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US CA: Column: Should I Open A Medical-Cannabis Dispensary?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 04 Sep 2014 - Plus: Don't miss the 15th-ish Occasional Cannabis Comedy Festival on September 15 at Harlow's I want to open a cannabis dispensary. What should I do? - -Ann Trapenoor
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:01

Interest in medical marijuana is spreading in the South, New Hampshire inches toward dispensaries, and in California, one farmers' market gets shut down in LA even as one opens up north in grower country. Let's get to it:

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Last Friday, Lake County residents filed a federal lawsuit over Measure N enforcement. Residents claim they are being subjected to warrantless searches and unlawful abatement procedures by the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Measure N sets strict limits on outdoor marijuana grows. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order, a temporary injunction, and a permanent injunction to stop the warrantless searches and to require the sheriff's office to provide five-day abatement notices.

Also last Friday, a judge granted a preliminary injunction against a Los Angeles medical marijuana farmers' market. The California Heritage Market managed one medical marijuana farmers' event in July before it was shut down with a temporary restraining order sought by the LA City Attorney's office. Now, local prosecutors have persuaded the same judge to issue a preliminary injunction to keep it shut down.

Last Saturday, Mendocino County had its first ever medical marijuana farmers' market. It was the Healing Harvest Farms medical marijuana farmers' market beside US Highway 101 just north of Laytonville. Also available were locally grown squash, peppers, apples, pears, and other produce.

Florida

On Tuesday, the medical marijuana amendment was polling at 64%. A new Gravis Marketing poll has support for the Measure 2 medical marijuana constitutional amendment at 64%. Because it is a constitutional amendment, the measure needs the approval of 60% of voters to pass. Only 26% were opposed, with 10% undecided.

Georgia

Last Thursday, a medical marijuana study committee held its first hearing. The Georgia Medical Cannabis Joint Study Committee held the first of five scheduled public hearings at the state capitol. The hearings are aimed at drafting legislation to allow for the use of medical marijuana for epilepsy and other conditions. Click on the link for more details.

New Hampshire

Last Friday, the period for public comment on draft dispensary rules ended. Long-delayed dispensaries are about to get a bit closer. The Department of Health and Human Services has produced its first draft rules, and after public comment ended last week, will enter its formal rule-making phase. Click on the link for more details, or visit the state's Therapeutic Cannabis Program.

New Mexico

Last Thursday, the state overrode its own advisory board to deny medical marijuana for Alzheimer's patients. The Secretary of Health denied a petition to add Alzheimer's disease to the list of qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had unanimously recommended that Alzheimer's be added. Click on the link to read some reactions.

South Carolina

On Wednesday, there was a legislative hearing on medical marijuana. A legislative study committee heard testimony about the possibility of approving medical marijuana in the state. They were expected to discuss a 1993 marijuana stamp tax law as part of an effort to determine what potential tax revenues are. But that law was mainly designed as a tool to punish marijuana seller, not for revenue purposes.

Virginia

Last Thursday, the governor expressed support for medical marijuana. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) used a question about legalizing marijuana to express his support not for legalizing for all adults, but for medical marijuana. He said he is not "yet" ready to support full legalization.

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

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Chronicle AM: ME Marijuana Moves, Global Commission Report, CO MJ Growing Conflict, More (9/3/2014)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 19:32

Maine local legalization initiative efforts move forward, Massachusetts moves to ban N-Bomb, conflict over Colorado marijuana growing rules, and more. Let's get to it:

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York, Maine, Legalization Initiative Hands In Signatures. Advocates for a local initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of pot by adult handed in signatures today. The Marijuana Policy Project needs 641 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot; they handed in 900 raw signatures.

Lewiston, Maine, Will Vote on Local Legalization Initiative. The city council voted unanimously last night to put on the November ballot a measure that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults. The council was responding to a successful initiative petition signature drive.

Medical Marijuana

South Carolina Hearing on Medical Marijuana Today. A legislative study committee is hearing testimony today about the possibility of approving medical marijuana in the state. They were expected to discuss a 1993 marijuana stamp tax law as part of an effort to determine what potential tax revenues are. But that law was mainly designed as a tool to punish marijuana seller, not for revenue purposes.

