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US MT: OPED: President of Butte Cares: Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
Montana Standard, 21 Mar 2016 - With the recent news coverage regarding the Montana State Supreme Court's ruling on marijuana laws and the Montana Standard's editorial staff's response, it seems like the perfect opportunity to provide some clarifying facts about marijuana. Marijuana is not a harmless natural compound. The "medical marijuana" movement is a well-developed strategic plan to dupe the common man into believing that an illicit, illegal drug, with no proven medical benefit, should be used as medicine. The marijuana industry used the "medical" marijuana platform as part of a strategic plan to desensitize the perception of harm and normalize marijuana use. The result of this industry is to accomplish what has happened in Colorado, Washington state and Washington D.C., specifically legalized "recreational" use of marijuana.
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US CA: Butte County Department Asks for Additional Staff for

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 21 Mar 2016 - Oroville - Butte County's development services department is asking to add four positions to its staff primarily to help enforce the county's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. The Butte County Board of Supervisors will consider the request during its Tuesday meeting. The item was on the consent agenda, meaning it may be approved without discussion unless a supervisor or member of the public requests that the item be heard separately.
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Australia: Weighing The Cost Of Marijuana Prohibition

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Mercury, 21 Mar 2016 - THE average Mackay pot smoker spends $336.61 on an ounce of medium-quality marijuana, translating to about $12 a gram when buying in bulk. For what is ostensibly a wild-growing weed, that is some serious money weighing down the pockets of drug dealers.
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US PA: Editorial: Medical Pot Suspicion Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
The Times-Tribune, 21 Mar 2016 - Amid a long and dispiriting budget battle, Republican state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf found common ground last week on an important bill to expand the arsenal of safe drugs used to combat pain. The House passed a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, 149-43. In the process, representatives rejected a series of poison-pill amendments by misguided law-and-order advocates that would have made the bill impossible to implement in practice.
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US PA: Editorial: Medicinal Pot Compassionate, Not Criminal

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
Standard-Speaker, 21 Mar 2016 - Amid a long and dispiriting budget battle, Republican state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf found common ground last week on an important bill to expand the arsenal of safe drugs used to combat pain. The House passed a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, 149-43. In the process, representatives rejected a series of poison-pill amendments by misguided law-and-order advocates that would have made the bill impossible to implement in practice.
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US PA: Editorial: Medical Marijuana Bill an Effort to Help

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
The Citizens' Voice, 21 Mar 2016 - Amid a long and dispiriting budget battle, Republican state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf found common ground last week on an important bill to expand the arsenal of safe drugs used to combat pain. The House passed a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, 149-43. In the process, representatives rejected a series of poison-pill amendments by misguided law-and-order advocates that would have made the bill impossible to implement in practice.
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US OH: Dewine Rejects Pot Ballot Effort

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 21 Mar 2016 - Attorney General Mike DeWine has, for a fourth time, rejected one group's effort to get a medical marijuana question on Ohio's ballot. DeWine said Friday he found at least 11 defects in the latest constitutional amendment proposed by the group Ohio Medical Cannabis Care LLC.
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US ND: Editorial: Yes, It's Possible To Prevent Drug Abuse

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:00
Grand Forks Herald, 21 Mar 2016 - Listen. Do you hear it? It's the sound of the system working-the system, that is, to prevent more young people from using illegal drugs.
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European Drug Reform Stalwart Joep Oomen Dead at 54

Marijuana (STDW) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 22:26

Joep Oomen, a key figure in European civil society drug reform efforts, has died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Antwerp, Belgium. He was found by colleagues dead in bed Friday when they went looking for him after he failed to show up for a meeting. He was 54 years old.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]A veteran activist with more than a quarter century of organizing under his belt, Oomen was the cofounder of numerous drug reform NGOs, including the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies (ENCOD), the Trekt Uw Plant cannabis cultivation social club in Antwerp, and the Dutch Union for the Abolition of Cannabis Prohibtion (VOC).

Joep's vision of a world without drug war drew his attention beyond Europe's borders as well. He had been active with groups like Mama Coca and Friends of the Coca Leaf in working to see the coca plant treated with the respect it deserves, and had been a steady presence at organizing around the United Nations' international drug prohibition bureaucracy.

