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Chronicle AM: DEA to Make Kratom Schedule I, Thailand Moves to Downschedule Meth, More... (8/30/16)

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The DEA announces it will make the active ingredients in kratom Schedule I substances, pot legalization initiatives in Arizona and Michigan go to court, the Thai government is moving to reform the way it deals with meth, and more.

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Arizona Legalization Campaign Sues Over Ballot Description. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol filed a lawsuit Monday asking the state Supreme Court to fix what is says is inaccurate language in the ballot description of Prop 205 that will be presented to voters. The description written by Secretary of State Michele Reagan left out important information, such as noting that a new 15% marijuana tax would go mainly to schools. The Supreme Court is also hearing a challenge from opponents of Prop 205. It needs to finalize the ballot language today.

Michigan Legalization Campaign Asks State Supreme Court to Put Initiative on Ballot. In a last ditch bid to get its legalization initiative on the November ballot, MI Legalize has filed a motion with the Supreme Court asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that the state had no obligation to include signatures gathered outside a 180-day window. MI Legalize gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, but some of them were deemed too old to be counted.

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Arkansas Democratic Party Endorses Medical Marijuana. With two competing medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot, the state Democratic Party has approved a platform plank endorsing medical marijuana. The plank calls for "the development of a responsible medical marijuana program that will receive patients in need of such relief the freedom to access this remedy."

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DEA to Place Kratom on Schedule I. The DEA announced Wednesday that it is moving to place the active materials in the kratom plant on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. That schedule is reserved for drugs that have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. The scheduled substances are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Kratom is a tropical tree indigenous to Southeast Asia. It produces opioid-like effects and has been marketed as a legal alternative to controlled substances. Not anymore, though.

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Hundreds of Argentine Judges, Lawyers Call for End to Drug War. Some 500 magistrates, lawyers, and other legal figures used the 30th anniversary of key Supreme Court decision to call for an end to the war on drugs. In 1986, in the "Bazterrica" ruling, the nation's high court ruled it unconstitutional to prosecute people for simple drug possession. Yet Argentine law still allows such prosecutions. The legal figures are demanding that the law be changed to be in compliance with the Bazterrica ruling.

Thailand Takes Another Step Toward Moving Meth off Dangerous Drugs List. The Justice Ministry is set to remove methamphetamine from its list of dangerous drugs, which would allow health authorities to use it for medical reasons. The move is part of a larger shift in how the country deals with drug use, and is part of a bill that will emphasize treatment for drug users, including substituting prescription stimulants such as Modafinil for meth. The government has given no time line for when the bill will move. 

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US PA: Wolf: Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 Aug 2016 - HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania needs to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, Gov. Wolf said Monday, yet he remains guarded about the kind of recreational legalization that is in place in several western states. While some cities have stopped arresting people for possessing small amounts and prosecutors have been downgrading it as a crime, the state should act because too many people are still going to prison for marijuana possession, Wolf said.
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US NY: In Expansion, State's Medical Marijuana Program Will

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 30 Aug 2016 - ALBANY - Moving to address complaints about New York's new medical marijuana program, the state's Health Department is making substantial changes to expand access to the drug, including allowing home delivery, quite likely by the end of September. The program, which saw its first dispensaries open in January, has struggled to gain broad traction in the medical community and with potential patients. Advocates for the medical use of marijuana have said the program, allowed by a 2014 law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was too restrictive, and its regulations too cumbersome to fulfill its mandate.
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US AR: Medical 'Pot' On Party's Platform

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 30 Aug 2016 - Democrats Add Plank for 2016 The backers of two competing medical marijuana initiatives found good news in their cause ending up on the platform of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. Members of the party met Saturday to hear speeches and take care of business ahead of the Nov. 8 general election, including approving a platform. One of the planks is on medical marijuana.
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CN PI: News Flash: Pot Makes You Lazy

