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US: Against His Better Judgment

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Jun 2015 - In One American Meth Corridor, a Federal Judge Comes Face to Face With the Reality of Congressionally Mandated Sentencing They filtered into the courtroom and waited for the arrival of the judge, anxious to hear what he would decide. The defendant's family knelt in the gallery to pray for a lenient sentence. A lawyer paced the entryway and rehearsed his final argument. The defendant reached into the pocket of his orange jumpsuit and pulled out a crumpled note he had written to the judge the night before: "Please, you have all the power," it read. "Just try and be merciful."
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US IL: Is Marijuana Legalization in Future for Illinois?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 07 Jun 2015 - State's Path Similar to Others That OK'd Recreational Use Recent victories at the state Capitol are giving marijuana advocates hope that their ultimate goal - to legalize pot in Illinois - may be closer to reality.
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US DC: Pot-Smoking Parents: What About the Kids?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Jun 2015 - Many Uncertain About Navigating the 'New Normal' Like the parent of any toddler and kindergartner, Jared wants to keep certain things out of reach. Liquor is stored out of sight in a cupboard. The household cleaners are safely kept behind childproof locks. And the marijuana is stashed high on a shelf in a fireproof lockbox.
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US OH: Proposal Would Ok Expunging Convictions

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 Jun 2015 - Even before Ohio voters decide whether they want to legalize marijuana, backers of the issue are pushing ahead with the next step - - a way to expunge past criminal records of some marijuana users. Ian James, spokesman for ResponsibleOhio, the group that wants to put a marijuana-legalization amendment to the state's constitution on the Nov. 3 general-election ballot, said signature collection will begin next month on a follow-up proposal called the Fresh Start Act.
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Australia: OPED: Dob In A Dealer Wages War On Our Children

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 06 Jun 2015 - NSW has decided that the best way to deal with the current ice problem is to have a media campaign. Last Friday the NSW Bar Association hosted a conference with the single theme of a debate on the association's position paper titled "Drug Law Reform". Those who attended weren't the bleeding heart type. They included eminent health educator Professor David Penington, Associate Professor Nick Lintzeris from the NSW Ministry of Health, Professor Ian Webster from the University of NSW, senior members of the legal fraternity, Dr Alex Wodak from St Vincent's Hospital Sydney and former NSW Police Superintendent Frank Hansen.
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CN ON: Column: Charged Cop Reason Enough To Change Pay Rules

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Jun 2015 - Hamilton's Own Chief of Police Championing Change So Suspended Cops Don't Get Paid There is a Hamilton cop sitting in a jail cell right now earning up to $100,000 a year. He's facing drug and organized crime charges after being swept up in a massive police project aimed at cracking a violent criminal network. He is already suspended from duty, has been arrested before and is facing 26 disciplinary charges.
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US CA: Ukiah Tribe Downsizes Plans For Marijuana Farm

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 06 Jun 2015 - A Ukiah tribe has downsized its plans for a medical marijuana farm, at least for now, as it continues to explore what will and won't be tolerated by law enforcement officials. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation's initial plan, backed by a Kansas investment company that funds tribal economic projects like casinos and now marijuana operations, called for a $10 million pot-growing operation in multiple greenhouses spanning some 110,000 square feet on the tribe's rancheria just north of Ukiah.
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US NY: Hospitals Seek State Marijuana Licenses

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Jun 2015 - New York's new medical marijuana program has drawn the interest of several major hospitals, which have formed alliances with aspiring growers to try to make the drug accessible to their patients. Friday was the deadline for companies to apply to become one of up to five licensed medical marijuana producers and distributors in the state. The State Health Department said on Friday that it was not yet able to release the number or names of the companies that had applied.
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Chronicle AM: Forfeiture Reform Moves in MI, Fails in TX; NH Decrim Bill Fails; LA MedMJ Advances, More (6/5/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:40

No decrim for New Hampshire, but maybe for Miami; a pair of Colorado congressmen file a federal marijuana-impaired driving bill that would require science-based policies, Louisiana is about to become the first Southern state with medical marijuana dispensaries, and more.

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Federal Marijuana Impaired Driving Bill Filed. US Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) this week introduced the Limiting Unsafe Cannabis-Impaired Driving (LUCID) Act. "If passed, the law would include marijuana in the federal definition of impaired driving; it would make access to federal highway funding in states that have legalized recreational or medical marijuana contingent upon those states having laws against marijuana-impaired driving and methods for enforcing them; and it would mandate that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) do the necessary testing and research on marijuana and driving to help states determine the most effective means of enforcement," the representatives said.

New Hampshire Senate Blocks Decriminalization Bill. The state Senate Thursday killed a decriminalization bill, even rejecting a last-minute compromise amendment to House Bill 618. The measure had overwhelmingly passed the House in March. Now, instead of a ticket and a fine, people caught with small amounts of pot in the state still face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a year in jail.

Miami-Dade Police Brass Support Local Decriminalization Move. Miami's top cops are getting behind a plan to make small-time marijuana possession an offense that could bring a $100 fine instead of a criminal charge. Under the plan, people possessing up to 20 grams would be hit with a civil citation instead of being arrested and jailed.