"Joep was the kind of activist you only very rarely come across," wrote VOC chairman Derrick Bergman. "He combined a seemingly inexhaustible drive and perseverance with impeccable integrity and transparency. Joep spoke fluent Spanish since his studies in Amsterdam in the eighties, he became half-Flemish in Antwerp, but in the end he was primarily a world citizen. I consider myself lucky to have known Joep and to have worked closely with him for eight years with the VOC and Encod. He was not only a hugely effective and inspiring activist, but also a very dear friend."Oomen was present at many international drug reform conferences, where he shared his knowledge and experience about Europe and eagerly sucked up the latest information from around the world. He was also a key source on European drug policy reforms for this newsletter (Drug War Chronicle), always responsive to our requests for information and clarifying the sometimes murky goings on across the water.

We consider Joep a friend and colleague. We are shocked and saddened by his untimely departure.

He leaves behind a wife, Beatriz, two sons, and a grandson.

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US PA: Medical Marijuana Bill Approval Pleases Mom

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
Daily Times, 20 Mar 2016 - WORCESTER - The passage of a medical marijuana bill this week by the state House has given hope to a Worcester mother who treats her 12-year-old son for daily seizures. "Ryan was nine months old when he was diagnosed with infantile spasms. The doctors call it intractable epilepsy now that he is older," said Erin McCann. "He has seizures that include head drops of 20 to 40 times over 15 minutes. He has two (seizure) clusters a day from this condition."
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US PA: Decriminalizing Marijuana Gaining Support Among W-B

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
The Citizens' Voice, 20 Mar 2016 - Proponents Say Potential Ordinance Would Refocus Police Resources WILKES-BARRE - Passage of an ordinance downgrading the offense of possession of drug paraphernalia has sparked serious discussion among city officials - on marijuana decriminalization.
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US IL: Hope Dealer

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 20 Mar 2016 - Tim Ryan, a Former Heroin Addict Who Lost His Son to the Drug, Aims to Bring Users into Rehab and Recovery, but Some Question His Methods Two years after emerging from prison on drug-related charges, Tim Ryan has become a beacon for families scarred by Chicago's heroin crisis.
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US OR: Editorial: New Marijuana Law Creates Unintended

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 20 Mar 2016 - The authors of Ballot Measure 91, which legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana by Oregon adults, took care to leave the state's existing medical marijuana program alone. But the Legislature, in the course of trying to fashion a workable recreational industry, made changes that affected medical growers, especially in Jackson County. County officials say their hands are tied by what lawmakers did regarding medical marijuana production on land zoned rural residential. But they need to do more to ease the impact on existing medical growers.
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South Africa: Review: The War On Drugs Needs A Big Rethink

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
CityPress, 20 Mar 2016 - Gang Town, the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award-winning book by Don Pinnock, is being released this month and is a comprehensive and relatable look at gangsterism on the Cape Flats. This edited extract looks at how the international 'war on drugs' means a war on our youth that need not be happening. Gang Town by Don Pinnock Tafelberg 280 pages R225
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US CT: Editorial: Extend Marijuana Use to Ease Child Suffering

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 20 Mar 2016 - The state legislature should pass a law legalizing the use of marijuana for patients under 18. Children who have no other options should not be denied this medicine. The worst pain a parent can imagine is the loss of a child. Almost as devastating is to watch a child suffer. If the suffering continues for a long time, or repeats over and over again, the helplessness is agonizing for parents, who would do anything to stop it.
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Canada: Driven To Distraction By Measuring Pot Use

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Mar 2016 - With the clock running, researchers struggle to find accurate ways to determine at what point the drug impairs a motorist's abilities The federal government faces a critical challenge as it moves to legalize marijuana: It will be much harder to detect and charge people who toke and drive than people who drink and drive. Some researchers fear that it may be impossible.
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US PA: Medical Marijuana Bill Approval Pleases Local Mom

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 07:00
The Reporter, 19 Mar 2016 - Erin Mccann's 12-Year-Old Son Has Intractable Epilepsy, May Benefit From Drug WORCESTER - The passage of a medical marijuana bill this week by the state House has given hope to a Worcester mother who treats her 12-yearold son for daily seizures.
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South Africa: Dog Shot In Police Raid On Herbalist's Home

