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US OK: Column: Oklahoma Pot Case Draws Interest From Former

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 08:00
The Oklahoman, 10 Jan 2016 - WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court justices are expected to decide in their closed door meeting on Jan. 22 whether to allow Oklahoma and Nebraska to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws. The two states claim their neighbor's licensing of growers and sellers has led their own residents to travel to Colorado to buy marijuana. That in turn has strained their own law enforcement and other resources, they claim.
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CN ON: Frustrated Judge Can't Stay Case

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
London Free Press, 09 Jan 2016 - APPEAL COURT A London judge had made it perfectly clear: Be in court on time or face the consequences. Ontario Court Justice Thomas McKay had grown weary of the delays in a routine drug trafficking trial - a case that had been set for one day, but had stretched out over several dates because of unavailable witnesses and scheduling issues.
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CN ON: 9-Year-Old Pot Charges Dropped

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Jan 2016 - James Turner enjoys a celebratory puff after the Crown dropped marijuana charges again him Friday. The sweet smell of freedom mingled with the skunky scent of pot outside the Elgin St. courthouse Friday after the Crown dropped nine-year-old drug raps against a long-suffering pot advocate.
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Canada: Former Top Cop Point Man On Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 09 Jan 2016 - Liberal appointee worries legalized-marijuana activist OTTAWA - Some members of the marijuana movement are concerned about the government's decision to make Toronto's former police chief a point man on legalizing pot, activist and former Liberal hopeful Jodie Emery said Friday.
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Canada: Blair Faces Aformidable Challengea In Leading Marijuana Task

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 09 Jan 2016 - The Trudeau government is calling on former police chief Bill Blair to find the best way to legalize marijuana in Canada, relying on the rookie Liberal MP's law enforcement credentials to sell the controversial policy to the public. Federal officials said Mr. Blair is expected to work with a new federal-provincial task force to develop a regime in which marijuana is available to all adults across the country, with the two levels of government reaping applicable sales taxes.
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US: Schools Across U.S. Grapple With Students' Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 Jan 2016 - AUBURN, Maine (AP) - After years of trying to keep marijuana out of schools, educators across the country are grappling with how to administer cannabis to students with prescriptions for it. Medical marijuana has been legal in some states for two decades but school districts and lawmakers are only now starting to grapple with thorny issues about student use of a drug still illegal under federal law.
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US NJ: Column: Serving Time In Facebook Jail

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 09 Jan 2016 - As much marijuana as I admit to smoking almost daily. I still loudly proclaim to anyone I am not addicted to marijuana and, as far as I know, no one is; because marijuana is not addictive, but Facebook is. Ibogaine is a cure for addiction (period), it not only works on drugs like heroin, meth, cocaine but addictive behavior like gambling too from what I've been told. Some say it's the best cure for tobacco use as well. Facebook has suspended my Facebook account for one week starting last Sunday 1/2/2016, and ending on Saturday 1/9/2016. I'm suffering big time cyber pains in Facebook jail. As you know I've been to real jail and in real jail people are there who are drug addicts and they suffer physically for lack of their substance it's called withdrawal. It's a horrible experience to be in a cell with a person suffering from withdrawal, the smells, and the dry heaves, the agony is horrible to witness. I admit to being highly addicted to Facebook and I'm going thru severe Facebook withdrawal right now, I'm not dry heaving or throwing up but......ugggh. As much marijuana as I admit to smoking almost daily. I still loudly proclaim to anyone I am not addicted to marijuana and as far as I know no-one is; because marijuana is not addictive but Facebook is.
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US CA: Oceanside May Allow Pot Delivery

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Jan 2016 - Medical Marijuana Patients' Stories Nudge Officials to Seek Rules for Such a Move. OCEANSIDE - In an unexpected turn, Oceanside officials agreed this week to move toward allowing licensed medical marijuana businesses to deliver within the city.
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Chronicle AM: El Chapo Captured, ME Gov's Race-Tinged Remarks Draw Outrage, More... (1/8/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 21:58

Mexican authorities have recaptured the fugitive head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Maine's Tea Party governor goes racial on drugs, while other New England states move toward drug reforms, and more.

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering. An initiative from New Approach Missouri has been approved for circulation by the secretary of state's office. The group is seeking 250,000 raw signatures to ensure it meets the requirement of 160,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. The campaign estimates it will cost $800,000 for paid signature gathering and is trying to raise funds now.

Asset Forfeiture

New Hampshire House Passes Asset Forfeiture Reform. The GOP-controlled House Thursday approved a bill that would divert money garnered through civil asset forfeiture away from law enforcement and into the state's general fund. The bill would also require a criminal conviction before seized property can be permanently forfeited and it would provide protections for "innocent owners." The bill is House Bill 636. It now goes to the Senate.

