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US AZ: Promoters Promise High Revenue From Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:00
Kingman Daily Miner, 17 Mar 2014 - Two Marijuana Measures on the Table in Arizona KINGMAN - Backers of two marijuana initiatives - one that would reduce the penalty for possession of the weed from a felony to a civil fine and another that would fully legalize recreational use for Arizonans 21 years or older - are in the process of gathering the necessary signatures needed to place them on November's ballot.
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US MA: Editorial: Still Up In The Air

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 17 Mar 2014 - Gov. Deval Patrick has now been presented with several options to correct the medical marijuana licensing process that his team has royally botched. Perhaps he'll find a few minutes to consider them as he wings his way to Mexico and Panama today on yet another international jaunt. Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain), who chairs a legislative committee probing the licensing procedures, has recommended that the Department of Public Health expand the pool of applicants it is considering for licensure. DPH has given 20 applicants the provisional goahead (launching meaningful background investigations only after the fact - and after the Herald and others starting digging up dirt). Sanchez believes six others who had high scores but finished out of the running should get another shot.
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US WI: Editorial: Legalize CBD To Treat Epilepsy

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 07:00
The Journal Times, 16 Mar 2014 - We recognize that Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican majority in both houses of the Legislature aren't rushing to join Colorado and Washington state in legalizing marijuana. Walker has said "I think it's a big jump between someone having a beer and smoking marijuana," and we recognize he's not alone among Wisconsinites in that point of view. In December, we advocated a wait-and-see approach, i.e., first watch how legalization plays out in those two states. But there's an obvious distinction between an adult smoking a joint in a city park and a state-approved doctor dispensing a prescription for cannabidiol, a marijuana extract that has been found to control seizures. The latter would be legal under a bill before the state Assembly, and we think Wisconsin is ready for this narrow exception.
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US NC: After Prescription Crackdown, Cheap Heroin Filling Void

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 07:00
Star-News, 16 Mar 2014 - In September 2012, the then-captain of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office's Vice and Narcotics Unit predicted that efforts to curb prescription drug use could be a "double-edged sword" causing users to seek out heroin instead. Now, 18 months later, that prognosis looks spot-on as the streets of Wilmington and highways of Brunswick County are awash with heroin, a drug Ben and Jon David, the district attorneys for New Hanover and Brunswick counties, respectively, both call "suicide on the installment plan."
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US NH: OPED: Why N.H. Should Follow Colorado And Legalize Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 07:00
Foster's Daily Democrat, 16 Mar 2014 - On Jan. 1, thousands of Coloradans eagerly lined up to make their first legal purchase of recreational marijuana. Amendment 64, a ballot measure that passed in 2012 with 55 percent of Colorado voters in favor, legalized the recreational use of marijuana and permitted adults aged 21 years or older to purchase up to an ounce. The law also places the onus of regulating the manufacture, distribution and sale of marijuana on the state government. This unprecedented experiment in governmental regulation of weed is still in its infancy, but all signs are indicating that what's good for pot enthusiasts is good for government - and more than likely good for society.
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US: Ecstasy Ingredient Is Studied As PTSD Aid

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar 2014 - It costs about $2,000 to buy an ounce of the illegal drug, the therapist said - enough for roughly 150 doses. She pays her longtime dealer in cash; he gives her a Ziploc bag of white powder. Back home, she scoops the contents into clear capsules. She calls it "the medicine"; others know it as MDMA, the active ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy.
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US: The Saturday Interview: Justin Hartfield, The Weedmaps.Com Founder

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 15 Mar 2014 - Justin Hartfield, the Weedmaps.com founder, on his plans to legalize the drug nationwide and become the Philip Morris of pot. Newport Beach, Calif. Justin Hartfield is high.
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US: U.S. Stance Fuels Foreign Push For Legal Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 15 Mar 2014 - (AP) - In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica - the land of late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley - politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws. In Morocco, one of the world's top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use.
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US: Feds Approve Medical Marijuana Research

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 15 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON - The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with posttraumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug. For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials.
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US MN: Lawmakers' Opinions Vary On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
The Free Press, 15 Mar 2014 - Area legislators haven't made medical marijuana a key issue, and their responses generally fall along party lines. Sen. Kathy Sheran, D-Mankato: She voted for medical marijuana in 2009 and predicted before the session that the state Senate would support "some prescription option to give relief to people."
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US MN: Should Marijuana Be Medicine, Locals Ask

