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Chronicle AM -- June 20, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 20:59

Two killer narcs face consequences for their actions, New York is set to become the 23rd medical marijuana state, the Pope comments on drug policy, prohibition-related violence flares in Mexico and Peru, and more. Let's get to it:

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

FDA Studying Whether to Reclassify Marijuana. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is studying whether marijuana should be moved from Schedule I -- no medical use, high potential for abuse -- to a less restrictive schedule. The agency is acting at the request of the DEA, which is considering another rescheduling petition. Federal agencies have fended off efforts to reschedule marijuana for more than 40 years. The FDA reviewed marijuana's classification in 2001 and 2006 and found no reason to change it then.

Medical Marijuana

New York to Become 23rd Medical Marijuana State. The New York legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) reached a last-minute compromise on medical marijuana this week, and today, 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.

Drug Policy

Pope Says Nope to Dope. Pope Francis told participants at a drug control conference that he opposes marijuana legalization, and he's not so sure about using opiate maintenance to treat heroin users. 'Drugs are an evil, and with evil you can't give way or compromise," Francis said. "Even the partial legalization of so-called recreational drugs, besides being questionable on legal grounds, doesn't produce the intended effects," according to the text of his remarks posted on the Vatican web site.

California Set to End Ban on Food Stamps for Drug Felons. The California legislature has approved a bill that will once again allow people with drug felonies to obtain food stamps. A 1996 federal law barred drug felons from food stamp programs, but also gave states the ability to opt out. With the passage of Assembly Bill 1468, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to sign, California will have done so. Only 12 other states continue to ban drug felons from getting food stamps.

Harm Reduction

North Carolina Injury Free Medication and Drug Overdose Prevention Summit Coming Next Month. State agencies and non-profits will take part in medication and overdose prevention summit on July 14 in Raleigh. Click on the lick for more details.

Law Enforcement

Utah Narc Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Danielle Willard. Former West Valley City Police undercover narcotics officer Shaun Cowley has been charged with manslaughter in the November 2012 shooting death of Danielle Misha Willard. Willard, who was unarmed, was shot and killed as she backed up her car in an apartment building parking lot. Cowley and another officer, who were investigating heroin sales, claimed they feared for their lives, but prosecutors didn't buy it. "Mr. Cowley acted in a reckless manner, and the evidence that we have does not support that his life was in danger or give him the justification to use the force that he did," said Salt Lake County prosecutor Sam Gill. The case has already resulted in a major shake-up in the department, and Willard's family has already filed a civil lawsuit.

Georgia Narc Must Pay Millions to Family of Pastor He Killed in Drug Investigation. A federal judge has ruled that Georgia undercover narc Billy Shane Harrison used unreasonable force in the killing of Pastor Jonathan Ayers and must pay his widow $2.5 million. Harrison shot and killed Ayers in a convenience store parking lot as Ayers attempted to drive away from undercover officers approaching him. They thought Ayers had some connection with a woman they were investigating, but he was just acting as a pastor.

International

Cartel Drug Wars Inflaming Mexico's Tamaulipas State. Dozens of people have been killed and numerous others have gone missing in Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas since April as factions of the Gulf Cartel fight for dominance there. Click on the link to read more.

Peru Clashes Leave Soldier, Shining Path Guerrillas Dead. A Peruvian army soldier and three suspected Shining Path guerrillas have been killed in gun battles this week between security forces and suspected drug traffickers in the VRAE (Valleys of the Apurimac and Ene Rivers), a major Peruvian coca producing region. The soldier died fighting "narco-terrorists," Peruvian authorities said.

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Medical Marijuana Passes in New York

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 19:29

The New York legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) reached a last-minute compromise on medical marijuana this week, and today, 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.

[image:1 align:left]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.

In all, patients with ten specific diseases or conditions will qualify for medical marijuana. The state will be able to add other conditions, and, under the bill, it must determine within 18 months whether to add Alzheimer's, PTSD, muscular dystrophy and dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

The bill also places restrictions on healthcare providers, such as requiring that all recommendations for medical marijuana be made by physicians (excluding nurse practitioners or physician assistants who can prescribe many other medications) and mandating that participating physicians take a training course, an extremely uncommon requirement in US medicine.

Cuomo, who has never been a big fan of medical marijuana, threw a spanner in the works late last week, demanding a number of changes be made to win his support. This came after the Assembly had already passed the Compassionate Use Act and the GOP-dominated Senate had signaled it would allow a vote.

