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US WA: City Attorney Speaks Out On Officer's Pot Ticketing

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Seattle Times, 01 Aug 2014 - Advocate of Legalization Discusses Enforcement of Ban 'It's About Getting People to Stop Smoking Marijuana in Public' In the wake of news stories about a Seattle police officer under investigation for writing 80 percent of the tickets this year for using marijuana in public, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Thursday issued a statement outlining his position on enforcement of the ban.
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US: Driving High Questioned On Busy Day By Lawmakers

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The News-Item, 01 Aug 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety? Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican who convened the Transportation subcommittee hearing, said he's concerned that growing numbers of drivers on U.S. roadways are increasingly impaired with a mix of drugs and alcohol. But with no test to determine if a driver is high on THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, it's nearly impossible to gauge the danger. Instead, he said, it's only after a fatal crash that investigators can determine if a driver has measurable levels of THC in his bloodstream.
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US IL: Column: Medical Pot Shops Are No Big Deal

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Chicago Tribune, 01 Aug 2014 - You'd think licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana were all-ages opium dens from the wariness bordering on paranoia with which state and local officials are grudgingly preparing for them to open. A year ago Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a four-year pilot program allowing patients suffering from specific maladies to obtain, with a doctor's OK, therapeutic doses of marijuana. The marijuana will be sold at dispensaries accessible only to patients.
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US NM: Editorial: Petition Blunder Warrants Refresher Course

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Albuquerque Journal, 01 Aug 2014 - This screw-up is enough to make one wonder: What were they smoking? When it came to calculating the number of valid petition signatures needed to ask Albuquerque voters if they want to reduce penalties in the city for possessing small amounts of marijuana, the numbers didn't add up. And no one caught it until it was too late. The City Clerk's Office miscalculated the number and the Legal Department approved it. Petitioners didn't question it or do the math themselves.
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US FL: OPED: Implementing A Medical Marijuana Law Is Key

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The Palm Beach Post, 01 Aug 2014 - Despite polls showing that eight out of 10 Floridians are for it, one of the most controversial and talked-about issues this November election is medical marijuana. This is my first time saying this in a public forum but here it is: I'm for it too. I, like most voters, believe that if a doctor recommends a course of treatment to a patient - whether it's an exercise regime, a multivitamin, a new diet, or marijuana - that patient should be able to follow their doctor's orders without having to fear being arrested. Period.
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US WA: Pot Smoking Tickets Issued Unevenly

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Spokesman-Review, 01 Aug 2014 - SEATTLE - Yes, you can buy pot. You can smoke pot. You can possess pot here in the Evergreen State. You just can't do those things in public, smelling up parks and annoying pedestrians. If you're caught, the police will write you a ticket. Especially if you're black. Or homeless. And have the bad judgment to light up in the downtown core. And the bad luck to come upon one police officer in particular.
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US CA: Editorial: The Medical Marijuana Mess

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Los Angeles Times, 01 Aug 2014 - Nearly two decades after California voters legalized medical marijuana, legislators are as close as they've ever been to passing the first comprehensive statewide regulations for the cultivation, transportation and distribution of the drug. This is long past due. State leaders should not let another year go by without fixing the medical marijuana mess. And it is a mess. The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 encouraged state leaders to implement a plan to regulate safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to patients. But they were late to act and then developed ineffective guidelines. As a result, California has a patchwork of local rules governing dispensaries, but virtually no regulations on how marijuana is grown or processed, and few consumer protections for a product that, ostensibly, is for sick people.
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US CA: County To Reconsider Marijuana Letter Policy

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Calaveras Enterprise, 01 Aug 2014 - A Calaveras County Public Health Department manager says her agency will work out a way to allow applicants for medical marijuana ID cards to retain the original copy of their doctor recommendation. Some medical marijuana advocates complained this year when the department began keeping the originals, something patients said caused problems later when they went to dispensaries.
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US FL: OPED: Voters Must Know The Facts About Medical Marijuana

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The Palm Beach Post, 01 Aug 2014 - Despite polls showing that eight out of ten Floridians are for it, one of the most controversial and talked about issues this November election is medical marijuana. This is my first time saying this in a public forum but here it is: I'm for it too. I, like most voters, believe that if a doctor recommends a course of treatment to a patient -- whether it's an exercise regime, a multivitamin, a new diet, or marijuana -- that patient should be able to follow their doctors orders without having to fear being arrested. Period.
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US CA: Editorial: Mixed Messages From White House Worsen The Marijuana

