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Kenya: The Miraa Politics: Why Farmers May Not Benefit From

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Star, the, 12 May 2016 - The Sh1 Billion Allocation to Boost Miraa Farmers in Kenya Is Godsend but Critics Have Their Concerns The recent move to allocate Sh1billion to boost miraa farmers in Kenya is a blessing to the farmers but market for the commodity still remains a big challenge.
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US VA: Column: For Some It's A Joke, for Others It's Prison

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12 May 2016 - You might not like President Obama's political philosophy or leadership style, but you have to admit that he is one cool president. If you're unconvinced, consider his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30. His poise and charm were on full display, and his comedic timing was impeccable.
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CN ON: Wynne Worried About Pot Shops That Are Popping Up Like

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 May 2016 - Premier Kathleen Wynne is concerned about the explosion of unlicensed marijuana"dispensaries" opening up across the province. With more than 90 of the illegal storefronts already up and running in Toronto alone, Wynne said operators are exploiting the fact that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is moving forward with legalization next year.
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CN ON: Police Stats Show Drug-Driving On Rise

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Metro, 12 May 2016 - Concern About Pending Legal Status of Pot A report that shows drug-impaired driving is on the rise in Toronto has some safety advocates concerned about the impending legalization of marijuana. "We've had a horrific problem with deaths and injuries on the road because of alcohol and the last thing you want to do is promote more people on the road being impaired," said Toronto lawyer Patrick Brown.
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US IL: 6 Officers Accused Of Lying In Court

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Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2016 - Department Investigates Alleged False Testimony That Could Derail Cases Chicago police have begun an internal investigation into allegations that as many as six officers lied in their court testimony and are prepared to take at least one of the officers off the street because of a judge's determination he had testified falsely in a narcotics case.
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US FL: Poll: 80% Of Floridians Support Pot Amendment

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Orlando Sentinel, 12 May 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - About six months before Election Day, Florida voters overwhelmingly support a broad legalization of medical marijuana but are less clear about a critical U.S. Senate race, a new poll shows. The poll, released on Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, said that 80 percent of voters support a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana for patients with a wide range of conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.
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US CA: Column: Baby Steps

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 12 May 2016 - Is the Adult Use of Marijuana Act gonna be on the ballot or what? - -Reggie Stird-Votairs Probably. Last week, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a bunch of other movers, shakers and moneymakers stood on a stage and announced that they had gathered more than enough signatures to place AUMA on the 2016 ballot. (They have 600,000 and they only need 385,000, so even if 36 percent of the signatures are thrown out, they still have enough.) Let the yelling and name-calling begin.
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Australia: Our Medical Marijuana Boom?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sunshine Coast Daily, 12 May 2016 - Adam Benjamin Says Medical Cannabis Could Be a Huge Export Crop for the Sunshine Coast and Today He Meet With Queenland Treasurer Curtis Pitt to Discuss His Plans to Start Farming It: ADAM Benjamin's goal of turning the Sunshine Coast into a world leading supplier of medicinal cannabis is a step closer with a bill tabled in the Queensland Parliament.
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US FL: Medical And Recreational Pot Have Voters' Support

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Sun-Sentinel, 12 May 2016 - Florida voters overwhelmingly support legalization of medical marijuana, pollsters said Wednesday, and most also favor legalization of recreational pot use. The Quinnipiac University poll found 80 percent of Florida voters said they would vote for a proposed constitutional amendment in November allowing for medical use of marijuana. Just 16 percent said they'd vote no.
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US CO: Column: A Hit and a Miss for Colorado Marijuana

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Boulder Weekly, 12 May 2016 - In the week leading up to the end of the Second Regular Session of the State Legislature, two major pieces of marijuana legislation met their fates. In the first week of May, a proposal to certify organic marijuana at the state level was rejected in a Senate committee by a vote of 4-3, while Jack's Law, a bill requiring Colorado schools to accommodate the use of non-smokeable medical marijuana by students, passed both the House and Senate.
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US CA: Column: The Age Of Cannabis Money In Politics

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SF Weekly, 12 May 2016 - If the Mission District manifested its own member of Congress - and if this representative were a he in his late 60s - he would look exactly like Earl Blumenauer. A mix of Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye the Science Guy, decked out in a bright-patterned bow-tie and plaid-checked sportcoat - and with a bicycle lapel pin - Blumenauer cut a natty, professor-like figure as we shared coffee on the patio of a Sixth Street cafe (a phrase that still feels unreal to type).
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Chronicle AM: Racial Disparities in CO Pot Arrests Persist, NH Decriminalization Moves, More... (5/11/16)

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A new poll has good news for Florida's medical marijuana initiative, pot decriminalization is one Senate vote away in New Hampshire, and more. 

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Colorado Racial Disparities in Teen Marijuana Arrests Worsen After Legalization.  Teen marijuana arrests actually increased after legalization in Colorado, and so did racial disparities among those arrested, according to a new state report.  White juvenile arrests dropped by 8%, while Latino arrests increased by 29% and black arrests increased by 58%. Among adults, marijuana arrests have decreased by nearly half, but racial disparities among those arrested grew slightly worse. In 2012, black people got busted at a rate almost double that of whites; in 2014, the rate was almost triple.

Florida Poll Has Majority Support for Legalization, Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana. A new Quinnipiac University poll has support for pot legalization at 56% and support for medical marijuana at 80%. Legalization isn't on the immediate horizon in the Sunshine State, but a medical marijuana initiative will be on the November ballot. A similar initiative was defeated in 2012 with 58% of the vote; it needed 60% to win because it was a constitutional amendment.

