Sudbury Star, 23 Jul 2015 - A Chelmsford man who was found with more than two dozen marijuana plants in his basement in an attempt to grow his own pain medication has been given a six-month conditional sentence. "It's not 10 or five plants, but 27, leading police to believe more than pain relief was the objective here," noted federal prosecutor Serge Treherne on Wednesday in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Wichita Eagle, 23 Jul 2015 - Marijuana advocates say the state unfairly targeted one Garden City mom for using weed to treat her medical condition. Her arrest affidavit paints a slightly different picture. Shona Banda, 38, faces five charges related to marijuana use and child endangerment after her 11-year-old son talked about her drug use during an anti-drug program at school.
Pueblo Chieftain, 23 Jul 2015 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved, by a 16-14 vote, an amendment that would effectively ease laws making it officially illegal for banks to handle money from marijuana vendors. The laws have resulted in a situation in which many marijuana vendors have typically had to use cash to conduct their business.
North Coast Journal, 23 Jul 2015 - Yeah, it's a cure-all. My buddy Jonah broke his elbow one time. He just smoked some weed. It still clicks, but it's cool. -Ben Stone in the film Knocked Up. Maybe Ben Stone and his friend Jonah were onto something. A study by Israeli scientists recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found broken bones healed faster and stronger in lab rats injected with cannabidiol (CBD), one of the non-psychoactive compounds found in marijuana. In the study, Tel Aviv University researchers injected CBD into rats with mid-femoral fractures and found the CBD made the bones stronger during and after healing. The study found the treatment was far less effective, however, when the rats were injected with a combination of CBD and THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. Sorry, Ben.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 Jul 2015 - Advocates See the Plant As a Potential Commodity for the State University of Hawaii researchers are poised to start their first harvest of industrial hemp in Waimanalo, while crop advocates explore opportunities to tap into the multimillion-dollar demand for the plant's products in the United States.
Appeal-Democrat, 23 Jul 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A blueribbon panel says curtailing the illegal marijuana market in California should be the primary goal of legalizing the drug's recreational use in the state, and not developing another tax source. In a 93-page report released Wednesday, the panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presents a wide range of choices and competing interests involved as advocates work to bring a recreational use initiative to voters next year.
There's medical marijuana news from the far Pacific, with Hawaii okaying dispensaries and Guam releasing draft medical marijuana regulations, plus more.
Last Wednesday, state officials rejected medical marijuana for PTSD. Health officials voted against adding PTSD to the list of qualifying ailments for medical marijuana. They cited scant research on the issue. "We can't have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don't have data to show it's correct," said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.
Last Tuesday, Hawaii began moving toward licensing dispensaries. After Gov. David Ige (D) signed a bill allowing for eight dispensaries to operate in the state, state officials are moving forward with developing rules and regulations for the program. They say to they will begin accepting license applications early next year. The move comes 15 years after Hawaii became the first state to okay medical marijuana through the legislative process.
Last Thursday, the US protectorate released medical marijuana draft regulations. The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services has released draft rules for the island territory's medical marijuana program. Guamanians voted to allow medical marijuana in last November's elections. The rules must be approved by the legislature. Click on the link to read the draft rules.
Last week, Michigan cops raided medical marijuana dispensaries. Police departments in the greater Detroit area have shut down several dispensaries in the past week, in some cases bringing felony charges against the operators. Raids, arrests, and seizures took place in Shelby Township and Detroit last week. While the city has an estimated 180 dispensaries, they are illegal under the state's medical marijuana law.
On Tuesday, a state panel deferred a decision on medical marijuana for autism. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel postponed action on recommending whether or not autism should be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The panel said it wanted more time to review the evidence.
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A long-awaited (and overdue) report on California marijuana policy reforms is out, an Arizona appeals court rules that the odor of marijuana in a medical marijuana state is not sufficient grounds for a search warrant, the DEA gets criticized over its snitch program, and more.
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California Blue Ribbon Panel on Marijuana Releases Report, Calls for Strict Controls. The panel, led by pro-legalization Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), issued its Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California today, and called for a regulatory system that prevents childhood use and warns that "this industry should not be the next California Gold Rush." The 93-report is a comprehensive look at the range of policy options facing the state. Read it.
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New Hampshire "Drug Czar" Releases Recommendations for Fighting Opiate Abuse. John Wozmak, senior director for Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health, Tuesday released a list of 22 recommendations for fighting opiate abuse, including making naloxone more widely available and strengthening the state's prescription drug monitoring program. Click on the link to see the full list.
Arizona Appeals Court Rules Smell of Weed Alone is Not Grounds for Search Warrant. The legalization of medical marijuana in the state means that the odor of weed by itself is not probable cause for obtaining a search warrant. "Medical marijuana use pursuant to AMMA is lawful under Arizona law," he wrote. "Therefore its scent alone does not disclose whether a crime has occurred." Instead, police must now rely on an "odor-plus" standard where additional evidence is needed to justify a warrant.