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
The Free Press, 15 Mar 2014 - Medicinal Marijuana Debate Continues in Legislature Rachael Nelson is 11 years old, and her Mankato family has tried everything to stop the seizures. Diets, medication, even a nerve stimulator implanted in her chest. Not only did the drugs not stop her seizures, they had nasty side effects, like vomiting and drowsiness so bad she couldn't go to school. One drug made her seizures worse and another stopped her breathing.
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US MN: New Ulm Man Challenges Pot Arrest

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
The Free Press, 15 Mar 2014 - NEW ULM -- A New Ulm man is challenging his February arrest for a marijuana growing operation that was discovered in his house. He filed a motion to dismiss his case Wednesday in Brown County District Court. Jon Hansen II, 33, of New Ulm is charged with felony fourth-degree and fifth-degree controlled substance sale, felony fifth-degree controlled substance possession and petty misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.
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US WA: Medical Marijuana Bill Dies As Washington State Awaits

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 15 Mar 2014 - SEATTLE - Legislation aimed at bringing Washington State's largely unregulated medical marijuana system under state control, which state officials have said is crucial to maintaining order as the legalized sale of recreational marijuana begins this year, died late Thursday night without a vote as the House and Senate adjourned. "I'm taken aback," said Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, after the Legislature concluded its regular session for the year with the legislation still on the calendar. "Many people at the last moment apparently did not want a bill."
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US MD: Md. Senate Bill Eases Marijuana Penalties

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 15 Mar 2014 - Small Amounts Would Be Handled Like Traffic Ticket; House Will Weigh in Next The Maryland Senate on Friday approved a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates, where its prospects are uncertain.
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US: Government Approves Pot Study

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar 2014 - The Move May Signal a Turning Point Toward Wider Research on Medical Marijuana WASHINGTON - The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug.
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US CO: Huge Turnout At Denver Pot Job Fair

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar 2014 - More Than 1,200 People Seek to Fill About 150 Jobs in Colo. Marijuana Industry. Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line. More than 1,200 people - nearly half from out of state - flocked this week to what was billed as the first marijuana-industry job fair, said organizers of the Denver event.
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Maryland Senate Okays Marijuana Decriminalization

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:59

The Maryland Senate today overwhelmingly approved a marijuana decriminalization bill with bipartisan support. It now heads to the House of Delegates.

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Chronicle AM -- March 14, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 20:31

No legalization for Maryland this year, the ASA national conference is coming soon, Utah (!) passes a package of policing reform bills, welfare drug testing goes down in flames in Indiana, the Swiss ponder cannabis clubs, and more. Let's get to it:

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Michigan Activists Plan Slew of Local Reform Initiatives. Marijuana reform activists are planning "a tsunami move in November 2014," with plans to put initiatives aimed at legalizing or decriminalizing possession, use or transfer of small amounts of marijuana on private property by persons 21 or older on the local ballot in at least eight towns and cities, and perhaps a dozen more. The Safe Michigan Coalition, the folks behind successful initiatives in Lansing, Ferndale, and Jackson last year, are also behind this effort.

NORML PAC Endorses Tommy Wells for DC Mayor. NORML PAC, the campaign and lobbying arm of NORML, announced today that it is endorsing Councilman Tommy Wells for mayor of Washington, DC. "Councilman Wells is a passionate crusader for the cause of marijuana law reform," stated NORML PAC manager Erik Altieri, "Wells showed his skill and acumen for the issue when he championed the District's marijuana decriminalization measure, which was overwhelmingly approved by the DC City Council just this month. The District of Columbia would greatly benefit from having his compassion, knowledge, and strong leadership in the mayor's office. Under a Tommy Wells administration, DC will continue to roll back its failed prohibition on marijuana and move towards a system of legalization and regulation."

Maryland Legalization Bill Dies, But Decriminalization Bill Still Lives. A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Maryland, House Bill 880 from Rep. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore), died for lack of support in committee yesterday, but a decriminalization bill, Senate Bill 364, filed by Sen. Robert Zirkin (D-Montgomery) passed the Senate and is now before the House Judiciary Committee.

Colorado Appeals Court Rules Some Marijuana Convictions Can Be Thrown Out. Some people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana can ask for those convictions to be thrown out under the law that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, the state's second-highest court ruled Thursday. The Colorado Court of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment 64 on recreational marijuana took effect in December 2012 are eligible to have their convictions reversed. The case is Colorado v. Brandi Jessica Russell.

Medical Marijuana

ASA National Conference in Washington, DC, April 5-7. The country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), formally announced today its second annual Unity Conference, "Navigating Medical Cannabis in the Mainstream," to be held in Washington, DC on April 5-7, 2014. The conference will highlight medical and legal experts, policymakers, and a wide array of workshops and panels focusing on scientific research, strategic planning, and skills building. Click on the links for more details.