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 07:00
The Herald, 19 Mar 2016 - Owner, SPCA Plan to Lay Charges After 'Traumatic Event', Writes Yolande Stander A GARDEN Route herbalist who says she is battling to come to terms with the trauma of her dog being shot and killed by police will institute a civil claim following what she says was an extremely traumatic event.
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US NJ: Column: Utilize Police Discretion Regarding Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 19 Mar 2016 - I'm passing this special JOINT to the Trenton Police Officers. Dear Trenton Police Officers. I am not your enemy, none of you should be mad at me for ignoring the marijuana laws. In fact I think you should ignore them as well. They do in the suburbs. You know the potheads are a peaceful bunch. You know arresting someone for marijuana ruins his/ her life more than marijuana use ever could. Some of your spouses, siblings, offspring and parents are potheads. But you continue to arrest non-family potheads here in Trenton.
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Chronicle AM: VT Gov Urges Lawmakers to Pass Legal Pot Bill, House Dems Urge Obama to Stand Tall at UNGASS, More... (3/18/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 20:59

The taxman is happy in Oregon, Vermont's governor would be happy if the House passed the pot bill, New Orleans is a signature away from decriminalizing pot, Wisconsin's governor signs a package of bills to tamp down heroin and pain pill use, and more.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Oregon Took in $3.48 Million in Marijuana Taxes in January. Even though legal marijuana is still for sale only through medical marijuana dispensaries, the state still sold an estimated $14 million worth of non-medical weed, resulting in the $3 million-plus funding gift to the state. State officials had predicted the take would be about $1 million.

Vermont Governor Urges House to Pass Legalization Bill. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) told legislators "the time is now to take a smarter approach to marijuana" in a statement released Friday. "The stakes are important. The bill passed by the Vermont Senate would represent the most careful, deliberate attempt to regulate marijuana in America. Before passing the bill, the Senate took testimony from experts, asked the right questions, and learned lessons from those states that have legalized marijuana already. The result is a bill to create a system which would represent a huge improvement over the status quo….The choice in front of Vermonters and their elected representatives in the next couple of months is whether we want our state to take a rational step to end an antiquated War on Drugs policy that almost everyone agrees has failed. We can take a smarter approach in Vermont and be prepared for whatever other states around us do. But we must have the courage to do it." The House has taken up the legalization bill, Senate Bill 241, this week.  

New Orleans City Council Approves Decriminalization. The council voted unanimously Thursday night to approve an ordinance allowing police to write tickets instead of arresting people caught in possession of small amounts of marijuana. Fines will start at $40 and be capped at $100. The ordinance still needs to be signed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Package Targeting Heroin, Pain Pills. The package signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) includes Assembly Bill 364, which requires doctors to check a database whenever they fill or refill a prescription for abusable drugs; Assembly Bill 365, which requires police to provide information to the Prescription Drug Monitoring database when they find evidence of prescription drugs being abused or stolen; Assembly Bill 366, which requires pain clinics to be certified by the state; Assembly Bill 367, which requires methadone clinics to provide relapse and other information to the state;  Assembly Bill 658, which makes it a crime to possess a use a masking agent to foil a drug test; and Assembly Bill 659, which streamlines rules for opioid treatment programs.

Drug Policy

House Democrats Urge Obama to Go Big at the UNGASS on Drugs. Fourteen House Democrats have urged President Obama to use the UNGASS as a bully pulpit for a call for substantive global drug reforms and moving away from failed criminalization strategies. Led by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (OR) and John Conyers (MI), the group urged the president to "take full advantage of this timely and powerful event to communicate our progress toward a more effective, science-based approach to drugs to the rest of the world." The Democrats called for Obama himself to deliver the US position before the General Assembly. "That unique platform gives you the opportunity to elevate the 2016 UNGASS on the World Drug Problem and change the way drug policy is approached, not only domestically, but also around the world, establishing the United States’ commitment to a new approach on an international scale," the letter reads.

International

Canada Petition Calling for Full Marijuana Legalization Gaining Steam. A petition asking the Canadian government to fully repeal marijuana prohibition is picking up signatures, especially in British Columbia. There are more than 12,000 signatures so far, more than 5,000 of them from BC. The petition launched by federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May calls for removing marijuana from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, ending police actions against existing storefronts, granting of pardons and expungements of criminal records to pot criminals, and leaving the regulation and taxation of marijuana commerce to the states. The Liberal government has said it is going to legalize it, but it hasn't said how or when. 

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