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US: Pot From Colo., Wash. Seeping Into Other States

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 15 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON - When Colorado and Washington won permission from the U.S. Justice Department to begin selling marijuana in retail stores, the states promised to keep the drug inside their borders and away from children. It has not been easy for them to do so.
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US MI: Bills Would Legalize Medical Pot Centers, Drug

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The Macomb Daily, 15 Feb 2015 - Lansing (AP) - Confusion surrounding the legality of marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug are prompting lawmakers to propose changes related to Michigan's voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for medical use. Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday would allow for "provisioning centers," businesses where patients with a state-issued medical marijuana card could buy surplus marijuana that suppliers produce for other patients.
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US: Stoned Drivers A Lot Safer Than Drunk Ones

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The Herald, 15 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON - A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana were no more likely to crash than who had not used any drugs or alcohol prior to driving.
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US CT: Bill Would Allow Pot Use For Ill Children

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The Middletown Press, 15 Feb 2015 - Cyndimae Meehan, 12 years old, was suffering as many as 2,000 seizures a day from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet's syndrome. The condition, which she developed at 10 months old (one day after she had been vaccinated, though the connection is unknown) jerks her body violently, over and over. The only thing that has helped has been marijuana, which she consumes in oil form.
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US NY: Review: A Tough New Way of Looking at the 'War on

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Buffalo News, 15 Feb 2015 - Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs By Johann Hari Bloomsbury
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Israel: Le'Or Aims to Put Marijuana Legalization on the Jewish

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Jerusalem Post, 15 Feb 2015 - "You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?" That was President Richard Nixon speaking to his top aide, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, during a recorded White House meeting back in 1971.
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US CO: Legal Marijuana Spurs Border War Between Three States

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Albuquerque Journal, 15 Feb 2015 - Nebraska, Oklahoma Say Colorado Isn't Doing Enough to Keep Recreational Weed Out of Their States PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - On the front door of the 20,000-square foot marijuana dispensary here is a laminated sign warning every customer: "It is illegal to sell or transport marijuana to another state."
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US CO: Colorado's Legal Weed Market

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Albuquerque Journal, 15 Feb 2015 - $700 Million in Sales Last Year $1 Billion Predicted by 2016 WASHINGTON - Legal marijuana was a $700 million dollar industry in Colorado last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of recently released tax data from the state's Department of Revenue. In 2014, Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical marijuana and $313 million for purely recreational purposes. The two segments of the market generated $63 million in tax revenue, with an additional $13 million collected in licenses and fees.
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US CO: Colorado's Legal Weed Market: $1 Billion By 2016

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Washington Post, 15 Feb 2015 - Legal marijuana was a $700 million industry in Colorado last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of recently released tax data from the state's Department of Revenue. In 2014, Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical marijuana and $313 million for recreational purposes. The two segments of the market generated $63 million in tax revenue and $13 million in licenses and fees. The total economic impact of the state's marijuana industry is likely greater, as these figures don't include retail sales of related products, like pipes and bongs, and they don't account for increased tourist spending in other segments of Colorado's economy, like hotels and restaurants.
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US CT: Column: Marijuana Legalization Worth A Shot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 08:00
Register Citizen, 14 Feb 2015 - Marijuana is now legal in several states out west, and the world has yet to end. That's part of why two Connecticut lawmakers, Reps. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford, and Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, want to bring legalization east. Is that a good idea? What will happen if we fully legalize marijuana?
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US CT: Column: Marijuana Legalization Is Worth A Shot

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The Middletown Press, 14 Feb 2015 - Marijuana is now legal in several states out west, and the world has yet to end. Legalization brings revenue. Marijuana is now legal in several states out west, and the world has yet to end. That's part of why two Connecticut lawmakers, Reps. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford, and Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, want to bring legalization east. Is that a good idea? What will happen if we fully legalize marijuana?
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US AK: Panel Discusses Marijuana Businesses, Zoning for

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 14 Feb 2015 - FAIRBANKS - Just where in the Fairbanks North Star Borough marijuana businesses should be allowed and under what conditions continued to be discussed Friday by a special panel convened by Mayor Luke Hopkins It was the second meeting of the marijuana working group. Hopkins is working on a new zoning ordinance, dealing with pot businesses, that is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.
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US IL: 1st Lawsuit Filed Over Medical Pot Licensing

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Chicago Sun-Times, 14 Feb 2015 - The conflict between the states and the federal government when it comes to legalized medical marijuana may play out in an Illinois court. What is believed to be the first lawsuit regarding medical marijuana licenses in Illinois was filed Friday in downstate Coles County by a business that lost out in its bid to get a license to grow medical marijuana.
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US AK: Lawmakers Say They Will Be Working on Pot Bill Past

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 14 Feb 2015 - JUNEAU - With 10 days before marijuana becomes legal through November's voter initiative, a senator working closely on legislation intended to smooth out legal gray areas in criminal law says the bill won't be in place before Feb. 24. After a lengthy Senate Judiciary Committee meeting that touched on a wide array of topics, Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, said several issues still need to be addressed, including medical marijuana, marijuana concentrates, local option control of marijuana in rural communities, and how penalties for minors possessing and consuming marijuana will be handled.
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US WA: Senate Oks Bill Addressing Medical, Recreational Pot