New Hampshire House Passes Decriminalization Bill. The House Wednesday voted 289-58 to approve Senate Bill 498, which was amended in committee to include provisions that would decriminalize the possession of up to a quarter ounce of marijuana.  The bill now goes back to the Senate for approval. 

International

Myanmar Opium Farmers Call for End to Eradication Until Alternatives are Found. The 4th Annual Myanmar Opium Farmers' Forum ended Monday with a call for recognition of the struggles of poppy farmers and no crop eradication without alternative development programs in place: "We grow opium because we are poor and do not have other livelihood opportunities to feed our families and send our children to school, as well as for medicinal and traditional uses. We are not involved in the drug trade, we are not criminals, and we are not commercial farmers. Some of us also grow it for traditional and medicinal uses. It is important to differentiate between small-holder farmers like us, and those people who grow opium commercially and/or who invest in it," the farmers said.  "The government should not carry out any force eradication of our opium fields unless and until they have provided access to sustainable crop substitution programmes and alternative livelihoods to our communities. Eradication should especially not take place during the harvest season. By that time we have already invested a lot and also cannot grow another crop anymore that season." Myanmar is the world's second leading producer of opium, behind Afghanistan. 

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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 19:49

Missouri looks poised to vote on medical marijuana this fall, Florida looks poised to pass it this fall, an Ohio medical marijuana bill advances, and more.

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As of Monday, there will be medical marijuana issues on the June ballot in several localities. Two northern California counties and two northern California cities will be voting on medical marijuana-related issues in the June 7 election. In Nevada County, Measure W would prohibit all outdoor marijuana grows and limit indoor grows to 12 plants; in Yuba County, Measure A would allow limited outdoor marijuana cultivation and Measure B would authorize one dispensary for every 20,000 residents; in Sacramento, Measure Y would impose a 5% gross receipts tax on cultivation and manufacturing businesses (requires two-thirds majority); and in Davis, Measure C would allow the city to impose a tax of up to 10% on businesses selling marijuana, although it doesn't currently allow them.

Florida

On Tuesday, a new poll had overwhelming support for medical marijuana and majority support for legalization. A new Quinnipiac University poll has support for pot legalization at 56% and support for medical marijuana at 80%. Legalization isn't on the immediate horizon in the Sunshine State, but a medical marijuana initiative will be on the November ballot. A similar initiative was defeated in 2012 with 58% of the vote; it needed 60% to win because it was a constitutional amendment.

Missouri

On Sunday, New Approach Missouri handed in signatures for a medical marijuana initiative. Supporters of the group's medical marijuana initiative handed in some 260,000 raw signatures. They only need 167,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Even if 30% of the signatures are disqualified, campaigners would still have enough to qualify.

Ohio

On Tuesday, the House approved a medical marijuana bill. The House voted 71-26 approve House Bill 523. Patients under a doctor's supervision could use marijuana oils, tinctures, edibles, and vapors, but could not smoke it, nor could they grow their own.  The bill specifies 18 conditions for which medical marijuana could be used and now goes to the Senate.  Meanwhile, activists are working to get a more patient-friendly medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot.

 

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

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CN BC: Island Health Warns Against Edible Pot Products

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Victoria News, 11 May 2016 - The City of Victoria's decision not to regulate the sale of edible pot products at medical marijuana dispensaries means more children could end up in hospital after accidentally ingesting the product, according to Island Health. Last Thursday, council voted to allow the sale of edible pot products in medical marijuana dispensaries, despite health and safety concerns raised by the province's medical health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall.
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UK: Legal Highs Brought Low As Councils Employ Banning Orders

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The Guardian, 11 May 2016 - Critics Say Antisocial Behaviour Powers Are Already Criminalising Vulnerable People, Ahead of All-Out Ban It's just before 11.30am on a Friday morning and I'm standing in Lincoln's city square. With me are police officers Andy Balding and Joel Dowse, an antisocial behaviour officer at Lincoln council. We're on the lookout for socalled legal highs synthetic substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs but have not yet been banned by legislation.
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CN MB: Marijuana Regulations Can Wait

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Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 2016 - ENTREPRENEURS planning retail marijuana operations will not yet get direction from city hall. A civic committee Tuesday supported an administrative recommendation not to prepare a report examining how retail marijuana operators can be regulated - despite a November directive from council to do so.
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US: Gary Johnson Says Legal Pot Will Cut Overall Drug Abuse

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 11 May 2016 - Libertarian White House hopeful Gary Johnson said Tuesday that legalizing marijuana will lead to less substance abuse overall. "I took the position I took business-wise to make the world a better place," Mr. Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, said on CNN's "New Day."
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CN ON: A Plea For Strict Pot Policy

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 11 May 2016 - Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Calls on PM to Keep Tight Grip on Legal Marijuana The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hoping to spark up a conversation about the pending legalization of marijuana.
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CN BC: Council Continues With Bylaw Amendment Banning

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 11 May 2016 - City council is going ahead with making medical marijuana dispensaries illegal in Campbell River but it may still leave the door open to exceptions. A bylaw amendment prohibiting all marijuana operations - including dispensaries - unless legally permitted through Health Canada, was given third reading by council at its Monday meeting. That puts the bylaw just one step away from adoption which could happen in as soon as two weeks.
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South Africa: Column: What Have Our Politicians Been Smoking?

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Cape Argus, 11 May 2016 - I WAS interested - and I must admit, rather pleased - to read that about 6 000 people had taken part in a march in central Cape Town in an effort to have the law changed regarding the use of medical marijuana. The problem with people in authority seems to be a lack of understanding about "drugs" in general. Say the word "marijuana" and the official mind immediately clicks shut and thinks: "crime, dagga, violence, evil, gangsters", and so on.
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