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 29 Aug 2016 - VANCOUVER - Apparent laziness caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana persists even when the same amount of pot's medicinal component is added, a new study suggests. Lead author Mason Silveira, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia's psychology department, said one part of the research done on rats involved giving them THC, the intoxicating part of cannabis, and having them choose between an easy or hard task to earn sugary treats.
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CN BC: News Flash: Pot Makes You Lazy

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 29 Aug 2016 - VANCOUVER - Apparent laziness caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana persists even when the same amount of pot's medicinal component is added, a new study suggests. Lead author Mason Silveira, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia's psychology department, said one part of the research done on rats involved giving them THC, the intoxicating part of cannabis, and having them choose between an easy or hard task to earn sugary treats.
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US OR: Seeing Green

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 29 Aug 2016 - Williams Farm With Elaborate Greenhouse Operation Underscores Huge Growth in Local Marijuana Industry WILLIAMS - Josephine County's growing marijuana industry is experiencing growing pains. The number of medical marijuana grow sites in the county has remained steady from a year ago, at about 2,500.
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US OK: Editorial: Medical Pot Measure Has Noteworthy Problems

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 29 Aug 2016 - AFTER several failed efforts, proponents of legalizing "medical" marijuana in Oklahoma may have collected enough signatures to put the issue before voters. So it's worth looking at the actual content of this measure, even though logistical challenges may postpone a vote until after November's elections. Prior medical marijuana proposals have been laughably broad. The legal language for proposed State Question 788 is better, but problems and loopholes remain that should concern Oklahomans.
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US CA: Column: Do We Really Want to Become the Mecca for

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 28 Aug 2016 - "Santa Rosa wants this industry here. I think this is probably going to be the New Age Amsterdam." - - Larry Schaeffer, owner of Cherry Kola Farms near Penngrove, a medical cannabis collective Really? Says who?
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US OK: Rewrite Of Marijuana Ballot Title Spurs Questions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 28 Aug 2016 - Controversy continued to swirl Friday over a ballot title rewrite for a state question aimed at legalizing medical marijuana. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Thursday released his rewritten version of the ballot title for State Question 788.
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US: Science Gives Psychedelics As Therapy A Fresh Look

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 28 Aug 2016 - Hallucinogenics May Ease Addictions, Mental Disorders Gordon McGlothlin, who took his first puff at age 12 behind his family's garage, tried to quit smoking for years, but no cessation technique worked until he used a psychedelic drug. Researchers with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine gave the 69year-old a derivative of psychedelic mushrooms similar to LSD, or acid, and watched him "trip" in a therapy room during six-hour sessions.
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US CA: Mendocino County Growers Plan Pot Appellations to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 28 Aug 2016 - Justin Calvino raked a hand beneath a shimmering marijuana plant, combing through chips of century-old apple trees and manure from his stable of miniature horses. Come fall, the rich soil on his North Mendocino coast pot farm coupled with other factors like characteristic foggy mornings will yield high-grade sativa buds dripping with mind-altering potency - as well as notes of chocolate and lime.
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CN BC: Docs: Feds Should Regulate THC Levels

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/27/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 27 Aug 2016 - VANCOUVER - The Canadian Medical Association says 72% of doctors who responded to a survey it conducted want the federal government to regulate THC levels in recreational marijuana. A total of 788 doctors, or 19% of the association's membership, responded to the survey earlier this summer, the group's annual meeting heard Wednesday.
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CN ON: 'Go To Jail, Don't Give In'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/27/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 27 Aug 2016 - Prince of Pot Marc Emery urges defiant London dispensary to hang tough in showdown with police Be ready to do jail time. That's the message the formerly imprisoned Marc Emery, Canada's most famous marijuana crusader, delivered to a London pot shop that's become the local flashpoint in the shifting ground on Canada's pot laws.
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US MD: Top Md. Officials Share Concern About Pot Industry

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/27/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 27 Aug 2016 - No Black Businesses Received Licenses to Grow Medical Marijuana Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) have joined black state lawmakers in expressing dismay about the lack of diversity in Maryland's burgeoning medical-marijuana industry.
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Chronicle AM: CA MJ Init Has Big Bucks, Second AR MedMJ Init Will Be on Ballot, More... (8/26/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 21:00

It's another all-marijuana news day today. Initiative battles are heating up, New York's Health Department wants to expand the medical marijuana program, and more.

