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US CA: Marijuana Ordinance Up For Review

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:00
Porterville Recorder, 31 Aug 2015 - It's been nearly a year since the marijuana ordinance went into effect for the city of Porterville and Tuesday the council members will review to see if the ordinance has been effective. Some of the topics to be reviewed and considered for possible change include drought concerns and the amount of water the plants use, patients with drug-related felonies, and the possibility of a dispensary.
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US: Series: Pot's Blurry Legal Line

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 31 Aug 2015 - Washington, D.C., is feeling its way around a new law that allows residents to grow and consume marijuana, but not sell or buy. About 30 party guests in suits and summer dresses mingled in the backyard of a small home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and snacked on hors d'oeuvres. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana.
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US NJ: Column: City Council Needs To Smoke A Joint

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 29 Aug 2015 - Last Thursday I put out my joint, stepped out the door of my Joint, and crossed the street to pay a formal visit to City Hall. After meeting the City Council members I realized I shouldn't have put that joint out - I should've brought it with me and passed it to them. First impressions are lasting, and mine will always be how tense the Council members were. I remember thinking, they should keep calm and smoke weed. The City Council meets every other Thursday, so I took a petition full of citizen signatures and a group of medical marijuana patients and Joint staff with me to 1. introduce myself; and 2. ask the Council to consider an "initiative" that would put Trenton at the forefront of NJ marijuana law reform, alongside Asbury Park, which recently came out of the cannabis closet as a town thanks to the efforts of marijuana activists within the Libertarian Party. The AP City Council even passed a resolution calling on Governor Christie and the State Legislature to tax and regulate!
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CN BC: Vancouver Gets 200 Pot Licence Applications

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 29 Aug 2015 - The city of Vancouver has received nearly 200 applications from illegal medical marijuana dispensaries seeking business licences, setting off a process that is expected to dramatically reduce the number of such operations while making Vancouver the first jurisdiction in Canada to regulate storefront pot sales. Citing the proliferation of illegal pot shops, city council approved new rules earlier this year that will award business licences in exchange for hefty fees, as well as place restrictions on where dispensaries can be located and what they can sell. There are currently more than 100 shops openly selling the drug in all corners of the city, even as pot sales remain illegal outside of the licensed federal medical marijuana regime.
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Mexico: 'This Is Our Last Chance'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Aug 2015 - An 8-Year-Old's Debilitating Illness Tests Mexico's Ban on Marijuana Use Monterrey, Mexico - They can tell the next one's coming when she begins rubbing her hands together, as if washing them. Her head slumps, and she looks left. She starts to flick her fingers and knead her skinny thigh.
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Chronicle AM: MI Rejects MedMJ for Autistic Kids, US Rejects Afghanistan Opium Eradication...For Now, More (8/28/2015)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:56

California could still see a medical marijuana regulation bill this year, a Michigan official ignores his own advisory panel and bars medical marijuana for autistic kids, California counties strike out in an effort to make Big Pharma pay for damages related to prescription opiates, and more.

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California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Gutted, But Still Alive. A measure aimed at bringing the state's medical marijuana industry into an era of statewide regulation passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, but there was nothing in the version of the bill approved by the committee. Assembly Bill 266 was gutted and now simply reads: "It is the intention of the state legislature to regulate medical marijuana." It appears the move is designed to make room for input from the office of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), which has now submitted its language. The governor's language largely mirrors earlier language and would set up a tightly regulated system. The legislature has until next month to get the bill passed.

Michigan Rejects Medical Marijuana for Autism. Although an advisory panel recommended allowing medical marijuana for autism, Mike Zimmer, the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, said Thursday he was rejecting that recommendation. Zimmer said there was not sufficient research and he questioned whether cannabis oil is even allowed under the state's medical marijuana law. Advocates said he was mistaken in his reading of the law, and said they were frustrated with the decision.