The sponsors of the Compassionate Use Act, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried (D-Manhattan) and Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) worked over the weekend and through this week to craft a compromise that addressed the governor's concerns, and now, New York has a medical marijuana bill, albeit more restrictive than originally envisioned.

For patients and advocates it was a bittersweet victory.

"Today, the Senate passed a medical marijuana bill that will help some patients in New York, and that is good news," said Susan Rusinko of Auburn, who has multiple sclerosis. "But this bill they passed is far from perfect. With any medication, the decision about the best mode of administration, including smoking for some patients, should be left up to healthcare providersand their patients, and this bill does not do that. We fought hard to get this far, and we'll keep fighting to make sure that New York's medical marijuana program becomes the best in the country."

"I'm pleased that the New York Senate stood with patients and on the side of compassion when they passed the medical marijuana bill today," said Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. "This was a long, hard fight, and we are elated that cancer patients and others will have one more tool to help alleviate disease symptoms and side effects of treatments. But this bill has flaws, including the exclusion of smoking, which may be the cheapest and most effective way for many patients to use medical cannabis. We call on the Commissioner of Health to quickly implement a program that is accessible to all patients, regardless of their income."

"Today the Senate passed a medical marijuana bill that will help some, but not all, seriously ill New Yorkers who could benefit from medical cannabis," said Kate Hintz of North Salem, whose daughter, Morgan, has Dravet's Syndrome, a serious seizure disorder. "As a parent of child with a seizure disorder, I'm glad that my family will be able to access medicine that can help my daughter. But I must remind these lawmakers that they are not doctors. The decision if and how to treat a condition with medical marijuana should be left up to the patient and the doctor, not our government. We will keep fighting for the regulated, flexible program that all New Yorkers deserve."

"This is a huge step for patients in New York who will benefit from this legislation, and without question, today would not be possible but for the dedicated and sustained organizing work by patients, families, and advocates," said Gabriel Sayegh, New York State director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

"And we are especially appreciative of the leadership shown by Assemblyman Gottfried and & Senator Savino," he continued. "This bill is far from perfect. Many of the limitations in this bill -- like the restrictions on conditions and physician-patient relationships -- are unnecessary and not supported by the science. And we know that overly restrictive medical marijuana programs leave patients behind. But if implemented quickly and effectively, this program will help thousands of sick and suffering New Yorkers, who need help now."

"Passage of this measure comes as a relief to thousands of seriously ill New Yorkers and their families. Medical marijuana can be an effective treatment option for a variety of debilitating conditions. For some patients, it is their only option," said Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project.

"While the bill's passage is a significant step forward, it leaves behind thousands of patients. We hope the governor's staff promptly implements the measure and that the health department will approve additional qualifying conditions," O'Keefe added. "Voters overwhelmingly agree that seriously ill people should have legal access to medical marijuana."

Both the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project have worked along with state and local organizations for more than a decade to pass a medical marijuana bill in New York.

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CN ON: Changes In Wind For Notl Medicinal Marijuana Growers

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 20 Jun 2014 - Bylaw changes for medicinal marijuana facilities received preliminary approval from town council this week. The changes would involve site plan controls for greenhouses and their proximity to properties where residents might be adversely affected by the marijuana crop.
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US OK: Group Says Police Are Hampering Petition

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 20 Jun 2014 - TULSA - Supporters of an initiative petition to put a medical marijuana state question to a November vote said Thursday they are experiencing increased interference from authorities statewide. The Tulsa World reported Tuesday allegations by Chip Paul, chairman of Oklahomans for Health, that Tulsa police disrupted petition-circulation efforts at locations that were predisclosed online four times last week.
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US PA: Council Backs Marijuana Bill

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 20 Jun 2014 - PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A veto-proof majority of Philadelphia City Council is supporting a bill to effectively decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill passed Thursday, 13-3, with every Democrat in favor of it and every Republican against it. A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter would not immediately say whether the Democrat would sign it.
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US TX: Attorney: Police Search Lacked Valid Consent

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Austin American-Statesman, 20 Jun 2014 - Police Were Allowed in Apartment by Resident, Arrest Warrant Says GEORGETOWN- The case against Jacob Lavoro, who could face a steep sentence for allegedly making and selling pot brownies, should be thrown out because police never had a warrant to search his apartment, his lawyer said Thursday as supporters rallied outside a court hearing at the Williamson County Justice Center.
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CN NF: Editorial: Peter Principle

