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CN NF: Burin-Based Federal RCMP Unit Shifts Gears

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
The Southern Gazette, 15 Apr 2014 - While 'Bootlegging' Is Still on the Radar, Illegal Drug Trade Now More of a Problem It's been about a year since a shift in the RCMP at the federal policing level came into effect. Before Apr. 1, 2013, federal units were identified and assigned to specific areas of mandate - customs and excise, drug enforcement or some other specialization.
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CN AB: Commercial Marijuana Can Bloom In Calgary

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 15 Apr 2014 - Commercial medical marijuana grow operations will be allowed in Calgary, as long as they meet Health Canada and city regulations. City councillors voted in favour Monday of amending a bylaw to allow commercial medical grow-ops to exist in industrial areas, after new rules came into effect April 1 barring patients from growing at home.
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Chronicle AM -- April 14, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:43

Maryland decriminalizes and becomes a medical marijuana state, a Tennessee hemp bill awaits the governor's signature, a Kentucky omnibus heroin bill appears dead for the session, a campaign is underway to free a Missouri marijuana lifer, and more. Let's get to it:

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Maryland Governor Signs Decriminalization Bill. Gov. Martin O'Malley today signed into law Senate Bill 364, making Maryland the 18th decriminalization state. The new law makes possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $100 for a first offense, up to $250 for a second offense, and up to $500 for subsequent offenses. Third-time offenders and individuals under 21 years of age will be required to undergo a clinical assessment for substance abuse disorder and a drug education program. The measure will officially go into effect on October 1.

Medical Marijuana

Maryland Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today signed into law House Bill 881, making Maryland the 21st state with a full-fledged medical marijuana law. The bill allows Maryland residents suffering from qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana upon a doctor's recommendation. Possession limits and regulations governing cultivation and dispensary facilities will be determined by a state-sanctioned commission prior to implementation. The measure will officially go into effect on June 1.

Kentucky Governor Signs Limited CBD Medical Marijuana Bill. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) last Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 124, which will allow the limited use of CBD cannabis oil. Physicians at state research hospitals will be able to recommend use of the drug.

Colorado Bill Would Add PTSD to List of Qualifying Medical Conditions. Even though marijuana is legal in Colorado, one lawmaker, Rep. Jonathan Signer (D-Longmont) has introduced a bill, House Bill 1364, to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the state medical marijuana program's list of qualifying conditions. Because PTSD affects many veterans, who receive federal benefits, Singer said it's important to provide them with the ability to qualify under the state's medical marijuana law.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Medical Marijuana Initiative Again. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the popular name and ballot title for the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act. These are the same folks that put the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act on the ballot in 2012, but this year, another group, Arkansans for Responsible Medicine has claimed that initiative title. The 2014 Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act is now in the signature-gathering phase.

Vermont Lawmakers Advance Dispensary Bill, But Reject Adding PTSD to List of Qualifying Conditions. A bill that would create dispensaries in Vermont has passed out of the House Human Services Committee, but the committee rejected an effort to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions. The measure is Senate Bill 247. It has already passed the Senate.

Hemp

Tennessee Hemp Bills Awaits Governor's Signature. Senate Bill 2495 and House Bill 2445, which would reclassify and regulate industrial hemp, have passed the legislature and await the signature of Gov. Bill Haslam (R). The bills would allow Tennessee farmers to grow hemp for research and development purposes. Earlier this year Congress approved language in a federal farm bill that would allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in the agricultural pilot programs in states that have already passed hemp measures.

Heroin

Kentucky Omnibus Heroin Bill Appears Dead. A bill that responded to heroin use and sales in the Bluegrass State through a combination of increased treatment, overdose prevention, and harsher criminal penalties will not pass this session, a key legislator said. "There's basically no time left to pass it," Sen. Jared Carpenter (R-Berea), cosponsor of Senate Bill 5, said Friday. It had passed the state Senate, but got stalled in the Judiciary Committee in the Democrat-controlled House. The session ends tomorrow.

