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Canada: Vancouver Vote Ruffles Feathers In Ottawa

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 25 Jun 2015 - Vancouver Becomes First City in Canada to Regulate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, a move that has "deeply disappointed" the federal government but was declared a common-sense approach by the mayor.
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CN BC: Vancouver Regulates Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 25 Jun 2015 - Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, a move that has "deeply disappointed" the federal government but was declared a common-sense approach by the mayor. "We're faced with a tough situation, a complicated situation," Gregor Robertson said Wednesday after councillors voted 8-3 to impose new regulations.
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CN BC: Vancouver To Regulate Marijuana Vendors

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 Jun 2015 - Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to regulate marijuana dispensaries, a move that has "deeply disappointed" the federal government but was declared a commonsense approach by the mayor. "We're faced with a tough situation, a complicated situation," Gregor Robertson said Wednesday after councillors voted 8-3 to impose new regulations. "We have this proliferation of dispensaries that must be dealt with."
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US CO: Column: Is Denver Ready to Allow Limited Public

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 25 Jun 2015 - A recent survey from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that 13.6 percent of Coloradans admitted to using marijuana in the last month, about twice the 7.4 percent of Americans who acknowledge using cannabis on national surveys. As anyone who reads this column knows, I'm not a big fan of surveys. Yes, they do provide some kind of snapshot, but since cannabis is illegal for most Americans, just how honest do you think they are going to be on a survey? Since it's now legal in Colorado, more people are probably willing to admit that they use cannabis than might have a few years ago. So let's take all these data with a grain of hemp.
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US OH: Backers Of Pot Issue Organized, Well-Funded

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 25 Jun 2015 - Leading up to a November ballot-box showdown over marijuana legalization, ResponsibleOhio is suited up, on the field, and has lots of strength on the bench. The opposition, meanwhile, isn't near the stadium, has no uniforms and lacks enough players to even field a team.
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US OH: Anti-Pot Bill Passes Ohio House

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 25 Jun 2015 - Voters May See Two Competing Issues on November's Ballot. Ohio voters may face competing issues on the ballot in November - one to legalize marijuana and another to block the pot plan and any attempts to install a monopoly into the state constitution.
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US OH: Measure That Might Block Pot Ballot Issue Passes in

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 25 Jun 2015 - COLUMBUS (AP) - The Ohio House on Wednesday passed a fast-moving anti-monopoly proposal that the state's elections chief has said could block an effort to legalize marijuana if both issues are put before and approved by voters. The House voted 81-12 in favor of the resolution, which aims to make it more difficult to amend the constitution with ballot issues that provide commercial economic benefits to few people or create monopolies.
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US OR: Oregon Lawmakers Ok Marijuana Market

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 25 Jun 2015 - SALEM (AP) - After months of negotiations and right before recreational pot becomes legal, Oregon House legislators passed a bill Wednesday setting up the state's legal marijuana market. The measure creates regulations for medical and recreational marijuana, and includes a compromise allowing local jurisdictions to opt out. Members of a joint committee tasked with implementing Measure 91 had previously deadlocked on the issue of local control, and the measure stalled for weeks while lawmakers worked out an agreement.
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US ID: License Plate Profiling Lawsuit Dropped

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 25 Jun 2015 - BOISE - A discrimination case against the Idaho State Police for targeting a driver for a marijuana search because his license plates were from Colorado has been dismissed at the request of both sides. That means the court won't weigh in on license-plate profiling in this case. But a legal expert said Darien Roseen's lawsuit, the release of the state trooper's dash-cam video under the Idaho Public Records Law, and the subsequent national attention it drew helped shine a light on the practice and may cause law enforcement agencies to stick to "more traditional probable cause or observed infraction findings."
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US AZ: Column: Split Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 25 Jun 2015 - The Marijuana Legalization Train Continues With Five Weed-Related Initiatives Now Gathering Signatures The group Safer Arizona officially parted ways with the Marijuana Policy Project, and joined ventures with the organization Arizonans for Mindful Regulation. The latter planned to re-file its own recreational pot ballot measure this week with amended language Safer collaborated with. (They hadn't filed by press time.)
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US CA: Column: Buds And Babies

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 25 Jun 2015 - Is there any consensus based on scientific data or professional opinion regarding the need for pregnant women to stop smoking cannabis? Also, how about just before becoming pregnant for both the future mother and father? While my first question refers to the health of the fetus, my second question refers to the condition of the egg and sperm.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 22:32

Massachusetts finally sees its first dispensary, the White House removes a barrier to marijuana research (although others remain), a Delaware kids' CBD cannabis oil becomes law, California stays busy, and more.