Washington Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Dies. A legislative effort to roll Washington's medical marijuana program into its I-502 legal marijuana system has died at the last minute after House Republicans tried to use it to divert a share of marijuana tax revenue to cities and counties. Senate Bill 5887 sponsor Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) said the bill was doomed by "immovable positions" even after a last-minute push by the governor. The bill would have required existing dispensaries to either get legal under I-502 or close, would have ended collective gardens, and would have reduced the amount of marijuana patients could possess and the number of plants they could grow.

Utah CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Legislature. A bill that would allow children with epilepsy to use CBD cannabis oil has passed the legislature and now heads for the governor's desk. House Bill 105 won final approval in the House Thursday.

Drug Testing

Pre-Job Offer Drug Tests Violate ADA, Federal Court Rules. Pre-offer drug tests to determine the use of both legal and illegal drugs violates the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) prohibition on pre-offer medical inquiries, a federal court in Pennsylvania ruled last week. The ADA contains an exception for tests solely "to determine the illegal use of drugs," but the court held that the urine drug screens qualified as medical exams because they tested not just for drugs but also for other medical purposes. The case is EEOC v. Grane Healthcare Co. and Ebensburg Care Center, LLC, d/b/a Cambria Care Center.

Indiana Welfare Drug Testing Bill Dies on Ties Vote in Senate. A bill to drug test welfare recipients suspected of using drugs died last night on a dramatic tie vote in the Senate. Senate Bill 1351 had already passed the House by a margin of 81-17, but Senate opponent said the measure unfairly targeted poor people and that other states that have adopted such programs have found they were not cost effective.

Law Enforcement

Utah Legislature Passes Policing Reform Bills. Three bills to impose some controls on law enforcement have been sent to the governor's desk in Utah. House Bill 70 originally would have limited the use of "dynamic entry" search warrants to situations involving violent crime, but was watered down. It still, however, imposes some restrictions on such searches. Senate Bill 185 would require police agencies with SWAT teams to report on why and how often they are used. Only Maryland has approved a similar law. And House Bill 185 requires police to obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone, including bulk data collection through technologies like Stingray.

Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving Bill Passes Vermont House. A bill that makes it easier for police to charge drivers with drugged driving passed the House Thursday. House Bill 501 changes existing law to use the same definition of "under the influence"of drugs as has been established for alcohol. Under current law, drugged driving can only be proven if someone drives unsafely, but the proposed law would change that to enable a conviction "when the person is under the influence of any other drug or under the combined influence of alcohol and any other drug." The state Supreme Court has held that any drug presence constitutes "under the influence." The bill now heads to the Senate.

International

Swiss Cities Consider Backing Cannabis Clubs. Municipal governments in at least five Swiss cities are considering plans to allow "cannabis clubs" or user associations. Local governments in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich are contemplating the move, with Geneva taking the lead. A working group will present a final proposal to authorities in June, but the move would require changes in federal law.

British Deaths From New Synthetics "Inflated," Former Drug Advisors Say. The National Program on Substance Abuse Deaths (NSPAD) reported 68 deaths in 2012 from the use of "legal highs" or new synthetic drugs, but two former government drug advisors say that figure includes many deaths from substances that "are already illegal, not new, and/or not psychoactive." Professor David Nutt and Dr. Les King of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs said only 11 of the 68 deaths actually occurred with new synthetics. "What is certain is that if the current government review of legal highs is to be taken seriously and lead to health improvements then there must be a proper definition of terms and improved data collection," they said. "Moreover the data must be properly and independently audited so the effects of any change in the law can be properly evaluated."

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Canada: Financing Abounds For Medical Marijuana Startups

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 14 Mar 2014 - Canada's new medical marijuana industry is set to make history on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Tweed Inc., among the first ten companies licensed by the federal government to produce and distribute pot, is in the final stages of approval for a listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.
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UK: Editorial: Compound Interest

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 07:00
Independent, 14 Mar 2014 - Legal Highs Blow Yet Another Hole in Our Drugs Policy Professor David Nutt is rocking the boat once again.The former chief drugs adviser to the Government, who was sacked in 2009 after saying that tobacco and alcohol are more harmful than some illicit substances, has now added his name to a letter to The Lancet raising questions about the perceived dangers of so-called legal highs. In fact, many of the recorded fatalities were caused by substances that were already illegal, Professor Nutt and Dr Leslie King claim.
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