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Merced Sun-Star, 01 Aug 2014 - Colorado and Washington are blazing the trail, the first states to legalize recreational pot. But one thing remains the same on this new frontier the muddled, sometimes contradictory, stand on marijuana from the Obama administration. The zigs and zags in federal policy are making it more difficult for those states to make legalization work, and have also contributed mightily to California's continuing medical marijuana mess.
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CN AB: City Cracking Down On Sale Of Pipes, Marijuana Paraphernalia

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Leduc Representative, 01 Aug 2014 - Selling items like pipes, bongs and grinders is going to be more difficult in Leduc, if a new bylaw has its desired affect. On June 23, city council passed Bylaw 861-2014, which amended Leduc's business licensing regulations to restrict selling drug-related merchandise and paraphernalia.
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Chronicle AM -- July 31, 2014

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One study finds that Colorado is doing just fine with marijuana legalization, another finds that kids aren't smoking more pot in medical marijuana states, there's trouble in Albuquerque, Detroit police go on yet another well-publicized mass drug sweep, Marc Emery vows revenge, and more. Let's get to it:

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Brookings Institution Report Finds Colorado's Legalization is Succeeding. The Brookings Institution's Center for Effective Public Management today released a report on how well Colorado is managing marijuana legalization. The title of the report, "Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana is Succeeding," pretty much spells it out. "The state has met challenging statutory and constitutional deadlines for the construction and launch of a legal, regulatory, and tax apparatus for its new policy," according to the report authored by John Hudak, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies. "In doing so, it has made intelligent decisions about regulatory needs, the structure of distribution, prevention of illegal diversion, and other vital aspects of its new market. It has made those decisions in concert with a wide variety of stakeholders in the state." Click on the link to read the full report.

Georgia Libertarian Party Endorses Marijuana Legalization. The Libertarian Party of Georgia says "legalize it." In a Wednesday press release, the party came out four-square for legalization. "Georgia voters should be allowed to vote on the issue", said state party chair Doug Craig. "If the voters were allowed to vote we believe they would vote to legalize. Rights should never be determined by popular vote, but polling gives us a good indication on where the public stands on the issue. As Libertarians, we support giving the public the freedom to choose. Lawmakers should study the issue and allow public input into forming a better policy that stops treating otherwise law abiding citizens as criminals."

Albuquerque Decriminalization Initiative Up in the Air After City Messes Up Signature Requirements. What a mess! The city of Albuquerque told initiative organizers they needed 11,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, so to ensure that they had a comfortable cushion, organizers turned in 16,000 signatures. Then, two days after signatures were handed in, the city said it had made a mistake, and organizers needed 14,000 signatures to qualify. The measure could still qualify, but if it comes up with more than 11,000 valid signatures, but less than the 14,000 needed to make the ballot, look for legal action.

East Lansing, Michigan, Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Turns in Signatures. The Coalition for a Safer East Lansing turned in about 2,300 signatures for its decriminalization initiative Tuesday. If they end up with enough valid signatures to qualify, the measure will go on the ballot in November. Similar efforts are afoot in more than a dozen other Michigan towns and cities.

Medical Marijuana

National Bureau of Economic Research Report Finds Medical Marijuana Has Not Led to More Teen Use. The finding comes in the working paper Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students. In fact, estimates from our preferred specification are small, consistently negative, and are never statistically distinguishable from zero," the authors said.

Drug Policy

Broad Coalition Forms to Highlight Plight of Drug War's Youngest Victims. More than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States. They have all signed on to a letter of support for new policies. The signatories -- which include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Center for Constitutional Rights, Institute of the Black World, Presente.org, Students for Liberty, United We Dream, William C. Velasquez Institute, and the Working Families Organization -- are notable for their diversity in cause and focus, yet have come together around the issue of the drug war's impact on youth, at home and abroad. Click here for a full list of supporters.

Law Enforcement

Detroit Police in Yet Another Militarized Drug Blitz. In the latest in a series of mass raids under the rubric of "Operation Restore Order," heavily armored Detroit Police SWAT teams and other officers targeted the Ninth Precinct on the city's east side today. More than a hundred police were involved. The first house they hit had no drugs, the second contained some weapons and drug paraphernalia, the third resulted in the seizure of a couple dozen crack rocks.

One Seattle Police Officer Wrote 80% of Marijuana Tickets; Now, He's Off the Streets. One police officer who apparently doesn't think much of Washington's marijuana legalization law -- he wrote snide remarks on some of the tickets -- is responsible for a whopping 80% of all public pot smoking tickets written by the Seattle Police in the last six months. In one instance, Officer Randy Jokela used a coin toss to decide whom he would cite. He has been assigned to other duties while the department's Office of Professional Accountability investigates.