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Last week, the Dalai Lama endorsed medical marijuana. Speaking at a an event in Guanajuato, Mexico, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism said he supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Speaking in response to a question about legalizing marijuana, the Dalai clarified that he opposed its recreational use, but using it medicinally would be "the exception."


On Monday, the White House removed a crucial barrier to marijuana research. The Obama administration announced it is ending a major impediment to marijuana research, the Public Health Service review. That hurdle, created under the Clinton administration, required all applications for marijuana research to undergo an individual review, slowing down marijuana research and making it more difficult to study than heroin or cocaine. More hurdles remain, though.

On Wednesday, the US Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Took Up CBD. The caucus, generally composed of old school drug warriors, somewhat surprisingly examined issues around access to CBDs, focusing on barriers to research and potential medical benefits.


Last Thursday, a Santa Cruz County initiative to overturn a cultivation ban qualified for the ballot. Now, county supervisors must either repeal the ban themselves or give voters the opportunity to do so. The county's ordinance banned commercial grows and limited personal grows to 100 square feet. If supervisors don't act, it could be on a June 2016 election ballot, or supervisors could call a special election.

Also last Thursday, the San Diego Planning Commission okayed a sixth dispensary. The dispensary is set to operate in Mira Mesa. The first approved dispensary in the city opened in Otay Mesa in March. San Diego allows for up to four dispensaries in each city council district.

Last Friday, a judge in Santa Ana denied a request to freeze the dispensary permitting process despite accusations that the process was unfair. That means the city can go ahead with permitting up to 20 dispensaries.

On Monday, the medical marijuana organ transplant bill passed the legislature. The bill would bar health care providers from denying access to organ transplants based solely on the patient's medical marijuana use. Assembly Bill 258 now awaits the governor's signature.

Also on Monday, a Mendocino County initiative to create a marijuana commission failed to qualify for the ballot. Proponents needed 5,004 valid signatures to qualify, but only came up with 2,797 raw signatures.

On Tuesday, Redding officials signaled that they will extend a dispensary moratorium for another year. Zoning Board officials said they would vote Wednesday night to extend the moratorium.


On Tuesday, the governor signed a CBD cannabis oil for kids bill into law. Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed into law Rylie's Law, named after a Delaware youth who suffered from epileptic seizures. The law will allow physicians to recommend the use of CBD cannabis oils for epileptic children who do not respond to other treatments. The oil will only be available at medical marijuana dispensaries, the first of which opens Friday.


Last Friday, the state's first dispensary was approved to sell medical marijuana. The Alternatives Therapy Group in Salem is ready to start selling to patients after winning a temporary waiver from state testing guidelines widely viewed as too strict. The Department of Public Health has said it will reconsider the standards. The dispensary is one of four in the state that have started growing their own supply, and is the furthest along. It opened on Wednesday.

New Jersey

On Monday, a bill to allow sick kids to use CBC cannabis oil at school was filed. Assemblymembers Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) and Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) filed a bill that would allow children to use CBD cannabis oil at school. The bill would require parents or a designated adult to come to the school and administer the oil. The measure is Assembly Bill 4587.

New York

On Monday, an early access medical marijuana bill passed the legislature. A bill that would allow early access to medical marijuana passed the Senate Monday night after already being approved in the Assembly. The move comes as a year has gone by since Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the Compassionate Use Act into law, but not one patient has yet to be able to legally obtain any. This bill would provide expedited access to seriously ill patients.

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Chronicle AM: Federal OD Prevention Bill, OH Pols Gun for Marijuana Initiative, More (6/24/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 20:33

Ohio politicians move to undercut a marijuana legalization initiative, South Florida heads toward marijuana decriminalization, Delaware's governor signs a kids' CBD cannabis oil bill, Louisiana's governor signs an overdose prevention bill, federal lawmakers file an overdose prevention bill, and more.

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Ohio House Panel Approves Measure That Could Block Legalization Initiative. A House committee Tuesday approved a resolution that could block a marijuana legalization initiative that appears to be poised to make the ballot. If approved by the legislature, the resolution would place an initiative on the November ballot that would bar amending the constitution through ballot measures that provide direct economic benefits to a few people or create monopolies. That is precisely the model adapted by ResponsibleOhio, whose initiative would allow only 10 commercial grows linked to investors in the campaign. Legal questions that could be tested if both initiatives are approved by voters are whether the ResponsibleOhio initiative will be invalidated if the amendment reform resolution gets more votes; whether it will be invalidated if amendment reform passes but with fewer votes; or whether the legalization provisions might be "severable" under Ohio law, and take effect, with only the monopoly provisions being invalidated.

