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US CA: Column: Suspended

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 02 Jun 2016 - Can I get an update on the Legislature? They seem to be hella busy lately. - -Eric You are correct. The Legislature has been working hella hard to get a bunch of bills out of suspense. A bill being held "in suspense"? They make it sounds so ... suspenseful. "What's gonna happen? Who knows? We will let you know right after this commercial." Anyway, there were a bunch of bills about marijuana in the suspense file. Which bills lived and which bills died? I have a list of winners:
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 21:09

Illinois' medical marijuana program is set to be extended and expanded, the Ohio legislature passes a medical marijuana bill, the Ohio medical marijuana initiative is now dead, and more.

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Last Friday, the House approved an extension and an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program. The House voted to approve a plan to expand the state's medical marijuana program by adding PTSD and terminal illness to the program's list of qualifying conditions and by extending the program for an additional 2 ½ years. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has now come around and says he supports the bill, which still needs a final Senate vote. The measure is Senate Bill 10.

Massachusetts

Last Tuesday, the Senate voted to waive medical marijuana fees for veterans. The Senate approved a rider to the FY 2017 budget bill that would waive registration fees for veterans for qualify for the state's medical marijuana program. Other patients would still have to pay the $50 registration fee and an annual $50 renewal fee.

Ohio

Last Wednesday, the medical marijuana bill was approved by the legislature.Both houses of the legislature gave final approval to the measure, House Bill 523. The bill barely cleared the Senate on an 18-15 vote and won final approval from the House on a 67-28 vote. Gov. John Kasich (R) has said he will review the bill when it gets to his desk.

Last Saturday, the backers of a medical marijuana initiative called it quits. Faced with a medical marijuana bill approved by the legislature and awaiting the governor's signature, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced Saturday that they were ending their campaign to put an initiative on the November ballot. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed effort decided to call it quits because "the reality is that raising funds for medical marijuana policy changes is incredibly difficult, especially given the improvements made to the proposed program by the Ohio General Assembly and the fact that the Governor is expected to sign the bill." The bill passed by the legislature will allow people with about 20 different diseases and conditions to use marijuana, but not to smoke it.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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Chronicle AM: CA MJ Ticket Race Disparities Persist, Bolivians Protest New US Law, More... (6/1/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 20:42

Two presidential candidates get "A" grades on marijuana policy, racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement persist in Los Angeles even in the age of decriminalization, Bolivians protest a new US drug trafficking law that extends Uncle Sam's reach, and more.

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Marijuana Policy Project Updates Guide to Presidential Candidates, Adds Third Parties. MPP has released an updated version of its voters' guide to include Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Both received "A+" grades from the group. Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump got a "C+," while the two remaining contenders, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, received a "B" and an "A," respectively. MPP called this "the most marijuana-friendly field of presidential candidates in history."

In Los Angeles, Racial Disparities in Marijuana Enforcement Persist. A new analysis from the ACLU and the Drug Policy Alliance finds that even in the era of decriminalization, blacks in Los Angeles are much more likely to be ticketed for pot possession than whites or Latinos. Although pot use was "similar across racial and ethnic lines," blacks were nearly four times more likely than whites to be ticketed and about 2 ½ times more likely than Latinos to be ticketed.

Maine Legalization Effort Gets Organized Opposition. A new coalition aimed at defeating the state's legalization initiative has formed. The group, Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities, says it represents parents, health experts, clergy, and police. Its spokesman is Scott Gagnon, chair of the Maine affiliate of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, the brainchild of leading pot prohibitionist Kevin Sabet.

Law Enforcement

Oklahoma Reserve Deputy Who Mistakenly Killed Drug Suspect Gets Four Years in Prison. Former reserve deputy Robert Bates, who fatally shot unarmed drug suspect Eric Harris in April 2015 after he said he mistakenly drew his handgun instead of his stun gun, was sentenced to four years in state prison Tuesday. The killing raised the veil on favoritism and corner-cutting in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office and led to an indictment of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who resigned last November.

International

Bolivians Reject New US Drug Trafficking Law. Political and social leaders, peasants, and coca growers rejected the new US Transnational Drug Trafficking Act, signed into law by President Obama last month. According to the Congressional Research Service, the act criminalizes the manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance "by individuals having reasonable cause to believe that such a substance or chemical will unlawfully be imported into the United States…" On Tuesday, hundreds of people marched through the city of Santa Cruz to protest the law, which they said could target coca growers, and President Evo Morales warned that Bolivia is not a US colony and added that coca is part of the country's cultural patrimony.