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California's Prop 64 Campaign Has Raised More Than $11 Million. The campaign to legalize marijuana in California it out-fundraising the opposition by a margin of 61 to 1, according to new campaign finance reports. The Prop 64 campaign has raised $11.45 million, while the No on 64 opposition campaign has raised only $185,000. Prop 64 has received more than $2.3 million from tech billionaire Sean Parker, $750,000 from Weedmaps founder Justin Hartfield, $1.5 million from the New Approach PAC, and $1.25 million from Drug Policy Action, among others. Opposition funding is coming from Smart Approach to Marijuana, the California Teamsters, and law enforcement.

Nevada Law Enforcement Comes Out Against Question 2. At a Carson City press conference Thursday, state Attorney General Adam Laxalt and other law enforcement officials came out in opposition to the Question 2 marijuana legalization initiative. The claimed "this ballot initiative was written by major marijuana interests, who's bigger concern is making money," not the greater good of Nevadans, and cited concerns about impaired driving.

Tennessee Governor Opposes Decrim in Memphis and Nashville. The state's two largest cities are both considering decriminalizing small-time marijuana possession, but Republican Gov. Bill Haslam wants none of it. "I'm not a fan," he says. "While I do think we've had some people who have spent more time in jail than they need to for that. I'm not in favor of decriminalizing that."

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Second Arkansas Initiative Will Be on Ballot, Even If It Doesn't Qualify. The state already has one medical marijuana initiative on the ballot, the 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, and state officials announced Thursday that a second initiative, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, will also appear on the ballot, even though they have yet to certify that it has enough signatures to do so. That's because Thursday was the deadline to certify ballot issues. Because the secretary of state's office was not able to verify late signatures before the deadline, the second initiative has been "certified to the ballot and assigned a number." If the initiative actually comes up short on signatures, votes for it in November will not be recorded.

Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Polling Above 67%. The Amendment 2 medical marijuana amendment initiative appears headed for victory in November. A new poll from the University of Florida Bob Graham Center has support at 67.8%, in line with a slew of polls since early 2015 that show the initiative will a low of 61% approval and up to 80%. Because the initiative is a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% to pass.

New York Health Department Calls for Expanding Medical Marijuana Program. In a report marking the two-year anniversary of the state's medical marijuana program, the Department of Health called for expanding the program to meet patient needs. "To meet additional patient demand and increase access to medical marijuana throughout New York State, NYSDOH recommends registering five additional organizations over the next two years, using a phased-in approach to permit their smooth integration into the industry," the report said.

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CN ON: Marijuana Dispensary Won't Open After All

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 07:00
Northumberland Today, 26 Aug 2016 - Plans to open GW Weed Emporium downtown shelved over new Health Canada regulations on medical marijuana The downtown isn't getting a medical marijuana dispensary after all. GW Weed Emporium was supposed to open Sept. 1, on George Street next to Minh's Chinese Grocery.
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CN BC: Marijuana Advocates Planning To Raise Awareness

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 26 Aug 2016 - Proponents of medical marijuana are planning a rally in Penticton as the issue makes its way through federal and local governments. A rally is being held at Gyro Park on Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Anyone with an interest is invited to attend and the rally hopes to raise awareness and promote facts surrounding the issue.
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US OK: Pot Petitioners Blast Rewording By Pruitt

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 26 Aug 2016 - Elections Medical Marijuana Supporters Say Title Is Now Inaccurate; November Vote Unlikely OKLAHOMA CITY - Supporters of an effort to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma said Thursday they will challenge the ballot title rewording by Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
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CN ON: Medical Pot Shops' Future Hazy

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 26 Aug 2016 - Medical-marijuana shops are flying under the radar as federal laws dispute their very existence. Health Canada's new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) went into effect Thursday, essentially prohibiting storefront dispensaries from selling marijuana for medical or recreational use.
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