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Turkey: PKK Makes Use of Legal Loopholes to Maintain Drug

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Today's Zaman, 18 Jan 2015 - A General Directorate of Security (EGM) report on the fight against drug-trafficking and production has revealed that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) makes millions of dollars growing marijuana in the southeastern provinces by exploiting the lack of effective legal measures to tackle illegal drug production in areas that are not monitored by the government. The report also indicated that mines are placed around the fields and that snipers occupy high positions to protect the marijuana fields from outside intruders.
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US CO: Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
New York Times, 18 Jan 2015 - DENVER - When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning their kitchens and basements into "Breaking Bad"-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves on fire in the process.
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US IL: Green Behind The Grass

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 18 Jan 2015 - Costs Adding Up for Medical Pot Entrepreneurs In the world of medical marijuana entrepreneurs in Illinois, there's plenty of green behind the grass. Hundreds of would-be medical marijuana growers and sellers have put millions of dollars on the line hoping for coveted state permits that were supposed to be issued by former Gov. Pat Quinn by the end of last year.
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US FL: Editorial: Lead Or Be Eclipsed On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Jan 2015 - Those who opposed last year's push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida raised several concerns. They feared it would allow children to get medical pot from their doctor. They feared it would be prescribed for just about anything, including a hangnail. They feared caregivers would become drug dealers. And above all else, they said it had no business as an amendment to the state constitution. In November, Amendment 2 came close to passing with 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent needed. At the time, its principal backer, Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, promised he'd be back. And Monday, he filed paperwork to start the process for placing a revised initiative on the 2016 ballot.
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US: Cartels Quickly Adapting To Looser U.S. Marijuana Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 18 Jan 2015 - At the US-Mexico Border, a Flood of Heroin, Meth Show the Trade Is Changing SAN YSIDRO, Calif. - Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug-seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America's marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade.
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US CO: Increase in Explosions of Home Labs Is Blamed on Colo.

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 18 Jan 2015 - DENVER - When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, one problem was not fully anticipated: exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts, and lawmakers across the state are now confronting. Amateur marijuana alchemists are turning their kitchens and basements into "Breaking Bad"-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves on fire.
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US AK: North Pole To Consider Ban On Marijuana Sales

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 17 Jan 2015 - FAIRBANKS - The North Pole City Council will soon be considering a ban on the sale of marijuana in city limits. Marijuana retail stores do not reflect the values of the Christmas-themed community, a draft ordinance states.
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Chronicle AM: Major Asset Forfeiture Reform Move, NCAA Drug Policy Review, Indonesia Executions, More (1/16/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 22:19

Attorney General Holder announces a major civil asset forfeiture reform move, the NCAA will review its drug policies, a Vermont report on the impact of pot legalization has been released, and more. Let's get to it:

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No Marijuana Stores in Alaska's Capital Until October. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has approved a moratorium on marijuana-related businesses until October 19. City officials will not consider any land use or other permits until the moratorium expires, meaning pot businesses won't be able to grow crops or prepare for retail sales until then.

Report on Impact of Legalization in Vermont Released. Vermont could make tens of millions of dollars in marijuana revenues a year, according to a new comprehensive report released today. The report was commissioned by the state legislature and serves as a policy guide as the state considers legalization. It lays out various options for legalization.

Medical Marijuana

Georgia CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Dead. Rep. Allen Peake's House Bill 1, which would have allowed for the use of high-CBD cannabis oil to treat seizures in children, has died before even being introduced. The bill died after Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced his support for another CBD bill, which is yet to be written.

Kansas Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally in Topeka. Several dozen medical marijuana supporters were joined by a pair of Democratic lawmakers at a statehouse rally today to call for legalizing the medicinal use of the herb. The two legislators, Rep. Gail Finney (D-Wichita) and Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City), filed medical marijuana bills prior to the start of this year's legislative session. Similar measures have been filed since 2009, but none of them have made it to the discussion stage in committee.

Asset Forfeiture

Attorney General Holder Blocks Federal Asset Forfeiture Sharing Program. In the boldest civil asset forfeiture reform move in years, Holder has barred federal agencies from participating in the Equitable Sharing asset forfeiture program, under which state and local police seeking to circumvent state asset forfeiture laws would let federal agencies "adopt" the seizures. Under the program, the police agency got up to 80% of the proceeds, while state laws typically require them to be deposited in designated accounts, such as the general fund or education funds. Click on the link for the full story.

