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US AR: Coalition Hosts Meeting About Medical Marijuana Proposal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 23 Jul 2016 - If passed, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act would be one of the most permissive medical marijuana measures in the country, Henny Lasley, a founding member of Smart Colorado, said Friday. Lasley was the headline speaker at a meeting of the Coalition for Safer Arkansas Communities held at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock. The meeting attracted about 35 people, among them law enforcement officers, lawmakers and employees of treatment centers. The coalition says on its website that is an organization of parents, teachers, medical professionals, law enforcement officials, business owners and community leaders.
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Chronicle AM: Poll Finds More Republicans Want to Legalize Pot Than Not, More... (7/22/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 20:46

It's one of those all-weed news days, with Republicans reaching the tipping point on marijuana legalization, Canadian provincial leaders demanding quick action on legalization, and more. 

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Poll Finds For First Time More Republicans Support Marijuana Legalization Than Oppose It. A new YouGov.com survey has support for legalization nationwide at 55%, in line with other recent polls, but also finds that for the first time, more Republicans support ending pot prohibition than continuing it. Among GOP voters, 45% favored legalization and 42% were opposed. As recently as January 2014, 60% of Republicans opposed legalization. The shift comes not because Republicans are warming to marijuana, but because they trying to suppress it is a waste of money, YouGov pollster Peter Moore said. "The most interesting thing about this is, literally, that the Republican attitude towards marijuana itself hasn't changed that much. The only thing that's changed is the attitude toward prohibition."

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Guam Lawmakers Reject Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules. Lawmakers Wednesday unanimously passed a measure to reject the health department's latest draft of proposed rules and regulations as too strict. The move came after stakeholders and the public raised concerns about the latest draft. "They have stated that this set of rules and regulations will not be beneficial to patients for a number of reasons, including the high fees and strict layers of regulations," Sen. Tina Muna Barnes told her fellow lawmakers during the session.

Illinois Judge Orders State to Reconsider Rejecting Medical Marijuana for Migraines. Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Rita Novak has overturned the Department of Public Health's denial of a petition to add migraines to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended. That doesn't mean that migraines will necessarily be added to the list, but the department must now reconsider its decision.

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Canadian Provincial Premiers Call for Quick Action on Marijuana Legalization. Meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, provincial heads of government called on the federal government to move quickly on legalizing marijuana. The premiers said they wanted to avoid a situation of patchwork enforcement and distribution across the country. The Liberal federal government has said it will legalize marijuana and has recently created a task force to do so.

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CN BC: Editorial: Pot Issue Not Going Away

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 22 Jul 2016 - In a Solomon-like decision Tuesday, council separated out the issue of storefront marijuana sales from whether Jukka Laurio should have a business licence. Laurio, who owns the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, has been selling cannabis products from his operation for about 15 months. After his business licence was suspended earlier this year, Laurio asked for a public hearing to appeal the decision to council, arguing there was a big demand for medical marijuana and that sales of the drug were in a grey area as Canada awaits promised legalization.
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CN ON: Pot Advocates To Protest, Block Traffic

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 22 Jul 2016 - POT ADVOCATES TO PROTEST, BLOCK TRAFFIC If you're held up downtown, it could be due to a pot protest. A medical marijuana advocacy group calling itself Patients Lives Matter says it will block traffic in Ottawa and hold other peaceful protests until the federal government listens to its demands.
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US CA: Competing Pot Tax Mendocino County Measures Headed to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 22 Jul 2016 - Mendocino County voters can expect two competing marijuana tax initiatives on the November ballot, one proffered by county officials and one by cannabis cultivators. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a 2.5 percent business tax on gross sales from marijuana cultivation and dispensaries, along with a $2,500 annual fee on marijuana distributors, delivery services, nurseries and testing laboratories. That business tax could be raised in increments of 2.5 percent up to a maximum of 10 percent, whether on medicinal or recreational pot.
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US: Player WHO Sought Approval for Medical Marijuana Will

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 22 Jul 2016 - Eugene Monroe, a veteran offensive tackle who became the first active N.F.L. player to publicly ask the league to let players use medical marijuana, will retire after seven seasons. In recent years, many retired players have urged the league to lift the ban on the use of medical marijuana. In March, Monroe echoed those calls, saying that medical marijuana is safer and healthier than the prescription painkillers that teams routinely give players.
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US CA: Cannabis Technology Accelerator Opens In California

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Jul 2016 - As Californians consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana use, a few entrepreneurs are already casting their vote in favor of the state's cannabis industry. The group, called Canopy San Diego, is accepting applications for its pot-themed technology accelerator, a first for Southern California. The concept is to find and fund early-stage companies with ideas that can assist the state's dispensaries and growers. That could include topics as diverse as water conservation tools, more optimal packaging, payroll software and analytics.
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US MD: Davis: Pot Rule Hinders Hiring

