Metro, 11 Aug 2014 - David-George Oldham. Former TD employee takes case to Human Rights Commission after he says he was fired for medicating at work A former TD Bank employee in Ottawa says he was fired for using medical marijuana while on the job and he's taken his complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Metro, 11 Aug 2014 - Marc Emery, Canada's Prince of Pot, is expecting to be a free man come Tuesday. The marijuana activist has finished serving a four-year jail term in the U.S. for selling seeds online. He's been informed he'll be released from a privately run Louisiana detention centre - where he was being processed for deportation - and then placed on the next flight to Detroit. From there, he'll be walked across the border to Windsor, Ont., likely on Tuesday, according to his wife, Jodie Emery.
Globe and Mail, 11 Aug 2014 - Investigators think partygoers are unaware ecstasy they are taking is mixed with more hazardous material such as arsenic, bath salt Party drugs appear to be getting more deadly and readily available, experts are warning after a rash of overdoses and deaths at music festivals this summer.
Washington Times, 11 Aug 2014 - Police Can't Verify IDs of Violators D.C. police say four out of five violators simply ignore citations for littering - a possible indicator of the difficulty the District will have collecting fines on tickets for marijuana possession, which use the same enforcement mechanism and are off to a similarly slow rate of compliance.
The Palm Beach Post, 11 Aug 2014 - Congratulations to the Florida Medical Association for passing a resolution on July 27 to oppose Amendment 2. The FMA is the latest member of the medical community to come out overwhelmingly in opposition to allowing people to buy marijuana in stores across the state based on a recommendation - not a prescription - from a doctor. It continues to baffle me that despite this strong opposition from doctors that the media reporting on this issue are not covering this angle. After all, Amendment 2 is a medical issue, or at least that is how it is advertised.
Metro, 11 Aug 2014 - Marc Emery. Marijuana activist scheduled to return to Canada Tuesday Marc Emery - Canada's Prince of Pot - is expecting to be a free man come Tuesday. The marijuana activist, who has finished serving a four-year jail term in the U.S. for selling seeds online, has been informed he'll be placed on the next flight to Detroit (from a privately run Louisiana detention centre where he was being processed for deportation) and walked across the border to Windsor, Ont., likely on Tuesday, according to his wife, Jodie Emery.
Washington Post, 11 Aug 2014 - At the Hudson Institute, David Murray and former drug czar John Walters have responded to my post on marijuana legalization and roadway fatalities in Colorado. It's an odd response. It includes some condescending lecturing about statistics, a complete misunderstanding of my point and criticism of me for overlooking things that my post actually addresses. Before I get to their response, I'll just reiterate that my argument isn't that roadway fatalities in Colorado have fallen because of pot legalization. My argument is this: Opponents of legalization predicted a surge in roadway fatalities due to drivers under the influence of pot. After seven months, that hasn't happened. Roadway fatalities have continued to decline. Opponents of legalization also argue that we've seen an increase in arrests for "drugged driving" and that we've also seen an increase in accidents (in Colorado and in states that have legalized medical marijuana) in which one or more drivers tested positive for pot. My argument is that these tests don't measure inebriation. Therefore, we can't say that those accidents were caused by pot, and we can't say what percentage of those new drugged-driving arrests involved drivers who were actually a threat to the other people on the road. All we can say is that as pot becomes more widely available, a larger percentage of people on the roads are testing positive for pot. It doesn't necessarily mean they were high while driving, nor that they were significant impaired while driving. As pot becomes more widely available, you would expect a large percentage of people to test positive for pot from any sample group.
Southern Illinoisan, 10 Aug 2014 - CHICAGO -- As Illinois' new medical marijuana program gets underway, potential patients, growers and retailers have questions. State officials plan to hold three town hall meetings across Illinois to provide answers, particularly about the application process, which starts next month. Multiple sclerosis patient Marla Levi of Buffalo Grove plans to apply for the required ID card so she can buy marijuana legally from a state-approved dispensary. She's found that the drug helps relieve the rigidity in her legs, she said. She wants to attend one of the meetings to get more information.
Edmonton Sun, 10 Aug 2014 - Edmonton Folk Music Festival's Relaxed Atmosphere Keeps Troublemakers at Bay While several summer music festivals are taking heat for attendees overdosing on drugs, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is busy dealing with scrapes, bruises and the occasional lost child.
