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A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming to a Corner Near You

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 20:24

Voters in Maine narrowly approved marijuana legalization last November, and since then, the state legislature has been busily trying to come up with rules and regulations for the legal weed market. Now, they are envisioning something of a rarity: allowing customers to buy their weed at drive-up windows.

[image:1 align:left]Of the five states that currently allow legal adult marijuana sales -- Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington -- only Oregon and Colorado allow for drive-through sales. California, where sales are set to begin January 1, had drive-through sales written into draft regulations, but those proposed regs have had to be pulled and rewritten to comply with a state law merging the recreational and medical markets. Still, drive-through sales may survive the regulatory process there. Massachusetts hasn't directly addressed the issue, leaving it up to its Cannabis Control Commission to figure out before the state begins sales next summer.

For a measure whose mantra was "treat marijuana like alcohol," allowing drive-through pot sales seems like a no-brainer.

"If Maine allows it for alcohol, we see no reason why it shouldn't be allowed for marijuana, the safer substance, so long as Maine puts in place reasonable regulations to protect public safety and the consumer," David Boyer, director of the Maine chapter of the Marijuana Policy Project told the Portland Press Herald. "The voters want it regulated and taxed like alcohol. The rules should be the same."

But it's not a done deal yet. The legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation is still considering the draft bill, and the coming week will be crucial. The bill gets a public hearing Tuesday and legislative debate is set for Wednesday and Thursday. If the committee approves it, it goes before the full legislature next month.

Drive-through sales is one of a subset of non-storefront sales possibilities facing legal pot regulators. Sales by delivery services and online sales are additional bones of contention. The proposed Maine legislation would allow both of those, too, but not all the other legal states do.

It is a sign of significant progress, or course, that the debate has shifted from how hard to punish pot smokers and dealers to how best to accommodate and regulate legal marijuana. But legal marijuana still has a ways to go before we can say it is treated like alcohol.

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Chronicle AM: Maine Considers Marijuana Social Clubs With No Smoking, More... (9/26/17)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:50

Maine considers marijuana social clubs where you can't smoke pot, some Maryland criminal justice reforms passed last year will go into effect on Sunday, and more.

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Maine Might Okay Marijuana Social Clubs, But Not Allow Smoking. The legislative rewrite of last year's voter-approved legalization initiative contains a provision that allows for the licensing of marijuana social clubs, but there's a big catch: People probably won't be able to smoke pot in them. The bill does not expressly ban smoking, but neither does it have any exemption from the state's no-smoking laws, which prohibit smoking of any kind -- including vaping -- in public places.

Drug Policy

Maryland Drug, Criminal Justice Reforms Go into Effect Next Week. Some provisions of the Justice Reinvestment Act (2016 Senate Bill 1005) will go into effect on Sunday. The measures allow people serving mandatory minimum sentences for drug offense to ask a court for sentence reductions, expands drug treatment, eases parole policy, and makes provisions for criminal record expungment. Another bill going into effect Sunday allows people with marijuana offenses to seek expungement after four years instead of ten.

International

Philippines Medical Marijuana Bill Advances. The House Health Committee approved a medical marijuana measure, House Bill 180, on Monday. The bill would allow patients with debilitating conditions to use marijuana. It would also establish Medical Cannabis Compassionate Centers in hospitals to supply and sell medical marijuana, which could be sold only by a licensed pharmacist.

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CN ON: Smoke Pot Possession Records

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
The Observer, 26 Sep 2017 - That's the desire of Mayor Mike Bradley, who has asked the PM to give his idea serious consideration SARNIA - Sarnia's mayor wants the federal government to eliminate the criminal records of Canadians convicted of possessing marijuana after recreational use of the drug becomes legal next July.
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CN ON: Detecting Impaired Driving By Cannabis A Concern For Police

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 26 Sep 2017 - The legalization of cannabis and the challenge of detecting drivers who are high on Ontario roads once the drug is legalized on Canada Day next year is one of the many community safety subjects being discussed at the Ontario Chiefs of Police board of directors meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday. Some of the other items being discussed by the 18-member board include public policy changes in Ontario, the future of policing, new legislation on the Safer Strategy for Ontario, and further investment in the Ontario Police College.
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CN ON: How To Smoke Cannabis Safely