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US MA: Retailers Association Comes Out Against Pot Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 01 Jun 2016 - A top retailers group, worried about worker productivity declining and plumes of pot smoke deterring customers from Main Street businesses, came out Wednesday against a ballot question that would legalize marijuana. Jon B. Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, had earlier said he and his members were torn on the controversial issue and likely to stay neutral.
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UK: OPED: The Legal Highs Ban Will Have Only One Result - More

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
The Guardian, 01 Jun 2016 - This Act Drives Users Back Towards Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, the Most Dangerous Substance of Them All With the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, ministers last week banned the sale or procurement of any substance that has psychoactive activity, regardless of whether it is harmless or even useful. The sole exceptions are alcohol, nicotine products and caffeine.
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US CA: Task of Enforcing Outdoor Ban Leaves Nevada County

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 01 Jun 2016 - Every year since the county first enacted a marijuana cultivation ordinance, Nevada County Sheriff's deputies have complained that few growers have sought to come into compliance - and that perception hasn't changed. "Nobody wants to follow the ordinance," said Sheriff's Lt. Bill Smethers, who oversees the Narcotics Task Force. "They don't care.
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US CA: Sheriff, Medical Marijuana Advocate Argue Success of

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 01 Jun 2016 - SHERIFF, MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE ARGUE SUCCESS OF OUTDOOR GROW BAN, MEASURE W The existing outdoor medical marijuana ban is working. Or it's not. It depends on who you ask.
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US CA: OPED: Prohibition an Experiment That Has Never Worked

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 01 Jun 2016 - There is already a county wide restrictive ordnance on cannabis cultivation. This was put in place just as the State of California was beginning to set up its own multi-agency cannabis regulations. This new state system will be very well thought out and complete. Some just shake their head and say "Big Government." In some ways, yes. But similar laws already exist that are much the same as for any business: certification, oversight and taxes. Big government - Yes, it's big government. Small government cannot do the job. These are not new departments of governance. They are new utilizations of existing departments. The same folks who already oversee business, agricultural, transportation, and industrial activities. The cost of all this oversight will easily be covered by the taxes collected. In fact, the taxes collected in Colorado were so great that Colorado implemented new programs in education, and to aid the homeless. And there is talk of a rebate to the tax payer.
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CN BC: Pop-Up Pot Crop Seeks To 'Overgrow' Government

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Jun 2016 - David Hill says the sunny southern steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery offer him a perfect and very public spot for his urban pop-up cannabis crop. He originally wanted to start growing his collection of more than 100 seedlings across the street at the courthouse, but there was too much shade when he scouted locations for his effort to "overgrow the government" and get it to immediately decriminalize marijuana.
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CN BC: Pot Shops Take Hit

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 01 Jun 2016 - City Issues Injunctions - And Is Planning To Issue More The City of Vancouver has filed court injunctions to shut down 17 of 55 medical marijuana stores that have defied the city's April 29 deadline to close.
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US CA: Column: Cannabis For Life

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 01 Jun 2016 - What Five Years in Prison Taught California Former Dispensary Owner Dale Schafer, and Why He's Thinking About Getting Back into the Marijuana Biz A judge sentenced Dale Schafer to 60 months federal prison in 2008, but now the attorney and celebrity drug-war is out - and getting back into marijuana.
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US CO: Column: Lamborn Votes Against Vets' Access to Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 01 Jun 2016 - Third time was the charm for Congress to pass legislation to let Veterans Administration doctors discuss medical marijuana with patients in states where it's legal (like this one!). From a 195-222 failed House vote in 2014 to a narrower 210-213 loss in 2015, this month the House shifted to a 233-189 approval - reflecting the transformation in public opinion over those years. Among the "no" votes that failed to stop the action, co-authored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, was Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs. Lamborn, who represents this veteran-laden district and sits on the House Veteran Affairs Committee, has long decried the shortcomings of what he terms "Obama's VA department." Many local vets are as familiar with those shortcomings - the bureaucratic bottlenecking of much-needed care - as they are with elected leaders' failure to effect meaningful reform. And that frustration has fueled the fight for expanded access to medical marijuana to treat the wounds of war, as detailed in the Indy's April 20 cover story "Aim to Heal."
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US DC: Column: No, Legal Weed Is Not Dumbing Down Nation's

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 01 Jun 2016 - The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, nearly as many relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use. Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization, argued that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available - and irresistible - to too many adolescents."
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South Africa: Marijuana Must Be Legalised, Says Malema

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
The Witness, 31 May 2016 - JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema yesterday said he supported the legalisation of dagga. "We have no problem with marijuana being legalised. It must be legalised. It must be dealt with professionally so that it is not abused and used for wrong purposes," Malema told reporters at the EFF's national list conference in Midrand.
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US CT: Advocates Laud Medical Marijuana Law For Minors

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 31 May 2016 - MILFORD - Robert Fiore's childhood onset epilepsy is long under control, but he made it his mission to legalize medical marijuana for those under 18 in Connecticut after watching the CNN special report, "Weed," which featured the remarkable change cannabis oil made in a young girl with epilepsy suffering some 300 seizures a week. I thought, "Why not bring it to Connecticut?" Fiore said.
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US CA: Marijuana For Catalina?

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2016 - Businessman Seeks to Open Dispensaries, Share Revenue With Schools From a veranda overlooking Avalon harbor, real estate broker Mark Malan gazed at oceanfront cottages, a curved promenade and passing sailboats with brightly colored pennants.
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Colombia: Police Descend Upon Colombia's 'Bronx' In Drug Raid

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
New York Post, 31 May 2016 - BOGOTA, Colombia - The streets of Colombia's largest open-air drug market look like a war zone following a police sweep through one of Bogota's most dangerous neighborhoods. More than 2,500 riot police officers and heavily armed soldiers participated in a raid that began Saturday in the capital's "Bronx" area, nicknamed for its comparison to the troubled New York neighborhood.
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