Law Enforcement

DEA in Illinois Spying on Indoor Garden Stores. The DEA in Illinois has investigated and raided at least two people after watching them make purchases at a legal local gardening center. Both had shopped at Midwest Hydroganics in Crest Hill. One, Angela Kirking, said she and her pet terrier woke to find four flak-jacketed DEA agents and five Shorewood cops in the bedroom of her Ranchwood Drive home at 5:00am on Oct. 11. At least one of the agents held her at gunpoint before 9 grams were allegedly found. A second person, a man from Channahon, was raided and charged with growing marijuana after shopping at Midwest Hydroganics. In both cases, the DEA took interest after it spotted them shopping at the store. Federal investigators then rooted through garbage and compared utility bills to get search warrants. Kirking's attorney said he is challenging the warrants and that he has heard of more cases linked to DEA spying on a legal business since the story broke.

A Quarter Million Immigrants Have Been Deported For Non-Violent Drug Crimes, Report Finds. The report, an analysis of federal immigration data conducted by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, details how roughly 40,000 people have been deported for drug law violations every year since 2008. That means that nearly 250,000 -- one-quarter of a million -- people were deported for nonviolent drug offenses in just the past six years. A nonviolent drug offense was the cause of deportation for more than one in ten (11%) people deported in 2013 for any reason -- and nearly one in five (19%) of those who were deported because of a criminal conviction. The report reveals that simple marijuana possession was the fourth most common cause of deportation for any crime, and the most common cause of deportation for crimes involving drugs. On average, more than 6,600 people were deported in each of the last two years just for personal marijuana possession, and overall, nearly 20,000 people were deported last year for simple possession of any drug or drug paraphernalia.

Florida Bill to Raise Drug Possession Thresholds Passes House. The House has passed a bill increasing the weight threshold for trafficking in oxycodone and hydrocodone in a move to ease what have been called overly harsh sentencing guidelines. Senate Bill 360 moves the current threshold of four grams of either drug to seven grams of oxycodone and 14 grams of hydrocodone.

Sentencing

Campaign On to Free Missouri Marijuana Lifer. The ongoing campaign to win the release of Jeff Mizansky, the only man in Missouri serving a life-without-parole sentence for a nonviolent marijuana charge, are continuing this month with help from Show-Me Cannabis and Change.org. Show-Me Cannabis has bought billboard space on I-70 near Kansas City (and near Sedalia, where Mizanskey was arrested) to bring attention to his case, and a Change.org petition calling for his release now has more than 360,000 signatures. Mizansky has three convictions, all for marijuana. Campaigners will hold a press conference at the state capitol on April 28.

International

New WOLA Report on Colombia's Peace Prospects Released. As negotiations between the leftist FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government continue, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has released a new report, Ending 50 Years of Conflict in Colombia, that analyzes the prospects for a peace accord and the challenges that will follow. Click on the title link to read the report.

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US NJ: Column: Want to (Illegally) Smoke Pot on the State

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 14 Apr 2014 - Wasn't so long ago police officers used to kick Ed Forchion in his nether regions before they'd arrest him. Now, they ask for his autograph. In short: Things have changed for the NJWeedman. "I was at the Statehouse a few years ago, and I had a weed shirt on," Forchion recalled. "I wasn't even there to protest or anything, I just had to run into the bill room, I wanted to read something, but I was banned from the building and I ended up getting kicked in the (groin) and going to jail." Today? "When I went to pick up my city permit for next week's rally, a Trenton cop asked me for my autograph," he said. "Basically, I'm not a wacko now, not some lone dude screaming about smoking weed. Most people agree with me."
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Australia: OPED: Let's Talk About Drugs, Not Demonise Them

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Apr 2014 - Workplace drug testing tipped to rise I have used drugs and that is why I am coming forward to tell my story. I am a lawyer and my drug use has no connection with my job. It is a choice I have made. I have had some positive experience with drugs, and of course some bad ones. I have had marijuana and laughed a great deal, but also experienced paranoia and anxiety. I have also had both good and bad experiences with hallucinogens and other drugs.
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US MI: Edu: Hash Bash Now 43 Years Strong

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Michigan Times, 14 Apr 2014 - On a sun-kissed, crisp morning as the smoke rose over the crowd of onlookers, John Sinclair started off the high noon event in the Diag alongside his fellow activists, which include Adam Brook and Baby Bri. "Where the powers want our heads to be at, [is] up their ass," says Sinclair as he turns around to see two cops talking with Adam Brook, an activist much like Sinclair, and addresses the officers with "Ah, gentleman. We hope you will obey the laws of Ann Arbor here today [haha]."
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US CO: Pot Businesses May Get Green Light Tonight

