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US CO: Column: Is Marijuana Legalization Just As Racist As

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 03 Aug 2016 - Where there's money, novelty and potential fame, people want in. For some, though, actually getting into Colorado's burgeoning cannabis industry is more difficult than for others. Take the experience of Taneesha Melvin, a 28-year-old Colorado Springs native. This spring, she says, she left her job at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in search of new employment. As a medical marijuana patient herself, Melvin figured her knowledge of strains, experience volunteering at a local dab lounge and service background positioned her well to be a budtender at one of the city's 133 dispensaries. So she dropped $150 on a background check and other licensing fees and set out on the job hunt.
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US CA: Santa Rosa Medical Marijuana Businesses Gain Access to

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 03 Aug 2016 - The Santa Rosa City Council declared Tuesday that medical marijuana support services such as testing labs and oil extraction businesses can legally be located in certain nonresidential areas of the city. The move, which takes effect immediately, opens up significant new areas of the city to the medical cannabis industry, as long as they follow a host of other regulations.
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Chronicle AM: Filipino Drug War Killings Raise Global Alarm, Legal Pot for Deficit, More... (8/2/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:52

Civil society responds as the death toll mounts in the Philippines, Massachusetts politicians endorse pot legalization, a new study finds national legalization could bring in $12 billion a year for the feds, and more.

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Study: Legal Marijuana Could Bring $12 Billion a Year to Federal Tax Coffers. A new study from the American Economic Association says the federal government could harvest up to $12 billion annually in tax revenues if marijuana were legalized nationwide. The revenue estimate is based on a 25% federal tax on retail pot sales.

Alaska Pot Board Member Fired, Alleges Governor Trying to "Subvert" Legalization. Gov. Bill Walker (R) has fired Marijuana Control Board member Bruce Schulte, and Schulte says it's because Walker and allies are trying to delay implementation of a voter-approved marijuana industry. "There's an underlying agenda to subvert the process, to delay the implementation of a legalized marijuana industry," Schulte said. "It doesn't look like the State of Alaska is really serious about making this happen." A replacement for Schulte has not been announced. Alaska approved marijuana legalization in November 2014.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects 2018 Legalization Initiative. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected an initiative proposed by Mary Berry of Summit to legalize marijuana in the state. Rutledge said there were ambiguities in the text that need to be addressed. That initiative was aimed at 2018. A 2016 initiative from Berry, the Arkansas Cannabis Amendment, was approved for signature gathering, but failed to make the ballot.

Boston City Council President to Endorse Massachusetts Legalization Initiative. City Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Tito Jackson will formally endorse the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol's legalization initiative at a press event at the state capitol tomorrow. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse endorsed the initiative Monday, becoming the first mayor in the state to do so. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker (R), and other high state officials oppose the initiative.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Foes Get Big Bucks Donation from Publix Heiress. Carol Jenkins Barnett, heir to the Publix supermarket fortune, has donated $800,000 to Drug Free Florida to fight the Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative. Jenkins Barnett also donated big time to defeating the medical marijuana initiative in 2014, handing out $500,000 to Drug Free Florida that year.

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As Philippines Drug War Death Toll Mounts, Rights Groups Demand UN Denounce Killings. More than 700 suspected drug users or dealers have been killed by police or vigilantes since Rodrigo Duterte took office as president less than three months ago, and now civil society is responding. More than 300 human rights and other organizations have signed letters to the International Narcotics Control Board and UN Office on Drugs and Crime urging them to speak out against the extra-judicial violence. "We are calling on the UN drug control bodies to publicly condemn these atrocities in the Philippines. This senseless killing cannot be justified as a drug control measure," said Ann Fordham, executive director of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), which coordinated the letter. "Their silence is unacceptable, while people are being killed on the streets day after day."

Australia's New South Wales Now Allows Doctors to Prescribe Medical Marijuana. As of Monday, New South Wales doctors can write prescriptions for medical marijuana. "People who are seriously ill should be able to access these medicines if they are the most appropriate next step in their treatment," NSW Premier Mike Baird said yesterday.

