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US: DEA's War On Marijuana Going To Pot

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Sun-Sentinel, 14 Jul 2014 - Once-Certain Support Eroding Within Congress WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
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US: DEA's War On Marijuana Going To Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 14 Jul 2014 - Once-Certain Support Eroding Within Congress WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
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US: Pot Ads Signal New Strategy In Push To Legalize

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The News-Item, 14 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON- In the topsy-turvy world of marijuana politics, conservative Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state is the unlikely hero of the moment, lauded for trying to protect medical pot users from federal arrest. In Florida, liberal Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is portrayed as the unlikely villain, a politician willing to send sick marijuana-using patients to prison.
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US CO: Study Shows Pot Legalization Increasing Tokers'

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Washington Times, 14 Jul 2014 - A study by Colorado's department of revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division and the state's Marijuana Policy Group concludes that only about 9 percent of Colorado's population uses the drug, but will go through 121.4 metric tons of it every year. The study results are 31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an older study by the Colorado Center for Law and Policy, Time reported.
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US DC: Marijuana Is At Center Of Feud In Capital

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New York Times, 14 Jul 2014 - Marijuana Decriminalization in Washington D.C. Is Contested by Federal Lawmakers WASHINGTON - A law to make marijuana possession in the District of Columbia punishable by only a $25 ticket, one of the laxest drug laws in the nation, has ignited a feud between Washington's mayor and a Republican House member days before it is to take effect.
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US NC: Durham Cops Lied About 911 Calls

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The Week, 14 Jul 2014 - Several Durham police officers lied about non-existent 911 calls to try to convince residents to allow them to search their homes, a tactic several lawyers say is illegal. The officers targeted residences where individuals with outstanding warrants were thought to be living, and told them that dispatch had received a 911 call from that address, when no such call had been made. However, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez says the 911 tactic was never a part of official policy. Last month, the department officially banned the practice, according to a memo from Lopez.
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US CO: State And Pot Industry Work Together

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
The Durango Herald, 13 Jul 2014 - Trade Group Claims 10,000 Employed by Legalizing DENVER - Colorado continues to work with the cannabis industry to make sure rules and safety guidelines are in place, six months after the implementation of legal marijuana.
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US CA: Marijuana Grower Arrested for Allegedly Starting Bully

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Record Searchlight, 13 Jul 2014 - ONO - A pot grower started the Bully Fire when his rental truck, filled with supplies for his 180-plant garden, ignited high grasses, Cal Fire agents said Saturday. Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 27, of Sacramento, was arrested Friday evening following the fire's explosive growth across Platina Road west of Ono, said Cheryl Buliavac, with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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CN BC: Editorial: Weed Made Respectable?

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The Daily Courier, 13 Jul 2014 - Washington state's legal marijuana rollout is showing the world how pot legalization can be done. If and when legal marijuana comes to this side of the border, B.C. can learn from Washington's experience.
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Malta: Column: Let's Talk About Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Independent, 13 Jul 2014 - Luckily, most of us don't do drugs. Unfortunately this makes us think that drug legislation has nothing to do with us. As a result very few seem to be concerned with what is being proposed in the new Drug Law reform. The truth is however, that we should all be very concerned about drug-related laws because somehow or another they will, and do, affect all of us - from users, to family members, from the state of our health systems, to the state of our justice system, from higher taxes to higher insurance premiums as a result of drug-related crimes; like it or not, in one way or another, we're all affected. I'm certainly not an expert in the field and my opinion is usually based on that of real experts, like Caritas. Let's face it they work with drug users and abusers every single day and they face drug problems all the time, so compared to my little exposure in all this, their opinion should be taken by far more seriously. Having said that, it doesn't take an expert to realise that Malta's drug laws are among the harshest in Europe - some drug related crimes carry life sentences and the law makes no distinction between hard and soft drugs. So yes, even a non-expert like me can see that a change is definitely necessary; the question is 'what sort of change?'
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US WA: Medical Pot Users With Guns Target Of DEA Raids

