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US AK: Borough Mayor Hopkins to Create Marijuana Working Group

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Dec 2014 - FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins plans to launch a working group to help form local regulations for commercial marijuana. Following a community town hall meeting earlier this month that included representatives from the three local governments, Hopkins said he plans to bring forward borough regulations by as early as February.
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Chronicle AM: Cuomo Just Says No, Christie Talks Mandatory Treatment, Lebanese Hash Boom, More (12/22/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 21:13

Cuomo rejects legalization, Christie talks treatment instead of prison, New Hampshire takes a step toward getting dispensaries going, Lebanon's hash trade is booming, and more. Let's get to it:

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New York Governor Rejects Legalizing Pot, Cites Myth. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Sunday reiterated his opposition to freeing the weed. "I do not favor legalized marijuana," he said in a radio interview. "I do believe it can be a gateway drug." The "gateway theory" is widely considered to be a myth.

South Carolina Decriminalization Bill Pre-Filed. Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens) has pre-filed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in the Palmetto State. Under the bill, possession of less than an ounce would be a civil infraction with a fine of between $100 and $200 for a first offense. Fines increase with subsequent offenses. The bill is H 3117.

Medical Marijuana

California Appeals Court Rules Concentrates Qualify as Medical Marijuana. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled last week that "concentrated cannabis" qualifies as marijuana for purposes of medical use. The ruling came in People v. Mulcrevy, in which medical marijuana patients and probationer Sean Patrick Mulcrevy was accused of violating his probation because he was caught in possession of cannabis oil. Concentrated cannabis "is covered by the Compassionate Use Act, and there is insufficient evidence Mulcrevy violated his probation in light of that conclusion," the appeals court held unanimously.

New Hampshire Now Taking Dispensary Applications. The Department of Health and Human Services Friday released its request for applications for people who want a shot at operating one of the four "alternative treatment centers" contemplated under the state's medical marijuana laws. The state is divided into four geographic areas; each will be allowed one dispensary.

Heroin and Prescription Opiates

Christ Christie: Drug War Has Failed, Treat Addiction as an Illness, Mandatory Treatment Needed. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has spoken out again on drug policy, saying the state needs to embrace a dramatically different approach to drug use and addiction. "I think what we've seen over the last 30 years is it just hasn't worked," he said. "And there are some people who make one bad choice to try drugs one time and their particular chemistry leads them to be an addict from the minute they try it. So we need to treat it as a disease. And not having mandatory incarceration for non-violent offenders but having mandatory treatment is something that's going to yield a much greater result for society in general and for those individuals in particular." There's much more at the link.

International

Lebanese Hash Trade Booming in Shadow of Syrian Civil War. Distracted by the civil war next door in Syria, Lebanese security forces have for the past two years refrained from their annual hash eradication campaigns, and now, well-armed leaders of the trade are confident enough to tell troops to stay away if they don't want trouble. "We are selling hashish, and if anyone from the government tries to come close to it, we'll kill them," said Ali Shamas, a spokesman for growers and sellers. "This year we had a good year." Because of oversupply due to lack of eradication, prices have dropped dramatically, but the trade is still lucrative, Shamas said. "All of my main growers made at least half a million dollars this year," he told The Daily Telegraph. Much more at the link.

Brazil Will Study Legalizing High CBD Medical Marijuana. The Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency said Friday it is going to start discussing whether to reclassify the marijuana derivative cannabidiol (CBD). The announcement came one day after several dozen people protested in Brazilia to demand its reclassification and less than a month after the Federal Medical Council authorized neurologists and psychiatrists to prescribe CBD to epileptic children and teens who haven't responded to other treatments.

First Medical Marijuana Trials Get Underway in New South Wales. The state government announced Sunday that it has authorized clinical trials for medical marijuana. Those will be the first ever in Australia. NSW Premier Mike Baird said he expected hundreds of people to take part in the trial, and if it is successful at relieving pain and suffering, the government would consider importing marijuana or allowing it to be grown in the state.

New South Wales Bar Association Law Committee Calls for "Radical Rethink" of Drug Policy. The bar association's Criminal Law Committee is calling for a drug summit that will "radically rethink" Australia's approaches to drug use and the drug trade. The committee said that marijuana decriminalization is a start, but that "this would not remove the black market in drugs or respond to what we had found with respect to other illicit drugs." Instead, the best way to reduce drug- and prohibition-related harms would be "to replace the black market for drugs with a form of legal availability under a highly regulated system."

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Canada: Pot Still Preferred Drug In Canadian Army, Tests Show

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Record, 22 Dec 2014 - HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members. The report, done between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, found the overall drug consumption rate has been relatively stable since 2010 but suggested young, non-commissioned members were more prone to do drugs.
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Canada: Pot Still Preferred Drug In Army, But Cocaine Gaining Ground

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 22 Dec 2014 - HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members. The report, done between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, found the overall drug consumption rate has been relatively stable since 2010 but suggested young, non-commissioned members were more prone to do drugs.
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CN ON: Former Factories Could Become Medical Marijuana Grow-Ops

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - From sugar to pot? If may take a while, but the process has begun for medical marijuana grow operations to start sprouting up in Niagara Falls. The city's committee of adjustment approved two zoning variances for the former Redpath Sugar plant on Garner Rd. and the former Kimberly Clark factory on Victoria Ave.
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CN ON: 'Residents Deserve To Have Their Voices Heard'

