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Canada: Will Canada Be The New Cannabis Capital?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 12 Jun 2016 - The Move to Legalize Marijuana Represents a Huge Market for U.S. Investors. OTTAWA - Colorado and Washington may have jumped ahead in the race to become North America's marijuana kings, but Canada is now positioned to take a lead in the booming multibillion-dollar industry.
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US OR: OPED: Take It Slow On Edible Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 11 Jun 2016 - We've reached another green-letter day in the state of Oregon's continuing experiment with legalizing recreational marijuana: Beginning Thursday, edible pot products are available for retail sale in registered medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. Not in Linn County, though: At this writing, no medical marijuana dispensary in the county legally can sell recreational marijuana, and that includes edibles intended for recreational users. Local governments throughout the county (including Linn County) have barred medical dispensaries from selling recreational pot. Voters in each of those jurisdictions will get a chance in November to decide the fate of those restrictions.
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CN ON: Pot Law Could Spark More Change

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 11 Jun 2016 - The Trudeau government's plans to change the legal status of marijuana may have some unintended consequences, including making more potent drugs harder to find. That's according to one former dealer in London who, like the other small-time operators who make up the bulk of the city's underground sales force, sold mostly marijuana for about a year before moving on to legitimate pursuits.
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US CA: Lawsuit Seeking Protected Pot Use for Kenwood's

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 11 Jun 2016 - A Sonoma County-related lawsuit that attempted to establish the use of marijuana as a protected sacrament for use in religious ceremonies was tossed out in federal court this week. The claim that Sonoma County sheriff's officers destroyed sacramental marijuana plants belonging to a Kenwood church was dismissed after the attorney for the church failed to show up in federal court.
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US NJ: Shutdown of Trenton Police Facebook Triggers Outcry

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 11 Jun 2016 - TRENTON - Trenton Police's Facebook status is nonexistent. The department removed its Facebook page sometime Thursday amid allegations that negativity hurled at the department, partially over the arrest of a lightning rod marijuana activist, was being scrubbed from its social media page.
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CN ON: Column: Baldasaro Was King Of The Political Fringe

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 10 Jun 2016 - The City's Texture Is Dulled by the Passing of One of Its Most Colourful Characters This city's election campaigns will never be the same without Michael Baldasaro, who sadly died this week at age 67 after a brief bout with cancer.
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CN ON: Despite Crackdowns, Pot Entrepreneurs Betting on

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Jun 2016 - Virginia Maria Vidal started medicating with marijuana in 2003, after the birth of triplets left her with post-natal discomfort. She ran into trouble over the years, once being arrested, charged, and eventually acquitted of possessing 19 grams of pot. Even after obtaining a licence to use medical marijuana, the 45-year-old mother of six and caregiver to a grandparent with dementia found the smoke to be a nuisance and embarrassing. So she ground it into tea instead. "It was a way to medicate without smell, without judgment, and in a way that you can medicate slowly," says Ms. Vidal of Toronto. Last year, she collaborated with her eldest son Ricardo to launch Mary's Original Tea, an organically-sourced line of flavours such as peppermint and orange pekoe. Each packet is infused with 60 milligrams of THC - the active cannabinoid ingredient that can relieve pain or give a "high." And they're now available in 60 stores.
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US NM: OPED: Legalize Marijuana to Adequately Finance Medicaid

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 10 Jun 2016 - New Mexico's Program Is a Model of Efficiency but Still Needs More Money to Function New Mexico is experiencing vast budget shortages stemming from a historically limited private-sector economy and lower than expected oil and gas revenues. Rarely, if ever, have the state coffers been sufficient to fully fund the programmatic needs for improved education, a stronger justice system and expanded but needed health care.
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US MA: Column: The Mind-Altering Arguments About Legal Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 10 Jun 2016 - Marijuana may soon be coming to your neighborhood. You may smell its aroma wafting over from the deck next door or from a backyard party down the block. Why, it's even possible that a cannabis cafe could open on Main Street. A question proposed for the fall ballot would make marijuana a legal recreational drug and regulate it like alcohol. Although that initiative petition faces a long-shot legal challenge and needs a second round of certified signatures, Massachusetts citizens will likely get to vote on the question in November.
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US PA: Column: A Gateway To Gardening?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
The Reporter, 09 Jun 2016 - On May 17, Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act (Act 16) went into effect, bringing me one step closer to the realization of a dream. I don't have a personal medical need for marijuana, nor am I looking forward to being able to legally smoke it; I've never been interested. No, as a "certifiable plant geek" my dream is to be able to try my hand at growing this intriguing, illicit plant with the distinctive leaves. To me, it's paradoxical that marijuana is off-limits. Poison ivy is a threat to many people, responsible for countless collective hours of itching, oozing, blistered misery, trips to the doctor, steroid use, and days missed from work. Despite all this, it grows freely almost everywhere. You can have it on your property and no one will come arrest you.
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US CA: Outdoor Pot Ban Fails In Nevada County

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 Jun 2016 - Measure W, the contentious Nevada County outdoor marijuana ban initiative that dominated the primary election, appears headed for defeat. The measure was losing 15,845 to 11,585 votes, or 58 to 42 percent, with 80 of 80 precincts reporting on Tuesday night. More votes remain to be counted.
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US CA: Editorial: Election Thoughts: Measures a and B;

