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Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:59

There will be no medical marijuana initiative in Oklahoma this year, Jeb Bush comes out against Florida's medical marijuana initiative, San Diego patients are trying a novel tack in their battle with the city, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Tuesday, Madera County supervisors adopted a revised cultivation ordinance that will dramatically increase fines for violating it. All grows must be in an enclosed 120-square foot building. The current fine is $250 for growing "outside" the ordinance; the revised ordinance increases the fine to $250 per plant.

Last Wednesday, eight San Diego patients filed a complaint against the city and the mayor charging that the city's harsh land use and other restrictions on dispensaries and collectives violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complaint charges the city with violating state law with its restrictions. The complaint seeks to suspend enforcement of the city's ordinance until it is resolved.

On Tuesday, California advocates raised the alarm on an amended medical marijuana bill. A bill intended to force law enforcement to return unlawfully seized medical marijuana has been amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee to gut that language, and that has Americans for Safe Access raising the alarm. Senate Bill 1193 has been turned from a good bill into a bad one, the group says, and is asking sponsor Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to pull it. Click on the link to add your two cents.

Florida

Last Friday, Jeb Bush came out in opposition to the state's medical marijuana initiative. Former Republican state governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has come out against Amendment 2, the state's medical marijuana initiative. "Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire," Bush said. "Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts," he added. Bush appears to be out of step with Florida voters, who are supporting the measure in the 85-90% range, according to recent polls.

Hawaii

On Monday, advocates announced medical marijuana events this weekend. The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (cofounders of the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii) have announced three free public events on medical marijuana policy next weekend. "Policy Perspectives on Medical Marijuana" will take place in Oahu and Hilo, while a talk session will be held in Kona. Click on the link for more details.

Iowa

Last Thursday, the state announced public hearings about its new CBD cannabis oil law. Iowans who have something to say about the state's new law decriminalizing the possession of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil for epileptics will get a chance at a series of public hearings. They will be held in six cities: Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Mason City, Ottumwa, and Sioux City. Click on the link for times and dates, as well information on submitting comment via email or snail mail.

Minnesota

On Tuesday, a Minnesota mom has been arrested for giving her son cannabis oil too soon. Although the state this year passed a law allowing for the use of some forms of medical marijuana, it doesn't go into effect until next July. That's too long to wait for Angela Brown, who traveled to Colorado to obtain cannabis oil for her 15-year-old son. Now she is facing two criminal misdemeanors, including child endangerment. The family says it is now considering moving to Colorado so the boy can get his medicine without his mom facing prosecution.

Oklahoma

Last Saturday, organizers conceded that their initiative signature-gathering campaign would fall short. There will be no medical marijuana initiative in the Sooner State this year. Saturday was the deadline for handing in signatures, and organizers concede they don't have enough valid signatures. They vow to be back at next year.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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Chronicle AM: Scary Alaska Marijuana Poll, Maryland SWAT Raids, West Africa Drug Meeting (8/20/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30

An unsettling poll in Alaska, Minnesota medical marijuana mom gets busted, there's money to be made in drug testing, Maryland SWAT teams have been busy, a West African meeting on drugs is underway, and more. Let's get to it:

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Alaska Legalization Initiative Trails in Poll. The people trying to legalize marijuana in Alaska are in for a tough battle, if the most recent Public Policy Polling survey is any indicator. That poll, taken at the end of July and the beginning of this month, has the marijuana legalization initiative trailing, 44% to 49%. That's a reversal from PPP's last poll on the topic in May, which had the initiative leading by a margin of 48% to 45%. Neither set of numbers is likely to lead to smiling faces at the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska, the group behind Measure 2.

Washington Attorney General Files Brief in I-502 Lawsuit. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a brief in a lawsuit filed by would-be marijuana business operators seeking to overturn local bans on such businesses. The brief argues that nothing in the state's voter-approved marijuana legalization law overrides the authority of local governments to regulate businesses, including marijuana businesses. In other words, the attorney general is supporting the localities against the marijuana business people.

Stoner Arrested for Growing Pot. Sorry, we couldn't resist (and it's a slow news day). Charlottesville, Virginia, resident Paul Stoner has been arrested by the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force for allegedly growing $10,000 worth of marijuana. He is charged with manufacturing marijuana and possessing a handgun while in possession of more than a pound of pot.

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Minnesota Mom Busted for Giving Son Cannabis Oil Too Soon. Although the state this year passed a law allowing for the use of some forms of medical marijuana, it doesn't go into effect until next July. That's too long to wait for Angela Brown, who traveled to Colorado to obtain cannabis oil for her 15-year-old son. Now she is facing two criminal misdemeanors, including child endangerment. The family says it is now considering moving to Colorado so the boy can get his medicine without his mom facing prosecution.