Drug Policy

NCAA to Consider Revamping Its Drug Policy. In the wake of criticism for suspending a University of Oregon football player for pot smoking just before the collegiate national championship game, and after its Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports informally recommended it, the NCAA will examine proposed changes to its policies for testing both performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. The NCAA's standard for marijuana, for instance, it 10 times that used for airline pilots.

International

Stratfor Report on Mexican Drug Trafficking. The Austin-based private intelligence group has released a free, condensed version of its annual Mexican drug cartel report. Check it out at the link.

Indonesia Set to Execute Six Drug Convicts Sunday. New President Joko Widodo appears to be living up to his vow to not grant clemency to death row drug prisoners. The Indonesian Attorney General's Office announced Friday that it will execute six convicted drug traffickers Sunday. Widodo signed off on the executions last month.

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US GA: Macon Legislator On Mission To Legalize Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Gwinnett Daily Post, 16 Jan 2015 - Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes. Undaunted, Peake is back again with H.B. 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston. And with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showing 84 percent of Georgians favor passage of medical marijuana legislation, I suspect he has the Senate's attention, as well.
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US CT: Board Rejects Marijuana To Treat Tourette's

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Register Citizen, 16 Jan 2015 - Tourette's disorder, which is actually a group of related syndromes, does not have a treatment that helps all patients, and medical marijuana would be a hopeful addition to the arsenal, according to a specialist at the Yale Child Study Center. Tourette's was turned down unanimously by the Department of Consumer Protection's four-member Board of Physicians at this week's meeting, however, largely because of a lack of studies, according to Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris.
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UK: Drug Drivers Licked

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Daily Telegraph, 16 Jan 2015 - On-The-Spot Saliva Test for Cannabis and Cocaine Use Approved for Use by Police Police will be able to test drivers for drugs on the roadside after the first mobile checking device was approved. The "Drugwipe" can trace cocaine and cannabis in a saliva sample within three minutes. Drivers will be tested on the spot, rather than at a police station, meaning convictions are likely to soar as the device is increasingly adopted by forces. Mike Penning, the police minister, said chief constables would now be able to roll out the Securetec DrugWipe 3S after the technology was rubber-stamped by Home Office scientists. "Drug drivers are a deadly menace and must be stopped," said Mr Penning. "Those who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs not only put their own lives at risk, but also those of innocent pedestrians, motorists and their passengers." The test can detect cocaine and cannabis, the substances most commonly used by drug drivers. The manufacturers also produce a test for other drugs including heroin, amphetamine and Ecstasy, but this version has not yet won Home Office backing. A positive test will show red lines, similar to a pregnancy test.
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US KS: Kansas Senator: Legalized Medical Marijuana Is

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Wichita Eagle, 16 Jan 2015 - Legalization of medical marijuana in Kansas is inevitable, Sen. David Haley told a crowd of about 30 supporters at a rally in the rotunda of the Capitol on Thursday afternoon. Haley, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, have introduced companion bills in the House and Senate, SB 9 and HB 2011, that would allow medicinal use of marijuana.
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US NE: PUB: Faulty Drug Testing

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Lincoln Journal Star, 16 Jan 2015 - Mandatory and random drug testing in the workplace will still get you fired for trace amounts of cannabis. Unlike alcohol, where the the drug's effects are processed by the liver, THC hangs in there after the effects are gone. However, the testing cannot tell whether it is residual or freshly consumed. For example: I personally do not want to be working alongside an electrician working on live circuits, with him being stoned. Make sense? There is no way to tell in a test whether he is stoned or that the last time he smoked was days ago.
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US IA: Obit: Iowa Man Who Fought to Use Marijuana Oil on Rare Cancer Dies

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 16 Jan 2015 - DAVENPORT,IOWA (AP) - An eastern Iowa man who was convicted late last year of growing marijuana that he used to treat his rare form of cancer has died. Benton Mackenzie, 49, died Monday at his home in Long Grove, near Davenport, his mother Dottie Mackenzie confirmed Tuesday.
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US MI: State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Oakland Press, 16 Jan 2015 - Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court spent Thursday morning listening to oral arguments in three medical marijuana cases that began in Oakland County. Up first was the case of Richard Hartwick, who was accused of illegally growing and possessing marijuana in September 2011 in Pontiac.
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US NM: High Court Weighs Aerial Surveillance

