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US DC: OPED: If Trump Wins, The Drug Cartels Lose

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 04 Jul 2016 - Illegals Aren't The Only Worry Americans Encounter With Open Borders The two groups with the most to lose with a Donald Trump victory on Nov. 8 would be the Mexican drug cartels and their Chinese suppliers. The reason is pretty simple: Mr. Trump has made securing the border his principal campaign theme. If the border is secured by a wall or some combination of means against the flood of illegal aliens and potential terrorists, then it automatically puts a major hit on the flow of narcotics across the border. If they can't get the illegals in, they can't get the dope in, either.
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Philippines: Abra Tops Cordillera's Illegal Drugs Problem

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/03/2016 - 07:00
Manila Times, 03 Jul 2016 - CAMP DANGWA, LA TRINIDAD: Of the six Cordillera provinces, Abra has the worst problem on illegal drugs, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Cordillera Autonomous Region). PDEA-CAR spokesman Joseph Calulut said about 136 villages out of 1,176 in the region are being monitored for the narcotics trade. Among the provinces, Abra has the highest number of drug-affected barangays, followed by Baguio City.
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Philippines: Soldiers Tapped In War On Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/03/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 03 Jul 2016 - President Duterte will give members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) police powers to enable them to fully operate against lawless elements and major crime syndicates in the country. AFP chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya revealed in yesterday's command conference that Duterte would issue executive orders for this purpose.
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US OH: Portman, Strickland Focus on Ohio's Drug Crisis in

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/03/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 03 Jul 2016 - WASHINGTON - When Sen. Rob Portman's campaign launched its first TV ads of 2016, it wasn't hard to sense a theme. The first ad focused on Portman's work to fight Ohio's drug crisis. The second told the story of Tyler Campbell, a young man from Pickerington who died of a heroin overdose. A third told of a Lakewood woman who is a recovering heroin addict. And a fourth told the story of a young woman from Carrollton who died of a heroin overdose.
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CN ON: Editorial: Keep Options Open On Selling Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 02 Jul 2016 - There are plenty of legitimate concerns about marijuana use, including its effects on young people Has the Ontario government learned nothing from its decades-long struggle to find the right balance between safety and paternalism when it comes to selling alcohol? Judging by the path it seems to be going down on how to handle recreational marijuana, the answer, sadly, is no.
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CN ON: Column: Grits Stalling Creating New Problems For Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 02 Jul 2016 - Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize pot isn't exactly giving his government the euphoric high they'd hoped for. Turns out it's way tougher to do than they anticipated. To speed things up, they've announced a traditional Liberal solution: Recycle old cabinet ministers and appoint a task force.
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US IL: State Medical Marijuana Program Extended To '20

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 02 Jul 2016 - (AP) - Illinois' experiment with medical marijuana has earned a boost thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner's approval of legislation extending the state pilot program for 2 1/2 years and including two more medical conditions. On Friday, medical marijuana advocates and experts called it a turning point that gives patients guaranteed access to the drug and provides confidence to those selling and cultivating it in the state. Rauner signed the measure Thursday night.
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Chronicle AM: AZ MJ Init Prospects Look Good, Canada Supports Legalization, More... (7/1/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 21:00

The prospects for the Arizona marijuana legalization initiative just brightened, law changes affect medical marijuana patients in Minnesota and Washington, Canada shows strong public support for freeing the weed, and more.

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Arizona Legalizers Actually Handed In 258,000 Voter Signatures. We reported yesterday that the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in some 200,000 signatures to qualify its legalization initiative for the November ballot and expressed some concern because it needs 150,000 valid voter signatures and didn't have a big cushion. Well, that cushion is bigger and our concerns are smaller. The actual number of signatures handed in was more than 258,000, meaning a whopping 40% would have to be invalidated for the initiative to fail to qualify. That happens, but not very often, so Arizona is very likely to vote on legalization this fall.

Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Chronic Pain Patients Now Qualify for Medical Marijuana. As of today, intractable chronic pain that can't be controlled with existing treatments is approved for medical marijuana use. The state Department of Health added intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions effective today, the one-year anniversary of the beginning of medical marijuana availability in the state.