Drug Testing

Big Bucks to Be Made in the Drug Testing Industry, Report Says. The drug testing industry racked up $2.8 billion in sales last year and is expected to continue to grow, according to a new report from industry watcher Kalorama Information. The report, Drugs of Abuse Testing Markets, says the market is expected to crack the $3 billion mark next year. "Continued demand for testing in the workplace in sports and in government and demand for fast reliable new tests and technologies will be the catalyst for sustained growth" said Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information."New drugs are also a factor."

Law Enforcement

More Than 6,500 SWAT Raids in Maryland Since 2010. According to data from the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center, which is required to be reported under a state law passed in the wake of the infamous Prince Georges County SWAT raid that killed the dogs of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo, SWAT teams in the state have been deployed more than 6,500 times in the past four fiscal years. That's 4.5 SWAT raids per day. Prince Georges County (suburban DC) carried out by far the most raids, accounting for 31% of all state SWAT raids. About 90% of SWAT deployments were to execute search warrants, but less than half of those warrants were for violent crimes. The available data doesn't separate out drug offenses.

International

Kofi Annan, Olusegun Obasanjo Meet With Ghanaian President on Drug Policy. The chairman of the West African Commission on Drugs, Olusegun Obasanjo, and its most prominent member, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, are meeting today with Ghanaian President John Mahama to discuss regional approaches to the illicit drug trade in the region. The commission earlier this summer called the drug trade a threat to West African institutions, public health, and development and urged regional governments to reform their drugs laws, including by decriminalizing drug possession.

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US CO: Column: Home For Kids Moving For Colorado MMJ Closes

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 20 Aug 2014 - Healing House Closes Though Lynn Lansford, a thyroid-cancer survivor, hoped to use a four-bedroom house she and her husband own in Teller County as a temporary home for families moving to Colorado for medical marijuana, the funding never supported it. Last week, she announced the closure of her Children's Healing House (lynnzina@aol.com).
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Chronicle AM: Oregon Initiative Buying Ads, South Portland Maine to Vote, Saudi Arabia Killing People (8/19/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:46

Big money for TV ads in Oregon, another Maine city will vote on marijuana legalization, a good bill goes bad in California, and Saudi Arabia executes four hash smugglers. Let's get to it:

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South Portland, Maine, to Vote on Legalization Initiative in November. The city council Monday night approved putting on the November ballot an initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The move comes after advocates collected enough voter signatures to force the issue. Neighboring Portland, Maine's largest city, passed a similar initiative last year.

Oregon Legalization Initiative Will Buy $2.3 Million in TV Ads. New Approach Oregon, the group behind the state's marijuana legalization initiative, said Monday it will buy $2.3 million worth of TV ads. The first ad will feature Richard Harris, the former head of addictions and mental health for the state Health Authority, who says that marijuana is "a pretty benign drug" and that criminalizing it has been a policy failure.

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California Advocates Raise Alarm on Amended Medical Marijuana Bill. A bill intended to force law enforcement to return unlawfully seized medical marijuana has been amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee to gut that language, and that has Americans for Safe Access raising the alarm. Senate Bill 1193 has been turned from a good bill into a bad one, the group says, and is asking sponsor Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to pull it. Click on the link to add your two cents.

International

Saudi Arabia Executes Four Hash Smugglers. Four members of the same family were executed by Saudi authorities Monday for attempting to smuggle "large quantities" of hashish into the kingdom. The executions came despite protests from family members that the men had been tortured into confessing during interrogations. The killings are part of a surge of executions in the kingdom lately, with 32 people executed this year and 17 in the past two weeks alone. Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty to a number of crimes, including drug trafficking and apostasy, as well as murder and rape.

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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Beacon Herald, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Political Prescription

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 19 Aug 2014 - Feds Blame Trudeau for Blowing Smoke on Marijuana Debate OTTAWA - The health minister blames Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign. Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Rona Ambrose accused the Liberal leader of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.
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US MI: Haring Township Attorney To Prepare Marijuana Moratorium

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Cadillac News, 19 Aug 2014 - CADILLAC -- The days of seeing marijuana dispensaries in Haring Township may be going up in smoke. Haring Township board members approved a decision for Zirnhelt, Bowron and Wiggins, P.L.C. to prepare a marijuana moratorium for the township at a special meeting Monday at the township hall.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Sentinel Review, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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