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Maine Governor Says Black Out-of-State Drug Dealers Are "Impregnating Young White Girls." During a town hall meeting on Wednesday night, Gov. Paul LePage (R) was asked about how he was tackling substance abuse in Maine. What was his response? "These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty -- these types of guys -- they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home." He then elaborated: "Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road." He is catching lots of flak for his comments.

Massachusetts House Votes to Repeal Mandatory Driver's License Suspension for Drug Offenders. The House voted Thursday to repeal a state law mandating automatic driver's license suspensions for people convicted of drug offenses -- whether they were driving or not. About 7,000 people have their licenses suspended for drug offenses each year, imposing significant barriers to social reentry for drug offenders. "This vote shines a bright light on our state's evolving understanding of drug policy, and emphasizes our ongoing need to advance an approach to criminal justice and drug law reform that prioritizes treatment and rehabilitation over harmful punitive measures that impede Massachusetts residents from successfully reentering and re-engaging their communities," said Rep. Tom Sannicandro, Chair of the Harm Reduction and Drug Law Caucus. The bill now goes to the Senate.

International

El Chapo Captured! Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on his Twitter feed this morning that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, fugitive head of the Sinaloa Cartel had been recaptured in his home state of Sinaloa. He had escaped from a Mexican federal prison last July. That was his second prison break. He also escaped from a Mexican federal prison in 2001 and eluded capture for more than a decade. Not this time. Guzman heads what is arguably the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world.

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US CA: Net-5 Audit In Wake Of Agent's Arrest

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 08 Jan 2016 - NET-5, the Yuba-Sutter drug and gang task force, will be audited by an outside party following the arrest of one of its agents. A Yuba County sheriff's deputy who was recently arrested in Pennsylvania on charges of trafficking 247 pounds of marijuana had worked with the multi-agency task force for three years.
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US NM: Proposed Pot Rule Change Discussed

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 08 Jan 2016 - Medical marijuana producers told state health officials Wednesday that disclosing the locations of growing facilities would invite criminals to burglarize the sites, while open-records advocates countered that greater transparency will help ensure fair and effective management of the state's cannabis program. "We have a product that criminals want," said Eric Briones, founder of the Minerva Canna Group of Los Ranchos, one of 23 nonprofits licensed by the state Department of Health to grow and sell medical pot. Minerva must conduct its business in cash because banks don't take deposits from cannabis growers, he said. "We have cannabis and we have cash."
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US NY: Medical Sales Of Marijuana Start Off Slow

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 08 Jan 2016 - ALBANY - New York joined the ranks of nearly half the states on Thursday in allowing the use of medical marijuana with the opening of eight dispensaries statewide, serving a variety of tinctures, concentrates, vapors and other forms of the drug. How many patients actually received medicine from those dispensaries, however, was uncertain; several locations around the state had customers who entered, but it was not clear if any actually bought the drug, or were qualified to do so under the state's strict guidelines. On Thursday, officials at the state's Department of Health said that only 51 patients had been certified for the program thus far, though that process only began on Dec. 23 and requires the approval of a physician who has registered with the state.
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US NY: First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open in New York

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 08 Jan 2016 - ALBANY, N.Y. - New York joined the ranks of nearly half the states Thursday in allowing the use of medical marijuana with the opening of eight dispensaries statewide, serving a variety of syrups, concentrates, and other nonsmokable forms of the drug. How many patients will initially visit those dispensaries is uncertain.
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Chronicle AM: CA Init Cleared for Petitioning, Gets Donations, VT Gov Says Legalize, More... (1/7/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 23:30

It's another one of those all-marijuana news days -- the California initiative hits the ground running, New Hampshire legalization bills get filed, Canadian MPs get a pot package, and more.

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California Adult Use of Marijuana Act Initiative Can Start Signature Gathering. The AUMA is now the most viable shot at legalizing weed in California this year. It has the backing of tech billionaire Sean Parker, as well other marijuana mavens and reform movement donors. It needs 365,000 valid voter signatures by June to make the November ballot.

Contributions Start Coming in for California's AUMA Legalization Initiative. The AUMA has picked up $1.25 million in donations, including $250,000 from the Marijuana Policy Project, a matching $250,000 from Sean Parker, $250,000 from the New Approach PAC, $250,000 from Drug Policy Action (the lobbying and campaign arm of the Drug Policy Alliance), and $250,000 from the Californians for Sensible Reform committee (Weedmaps). That should cover the cost of signature gathering for the initiative.

