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US DC: Column: Marijuana May Be Legal, But It's Lame

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 09 Nov 2014 - The Post's Justin Moyer Says Pot Has Gone From Rebellious to Tedious This past week, D.C. advanced America's 21stcentury war on its 20th-century war on drugs. Now that marijuana is somewhat legal, the city's African American residents are less likely to be disproportionately arrested for a victimless crime. If the cannabis industry stays out of town, D.C. Council members, who should spend time fixing the city's public schools, won't be preoccupied with regulating a substance arguably less harmful than alcohol. And police officers who should be chasing bank robbers and murderers will no longer bust college students carrying dime bags.
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US FL: Column: Take Moral, Not Political Road on Medical Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 09 Nov 2014 - Florida voters denied - barely - a political imperative to pass a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of medical marijuana by folks with debilitating illnesses. It falls upon the Florida lawmakers to follow a moral imperative to pass medical marijuana legislation and give relief to thousands of Floridians suffering from horrible ailments. This is reason enough to move quickly, but faith in this Legislature on this issue is hard to come by.
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US MA: Walsh Wants Tough Pot Regs

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Boston Herald, 09 Nov 2014 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has long opposed marijuana dispensaries, told the Herald yesterday that he's hopeful there will be "tight regulations" on a pot shop that now is one step closer to opening in Boston's Financial District. "I mean, it's the law. We're going to live with the law," Walsh said. "I didn't support it in the beginning; I just thought it was too open-ended. But in saying that, it's the law today, and everything can be worked out."
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Guyana: Column: DC Marijuana Vote Will Test 'War On Drugs'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Stabroek News, 09 Nov 2014 - Here's the biggest irony of Tuesday's mid-term elections: the US government will continue demanding that Mexico, Colombia and other countries fight the marijuana trade as part of its "war on drugs," while Washington voters have just approved making pot legal in the US capital. Under an initiative passed by DC voters in Tuesday's elections, residents aged over 21 will be able to possess two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational consumption outside federal lands, pending congressional approval of the measure.
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US CO: The Life of a Pot Critic: Clean, With Citrus Notes

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
New York Times, 09 Nov 2014 - DENVER - Jake Browne was seated in a yellow suede chair, carefully rotating a marijuana bud between his fingers. "I'm looking for bugs, mildew, things I wouldn't want to ingest," he said, leaning forward to hold the nickel-size flower up to the light. He paused, then took a sip of water from a cup with a Miley Cyrus hologram down its side. "This looks clean," he concluded. Mr. Browne, 31, held the bud up to his nose and inhaled. Then he opened his computer. "Faint lemony sweetness," he typed, before loading the pot into a small glass pipe.
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US: Support For Legal Pot Down Off Its High

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Daily Home, 08 Nov 2014 - Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusiasm among voters has hit a plateau. A majority, 51 percent, favors legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll. That's about where support has been since 2011, but a drop from the 58 percent who told Gallup last year they supported legalization. Last year's poll came just after Colorado and Oregon had voted to allow marijuana to be sold in stores and were in the process of setting up the market.
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CN ON: Coe Hill Pot Doc Committed To Trial

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 08 Nov 2014 - Rob and Mary Kamermans Face Series of Charges BELLEVILLE - A Coe Hill family practitioner and his wife have been committed to stand trial for a host of charges including, substance trafficking, fraud and money laundering related to his involvement with medical marijuana prescriptions.
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US NM: Next Steps for Pot Law, Mental Health Tax in Question

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 08 Nov 2014 - Results Are Not Binding, and It's Unclear If They Will Turn into Government Action Both advisory questions on the Bernalillo County ballot - marijuana decriminalization and a mental health tax - won big at the polls this week.
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US DC: Legalization of Marijuana Faces Uncertain Future in

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 08 Nov 2014 - Although residents of Washington voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marijuana this week - a move that could put penalty-free pot within an hour's drive of Baltimore - the ballot initiative faces an uncertain future. The measure, which would make it legal for people over 21 to possess 2 ounces of marijuana and grow up to three plants, has triggered some concern on Capitol Hill and among Maryland authorities.
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UK: Editorial: Marijuana Milestone

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Economist, 08 Nov 2014 - Almost Half of American States Have Taken Steps to Legalise Cannabis. the Federal Government Should Follow BESIDES choosing lawmakers, on November 4th voters in three American states and the District of Columbia considered measures to liberalise the cannabis trade.
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UK: Column: The Marlboro Of Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Economist, 08 Nov 2014 - The Legal Cannabis Industry Is Run by Minnows. As Liberalisation Spreads, That May Not Last "FRESH and fruity, right?" says a bright-eyed young man behind the counter, wafting an open jar of something called "AK-47" under Schumpeter's nose. "Whereas with this one",-unscrewing another jar, fanning the scent up to his nostrils and closing his eyes in concentration-"I'm getting notes of dill."
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US DC: Legalization Of Marijuana In DC Heads To Congress

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 07 Nov 2014 - Congress to Weigh in on Marijuana The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing, and sharing small amounts of the drug.
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US WA: Medical Pot's Hazy Status

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 07 Nov 2014 - Seattle May Have Hundreds of Medical-Marijuana Businesses, but Regulation Is So Loose and Spread Out Among Agencies That Nobody Really Knows. the City Vows to 'Come Knocking,' but It May Take the Legislature to Straighten It All Out. As the recreational-pot market develops, a growing number of Seattle medical-marijuana businesses are operating in a legally gray, loosely regulated space.
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US DC: Editorial: Hands Off The Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 07 Nov 2014 - Now That D.C. Voters Have Spoken, Congress Should Not Interfere With Marijuana Legalization. D.C. VOTERS, as expected, gave overwhelming approval to a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana and, as expected, there were immediate rumblings from Capitol Hill of plans to block its implementation. We did not favor passage of Initiative 71, but we do believe in democracy and self-government. Congress should recognize how inappropriate it would be to interfere with the District on this local issue.
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Chronicle AM: 2016 Plans, Silk Road 2.0 Busted, Canada & Jamaica React to Marijuana Votes, More (11/6/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 21:50

