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CN BC: Farm Tax Status Cut For Pot Growers

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Richmond News, 27 Jun 2014 - Commercial medical marijuana operators in B.C. will not be allowed to claim farm tax status after the provincial government created a new business classification for the federally licensed facilities. The new classification is in response to a Health Canada law that came into effect in April that regulates new commercial facilities that produce, process and distribute medical marijuana and prohibits production in residential homes.
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US PA: Column: Some Not Turned On By Legal Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 27 Jun 2014 - BETHESDA, Md. - From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana. For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol, Volkow has two main answers: We don't entirely know, and, simultaneously, that is precisely the point.
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US: Marijuana Legal Despite Lack Of Data

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 27 Jun 2014 - NEW YORK - New York moved last week to join 22 states in legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a diverse array of debilitating ailments, encompassing epilepsy and cancer, Crohn's disease and Parkinson's. Yet there is no rigorous scientific evidence that marijuana effectively treats the symptoms of many of the illnesses for which states have authorized its use. Instead, experts say, lawmakers and the authors of public referendums have acted largely on the basis of animal studies and heart-wrenching anecdotes.
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CN ON: Driving 'High' Is Impaired Driving

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Northern News, 27 Jun 2014 - KIRKLAND LAKE - With Canada Day fast approaching the Kirkland Lake Drug and Alcohol Awareness coalition is reminding people who drive or ride in motor vehicles that 'driving high is impaired driving.' Last year KLDAAC in partnership with the Kirkland Lake Road Safety Coalition, the Timiskaming Road Safety Coalition and the Timiskaming Health Unit had one billboard put up on Highway 66 and one as you enter New Liskeard from the north, with the message that 'driving high is impaired driving'.
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US CO: Speakers In Aspen Contend Big Money Is Moving Into Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
The Aspen Times, 27 Jun 2014 - The session was titled "Is Big Marijuana the Next Big Tobacco?" at the Aspen Ideas Festival's focus on health Thursday night, but the two featured speakers insisted there is no question. Ben Cort, of the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation in Denver, and Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, predicted that Colorado will rue the day it approved Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana use.
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Austria: More Seek Treatment As Marijuana Use Rises

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 27 Jun 2014 - Global cannabis use seemed to have decreased, reflecting a decline in some European countries, but a lower perceived risk has led to more use in the United States, a U.N. report says. VIENNA - More Americans are consuming cannabis as their perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugs agency said yesterday, suggesting liberalization could further increase its use among the young.
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Chronicle AM -- June 26, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 17:23

It's UN anti-drug day, and protests to mark it are going on in at least 80 cities around the world, House Republicans move to block DC decrim, the Oregon legalization initiative looks set to make the ballot, the ACLU has a strong new report out on SWAT teams, and more. Let's get to it:

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Cannabis Business Summit Draws Big Crowd in Denver. More than 1,200 people attended the Cannabis Business Summit sponsored by the National Cannabis Industry Association in Denver this week. Look for a Chronicle report on it in coming days.

Oregon Legalization Initiative to Hand in Signatures Today. It looks like Oregonians will vote on marijuana legalization this November. The New Approach Oregon initiative campaign will hand in 145,000 signatures to state officials today; they only need some 87,000 valid ones to qualify for the ballot.

House Committee Votes to Block Decriminalization in DC. The House Appropriations Committee yesterday passed an amendment to the 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill intended to prevent the District of Columbia from implementing its recently passed law decriminalizing the possession of marijuana. It also has the potential to end the District's medical marijuana program. The amendment, offered by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), passed by a vote of 28-21. Reform advocates will seek a floor vote to remove this amendment from the bill when it proceeds to the House floor.

No Vote on Legalization in the Rhode Island Legislature. The 2014 legislative session has ended without the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act never coming up for a vote. Maybe next year.

Oakland Shuts Down a Trio of Measure Z Speakeasies. For the past decade, recreational marijuana retail outlets have quietly operated in Oakland, protected by Measure Z, which makes the private use of marijuana by adults law enforcement's lowest priority. But in recent weeks, Oakland police have raided and shut down three of the speakeasies. The police say their enforcement actions are driven by complaints.

Sentencing

Two More Cosponsors for the Smarter Sentencing Act. The Smarter Sentencing Act has picked up two more cosponsors, bringing the total to 41, 27 Democrats and 14 Republicans. The latest cosponsors are Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA).

Senate State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill to Include Sentencing Reform Language. Advocates working with Senate Judiciary Chair Pat Leahy's (D-VT) office report that the Senate committee report on the issue will include language making sentencing reform part of US foreign policy and an issue the State Department promotes when working on police training and judicial reform in other countries. Click the link to read the language.

Law Enforcement

ACLU Issues Report on Militarization of American Policing. The American Civil Liberties Union has released a new report on the excessive militarization of American policing, War Comes Home. The report concentrates on the use of SWAT teams, and fnds that 80% of SWAT deployments were not hostage rescue or other dangerous missions, but to serve search warrants, mainly for drugs. The report also examines the abuses associated with SWAT teams. This is strong stuff.

