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US MA: Legalize Pot End Discrimination

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 22 Jul 2016 - As a 29 year-old bi-racial male raised in both the inner-city and suburbs of Worcester, having Black, White, and Latino family members and friends who responsibly consume marijuana, I repeatedly experienced and witnessed the disproportionate enforcement of marijuana laws in a racially biased manner. Despite virtually identical usage rates among whites and non-whites, research has consistently found that punitive marijuana laws disproportionately target non-white citizens. A recent study from the ACLU found that in 2010 - even after Massachusetts had decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana - black citizens in Massachusetts were four times more likely to be charged for marijuana possession than whites.
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CN BC: Editorial: Pot Issue Not Going Away

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 22 Jul 2016 - In a Solomon-like decision Tuesday, council separated out the issue of storefront marijuana sales from whether Jukka Laurio should have a business licence. Laurio, who owns the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, has been selling cannabis products from his operation for about 15 months. After his business licence was suspended earlier this year, Laurio asked for a public hearing to appeal the decision to council, arguing there was a big demand for medical marijuana and that sales of the drug were in a grey area as Canada awaits promised legalization.
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CN ON: Pot Advocates To Protest, Block Traffic

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 22 Jul 2016 - POT ADVOCATES TO PROTEST, BLOCK TRAFFIC If you're held up downtown, it could be due to a pot protest. A medical marijuana advocacy group calling itself Patients Lives Matter says it will block traffic in Ottawa and hold other peaceful protests until the federal government listens to its demands.
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US CA: Competing Pot Tax Mendocino County Measures Headed to

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 22 Jul 2016 - Mendocino County voters can expect two competing marijuana tax initiatives on the November ballot, one proffered by county officials and one by cannabis cultivators. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a 2.5 percent business tax on gross sales from marijuana cultivation and dispensaries, along with a $2,500 annual fee on marijuana distributors, delivery services, nurseries and testing laboratories. That business tax could be raised in increments of 2.5 percent up to a maximum of 10 percent, whether on medicinal or recreational pot.
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US: Player WHO Sought Approval for Medical Marijuana Will

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 22 Jul 2016 - Eugene Monroe, a veteran offensive tackle who became the first active N.F.L. player to publicly ask the league to let players use medical marijuana, will retire after seven seasons. In recent years, many retired players have urged the league to lift the ban on the use of medical marijuana. In March, Monroe echoed those calls, saying that medical marijuana is safer and healthier than the prescription painkillers that teams routinely give players.
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US CA: Cannabis Technology Accelerator Opens In California

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Jul 2016 - As Californians consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana use, a few entrepreneurs are already casting their vote in favor of the state's cannabis industry. The group, called Canopy San Diego, is accepting applications for its pot-themed technology accelerator, a first for Southern California. The concept is to find and fund early-stage companies with ideas that can assist the state's dispensaries and growers. That could include topics as diverse as water conservation tools, more optimal packaging, payroll software and analytics.
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Chronicle AM: Greece Moves Toward MedMJ, Italy to Debate Marijuana Legalization, More... (7/21/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 20:49

There's a job opening for an experienced marijuana activist in DC, Libertarian Gary Johnson endorses California's legalization initiative, three European countries are making marijuana policy moves, and more.

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Endorses California Legalization Initiative. Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who heads the Libertarian Party presidential ticket, has endorsed California's Prop 64 legalization initiative. "Why do I support it?" Johnson responded to a question while leaving the Republican National Convention. "Whether you agree with marijuana legalization or not, you have friends, family, coworkers that use marijuana," the former New Mexico governor said. "Are they criminal? No, they're not criminal." California Democrats have already endorsed the measure, and the national Democratic Party recently adopted a "pathway to legalization" as part of its platform. The Republicans, on the other hand, recently rejected supporting even medical marijuana.

Job Opening: NORML Seeks a New Director. In the wake of the resignation of long-time executive director Allen St. Pierre, the nation's largest marijuana consumer group is seeking a new leader. Click on the link for information about job requirements and more.

Drug Testing

New OSHA Rule Warns on Blanket After-Injury Drug Testing. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule for the electronic submission of injury and illness data for certain employers, and in doing so, the agency warns that "OSHA believes the evidence in the rulemaking record shows that blanket post-injury drug testing policies deter proper reporting." Policies mandating automatic post-injury drug testing can discourage reporting of accidents and injuries, OSHA said, adding that blanket testing may be inappropriate: "Although drug testing of employees may be a reasonable workplace policy in some situations, it is often perceived as an invasion of privacy, so if an injury or illness is very unlikely to have been caused by employee drug use, or if the method of drug testing does not identify impairment but only use at some time in the recent past, requiring the employee to be drug tested may inappropriately deter reporting. To strike the appropriate balance here, drug testing policies should limit post-incident testing to situations in which employee drug use is likely to have contributed to the incident, and for which the drug test can accurately identify impairment caused by drug use."