International

Marc Emery Vows Political Revenge on Canadian Conservatives. Out of prison in the US, but still stuck in an American deportation center awaiting his return to Canada, "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery is vowing political revenge on Canada's Conservatives. He has served nearly five years in federal prison for selling marijuana seeds after the Conservatives allowed him to be extradited from Canada. "My own government betrayed me and I'm going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge when I get home and campaign against the Conservative government," Emery said. "The whole thing is nonsense. I should never have been turned over to the US government," said the fervent Liberal supporter. Canadian elections are next year.

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US OH: OPED: Marijuana Is Not A Harmless Drug

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Columbus Dispatch, 31 Jul 2014 - MARIJUANA IS NOT A HARMLESS DRUG Marijuana has now been legalized or decriminalized in 17 states and the District of Columbia, with Maryland joining the list just last week. Ballot measures to loosen rules on marijuana use could come to a vote this year in at least five states. Twenty-one states already allow marijuana for medical use.
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US FL: Column: Support For Marijuana Will Influence Elections

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Sun-Sentinel, 31 Jul 2014 - Forget about Rick Scott and Charlie Crist duking it out over who makes the better governor. It's the fight over marijuana legalization that serves as the backdrop for the elections in Florida this fall. With polls showing more than 60 percent of voters support the legalization of medical marijuana, Florida may soon venture into the weeds by joining 23 other states and the District of Columbia in passing laws that make different varieties of pot partially legal.
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US NY: Cuomo Seeks Fast Track For Medical Pot

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Buffalo News, 31 Jul 2014 - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday asked the state Health Department to expedite availability of medical marijuana for children suffering from epilepsy. His action was met with approval by Wendy Conte, whose daughter, Anna, 9, of Orchard Park, died 12 days after the governor signed the Compassionate Care Act into law July 5. That made New York the 23rd state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.
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US CO: Column: The Myth Of Super Pot

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Boulder Weekly, 31 Jul 2014 - It's not your grandfather's pot," I keep hearing. Every time I attend a forum or turn on the TV or the Internet, there's somebody saying that today's marijuana is fearfully strong and therefore much more dangerous than it used to be. "Studies reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years," it says right on www. WhiteHouse.gov, citing studies that suggest that today's marijuana has much more THC, the cannabinoid that gives users the "high" they seek and that prohibitionists seem to dread most. High Times magazine's annual rundown of the world's most potent cannabis this year were all certified and lab tested at more than 23 percent THC. So is it more potent? Probably so. The cannabis people smoked back in the 1970s that came from Mexico and Columbia was strong enough - why would so many millions of people risk using it illegally if it wasn't at least somewhat potent? But it's not hard to understand why commercial strains today, grown under more favorable conditions and hybridized specifically to create higher THC levels, would be considered stronger.
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US NY: LTE Legalizing Marijuana: Pros And Cons

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New York Times, 31 Jul 2014 - To the Editor: Much of the country - with The New York Times regrettably in the vanguard - is advocating the reckless addition of a third drug, marijuana, to two drugs currently legal for adults: alcohol and tobacco. These two legal drugs are the leading causes of preventable illness.
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US MA: Editorial: Our View: Debate On Marijuana Prohibition Needs

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Standard-Times, 31 Jul 2014 - A look at the White House response to the New York Times' editorial advocacy for an end to the prohibition of marijuana is encouraging, but not for the reasons the federal government would hope. Its defense of prohibition is so shallow and evasive that it suggests the arguments are being undermined by reality, and might someday soon lead to the end of the socially and financially disastrous War on Drugs. The White House's rebuttal of the New York Times editorial says: "The Obama Administration continues to oppose legalization of marijuana and other illegal drugs because it flies in the face of a public health approach to reducing drug use and its consequences." The federal government's default setting is that any use of marijuana is bad. How in the name of fair, honest debate can our government adopt that position when our country is awash in alcohol? Alcohol is not an illegal drug, but where is the public health approach for a legal drug that the White House admits has a cost 15 times higher than the tax revenue it raises? Likewise, it points out that marijuana is the most frequently found illicit drug involved in car accidents. One more time: What about alcohol?
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Canada: Nearly 75,000 Canadians Were Busted For Marijuana

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The Georgia Straight, 31 Jul 2014 - NEW DATA FROM Statistics Canada reveals that last year almost 59,000 Canadians found themselves in trouble with the law for the simple possession of marijuana. That marks a 28-percent increase in the rate (per 100,000) at which Canadians were charged with possession compared to 2003.
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US IL: Column: Americans Learn To Undo Government Errors

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Chicago Tribune, 31 Jul 2014 - On Marijuana, Gay Marriage And More Newspaper editorials rarely make news - I've been writing them for a long time, and, believe me, I know - but one did the other day, when The New York Times came out for legalization of marijuana. It was an agreeable development for anyone who, like me, believes in letting people live their own lives even if they do it badly. But its significance is much bigger than that.
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