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CN AB: Pot Purveyor Eyes Calgary

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 02 Aug 2016 - Police say plan for mail-order marijuana is not legal The owner of Erbachay Health Centres was in Calgary in July, handing out business cards and flyers in hopes of getting a toehold on this side of the Rockies.
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US CA: When Smoke Settles, Will There Be Pot Ads?

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 02 Aug 2016 - State Initiative Draws Fire for Opening Door to TV Commercials. Nearly a half-century after tobacco ads were kicked off television in the United States, an initiative in California would take a first step toward allowing TV commercials that promote a different kind of smoking - marijuana.
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US CA: Santa Rosa City Council Weighs New Pot Zoning

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 02 Aug 2016 - Santa Rosa is poised to welcome more marijuana businesses to the city, and to encourage those already here to step out of the shadows. The City Council today will consider allowing medical cannabis support businesses that provide lab testing, oil production and transportation services to set up shop in specific nonresidential areas of the city while it works on a comprehensive set of regulations for the industry.
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US DC: OPED: Voting Down Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 02 Aug 2016 - Marijuana Is Anything but Harmless Voters in at least five states, including California, will be asked whether they want to legalize marijuana for casual use on Election Day. Four states and Washington D.C. have already taken this step. "This is really a watershed year for marijuana legalization," said F. Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Proponents like the Drug Policy Alliance claim that legalization should occur partially for "health" reasons. The Marijuana Policy Project has called pot "harmless." Others say it is "safe" and even "healthy." Nearly all proponents seem to deny or minimize its risks. Popular culture reinforces this view portraying use generally as a risk-free endeavor. And big business looking to cash in on legalization is all too happy to propagate this claim.
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Chronicle AM: IL Gov Signs Decrim Bill, Marijuana Foes Pony Up to Fight Reform, More... (8/1/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 20:28

Your correspondent was on vacation last week, but drug policy and the drug war weren't. Illinois has decriminalized marijuana possession, Republicans are shifting on marijuana prohibition, Minnesotans with chronic pain now qualify for medical marijuana, Floridians can now get naloxone without an individualized prescription, and more.

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Poll: Even Republicans Now Favor Marijuana Legalization. For the first time, a plurality if not a majority of people who identify as Republicans say they support marijuana legalization. A new YouGov poll has 45% of Republicans in favor, with 42% opposed. Only eight months ago, Republicans opposed legalization in the same poll, by a margin of 50% to 36%.

Pot Prohibitionists Put Up $2 Million to Fight Legalization. The political arm of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana has raised more than $2 million to fight legalization initiatives in five states this year, including California, where Prop 64 is on the November ballot. The bulk of the money will go to California. The group is led by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) and former drug czar's office official Kevin Sabet.

Illinois Decriminalizes Marijuana. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) last Friday signed into law Senate Bill 2228, which decriminalizes the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana and creates a maximum fine of $200. The law goes into effect immediately, making Illinois the 21st state to have decriminalized small-time pot possession.

Massachusetts Legalization Initiative is Officially on the November Ballot. State officials last month quietly certified that the initiative from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has overcome the final hurdle to going before the voters in November. Advocates had to hand in a small number of signatures this summer when the legislature refused to act after the campaign handed in tens of thousands of signatures earlier this year. The initiative will be Question 4 on the November ballot.

Northern Marianas Could Vote on Legalization in November. A lawmaker in the US territory has pre-filed a bill that would let residents vote on legalization in November. Senator Sixto Igisomar is the man behind the move. The legislature must approve it by August 10 for it to make the ballot this year.

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Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Initiative Gets More Time to Gather Signatures. Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, the group behind the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment initiative, had come up short of the 82,000 valid voter signatures required to qualify for the November ballot, but it handed in 72,000 valid signatures, qualifying it for additional time to gather enough signatures to make the ballot. Another medical marijuana initiative, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, has already qualified for the ballot.