Drug Policy

Feeling Political Pressure, Los Angeles County Promoter Cancels Rave After Deaths at Earlier Event. Organizers of HARD Presents… A Night at Fairplex have canceled the September 10 rave in the face of threats from county commissioners to ban raves on county properties after two teens died at the HARD Summer festival at the same venue in early August. The promoter is also scaling back its annual Day of the Dead party set for October 31 and November 1. But some county commissioners say they are still moving forward with plans for a ban.

California Judge Throws Out Counties' Lawsuit Against Prescription Opiate Manufacturers. An Orange County Superior Court judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed against five of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies by Southern California counties seeking to make them pay for damages related to prescription drug abuse. The suit accused the companies of fraudulently marketing the pain relievers to undercut the warning labels required by the FDA. The pharmaceutical companies, including PurduePharma, the makers of Oxycontin, argued that the FDA had exclusive jurisdiction. The judge agreed, dismissing the case, but leaving an opening for it to be re-filed after an FDA evaluation.

International

US Rules Out Opium Eradication in Afghanistan, At Least For Now. The US will not support eradication programs in the world's largest opium producer until and unless there is a comprehensive alternative development program that will provide a stable source of income for poppy farmers, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. "This is a tough problem to get at, but to simply, you know, work towards some eradication program -- to burn them to the ground, while that may have an immediate effect, it doesn't necessarily do anything for long-term stability and security for Afghan farmers," he said. "You have to be able to work on supplementing it for something else, and we have worked with Afghan authorities for many years about trying to find other crops that farmers can grow to make a good living, and there's been some success in that," he said.

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US MA: Column: Could Medical Marijuana Alleviate the State's

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 28 Aug 2015 - Consider this counterintuitive fact: One reason overdose deaths in Massachusetts have shot up 50 percent in the past few years is that the crackdown on prescription opioids has worked extremely well. It has become a lot harder for users to get those drugs but that doesn't mean they all sought treatment or were suddenly freed of their addiction. Rather, the evidence suggests that many turned to heroin, which is even deadlier.
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US OR: With Bans, Pot Tax Revenue Will Be Left on the Table

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
The Bulletin, 28 Aug 2015 - Crook County's Share Would Have Been Minimal for First Year Five Oregon counties and 11 cities have opted to ban marijuana businesses and by doing so have been cut off from state tax revenue that will be collected from recreational pot sales.
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US OK: Pot Petition Signatures To Be Sought Soon

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 28 Aug 2015 - Efforts to Legalize Medical Marijuana Move Ahead in State. OKLAHOMA CITY - Supporters of an effort to legalize medical marijuana hope to begin gathering signatures in early September. Last week, members of Green the Vote filed paperwork with the Oklahoma Secretary of State's office indicating their intent.
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US: Series: Public Opinion Shifting As Drug Becomes Part of

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 Aug 2015 - DALY CITY, Calif. - The smell of cannabis impregnated the air. Hundreds of people crowded around a makeshift stage, where men in head-to-toe marijuana print threw cannabis caviar, joints, and dollar bills at onlookers. "Best weekend ever!" screamed a man dressed in a joint costume.
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US CA: Column: Paddleboards And Privilege

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 27 Aug 2015 - In another portent of the gentrification of marijuana, cannabis activists have tapped into the fitness industrial complex to create the 420 Games, a series of sporting events that claims it is "destigmatizing millions of responsible, positive cannabis users through athletic achievement." In mid-August, several hundred runners lined up to run a 4.20 (yes, math whiz, that zero is unnecessary) course through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
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US CA: Column: U.S. Drug Cops Ease Up On Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 27 Aug 2015 - U.S. DRUG COPS EASE UP ON POT As America's multibillion dollar cannabis industry continues to expand, the nation's drug cops are seizing less weed. In 2009, the first summer of Barack Obama's presidency, a record 10.4 million marijuana plants were eliminated in America, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
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US AZ: News21: America's Weed Rush

