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US: Recreational Pot Would Grow to Oregon, Alaska If Voters

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:00
Concord Monitor, 02 Nov 2014 - Oregon and Alaska voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana this week under proposals to make them the third and fourth U.S. states to allow the drug's recreational use. The measures on the Tuesday ballots would permit those at least 21 years old to buy and possess marijuana for personal use, joining consumers in Colorado and Washington state.
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US FL: Marijuana Amendment Vote Looking Close

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 02 Nov 2014 - While polls this summer indicated widespread support for medical marijuana in Florida, the latest surveys appear to show backing for Amendment 2 slipping amid a drumbeat of recent advertisements from opposition groups. Even United for Care, which has been leading a charge for medical marijuana here and once basked in polls that showed nine in 10 Floridians supported the constitutional amendment, has taken on a renewed urgency in the days leading up to the election Tuesday .
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UK: Column: Legal Drugs Will Destroy Our Kids

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The Mirror, 02 Nov 2014 - My blood boils when I hear loony liberal politicians (I'm thinking Nick Clegg) and middle class do-gooders telling us that ALL drugs should be legalised. That heroin, crack cocaine and LSD should all be freely available - even to teenagers. Their argument is that if the State was in charge of the drugs industry instead of criminal gangs then the drugs wouldn't be toxic and fewer people would die.
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US FL: Medical Marijuana Could Cost S. Florida Employees Their

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 02 Nov 2014 - If medical marijuana is approved in Florida, you could still lose your job for using the drug, even with a doctor's consent. The reason: Amendment 2 contains no employee protection. Employers and legal experts say businesses are likely to make individual judgments when it comes to employees with medical marijuana prescriptions. But an employer who prohibits marijuana use by employees could still enforce those policies.
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US FL: Column: Pot Critics Full Of Reefer Madness

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 02 Nov 2014 - Perhaps it's because people are simply mesmerized by the remarkable charisma and strength of Florida's two gubernatorial candidates. Perhaps it's because people have gone off the deep end after receiving another memo in their inbox asking for a buck, or $10, or $20 from a candidate.
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US FL: Fuzzy Science Guides Doctors, Voters On Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 02 Nov 2014 - Voters Decide Tuesday If Medical Marijuana Will Be Legal in Florida. In study after study, scientists have scrutinized medical marijuana and found promising - if inconclusive - results. Smoking pot helped patients with AIDS and Parkinson's disease, according to studies in California and Israel. In a separate experiment nearly a decade ago, Scripps Research Institute scientists found THC might halt the progress of Alzheimer's disease.
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US MA: Officials Pursuing Marijuana Revenues

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 02 Nov 2014 - As a nascent medical marijuana industry prepares to launch in Massachusetts, some area communities are starting to pursue ways to potentially tap revenues from the pot-dispensing businesses. Plymouth Town Meeting recently authorized officials to seek special legislation to charge a 5 percent local excise tax on the cultivation, transfer, or sale of medical marijuana or other cannabis products within the town.
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US FL: OPED: Con: Florida Must Learn From 'Colo. Calamity'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 01 Nov 2014 - George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The question for Florida voters is whether Floridians want to be condemned to the historic effects that legalized marijuana has had on the health, education and safety of citizens in Colorado. No one has yet fairly informed Florida voters of the documented results of the "Colorado Calamity." Do we really want this history repeated in the Sunshine State? The good news is that it's not too late for Floridians to wake up. A look at the results of legalized marijuana in Colorado gives clear reasons why legalized marijuana under Amendment 2 is bad for Florida. Make no mistakes, Amendment 2 is about legalizing marijuana in Florida. Its biggest backers have made that clear.
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US FL: OPED: Pro: Pot Will Reduce Needless Suffering in Fla.

