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CN BC: Dawson Creek RCMP Catching 'A Breather,' Top Cop Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
Alaska Highway News, 18 Mar 2016 - Last February, the City of Dawson Creek was in the grips of a nasty "drug war" that made headlines across B.C. after a man was abducted, shot and left for dead. City police went on to field 690 calls for service that month, one of the busiest months in recent memory.
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CN BC: City Seeks Ban On Pot Shop Owner

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
Abbotsford News, 18 Mar 2016 - Marijuana magnate vows to keep operating dispensary The City of Abbotsford is seeking an injunction to shut down another pot shop and ban its owner from the city, but the owner, Don Briere, says he will keep the store open, no matter how the judge rules.
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UK: Urinals Are New Battleground In Britain's War On Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
Independent, 18 Mar 2016 - Samples Collected at Nightclubs Can Provide Data on Which Substances Are Being Used and Where For decades, the war on drugs has been fought on fronts from the jungles of Latin America to the classroom. But now the struggle to understand the use of illegal substances has reached a new low - the nation's urinals.
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US ME: Young Advocate For Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 18 Mar 2016 - AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A 13-year-old medical marijuana advocate who moved from Connecticut to Maine so she could access cannabis to treat a rare form of epilepsy has died. Two medical marijuana advocacy groups say Cyndimae Meehan died Sunday in her family's Augusta home. She had a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.
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US NJ: N.J. Medical Pot Costly

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 Mar 2016 - State Says Prices Are 37% Higher Than Selected Other States. As Pennsylvania moves closer to adopting a medical marijuana program, New Jersey has released a report on its six-year-old program that says its dispensaries charge the highest price for an ounce of marijuana on average, compared with other states with similar programs.
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US NJ: Medical Marijuana Could Be Pricey, N.J. Report Shows

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 18 Mar 2016 - As Pennsylvania moves closer to adopting a medical marijuana program, New Jersey has released a report on its six-year-old program that says its dispensaries charge the highest price for an ounce of marijuana on average, compared with other states with similar programs. The Department of Health report said the five dispensaries operating statewide charge an average of $489 per ounce, about 37 percent more than the average price in Arizona, New Mexico, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island. Most of these states have a cost-of-living index of 10 percent or less than New Jersey, said the report, released this month.
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US WA: Everett Limits Number Of Pot Retailers

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
The Herald, 18 Mar 2016 - EVERETT - The Everett City Council has said "no more" to would-be marijuana retailers. On Wednesday the council imposed a cap on the number of shops operating in the city, limiting the number to the five shops already open. The cap will last a minimum of two years.
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US PA: State House Votes To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Local, 18 Mar 2016 - (AP) - A bill to let Pennsylvania patients who suffer from a list of ailments obtain marijuana for therapeutic purposes easily passed the state House on Wednesday, leaving only approval by the Senate, which overwhelmingly passed a similar bill last year. The House voted 149-43 for legislation that would set standards for growers, dispensaries and physicians. Patients could take the drug in pill, oil or liquid form, but would not be able to obtain marijuana they could smoke.
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New Zealand: Cannabis Crisis Hits New Zealand Smokers

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 07:00
The Guardian, 18 Mar 2016 - Sydney - New Zealand's marijuana smokers are in the grip of a cannabis crisis, with demand far outstripping supply, after a police operation this month netted 9,000 plants. The "catastrophic" situation was first reported by online magazine the Spinoff in an article that said New Zealand's most popular illegal drug was "almost unobtainable in any meaningful amount".
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Chronicle AM: Canada Wakes Up the CND, Tampa Pot Decrim, CA Legalization Init Getting Signatures, More... (3/17/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 20:36

California's leading legalization initiative is one-quarter of the way home, Tampa is the latest Florida locality to decriminalize pot possession, the Canadians wake up the Commission on Narcotic Drugs with a very reform-oriented speech, and more.

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California AUMA Legalization Initiative Has 25% of Needed Signatures. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) initiative has accumulated nearly 100,000 signatures since petitioning began in January. It has until July 5 to turn in a total of 365,880 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. While other initiatives are out there, this one, supported by tech billionaire Sean Parker and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), is the one most likely to have the dollars behind to actually make the ballot.

Tampa Decriminalizes Pot Possession. The city council has passed an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana. The move was supported by the mayor and the police chief. Now, possession will no longer be a misdemeanor, but will be a civil infraction punishable by a $75 fine for a first offense, $150 for a second, and $450 for any subsequent offenses.  Tampa now joins a number of South Florida localities that have decriminalized, as well as Central Florida's Volusia County.