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Jan 2015 - SANTA FE - The state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of northern New Mexico man who claims his privacy rights were violated after a flyover prompted a ground search. That search turned up more than a dozen marijuana plants on his remote property.
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US AK: Alaskans Attend 'Lessons Learned' Marijuana Conference

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 16 Jan 2015 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska law enforcement representatives and other public officials are in Colorado to learn how that state coped with legal recreational marijuana. More than 500 people from 38 states, including 40 Alaskans, are attending a conference titled, "Marijuana Impact on Public Health and Safety in Colorado." It's hosted by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.
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US OH: Pot Backers' Plan Includes Safety Tests

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 16 Jan 2015 - Backers of a prospective investment-based marijuana ballot issue said yesterday that they would set up five "testing centers" throughout Ohio to verify for consumers the chemical content of marijuana for sale for personal use. ResponsibleOhio said the testing program would end the uncertainty about dangerous drugs purchased on the black market.
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Chronicle AM: OR Marijuana Moves, No More UMass Snitches, Suboxone Bottlenecks, More (1/15/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:49

Oregon marijuana regulators are going on a listening tour while consumers get organized, a Minnesota Indian reservation ponders producing medical marijuana, UMass ends its student snitch program, and more. Let's get to it:

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Oregon Liquor Control Board on Pot Policy Listening Tour. The board, which is charged with regulating marijuana as well as liquor, has set the first two stops on its statewide listening tour designed to elicit public comment on proposed rules and regulations. The first two stops will be next Thursday in Baker and Pendleton. Click on the link for event details.

NORML Forms Portland Chapter to Lobby for Marijuana Consumer Interests. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has formed a Portland, Oregon, chapter to lobby for the interests of pot smokers as the state begins drafting rules for legal marijuana there. The Portland chapter is headed by radio host and long-time marijuana activist "Radical" Russ Bellville. The group will push to ensure that pot smokers are "provided the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as adult alcohol and tobacco consumers, whenever practical."

Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Indian Tribe Okays Study on Medical Marijuana, Hemp. The tribal council for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians has approved a study what economic benefits could accrue to the tribe by allowing the production of medical marijuana and hemp. Tribal leaders weren't interested in recreational marijuana, but saw job growth and economic development opportunities in producing medical marijuana or hemp. The federal government cleared the way for Indian reservations to participate in marijuana business last month, but so far, only one tribe, the Pinole Pomos in Northern California, has announced plans to move forward.

Harm Reduction

Obstacles to Wider Use of Suboxone. The Washington Post has a nice piece on bureaucratic bottlenecks blocking the wider use of the opiate maintenance medication suboxone, which is safer than methadone. Only doctors who have been trained and approved by the DEA can prescribe it, and only to a limited number of patients. Click on the link for much more.

Law Enforcement

Supreme Court Hears Deportation Case Hinging on Whether a Sock is Drug Paraphernalia. The US Supreme Court Wednesday held a hearing in the case of Moones Mellouli, a legal permanent US resident, who was ordered deported after being caught with four Adderall pills and eventually accepting a deal to plead guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia -- the sock in which the pills were hidden. His is the fourth case in which the high court has looked at deportations for minor drug offenses; in the first three, the court ruled against the government. Given the incredulous tenor of the questions from the justices, it looks like the government may lose this one, too. Click on the link for more.

UMass Amherst Will Quit Using Student Snitches. The school's chancellor has ended its program allowing campus police to use students as confidential informants. The move comes after a student used as a snitch by campus cops died of a heroin overdose. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said using students as snitches is "fundamentally inconsistent with our core values."

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CN BC: Vancouver Medical Pot Stores Growing Like Weeds

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
Vancouver 24hours, 15 Jan 2015 - Don Briere has hardly any time to stay in one place to chat because of the demand his Weeds Glass & Gifts chain store is serving. What skyrocketed Briere into notoriety in 2004 - opening up the Da Kine cafe on Commercial Drive that was dramatically raided by SWAT teams - has now turned into a prosperous business over the last 17 months as he's opened a chain of 11 medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver. He's now eyeing three more in the near future across municipalities in B.C.
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