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CN ON: Column: Stop Legislating Morality

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 29 Jun 2014 - Canada's proposed prostitution law doesn't protect sex trade workers and will be vulnerable to a Charter challenge I'm always amazed at the power of our federal government. With the simple passage of legislation it can turn ordinary citizens into criminals. How is this possible? Well, our drug prohibition laws are a prime example.
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Malta: Column: Legalise It, Or Should We?

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Independent, 29 Jun 2014 - The government has already declared its intention to decriminalise substance abuse but up to now one cannot understand exactly to where the new drugs' policy is pointing: will it lead to a liberal progressive quasi legalisation of drugs for recreational purposes on the basis of a created civil right or will it lead to the humane system of depenalisation and rehabilitation, albeit still recognising that illicit drug consumption is not necessarily a desirable thing? The Prime Minister's declarations seem to lead to the former, while his Social Policy Minister seems to be at least emphasising the latter. The controversy of what should be regarded as the legitimate or illegitimate use of drugs was rekindled following a speech by ex-Minister of Health Godfrey Farrugia. It was also the subject of a conference organised by the OASI Foundation that brought together policy-makers, experts, opinion-makers, professional practitioners and addicts to discuss the issue on the International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking and on the eve of the government's publication of its White Paper on Drugs Policy Reform.
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US MA: Massachusetts Allows 11 Pot Dispensaries to Move Forward

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
The Day, 29 Jun 2014 - Boston - ( AP) Eleven medical marijuana dispensaries were cleared by state public health officials on Friday to move forward, but nine others that had initially been given the green light were rejected after a further state review. A company led by former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts Inc., and Good Chemistry of Massachusetts Inc., which had received provisional approval for dispensaries in Boston and Worcester, were among the firms turned aside.
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US NM: OPED: Proposed Medical Pot Rules Threaten Vets

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Albuquerque Journal, 29 Jun 2014 - Many Veterans Will Be Unable to Get the Medical Marijuana They Need If State Implements Rule Changes Over the past several weeks I have been following the growing scandal concerning our country's Veterans Affairs system and their disgraceful treatment of American military veterans with disgust. Sadly, we have also learned that veterans here in New Mexico have not been treated any better.
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US NJ: Christie Focus On Drugs Personal, Political

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The Citizens' Voice, 29 Jun 2014 - TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - On no one's early list of issues likely to headline the 2016 Republican presidential primaries is the nation's "war on drugs." Chris Christie plans to put it there. The New Jersey governor, steadily pushing himself back into the 2016 discussion after a political scandal at home, recently marked the 43rd anniversary of President Richard Nixon's famous declaration by expanding a program that equips first responders with a drug to combat heroin overdoses.
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US NY: Column: The Hero Of Ryjell 5 Could Be Our Own Goverment

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The Record, 29 Jun 2014 - Like many of you, I read this in the paper the other day: "Deal Made on Medical Marijuana." Like you I have been following this story and I wrote column on April 6 entitled, "Legalization needed for medical use of marijuana." I have also lobbied for the bill and specifically espoused the use of medicinal marijuana for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The persistent irrational stalling of the bill and the bottom-of-the-ninth two-out arrival of the "Deal" has upset me. So, with your permission I will respond.
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US OH: Michigan Man Has High Hopes For Hemp

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
The Blade, 29 Jun 2014 - Kevin Spitler runs the Toledo Hemp Center, a Sylvania Avenue storefront that sells products rich in CBD, a chemical found in hemp that's associated with pain relief and muscle relaxation. Kevin Spitler is Toledo's homegrown hemp entrepreneur.
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US OH: Marijuana Backers Seek Reforms In Ohio

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The Blade, 29 Jun 2014 - Groups Aim to Legalize Responsible Use -- Medical and Otherwise Rob Ryan isn't shy about the medicine he said has helped him tremendously -- even though it's illegal. After a cancer diagnosis about 10 years ago, Mr. Ryan, now 60, began a regimen of the usual suspects. Chemotherapy and pills led to pain and weight loss. Then he added marijuana to the mix. He said the improvements were undeniable.
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US WA: Editorial: Find Will To Prevent Teen Marijuana Use

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Seattle Times, 29 Jun 2014 - THE era of legal marijuana retail stores in Washington is set to begin in a few weeks, with an unprecedented and rigorous seed-to-sale regulatory system. Despite those regulations, the era also ushers in heightened anxieties about a potential increase in underage usage, even though sales are banned for customers under 21. After spending 18 months working on regulations, Gov. Jay Inslee's administration has finally launched a prevention campaign to address teen usage. At a news conference Tuesday, Inslee said the state was trying to give parents "tools that they need to keep our kids safe."
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US PA: Medical Marijuana Closer To Legal Status