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 22 Jul 2016 - Police Commissioner Says Bar on Past Marijuana Use Limits Recruiting Efforts Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wants to relax a hiring policy for police officers in Maryland that disqualifies applicants for past marijuana use, saying it is "fundamentally inconsistent with where we are as a society" and hurts local hiring efforts.
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UK: Puff Justice

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Daily Record, 22 Jul 2016 - Amputee's Plea to Legalise Medical Marijuana A WAR hero who lost both legs in an Afghan bomb blast is forced to break the law to get cannabis to ease his pain. Lance Corporal Callum Brown is now leading calls to legalise the drug for medical use. He wants to see cannabis made available to patients like him who suffer agonising pain 24 hours a day.
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Chronicle AM: Greece Moves Toward MedMJ, Italy to Debate Pot Legalization, More... (7/21/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:49

There's a job opening for an experienced marijuana activist in DC, Libertarian Gary Johnson endorses California's legalization initiative, three European countries are making marijuana policy moves, and more. 

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Endorses California Legalization Initiative. Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who heads the Libertarian Party presidential ticket, has endorsed California's Prop 64 legalization initiative. "Why do I support it?" Johnson responded to a question while leaving the Republican National Convention. "Whether you agree with marijuana legalization or not, you have friends, family, coworkers that use marijuana," the former New Mexico governor said. "Are they criminal? No, they’re not criminal." California Democrats have already endorsed the measure, and the national Democratic Party recently adopted a "pathway to legalization" as part of its platform. The Republicans, on the other hand, recently rejected supporting even medical marijuana.

Job Opening: NORML Seeks a New Director. In the wake of the resignation of long-time executive director Allen St. Pierre, the nation's largest marijuana consumer group is seeking a new leader. Click on the link for information about job requirements and more.

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New OSHA Rule Warns on Blanket After-Injury Drug Testing. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule for the electronic submission of injury and illness data for certain employers, and in doing so, the agency warns that "OSHA believes the evidence in the rulemaking record shows that blanket post-injury drug testing policies deter proper reporting." Policies mandating automatic post-injury drug testing can discourage reporting of accidents and injuries, OSHA said, adding that blanket testing may be inappropriate: "Although drug testing of employees may be a reasonable workplace policy in some situations, it is often perceived as an invasion of privacy, so if an injury or illness is very unlikely to have been caused by employee drug use, or if the method of drug testing does not identify impairment but only use at some time in the recent past, requiring the employee to be drug tested may inappropriately deter reporting. To strike the appropriate balance here, drug testing policies should limit post-incident testing to situations in which employee drug use is likely to have contributed to the incident, and for which the drug test can accurately identify impairment caused by drug use."

Law Enforcement

Maryland Gives Up on Plan to Ban Letters to Prisoners to Fight Drug Smuggling. State corrections officials have withdrawn a proposed ban on sending letters to prison inmates in an a bid to stop the smuggling of drugs that can be soaked into photos and paper. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer had proposed the idea last month, but has now folded in the face of opposition from lawmakers and civil liberties advocates, who called the ban extreme and unconstitutional.

International

Italian Parliament Takes Up Marijuana Legalization on Monday. The Chamber of Deputies is expected to debate a legalization bill on Monday. The bill would legalize the possession of up to 15 grams at home and five grams outside the home, the cultivation of up to five plants for personal use, the creation of cannabis social clubs, and a regulated and licensed marijuana industry in the country.

Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Ireland. An opposition member of the Dail has introduced a medical marijuana bill. Deputy Brid Smith of the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit Party filed the measure, which envisions a Cannabis Regulation Authority and a licensing regime. The bill will be debated later as a private member's bill.

Greece Moving Forward on Medical Marijuana. The Health Ministry this week announced the formation of a working group of academics, psychiatrists, and scientific and legal advisers for the prime minister, the health ministry, and the justice ministry to begin examining issues around medical marijuana. The group's task is to propose feasible regulations for medical marijuana, and it is charged to submit its proposals by the end of October. 

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US CA: Marysville Council Passes Slew of Marijuana Resolutions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 21 Jul 2016 - The Marysville City Council unanimously passed a slate of marijuana-related resolutions in preparation for the opening of the application period for two medical marijuana dispensary licenses. The council approved changes to its fee schedule, adopted selection criteria for dispensary licenses, and passed a cannabis business tax and a resolution submitting the tax measure for the Nov. 8 ballot at Tuesday's meeting.
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US FL: Low-Dose Medicinal Pot To Be Fired Up Next Week