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Seattle Times, 14 Feb 2015 - Dual Markets Dispensaries Squeezing Us Out, Recreational Firms Have Complained OLYMPIA - A measure seeking to reconcile Washington state's medical-marijuana industry with its heavily taxed recreational sector passed the Washington state Senate on Friday.
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US NM: Recommendations Made For Medical Pot

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Albuquerque Journal, 14 Feb 2015 - Producer Licenses Are on Hold for Now Increasing the maximum allowable concentration of THC in cannabis products from 60 to 70 percent, and eliminating a proposed rule requiring patients to submit "biometric" information when applying for cards, are among the revisions to proposed new rules for the state's Medical Cannabis Program.
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Chronicle AM: CO 2014 Legal Pot Sales at $700 Million, Kettle Falls 5 Will Go to Trial, More (2/13/15)

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Final marijuana sales figures are in for Colorado, twin legalization bills are filed in Maryland, a second Ohio legalization initiative campaign gets underway, a federal judge orders the Kettle Falls Five to trial, and more. Let's get to it:

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$700 Million in Legal Weed Sales for Colorado Last Year. According to the state Department of Revenue, total legal marijuana sales in 2014 amounted to $699,198,805. That's $385.9 million for medical marijuana and $313.2 million for recreational weed. Since 2014 was the rollout year for legal recreational marijuana sales in the state, look for that figure to increase next year.

Maryland Legalization Bills Introduced. Identical bills to tax, regulate, and legalize marijuana were filed in the state House and Senate last week. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) and Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) filed the bills, which would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce and grow six plants at their homes and set up a system of regulated marijuana commerce. The Senate version is Senate Bill 531; the House version is House Bill 911.

New Hampshire Decriminalization Bill Gets Hearing Tuesday. There will be a public hearing on House Bill 618 Tuesday, as well as pre-hearing press conference. The press conference is at 1:30pm and the hearing is at 2:30pm. The bill would decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less and make growing six or fewer plants a misdemeanor.

Second Ohio Legalization Initiative Coming. A second Ohio group wants to put legalization on the 2016 ballot. Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis is turning in a ballot petition and 1,000 preliminary signatures today for its proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana. The amendment would legalize marijuana for those 18 and older, allow for marijuana commerce, and allow non-commercial grows of up to 99 plants and possession of up to 99 pounds. Another group, Responsible Ohio, is also in the early stages of its petition drive. The Responsible Ohio measure would set up 10 designated commercial grows and has no provision for home grows.

Medical Marijuana

Federal Judge Rejects "Kettle Falls 5" Request to Throw Out Charges. Five Washington state medical marijuana patients being prosecuted by federal authorities will have to go to trial. A federal judge Thursday refused to dismiss the criminal case against them, even though the prosecution appears to violate Justice Department guidelines for medical marijuana prosecutions and even though marijuana is now legal in their state.

Drug Testing

West Virginia Food Stamps Drug Testing Bill Filed. After a month of deliberations, the state Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources has announced a bill that would create a one-year pilot program in which food stamp applicants in three counties would be subject to screening for drug use and some would be required to take and pass drug tests at their own expense. The measure is House Bill 2021.

Sentencing

California Bill Would Hike Penalties for School Zone Drug Sales. State Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) has filed Senate Bill 212, which would add three, four, or five years to sentences for drug sales or manufacturing within 1,000 feet of a school or preschool. The bill would also extend existing school zone law to include private property within the zone.

International

Massive Raid on Liverpool Nightclub. Garlands nightclub, one of the city's oldest and most popular, has been shut down after a massive police raid Thursday night. More than 140 officers stormed the club after a months-long investigation into drug sales at the venue. Police were seeking a court hearing today to shut it down permanently. More than 300 revelers were evicted from the club before police searched it. Police said they found large quantities of drugs on the scene, but only arrested two men.

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CN BC: Weeds Store in Sechelt Won't Happen, Says RCMP

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Coast Reporter, 13 Feb 2015 - Weeds Glass and Gifts, Vancouver's largest chain of medical marijuana dispensaries, is poised to open a store in downtown Sechelt - even though Sunshine Coast RCMP is "strongly encouraging" the company to reconsider its decision. "Ideally we'd like to save them all the hassle and money and tell them that this isn't something we would stand by and allow to happen in our community," detachment spokesman Const. Harrison Mohr said Tuesday.
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US: TV Experiments With Pot

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Wall Street Journal, 13 Feb 2015 - On a recent episode of ABC's popular comedy "Modern Family," the new couple next door to the Dunphy family has an unusual line of work: They own a marijuana dispensary. But nobody on the show seems to care, and when the Dunphys get into a feud with the neighbors, it's about something entirely different-the eyesore powerboat parked in their driveway. It was not always thus in TV-land, where pot has been a long-standing taboo. Even a comedy with lots of jokes about the stuff, "That '70s Show," never showed anyone actually lighting up. While movies and music embraced stoners, they were rare on TV, where advertisers are still cautious and broadcasters adhere to government regulations about social responsibility.
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US CA: Le'Or Aims to Put Marijuana Legalization on the Jewish

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Jewish News Weekly, 13 Feb 2015 - "You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?" That was President Richard Nixon speaking to his top aide, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, during a recorded White House meeting back in 1971.
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