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US OR: Residents Complain During Pot Hearing

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 26 Jun 2016 - RESIDENTS COMPLAIN DURING POT HEARING Threats to put anti-pot measures on the ballot were juxtaposed against complaints about overregulation during a packed meeting Thursday evening about the future of the burgeoning marijuana industry in Josephine County.
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US MA: Worcester Jail Helps Inmates Confront Addictions

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 26 Jun 2016 - WEST BOYLSTON - Antwan Stevenson has been behind bars, time and again, for a total of more than five years since adolescence. The 24-year-old has run with a violent Dorchester gang, several friends have been killed, and his father was shot dead in January. "I have to change," he said, sitting on a bunk in a 9-by-11-foot cell.
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US NM: Ex-Lawman: Shouldn't Have to Give UP Gun for Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 26 Jun 2016 - Former Sheriff Who Uses Medical Cannabis Can't Legally Own a Firearm Former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White says he is no longer a certified law enforcement officer, doesn't have a concealed handgun carry license but does own a firearm.
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US MD: They All Want to Profit From Medical Marijuana in

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Jun 2016 - THEY ALL WANT TO PROFIT FROM MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MARYLAND The people lining up to profit from Maryland's legal medical-marijuana market include former sheriffs and state lawmakers, wealthy business executives and well-connected political donors, according to previously undisclosed public records obtained by The Washington Post.
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Iran: Marijuana Use Is Rising in Iran, With Little Interference

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 26 Jun 2016 - TEHRAN - At the Tehran party there was alcohol, of course, though it was a quiet affair, nothing like the wild, over-the-top events of urban legend. People just sat at a table, sipping drinks and talking as they would in many places across the world. After a while, someone made a phone call, and a few minutes later the doorbell rang and in walked a nondescript-looking man getting on in years. He worked quickly, opening his briefcase to put his goods on display - - an impressive variety of locally produced marijuana brands with varying degrees of potency, with names such as Royal Queen, DNA and Nirvana. All the while, his phone kept ringing, and though Iranian etiquette prescribes that he allow the partygoers to take their time in choosing, he kept discreetly checking his watch. He had a lot of other stops to make.
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CN ON: Prince Of Pot Re-Opens Toronto Dispensary

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 25 Jun 2016 - The Prince of Pot is calling for marijuana dispensaries to be governed under the same rules as food and plant businesses. Marc Emery flew to Toronto for the reopening of his Cannabis Culture franchise location on Queen St. W. Friday morning - a day after Toronto Police raided the business.
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CN ON: Smells Like Trouble

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 25 Jun 2016 - Marc Emery Re-Opens Pot Shop One Day After Raid The Prince of Pot is calling for marijuana dispensaries to be governed under the same rules as food and plant businesses. Marc Emery flew to Toronto for the reopening of his Cannabis Culture franchise location on Queen St. W. Friday morning - a day after Toronto Police raided the business.
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CN ON: Prince Of Pot Re-Opens T.O. Dispensary

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 25 Jun 2016 - The Prince of Pot is calling for marijuana dispensaries to be governed under the same rules as food and plant businesses. Marc Emery flew to Toronto for the reopening of his Cannabis Culture franchise location on Queen St. W. Friday morning - a day after Toronto Police raided the business.
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US CO: Pot Foes Dismiss Study Results

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 25 Jun 2016 - When Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012, opponents of the new law warned that more teenagers would start using the drug. But teen use of marijuana has held steady, according to a new survey of nearly 17,000 high school and middle school students by the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
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Chronicle AM: Dem Senators Push DEA on Rescheduling, More Toronto Pot Shop Raids, More... (6/24/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 20:44

Sanders supporters eye a pot plank in the Democratic Party platform, Democratic senators push the DEA on rescheduling, the UN says US heroin use is at a 20-year high, Toronto pot shops get raided, and more.

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Sanders Pushes Marijuana Reform in the Democratic Platform. Bernie Sanders' campaign is not quiet. The Vermont senator has lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton, but he and his delegates are pushing for reformist planks in the Democratic Party platform, including removing marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. At least 12 state Democratic Party platforms have embraced marijuana law reform; perhaps this year, the national party will, too.