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 14 Apr 2014 - City Council is expected to rewrite Pueblo's moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses tonight to allow three categories of wholesale pot businesses to operate in the city: marijuana growers, product makers and testing companies. The amendments are on the agenda for council's regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
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US ND: Increasing Drug Trade, Violence Mar Positive Effects Of

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Billings Gazette, 14 Apr 2014 - WILLISTON, N.D. - The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town. What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston.
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CN BC: Medical Pot Grows Need DNV Approval

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
North Shore News, 13 Apr 2014 - Leaves of three, let it be. Leaves of four or more, you'll have to check in with the District of North Vancouver and your neighbours. On Monday, District of North Vancouver council unanimously gave first reading to a bylaw that would ban medical marijuana production and distribution in the municipality.
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US MD: Ready, Set, Grow

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr 2014 - Now that the state's medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally in Maryland. Shannon Moore hopes her twin sons survive. Her 3-year-olds, Nicolas and Byron, already have lived longer than expected while battling as many as 30 seizures a day from Miller-Dieker syndrome, a disease that causes brain deformities. Moore hopes a marijuana extract will reduce their seizures.
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CN ON: Tale Of T.O.'s 'Legal' Drug Kingpin

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 13 Apr 2014 - Accused Pusher Claims $1m A Year In Profits And That Product Is Legal But Cops Beg To Differ TORONTO - Adam Wookey was well on his way to becoming Canada's king pusher of synthetic pot and party pills, court documents allege.
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US WA: New Pot Laws Have Parents Worried About Effect On Kids

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 13 Apr 2014 - Some Want to Bring Drug-Sniffing Dogs into Schools Concerned the Law Sends Wrong Message Rob Levin was stunned to hear that his son, a ninth-grader at Seattle's Roosevelt High, was already smoking pot with his friends.
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US VT: Stopping Drugs On Vermont Highways

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
Times Argus, 13 Apr 2014 - At about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 5, Vermont State Police Trooper Kevin Hughes and patrol commander Sgt. Michael Studin pulled over a Chrysler 300 and a red Honda Accord traveling together on Interstate 91 in Springfield. Studin's affidavit says the Chrysler's windshield was cracked and one of the Honda's taillights was cracked.
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US OK: Vote On Medical Marijuana Sought

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 12 Apr 2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY - Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana on Friday filed notice with the Secretary of State's Office that they are trying to get it on the Nov. 4 ballot. Supporters have 90 days after filing the petition, or a determination by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to its sufficiency, whichever is later, to submit the signatures. They are required to obtain 155,216 signatures.
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CN ON: Tires Being Kicked For Medical Pot Grow-Ops

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 12 Apr 2014 - A second application to house a medical marijuana production facility in Chatham-Kent is slated to come before municipal council at Monday's planning meeting. A Nova Scotia numbered company is seeking a zoning bylaw amendment to allow for the production of medical marijuana in a former auto parts manufacturing facility at 566 Riverview Dr. in Chatham.
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CN ON: One-Stop Pot Shop A First

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 12 Apr 2014 - Doctor Opens Storefront For Legal Marijuana London has become the unlikely home of Canada's first storefront one-stop pot shop. Options Clinics Canada at 790 Dundas St. will assess patients and dispense authorizations for them to buy medical marijuana online from about 12 federally licensed commercial producers.
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US CA: Marijuana's Thirst Depleting North Coast Watersheds

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 12 Apr 2014 - Streams in Northern California's prime marijuana-growing watersheds likely will be sucked dry this year if pot cultivation isn't curtailed, experts say. "Essentially, marijuana can consume all the water. Every bit of it," said state Fish and Wildlife Senior Environmental Scientist Scott Bauer, who specializes in salmon recovery and is working on a study of the issue.
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US VT: Lawmakers Balk At Medical Marijuana For PTSD

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
Times Argus, 12 Apr 2014 - MONTPELIER - The House Human Services Committee advanced a medical marijuana dispensary bill Friday without including post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying diagnosis for a medical marijuana card. The committee added a bit of drama to the process, however.
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US: The Man Who Transformed US Culture With Cannabis Seeds And Funk

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 12 Apr 2014 - Gary Tovar's Smuggling Operation Helped Kickstart an Industry and a Festival Los Angeles - Thirty years ago Gary Tovar ran California's largest marijuana operation, smuggling famous varieties such as Acapulco gold and Thai stick into the US and distributing Afghan seeds to growers to kickstart the homegrown industry.
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