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US OK: DOJ Decision Creates Hazy Situation For Casino Weed Sale

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
The Ada Evening News, 14 Dec 2014 - It may be awhile before Oklahomans will be able to light a joint while playing slots. The Department of Justice ruled Thursday that Indian tribes could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, but the ramifications of this action remain a mystery.
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Canada: Medical Pot Firms: Supply Scarce Due To Red Tape

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Chronicle Herald, 13 Dec 2014 - OTTAWA - Delays in inspections and approvals to grow medical marijuana are causing shortages, according to some in the industry. This year, Canada transformed its medical marijuana regime by banning small, homegrown outfits and moving to multimillion-dollar industrial producers.
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US PA: 2015 2015 Could Be the Year for Legalizing Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
The Daily Local, 13 Dec 2014 - Medical marijuana legislation will get a second chance in 2015. The bipartisan pair of state senators who pushed for legalization during 2014 announced this week they will re-introduce the same text of a bill approved by the state Senate with a 43-7 vote in September. The bill didn't receive a vote from the House of Representatives before the two-year legislative session came to a close Nov. 30.
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US CT: Mohegans 'Not Actively Pursuing' Marijuana Production

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
The Day, 13 Dec 2014 - Mohegan- Don't look for marijuana sprouts to start popping up on the Mohegan reservation any time soon. While the tribe that owns Mohegan Sun acknowledged Thursday that it is reviewing a U.S. Department of Justice announcement regarding the legal cultivation and sale of marijuana on tribal lands, it has yet to determine whether such an endeavor would be a good investment.
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US DC: Column: The Threat to D.C. Home Rule Can't Be Ignored

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 13 Dec 2014 - We thought all the angles had been covered, since the Senate had passed D.C. home rule legislation seven times before. So on July 10, 1973, Committee on the District of Columbia Chairman Thomas Eagleton (D-Mo.) and ranking member Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R-Md.), plus Robert Harris and me - the committee's majority and minority staff directors, respectively - entered the Senate chamber confident that the votes were there to pass the bill again. The outstanding question of the day was whether the House, which for reasons of race and politics was a burial ground for the city's hopes of home rule, could pass a similar bill under the leadership of new House District Committee Chairman Charles C. Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.), an African American and veteran congressman. So we thought. Our bill encountered smooth sailing on the floor as Eagleton and Mathias easily disposed of two amendments that we knew would be offered by GOP Sen. William Scott of Virginia. (Scott once called a news conference to deny he was "The King of Dumb," as he would be dubbed in a 1974 New Times cover story by Nina Totenberg.) But we weren't prepared for what came next. Republican Sen. Norris Cotton of New Hampshire took the floor, announced his support for the home rule bill and then offered an amendment that would authorize the president to appoint the District's police chief with the advice and consent of the Senate.
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US OK: Tribes May Reconsider Pot Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 13 Dec 2014 - A Justice Department Memo Says New Policy Is Nonenforcement. Despite a U.S. Department of Justice memo this week indicating Indian governments could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, officials said don't expect a thriving, legal pot industry anytime soon in Oklahoma.
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US NM: OPED: Pot Business Mimicking Big Tobacco

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 13 Dec 2014 - Marijuana May Follow in Footsteps of Cigarette Industry in Luring New Users Last month, people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. As the movement toward marijuana legalization continues, lawmakers and policy experts are looking to the experiments in Colorado and Washington for guidance. We should not overlook, however, valuable lessons from our experience with another legal drug: tobacco.
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US: Tribes Wary Of Growing, Selling Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 13 Dec 2014 - Justice Dept. Has Decided That Pot Can Be Legally Grown on Tribal Lands GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK.
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Chronicle AM: Obama on DC Pot Laws, WI "Cocaine Moms" Law Challenged, No More 'Shrooms in Bali, More (12/12/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 21:35

The president weighs in on congressional moves to block DC marijuana legalization, Oklahoma could be joining the cannabis oil medical marijuana club, a Wisconsin woman sues over the "cocaine moms" law, the ACLU is looking to sue a Connecticut housing agency over mandatory drug tests, and more. Let's get to it:

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

Obama Thinks Congress Should Not Interfere With DC Pot Laws. As the battle continues over whether Congress has managed or not to block the District of Columbia's Measure 71 legalization initiative, President Obama has weighed in. In a Thursday press conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president did "not believe Congress should spend a lot of time interfering with the citizens of District of Columbia." Asked specifically about Measure 71, Earnest noted that the measure had been approved by the voters and that, "on principle," that Congress shouldn't interfere with home rule. But Earnest also noted that Obama supports passing the omnibus spending bill that would, some say, overturn the measure.

Medical Marijuana

Cannabis Oil Bill Should Be Filed Today in Oklahoma. Rep. John Echols (R-Oklahoma City) has said he plans to file a low-THC cannabis oil bill today. The bill would only allow for use my children suffering from epilepsy. The news comes as the director of the state's drug agency says he now backs a study that would make the medicine available to sick children.

Drug Testing

Connecticut Public Housing Agency Under Fire for Suspicionless Drug Testing of Applicants. The Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) requires mandatory, suspicionless drug testing of people applying to live there, and the ACLU of Connecticut is looking for people who want to sue the agency over the issue. "We urge you to repeal this policy because this suspicionless drug testing violates guarantees in the United States and Connecticut constitutions against unreasonable searches and seizures," wrote ACLU staff attorney David McGuire in a December 2013 letter to the Authority. "We would like to hear from any potential tenant who objects to the suspicionless drug test so that we can consider legal action," McGuire said Wednesday. To make matters worse, the NHA is the only housing authority in the country to drug test using hair follicles, which unlike urine or blood samples, can reveal drug use going back weeks or even months.

Law Enforcement

Georgia Judge Convicted of Planting Drugs on Woman. A woman accused a judge of propositioning her when she appeared before him to seek warrants against people who had assaulted her, so he conspired with some local cops to plant methamphetamine in her vehicle and have her arrested. Now, former Magistrate Court Judge Bryant Cochran has been found guilty of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, violating the civil rights of a court employee by sexually assaulting her, and witness tampering. He's looking at almost certain federal prison time when he is sentenced in February.

Pregnancy

Lawsuit Will Challenge Wisconsin's "Cocaine Mom" Law. A woman who was jailed after admitting past drug use while seeking a pregnancy test and medical help for depression is filing suit to have the state's "cocaine mom" law thrown out. That law allows authorities to detain and force treatment on pregnant women suspected of drug or alcohol use. Tammy Loertscher of Medford is filing the suit with the assistance of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which says the Wisconsin "fetal protection" law is one of the most sweeping in the nation.

International

Hungary's Prime Minister Wants Drug Tests for Journalists and Politicians. Hungary's rightist prime minister, Viktor Orban, who has vowed to make the country a "non-liberal" state, called today for mandatory drug testing for journalists and politicians. "The government decided that it will rid Hungary of the drug mafia in this term," Orban said. "Politicians, journalists and those filling positions of public trust have to be included (in the drug tests) because it is clear that those who consume drugs cannot be relied on in the fight against drugs." Orban's statement isn't sitting well with journalists and civil libertarians, with the Association of Independent Journalists calling his proposal "legally and morally deeply outrageous." Earlier this week, the mayor Budapest calling for drug testing teens as well, but that proposal appears have been dropped.

Just a Reminder: Magic Mushrooms Are Now Illegal in Indonesia.Magic mushrooms had long been excluded from Indonesian drug laws, and were openly sold and used, especially in the popular tourist destination of Bali, but that's no longer the case. They are now considered a Type 1 narcotic since the law was revised earlier this year, and police are on a campaign to let people know. "All people who consume and trade in magic mushrooms are violating the Narcotics Law," Denpasar Police drug section head Comr. I Gede Ganefo said recently. "Many people do not yet know that magic mushrooms are illegal and they could face a prison term if they sell or consume them. They think it is all right as they grow naturally in manure," Ganefo said. Police said the informational campaign will become an enforcement campaign starting January 1. "Next month [Jan. 2015], there will be no more tolerance. If we find any people selling or consuming magic mushrooms, we will arrest them. They could face the same charges as those using marijuana and other drugs, a minimum four-year and maximum 12-year prison term," Ganefo said.