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 Jun 2016 - Congratulations to the winners and compliments to the losers. It takes a lot to campaign and we appreciate it. Some post-election thoughts: Marijuana cultivation and dispensary measures. We're not convinced either way, at this point, that marijuana cultivation and sales medicinal or not should someday be legalized.
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UK: 'Make Cannabis Legal for Medicinal Purposes,' Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
Evening Chronicle, 09 Jun 2016 - Ron Hogg Said the War on Drugs Has Failed and the UK's Drug Policy Is 'Unsustainable' As He Called on Colleagues to Back His Views Cannabis should be made legal and used for medicinal purposes, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner has said.
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US MA: Pot Shots Taken At Ballot Question

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 09 Jun 2016 - State Supreme Court Mulls Marijuana Bill The state's highest court is mulling whether the proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use should go up in smoke after a group of concerned voters said the language of the ballot measure is too vague to be constitutional - and opens the door to all kinds of hyper-potent pot products.
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US OH: Kasich Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 09 Jun 2016 - Ohio became the latest state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed legislation Wednesday. The law allows people to use the drug in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions, while barring patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home.
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US OR: Oregon Pushes To Finalize Rules On Recreational Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 Jun 2016 - 'It's Like the Circus Around Here,' Says One Commissioner PORTLAND, Ore. - After months of public hearings with pot growers, lawmen, public health officials and others, an Oregon commission is racing to finalize recreational marijuana regulations and issue licenses to hundreds of businesses within a few months.
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US OR: Oregon Races To Finalize Pot Rules, Issue Licenses

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
The Herald, 09 Jun 2016 - PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - After months of public hearings with pot growers, lawmen, public health officials and others, an Oregon commission is racing to finalize recreational marijuana regulations and issue licenses to hundreds of businesses within a few months. But those who aim to produce souped-up coffee and other niche products might have to wait a bit longer.
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US CA: Column: Kushy Endorsements

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 09 Jun 2016 - I was wondering: Since you have your face on a brand of weed, do you think celebrity endorsements influence youths' perception of weed? Since you're a comic for adults maybe it doesn't apply in your case, but I was still curious. - -E.
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US CA: Watch Out, Measure A

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 09 Jun 2016 - Medical Marijuana Advocates Push for New Rules Regarding Cultivation, Commerce The Inland Cannabis Farmers' Association has again held a petition drive to put pot on the local ballot. The group turned in signatures Monday (June 6)-they are currently being counted-for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation & Commerce Initiative 2016 (aka MC3).
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 20:39

The California legislature gets down to business, medical marijuana expansion bills become law in Colorado and Vermont, a "poison pill" California initiative fails to make the ballot, and more.

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Last Wednesday, the Senate approved a medical marijuana sales tax. The Senate Wednesday approved a bill imposing a 15% sales tax on medical marijuana on a 27-9 vote. The measure, Senate bill 987, now goes to the Assembly. Critics have charged it will hurt poor patients, but bill sponsor Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) says he will amend the bill in the Assembly to ensure that low income people don't have to pay the tax.

Also last Wednesday, the Assembly approved medical marijuana research. The Assembly Wednesday approved Assembly Bill 1575, an omnibus medical marijuana bill that includes provisions easing the way for research on the plant's medicinal properties. The bill specifies that it is "not a violation of state law or local ordinance or regulation for a business or research institution with state authorization to engage in the research of medical cannabis used for the medical purposes." The bill now heads for the Senate.

Also last Wednesday, the Assembly approved "cottage" medical marijuana farms. The Assembly Wednesday approved Assembly Bill 2516, which would create a new category of cultivator license for outdoor grows under 2,500 square feet and indoor grows under 500 square feet. "We are trying to ensure small medical cannabis growers on the North Coast can continue to do business as this industry moves forward," said sponsor Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-North Coast). "It is not fair to require the small farmers to adhere to the same standards as larger operations." The bill now heads for the Senate.

On Tuesday, an initiative to create a state medical marijuana monopoly failed to qualify for the ballot. An initiative filed by a leading state anti-medical marijuana activist that would have banned all private cultivation sites and dispensaries has failed to qualify for the ballot. The California Safe and Drug-Free Community Act was filed by Roger Morgan, with the Take Back American campaign, which brandishes a #stoppot hashtag.

Colorado

On Tuesday, the governor signed a medical marijuana in schools bill. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) Tuesday signed into law "Jack's Law," which allows for the use of medical marijuana in schools under strict conditions. The measure is House Bill 1373.

Montana

On Monday, a medical marijuana initiative reported having 30,000 raw signatures. Backers of Initiative 182, which seeks to restore the state's medical marijuana program demolished by the legislature in 2011, say they have some 30,000 raw signatures as a June 17 deadline draws near. They need 24,000 valid signatures to qualify. Initiative watchers generally assume as many as 30% of gathered signatures could be invalidated. If that were the case right now in Montana, the initiative would not make the ballot.

New Jersey

Last Wednesday, a bill to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions won a committee vote. A bill that would add PTSD to the list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions advanced out of the Assembly Oversight Committee on a 3-0 vote Wednesday. The measure now heads for an Assembly floor vote. A similar bill was approved by the Assembly last year, but died in Senate committee.

Vermont

On Tuesday, the governor signed a medical marijuana expansion bill. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 14, which will expand the state's medical marijuana system. Shumlin used the occasion to emphasize medical marijuana as an alternative to opioid pain relievers: "At a time when opiate addiction is ravaging our state and drug companies continue to urge our doctors to pass out painkillers like candy, we need to find a more practical solution to pain management. This bill ensures that Vermonters who are suffering will have access to medicine that is high quality, laboratory tested, and most importantly non-addictive," he said.

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

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