Medical Marijuana

New York State Senator Unveils Medical Marijuana Expansion Package. State Sen. Diane Savino  (D-Staten Island) has introduced a package of bills—Senate Bills 6998, 6999, and 7000—designed to expand the state's constricted medical marijuana program. One bill would allow nurse practitioners to recommend medical marijuana, another would allow the five organizations licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana to double the amount of dispensaries they can open from four to eight, while another would expand the conditions for which marijuana could be recommended.

Law Enforcement

Denver Cops Instructed to Not Punch Suspects Believed to Be Swallowing Drugs. The Denver Police Department's Office of the Independent Monitor recommended Tuesday that the department adopt new policies to provide guidance to officers when they arrest a suspect believed to be trying to swallow the evidence.  "The OIM recommends that the DPD revise its Use of Force Policy to provide specific guidance on what types of force are permitted, and prohibited, to remove potential contraband from the mouths of persons being placed under arrest. The OIM further recommends that this revised policy prohibit the use of strikes to force persons being place under arrest to spit out potential contraband," the report reads. The recommendation comes in the wake of a widely-decried 2014 incident in which an officer was recorded repeatedly punching a man who was allegedly trying to stuff a heroin-filled sweat sock into his mouth.

Sentencing

Groups File Brief Seeking Reduction in Life Sentence for Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) filed an amicus brief Thursday urging the US 2nd Court of Appeal to reduced the life without parole sentence meted out to Ross Ulbricht, who was convicted of operating the Silk Road drug sales website. Joining DPA in the brief were Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, JustLeadershipUSA, and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner.  "Mr. Ulbricht’s draconian sentence flies in the face of evolving standards of decency," said Jolene Forman, Staff Attorney at the Office of Legal Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance and lead author of the brief. "Nationally, lawmakers are working across the political aisle to reduce harsh sentences for drug offenses. And, many of our allies in Europe consider life without parole sentences inhumane."

International

Canada's New Liberal Government Wakes Up the Commission on Narcotic Drugs Meeting. A speech from a Canadian representative at the Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) meeting in Vienna this week was met with eruptions of applause from the audience after the speaker, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Hilary Geller, made clear that the Liberals were embracing harm reduction, including safe injection sites, and marijuana legalization. Geller's speech not only contrasted sharply with the previous Conservative government's anti-drug reform positions, but also with the cautious pronouncements made by other nations. At the end of the speech, the audience of government officials and NGO leaders gave Geller a standing ovation.

Mexico Captures Cartel Leader Tied to Border Shootouts. After a bloody weekend in Reynosa, where at least a dozen people were killed in clashes between cartel gunmen and soldiers and cartel gunmen set up burning street barricades, federal police Monday captured the Gulf Cartel leader who was allegedly the target of the federal action on the border. The man arrested is Cleofas Alberto Martinez Gutierrez, who officials said was the cartel's number two boss in Reynosa. They found him at a Mexico City race track. 

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CN BC: Abbotsford Asks To Ban Cannabis Entrepreneur

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Mar 2016 - After a successful court battle to shut down one of Don Briere's illegal pot shops in Abbotsford, the city is now asking a judge to outlaw his remaining franchise and ban the cannabis entrepreneur from operating in the community. The City of Abbotsford filed a petition this week to stop Mr. Briere, owner of the largest chain of dispensaries in Canada, or any of his partners from running a pot shop in the city without a valid business licence - something the mayor says Mr. Briere will never obtain as long as marijuana remains illegal. The city is also asking a judge to force Mr. Briere's business to pay all outstanding fines, which bylaw officers have been levying almost daily as they ticket the store on South Fraser Way for operating illegally.
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CN AB: Pot Is No Laughing Matter: Advocates

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 17 Mar 2016 - Finance Minister Joe Ceci said he won't be quitting his day job after his comedy routine failed to land a laugh. In an address to the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties in Edmonton Wednesday, Ceci included a joke that liquor stores could become pot dispensaries if marijuana was ever legalized by the federal government.
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US CA: Marysville Looks to Nail Down Details for Now-OK

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 17 Mar 2016 - While medical marijuana dispensaries are now technically allowed in Marysville, the City Council seems in no hurry to actually start taking applications. "What we have to do is get this right," Mayor Ricky Samayoa said as the council hired a southern California company to help with setting up the process. "We need this expertise. If we don't get it right, there are consequences."
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US CA: Column: Drug Mules And Dogs