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Telegram, 20 Jun 2014 - Peter MacKay is the luckiest man in the world. He is the undisputed poster boy for lying, deceitful politicians, but never seems to pay a price for it. One can only assume he earned this immunity with his first big lie, his promise to fellow Progressive Conservative leadership candidate David Orchard in 2003 not to negotiate a merger with Stephen Harper's Canadian Alliance Party. Ever since, he has sailed through a steady stream of prevarications and mistruths without earning even a timid rap on the knuckles.
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US FL: Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 20 Jun 2014 - Sides Square Off Over Amendment 2 at Chamber Breakfast. The governor's signature on a narrow medical marijuana law this week did not temper the debate at the Thursday morning Chamber of Commerce breakfast surrounding an amendment that would greatly expand that law.
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CN ON: Hemp Country Owner Faces Drug Charges

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Sentinel Review, 20 Jun 2014 - A former Oxford County police officer and the present owner of a Dundas Street drug paraphernalia store is facing drug-related charges stemming from an OPP check of a building in Burford. Cherly MacLellan, 56, owner of Hemp Country in Woodstock, was charged with producing a schedule II substance other than marijuana after police responded to an alarm at the Burford building on Rutherford Street at about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday.
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CN MB: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.
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CN AB: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 20 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.
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CN ON: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 20 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.
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CN ON: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 20 Jun 2014 - Take a look at the leaflet in question, if you don't believe us. On one side, there is a photograph of Karygiannis, alongside a quote in which he is critical of the Liberal Party under leader Justin Trudeau. The Conservatives apparently think this is a big deal. Apparently they are unaware that Karygiannis - who stood astride Scarborough-Agincourt, like a Greek colossus of Rhodes, for more than 25 years - has disparaged every Liberal leader for a generation. Karygiannis being critical of Liberal leaders isn't in any way news. The flip side of the glossy Conservative Party leaflet is truly news, however, and voters in the June 30 Scarborough-Agincourt byelection should take note. It is, as Trudeau himself said, disgusting. It is a disgrace.
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CN AB: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Fort McMurray Today, 20 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough- Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops.
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CN AB: Column: Cheech and Cons: Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 20 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.
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CN ON: Column: Cheech and Conservatives: Gone Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
The Recorder & Times, 20 Jun 2014 - Good people of Scarborough-Agincourt, we give you Liberal Party candidate Arnold Chan. You should vote for him not so much for what Arnold has done - but for what the Conservative Party hasn't. To be precise, the Conservative Party hasn't behaved itself in the Toronto riding, which was formerly the domain of one Jim Karygiannis. This week, the ruling party circulated noxious flyers all over Scarborough-Agincourt, much in the way the Axis used to drop propaganda leaflets on advancing Allied troops. As in that case, the Tory propaganda is unlikely to defeat the Grit forces.
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CN BC: Column: A New Approach Needed

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Coast Reporter, 20 Jun 2014 - We have been working for many years on proving that our approach to the use of psychoactive substances does not work. For decades Canada, the United States and most western countries have valiantly tried to use prohibition and criminalization to control the use and abuse of certain substances. All that has been proven is that this does not work.
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US NM: Editorial: Health Dept. Must Justify Its $50 Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jun 2014 - The Department of Health says it plans to start charging medical marijuana patients $50 a year to renew their registry ID cards, and it will use the estimated $550,000 a year in additional revenue to expand the state's pot supply. It's an interesting proposal, considering: 1. The state does not grow or supply marijuana. 2. Fees from the current 23 licensed medical marijuana producers already bring in about $500,000 to a program that cost $414,400 to run in 2013. 3. Fees for producers are slated to increase dramatically for those who boost production levels.
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US: Drug Seizures Down As Migrant Flow Rises

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 20 Jun 2014 - U.S. Agents on Border With Mexico Diverted to Handle Human Wave McAllen, tex. - With the Border Patrol distracted by a surge of Central American migrants crossing into south Texas, Mexican cartels have had an easier time smuggling illegal drugs across the border, according to agents and state officials here.
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US NY: Cuomo and Top Legislators Reach a Deal to Allow

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 20 Jun 2014 - ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement on Thursday for a pilot program to provide access to marijuana to sick New Yorkers, making the state one of the largest to embrace the drug's use as medicine. The announcement came after days of intense negotiations between the Legislature and Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, who had proffered a more restrictive system earlier this year that was roundly criticized as unworkable for thousands of potential patients.
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