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 26 Sep 2017 - By this time next year cannabis - or marijuana, pot, or hash - will be legal in Canada, and public health units like the one in Elgin-St. Thomas are bracing for impact. They released an updated set of safer-use guidelines last week in an effort to inform public opinion before the drug becomes legal. The ESTHU guidelines are a clearer version based off the official, reported guideline package released in June by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
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CN BC: Guest Editorial: Input Sought For Pot Outlook

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 26 Sep 2017 - The fledgling B.C. NDP government has decided how it will deal with the looming legalization of marijuana: continue talking it to death. Dispensary owners, illegal producers, consumers, patients, parents - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth explained Monday that everyone's opinion is being sought because "one size does not fit all" and "we need to get it right."
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US: More People Were Arrested Last Year Over Pot Than For All Crimes

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 26 Sep 2017 - In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data released by the agency on Monday. Marijuana possession arrests edged up slightly in 2016, a year in which voters in four states approved recreational marijuana initiatives and voters in three others approved medical marijuana measures.
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Chronicle AM: FBI: Drug Arrests Up Last Year, Colombia Coca Conflict, More... (9/25/17)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:15

The FBI's latest Uniform Crime Report shows an increase in drug arrests last year, there's conflict in the coca fields in Colombia, British Columbia gets set to figure out how it's going to handle legal weed, and more.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Medical Marijuana

Florida Medical Marijuana Law Challenged By Black Farmer. A state law designed to ensure that at least one medical marijuana cultivation license is reserved for a black farmer has been challenged by a black farmer. Panama City farmer Columbus Smith filed suit last Friday to challenge the law, arguing that it is so narrowly drawn that only a handful of black farmers in the state could qualify. The lawsuit names as a defendant the state Department of Health, which issues licenses, and seeks a temporary injunction blocking the issuance of licenses under that provision of the law.

Montana Dispensary Owner Wins Temporary Restraining Order to Block Billings Ban. Richard Abromeit, the co-owner of Montana Advanced Caregivers in Billings, and a patient filed a temporary restraining order against the city last Friday in a bid to block city officials from enforcing its new ordinance banning medical marijuana businesses. Now, the city cannot enforce the ban until a future court hearing decides the issue. The dispensary has operated in Billings for a decade, but city fathers voted last month to approve an ordinance that bans all medical marijuana businesses.

Law Enforcement

FBI Annual Crime Report Shows Jump in Drug Arrests Last Year. Despite the spread of marijuana legalization and strong public support for new direction in drug policy, the war on drugs just keeps rolling along. Statistics from the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, released Monday, show 1.57 million arrests for drug law violations nationwide, up 5.63% over 2015. Unlike previous reports, this year's report did not make immediately available data on arrests for specific drugs, such as marijuana. But in recent years, simple pot possession along accounted for about 40% of all drug arrests. Drug possession (either or pot or other drugs) accounted for between 85% and 90% of all drug arrests in previous years.

International

British Columbia Begins Public Engagement Process on How to Legalize Marijuana. BC Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has announced that the government is beginning an extensive process of public consultation about how best to legalize weed in the province. Questions to be determined include the legal age for use, what possession limits will be, how to deal with drug impaired driving, and issues around personal cultivation. The consultation will also address questions around how weed is to be sold. Canada is set to implement marijuana legalization on July 1, 2018.

Colombia Coca Farmer Protests Force Temporary Halt to Forced Eradication in Norte de Santander. Government officials and coca growers agreed last Wednesday on a temporary halt to forced eradication of coca crops in the Catatumbo region of Norte de Santander state in the country's northwest. The agreement came after protests the previous weekend led to clashes and road blockades. Under the peace agreement negotiated between the government and leftist FARC rebels, coca farmers are supposed to have a chance to voluntarily eradicate their plants and join a crop substitution program, but the protestors said the anti-narcotics police, who are under pressure from the US, were engaging in forced eradication anyway.

