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CN ON: Column: Has Time Come For Us To Revisit Prohibition?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 24 Jul 2014 - Ottawa has a problem with guns and gangs. Several problems actually. But the biggest one, as usual, is conceptual, because if you don't realize what you're doing wrong you can't change it. On the surface our problem is a spate of people being shot in the legs in public housing. The victims then "refuse to cooperate with the police," sociology-speak for "they won't tell the cops who did it."
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CN ON: Column: Has Time Come For Us To Revisit Prohibition?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 24 Jul 2014 - Ottawa has a problem with guns and gangs. Several problems actually. But the biggest one, as usual, is conceptual, because if you don't realize what you're doing wrong you can't change it. On the surface our problem is a spate of people being shot in the legs in public housing. The victims then "refuse to cooperate with the police," sociology-speak for "they won't tell the cops who did it."
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CN ON: Cops Putting Drugged Driving To Test

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Barrie Advance, 24 Jul 2014 - Const. Chris Allport is quick to judge your footwork, balance and hand movements. But he's not a local dance instructor, he's a Barrie Police drug recognition evaluator. And he's watching your every move.
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US CA: Column: Can Any Law Actually Restrain Marijuana Use?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 24 Jul 2014 - Our City Council here in Paso Robles couldn't decide last week whether to ban the delivery of medical marijuana to people within the city. The vote was a 2-2 deadlock. One councilman was absent. The delivery ban failed, but the city may still refuse to grant business licenses for delivering medical marijuana. The city attorney was to check whether the city's license ordinance covers such services. Selling medical marijuana from fixed locations in Paso Robles was banned in 2007.
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CN ON: Column: The Inequity Of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 24 Jul 2014 - The use of medical marijuana is a subject many people don't want to weigh in on. Neither did I under I heard from Alexander Stewart. Stewart, 54, has embarked on a hunger strike to draw attention to the need for better access to medical marijuana for those who have a licence from Health Canada to purchase it.
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US AZ: Column: Planning Progress

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 24 Jul 2014 - By enacting changes suggested by the Planning Commission, Tucson could finally catch-up on cannabis biz Tucson last week took a step closer to allowing some big changes in the medical marijuana world, but some of the changes suggested by the advisory Planning Commission seem unlikely to make the cut.
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US OR: Pot-card Holders May Lose Licenses

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 - Oregon officials say five home-based child-care centers are owned by people who have medical-marijuana cards, but the owners may soon have to give up either their pot cards or their daycare licenses. Until now, medical-marijuana card holders have been able to get day-care licenses as long as they don't use marijuana in front of children in their care, among other conditions.
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Australia: Premier Open To Pot Plan

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Cairns Post, 24 Jul 2014 - THE Queensland Premier says he has an open mind about legalising marijuana for medical purposes but will rely on the advice of national health experts. Medical cannabis could soon be legalised in NSW with senior politicians indicating support, as long as concerns about how it would be regulated are dealt with.
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US CO: Column: Can Non-Residents Buy Edibles In Colorado?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 24 Jul 2014 - Dear Stoner: My dad lives in Aurora, and we're coming out for his 75th birthday party. My wife has never smoked pot (or anything, not even cigarettes) but suffers from chronic migraines. She wants to try a pot edible, but I heard that pot can only be purchased by non-residents in smokable form. Can non-residents buy edibles? Randy
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US WA: Seattle Police: Blacks Disproportionately Cited for

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 - Blacks were disproportionately cited by Seattle police for consuming pot in public in the first six months of 2014. In a report delivered to the City Council Wednesday, the police department said officers wrote 82 tickets for public pot consumption in the first half of the year, with 37 percent of those going to blacks.
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US WA: Pot Growers Scramble To Protect Their Crops

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 - Fires a Business Setback Evacuations, Road Closures Hinder Product Delivery Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months.
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Australia: Hemp Trial On Radar

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Mercury, 24 Jul 2014 - Libs Soften Stance on Medicinal Cannabis THE State Government has signalled it could step back from its ban on a medicinal cannabis trial under pressure to grow the hemp industry in Tasmania. Treasurer and Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein has told councils pushing for the trial that the Government will seriously consider the recommendations of an Upper House committee.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:26

Medical marijuana takes another step toward self-regulation, patients and supporters rally for a fired Arizona medical marijuana researcher, Illinois expands its medical marijuana program, and more. Let's get to it:

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On Wednesday, a national herbal medicine industry group issued guidelines for medical marijuana manufacturers. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) released medical marijuana manufacturing guidelines, completing its compendium of industry standards. The guidelines complement those set by American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) for the plant's identity, purity, quality and botanical properties.

