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US: Editorial: The Quite Hilarious Campaign Against Marijuana,Legalisation

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Forbes Magazine, 03 Aug 2014 - There's a moment of some joyous hilarity today as an organisation calling itself "GrassIsNotGreener.com" takes out an ad in the New York Times opposing that newspaper's editorial line that the time has come to legalise marijuana. The fun comes from looking at who is supporting this campaign and then trying to work out why they're doing so. The co-founder seems to be one of the more addicted Kennedys, the former Congressman from Rhode Island, Patrick. I'm afraid that I stray from accepted wisdom here, I tend not to think that addicts, whether former or not, have any great insights into what the rest of us should be allowed to do. I'm much more likely to take seriously on these subjects someone like myself who has dabbled in all sorts of things over the decades but not really found myself even discommoded, let alone trapped, by any of them. Given that that seems to be the usual human experience, most of us have tried one drug or another and few of us have become addicted to any of them, that sounds like the more sensible group of people to listen to. Rather than, say, someone who blamed a car crash on the use of too much Adderall. But there's much more fun at their website:
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US WA: OPED: Problems Put Crimp In Legal Marijuana Plans

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 03 Aug 2014 - The states of Colorado and Washington ushered in what is likely to be a continuing trend when in November 2012 voters approved ballot measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Both states started implementing the laws this year. However, legalization advocates who crafted the measures are discovering that a number of governmental controls they included to maximize the likelihood of passage are coming back to bite them.
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US: Drug Courts, Meant To Aid Addicts, Of Pot Politics

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Home, 03 Aug 2014 - WASHINGTON - Attorney David West can't pinpoint precisely when he started to sour on the rapid expansion of drug courts - but the karate episode stands out. West, a criminal defense lawyer in the Atlanta area, was representing a client busted in a town north of the city for possession of pot. Faced with the prospect of losing his driver's license and being haunted by a criminal record, the client opted for treatment.
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Australia: Editorial: Medical Need For Weed

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Sunday Mail, 03 Aug 2014 - THE vexed question of legalising medical marijuana is gaining momentum in Australia. Only recently NSW Premier Mike Baird said he wouldn't completely rule it out. Now, Brisbane mum Sally White tells 60 Minutes tonight that her 16-month-old daughter is dying and she wants to put her child on weed. A young cancer sufferer in Tamworth in NSW, his father a policeman, is waging a campaign to have medical marijuana made legal. It is legal in Colorado in the US and other states are investigating.
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US PA: OPED: We Can Regulate Marijuana Use

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Standard-Speaker, 03 Aug 2014 - For Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, there is no difference between the health effects of marijuana and those of any other illegal drug. "All illegal drugs are bad for people," she told Congress in 2012, refusing to say whether crack, methamphetamines or prescription painkillers are more addictive or physically harmful than marijuana.
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US MI: Marijuana Big Issue In 27th House District

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Tribune, 03 Aug 2014 - Michigan's 27th District House seat is turning out to be a hotly-contested primary race with five Democratic candidates and two Republicans aiming for victory. The district covers areas of Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak Township.
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US NM: Column: NM Delegation Talks Pot Policy

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Aug 2014 - Did you see the "Meet the Press" segment on marijuana legalization last Sunday? If not, you didn't miss much - except the irritating spectacle of smug Beltway insiders making lame jokes about one of the most interesting public policy experiments of our time.
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US PA: Editorial: Gov't Should Clear Remaining Obstacles to

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 03 Aug 2014 - Is medical marijuana (or perhaps even Colorado-style legalization) "the next gay marriage"? The idea of allowing equal marriage rights for same-sex couples was resisted for decades - actually centuries. But advocates persisted, attitudes changed and eventually legalization of gay marriage became inevitable.
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US PA: Editorial: Gov't Should Clear Remaining Obstacles to

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
The Reporter, 03 Aug 2014 - Is medical marijuana (or perhaps even Colorado-style legalization) "the next gay marriage"? The idea of allowing equal marriage rights for same-sex couples was resisted for decades - actually centuries. But advocates persisted, attitudes changed and eventually legalization of gay marriage became inevitable.
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US MD: Editorial: Marijuana Paradox

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 03 Aug 2014 - Advocates' Concerns About Some Aspects of Maryland's Proposed Medical Marijuana Regulations Reflect the Lunacy of Federal Treatment of the Drug Advocates are generally praising Maryland's proposed new medical marijuana regulations as a step in the right direction after an initial effort failed to make the drug available to patients with chronic pain, nausea and other conditions thought to be alleviated by it. But they have raised concerns about some details that essentially boil down to this paradox: They object that the regulations would treat marijuana like any other medicine and that they would not.
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US PA: Editorial: Push For Medical Marijuana Approval Makes

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Local, 03 Aug 2014 - Is medical marijuana (or perhaps even Colorado-style legalization) "the next gay marriage"? Probably. The idea of allowing equal marriage rights for same-sex couples was resisted for decades- actually centuries. But advocates persisted, attitudes changed and eventually legalization of gay marriage became inevitable.
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US PA: State Senator Samples Pot On Taxpayer Trip To Colo.