Nebraska, Oklahoma Accuse Colorado of Acting Like Drug Cartel. Attorneys for the two states urged the US Supreme Court to let them sue their neighbor over its legal marijuana production and distribution system, accusing Colorado of creating "a massive criminal enterprise whose sole purpose is to authorize and facilitate the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of marijuana… "If this entity were based south of our border, the federal government would prosecute it as a drug cartel." The Obama administration has urged the high court to refuse to hear the case.

Trio of New Hampshire Legalization Bills Filed. Granite State lawmakers have filed not one, not two, but three bills to legalize marijuana. House Bill 1675 would legalize possession of up to 2.2 pounds of marijuana for personal consumption by adults 18 and older, and would also legalize cultivation of up to six pot plants at home. It was also allow the sale and taxation of marijuana. House Bill 1610 would legalize marijuana possession of up to two ounces for personal use by adults 21 and older, and would legalize cultivation of up to six plants at home -- limited to three mature plants at any one time. It would not allow retail sales, but would allow adults to gift up to an ounce to other adults. House Bill 1694 would legalize marijuana possession of up to one ounce by adults 21 and older, and would permit home cultivation of up to six pot plants, with a limit of three mature plants at one time. The bill would allow the sale and taxation of marijuana.

Vermont Governor Calls for Legalizing Marijuana in State of the State Address. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin called on lawmakers to pass legislation legalizing and regulating marijuana in his final State of the State address today. He also declared the drug war a failure and expressed desire to continue emphasizing a health-based approach to drug policy by expanding treatment and overdose prevention programs, as well as by removing the stigma associated with drug use and addiction. With Shumlin entering his last year in office, this is a strong signal that he intends to make marijuana legalization a priority in the upcoming legislative session. "The outdated war on drugs has also failed," said Shumlin, "and there is no greater example than our nation's marijuana laws." Earlier this week, top legislative leaders downplayed the likelihood of legalization this year.

Drug Policy

Legalization Advocate Gary Johnson Announced Libertarian Presidential Bid. The former Republican New Mexico governor, who championed a discussion of drug legalization while in office, announced Wednesday that he is seeking the Libertarian Party presidential nomination. He resigned from his position as president and CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc. to do so.

Medical Marijuana

First New York Dispensaries Opened Today. Eight dispensaries opened in the state today, a slow start to a medical marijuana program in a state with nearly 20 million people. The state has authorized another 12 to open later this month.

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CN ON: OPED: Monopolies Should Not Control Legal Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 07 Jan 2016 - Respectfully, I must disagree with Premier Kathleen Wynne that the LCBO should control marijuana sales in Ontario. If the only issue associated with selling recreational drugs like tobacco, alcohol and marijuana was just keeping them out of reach of our youth during their formative years, then I would agree. I would also add that the LCBO and Brewers Retail are models of environmentally friendly packaging and recycling. Bravo.
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CN ON: RoFo: Did I Smoke Crack???

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 07 Jan 2016 - Former mayor says he's not totally sure, wants to see the video Saying he knows his critics "are never going to leave it alone," Councillor Rob Ford put a wrinkle into the perceived fact that he smoked crack cocaine.
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CN ON: Column: Marijuana Use Should Not Come With Criminal Record

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 07 Jan 2016 - It comes in many forms and is known by many names. Weed, pot, dope, Mary Jane and grass are just the tip of the leafy iceberg. Regardless of whether you consider it reefer madness or a friendly stranger, there is one fact that holds true: marijuana has destroyed lives.
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CN ON: No Kush in Tory's Future

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 07 Jan 2016 - Hoping to Follow Up a Puff of Rob Ford Kush With a Toke of Mayor-Ijuana John Tory? According to Mayor John Tory, you'd be more likely to have a gulp of juice named after him than inhale medicinal grass with his moniker.
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US CA: Column: Tick, Tock

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 07 Jan 2016 - The Fortuna City Council voted unanimously Jan. 4 (with Councilmember Linda Gardner absent) to approve the first reading of an ordinance banning almost any medical marijuana activity, including cultivation for personal use, within city limits. The city already has a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries on its books, but the expansion of the prohibitions, City Clerk Linda McGill told the Journal, was to maintain the city's local control when state regulations go into effect. The deadline for local ordinances to be in place is March 1, prompting a statewide scramble for city and county laws.
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US CO: At A Pot Credit Union, Still No Joint Accounts

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 07 Jan 2016 - Judge Blocks a Denver Institution That Wants to Serve the Cannabis Industry, Saying He's Upholding Federal Law. DENVER - Saying he could not look the other way in the face of criminal behavior, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a local credit union seeking approval to become what would be the first financial institution to openly serve the cannabis industry. Doug Pensinger
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