Democratic Senators Urge DEA to Reschedule Marijuana. The DEA has said it's thinking about it -- in fact, it's in the "final stages" of deliberation -- but the Democratic lawmakers want to renew the pressure on the agency to act. Signers of the letters are Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Barbara Boxer of California, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkle of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Delaware Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Calls for Legalization. State Sen.Colin Bonini (R-Dover) said Thursday that the legislature's passage of a bill allowing deferred judgment for small-time pot possessors has removed the last vestige of criminal accountability for pot possession and that the state might as well just legalize it. The Dover conservative is seeking his party's gubernatorial nomination.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Heroin Use in US at 20-Year High, UN Says. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported that the US now has a million heroin users, up three-fold from 2003, a situation the office described as "alarming." The finding came in the World Drug Report 2016, released yesterday.

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Toronto Police Raid Four More Dispensaries, Including Jody and Marc Emery's. Police in Toronto raided four more dispensaries yesterday, including the Cannabis Culture storefront owned by Vancouver's leading cannabis couple, Marc and Jody Emery. Police Chief Mark Saunders said the dispensaries are operating illegally and police will continue to bust them. An earlier round of dispensary raids last month was widely criticized, with proponents noting that the Liberal government is moving to legalize marijuana.

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CN AB: Pharmacist Wants To Distribute Medical Cannabis

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 24 Jun 2016 - There are no pharmacies in Alberta licensed to sell medical cannabis but there is at least one pharmacist locally that would like to see that changed. "Pharmacies are the logical choice to be the distribution system. Pharmacists are highly trained and knowledgeable of drugs and drug interactions, have access to medical records, have all the security measures in place and are accessible to the entire community," said Greg Buekert, pharmacist Greg's Remedy's Rx.
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US FL: Editorial: Enough Reefer Madness - Let's Have a Real

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Port St. Lucie Tribune, 24 Jun 2016 - The 1936 film "Reefer Madness" wound up becoming a campy cult classic because the movie, originally designed as a warning about the dangers of marijuana use, so overdramatized the issue that it's message simply couldn't be taken seriously. Now, with a slew of new polls showing Floridians overwhelmingly support the legalization of medical marijuana, opponents of Amendment 2 - the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical pot - are themselves edging closer to unintentional satire.
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CN ON: Underage Access To Marijuana A Concern

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 24 Jun 2016 - Clearer Delineation Between Medicinal and Recreational Use Needed, Premier Says Talk about a joint effort. There are bureaucrats from a dozen provincial departments working on an exhaustive cannabis strategy that will examine the impact of legalized recreational marijuana.
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CN ON: Emery Dispensary Busted In Latest Blitz

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 24 Jun 2016 - The hits keep coming for Toronto's pot shops. Cops raided four marijuana dispensaries on Thursday - the blitz comes almost one month after Toronto Police raided dozens of shops across the city. And Chief Mark Saunders delivered a blunt warning to any Hogtown bud businesses still operating when asked about these latest raids.
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CN ON: Pot Shops Lit Up - Again

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 24 Jun 2016 - T.O. Cops Raid More Marijuana Stores The hits keep coming for Toronto's pot shops. Cops raided four marijuana dispensaries Thursday - the blitz comes almost one month after Toronto Police raided dozens of shops across the city.
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US CO: Pot Clubs? Colo. Backers Want Legal Site to Light Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 24 Jun 2016 - DENVER (AP) - Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can't use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms. The result is something marijuana advocates and opponents alike feared - people toking up on sidewalks, in city parks and in alleys behind bars and restaurants - despite laws against doing so. And they're getting dinged with tickets.
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Chronicle AM: House Blocks MJ Banking, No Prostitutes for DEA, Thai Meth Policy, More... (6/23/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 20:32

House Republicans blocked an effort to open up banking for marijuana businesses, an Oregon worker fired for medical marijuana use wins his job back, DEA agents get new marching orders on hookers, the Thai government grapples with methamphetamine policy, and more.