Washington State Folds Medical Marijuana Sales Into Adult Sales System. As of today, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana sales are combined, and only shops that have sought a special license can advise patients on medical marijuana. All medical marijuana dispensaries that are not licensed under the new scheme were to shut down by midnight last night. Only patients registered with the state will be able to avoid paying sales tax on their weed purchases.

International

Seven Out of 10 Canadians Support Marijuana Legalization. A new Nanos Poll has a whopping 69% either supporting or "somewhat supporting" marijuana legalization, with only 26% opposed. Some 43% fully supported legalization, while 26% somewhat supported it. Only yesterday, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced it had formed a task force to move forward with legalization and planned to file a legalization bill next spring.

South African Drug Authority Calls for Dagga Decriminalization, Not Legalization. The country's Central Drug Authority has called for marijuana to be decriminalized -- not legalized -- with strategies to reduce the harm of chronic use. "There are few data to indicate that supply reduction via criminalization is effective in reducing cannabis abuse. At the same time, there are insufficient data to indicate that the legalization of cannabis will not be harmful. The immediate focus should therefore be on decriminalization rather than legalization," executive committee member Dan Stein said.

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CN BC: Crackdown On Marijuana Shops Moving Forward

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 01 Jul 2016 - The City of Penticton is moving ahead with a crackdown on storefront marijuana shops setting up in the community. The Herbal Green Apothecary, associated with the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, was the first operation served with a notice of suspension on their business licence, and on June 29, Starbuds was also given a notice.
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US WI: Call To Reduce Pot Fines Renewed

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Wisconsin State Journal, 01 Jul 2016 - A marijuana advocacy group has revived an effort to drastically reduce penalties for being caught with the drug in Monona. Members of the Madison chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are circulating a petition that supports reducing municipal fines for pot possession to $1 in hopes of placing a binding referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot.
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Canada: Liberal Task Force Dampens Hopes On Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 01 Jul 2016 - Making first move toward marijuana legalization, strict regulation looks likely Ottawa is taking the first step toward marijuana legalization with a new federal task force led by former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan.
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Canada: Ottawa Moves Toward Tight Controls On Recreational

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Jul 2016 - The federal government is moving toward a restrictive market for recreational marijuana, vowing to impose potency limits, controls on advertising, and strict rules over the production and sale of the drug. Ottawa has unveiled a nine-member panel to draw up Canada's new marijuana framework, sending out the clearest signal to date that it is not bowing to the demands of members of the illegal pot industry that has boomed in recent months.
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CN ON: Column: Grits A Real Buzz Kill

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Liberal Stalling Creating New Problems for Marijuana Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize pot isn't exactly giving his government the euphoric high they'd hoped for. Turns out it's way tougher to do than they anticipated. To speed things up, they've announced a traditional Liberal solution: Recycle old cabinet ministers and appoint a task force.
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CN ON: Column: Grits A Real Buzz Kill

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Liberal Stalling Creating New Problems for Marijuana Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize pot isn't exactly giving his government the euphoric high they'd hoped for. Turns out it's way tougher to do than they anticipated. To speed things up, they've announced a traditional Liberal solution: Recycle old cabinet ministers and appoint a task force.
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US AZ: Legal Pot Campaign Facing Questions

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
The Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Levels of Impairment Not Defined PHOENIX - The campaign to allow recreational use of marijuana is on amid questions of whether the measure would allow people to legally drive while under the influence of the drug.
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US DC: Editorial: No Blue Ribbons For Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 01 Jul 2016 - The District's 'State' Fair Can Celebrate Marijuana, the Leading Agricultural Crop It's difficult to hold a state fair when the District of Columbia is not even a state and is unlikely to become one, but a fair is always fun, with displays of pigs and cows and the bounty of the field, usually with a Ferris wheel and a midway offering unlikely freaks and games where the customer is never always right.
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CN ON: Mayor Tory To Tokers: Just Chill