Medical Marijuana

Louisiana House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill; Only Senate Clean-Up Vote Remains. The House Thursday approved Senate Bill 143, which would allow for the use of non-smoked marijuana for medical reasons and which would set up a system of 10 dispensaries statewide. The bill has already passed the Senate, but now returns there for a final vote after the house amended the bill. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has said he will sign the bill.

Asset Forfeiture

Michigan House Passes Asset Forfeiture Reform Package. The House Thursday approved a bipartisan eight-bill package aimed at reining in law enforcement seizures of property without a criminal conviction. One bill would ban police from seizing the vehicle of someone trying to buy less than an ounce of pot, five bills would increase reporting requirements, while two bills would raise evidentiary standards in drug and public nuisance cases, making it easier for someone to get his property back if not charged with a crime. The package now goes to the state Senate.

Texas Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Dies. The legislative session in Austin has ended without a bill to end civil asset forfeiture ever getting a House floor vote. House Bill 3171 was snuffed out by law enforcement opposition and never made it out of the State Affairs Committee.

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New York Medical Marijuana Program Brings in $3 Million from Application Process

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 20:35

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Today state officials in New York will close the application process to open a dispensary.

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US NJ: Column: G.R.I.P. - Get Rid Of Incumbent Politicians

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 05 Jun 2015 - The primaries are done, now the two major parties can begin the sham campaign they claim are the free elections. You see the two parties make all the rules and many of those rules are created to deny independents and third parties fair access to the general election in November. Last year as my readers know the Demo-Pukicans (as I call them) combined to deny me access to the US Congressional ballot in the 3rd district. This year as I gathered signatures to run for state assembly here in the 15th I read the fine election print and discovered the Demo-Pukicans made it so you must reside in the state district for one year, it's not the same in federal elections.
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Chronicle AM: AZ, CA Pot Polls; CA Forfeiture Bill Passes Senate, CT Defelonization Bill Moves, More (6/4/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 21:15

New polls show majorities for marijuana legalization in Arizona and California, Wisconsin legalization bills get introduced, Maryland will start providing naltrexone to jailed addicts, the California Senate passes asset forfeiture reform, the Connecticut Senate passes drug defelonization, and more.

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Arizona Poll Has Support for Legalization at 53%. A new Behavior Research Center poll has 53% supporting legal marijuana, with 39% opposed. The poll comes as two different groups are in signature-gathering campaigns to get a legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot.

California Poll Has Support for Legalization at 54%. A new PPIC Statewide Survey poll has support for marijuana legalization at 54%, with 44% opposed. The poll is in line with other recent polls and comes as a number of legalization initiatives have already been filed, but with more still to come.

Wisconsin Legalization -- But No Sales -- Bills Introduced. Legislators in Madison last week filed legalization bills in both chambers. Assembly Bill 246, filed by Representative Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee), and Senate Bill 167, filed by Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), would remove the possibility of criminal penalties for the possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to two plants. But they would not allow for regulated marijuana commerce.

Drug Treatment

Maryland Program Will Give Naltrexone to Jailed Heroin Addicts. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Tuesday that his administration plans to begin treating heroin addicts in eight county jails with the drug naltrexone, which blocks the euphoric effects of heroin and other opiates. Those eligible for the program will receive naltrexone injections before leaving jail and can get more from county public health offices. Participants will also have access to housing, mental health, education, and employment counseling services.

Harm Reduction

Florida Opiate Overdose Reversal Drug Bill Signed Into Law. Gov. Rick Scott (R) last week signed into law the Emergency Treatment and Recovery Act, which allows certain healthcare providers to prescribe and dispense the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone. The drug could be prescribed not only to users, but also to parents, friends, or family members. Police officers will also be allowed to carry the drug under the new law.

Asset Forfeiture

California Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform. The state Senate Thursday approved a civil asset forfeiture reform bill by a vote of 38-1. The bill, Senate Bill 443, filed by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), would require law enforcement agencies to adhere to state laws regarding civil asset forfeiture, rather than transferring cases to federal prosecutors and courts where property rights and evidentiary standards are much lower. The bill also provides for counsel for indigent property owners and protects innocent spouses and family members from loss of property. It now heads to the Assembly.

Pennsylvania ACLU Targets Civil Asset Forfeiture in New Report. The ACLU of Pennsylvania Wednesday released a new report, Guilty Property: How Law Enforcement Takes $1 Million in Cash from Innocent Philadelphians Every Year -- and Gets Away with It. The report is harshly critical of the Philadelphia DA's Office, which files roughly 6,000 forfeiture cases each year, the majority of them against black residents of the city. The vast majority of those cases involve small amounts of cash, with over half involving $192 or less. But the city also takes about 100 homes, 150 vehicles, and $4 million in cash each year.

Sentencing

Connecticut Senate Approves Drug Defelonization Bill. The state Senate Wednesday approved a bill that makes drug possession a misdemeanor for the first two offenses, but which also maintains the state's 1,500-foot drug-free school zone provision and its call for jail time, but not mandatory minimum sentences. The bill is Senate Bill 952, the Second Chance Act.