International

Global Demonstrations Against Drug War Today Mark UN Anti-Drug Day. Protestors in at least 80 cities around the world are taking the opportunity of UN anti-drug day to call not for more drug war, but for less. Click on the link for more details.

British Khat Ban Now in Effect. The British ban on the East African herbal stimulant plant khat has now gone into effect. There are fears the Somali community will be targeted and that a black market will now emerge.

British Doctors Reject Marijuana Legalization, Urge Cigarette Ban for Those Born After 2000. Meeting at their annual conference, members of the British Medical Association rejected a proposal to call for legalizing marijuana, but voted in favor of a ban on cigarettes for people born after 2000. The BMA's rejection of legalization was "both unscientific and unethical," said Steve Rolles of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

Uruguay's First Grower's Club Begins Registration Process. The Association of Cannabis Studies of Uruguay has registered to become the first officially recognized marijuana growing club in the country. The club headed by Laura Blanco will have 40 members. Joining a club and enjoying the fruits of collective grows is one of three ways to legally obtain marijuana under Uruguay's new law. The other options are registering to buy it from pharmacies or growing your own individually.

Mexico Wants More Black Hawk Choppers for Anti-Drug Activities. Mexico has formally requested to purchase five UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for it war on drugs. The choppers are to be equipped with GPS/inertial navigation systems, forward-looking radar systems, and 10 7.62mm machine guns each. The proposed deal would be worth an estimated $225 million

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CN BC: New Marijuana Tax Rules Welcomed

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Chief, 26 Jun 2014 - Licensed grow ops to be taxed as industrial users in B.C. A local lawmaker this week welcomed the B.C. government's move to exclude federally licensed medical marijuana grow operations from the list of farm uses for taxation purposes.
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Canada: OPED: Less Heroism, More Helping

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 26 Jun 2014 - Today, we observe the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In a year that has already seen everything from the legalization of cannabis in two U.S. states to the Pope condemning drug legalization, Canadians should take pause and assess where our drug policy is, and where it should be heading. In 1998, the UN aimed to eradicate all coca and poppy plants within a decade, but in 2009, that goal was abandoned in favour of trying to keep drug use below 5 per cent of the world population. This shift to what academics have called the "less heroic stance" of the new drug war has been mirrored elsewhere, as societies realized that enforcement-based prohibition models simply cannot win.
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US NM: Column: Health Official Sees Risk In Legalized Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 26 Jun 2014 - BETHESDA, Md. - From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana. For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol, Volkow has two main answers: We don't entirely know, and, simultaneously, that is precisely the point.
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Australia: Study Clouds Thinking On Cannabis

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Australian, 26 Jun 2014 - A GENETIC link between marijuana and schizophrenia may have been discovered in a groundbreaking study of more than 2000 Australians. The study - led by King's College London and involving the Queensland Brain Institute and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute - examined the genetic risk profile of 2082 otherwise healthy Australians.
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US HI: Pot Dispensaries Long Overdue, Task Force Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 26 Jun 2014 - Pilot Programs Only Delay Establishment of a Viable System, One Patient Argues With 13,000 people registered for the state medical marijuana program - - among the first in the nation when formed 14 years ago - the time for pilot projects and studies has long passed, said Karl Malivuk, a registered patient.
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US OR: Edu: Campaign Qualifies Marijuana Regulation for

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Oregon Daily Emerald, 26 Jun 2014 - New Approach Oregon turned in at least 145,710 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State Thursday morning, easily qualifying a measure to regulate marijuana on Oregon's November ballot. This measure will allow voters to decide on marijuana regulation, legalization and taxation. "It's time to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on treating marijuana use as a crime," New Approach Oregon's press secretary Peter Zuckerman said in a press release. "Prohibition of marijuana is ineffective, costs the state tax revenue and fuels violence. It's time to try something new."
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US CA: OPED: Grow Hemp, Make Money

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 26 Jun 2014 - After a 77-year break, hemp plants are growing in American soil again. Right now, in fact. If you hear farmers from South Carolina to Hawaii shouting "God bless America," the reason isn't because Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper (he did). Nor is it because the canvas that put the "covered" in pioneer covered wagons was made of hemp, nor that the hemp webbing in his parachute saved George H.W. Bush's life in World War II. Nope. It's because U.S. policy is finally acknowledging that hemp can help restore our agricultural economy, play a key role in dealing with climate change and, best of all, allow American family farmers to get in on a hemp market that, just north of us in Canada, is verging on $1 billion a year.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 02:25

A Senate companion to the successful House DEA defunding amendment has been filed, New York becomes the 23rd medical marijuana state, a CBD bill is moving in North Carolina, Rhode Island retrenches, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Thursday, US Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker cosponsored a DEA defunding amendment in the Senate. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have cosponsored an amendment to the Justice Department funding bill that would shield medical marijuana patients and providers from the attention of the DEA in states where it is legal. The House passed such an amendment at the end of last month. While an early vote was expected, conflicts between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have caused the overall appropriation bill to be delayed.