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 27 Aug 2015 - With a federal ban on marijuana, states are left to craft their own medical pot rules-whether they work or not After waiting in line for hours at a booth during a medical marijuana convention in San Francisco, Jeff Harrington needed only a two-minute consultation and a written recommendation to become a medical marijuana patient in California. He now can legally purchase and possess marijuana from any one of thousands of marijuana businesses in the state.
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US: Series: Inconsistent Road Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 Aug 2015 - INCONSISTENT ROAD RULES Marijuana Legalization Outpaces Changes in Driving Impairment Definitions. SEATTLE - As states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, each has varying limits determining whether a driver is impaired by use of marijuana.
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US CO: Column: What's Your Favorite Pot-and-Beer Combo?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 27 Aug 2015 - Dear Stoner: I'm going to do some traveling around the country, starting with Arizona and moving east. I have my medical marijuana card in Colorado, but what other states will accept it? Can I go into dispensaries? Steve
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:05

California still has some problems with the feds, dispensaries open in Nevada and get licensed in Illinois, an Oklahoma initiative campaign is gearing up, and more.

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Last Thursday, a federal appeals court rejected Oakland's lawsuit backing the Harborside dispensary. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing Oakland's lawsuit against the Justice Department and the Northern California US Attorney's office. The city had argued that closing the dispensary would deprive it of tax revenues and increase crime by creating a black market for marijuana. Then US Attorney Melinda Haag moved in 2012 to seize Harborside, claiming it violated federal law by selling medical marijuana. The case continues even though the Justice Department has since said it generally wouldn't interfere with state marijuana laws.

Last Friday, the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana sought relief in federal court from a permanent civil injunction barring it from operating. Dispensary founder Lynnette Shaw cited last December's passage of the Rorhabacher-Farr amendment, which bars the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws, in filing the motion for relief.

Colorado

Last Thursday, Colorado patients sued over the state's refusal to include PTSD as a qualifying condition. Five PTSD patients filed suit against the state Board of Health over its decision not to include PTSD on the state's medical marijuana eligibility list. The board and the Department of Public Health and Environment, which is also named in the complaint, now have 21 days to respond.

Illinois

On Tuesday, the state issued its first dispensary license. The state Department of Financial and Professional Regulations has granted a dispensary license to the Harbory in Marion. Another dispensary is under construction in Milan, but has yet to be licensed. There will be more to come. "Illinois medical cannabis dispensaries will continue to be registered on a rolling basis," said the DFPR in a statement. "Illinois medical cannabis dispensaries will receive medical cannabis exclusively from Illinois' licensed growing facilities once it becomes available."

Michigan

On Monday, one group planning a legalization initiative said it would instead focus on medical marijuana. The Michigan Responsibility Council, which had been considering running a third legalization initiative campaign in the state, has decided to instead focus on an initiative aimed at improving the state's medical marijuana law. Two other groups are continuing with their marijuana legalization efforts.

Nevada

On Monday, the first Las Vegas dispensary opened for business. A spokesman for Euphoria Wellness said Thursday the dispensary had won final state and county approvals this week and would open for business Monday. It will be the first dispensary in Clark County. The first dispensary in the state opened last month in the Reno suburb of Sparks.

On Wednesday, Reno's first dispensary opened for business. Sierra Wellness Connections opened near downtown Reno. It is the first one in the city and the third one in the state. One in nearby Sparks opened earlier this month, and one in Las Vegas opened Monday.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Initiative Coming. Medical marijuana advocates filed papers with the state last Friday indicating they are preparing another initiative petition drive to put the issue before the voters. Once the initiative is approved for circulation, proponents will have 90 days to gather 123,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. A similar effort fell short in 2014. This one is being run by a group called Green the Vote.