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 07:00
Daily Times, 28 Jun 2014 - HARRISBURG (AP) - People who need marijuana for medical conditions inched closer to being able to get the drug legally following a unanimous vote Friday in a Pennsylvania Senate committee. The Law and Justice Committee approved a bill that would allow marijuana to be grown, processed and dispensed, with oversight by a state Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing.
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US TX: OPED: Let's Legalize Pot Responsibly in Texas

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Waco Tribune-Herald, 28 Jun 2014 - As a former educational professional, I've witnessed the negative social impacts and negative opportunity costs of cannabis prohibition. I observed these negative impacts while working with inner city youth; I also took note that these effects existed in my own suburban neighborhood. The world is our backyard. I began to observe how easy it was for teens to access cannabis on the illicit market and how many are left to endure life-altering criminal convictions. I examined the constant draining of tax dollars, all the while watching the expansion of violent criminal cartels. Whether one is or isn't a cannabis consumer, the effects are the same. To summarize the problem, I, along with many other professionals, conclude that such prohibition is a dismal failure.
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US PA: Pa. Senate Panel Moves Medical Marijuana Bill

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 Jun 2014 - HARRISBURG - A state Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Friday that would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for patients with certain medical conditions. Sens. Daylin Leach ( D., Montgomery) and Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), who cosponsored the bill, said they anticipated its reaching the Senate floor for a vote before the legislature breaks for summer recess.
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US NC: Editorial: Police Need More Funding, Not More Weapons

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News & Observer, 28 Jun 2014 - Police are supposed to serve and protect, but increasingly special police units are being used to attack with military-style raids to serve search warrants or look for drugs. Sometimes these pumped-up Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operations target the wrong house or injure children living with a suspect. Last month in Georgia, for instance, a SWAT team looking for drugs battered down the door of a home in the middle of the night and tossed in a stun grenade that landed in a playpen where a 19-month-old boy was sleeping. The toddler, whose family was visiting the home, suffered serious injury and was put in a medically-induced coma. No drugs were found.
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US CA: From Pot Plot To Patient

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Los Angeles Times, 28 Jun 2014 - Boyle Heights Farmers Market Will Give Medical Marijuana Users Access to the Cannabis Growers The ever-popular farmers market scene in Los Angeles could soon see the introduction of a whole new type of green - albeit targeted to a very specific consumer.
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Chronicle AM -- June 27, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 20:45

Things are looking good after legalization in Colorado, a medical marijuana bill moves in Pennsylvania, food stamp drug testing is on hold in Mississippi, hash battles break out in Libya, and more. Let's get to it:

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DPA Issues Report on Six Months of Legal Marijuana Sales in Colorado. Crime is down, tax revenues are up, and the marijuana industry is generating thousands of new jobs in Colorado, according to a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance. The report is Status Report: Marijuana Regulation in Colorado After Six Months of Retail Sales and 18 Months of Decriminalization.

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill. The state Senate Law and Justice Committee voted unanimously yesterday to approve Senate Bill 1182, which would allow qualified patients to obtain marijuana through dispensaries, but not grow their own. Neither could patients smoke their medicine, but they could use edibles or vaporize it. Now, the bill is on to the Appropriations Committee and, if it passes there, a Senate floor vote. Companion legislation in the House has yet to move.

Tulsa Medical Marijuana Petitioners Say Tulsa Cops Backed Off After They Went Public. Signature-gatherers for the Oklahomans for Health medical marijuana initiative report they are no longer being harassed by Tulsa Police after they went public with their complaints. Police had, on several occasions, stopped and investigated petitioners, at least twice after purportedly receiving complaints they were selling or smoking marijuana. The group hasn't had any formal response from Tulsa Police or city officials, but they are no longer being harassed, they said.

Drug Testing

Mississippi Food Stamp Drug Testing Implementation Delayed. A Mississippi law approved this year that would require food stamp applicants to be subject to drug testing is being delayed. It was supposed to go into effect July 1, but will be held up pending a public hearing set for July 22. The delay comes thanks to ACLU of Mississippi and the Mississippi Center for Justice, which challenged the start-up on grounds that it violated the state's administrative procedures law.

Methamphetamine

Michigan Governor Signs Package of Meth Bills. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) Thursday signed into law three bills increasing the criminalization of methamphetamine users and producers. One makes it a crime to purchase pseudoephedrine knowing it will be used to make meth, another makes it a crime to solicit someone else to do so, and the third specifies that the second mandates a 10-year prison sentence. Click on the link for more bill details.

International

Are the Latin American Drug Cartels on the Wane? Council on Hemispheric Affairs analyst Claudia Barrett has penned a provocative analysis suggesting the era of the cartels may be coming to an end. The piece is The Breakdown of Cartel Culture -- An Analysis.

Reductions in Coca Cultivation Don't Necessarily Mean Less Cocaine. The Global Post has a think piece on the reported decline in coca production and why it doesn't necessarily mean cocaine supplies are decreasing. Click on the link to read it.

Libya Hash Bust Sparks Deadly Battle. A hash bust in Benghazi last Saturday erupted into a pitched battle when armed gunmen attacked government forces who were destroying a major stash of hash seized from a cargo ship. At least seven people were reported killed. Government officials accused Al Qaeda of being involved.