California

Last Tuesday, the Berkeley city council moved toward permitting a fourth dispensary. The council voted to adopt regulations promulgated by the Medical Cannabis Commission that will set up a process to select a fourth dispensary for the East Bay city of 115,000. This more than three years after voters approved Measure T in 2010, which called for allowing a fourth dispensary. The commission had recommended six dispensaries, but that was too much for the council, which approved one new one in principle and said it would review the situation in a year.

On Tuesday, the Drug Policy Alliance strongly criticized the statewide medical marijuana regulation bill. Senate Bill 1262, which was set to go before the Assembly Public Safety Committee the same day, would leave thousands of patients without access to their medicine, fails to establish effective statewide regulation, and doesn't deal with edibles, the group said in an analysis posted on the California legislature's web site. The bill has already passed the Senate, but still must get through the Assembly.

Also on Tuesday, Desert Hot Springs city leaders expressed support for allowing dispensaries and were quite frank in saying it was all about the tax revenues. The city has an existing moratorium that will have to be removed. Leaders set no timeline at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Also on Tuesday, Lake County supervisors placed a restrictive cultivation measure on the November ballot. The measure would ban collective gardens and limit outdoor parcels to four plants. It is being backed by a group called the Emerald Unity Alliance.

Also on Tuesday, Santa Clara County supervisors voted for a temporary moratorium on dispensaries. The move was in response to San Jose's new regulations on dispensaries and cultivation, which supervisors fear would push them out into the county. Supervisors want time to see how to respond and will revisit the issue at an August 5 meeting.

New York

Last Friday, New York become the 23rd medical marijuana state. The state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) reached a last-minute compromise on medical marijuana, and the state Senate and Assembly approved the compromise bill, Program Bill 57. Gov. Cuomo says he will sign the bill into law, making New York the 23rd medical marijuana state. The bill is more limited than many patients and advocates would have preferred. It forbids smoking medical marijuana, although patients may vaporize or consume it in edibles. It also forbids using the raw plant. And it limits access to those with specified qualifying conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.

North Carolina

Last Thursday, a limited CBD medical marijuana bill won House committee votes. A bill that would allow some patients to use a high-CBD cannabis oil was approved by the House Health Committee Wednesday and the House Finance Committee. The House approved the measure, House Bill 1220, in a floor vote on Friday.

On Wednesday, the limited CBD medical marijuana bill won a Senate committee vote. House Bill 1220 was approved by the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.

Rhode Island

Last Friday, the legislature amended the state's medical marijuana law. The legislature has amended the state's medical marijuana law to require national criminal background checks on all caregiver applicants and the mandatory revocation of the caregiver registry ID cards for those convicted of a felony. The bill, House Bill 7610, won final approval by the Senate last Friday. It also allows landlords not to lease to cardholders who want to grow and imposes weight, plant, and seedling limits on growing co-ops.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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House Committee Votes to Block DC Decrim

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:10

The GOP-dominated House Appropriations Committee stuck a thumb in the eye of democratic governance in the nations capital this morning.

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US CO: Column: Council Delays Recreational-Marijuana Decision

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 25 Jun 2014 - Though the city of Colorado Springs previously allocated $250,000 for a November election - which it's estimated would cost between $465,000 and $700,000 - City Council decided Tuesday to put off discussion about allowing recreational-marijuana stores and potentially refer it to a crowded April ballot in order to save money. The ultimate decision of whether to act or not will have to come by the end of next January. "When I found out the cost of this, I was in sticker shock," said Council President Keith King. "I just felt that ... I would not want to support that kind of money."
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US CO: Food Safety A New Frontier For Legal Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 25 Jun 2014 - DENVER (AP) - The marijuana in those pot brownies isn't the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. The industry and regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are made. The thriving edible-marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements - due to take effect in October - to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.
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US WA: Cowlitz PUD Approves Policy to Allow Power to Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
The Daily News, 25 Jun 2014 - Cowlitz PUD will let the lights shine on recreational marijuana businesses in the county, but with a caveat that might protect the district from prosecution and lawsuits and shield ratepayers from higher prices. The commissioners voted 2-1 at Tuesday's meeting to adopt a policy for marijuana growers, processors and retailers applying for PUD electricity. It provides an open door for those businesses, but puts them over a trap door in case the utility is threatened by federal prosecution or the loss of cheap energy.
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CN BC: B.C. Prevents Commercial Marijuana Grow-ops From

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 25 Jun 2014 - VANCOUVER - Medical marijuana producers setting up shop in British Columbia won't be able to claim a lucrative property tax break designed for farms and other agricultural operations, the provincial government said Tuesday. Mayors in B.C. have been warning for months that commercial grow-ops could get out of paying nearly 90 per cent of their property taxes if they're lumped together with farms, even if they're operating on expensive industrial land.
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