Florida's Palm Beach County to Explore Relaxing Pot Penalties. Palm Beach County officials Tuesday night agreed to explore decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Officials cited a clogged court system and the problems that arise for people after a marijuana arrest. Neighboring Miami-Dade County officials are pondering a similar move, and so is nearby Broward County.

DC Smoke-In Will Celebrate 45th Anniversary July 4. The 45th annual DC Smoke-In is set for the 4th of July, and organizers are calling on all smoke-in alumni to return to DC for the rally, march, and concert. You might be able to legally possess a joint in the nation's capital, but federal prohibition still obtains. Click on the link for event details and more.

Medical Marijuana

Delaware Governor Signs CBD Cannabis Oil for Kids Bill Into Law. Gov. Jack Markell (D) Tuesday signed into law Rylie's Law, named after a Delaware youth who suffered from epileptic seizures. The law will allow physicians to recommend the use of CBD cannabis oils for epileptic children who do not respond to other treatments. The oil will only be available at medical marijuana dispensaries, the first of which opens Friday.

Drug Policy

New York City Council Ponders Bill to Shift Drug Policy Toward Public Health and Safety. The council is considering a measure to create an Office of Drug Strategy, which would coordinate policy and program priorities across city agencies and in collaboration with community groups. If approved, it would be the first such office in the US. The idea is to shift away from punitive criminal justice approaches and toward a public health approach.

Harm Reduction

Federal Lawmakers Introduce Overdose Prevention Bill to Combat Heroin and Opioid Overdose Crisis. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) Wednesday introduced identical bills to support the expansion of overdose prevention services. Both bills would expand community-based overdose prevention programs that provide resources to those likely to witness an overdose and be in a position to help, such as first responders and family members. Resources include trainings on how to recognize the signs of an overdose, seek emergency medical help, and administer naloxone and other first aid. Both bills would provide federal funding for the purchase and distribution of naloxone by community and public health stakeholders to people at risk of experiencing or witnessing an overdose. They are not yet available on the congressional website.

Louisiana Governor Signs Overdose Reversal Drug Access Law. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) Tuesday signed into law House Bill 10, which allows doctors to write prescriptions for naloxone, the opiate overdose reversal drug, for drug users, friends, and family members. Louisiana law already allows first responders to carry the drug.

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Announcement: Join Us at the Cannabis Business Summit and Register Today!‏

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 16:16
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CN BC: Pro-pot Church Claims Persecution

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:00
Peace Arch News, 24 Jun 2015 - Proponents behind White Rock's marijuana-focused religious organization are calling for a worldwide boycott of the city, following an order issued Friday to dismantle the gathering place or face fines. Robin Douglas - who calls himself Pastor Robin, a title he says will soon be official - told Peace Arch News Monday the boycott led by the Church of the Holy Smoke is in protest of "their violation of human rights and freedom of religion."
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CN BC: Rights Group Decries Plan To Ban Edibles

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 24 Jun 2015 - Civil Liberties Association says it's aware of challenges in regulating dispensaries, but argues new restrictions could be 'problematic' A B.C. civil rights group is asking the City of Vancouver to reconsider its plan to ban dispensaries from selling edible forms of medical marijuana.
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CN BC: Tamarack Dispensaries Gets Go Ahead From City

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:00
Kimberley Daily Bulletin, 24 Jun 2015 - Kimberley City Council makes ground-breaking decision to grant business licence to medical marijuana business Mayor Don McCormick says he is proud of Kimberley City Council for making a progressive decision in the matter of granting a business license to Tamarack Dispensaries.
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CN BC: Kimberley Council To Grant License To Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:00
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 24 Jun 2015 - Mayor Don McCormick says he is proud of Kimberley City Council for making a progressive decision in the matter of granting a business license to Tamarack Dispensaries. Tamarack Dispensaries will operate in Marysville and sell high quality medicinal cannabis products such as edible cookies, butters, oils and tinctures. When the proponents, Rod and Tamara Duggan presented to Council in April they said that the storefront would be "upscale and clinical".
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CN ON: Pot Factories Await Approval

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:00
London Free Press, 24 Jun 2015 - Medical Marijuana: Companies Mired in Flood of More Than 1,200 Applications Two medical marijuana plants in the London area are almost ready to roll, but are waiting for the spark of a federal licence. WeedMD Rx Inc. has completed renovations on the Imperial Tobacco plant in Aylmer, which closed in 2007. In London, AAA Heidelberg has almost completed work on a 817-square-metre plant in an industrial park.
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US OH: Lawmakers Move To Halt Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 24 Jun 2015 - Resolution to Make It Harder to Change Ohio Constitution. COLUMBUS - Lawmakers in the Ohio House on Tuesday advanced a move to block marijuana legalization and thwart other business interests in "hijacking" the state constitution for their own profit.
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