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Yakima Herald-Republic, 13 Jul 2014 - Dean Holcomb sits in his Yakima motel room June 27, 2014. Holcomb has been living off and on in motel rooms since he had to sell his home following a raid by law enforcement agents and their seizure of medical marijuna plants from his Lower Valley farm. Holcomb, 58, was convicted of a misdemeanor marijuna possession and will spend six months in prison. He must report to authorities July 3, 2014. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic) Rows of marijuana plants grow at Dean Holcomb's farm in the Lower Valley in August, 2013. The plants, which were intended for medical marijuana use, were seized by federal agents Sept. 24, 2013. (Photo by Dean Holcomb)This cellphone photo shows law enforcement agents hauling off a truckload of marijuana plants from Dean Holcomb's Lower Valley farm on Sept. 24, 2014. (Photo by Dean Holcomb)Dean Holcomb sits in his Yakima motel room June 27, 2014. Holcomb has been living off and on in motel rooms since he had to sell his home following a raid by law enforcement agents and their seizure of medical marijuna plants from his Lower Valley farm. Holcomb, 58, was convicted of a misdemeanor marijuna possession and will spend six months in prison. He must report to authorities July 3, 2014. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, from left, Larry Harvey, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, and Rolland Gregg stand in the plaza in front of the federal courthouse in Spokane, Wash. The three are charged with growing marijuana at a remote farm near Kettle Falls, Wash. Each face mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years in prison after they were caught growing about 70 pot plants on their rural, mountainous property. Medical marijuana advocates have cried foul, arguing the prosecution violates Department of Justice policies announced by Attorney General Eric Holder last year that nonviolent, small-time drug offenders shouldn't face lengthy prison sentences. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios) Phone: 509-577-7674 Follow me on: By Kate Prengaman / Yakima Herald-Republic
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US NY: OPED: The Children Of The Drug Wars

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New York Times, 13 Jul 2014 - A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis CRISTIAN OMAR REYES, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon - "no matter what."
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US: In Time Of Change, DEA May Be Losing War On Pot

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Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - The Agency Is Firmly Against Legalization. but Many in Congress Increasingly Disagree. WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
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Ireland: Column: Recreational Hazard: The Highs And Lows Of Legalised

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:00
The Irish Times, 12 Jul 2014 - Decriminalised in Brooklyn and Legal in Washington State, the Drug Has Had a Big Week in the US Buying marijuana in the United States for recreational (read: fun) purposes may be legal in two American states now but for some it is far from acceptable, as security guard Mike Boyer learned to his cost.
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Ireland: Path Cleared For Medicinal Cannabis Use

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The Irish Times, 12 Jul 2014 - The outgoing Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White has removed legal impediments to the use of medicinal cannabis . In one of his final acts in the Department of Health before moving to his new role as Communications Minister, Mr White signed regulations enabling the sale of products that alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
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US OH: Ohio Ballot Initiatives Lose Steam

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:00
The Vindicator, 12 Jul 2014 - Citizen proponents of various constitutional amendments, law changes, policy proposals and such must place their hopes and dreams on the back burners for another year, with none opting to submit signatures to push issues before voters in November as of this month's deadline. Backers of the Ohio Voters Bill of Rights said they had about 100,000 signatures of the 380,000-plus required to place their constitutional amendment before voters.
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US WA: In 3 Days, State Gets $148,000 From Pot

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Seattle Times, 12 Jul 2014 - With just a handful of pot stores opened and supply short, the state will still pull in $148,256 of excise taxes from sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to figures provided by the Liquor Control Board. That number reflects sales throughout the supply chain, including those from suppliers to retailers, but doesn't account for sales tax or business and occupation (B&O) taxes. Randy Simmons, the state's marijuana project director, said he expects volatile revenue figures until the end of September or beginning of October when outdoor grows are expected to be harvested.
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US WA: Pot's Legal - But You Probably Should Ask Your Boss

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Seattle Times, 12 Jul 2014 - Seattle's City Attorney Apologizes for Taking Pot to Work. His Case Highlights Questions Facing Employers and Workers. On Tuesday, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes made a spectacle of being among the first to buy pot from Cannabis City, Seattle's inaugural retail marijuana shop. He bought two 2-gram bags of OG's Pearl that day: one for posterity, he said, the other for "personal enjoyment when it's appropriate."
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Chronicle AM -- July 11, 2014

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A St. Paul drug raid is raising questions about police tactics, the hemp industry wants to clarify something, Tennessee gets its first bust under a law criminalizing drug-using pregnant women (and its first threat of a legal challenge), Pennsylvania issues opiate prescribing guidelines, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

New Mexico Municipal Decriminalization Initiatives Halfway There on Signatures. Decriminalization initiative signature-gathering campaigns in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are at the halfway point in terms of signatures gathered. Two groups, Progress Now New Mexico and Drug Policy Action, the campaign arm of the Drug Policy Alliance, are leading the effort. The campaigns reported having half the 5,673 signatures needed in Santa Fe. They also need 11,203 signatures in Albuquerque; organizers say they are more than halfway there in the Duke City as well.

Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Governor Names 16 to Medical Marijuana Task Force. Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) has named the members of a state task force charged with monitoring the effectiveness of the state's new limited medical marijuana law. Included are four patients or their parents, four law enforcement entities, four substance abuse treatment providers and four health care providers. It also includes two lawmakers each from the House and Senate, as well as the commissioners of Health, Human Services and Public Safety. Click on the link for a list of members.