Tunisia Will Reform Its Drug Laws. Tunisia is going to revamp its drug laws, a vestige of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dictatorship. The North African country has some 25,000 people in prison for drug offenses. Current laws don't differentiate between hard and soft drugs and require mandatory minimum prison sentences for any drug offense. A commission is expected to submit to parliament this summer an amended law that does away with the mandatory sentences of one-to-five years for drug possession.

New Zealand Poll Has Majority for Marijuana Reform. A majority of New Zealanders polled in a recent survey support reforming the country's marijuana laws. The New Zealand Herald-DigiPoll had 32% supported decriminalization and another 22% wanting it completely legalized, while 45% were opposed to any reform. Even among members of the ruling National Party, which opposes reform, 45% supported decrim or legalization.

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Chronicle AM -- June 26, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 17:23

It's UN anti-drug day, and protests to mark it are going on in at least 80 cities around the world, House Republicans move to block DC decrim, the Oregon legalization initiative looks set to make the ballot, the ACLU has a strong new report out on SWAT teams, and more. Let's get to it:

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Cannabis Business Summit Draws Big Crowd in Denver. More than 1,200 people attended the Cannabis Business Summit sponsored by the National Cannabis Industry Association in Denver this week. Look for a Chronicle report on it in coming days.

Oregon Legalization Initiative to Hand in Signatures Today. It looks like Oregonians will vote on marijuana legalization this November. The New Approach Oregon initiative campaign will hand in 145,000 signatures to state officials today; they only need some 87,000 valid ones to qualify for the ballot.

House Committee Votes to Block Decriminalization in DC. The House Appropriations Committee yesterday passed an amendment to the 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill intended to prevent the District of Columbia from implementing its recently passed law decriminalizing the possession of marijuana. It also has the potential to end the District's medical marijuana program. The amendment, offered by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), passed by a vote of 28-21. Reform advocates will seek a floor vote to remove this amendment from the bill when it proceeds to the House floor.

No Vote on Legalization in the Rhode Island Legislature. The 2014 legislative session has ended without the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act never coming up for a vote. Maybe next year.

Oakland Shuts Down a Trio of Measure Z Speakeasies. For the past decade, recreational marijuana retail outlets have quietly operated in Oakland, protected by Measure Z, which makes the private use of marijuana by adults law enforcement's lowest priority. But in recent weeks, Oakland police have raided and shut down three of the speakeasies. The police say their enforcement actions are driven by complaints.

Sentencing

Two More Cosponsors for the Smarter Sentencing Act. The Smarter Sentencing Act has picked up two more cosponsors, bringing the total to 41, 27 Democrats and 14 Republicans. The latest cosponsors are Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA).

Senate State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill to Include Sentencing Reform Language. Advocates working with Senate Judiciary Chair Pat Leahy's (D-VT) office report that the Senate committee report on the issue will include language making sentencing reform part of US foreign policy and an issue the State Department promotes when working on police training and judicial reform in other countries. Click the link to read the language.

Law Enforcement

ACLU Issues Report on Militarization of American Policing. The American Civil Liberties Union has released a new report on the excessive militarization of American policing, War Comes Home. The report concentrates on the use of SWAT teams, and fnds that 80% of SWAT deployments were not hostage rescue or other dangerous missions, but to serve search warrants, mainly for drugs. The report also examines the abuses associated with SWAT teams. This is strong stuff.

International

Global Demonstrations Against Drug War Today Mark UN Anti-Drug Day. Protestors in at least 80 cities around the world are taking the opportunity of UN anti-drug day to call not for more drug war, but for less. Click on the link for more details.

British Khat Ban Now in Effect. The British ban on the East African herbal stimulant plant khat has now gone into effect. There are fears the Somali community will be targeted and that a black market will now emerge.

British Doctors Reject Marijuana Legalization, Urge Cigarette Ban for Those Born After 2000. Meeting at their annual conference, members of the British Medical Association rejected a proposal to call for legalizing marijuana, but voted in favor of a ban on cigarettes for people born after 2000. The BMA's rejection of legalization was "both unscientific and unethical," said Steve Rolles of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

Uruguay's First Grower's Club Begins Registration Process. The Association of Cannabis Studies of Uruguay has registered to become the first officially recognized marijuana growing club in the country. The club headed by Laura Blanco will have 40 members. Joining a club and enjoying the fruits of collective grows is one of three ways to legally obtain marijuana under Uruguay's new law. The other options are registering to buy it from pharmacies or growing your own individually.

Mexico Wants More Black Hawk Choppers for Anti-Drug Activities. Mexico has formally requested to purchase five UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for it war on drugs. The choppers are to be equipped with GPS/inertial navigation systems, forward-looking radar systems, and 10 7.62mm machine guns each. The proposed deal would be worth an estimated $225 million

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