Colorado Public Hearing Yesterday Saw Contention Over Greenhouse Grows. A public hearing over proposed changes to retail and medical marijuana rules saw sparks fly over the issue of greenhouse grows. A new production cap rule would allow warehouses to grow up to 3,600 plants, while greenhouses could only grow half that amount. Greenhouse grows are more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Drug Policy

Global Commission on Drug Policy to Release New Report Next Week. Next Tuesday, September 9, the Global Commission on Drug Policy will release Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, a new, groundbreaking report, at a press conference in New York City.The event will be live-streamed, and speakers include former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson and others. The Commissioners will then meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson in the afternoon following the press conference. Click on the title link for more details.

New Synthetic Drugs

Massachusetts Emergency Bill Would Ban N-Bomb. Bay State prosecutors and law enforcement held a press conference today to announce an emergency bill to classify the synthetic psychedelic drug NBOMe, also known as N-Bomb, as a Class B controlled substance in the state. NBOMe is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, but without a state ban, "state and local police, when they discover these drugs, are powerless to seize them and powerless to prosecute those who might be possessing or distributing them," Middlesex DA Marian Ryan said at the press conference.

International

Spanish Police Dismantle Malaga Cannabis Club. Police in Malaga have shut down a cannabis club there after its members were caught soliciting and selling pot to non-members during the Feria de Malaga celebration. Spanish law allows cannabis club members to collectively grow and share their own, but not to sell it to or solicit non-members.

Japan Cracks Down on Stores Selling Synthetic Drugs. Japanese authorities raided at least 129 stores in Tokyo and Aichi, Osaka, and Fukuoka prefectures for selling synthetic drugs banned under the country's pharmaceutical law At least 50 of those stores have been shut down or will close soon, officials said.

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US MA: Editorial: Legalized Marijuana Has Become A Farce

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
The Enterprise, 03 Sep 2014 - We didn't like the idea of medical marijuana when it was proposed in Massachusetts, and we certainly didn't like the law that won voter approval two years ago. The shortcomings of that law have become all too obvious and need to be addressed. The licensing of marijuana farms and dispensaries (isn't that an innocent sounding word?) has become a farce because of the questionable applications and the bureaucratic ineptitude of a review process dragging on under the direction of the state Department of Public Health.
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US MA: Editorial: Legalized Marijuana Has Become A Farce

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
The Patriot Ledger, 03 Sep 2014 - We didn't like the idea of medical marijuana when it was proposed in Massachusetts, and we certainly didn't like the law that won voter approval two years ago. The shortcomings of that law have become all too obvious and need to be addressed. The licensing of marijuana farms and dispensaries (isn't that an innocent sounding word?) has become a farce because of the questionable applications and the bureaucratic ineptitude of a review process dragging on under the direction of the state Department of Public Health. We are not unhappy that it has taken longer than forecast to get a marijuana industry up and running in the state, but the entire process is becoming embarrassing.
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US FL: Medical-Marijuana Opponents Blast Morgan's Profane

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 03 Sep 2014 - Opponents of the medical-marijuana amendment accused chief promoter John Morgan of promoting "pot for everyone" during a profanity-laden speech caught on video last week. In the video distributed Tuesday by the Vote No on 2 campaign, Morgan is shown giving a six-minute speech in a Lakeland bar crowded with young drinkers early Friday. The group called it "John Morgan unplugged and uncensored."
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US CA: Berkeley Pushes A Boundary On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Sep 2014 - BERKELEY, Calif. - Since the birth of the Free Speech Movement half a century ago, this city has prided itself on its liberal values and policies, be they generous benefits for the needy or a look-the-other-way attitude toward marijuana use. Now, the city is bringing those policies together with a new amenity for the poor here: The marijuana will be free.
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US CA: Column: Kids Need THC, Too