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 01 Nov 2014 - Retired Air Force Capt. Jeff Lahman served 25 years in the Air Force, including time in special ops. He ended up with a series of injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He and his wife, also an Air Force officer, lived in Arizona. He was prescribed a large dose of oxycodone and other painkillers. Those prescription medicines brought him to a new low.
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US NY: Getting The Straight Dope On Marijuana Use

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:00
The Saratogian, 01 Nov 2014 - The event's three professional presenters agreed that marijuana can have ill effects on young people. SOUTH GLENS FALLS - With marijuana now legal in several states, information and misinformation about the drug are swirling like smoke; so the Community Coalition for Family Wellness hopes to provide resources that promote safety and health, especially for youth. The school district's Oct. 29 Parent University night, called "Marijuana, What's the Big Deal?", gave families, students, faculty and community partners a look at current medical, sociological and legal aspects of cannabis use in teenagers.
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UK: Column: Ministers High on Their War on Drugs Need a Speedy

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 01 Nov 2014 - A Psychology of Macho Law-Making Steers Policy - in Defiance of Public Opinion and Common Sense The government should ban all reports on drug legalisation. They get you hooked on rage. Evidence-based reform is a gateway substance to common sense. Just send a message: no thought means no. Parliament's response to this week's report on the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act shows that psychoactive substances are the last taboo to afflict Britain's elite. It has got over past obsessions with whipping, hanging, sodomy and abortion, but it is still stuck on drugs. There is no point in reading the latest research on drugs policy worldwide. It is spitting in the wind. The only research worth doing is on why drugs policy reduces politicians to gibbering wrecks.
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US DC: Washington Will Be on a New High As Marijuana Is Set to

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Irish Independent, 01 Nov 2014 - THE fresh air of the White House's rose garden may soon be fragrant with the smell of cannabis. On Tuesday, while other Americans are voting for their senators and congressman - residents of Washington DC are expected to vote overwhelmingly to legalise marijuana.
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New Zealand: Dope Trial Offers Hope For Sick Girl

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New Zealand Herald, 01 Nov 2014 - Medical Marijuana in US Is Giving 7- Year- Old Kiwi Better Seizure Control and Motor Skills, Says Her Mother Hannah Norton For the first time in seven years, Jessika Guest feels like she is getting to know her daughter Jade.
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US AK: Editorial: 'Yes' On Ballot Measure 2 Wrong Choice

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 01 Nov 2014 - The Poorly Worded, Vague Language of the Measure Leaves Too Many Unknowns Alaska has a relationship with marijuana grounded more on a constitutional right to privacy than on anything else. The Alaska Supreme Court made that clear with its 1975 ruling commonly known as the Ravin decision, named after Irwin Ravin, the man who challenged his 1972 arrest on a charge of violating the state's law against marijuana possession.
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Chronicle AM: DC Council Ponders Pot, NJ Cops Get Naloxone, Denmark Funds MedMJ Research, More (10/31/14)

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Oregon's Measure 91 is getting big bucks and using innovative outreach techniques in the final days, the DC council ponders how to implement pot legalization, NYC councilmembers demand the cops quit targeting minority men for pot busts, Denmark funds research on medical marijuana (but not underground trolls!), and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Minute Contributions Boost Oregon's Measure 91. The Drug Policy Action Network, the lobbying and campaign arm of the Drug Policy Alliance, has contributed another $250,000 to the Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative campaign as the clock ticks down toward election day. That means Drug Policy Action has now donated $1.74 million of the $3.9 million raised by the campaign. The campaign is also getting a boost from pot legalization supporter US Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who has made an in-kind contribution of $40,020 to help pay for TV ads.

Oregon's Measure 91 Campaign Using Innovative "Did They Vote?" Website. The campaign is using DidTheyVote.org, a web site that allows voters in the state to log on and see if their Facebook friends have voted. If the friends haven't voted, people using the web site can "nudge" them to do so. "Check to see if your Facebook friends turned in their ballots! It takes 60 seconds. If it appears the elections office hasn’t received your friends’ ballots yet, you can give them a little nudge by sending them a reminder message," the web site explains. The web site is a project of the progressive non-profit group Our Oregon.