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Jul 2016 - Mayor John Tory has a message for people looking to cash in on Canada's move to legalize weed - "hold their horses." Tory was reacting Thursday to the creation of a federal task force to blaze the trail towards marijuana legalization. But the feds also signaled that the current laws regarding recreational weed use, possession and sales remain intact and will be enforced.
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US MA: Marijuana Legalization Group Targets Walpole Chief

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 01 Jul 2016 - Organizers of a referendum campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts accused Walpole's police chief on Thursday of veering into political advocacy by speaking at a campaign event organized by opponents of the November ballot measure. Chief John Carmichael, who has been an outspoken advocate about the dangers of substance abuse, participated in the June 23 event in Framingham to detail what he said were public safety concerns about the dangers of edible products derived from marijuana.
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Philippines: Medical Marijuana Bill Filed Anew

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 07:00
Manila Bulletin, 01 Jul 2016 - Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano re-filed yesterday his pet measure seeking to legalize the medical use of marijuana in the country. He said his proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act will benefit thousands of patients in the country suffering from serious illnesses. "Its objective is for patients to have access to safe, affordable, available medical cannabis prescribed by a registered physician. Recent scientific studies show that cannabis is effective in the prevention, treatment and management of specified symptoms, illnesses and diseases," he said.
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Chronicle AM: Jamaica Airport Pot Shops Coming, AZ Legalizers Hand in Signatures, More... (6/30/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 20:53

Arizona marijuana legalization advocates turned in signatures today, Massachusetts legalizers filed a campaign complaint against a police chief, Canada takes its first step toward legalization, Jamaica wants airport pot shops, and more.

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Arizona Legalization Campaign Hands in 200,000 Signatures. The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Thursday handed in more than 200,000 signatures in a bid to get its legalization initiative on the November ballot. The campaign needs 150,000 valid voter signatures to qualify. Given that petition drives typically end up with 20%-30% of signatures deemed invalid, this is going to be a nail-biter. If 20% of signatures are invalid, it qualifies; if 30% are invalid; it fails to qualify.

Arizona Legalization Would Bring in Tens of Millions in Tax Revenues. A new report from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee estimates that legalization would be a half-billion a year market in the state and would generate $82 million a year in revenues for the state from taxes and fees.

Massachusetts Legalization Campaign Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against Police Chief. The Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Thursday filed a complaint against Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. The complaint says Carmichael appeared at an event by campaign opponents dressed in police uniform, during working hours, and had arrived in a work vehicle. Under state campaign law, appointed officials may not promote or oppose ballot questions during working hours or use public resources to do so.

Law Enforcement

Texas Man Facing Murder Trial in Cop's Death During Botched Drug Raid Says Friendly Fire Killed Him. Marvin Louis Guy, the Waco homeowner who has been jailed on capital murder charges ever since the May 2014 raid in which Officer Charles Dinwiddie was killed, has filed a federal civil rights complaints charging that Dinwiddie was actually killed by fellow officers as they fired a hail of bullets into his home. The raiders were serving a "no knock" search warrant looking for cocaine; they found none. Guy admitted firing a weapon through his window as the police attempt to break his door down "put me in fear of me and my family's safety," but said that his were not the fatal shots. He is seeking the dismissal of the murder charge and monetary damages.

International

Canada Announces Launch of Marijuana Legalization Task Force. The federal government has taken a first step toward implementing marijuana legalization by announcing the formation of a task force to draft legalization legislation. The government expects to have a bill ready to go by next spring. Over the next four months, the task force will consult with provincial, local, and indigenous governments, as well as youth and experts in healthcare, criminal justice, economics, industry, and law enforcement. It will also talk with companies that have experience in the sale, production, and distribution of the herb.

Jamaica Wants Airport Pot Shops for Tourists. The island nation's Cannabis Licensing Authority is drafting plans for marijuana shops that would allow tourists to buy up to two ounces of weed at airports as they enter the country. People from abroad who are medical marijuana patients could buy ganja without any further ado, but others would have to be licensed by workers at the airport shops.

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