Law Enforcement

Maryland Gives Up on Plan to Ban Letters to Prisoners to Fight Drug Smuggling. State corrections officials have withdrawn a proposed ban on sending letters to prison inmates in an a bid to stop the smuggling of drugs that can be soaked into photos and paper. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer had proposed the idea last month, but has now folded in the face of opposition from lawmakers and civil liberties advocates, who called the ban extreme and unconstitutional.

International

Italian Parliament Takes Up Marijuana Legalization on Monday. The Chamber of Deputies is expected to debate a legalization bill on Monday. The bill would legalize the possession of up to 15 grams at home and five grams outside the home, the cultivation of up to five plants for personal use, the creation of cannabis social clubs, and a regulated and licensed marijuana industry in the country.

Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Ireland. An opposition member of the Dail has introduced a medical marijuana bill. Deputy Brid Smith of the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit Party filed the measure, which envisions a Cannabis Regulation Authority and a licensing regime. The bill will be debated later as a private member's bill.

Greece Moving Forward on Medical Marijuana. The Health Ministry this week announced the formation of a working group of academics, psychiatrists, and scientific and legal advisers for the prime minister, the health ministry, and the justice ministry to begin examining issues around medical marijuana. The group's task is to propose feasible regulations for medical marijuana, and it is charged to submit its proposals by the end of October.

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Canada: Marijuana Companies Register As Lobbyists

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 21 Jul 2016 - In another sign that Canada's booming marijuana industry has gone corporate, dozens of companies have registered as paid lobbyists ahead of Ottawa's plan to legalize the drug's recreational use next spring. As of March 19, the federal government's lobbyist registry listed 88 paid positions with interests in marijuana or cannabis. The companies named range from small, independent businesses like Vancouver's Eden Medicinal Society to large corporations, including the Loblaws chain of more than 2,000 supermarkets across Canada.
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US CA: Nevada County Marijuana: County Releases Draft Grow

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 21 Jul 2016 - Nevada County Supervisors have released a proposed interim marijuana cultivation ordinance in advance of Tuesday's meeting, when supervisors are scheduled to replace their own implemented ban with the new ordinance. Nevada County officials on Thursday released the interim marijuana grow ordinance that supervisors will vote on next week, a document calling for no residential grows, a maximum of 25 plants in approved zones and a fee structure calling for a per-day, per-plant fine.
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Uruguay: Pot Gets A Contest

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
West Australian, 21 Jul 2016 - Montevideo (AP) - Uruguay is home to the world's first government-regulated national marketplace for pot, so it's not surprising that growers have a competition for best marijuana. At the Cannabis Cup in Montevideo over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavour, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops.
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US FL: Low-Dose Medicinal Pot To Be Fired Up Next Week

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Jul 2016 - TALLAHASSEE- The first medical marijuana will be available in Florida next week. Trulieve, a grower and dispensary based in Tallahassee, said Wednesday that it has received permission from the Department of Health to start selling a strain of the drug low in THC, the chemical that causes a euphoric high. The Florida Legislature in 2014 legalized that variety of cannabis as a medical option for children with severe epilepsy and cancer. This is the first dispensing license fromthe state health department, Trulieve says. "We are happy to announce that we have passed all inspections-from growing and processing to dispensing- and are the very first medical cannabis provider in the state to receive these formal authorizations," Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in a statement.
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US MD: Delegate's Role In Cannabis Firm Draws Scrutiny

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 21 Jul 2016 - Morhaim a Key Advocate for Medical Marijuana in State A state lawmaker who has been a leading advocate for Maryland's medical marijuana law said Wednesday that he wished he had been more transparent about his business connection to the cannabis industry.
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US PA: Wolf Signs Hemp Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Standard-Speaker, 21 Jul 2016 - Harrisburg - Three months after Pennsylvania legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law Wednesday allowing for greater cultivation of hemp, another cannabis plant. Farmers will be able to cultivate hemp in connection with state and academic research program as a result. The state Agriculture Department will oversee these programs. The law brings Pennsylvania in line with a recent federal law that allows hemp pilot programs at universities involved with agricultural research.
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Philippines: Average 10 People Killed Daily in War on Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 21 Jul 2016 - In the 20 days since President Duterte took office, about 10 drug personalities were killed daily all over the country. Records of the Philippine National Police (PNP) show that 207 suspected drug pushers and users were killed from July 1 to 20. PNP records also show that 2,789 drug pushers and users were arrested while 114,833 surrendered during Duterte's first 20 days in office.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Does the Pot Industry Need Civil