Sacramento Federal Court Hearing on Marijuana Scheduling Ends. In a groundbreaking federal court hearing, US District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller in Sacramento has heard five days of evidence around whether marijuana is properly classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Doctors and scientists made a strong case that marijuana does not belong in Schedule I. The judge issued no immediate ruling, but instead requested extensive briefs from the parties involved. She could rule on the issue two months from now or more. Click on the link to get some flavor of the discussion.

Five NYC Councilmembers Accuse NYPD of Continuing to Target Minority Men for Pot Arrests. Five black or Latino city council members today sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton charging that the NYPD continues to single out young men of color for marijuana arrests. "This is not an abstract issue for us," the letter said. "We approach this issue not just as lawmakers but also as young men of color whose lives and behavior are directly affected by the NYPD’s practices. The NYPD continues to target people who look like us, and we know from our own experiences and those of our peers that these racially skewed arrests create distrust between young men of color and the police." The letter was signed by Councilmen Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx), Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn), and Donovan Richards (D-Queens). While arrests have declined from the 50,000 in 2011 to some 29,000 last year, minority men are still the primary target, the councilmen said.

DC Council Holds Hearing on Moving Toward Legalization. With the marijuana possession and cultivation initiate Measure 71 heading for an apparent victory at the polls on Tuesday, the DC city council is moving to address how to tax and regulate legal marijuana in the District. The council's Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and its Committee on Finance and Revenue held a joint hearing Thursday to begin to lay the groundwork. Click on the link for more details.

Medical Marijuana

New York US Representatives Ask Justice Department to Let State Import High-CBD Medical Marijuana for Sick Kids. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday, they called on the Justice Department to find a way to let the state import medical marijuana to be used by severely ill children. The governor this year moved to allow some access to medical marijuana, but the state program will not be in full effect for more than a year. That's too long to wait, the lawmakers said. "Every day makes a difference for children with these severe disorders. Given this urgent public health need, we urge you to allow New York the ability to import finite and strictly controlled amounts of cannabidiol,"they wrote.

Harm Reduction

Every Cop Car in Mercer County, New Jersey, To Be Armed With Overdose Reversal Drug. Police departments in Mercer County (Trenton) are now armed with 600 naloxone (Narcan) opiate overdose reversal kits. Beginning tomorrow, every patrol vehicle in the county will have one, as will every detective vehicle and detention center. Police in the state have begun carrying the drug since Gov. Chris Christie (R) ordered it made available throughout the state following successful pilot programs in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Officials said naloxone had saved 325 lives in the state so far.  

International

Britain's Cameron Stands Firm: No Drug Policy Review. Facing an insurrection over drug policy from the junior partners in his governing coalition, the Liberal Democrats, after a Home Office report found no obvious link between tough drug laws and drug use levels, Tory Prime Minister David Cameron is stubbornly refusing to consider any changes to Britain's drug policy. "I don’t think anyone can read that report and say it definitely justifies this approach or that approach, but the evidence is what we’re doing is working," Cameron said, citing falling levels of drug use. "I don’t believe in decriminalizing drugs that are illegal today. I’m a parent with three children; I don’t want to send out a message that somehow taking these drugs is OK or safe." In a sign of the depth of the discord between the coalition partners, Cameron's statement also included a zinger aimed at the Lib Dems: "The Lib Dem policy would see drug dealers getting off scot-free and send an incredibly dangerous message to young people about the risks of taking drugs."

Denmark to Fund Medical Marijuana Research. The Danish government agreed Thursday to distribute at least $6 million for health research that will include research on medical marijuana. The funding is part of a broader agreement to fund socially relevant research. Strangely enough, the Danish newspaper article linked to above ends by noting that "no additional funds were set aside for the study of underground trolls."

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