Hemp

Hemp Industries Association Clarifies That CBD Extracts Are Not "Hemp Oil." The trade group the Hemp Industries Association has released a statement emphasizing that cannabidiol (CBD) extracts are not "hemp oil" and warning against misbranding them as such. The CBD extracts are made from marijuana flowers for medicinal purposes, while hemp oil, produced by pressing hemp seeds, is a food item containing only tiny amounts of CBD. Click on the link to read the full statement.

Pregnancy

First Woman Arrested Under Tennessee's New Law Criminalizing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs. A 26-year-old Monroe County woman has been charged with assault on her fetus for using methamphetamine shortly before she gave birth under a new law that allows prosecutors to press assault and child endangerment charges against women who use drugs. Under that law, "a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug." But neither doctors nor prosecutors have shown any harm to the woman's newborn baby.

Tennessee ACLU Seeking to Challenge New Law Criminalizing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs. The ACLU of Tennessee is currently seeking plaintiffs to challenge the new law criminalizing pregnant women who use drugs. The law is the first of its kind in the country. "This dangerous law unconstitutionally singles out new mothers struggling with addiction for criminal assault charges," said Thomas Castelli, Tennessee ACLU legal director. "By focusing on punishing women rather than promoting healthy pregnancies, the state is only deterring women struggling with alcohol or drug dependency from seeking the pre-natal care they need. ACLU-TN stands ready to challenge this law and encourages any woman concerned about the impact this law will have on her to contact us." Click on the link for more information.

Prescription Opiates

Pennsylvania Releases Guidelines for Prescribing Opiates. State officials and the Pennsylvania Medical Society have released new voluntary opiate prescribing guidelines as part of an effort to reduce overdose deaths. The guidelines are aimed at family practice doctors who are not pain treatment specialists. A University of Wisconsin pain policy specialist, James Cleary, said the guidelines were "very responsible," but raised concerns that opiates remain available for those who truly need them. Task force members responded that finding the proper balance was critical.

Law Enforcement

St. Paul SWAT Drug Raid Scores Bong, Grinder; Leaves Two Dogs Dead. A St. Paul, Minnesota, police SWAT team executing a no-knock search warrant at a family home burst through the front door without notice at 7:00am and promptly shot and killed the family's two pet pit bulls. "The first thing I heard was 'boom,'" said homeowner Larry Lee Arman. "Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop. Right in front of us. I was laying right there and I really thought I was being murdered," he said "I don't want to say by who. I thought it was, like, the government." Police said they thought they were entering a dangerous environment and had a right to eliminate potential threats with lethal force, but Arman said he wasn't a dangerous drug dealer, only a pot smoker. The SWAT team's haul seems to bear him out. They seized only "clothing, a glass bong, and suspected marijuana remnants in a metal grinder."

International

New York Times Takes a Look at Barcelona's Cannabis Clubs. The New York Times has a lengthy profile of Barcelona's burgeoning cannabis social club scene. It reports that the clubs, where members may buy and consume marijuana, now have 165,000 members, and that they are creating marijuana tourism. Officials are concerned.

Barcelona Police Arrest Cannabis Club Leaders. Police in Barcelona Friday arrested the president and at least three other members of the city's cannabis club federation FEDCAC. The group said it was not told why they were arrested, but other Spanish press reports said it was on money laundering charges. The bust comes as the city tries to crack down on the burgeoning clubs, which are legal under Spanish law, but have been testing the limits.

Transnational Institute Analyzes Colombia/FARC Accord on Drugs, Finds It Lacking. In a policy briefing on the Colombian peace accords, the Transnational Institute finds that FARC guerrillas are only "part of the problem" in the "complex scenario" of Colombian drug trafficking; that it effectively excludes rural settlers, indigenous and African-descent communities; that the agreement ratifies existing prohibition-based approaches to drugs; and that it ignores the ongoing progress in adopting other drug control models. Other than that…

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US WA: The Pros And Cons Of Retail Marijuana

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North Kitsap Herald, 11 Jul 2014 - Prohibition didn't work, or so lawmakers learned more than 80 years ago. But the parallels between America's experiment with the Eighteenth Amendment and the legal sale of marijuana likely end there. On July 8, Washington got into the weeds (pun intended). For some in law enforcement, jaded by trivial marijuana busts, it's a long-time coming. Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, an advisory board member of the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, issued a sanguine prediction: "Washingtonians know that, as in Colorado, governments both foreign and domestic will be watching to see how legalization progresses in the state," he said. "And I imagine that, as in Colorado, lower crime rates, increased tax revenue, thousands of new jobs and continuing public support will indicate legalizing and regulating marijuana is one of the simplest ways to improve not just our criminal justice system, but our state governments generally."
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