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

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Chronicle AM: CA Waits for Big Legalization Init, NYC "Fake Weed" Ban Proposed, More (8/26/2015)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:19

We're still waiting for the big one to drop in California, Ohio officials don't play nice with initiative ballot title language, Illinois gets its first dispensary approved, NYC wants to ban "fake weed,' and more.

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Big California Legalization Initiative Nearly Ready. It's getting late in the season, and the ReformCA legalization initiative has yet to be rolled out. ReformCA chair Dale Sky Jones says it is coming next month, but the delay is cutting into signature-gathering time and is keeping funding on the sidelines for now. Click on the link for more details.

Ohio Secretary of State Uses "Monopoly" to Describe Legalization Initiative in Ballot Title. Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) has inserted the word "monopoly" into the title of the ResponsibleOhio legalization initiative, now known as Issue 3. The title voters will see when they cast their votes will be "Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes." The initiative would give exclusive rights to grow marijuana commercially to 10 growing facilities whose owners are the funders of the initiative. But ResponsibleOhio counters that state regulators could later expand the number of sites.

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Illinois Issues First Dispensary License. The state Department of Financial and Professional Regulations has granted a dispensary license to the Harbory in Marion. Another dispensary is under construction in Milan, but has yet to be licensed. There will be more to come. "Illinois medical cannabis dispensaries will continue to be registered on a rolling basis," said the DFPR in a statement. "Illinois medical cannabis dispensaries will receive medical cannabis exclusively from Illinois' licensed growing facilities once it becomes available."

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Bill Would Ban "Synthetic Marijuana" in New York City. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Tuesday she will file a bill to ban the sale of synthetic cannabinoids in the city. "This is a concern that's growing. We're trying to get a handle on it," she said at a news conference. Under the bill, people found guilty of selling the substance could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, with the fine increasing to $25,000 for subsequent violations. City officials have reported violent incidents and hospital ER visits linked to the drug.

International

British Tories Forego Debate to Reject Marijuana Legalization Petition. The British government is rejecting out of hand a petition calling for legalization that garnered more than 200,000 signatures on a new government website. The petition is supposed to require the parliament to consider the question, but the Tories control the backbenches, and the government isn't waiting to dash cold water on the idea. Its official reply says: "Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalize cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities. Cannabis can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society. Legalization of cannabis would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with drug dependence and the misery that this can cause to families."

Salvia Divinorum To Be Banned in Canada as of February. On February 8, 2016, the fast-acting psychedelic will officially be added to Schedule IV of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. "The (CDSA) will prohibit activities such as the trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, importation, exportation, possession for the purpose of exportation, and production, of Salvia Divinorum, its preparations, and derivatives, unless authorized by regulation or via an exemption," Health Canada said. Simple possession will not be prohibited by law.

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US CA: Medbox Founder Retires Shares, Gives Some To Charity

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Business Journal, 26 Aug 2015 - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Medbox Inc. Founder P. Vincent Mehdizadeh is letting 13 million shares of his company go up in smoke, raising the value of those held by others. Mehdizadeh, who briefly became a billionaire on paper when shares of his West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensing firm hit $52.50 in early 2014, said in a Wednesday press release that he would be retiring 2 million preferred shares, which are convertible to 10 million common shares, plus another 3 million common shares in his possession, effectively removing them from circulation.
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US WA: Column: The Weed Wire

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 26 Aug 2015 - A pot ad ran on TV-almost. NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME The first-ever recreational-marijuana ad for television was supposed to air last month during Jimmy Kimmel Live on a Denver-based ABC affiliate. At the last minute, KMGH (Channel 7) got cold feet, pulling the plug after the station's lawyers freaked out.
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US OR: OLCC Rolls Out Plans For Recreational Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Astorian, 26 Aug 2015 - A new fleet of inspectors and a new product tracking system are in the works. North Coast communities have been scrambling to deal with the fallout, both real and imagined, of Measure 91, which was passed in November 2014 and legalizes the use and possession of recreational marijuana for Oregon adults.
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