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 21 Jul 2016 - Dear Stoner: My dad has expressed an interest in getting in on all this marijuana business; as a supportive daughter, I'm wondering if there is any opportunity for a veteran civil engineer in the industry. Marisa
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US CA: Column: Pot On The Move

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 21 Jul 2016 - Would my medical marijuana recommendation be legal in other states that also honor recommendations? - -Dee Starr Generally, it depends on the state. Michigan and Maine will welcome anyone with a medical cannabis card to visit their dispensaries. However, states like Arizona will allow you to legally possess cannabis if you have an out-of-state letter, but they won't let you buy cannabis. Nevada is supposed to honor your letter, but the cops that wrote me up in 2015 didn't see my valid letter of recommendation as a legal defense allowing me to have marijuana in my possession.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:37

Some senators take a tiny first step on medical marijuana, a California pot-growing county approves a massive medical marijuana farm, Montanans will have the chance to reinstate their medical marijuana system in November, and more.

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Last Friday, a CBD research bill was filed in the Senate. Four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tom Tillis (R-NC), filed the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269). The bill would require the attorney general to determine whether CBD should be considered a separate substance from marijuana and whether it should be rescheduled or removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

California

Last Friday, Humboldt County approved a massive medical marijuana farm. The Emerald Triangle pot-growing county has approved its first medical marijuana grows under new regulations adopted this year. One is a quarter-acre mixed-light farm in Carlotta and the other is a seven-acre outdoor grow and processing center in Honeydew.

Montana

Last Wednesday, a medical marijuana initiative qualified for the ballot. An initiative aimed at reestablishing the state's medical marijuana system has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said. The I-182 initiative would reverse restrictions imposed by the legislature in 2011 and, after lengthy court challenges, set to go into effect on August 31. Voters had approved the state's medical marijuana system in 2004.

Rhode Island

Last Wednesday, the governor signed a bill allowing medical marijuana for PTSD. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed into law a bill that will allow medical marijuana to be recommended for the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

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

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Chronicle AM: New England Pot Polls, First FL MedMJ Dispensary Set to Open, More... (7/20/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:22

A Massachusetts poll has the marijuana legalization initiative losing, a New Hampshire poll shows record support for legalization, Florida's first dispensary gets the okay to open, Illinois protects drug court participants' opioid treatment access, and more.

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Massachusetts Poll Has Legalization Initiative Losing, But… A new poll from Gravis Marketing has 51% opposed to the legalization initiative sponsored by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, with only 41% saying they would vote for it. The poll was commissioned by a conservative political action committee called Jobs First, and Gravis used "instant voice recognition" to conduct the survey. Gravis said the poll's margin of error was +/- 3.3%.

New Hampshire Poll Has Record Support for Legalization. A whopping 61% of respondents said they supported legalizing small amounts of marijuana in a new WMUR Granite State poll. The strong support for freeing the weed comes as even as 43% of respondents named illegal drug use as the most important problem facing the state. Illegal drug use has been cited as the state's top problem in every WMUR since October 2015.

Medical Marijuana

Florida's First Dispensary Gets Okay to Open. The state Department of Health Wednesday granted a formal Authorization to Process and Authorization to Dispense to the Trulieve dispensary in Tallahassee. The shop will begin selling low-THC marijuana products beginning immediately, with high-THC products available early next month.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Protect Drug Court Participant Opioid Treatment Access. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) last week signed into law a bill that will prevent drug court judges from barring participants from using medications doctors prescribe to treat opiate addiction. The measure will go into effect January 1.

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New Zealand: Cannabis Reform Savings 'Millions'

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
The Nelson Mail, 20 Jul 2016 - Decriminalising cannabis would generate money for the Government and ease pressure on New Zealand's courts according to an informal Treasury report. The documents obtained under the Official Information Act by Nelson lawyer Sue Grey came from an internal Treasury forum "to test policy thinking on a range of issues in the public domain," Finance Minister Bill English said.
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US CA: Column: The Legal Gray Area of Marijuana Concentrates

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 20 Jul 2016 - California's historic medical-marijuana regulations are reshaping the state's multibillion-dollar industry - but niche areas remain in a legal limbo. Consider the Chalice California hash and glass-art bash, which went down in the high desert of Southern California earlier this month. Wu-Tang Clan performed before thousands of attendees, and hundreds of vendors spent three days accepting "donations" for concentrated pot resins, which were many-times stronger than raw marijuana flowers. The event itself sprawled across dozens of acres of the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, and free "dabs" - tiny hits of super-potent vaporized weed oil - were handed out like slushies in the 95-degree heat. All this despite the fact that California's marijuana-concentrates industry exists in an evolving grey area.
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