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 03 Aug 2014 - HARRISBURG (AP) - A Pennsylvania state senator admitted he used marijuana during a recent taxpayer-funded trip to Colorado to observe the state's legal marijuana industry in action. Sen. Daylin Leach, a leading proponent of legalized marijuana in the Legislature, said he took two hits from a vape pen, similar to an e-cigarette, at his hotel. The device vaporizes a form of marijuana and is smokeless. Leach said it was a gift from a facility he and aides toured during the trip, which cost nearly $5,000.
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US WA: Legal Bog Ahead For Island Pot Growers

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 03 Aug 2014 - Taking Weed to Mainland Marijuana Moved by Air, Sea Governed by Federal Anti-Pot Regulations Scott Durkee is ready to grow some weed.
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US: Pro-Pot Editorials Draw A Rebuttal

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 03 Aug 2014 - A coalition of groups is running a full-page advertisement in the New York Times this weekend, advocating against the maturing movement to legalize marijuana. The ad comes in response to a New York Times editorial series launched last weekend arguing for an end to marijuana prohibition. The newspaper's editorial board advocated for an end to the federal ban on the drug.
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US PA: State Sen. Leach Inhales On Taxpayer-funded Trip To Colo.

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
The Reporter, 03 Aug 2014 - HARRISBURG (AP) - A Pennsylvania state senator admitted he used marijuana during a recent taxpayer-funded trip to Colorado to observe the state's legal marijuana industry in action. Sen. Daylin Leach, a leading proponent of legalized marijuana in the Legislature, said he took two hits from a vape pen, similar to an e-cigarette, at his hotel. The device vaporizes a form of marijuana and is smokeless. Leach said it was a gift from a facility he and aides toured during the trip, which cost nearly $5,000.
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US CO: Denver County Fair Is First To Include Pot Competitions

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 02 Aug 2014 - A 21-And-Over Area Shows Photographs of Winning Plants and Infused Foods DENVER (AP) - Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue-ribbon events at the nation's first county fair to allow pot competitions.
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US MD: Police: Officer Tried To Break In For Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 02 Aug 2014 - A veteran Baltimore County police officer was suspended this week and faces several criminal charges after the department said he tried to break into a Dundalk home in search of drugs. Officer Joseph Stanley Harden, 31, of Towson told investigators he became addicted to Oxycodone after a work-related injury. He was charged late Thursday with attempted burglary, drug possession, attempted robbery and malicious destruction of property. The department said he has been suspended without pay. His police powers also have been suspended.
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Uruguay: Pot Marketplace May Go Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 02 Aug 2014 - (AP) - Uruguay's plan to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal marijuana may be going up in smoke. Delays in implementing the plan are putting it at risk as polls point to opposition gains in October's election and reveal that most Uruguayans oppose it. Opposition politicians have said they will seek to repeal or modify the legislation, which gives the national government power to oversee the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
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Chronicle AM -- August 1, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 20:39

The New York Times isn't done talking about marijuana, a House committee hears about stoned driving, you can comment now on Maryland's draft medical marijuana regulations, federal asset forfeiture and overdose prevention bills get introduced, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

New York Times Has a Week's Worth of Legalization Editorials. The Times's editorial last Sunday calling for the end of federal marijuana prohibition, Repeal Prohibition, Again, was only the beginning. Throughout this week, the "newspaper of record" has kept at it -- and there's still more to come. The other editorials printed so far are Let States Decide on Marijuana, The Injustice of Marijuana Arrests, The Federal Marijuana Ban is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia, and What Science Says About Marijuana. Still to come are editorials addressing track records and regulation. There is also a blog post providing background on the Times's decision to endorse legalization.

