he was there in case anyone needed help, but that police would not stop anyone from selling marijuana.

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CN BC: Prince Of Pot To Emerge Into A Changed World

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 02 Jul 2014 - Release From Prison. Activist Marc Emery to See Greater Acceptance for Cannabis Culture For Jodie Emery, this July has been four years in the making. That's because her husband, marijuana activist Marc "Prince of Pot" Emery, will officially be a free man July 9 after serving 1,590 days in U.S. custody for selling seeds online.
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Drug Dealing!

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 30 Jun 2014 - Regarding Warren Kinsella's June 20 column, is the Conservative Party on the payroll of Mexican drug cartels? Conservatives would have Canadians believe that the job of keeping drugs out of the hands of children is best left to criminals. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age. Right now it's easier for kids to buy marijuana than beer. Taxing and regulating marijuana will restrict youth access to drugs, the really dangerous ones in particular. Marijuana legalization will close the gateway to hard drugs by taking marijuana distribution out of the hands of criminals that sell meth, cocaine and heroin. Marijuana may be relatively harmless, but marijuana prohibition is deadly. Robert Sharpe, policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy
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CN NS: Casting The Net For Druggies Who Drive

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 29 Jun 2014 - Some part of Doug McKenna's internal clock was restarted in November 2011 when he learned of his son's death. More than 19 months had gone by, he said, when he arrived at Antigonish court to hear the verdict for the man responsible.
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CN ON: Column: Stop Legislating Morality

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 29 Jun 2014 - Canada's Proposed Prostitution Law Doesn't Protect Sex Trade Workers and Will Be Vulnerable to a Charter Challenge I'm always amazed at the power of our federal government. With the simple passage of legislation it can turn ordinary citizens into criminals.
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CN ON: Column: Stop Legislating Morality

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 29 Jun 2014 - Canada's proposed prostitution law doesn't protect sex trade workers and will be vulnerable to a Charter challenge I'm always amazed at the power of our federal government. With the simple passage of legislation it can turn ordinary citizens into criminals. How is this possible? Well, our drug prohibition laws are a prime example.
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CN ON: Drugs Pass Booze Behind The Wheel

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 28 Jun 2014 - Move over drunk driving. Drugged driving is now surpassing alcohol when it comes to people impaired behind the wheel, say police. "The prevalence of people under the influence of drugs is higher than people with alcohol," said Sgt. Evan Graham, with the Ottawa-based RCMP Traffic Services Drug Recognition Expert program. "Prescriptions are rising every year. With the current attitude toward marijuana, it's not surprising the numbers are out there."
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CN BC: Farm Tax Status Cut For Pot Growers

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Richmond News, 27 Jun 2014 - Commercial medical marijuana operators in B.C. will not be allowed to claim farm tax status after the provincial government created a new business classification for the federally licensed facilities. The new classification is in response to a Health Canada law that came into effect in April that regulates new commercial facilities that produce, process and distribute medical marijuana and prohibits production in residential homes.
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CN ON: Driving 'High' Is Impaired Driving

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Northern News, 27 Jun 2014 - KIRKLAND LAKE - With Canada Day fast approaching the Kirkland Lake Drug and Alcohol Awareness coalition is reminding people who drive or ride in motor vehicles that 'driving high is impaired driving.' Last year KLDAAC in partnership with the Kirkland Lake Road Safety Coalition, the Timiskaming Road Safety Coalition and the Timiskaming Health Unit had one billboard put up on Highway 66 and one as you enter New Liskeard from the north, with the message that 'driving high is impaired driving'.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Crash Numbers Skewed

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Windsor Star, 26 Jun 2014 - Re: Most young, severely hurt crash victims high on pot, by Brian Cross, June 21. Brian Cross manipulates statistics to create a sensational headline and encourage fearmongering regarding the use of marijuana.
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CN BC: New Marijuana Tax Rules Welcomed

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Chief, 26 Jun 2014 - Licensed grow ops to be taxed as industrial users in B.C. A local lawmaker this week welcomed the B.C. government's move to exclude federally licensed medical marijuana grow operations from the list of farm uses for taxation purposes.
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Canada: OPED: Less Heroism, More Helping

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 26 Jun 2014 - Today, we observe the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In a year that has already seen everything from the legalization of cannabis in two U.S. states to the Pope condemning drug legalization, Canadians should take pause and assess where our drug policy is, and where it should be heading. In 1998, the UN aimed to eradicate all coca and poppy plants within a decade, but in 2009, that goal was abandoned in favour of trying to keep drug use below 5 per cent of the world population. This shift to what academics have called the "less heroic stance" of the new drug war has been mirrored elsewhere, as societies realized that enforcement-based prohibition models simply cannot win.
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CN BC: Report On Pot Policy Coming Down The Pipe

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 26 Jun 2014 - City council continued to hash out their plan for regulating incoming medical marijuana grow operations. Meeting as a committee of the whole Wednesday night, the mayor and seven councillors came to a consensus that they would like to see staff bring to council a report outlining options for limiting these facilities to light industrial properties near Boundary Road or in the BCR site. In addition, staff will craft a separate zoning designation that would require all applications to come before council and trigger a public hearing.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Headline Misleading

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Windsor Star, 26 Jun 2014 - Re: Most young, severely hurt crash victims high on pot, by Brian Cross, June 21. The word "most" is generally considered to mean the largest part. So, when a headline reads, "Most young, severely hurt crash victims high on pot," we expect that at least 50 per cent were high. Not so.
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CN ON: Behind the Smoke: Inside a Legal Marijuana Grow-Op

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 26 Jun 2014 - Medreleaf. Metro Reporter Takes Tour of High-Tech Pot Plant in Secret Location The 55,000-square-foot warehouse in Markham is unremarkable from the outside unless you stand at the doorstep, take a deep breath and notice a faint but recognizable smell.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Dope Not A Gateway

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 26 Jun 2014 - Regarding Warren Kinsella's June 23 column ("Cheech and Cons..."), is the Conservative Party on the payroll of Mexican drug cartels? Conservatives would have Canadians believe the job of keeping drugs out of the hands of children is best left to criminals. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age.
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CN ON: Free Crack Pipes Have Police Apprehensive

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 26 Jun 2014 - While health units across the province are providing free crack pipes to drug users in an effort to reduce the transmission of hepatitis C, the move is being watched by various police units with guarded apprehension. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has been conducting, for the past few weeks, a pilot project where they've been handing out safe inhalation equipment to drug users.
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CN ON: City Cites Safety As A Reason To License Methadone Clinics

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Mississauga News, 25 Jun 2014 - MISSISSAUGA - The City of Mississauga is moving forward on licensing methadone clinics and pharmacies that dispense it after a proposed clinic in Port Credit riled up residents. City councillors today considered a report that recommended licensing the clinics to "address the health, safety and well-being of persons by identifying where methadone clinics and pharmacies are located in=C2=85Mississauga and ensuring that methadone clinics and pharmacies ar e complying with all requirements" that have been established at the federal and provincial levels.
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