Tulsa World, 10 Aug 2014 - Many believe that reform to drug laws is appropriate, and I welcome that debate. I believe we need to continue to explore evidence-based prevention, access to treatment, and alternatives to incarceration. But substance abuse is a public health issue, as well as a criminal justice problem. I do not believe that legalization of marijuana solves the issues raised in the debate on drug policy. We must consider the public health problems associated with increased availability of marijuana. A review of some of the facts cited by the Office of National Drug Control Policy is important for people to consider before they decide this issue.
Albuquerque Journal, 10 Aug 2014 - When you go to urgent care, you should be able to be confident the medical professionals treating you aren't high. When you drive down the highway, you should expect a truck driver to be sober. A drug-free workplace is what most people expect - including employers. And that's what Presbyterian Healthcare Services says it is committed to and is required to provide under federal law. So, when a nurse practitioner started working in one of its centers and tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana, she was fired, even though she provided documentation that she is authorized to use medical marijuana to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Donna Smith's attorney says she did not possess or use marijuana at work and had excellent performance reviews at previous jobs.
The Mail on Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 - THE Sun newspaper, which has in the past been a keen cheerleader and bootlicker for the Blair creature, the Iraq and Afghan Wars and for David Cameron, now wants a 'rethink' on drug laws. Well, you can't rethink till you've thought in the first place. Its pretext for this irresponsible tripe is an interview with Nick Clegg, in which he claims we're too tough on drug possession. The courts, he drivels, are 'imprisoning 1,000 users a year who have not committed a crime other than possession'.
The Press Democrat, 10 Aug 2014 - Tales of mysterious men in black or camouflage dropping from helicopters into legal marijuana gardens, cutting the plants, then disappearing with nary a word to the growers, have been spreading fear among Mendocino County pot cultivators. Many believe the intruders are private, paramilitary security officers conducting vigilante anti-pot operations, but the real story likely is less intriguing, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
Southern Illinoisan, 09 Aug 2014 - MOUNT VERNON -- Chris Marler wasn't prepared for what she found Sept. 5, 2006, in her Marion County home. She planned to have lunch with her youngest son that day, but when she came home both her sons were dead.
The Daily Herald, 09 Aug 2014 - PROVO -- City mayors and a county commissioner were recently warned of the impacts the cities and county may have if recreational marijuana was ever made legal in Utah. On Thursday night at a meeting of the Utah County Council of Governments, a monthly meeting of county and city leaders, the county's Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment made a brief presentation informing the leaders of what has happened in cities and states that have already moved forward with legalizing pot.
Orlando Sentinel, 09 Aug 2014 - On May 12, 1996, Miami police raided the home of Richard Brown on a false tip that the 73-year-old retiree with no criminal record was selling drugs. After busting the door open, police claim that Richards began firing a gun, prompting officers to pump 123 rounds into his body. However, a later investigation revealed that the gun police allege Brown had used had no traces of his fingerprints on them. Brown's 14-year-old great-granddaughter, Janeka, reported he was not holding a gun when he instructed her to take shelter in a bathroom moments before he was killed.
Toronto Star, 09 Aug 2014 - My neighbour is a pot dealer. I knew this before I moved in and was not bothered by it; I don't find marijuana offensive. However, his front door is right next to our living room window and people come and go all day, having loud conversations during their transactions. They wave money and purchases around carelessly. The neighbour's door sets off a horrible alarm every time he unlocks it. This man has also made misogynistic comments when I come from the gym in my yoga outfit. Is it ethical to call the police about his activities simply due to my dislike of this man, when I don't object to the fact he sells marijuana? - ---
The Oakland Press, 09 Aug 2014 - When Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, nobody knew exactly how would it affect the state's economy. But when the numbers starting coming in, it turned out that pot legalization proved to be a good source of revenue for the state. One report said Colorado expected about $184 million in tax revenues in the first 18 months since the law passed.
Chicago Sun-Times, 09 Aug 2014 - Seriously ill people seeking to use medical marijuana in Illinois can start filling out the application to belong to the program. Illinois officials on Friday posted the nine-page patient application online.
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Aug 2014 - As bizarre as it might seem, ecstasy seems to restructure a patient's relationship to trauma ... permanently WHEN IT COMES to psychedelics, an under-the-radar nonprofit research group is opening people's minds.