House Holds Hearing on Stoned Driving. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing yesterday on driving under the influence of marijuana, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Operating While Stoned," but the upshot was that the federal government has very little information about stoned driving and little basis for setting a legal limit for marijuana impairment. "No one is arguing that [driving while high is] a good idea, but the fact of the matter is that we don't have a lot of data," said Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly. "[Public policy has] got to be based on science, and we need more of it." Researchers testifying before the committee agreed. Click on the hearing link to watch the whole thing.

Washington Attorney General Intervenes in I-502 Lawsuits. Attorney General Bob Ferguson yesterday moved to intervene in three marijuana lawsuits filed against the cities of Wenatchee and Fife, which have passed local ordinances barring the operation of retail marijuana outlets. An opinion released by Ferguson in January concluded that I-502 does not bar localities from banning such businesses, so it appears he will be siding with the localities.

More Michigan Towns to Vote on Marijuana Reform Measures. Three more Michigan communities have joined the list of towns and cities that will vote on municipal legalization measures. Saginaw, Clare, and Harrison all have measures that have qualified for the ballot. In Saginaw, up to an ounce would be legalized; in Clare and Harrison, up to 2.5 ounces. More than a dozen Michigan communities are expected to vote on reform measures in November.

Portland, Oregon, Moves to Tax Marijuana Before It's Even Legal. The city of Portland has created a marijuana advisory committee in anticipation of voters legalizing marijuana statewide in November. The committee is discussing where to allow pot shops, but it is also moving to create a city sales tax -- and it has to do that before the November election because the language of the New Approach Oregon initiative does not allow cities to impose taxes beyond the state tax it imposes. The thinking is that if a tax is passed before the election, it can be grandfathered in.

Medical Marijuana

Maryland Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations are Now Available -- And You Have Until Tuesday to Comment. Maryland's medical marijuana commission has released draft regulations for cultivators and physicians. The Marijuana Policy Project has some problems with them, including calls for an "unnecessary" training course on medical marijuana for all certifying physicians, mandatory drug testing for patients, and a requirement that doctors specify dosage and strain type. These are draft regulations, but the period for comment on the draft ends Tuesday. Interested parties can email the commission to register their comments.

Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act Picks Up New Cosponsor. House Resolution 4498, the Legitimate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, has picked up a fourth cosponsor, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act and block the act from being used against medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

Sentencing

Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014 Picks Up New Cosponsor. Senate Bill 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, has picked up its 31st cosponsor, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The bill would allow judges in some cases to sentence without regard to mandatory minimums, reduce mandatory minimums, and allow people sentenced for crack offenses after the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act went into effect to seek sentence reductions.

Harm Reduction

Senator Jack Reed Introduces Overdose Prevention Act. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and four Democratic cosponsors today introduced the Overdose Prevention Act, which would expand overdose prevention services and providing funding for access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone. The bill is not yet up on the congressional web site.

Asset Forfeiture

Rep. Tim Walberg Introduces Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) has filed House Resolution 5212, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act. The bill would raise the standard of proof necessary for the government to seize property and reinstate due process so the government is required to  prove a property owner's involvement in criminal activity. This is the second asset forfeiture reform bill filed in as many weeks. Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filed the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) ACT, Senate Bill 2644, which would require the government to prove with clear and convincing evidence that the property it wishes to forfeit is connected with a crime.

Law Enforcement

Justice Department Report Scolds DEA for Leaving Student in Cell for Five Days. A Justice Department report on the detention of San Diego student Daniel Chong, who was left unattended in a holding cell for five days at a DEA office there, has concluded that the DEA did not take simple measures to ensure that detainees are not forgotten. The report also slammed the agency for having the same agents who left Chong in the cell conduct the investigation into how it happened. Chong earlier received a $1.4 million payout from the DEA to settle a lawsuit he brought against the agency.

International

Russian Drug Agency Proposes Giving Social Benefits to Recovering Drug Users. In something of a surprise move, the Russian Federal Drug Control Service has proposed providing free housing, food subsidies, and home health care to help recovering drug users progress in their rehabilitation. The bill would add drug addicts to a list of categories of people considered socially vulnerable, such as senior citizens and people with disabilities. The proposal has drawn harsh criticism from opponents, who argue that it would encourage drug use.

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US WA: City Attorney Speaks Out On Officer's Pot Ticketing

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 01 Aug 2014 - Advocate of Legalization Discusses Enforcement of Ban 'It's About Getting People to Stop Smoking Marijuana in Public' In the wake of news stories about a Seattle police officer under investigation for writing 80 percent of the tickets this year for using marijuana in public, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Thursday issued a statement outlining his position on enforcement of the ban.
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