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CN ON: Editorial: Legal Pot A Tough Sell In Price And Quality

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 25 Sep 2017 - To combat organized crime on pot sales in Ontario, legal marijuana is going to have to be competitive with the black market on price, availability, quality and variety. With legal pot coming July 1 - unless Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delays the law - Premier Kathleen Wynne's provincial government already appears to have conceded the field on price and availability.
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CN QU: Cannabis Capitalism Divides First Nations

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 Sep 2017 - As pot legalization looms, Indigenous communities are weighing benefits, risks MONTREAL- Is it a cash crop to lift struggling First Nations out of poverty, or a vice posing a particular risk for a vulnerable population?
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CN ON: Complaints Drive Pot Shop Raids, Police Claim

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 25 Sep 2017 - A police raid on a new downtown London pot shop resulted from citizen complaints, not because the illegal business was openly selling cannabis to anyone older than 19, the city's police chief says. Police swooped in on the London Relief Centre on Richmond Street last Wednesday, less than two weeks after it opened in defiance of the law, charging five staffers and seizing cannabis and cash.
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CN BC: Municipalities Seek Insight From NDP

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Sep 2017 - Councillors and mayors will have first chance to suss out party's stand on issues such as marijuana legalization at annual convention B. C.'s mayors and councillors are pouring into Vancouver this week with one main goal at their annual convention - to get a handle on what changes the new NDP government will be bringing them.
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US CA: L.A. Is Set To Be A Hot Market For Marijuana Sales

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep 2017 - NOT BE MANY PLACES TO SMOKE IT The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values. The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values.
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CN NS: Column: Two Big Issues To Keep An Eye On As Parliament Returns

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 07:00
Truro Daily News, 25 Sep 2017 - When it comes to two of the big policy battles that loom as the fall sitting of Parliament gets underway this week, prudence dictates that a journalist keeps his or her powder dry. In the debate over the government's proposed tax changes for people with private corporations, as in the case of the Liberal plan to legalize marijuana, what we have so far seen are just the opening manoeuvres in a tug-of-war, the outcome of which in the court of public opinion is far from decided.
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CN ON: Column: Questions Abound Over Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 25 Sep 2017 - Canada is nine months away from fully legalizing marijuana as police agencies and provinces ask for more time on impaired driving and other enforcement issues. But in Justin Trudeau's world, taking time is not part of the equation. A read of the Liberal government's background documents on cannabis is instructive.
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US: Column: How To Win A War On Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 24 Sep 2017 - Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime. LISBON - On a broken-down set of steps, a 37-year-old fisherman named Mario mixed heroin and cocaine and carefully prepared a hypodermic needle. "It's hard to find a vein," he said, but he finally found one in his forearm and injected himself with the brown liquid. Blood trickled from his arm and pooled on the step, but he was oblivious.
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US OR: Marijuana Complaint From Portland Day Care Workers Slow To

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 07:00
The Hillsboro Argus, 24 Sep 2017 - Oregon officials twice neglected to deliver key documents when The Oregonian/OregonLive sought to learn about a state-licensed day care operating in the home of a Portland marijuana entrepreneur. The search started July 10 with a public records request to the state Office of Child Care. It asked for documents including anything submitted by Step by Step's employees, operators or owners.
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CN NS: Editorial: Sales Pitch Goes Unheeded

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 07:00
The News, 23 Sep 2017 - A lot of sides want a piece of the action - not surprising considering the high hopes many have for profits in selling legal marijuana. What provinces decide about the matter is coming very much under scrutiny these days, particularly after Ontario announced rules that put sales entirely in government hands - much to the chagrin of the private sector. The province will sell the product, when legal as of next July, through the corporation that sells liquor, the LCBO, although in separate outlets.
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CN ON: Column: Trudeauas Pot Plan Goes Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 23 Sep 2017 - Remember back when Justin Trudeau was cool? As a Liberal backbencher Trudeau had it all. Great hair. Nice car. As leader of the Liberal party, he spoke with the kind of delicious platitudes that only those who have never failed can embrace.
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CN AB: Editorial: Alberta Could Follow Other Provinces' Leads In

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 23 Sep 2017 - SALES With the nation-wide legalization of recreational marijuana coming up in July 2018, the clock is ticking for Alberta to put in place its own set of regulations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is essentially legalizing weed while dumping the logistics of its distribution on the provinces. If anything goes wrong, he can blame the provincial governments and will still have kept his original election promise.
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