International

European Drug Agency Says No Sign of Marijuana Legalization Coming Soon. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction said today as it issued its annual report that it saw no sign of progress toward marijuana legalization on the continent, unlike in the United States. "In Europe I do not know any government, or parliamentary majority backing a government, that is currently seriously discussing cannabis legalization or regulation in a different way," said agency chief Wolfgang Gotz. "I don't see a discussion coming up of the level as it is in the Americas."

Israeli Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed. Freshman Knesset Member Yinon Magal of the Jewish Home Party has introduced a bill that would allow people to grow and possess small amounts of pot for personal use. While similar bills have gone nowhere in the past, this one has support from across the political spectrum.

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Canada: Veterans Group Seeks Fees From Producers For Referrals

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 04 Jun 2015 - A former soldier organizing hundreds of fellow PTSD-suffering veterans in Atlantic Canada to take advantage of federally funded marijuana prescriptions says he sees no problem with producers paying groups representing patients in an industry with scant regulation on sales. Afghanistan veteran Fabian Henry has spoken on behalf of his group, Marijuana for Trauma, to a number of licensed producers about sharing a cut of sales or receiving patient referral fees, which he says will help build a holistic centre for his group's roughly 500 members.
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US CO: Column: Cannabis Is All the Style and Now on the Floor

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 04 Jun 2015 - Among the most surprising things I've witnessed in writing Weed Between the Lines for two years now is how quickly the cannabis debate is evolving in Congress. Back then, a small group of representatives, including Colorado's Jared Polis, were trying, with little success, to get their colleagues to wake up to the fact that states were finding marijuana laws distasteful and changing them on their own. Today that debate has moved across the aisle. On May 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee, on a bipartisan vote of 18 to 12, passed an amendment that will allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana to vets in states where it is legal. This will only allow VA doctors to do what other physicians can do for anyone else in those states, but it's the first time any marijuana legislation has gotten out of committee in the "world's greatest deliberative body."
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US CA: Column: Gavin Newsom Photobombs Garberville

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 04 Jun 2015 - Just about every name in North Coast weed was there, packed into a sweaty, crowded theater for a glimpse of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Selfies with the photogenic former San Francisco mayor weren't the only reasons Garberville's Redwood Playhouse was standing room only the afternoon of May 29 - it was the first substantial outreach from Sacramento's power players to Humboldt's splintered-but-increasingly-vocal marijuana growers.
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US AZ: Column: Defending Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 04 Jun 2015 - The Doctor Is Back to Update Us on an Important MMJ Legal Case Out of Pima County The landscape in the Arizona medical cannabis industry is rapidly changing, and after four and a half years the legal system in our great state is beginning to catch up to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Brave citizens that have been charged with felonies have made the tough decision to take their cases to trial rather than try to plea bargain for a lesser sentence and the avoidance of a felony record.
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US CO: Column: Are Childproof Bags Always Needed at

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 04 Jun 2015 - Dear Stoner: Some of the dispensaries I go to make me use a locked bag so it's "childproof" when I leave, but others just let me walk out with a paper bag full of pot. What gives? Kenny Dear Kenny: Ever notice a pattern in the packaging your buds come in when you don't need the childproof bag? The pharmaceutical pop-top and push-down bottles many dispensaries use for packaging herb and infused products are already considered childproof, so there's no $4 bag necessary, but some dispensaries sell products in resealable plastic bags and jars. A curious toddler (or an octopus) can open resealable bags and jars with relative ease, so to comply with state laws, you must leave the dispensary with your purchase locked and keep it that way around children - as a responsible pothead should. Unfortunately, it's hard to know which shops carry what until you're pulling out your money, so next time you're about to restock, call ahead and ask what your dispensary uses. And if you've already spent $20 on bags that are now lying useless around the house, like I have, move a few to the trunk of your car so you'll always be prepared.
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US CA: Column: Industry Fears

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 04 Jun 2015 - INDUSTRY FEARS Before shaking hands with the political establishment, most small-town chambers of commerce will dress to impress. To meet California's most electric politician last Friday, the entrepreneurs and workers in the heartland of the country's fastest-growing industry donned Carhartt work jeans and wide-brimmed sun hats, in some cases still dirty from the morning's work in the family cannabis patch - their version of "business casual."
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US CA: Construction Appears to Start on Pot Farm North of Ukiah

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 04 Jun 2015 - Construction apparently is underway for a medical marijuana farm on tribal land just north of Ukiah. Rows of huge bag-like containers typically used to cultivate pot plants above ground, pallets of potting soil, large water storage tanks and solar panels have cropped up on the northeast corner of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation's rancheria, adjacent to Highway 101.
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US: Congress Closer To Accepting State Laws On Legal Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Washington Times, 04 Jun 2015 - Bills Tell Justice Not to Meddle Congress' openness toward marijuana use continues to grow, with the House voting Wednesday to prevent the Justice Department from meddling in states that allow medicinal use of the drug and signaling growing support for even broader protections of legalized pot.
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