Globe and Mail, 22 Mar 2014 - The Conservative government's plan to move medical marijuana plants out of patients' basements and into commercial facilities was dealt a significant setback Friday, after a Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so. Justice Michael Manson issued an injunction exempting patients who are licensed to possess or grow medical marijuana under the current rules, either for themselves or someone else, from new regulations that would have made the practice illegal.
Prince George Citizen, 22 Mar 2014 - A Prince George man who legally grows marijuana in his home for medical purposes is pleased that a federal court judge has struck down a federal ban that was set to take effect April 1. Judge Michael Manson granted an application from a group of medical marijuana patients, who asked for a temporary injunction to preserve the status quo until a constitutional challenge of the new system can be heard.
The Daily Home, 22 Mar 2014 - SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Hash brownies, space cakes and other pot-laced munchies won't be among the items allowed at Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries, state officials said, and that's drawn criticism from pot-shop advocates. The Oregon Health Authority released draft rules late Wednesday for medical-pot dispensaries to follow when they open as early as next week under a new law. Although medical marijuana will be available at the dispensaries, the agency wants to ban sweets containing the drug because they could be attractive to young people.
Chicago Sun-Times, 22 Mar 2014 - One of three Schaumburg police detectives accused of reselling drugs they had seized from dealers pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. Terrence O'Brien, 47, an officer in the northwest suburb for 23 years, will have to serve a minimum of 12 years, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for the DuPage County state's attorney's office.
Washington Post, 22 Mar 2014 - Millions of ordinary Americans are able to walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase bags of pot on the spot for a variety of medical ailments. But if you're a researcher like Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who studies posttraumatic stress disorder, getting access to the drug isn't nearly so easy. That's because the federal government has a virtual monopoly on growing and cultivating marijuana for scientific research, and getting access to the drug requires three separate levels of approval.
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 22 Mar 2014 - The non-profit Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says investors should remain wary and research pot stocks before they consider buying. Wall Street seems to be losing its appetite for pot. Marijuana stocks were high flyers - so to speak- after Colorado and Washington states legalized pot sales and several other states announced they may legalize sales or decriminalize possession. Shares in about 20 marijuana-related companies began soaring, with some gaining more than 500 percent off 52-week lows.
The Daily Courier, 22 Mar 2014 - People who grow medical marijuana at home won a reprieve Friday, but they still have to destroy most of their plants. A Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so beyond March 31, when new regulations governing production were to take effect.
Brant News, 22 Mar 2014 - From pension plans to marijuana and most everything in between, federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair fielded an array of questions from a packed Sanderson Centre audience in Brantford on Tuesday. Between all the promises on different subjects, Mulcair made sure to leave the impression that changes in Ottawa would happen swiftly if Canada elected an NDP government in the next federal vote.
Macon Telegraph, 21 Mar 2014 - ATLANTA -- As the clock ticked through the final hours of the annual state legislative session, state Rep. Allen Peake launched a last-minute but ultimately unsuccessful plan to pass his medical marijuana bill. "For these families, their reality is ... a child who is going to have one hundred seizures tomorrow," said Peake, R-Macon, author of House Bill 885, which would have decriminalized possession of a liquid medicine derived from cannabis that's used to treat pediatric seizures.
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON - As the nation's only truly legal supplier of marijuana, the U.S. government keeps tight control of its stash, which is grown in a 12-acre fenced garden on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. From there, part of the crop is shipped to Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina, where it's rolled into cigarettes, all at taxpayer expense.
The Palm Beach Post, 21 Mar 2014 - TALLAHASSEE - With several legislators saying they were deeply troubled by the bill, the House Budget Committee unanimously approved legislation Thursday aimed at decriminalizing the possession of lowgrade marijuana for use in treating seizures. The so-called "Charlotte's Web" measure (CS/HB 843) is getting the blessing of Republican leaders in the Legislature, with many seeing it as potentially blunting a ballot measure in November that would go much further and legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
Daily Courier, 21 Mar 2014 - In Arizona, a referendum to legalize is moving toward inclusion on a statewide ballot in 2016. Also, a bill to end felony sentencing for minor possession cases has been introduced in the Arizona House and may move forward. Based on current public opinion - a Gallup poll in October found 58 percent of Americans say it should be legalized - it's only a matter of time before it is. After decades of evidence that prohibition doesn't work, it's time to end the weed war.
Surrey Leader, 20 Mar 2014 - Medical pot grow-ops in residential homes have to be shut down as of next week (April 1), and the City of Surrey will be following up to make sure the houses are safe. People ignoring the city's requests for remediation work may face thousands of dollars in inspection costs.
Planet S, 20 Mar 2014 - HEALTH CANADA'S NEW ATTACK ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS NO TOKE In November, Health Canada publicly outed 40,000 members of the medical marijuana community by sending them envelopes marked Medical Marihuana Access Regulations through regular mail. Typically, Health Canada had communicated with patients via courier with unmarked envelopes.
The Fort Saskatchewan Record, 20 Mar 2014 - This story is Part 1 of 2 surrounding the issue of synthetic cannabinoids and their local availability A local store connected to the sale of a synthetic cannabinoid has fallen into a grey area of Canadian law.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 20 Mar 2014 - Imagine constantly living in fear that you may have a seizure at any moment. One minute you are coherent, playing, laughing, working - then things start to become fuzzy. The next thing you know, strangers are huddled around you with worrisome expressions on their faces. You've had a seizure. You are physically exhausted and embarrassed.
Tucson Weekly, 20 Mar 2014 - Let's Cross Our Collective Fingers That Sue Sisley's Research on Marijuana and PTSD Gets the Remaining Approvals It Needs More than three years ago, a researcher at University of Arizona asked the federal government for permission to study the effectiveness of cannabis in treating post-traumatic stress disorder .. and was denied. Last week she cleared a major hurdle for the groundbreaking study.
The Chico News & Review, 20 Mar 2014 - Medi-Pot Referendum Petition Filed With County Clerk-Recorder's Office Medical-marijuana advocates submitted a referendum petition last week to bring Butte County's medi-pot ordinance to a public vote.
Westword, 20 Mar 2014 - Dear Stoner: The hint of warmer weather has me thinking: Can I grow ganja outside in Denver? Sprouts Dear Sprouts: According to Colorado law, your growing must be done in an enclosed, locked space and not conducted "openly or publicly." That's a pretty broad definition, and one that hasn't really been hammered out in the courts (yet), but most people seem to take it to mean that you can't just throw seeds in your rose garden. Instead, you'll have to build a lockable greenhouse of sorts. Sounds like a pain, but even the DIY hopeless can construct one for under $150 using some clear or white corrugated roofing and chain-link fence posts found at any local hardware store.
The Red and Black, 20 Mar 2014 - If the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives approve the medical marijuana bill the state would become a leader in the nation in health care. James Bell, founder of Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education is one supporter of this belief.