Minnesota Chronic Pain Patients Now Qualify for Medical Marijuana. As of today, the state's medical marijuana program includes people suffering from chronic pain that is not eased by traditional drugs or therapies.

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Florida Makes Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Available Without Prescription. The overdose reversal drug naloxone (Narcan) is now available through a "standing order" from a doctor, meaning drugs users, friends, and family members no longer need an individual prescription to obtain the antidote. Additionally, the pharmacy chain CVS will begin stocking naloxone in all its pharmacies in the state beginning this month.

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Italian Parliament Begins Debate on Marijuana Legalization.Last week, parliament began discussing whether to approve a marijuana legalization bill. The bill would allow for the possession of up to 15 grams at home and 5 grams on the street and let people grow up to five plants. It would also allow growing collectives of up to 50 growers. Rightist opponents of the measure have already filed more than 1,300 proposed amendments aimed at snuffing it. Debate on the bill will resume in September.

Indonesia Executes Four Drug Prisoners. Ignoring a growing global clamor against the practice, Indonesian authorities executed four convicted drug offenders last Friday. Ten others set to be executed at the same time won a temporary reprieve when a storm hit the island where the executions were taking place, but officials said they would be put to death later.

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Ireland: Column: Medical Benefits of Drug Are Now Beyond Doubt

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 07:00
The Irish Times, 01 Aug 2016 - CBD Oil Reduces Seizure Activity but Without the Side Effects of Cannabis Preparations of the leaves and resin of the cannabis plant have been in use for more than 2,000 years. First introduced into western medicine in the mid-19th century, cannabis was prescribed in the past for a diverse range of complaints including anxiety, arthritis and rheumatic disorders, migraine and painful menstruation. A cannabis derivative, nabilone, is effective in treating nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients. The benefits of cannabis in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been well described. It reduces muscle cramps and relaxes bladder and bowel sphincters. And it has been shown to reduce the pressure in the eyeball that leads to glaucoma.
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Ireland: Cannabis Oil 'All We Have Left' Says Mother of Girl

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 07:00
The Irish Times, 01 Aug 2016 - Cbd Oil Dispensed in Several US States but No Doctor Here Will Prescribe It Cork Mother Made Plea to Minister for Health but Says His Hands Tied by Law The mother of a six-year-old girl with a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy fears her daughter will die unless a consultant goes out on a limb and prescribes cannabis oil to lessen her seizures.
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US CA: Man Facing Grow Fines Sues Sutter County

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 01 Aug 2016 - A bedridden man facing fines of $1,000 per day for allegedly violating a marijuana ordinance is suing Sutter County. Roy Setzer filed his case this week in Sutter County Superior Court, trying to overturn the penalty imposed by a county hearing officer.
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US CA: Kennedy Group Raises Funds To Fight Pot Effort

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 01 Aug 2016 - Coalition Will Use Big Portion of $2 Million to Target California's Ballot Measure to Legalize Cannabis. SACRAMENTO - Facing well-financed campaigns to legalize recreational pot, a national coalition that includes former Rep. Patrick Kennedy has raised more than $2 million to fight initiatives in five states this year, including a November ballot measure in California.
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CN ON: Motherisk Review Lacks Transparency, Moms Argue