Justice Department Inspector Report Criticizes DEA on Informants. DEA agents wrote their own rules for a secret snitch program and then tried to block the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) from conducting its probe into the program, the just released OIG report says. "Our audit work thus far has been seriously delayed by numerous instances of uncooperativeness from the DEA," the inspector general wrote. Although the OIG set out to review the confidential informant program in February 2014, the OIG has had only "limited" success, it said. But the OIG's audit isn't yet completed. Stay tuned.
Guelph Mercury, 22 Jul 2015 - GUELPH - Provided he gets the signatures required for the nomination, Kornelis Klevering plans on running in this fall's federal election under the banner of the Marijuana party. This will be a third attempt for Klevering, having also run in the 2008 and 2011 general elections.
The Columbian, 22 Jul 2015 - Legislative action reconciling marijuana markets too new to appeal, modify In addition to a slate of candidates for local offices, it's likely that Washington voters this fall will decide two citizen initiatives. One, sponsored by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, would ban trafficking of endangered species and their parts. The other, from initiative king Tim Eyman, deals with his favorite subject: taxes.
The Daily Journal, 22 Jul 2015 - Tucked into the city of San Mateo's new smoking rules is a portion of the ordinance that prohibits smoking of marijuana in public. The new rules received their first discussion Monday night and will likely return to the council soon for adoption. The ordinance itself is very similar to those in other cities in that it restricts smoking in multi-family units, in response to complaints about secondhand smoke. It also adds electronic cigarettes and marijuana to the definition of smoking and prohibits that in all city parks. It also prohibits smoking of marijuana on any public property. Medical marijuana can still be smoked in any home.
Seattle Weekly, 22 Jul 2015 - Generating tax revenue and saving money on prosecutions-what's not to love? The numbers for the first year of legal cannabis sales in Washington are in, and it's a bong-half-full situation. Headlines about the tax revenue from weed have ranged from "Rakes in Millions" to "predicted bonanza not materializing." The fact is, sales brought $70 million dollars to the state's coffers (off $260 million in sales, through June), which, while perhaps not what analysts had hoped for, isn't a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, either.
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Jul 2015 - THERE is no better evidence of the change in attitudes about marijuana than the forbearance demonstrated by the Winnipeg Police Service in connection with a man who is openly selling pot from a storefront operation. The police service issued a news release Monday saying it would not tolerate the lawless conduct of Glenn Price, who has been selling what he calls medical marijuana even though he is not licensed by Health Canada and his product has not been acquired from authorized government dispensers.
Metro, 22 Jul 2015 - Plant Growing in Traffic Circle Draws Suspicion Among the plants in a Vancouver traffic circle is a weed of a different kind. On Tuesday, workers for the City of Vancouver visited a roundabout on Ontario Street and 20th Avenue after receiving a complaint about a suspected marijuana plant.
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Jul 2015 - 'Not Going Anywhere' Despite Police Order IN the three weeks since he started selling his product, Glenn Price of Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters has had highs and lows. What he's made clear is, although police have ordered him to stop, he's not going up in smoke.
Independent, 22 Jul 2015 - Senior police chief says prosecution is a waste of time and reveals his force is already turning a blind eye to domestic cultivation in defiance of the Home Office If you smoke a joint in front of an officer, you'll still get nicked
Daily Telegraph, 22 Jul 2015 - CANNABIS users in County Durham who grow the drug for their own consumption will no longer be targeted by the police after the force declared the illegal activity was not a priority. In a move, which will be seen as a further step towards decriminalisation, Durham Constabulary declared it would only go after people using the drug if there was a complaint or if they were being "blatant".
Metro Times, 22 Jul 2015 - Last week the Detroit Medz shop on Detroit's west side was raided for "selling marijuana outside the provisions of the state medical marijuana act," says Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of the Detroit police media relations department. News reports said police found two guns, 4,100 grams (about 9 pounds) of marijuana, and arrested one person - although Lewis says two individuals were arrested that evening. Lewis says that there were complaints from the community and that police previously had made undercover buys there, although it's not clear if those undercover buys were made by people with state cards (or fake ones as has been done in the past) or by folks who just walked in with nothing to show.
Boston Globe, 22 Jul 2015 - Portland (AP) - Portland's City Council is denying a permit to a group that wanted to hold a marijuana farmers market in a public park. The Portland Press Herald reported that the council voted 5 to 4 against granting the permit on Monday. The councilors previously granted New World Organics of Belfast permission to hold the New England Cannabis Farmers Market in Deering Oaks. Council members said they revisited the issue after hearing advertising for the event, which they said suggested marijuana would be available for use. Event organizer Justin Olsen said the market is designed to be a networking event and "not a place for people to smoke." - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
Colorado Springs Independent, 22 Jul 2015 - Smoking in the 'burbs Holland Park is joining the cannabis club scene. Springs Dreams (4157 Centennial Blvd., facebook.com/springsdreams) opened July 18 in what was for years a chiropractic office. Owner Eddie Martinez, 38, is a Springs native, and he's happy to bring a new business to the neighborhood.