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Jul 2016 - TALLAHASSEE- The first medical marijuana will be available in Florida next week. Trulieve, a grower and dispensary based in Tallahassee, said Wednesday that it has received permission from the Department of Health to start selling a strain of the drug low in THC, the chemical that causes a euphoric high. The Florida Legislature in 2014 legalized that variety of cannabis as a medical option for children with severe epilepsy and cancer. This is the first dispensing license fromthe state health department, Trulieve says. "We are happy to announce that we have passed all inspections-from growing and processing to dispensing- and are the very first medical cannabis provider in the state to receive these formal authorizations," Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in a statement.
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US MD: Delegate's Role In Cannabis Firm Draws Scrutiny

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 21 Jul 2016 - Morhaim a Key Advocate for Medical Marijuana in State A state lawmaker who has been a leading advocate for Maryland's medical marijuana law said Wednesday that he wished he had been more transparent about his business connection to the cannabis industry.
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US CA: Column: Pot On The Move

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 21 Jul 2016 - Would my medical marijuana recommendation be legal in other states that also honor recommendations? - -Dee Starr Generally, it depends on the state. Michigan and Maine will welcome anyone with a medical cannabis card to visit their dispensaries. However, states like Arizona will allow you to legally possess cannabis if you have an out-of-state letter, but they won't let you buy cannabis. Nevada is supposed to honor your letter, but the cops that wrote me up in 2015 didn't see my valid letter of recommendation as a legal defense allowing me to have marijuana in my possession.
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US CA: Rancho Cordova Passes the Dutchie on Dispensary Tax

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 21 Jul 2016 - California's Legalization Initiative Sets Possible Deadline for City to Reconsider Marijuana Stance Rancho Cordova is still saying no to marijuana dispensaries-and the tax dollars generated by their sales.
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US CA: Column: Conflict And Corruption

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 21 Jul 2016 - In states that have legalized the sale of medical and recreational cannabis, the industry is flourishing. State and local laws have done great work in creating policies and laws that give such businesses a sense of stability that allow them to make business decisions with some confidence. But federal laws still regard cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic and have not only closed access to reliable banking, the U.S. Postal Service, and fair tax laws, but there is also the constant threat of law enforcement raids, lengthy and expensive court battles, and prison sentences. Even in states that have legalized cannabis, federal law has created a climate of fear and uncertainty among cannabis entrepreneurs, and some politicians and law enforcement officers are exploiting that fear to enrich themselves. There are numerous examples of this type of corruption. In fact, The Daily Chronic, an online news source that covers the cannabis community, has a pages-long section devoted to cannabis-related police corruption nationwide
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US OR: Column: How To Get Your Weed Worker Permit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 21 Jul 2016 - It's Not Hard, But You'll Need to Study Up-and Pony Up Do I really have to pay $100 to work in recreational marijuana? YES, YOU REALLY DO. And you must pass a test and a criminal background check. If you conquer these three labors like a modern-day Heracles, you should be golden.
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US CA: Column: The Naked Truth

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 21 Jul 2016 - This week's Republican National Convention was marked by the appearance of 100 naked women holding mirrors, a photography project by Spencer Tunick. Tunick has positioned the naked bodies of people in 70 different photoshoots across the world. In a statement prior to the RNC, Tunick said, "By holding mirrors, we hope to suggest that women are a reflection and embodiment of nature, the sun, the sky and the land."
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US AZ: Column: Marijuana Like Alcohol?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 21 Jul 2016 - Lawsuit filed against Campaign to Regulate MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL? Opponents of a ballot initiative that seeks to ask voters to legalize recreational marijuana for adults filed a lawsuit on July 11 to keep the measure off the November ballot, citing that the would-be law misleads voters in its petition summaries concerning how many of Arizona's laws it would affect.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:37

Some senators take a tiny first step on medical marijuana, a California pot-growing county approves a massive medical marijuana farm, Montanans will have the chance to reinstate their medical marijuana system in November, and more.

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Last Friday, a CBD research bill was filed in the Senate. Four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tom Tillis (R-NC), filed the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269). The bill would require the attorney general to determine whether CBD should be considered a separate substance from marijuana and whether it should be rescheduled or removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

California

Last Friday, Humboldt County approved a massive medical marijuana farm. The Emerald Triangle pot-growing county has approved its first medical marijuana grows under new regulations adopted this year. One is a quarter-acre mixed-light farm in Carlotta and the other is a seven-acre outdoor grow and processing center in Honeydew.

Montana

Last Wednesday, a medical marijuana initiative qualified for the ballot. An initiative aimed at reestablishing the state's medical marijuana system has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said. The I-182 initiative would reverse restrictions imposed by the legislature in 2011 and, after lengthy court challenges, set to go into effect on August 31. Voters had approved the state's medical marijuana system in 2004.

Rhode Island

Last Wednesday, the governor signed a bill allowing medical marijuana for PTSD. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed into law a bill that will allow medical marijuana to be recommended for the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

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

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