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 31 Jul 2016 - Women launch court challenge, saying commission meant to help them has shut them out of process Three mothers who claim that their children were removed from their care as a result of faulty drug and alcohol hair tests at Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk laboratory have gone to court to call out what they see as a lack of transparency at the commission set up to review their cases.
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US MA: Editorial: End This Unfair 'Tax' On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 31 Jul 2016 - Companies that want to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are being pressured into paying an unnecessarily high price to follow the letter of the law. The licensing process for dispensaries established under the state Department of Public Health is rightfully rigorous. But the vetting procedures also must be fair. That's not the case with a provision that requires applicants to submit de facto letters of consent from communities where they want to set up shop - the provision is being used by some local officials to elicit unreasonable payments from businesses applying for dispensary licenses. Since voters in 2012 approved legislation allowing marijuana to be grown and sold to treat certain medical conditions, just six dispensaries have opened their doors. Another 174 applications are slowly advancing through the regulatory gantlet. The Globe's Kay Lazar reported last week that one of those applicants, Good Chemistry of Massachusetts, secured an approval letter from Worcester officials only after striking a deal that calls for Good Chemistry to give the city $450,000 over three years, and then dole out $200,000 - plus 2.5 percent of its revenue - in subsequent years. A $10,000 annual contribution to public charities was thrown in for good measure.
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US ME: A Lifesaver for Heroin Users, but No Cure for an

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 31 Jul 2016 - PORTLAND, Me. - A woman in her 30s was sitting in a car in a parking lot here last month, shooting up heroin, when she overdosed. Even after the men she was with injected her with naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, she remained unconscious. They called 911. Firefighters arrived and administered oxygen to improve her breathing, but her skin had grown gray and her lips had turned blue. As she lay on the asphalt, the paramedics slipped a needle into her arm and injected another dose of naloxone.
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CN ON: What's Not in Your Pot?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 30 Jul 2016 - The Globe and Mail tested the potency of edible cannabis products, sold as medicine at Toronto dispensaries. Most did not live up to their claims, raising questions about efficacy and quality The caramel bar, cake pop and freezie all came with a big promise. Although they looked like typical junk food, the products, from cannabis dispensaries in Toronto, were billed as medication. And all were claimed to contain a potent dose of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the intoxicating effects its users seek for pain relief or to get high.
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CN ON: Brighter Moments Temporarily Closes Pot Dispensary

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 30 Jul 2016 - Owner optimistic it can reopen Sept. 1 if court case goes as planned Brighter Moments Dispensary has turned off the lights - for now. The marijuana dispensary on King Street East near Ferguson Avenue was raided by Hamilton police July 21.
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CN ON: Column: How To Deal With Your Pot-Smoking Neighbour

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 30 Jul 2016 - Q: I'm a nurse in Toronto and live in a rental townhouse complex. A few people have moved in recently who smoke pot; it is unbearable. My neighbour doesn't smoke in his own house, so he stands outside near my door. I spent $2,000 to build a wall between us only to be told by management that I must remove it. My job depends on clarity and being drug free; I shouldn't be constantly subjected to this still-illegal drug. Law-abiding citizens feel their rights have been taken away and pot-smokers' rights supersede ours. We are living in a very sad time! A: In the summer of 1967, two years before Woodstock, four years before Justin Trudeau's yuletide nativity, I preached my first sermon advocating the decriminalization of marijuana. I was a student clergyman and, to illustrate my Sunday sermon, I purchased a joint from a "friend" and passed it around to the spellbound congregation - just to demonstrate that no one went to hell just for touching the demon weed. To be clear: I wasn't (and am not) necessarily advocating the smoking of pot; I'm simply opposed to turning smokers into criminals.
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US CA: Secret Marijuana Gardens Target of Eradication Campaign

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 30 Jul 2016 - KELSEYVILLE - This was far from the cocktail-hour networking meetings for cannabis companies, worlds away from sterile laboratories measuring THC levels and the marketing teams channeling a great entrepreneurial push fueled by California's recent embrace of the medical marijuana industry. This was the Lake County wilderness, where an orange peel, a crushed Coca-Cola can and a cairn of rocks marked a footpath leading into the chaparral-covered hills southwest of Kelseyville.
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US IL: Rauner Cuts Pot Possession Punishment

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 30 Jul 2016 - Governor Signs Legislation to Issue Citations Instead of Time in Jail SPRINGFIELD - Getting caught with small amounts of marijuana will result in citations akin to a traffic ticket instead of the possibility of jail time under legislation Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Friday.
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