Marijuana reform activists are already eyeing 2016, and so is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the FBI busts the latest incarnation of Silk Road, Tuesday's vote brings some joy in Canada and Jamaica, and more. Let's get to it:

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Only 733 Days Until California Legalizes Marijuana. That's the message from the California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, which is already laying the groundwork for a successful statewide marijuana legalization in 2016. Check it out.

Missouri Group Files Petition to Legalize Marijuana in 2016. The activist group Show-Me Cannabis filed a petition Wednesday for a constitutional amendment initiative to legalize marijuana in 2016. It must now undergo a review and public comment process. Once approved, supporters will have to gather 165,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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Drug Legalizer Gary Johnson Will Run for President (Again) in 2016. Former Republican New Mexico governor, 2012 Republican presidential nomination seeker, and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has announced he will run for president again in 2016. He picked up 1.3 million votes as the Libertarian candidate last time. He said he was running as a counter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who he said was only half-right on the issues.

Law Enforcement

FBI Busts Silk Road 2.0. The FBI has arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly running the resurrected dark web online drug sales web site Silk Road 2.0. Blake Benthall was arrested in San Francisco Thursday. The original Silk Road allegedly generated over a billion dollars in sales before it was busted and its original operator, Ross Ulbricht, was arrested. Silk Road 2.0 was launched a year ago and allegedly was doing $8 million a month in sales, with over 13,000 different listings for controlled substances. Don't be surprised when Silk Road 3.0 pops up.

International

Canada Activists, Liberals Celebrate US Marijuana Legalization Votes. "I'm very happy today," said Vancouver activist Dana Larsen, who led the not yet successful drive for pot decriminalization in British Columbia last year. "It's pouring rain outside, but that's okay, it's sunshining in our hearts. The final argument from prohibitionists in Canada has always been, 'If you legalize it, America will punish us… they'll shut down our border.' That's always been the last refuge of the prohibitionists. [President] Obama is not even punishing his own states for legalizing it. It will definitely make it much easier [for a future Canadian government to legalize it.]" The Liberal Party was also pleased. "Last night, voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC expressed their democratic will and supported the legalization of marijuana," a party spokesperson said. "A well-regulated, legal system for marijuana access promotes public safety, keeps profits out of the hands of gangs, and helps keep drugs out of the hand of children -- exactly what Liberals have been saying all along."

Jamaica Ganja Task Force Hails US Marijuana Legalization Votes. Canadians weren't the only ones smiling. Jamaica's Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Task Force called the legalization votes in Alaska, Colorado, and Washington, DC, "positive developments" and urged the Jamaican government to get moving. "The CCMRT, while acknowledging the Jamaican government's positive positioning on ganja law reform, urge them to move more decisively at fundamental reform so as to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind," the group said.

Mexican Mayor and Wife Arrested in Case of Missing Student Teachers. Mexican authorities announced Tuesday that they had arrested fugitive former Iguala mayor Jose Luiz Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, in a pre-dawn raid in a Mexico City working class suburb. They fled after 43 radical student teachers went missing more than a month ago in the midst of anti-government demonstrations. Pineda is a accused of being the chief operative of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, to whom the students were handed after being detained by Iguala police. The case is causing huge tremors in a country sick to death of official corruption and impunity.

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US DC: GOP Congress to Weigh 'Legal Pot'

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The News-Item, 06 Nov 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The national marijuana legalization debate ismoving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot. Voters in Oregon and Alaska also approved legalization initiatives, joining Colorado and Washington state, where pot is already legally available.
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US: Legal Toking Still Months Away In 2 States

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 Nov 2014 - The Recreational Use of Marijuana Is Now Legal in Alaska and Oregon, but the Change Won't Take Effect Until Next Year. Pot-Legalization Groups Are Looking Ahead to California in 2016. PORTLAND, Ore. - Voters in the blue state of Oregon and the red state of Alaska have joined the fledgling green column of the U.S. political map by choosing to legalize recreational marijuana, but supporters are not at liberty to light up or buy their cannabis just yet.
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US FL: GOP Lawmakers Willing to Consider Medical Pot Despite

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 06 Nov 2014 - Amendment's Chief Backer Plans to Bring Cause to Legislature. The expansion of the use of medical marijuana in Florida came up short at the polls Tuesday, but the chief financial backer of the campaign says he will take his cause to the Florida Legislature in 2015 and GOP leaders said Wednesday that they are willing to listen. he will use the fact that a clear majority of voters supported the amendment to push the Florida Legislature to act.
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US CA: Pot Ordinance Becomes Effective Today

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Porterville Recorder, 06 Nov 2014 - The marijuana ordinance requiring patients cultivating their own plants to have a city-issued permit goes into effect today. "[Patients] need to submit an application starting [today]," Interim Community Development Director Jenni Byers said.
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US CO: Column: Can I Grow Pot At A Co-Op?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Westword, 06 Nov 2014 - Dear Stoner: As a medical marijuana patient, I am interested in growing my own meds, but not in or around the house, where the kids are. Do you know of something like a growing co-op that would allow me to grow somewhere else? Greenhouse Gary
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