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House Turns Back Effort to Give Pot Businesses Access to Banks. The Republican-led House Wednesday voted down an amendment to the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would have blocked federal regulators from punishing financial institutions for working with state-legal marijuana businesses. A similar amendment had passed the Senate last week.

Nevada Legalization Effort Has Raised Nearly $300,000 This Year. The Nevada Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has raised $285,000 so far this year, with more than half coming in a two-day period earlier this month when local marijuana companies made significant donations. The campaign's legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot. Opposition groups made no reports of donations this reporting period.

Oregon Takes in Nearly $15 Million in Pot Taxes So Far This Year. As of May 30, the state Department of Revenue had processed $14.9 million in marijuana tax payments this year, the agency said Wednesday. Medical marijuana dispensaries authorized to sell to any adult 21 or over began collecting the tax in January.

Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Auditor Bemoans Delays in Processing ID Cards. The state auditor and the attorney general are investigating a backlog of medical marijuana ID card applications as requests for the cards surge. The state has 30 days to issue the issue the cards, but the Department of Health said it is taking 45-50 days, and the auditor's office said it had complaints of wait times of up to 90 days.

 

Oregon Worker Fired for Medical Marijuana Wins Jobs Back. An arbitrator has ordered Lane County to reinstate a worker it fired because he used medical marijuana to deal with the side effects of cancer treatment and it has ordered the county to give him nearly $22,000 in back pay. Michael Hirsh had been employed as a senior programmer for the county before he was fired in December after two employees reported smelling pot smoke on his clothing.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

New York Governor Signs Heroin Bill Package. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Wednesday signed into law a package of bills aimed at the state's heroin and prescription opioid problems. The bills, which address prevention, treatment, and insurance coverage, should produce an additional 270 treatment beds and more than 2,000 slots for drug treatment programs. The bills also require insurance companies to wait 14 days before denying coverage to drug users deemed in need of drug treatment, and it limits initial prescriptions for opioids for severe pain to seven days.

Law Enforcement

No Prostitutes for DEA Agents. In the wake of scandalous behavior by DEA agents in Colombia during the 2012 Summit of the Americas, the DEA has instituted a one-strike policy for agents caught patronizing prostitutes. "Solicitation of prostitution on duty or off duty, whether you're in a jurisdiction where it is legal or illegal, first time offense -- removal," DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg told a Senate panel Wednesday.

International

UN Releases Annual Global Drug Report -- 250 Million Adults Used a Drug Last Year. The UN Office of Drugs and Crime has released the World Drug Report 2016, and notes that 5% of the adult population has used at least one drug in the past year. The UN also reported that the number of people classified as suffering from a dependency disorder climbed to more than 29 million, up from 27 million the previous year.

Thailand Won't Legalize Meth, But Will Remove it From List of Dangerous Drugs. Thai Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has walked back talk about legalizing the amphetamine, but now says the country will work to reform its drug laws by removing meth from its list of hard drugs like heroin and recognizing a distinction between traffickers and users, workers, and addicts.

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CN ON: Ontario Not Expecting Much Cash From Weed

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Jun 2016 - The cash-strapped Ontario government is not banking on a financial windfall from the looming legalization of recreational marijuana, says Finance Minister Charles Sousa. With officials at Queen's Park preparing for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal legislation next year, Sousa emphasized that no cannabis tax bonanza is anticipated.
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US OH: Minority Goals For Pot Market Raise Legal Questions

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 23 Jun 2016 - Part of Ohio's new medical marijuana law that sets aside a piece of the state's budding pot business for minorities appears to be unconstitutional, legal experts told The Associated Press. The provisions were inserted into the fast-tracked bill at the request of Democrats, whose votes were key to its passage in both Republican-controlled legislative chambers. The law made Ohio the 25th state to legalize medicinal cannabis. It takes effect Sept. 8.
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US CT: Medical Marijuana Program Touted As A Success

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 23 Jun 2016 - The number of patients in the state of Connecticut receiving medical marijuana treatment has grown from 2,000 a few years ago to 11,000, according to Department of Consumer Protection Deputy Commissioner Michelle Seagull. Connecticut legalized medical marijuana for adults in 2012. There are nine dispensaries in the state serving the more than 11,000 registered patients.
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