Arizona

On Monday, a state court judge ruled that patients can sell to other cardholders. A Pima County Superior Court judge has thrown out charges against a medical marijuana patient who offered plants for sale to other cardholders for a $25 "donation," holding that the state's medical marijuana law is vague and can be interpreted as allowing for such activities. So far the ruling only applies to the case at hand, but local prosecutors have vowed to appeal, and a higher court ruling (favorable or otherwise) would set precedent statewide.

On Tuesday, veterans gathered at the University of Arizona to demand reinstatement of a medical marijuana researcher. The veterans gathered at the UA College of Medicine in Phoenix to protest the firing and demand the reinstatement of Dr. Sue Sisley, who was set to do FDA-approved research into medical marijuana for veterans with PTSD before she was fired. Sisley accuses political opponents of medical marijuana of being responsible for her termination.

On Wednesday, the campaign to reinstate medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley picked up steam. Veterans rallied yesterday at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix in support of the medical marijuana researcher, who says she was fired because of political opposition to her research on the use of medical marijuana for PTSD in veterans. A Change.org petition seeking her reinstatement now had over 67,000 signatures (30,000 of them from Tuesday alone) and a there is also a Facebook page supporting her.

Arkansas

On Monday, the state attorney general rejected the wording of a medical marijuana initiative. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of an initiative aimed at putting medical marijuana on the 2016 ballot. The initiative is sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which tried unsuccessfully to get a similar initiative on the ballot this year.

California

Last Wednesday, a Northern California congressman called on federal prosecutors to go after "trespass" marijuana growers, not people complying with state law. US Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) sent a letter Wednesday to Northern California US Attorney Melinda Haag urging her "to focus prosecutorial and enforcement resources on trespass marijuana growers, not low-level marijuana offenders complying with state law." Hoffman called "trespass" growers "the greatest emerging threat to public safety and environmental health" in Northern California. Click on the link to read the letter in its entirety.

Last Friday, a Kern County judge ruled that a collective can appeal a court decision overturning the county's Measure G dispensary ordinance. Superior Court Judge Kenneth Twisselman ruled that the Highway 99 Collective can appeal his earlier ruling that Measure G violated state environmental laws. Highway 99 was the only collective to comply with Measure G and had been cleared to operate under the restrictive ordinance.

On Monday, the San Bernardino city attorney called on the city council to begin studying ways of enforcing its dispensary ban -- including by allowing a small number of dispensaries. City Attorney Gary Saenz acknowledged the "futility and high cost" of attempting to eradicate dispensaries and suggested the council "move the distribution of medical marijuana from the black market to the regulated market."

On Monday, the San Jose city clerk reported that a signature-gathering campaign to protect the city's dispensaries had fallen short. That means most of the city's 80 dispensaries will have to close by next July. A restrictive ordinance passed by the city council last month limits them to less than 1% of the city's parcels.

Illinois

On Sunday, the governor signed a bill to expand access to medical marijuana. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) yesterday signed into law a bill that will expand the state's medical marijuana program by allowing people with seizure disorders to use it and by allowing minors to participate in it with parental consent. The measure is Senate Bill 2636.

New Mexico

Last Thursday, the state backed off on proposed changes to the medical marijuana program. The state Department of Health announced last Thursday that it will not move forward with proposed rule changes that included limiting the number of plants patients could grow and requiring criminal background checks for patient growers. The department said there will likely be another hearing for public comments before new rules are finalized this fall.

New York

Last Thursday, a state-level medical marijuana business alliance was formed. Albany-area medical marijuana lobbyists have formed a business alliance to jointly fight for their interests. The group is called the Medical Cannabis Industry Alliance of New York. Members will include growers, advocates, real estate interests, and other businesses associated with medical marijuana.

Washington

Last Thursday, the UFCW said it would start representing Washington medical marijuana workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 367 announced this week that it expects to represents workers at a Puyallup medical marijuana collective. The UFCW represents a variety of retail, food processing, manufacturing, and production workers, but has also been active in the medical marijuana industry and has a Cannabis Workers Rising campaign, especially in California, where it has organized numerous work sites.

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

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Chronicle AM -- July 23, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:34

South Portland, Maine, will vote on marijuana legalization in November, medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley's campaign to be reinstated is picking up steam, Mississippi officials get an earful at a public forum on a welfare drug testing law, and more. Let's get to it:

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South Portland, Maine, Marijuana Possession Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot. Officials in South Portland confirmed today that a citizen initiative to make marijuana possession legal for adults within city limits has qualified for the November 2014 ballot. Citizens for a Safer Maine, a Marijuana Policy Project affiliate, submitted more than 1,500 signatures, and just 959 valid signatures of registered city voters were required. The South Portland City Council will consider whether to enact the measure or refer it to city voters at its meeting scheduled for August 4.

Delaware House Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Today. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee is holding a hearing on a decriminalization bill today. The amended version of House Bill 371 would make possession of up to an ounce a civil offense, punishable only by a fine. Under current law, small time possession is a misdemeanor that can garner up to six months in jail.

