Amarillo Globe-News, 30 Mar 2015 - Three men arrested in recent weeks could get life in prison after being caught with small amounts of edible marijuana products, a fact that has sparked an outcry from some Amarillo residents. Potter County sheriff's deputies arrested Eli McCarthy Manna, 30, and Andrew Bruce George, 27, after stopping them for an unspecified traffic violation March 16.
Law Times, 30 Mar 2015 - Change to new regulatory regime among issues sparking legal challenges There has been one constant since the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down the prohibition against possession of marijuana for medical reasons in 2000: the subsequent rules imposed by the federal government have been subject to repeated court challenges.
The Press Democrat, 30 Mar 2015 - A blue ribbon commission led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves a pat on the back for taking a thoughtful approach to a likely 2016 initiative to legalize marijuana in California. In its first major progress report, the panel called Thursday for detailed study on issues such as how to tax marijuana in a fair way that eliminates the black market, how to determine driving under the influence of marijuana and how to protect children and teenagers.
Daily Review, 30 Mar 2015 - Many Doctors Want More Research to Be Done on Medical Marijuana Before a Decision Is Made on Whether to Legalize It Editor's Note: This is part two of a three-part series by The Daily Review looking at the possibility of legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Porterville Recorder, 30 Mar 2015 - We were please to see the board of supervisors stay the course when it comes to curtailing the growing of marijuana in Tulare County. The board recently agreed to keep the ordinance in place which greatly restricts the growing of marijuana. It does not completely ban marijuana growing, but narrows down where it can legally be grown. Marijuana growing both on private and public lands hit epidemic proportions three years ago. So blatant were the illegal growers, you could smell the illicit weed and often, it was very visible to neighbors or even passersby on roadways.
Dayton Daily News, 30 Mar 2015 - Daughter Suffers From Seizures Daily. Couple Can't Wait for Ohio Voters to Decide Issue. LIBERTY TWP.- Three-year-old Addyson doesn't understand why her favorite toys, books and everything she knows as home is packed away in boxes.
The New Mexican, 30 Mar 2015 - Part-time farmer Jerry Fuentes has spent the last 15 years championing industrial hemp as the perfect crop for drought-ridden New Mexico and corporate America. Hemp is used to make auto dashboards, briefcases, carpeting, insulation and an array of other products. Even so, Fuentes' attempt to legalize industrial hemp seemed like a fool's errand or a cause for rebels, not button-down businessmen.
Journal-News, 29 Mar 2015 - BUTLER COUNTY - Tony Couch knows he could have been one of the 49 people who died of a heroin overdose in Butler County last year. Couch, 29, a Hamilton High School graduate, was arrested for shoplifting in 2011, a crime he says he committed to support his heroin habit. He was nabbed by police boosting laundry detergent, a hot item to trade for the illegal opiate. Butler County Area II Judge Kevin McDonough sent Couch to treatment and he hasn't used since.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 29 Mar 2015 - SARASOTA COUNTY - The 27-year-old man was found dead on Feb. 24 inside a Walmart bathroom in East Bradenton. He had a history of heroin use. A small bag containing a white substance was recovered from the scene. A child called their uncle on Jan. 6 because their 30-year-old mother was unresponsive. When the uncle arrived, he found the woman dead with a needle in her arm. He placed the needle in a drawer so the children wouldn't see it. Crime scene technicians took the syringe as evidence.
The Mail on Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 - Fury as drugs activists get free airtime for election PRO-DRUGS campaigners in Scotland are to be given a prime-time slot on television to call for the legalisation of cannabis. A radical new political party has been set up with the sole purpose of making drugs laws more lenient.
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - OAKLAND (TNS) - With Californians likely to vote as early as next year on legalizing recreational marijuana, a task force headed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel the Golden State in the coming months to help the state think through the issues. In a new report, the task force says the state should figure out in advance how to keep pot from kids and keep impaired drivers off the road, whether to tax weed by weight or its sales price and how to eliminate a black market.
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - Yuba County's new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance is cost-prohibitive for most patients to abide by and unconstitutionally deprives them of growing their own plants, a lawsuit filed against the county states. The suit filed late Thursday by four county growers also challenges the Board of Supervisors' approval of the more restrictive pot growing regulations as an urgency ordinance. It says the county didn't identify any circumstances to make the ordinance an urgency matter, which meant it went into effect immediately instead of after a 30-day waiting period.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 Mar 2015 - It was doctors against lawmakers, science against anecdotes, at Tuesday's joint committee hearing on medical marijuana. Yes, joint. Twenty state representatives from the Judiciary and Health Committees, mostly Republicans, filed into Pennsylvania Hospital on Tuesday, many bearing grim accounts of ill constituents who say pot helps them feel less pain.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 29 Mar 2015 - BIG CUTS IN WAR ON DRUGS For Years, Huge Budgets and Plenty of Manpower Were the Norm - but Those Days Are Long Gone The Hawaii National Guard was a pioneer in the war on drugs, flying Huey helicopters in support of a big law enforcement roundup of marijuana plants in a 1977 Hawaii island operation called Green Harvest.
Washington Post, 29 Mar 2015 - Two days before Initiative 71 legalized possession of marijuana in the District, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, informed Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) that her decision to proceed with implementation and enforcement would be a "willful violation of the law." A Feb. 24 letter from Chaffetz and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) contended that the language of a continuing resolution enacted by Congress in December barred the use of appropriated funds by the District to legalize marijuana, and they characterized the mayor's actions as a violation of that bar.
Washington Post, 29 Mar 2015 - Suspicion and Wariness of Marijuana Legalization Abounds - Especially Among Those in Public Housing Jamal Vaughn, a mechanical engineering student, was on his aunt's stoop in Northeast Washington on a recent afternoon, his long fingers curled around a half-smoked joint.
Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar 2015 - In what's shaping up as a battle of states' rights, the top law enforcement officials in Colorado and Washington are urging the Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from Oklahoma and Nebraska that seeks to strike down a Colorado law that legalized recreational marijuana use. Oklahoma and Nebraska filed their suit directly with the Supreme Court, arguing that Colorado's legislation conflicts with federal drug regulations.
The Trentonian, 28 Mar 2015 - On Monday Gov. Chris Christie was in Ewing taping the Ask the Governor show on NJ 101.5, I was feeling all butt happy at the success of the great Spring Smoke-out held last Saturday at the Statehouse. I wanted to call-in and ask The Gov, why is it that 400 citizens could smoke marijuana at the statehouse without arrest yet 22,000 others were arrested last year on the streets of New Jersey, but the screeners wouldn't let me. So I thought tactically - I'll meet him outside the studio and use the Pa system on The Weed mobil to ask him my own uncensored question and video tape it. That plot was extremely successful and went semi-viral, being watched by over 5000 in less than 24 hours and several national news media outlets ran stories about our confrontation.
Toronto Star, 28 Mar 2015 - Relaxation of Marijuana Laws Pushes Forward Same Debate Society Had With Alcohol We Need Laws That Treat Marijuana Use While Driving Just As Severely As Alcohol, Writes Jim Kenzie. Without doubt, one of the greatest public health successes of the past forty years has been the reduction in traffic deaths.
The Niagara Falls Review, 28 Mar 2015 - Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life. Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.