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 03 Sep 2014 - Lawmakers Are Legalizing Certain Strains of Marijuana, but That Won't Be Good Enough Republicans love marijuana. Pushed by a cadre of Christian brothers from Colorado and promoted by CNN's doctor-on-television Sanjay Gupta, a strain of marijuana acceptable for suburban squares and the churchgoing set is winning friends on the right. Marijuana low in THC but high in CBD - cannabidiol, one of the many compounds in cannabis - - has real palliative value for people who medicine has failed. Specifically, it appears to treat kids with (previously) untreatable epilepsy. And best of all: It's impossible to get high off of.
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US CO: Column: State Considers New Marijuana Rules, and Realm

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 03 Sep 2014 - Rules, Rules Everywhere On Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Revenue held a public-comment hearing regarding proposed changes to its medical- and recreational-marijuana code. As it came after our deadline, we can only tell you what the department was scheduled to consider prior to our paper going to press. See future columns for updates.
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US MI: Column: Medical Marijuana, Oxycontin, Overdose Deaths

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 03 Sep 2014 - Last week, The Washington Post asked, Is medical marijuana the answer to America's prescription painkiller epidemic? The article looked at a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, titled "Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010." The study began with the reasoning that because painkiller overdose deaths continue to skyrocket in the U.S., and because medical marijuana is considered a treatment for chronic pain in states where it's legal, medical marijuana states might have lower prescription painkiller overdose rates.
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US TX: Edu: Column: Medical Marijuana Less Harmful Than

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Daily Cougar, 03 Sep 2014 - The medical industry has many tools for treating pain and illness, and while America has some of the most advanced medical treatments in the world, treatment is a tricky thing and sometimes has unintended side effects. One issue that afflicts Americans in particular is reliance on painkiller prescriptions.
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CN ON: 100 Beam Down For Hempfest

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 02 Sep 2014 - The North: Live Music, Politics, Pot Smoking On The Agenda MOONBEAM - There was laughter, tears and the occasional cloud of smoke at Hempfest 2014 in Moonbeam on the weekend. And though there was plenty of beer on hand, this party was BYOB: Bring your own bong.
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US: Officials Worry Traffic Deaths Could Rise As States

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 02 Sep 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and they try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.
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US: Will Traffic Deaths Rise As States Legalize Pot?

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Morning Sun, 02 Sep 2014 - (AP) As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.
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US NV: OPED: Legalizing Pot Would Lead to Destructive Social

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Tahoe Daily Tribune, 02 Sep 2014 - My neighbor and friend Andy Whyman wrote a guest column in the Aug. 15 Sierra Sun and Aug. 24 Bonanza stating his case for legalizing pot. Hopefully after he reads this we will still be friends. But Andy is just plain wrong on this issue and here is why. His opening paragraph states that "the criminalization of marijuana is a war on citizens, particularly citizens of color." So by that reasoning we should legalize killing in the inner city neighborhoods for the same reason. Or maybe make mass murder legal because it is a war on white people.
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US: Will Traffic Deaths Rise As States Legalize Pot?

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 02 Sep 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.
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US: Will Traffic Deaths Increase As States Legalize Pot?

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 02 Sep 2014 - Researchers Divided on Important Question WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.
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US: The Weed Read Branches Out

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 02 Sep 2014 - Now 40 Years Old, High Times Launching Partnerships, an App Go ahead, get the jokes out of your system. The staff of High Times, the counterculture drug magazine, has heard them all before. For 40 years, they've put up with stoner quips and stereotypes. "People have this idea that we sit around and get high all day," says Danny Danko, the magazine's senior cultivation editor and author of its field guide to marijuana strains.
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US: Some Fear Rise in Traffic Deaths As States Legalize

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 02 Sep 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on marijuana will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision, and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills.
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US IL: Medical Pot Won't Be Cheap

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 02 Sep 2014 - Experts Predict Illinois Prices Could Be Among Most Expensive in U.S., Thanks to Restrictive Rules When Jim Champion goes to a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois for the first time, his wife, Sandy, plans to take a picture to mark the victory, after years of fighting for an alternative treatment for his multiple sclerosis.
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