Medical Marijuana

National Herbal Medicine Industry Group Issues Guidelines for Medical Marijuana Manufacture. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) today released medical marijuana manufacturing guidelines, completing its compendium of industry standards. The guidelines complement those set by American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) for the plant's identity, purity, quality and botanical properties.

Arizona Judge Rules Patients Can Sell to Other Cardholders. A Pima County Superior Court judge has thrown out charges against a medical marijuana patient who offered plants to sale to other cardholders for a $25 "donation," holding that the state's medical marijuana law is vague and can be interpreted as allowing for such activities. So far the ruling only applies to the case at hand, but local prosecutors have vowed to appeal, and a favorable higher court ruling would set precedent statewide.

Campaign to Reinstate Arizona Medical Marijuana Researcher Picks Up Steam. Veterans rallied yesterday at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix in support of medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley, who says she was fired because of political opposition to her research on the use of medical marijuana for PTSD in veterans. A Change.org petition seeking her reinstatement now has 66,000 signatures (30,000 of them from yesterday alone) and a there is also a Facebook page supporting her.

Drug Testing

Mississippi Public Forum on Welfare Drug Test Law Leads for Calls to Amend It. A welfare recipient, civil liberties advocates, and Democratic politicians strong criticized the state's new law mandating drug testing for some welfare recipients at a public hearing yesterday. They called for it not to be implemented until it can be amended by the legislature. No one spoke in support of the law.

Law Enforcement

Orange County, Florida, Women Sue SWAT Team Over Violent Drug Raid. A mother and daughter are suing the Orange County Sheriff's Office after a SWAT team drug raid left a family dog dead and the daughter wounded by police gunfire inside their own home. The raid was aimed at a relative who didn't even live at the residence. Police found marijuana seeds and "drug paraphernalia" in the room where the relative had stayed, but charges against him were later dropped.

International

Bolivian President Wins Reelection as Head of Country's Largest Coca Growers Union; Vows to Expand Crop if Re-Elected as President. Evo Morales was a coca grower union leader before he was elected president of the country, and he's still a coca grower union leader. He was just reelected as head of the union, and he told union members that Bolivia needs a new law for coca production that would allow for expanded cultivation.

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US AZ: Organization Threatening To Pull Funding For U Of A Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
The Capital, 23 Jul 2014 - Medicinal marijuana Medicinal marijuana [Tribune file] The head of the organization offering to fund a study on medical marijuana at the University of Arizona said he will pull the cash unless the school restores fired doctor and researcher Sue Sisley to the staff and the project. Rick Doblin told Capitol Media Services Tuesday he rejected offers by UA officials to have someone other than Sisley named as "principal investigator" for the study on whether marijuana is useful for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, said his group has four years of history with Sisley and will move its funding wherever she goes. The UA is apparently unwilling to budge, however.
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US VI: Sen. Nelson Again Pushes Medical Pot Referendum

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 23 Jul 2014 - Sen. Terrence Nelson once again is pushing for a ballot referendum involving marijuana, this time to get voters' opinions about legalizing medical marijuana in the territory. The bill will be heard in the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee at 9 a.m. Thursday on St. Croix.
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US WA: Marijuana Milestone Heads For Museum

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 23 Jul 2014 - The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday. Deb Greene, a 65-year-old retiree, waited all night to be first in line at the Cannabis City store when legal pot sales began in Washington on July 8. Cannabis City also donated items from its opening day, including the receipt of the first purchase. The Seattle museum's curator, Kristin Halunen, put on purple latex gloves to accept the donation of marijuana and other paraphernalia on Tuesday. The museum plans to display the items this fall. - --- MAP posted-by: Matt
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US FL: OPED: Fix Florida's Medical Marijuana Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 23 Jul 2014 - Anyone arguing that the constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida is inherently flawed because it leaves broad authority to the state Department of Health should look to SB1030 to see what happens when the department is not given such broad authority to do its job. The state agency held its first public hearing on rulemaking for the so-called "Charlotte's Web" law. Since their hands are tied by statute crafted by politicians, they are forced to live within those political confines, to the displeasure of all involved with the process, but more importantly, to the detriment of families who are so desperate for this treatment.
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US WA: Feds Target Growing Hash-Oil Explosions

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 23 Jul 2014 - 8 People Charged in Blasts Over Past Year Dangerous Manufacturing Process Is Illegal The chemical process used to make hash oil - a method so fraught with volatility that police compare it to making methamphetamine - has come under attack by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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US OR: Pot Measure To Go Before The Voters

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 23 Jul 2014 - Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials on Tuesday said the measure qualified for the November ballot. The measure would allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess marijuana and would give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the job of regulating and taxing the drug.
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