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - Councillor unhappy with way pot proposal dealt with, mayor says proper guidelines followed Residents and councillors should have been given more information about two medical marijuana applications that went before the city's committee of adjustment, says Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni.
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Canada: Pot Still Preferred Drug In The Canadian Army

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Guelph Mercury, 22 Dec 2014 - About 94 Per Cent of Soldiers Showed Clean in Testing HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members.
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US NY: Column: The Huff Post's Drug Problem

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
New York Post, 22 Dec 2014 - THE Huffington Post, through its widely viewed video service HuffPost Live, is promoting recreational use of marijuana as well as even more troubling nonsense about the medicinal value of hard drugs like ecstasy, acid and other Schedule I substances. When Miley Cyrus smoked a joint on stage at the European Music Awards and at the Art Basel Miami Beach festival, most saw it as reflecting the ills of celebrity culture. But the danger of public acceptance and misuse is much greater when a significant media outlet promotes illicit drugs.
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US: Marijuana Decision Won't Affect Tribe

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Morning Sun, 22 Dec 2014 - Reservation Will Continue Zero Tolerance Policy A decision by the United States Department of Justice that will allow for the sale and growth of marijuana on Native lands will not affect the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
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US: Society Split Over Legalizing Pakalolo

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Garden Island, 22 Dec 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws.
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US CO: Marijuana To Kick Off Commissioners' Agenda

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 22 Dec 2014 - The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners is set to take up a measure attempting to limit the number of marijuana plants in home-based grows. The proposed zoning measure was delayed Dec. 10. It proposed that the number of medical marijuana plants grown by individual caregivers be limited to 18 in a private home, 12 in an apartment or duplex and that outdoor growing be limited to agricultural zones in the county.
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US CO: Editorial: DOJ Could Help Neighbors We Burden With

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Gazette, 22 Dec 2014 - A weird lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the United States against Colorado only formalizes what we know. Colorado's marijuana free-for-all is a burden to our neighbors. We grow and sell some of the most potent pot in the world and it crosses into other states as dealers and drug tourists come and go. Colorado voters chose to subject themselves and their children to this ill-fated experiment, but neighboring states get to live with an abundance of our spillover. It makes us the neighborhood drug house, lowering the quality of life for the rest of the block. That's why Oklahoma and Nebraska want judicial relief.
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US CO: All The News That's Fit To Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec 2014 - A Denver Post Blog Is the First Mainstream Media Site Devoted to the World of Legal Pot. DENVER - Jake Browne sauntered into his neighborhood marijuana shop recently and asked the "budtender" for a look at his wares.
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US GA: Column: Restore Our Constitutional Rights: Abolish

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Rome News-Tribune, 22 Dec 2014 - Starting about 1988, we, the God-fearing, law and order, peace-loving people of Georgia willingly allowed our state and federal governments to take from us our most closely guarded constitutional right not to be subjected to seizure of our assets without due process of law. It happened without so much as a whimper from any of us. During this period, the legislature gave the police the right to seize and keep your property over the fear of drugs. The War on Drugs started then, and we have since wasted billions of dollars on this lost effort. We lost the war. This money could have been used to replace every bridge in our state in need of repair or replacement, to build new schools, and to hire and pay teachers rather than furloughing them.
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Lebanon: Cannabis, Growth Industry Of The Syrian War

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Daily Telegraph, 22 Dec 2014 - In Lebanon, Where All Eyes Are on a Neighbouring Country Tearing Itself Apart, a Multi-Million-Dollar Drug Trade Is Flourishing Like Never Before LEBANON'S drug kingpin watched his workers sink spades into the piles of marijuana that banked the walls of his factory, throwing the chopped plants on to machines that sifted out the top-quality hash bound for Britain's streets.
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US HI: Hawaii Law Lacks Clarity On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Garden Island, 22 Dec 2014 - HONOLULU (AP) - Fourteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, there is still no legal way for patients to obtain pot without growing it themselves. The 2000 law also is silent on how the state's 13,000 patients can get the seeds for plants they are allowed to grow.
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UK: Editorial: Society's Scourge

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Yorkshire Post, 22 Dec 2014 - Drugs the Common Denominator THE NHS is not the only organisation facing difficult decisions on funding. The same applies to the police with Sheffield-born Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police's commissioner, warning that public safety will be at risk unless radical measures are taken to deal with cuts.
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US OK: Marijuana Trade Could Snag In Oklahoma's Tribal

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
The Ada Evening News, 21 Dec 2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite getting the federal government's go-ahead to grow and sell marijuana, local tribes are showing little interest in expanding into the trade. If they did, says one expert in Native American affairs, it would raise a tangle of questions involving tribal and state law that are unique to Oklahoma.
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US MA: Sites Eyed South of Boston for Medical Marijuana Sales

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 21 Dec 2014 - Four communities south of Boston could soon become the hosts of medical marijuana businesses, as groups across Massachusetts bid for the final approvals they need to enter the state's fledgling pot industry. Ermont is seeking to open a combined medical marijuana dispensary and growing facility in Quincy, while In Good Health is attempting to locate a combined facility in Brockton.
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US NY: State Proposes Rules For Medical Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 21 Dec 2014 - New York officials on Thursday proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. The Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the program under a law signed in July. It authorizes patients with certain diseases to be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug, which can be ingested or vaporized.
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