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 17 Mar 2016 - My cousin's mule, Festus, was Humboldt County's most wanted creature on four legs in the summer of 1995. For Festus had eaten close to $60,000 in outdoor cannabis, and a neighbor was prepared to shoot him on sight. So he was dispatched several ridges away to my family's ranch, where he would finish his days among our mares and sheep, a sort of witness protection program.
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US AZ: Column: Is Arizona the Next State to Legalize

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 17 Mar 2016 - If You Don't Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard, Then Probably Not Last week, I wrote about the need for research into the positive effects of marijuana. I chose this as my first topic because of how important I believe it to be. If I had to list in order of importance that would be issue 1A and issue 1B would be the decriminalization of marijuana.
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US OR: Column: Pot Laws That Should Have Passed

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 17 Mar 2016 - The Oregon Legislature Failed to Pass These Very Important Pot Laws THE SPECIAL SESSION of the Oregon Legislature has ended-all 35 days of it-and they won't be meeting again until next year. Some bills about cannabis moved through the legislative process, made none the easier by Republicans being childish dicks and slowing down things by forcing Democrats to read aloud every bill. (Guess which party drinks, and which one smokes weed.)
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US CA: Column: Cup Runneth Dry

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 17 Mar 2016 - I was talking with a friend in Colorado and he told me that another pot festival was just recently denied permission to organize its event. Why is Colorado having so many issues with these types of events compared to California? - -Michael
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US PA: House Ok's Pot Bill

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
The Times-Tribune, 17 Mar 2016 - PA. Would Allow Medical Treatment, Research Uses HARRISBURG - Both patients and academic researchers would have access to marijuana for medical purposes under milestone legislation to place Pennsylvania among the ranks of states with legal cannabis programs.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: What's The Best Kind of Container

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 17 Mar 2016 - Dear Stoner: What's the best container for pot? I see all these expensive jars but have yet to find anything that works better than my $2 Mason jar. Quail Dear Quail: For some sad reason, many potheads fail to see your wisdom. Maybe people just get bored with Mason jars and want to switch things up after staring at the same container for years, but I really don't get it. Smoke shops and dispensaries alike use fancy jars with "pop and seal" technology, or stackable plastic containers with nothing more than a screw top, and while they might look a little cooler than a boring Mason jar, they don't come close to keeping the air out as well. I've had $20 pop-and-seal jars that let my weed get dry just as fast as a pill bottle, and since then I've stayed true to my mini-sized Mason. Still, it's a lot of fun to walk into a home-goods store like Bed Bath & Beyond or the Container Store and casually say, "I'm looking for something to store my marijuana." Even if you just want Mason jars, it's worth the look on an employee's face.
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With Final House Vote, Pennsylvania Set to Become 24th Medical Marijuana State

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 23:07

This article was produced in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.

Following a 10-month delay since the state Senate first approved Senate Bill 3, which will allow residents suffering from specified medical conditions to use medical marijuana with their doctor's approval, the House Wednesday approved an amended version of the bill.

[image:1 align:left]The Senate is expected to approve the amended bill, and Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has said he will sign it into law.

"Today's vote comes as huge relief to countless Pennsylvanians," said Latrisha Bentch of Harrisburg, whose daughter suffers from mesial temporal sclerosis, a condition marked by frequent seizures that could be treated with medical marijuana. She is a founding member of the Campaign for Compassion, a local organization of patients and families advocating for comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

"This has been a long and difficult journey for many patients and families, and our destination is finally in sight," Bentch said. "We gave House members a lot of grief for not getting this done quickly, but we are grateful for the incredible bipartisan support the bill received during the floor debate and final vote. We commend them for showing that compassion is not a partisan issue."

The amended bill would allow for up to 25 growers and processors licensed by the Department of Health. The department would also license up to 50 dispensaries, each of which could have up to three locations. Home cultivation will not be allowed.

Qualifying conditions under the bill include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain if conventional therapies or opiates are contraindicated or ineffective.

"Patients and families throughout Pennsylvania have been waiting for years to see this day," said Becky Dansky, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. "We applaud the members of the House for passing this important legislation, which will significantly improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of seriously ill Pennsylvanians. The Senate and Gov. Wolf have already demonstrated extraordinary leadership on this issue. We hope they will act quickly to get this bill approved and signed into law."

Once they do, Pennsylvania will become the 24th state with a full-fledged medical marijuana law. About a dozen more states only allow access to low- or no-THC cannabis oils made with cannabidiol.

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