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US OK: DOJ Decision Creates Hazy Situation For Casino Weed Sale

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Chickasha Express-Star, 12 Dec 2014 - It may be awhile before Oklahomans will be able to light a joint while playing slots. The Department of Justice ruled Thursday that Indian tribes could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, but the ramifications of this action remain a mystery.
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CN ON: Trio Admit To Roles In Shooting Death During 2012 Drug

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
The Record, 12 Dec 2014 - Murdered drug dealer's father speaks after Kadeem Garbriel admits to killing KITCHENER - Kadeem Gabriel was recruited to do the dirty work in exchange for some free marijuana. Now he faces a life sentence after admitting Thursday to second-degree murder in a drug rip-off gone wrong in the parking lot of a Kitchener apartment building more than two years ago.
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US: DOJ Says Tribes Can Decide Whether To Legalize Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 12 Dec 2014 - Indian Nations Debate Opportunity Vs. Tribal Values About the Drug. GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.
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US NJ: OPED: Spending Bill Blocks DC's Marijuana Initiative

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 12 Dec 2014 - The federal spending bill now pending before Congress includes a provision that bars the Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. It also includes an amendment that prohibits the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with a federal law that allows industrial hemp research in states that have approved it. But for the District of Columbia and its effort to legalize marijuana, it's a different story, with Congress showing no shame or compunction in trying to upend local authority. The hypocrisy is stunning even by the standards of Capitol Hill.
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US: Tribes Can Grow, Sell Pot On Their Lands

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 12 Dec 2014 - Feds Say Rules for States Must Be Followed GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Indian tribes can decide to grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.
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US DC: Treat Pot The Same As Beer

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 12 Dec 2014 - December 11 at 5:26 PM Regarding Samuel T. Wilkinson's Dec. 7 op-ed, "Big Pot?": As a retired detective and co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, I understand Dr. Wilkinson's concerns about marijuana.
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CN ON: Shootings Linked to Gang Fight Over Drug Turf: Cops

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Metro, 12 Dec 2014 - Police Increasing Patrols As Area Sees Third Shooting in Two Weeks With three shootings on Penny Drive in the past two weeks, Ottawa police have increased their presence in the neighbourhood and residents will continue to see more police patrolling their streets, says the force's chief.
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Canada: Top Court Rules In Favour Of Warrantless Cellphone

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Dec 2014 - In a crime ruling that earned it rare praise from the federal government, the Supreme Court of Canada said police may search cellphones without a warrant when they make an arrest. Cellphones are the bread and butter of the drug trade, the majority said in a 4-3 ruling. It said police have been given the "extraordinary power" to do warrantless searches during an arrest, under common-law rules developed by judges over centuries, because of the importance of prompt police investigations. Until now, those searches typically included purses and briefcases. Civil liberties groups had urged the court to exempt cellphones.
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CN ON: Drug-Impaired Driving A Concern

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
The Enterprise-Bulletin, 12 Dec 2014 - The number of provincial drunk driving charges are down compared to 2013, but drug-impaired driving rates have substantially increased. According to OPP statistics, in 2014 up to the end of September, 5,685 impaired charges were laid by the OPP, down 17% from the same period in 2013 which saw 6,842 impaired charges laid; however, compared to the same period in 2013, there was a 32% increase in 2014 in the number of drug-impaired driving occurrences.
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US DC: OPED: Revitalizing Drug Control Policy

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Washington Times, 12 Dec 2014 - There's New Opportunity for the Senate Drug Caucus Establishment Washington too often forgets that while most legislative matters affect segments of the country, drug policy is a national concern.
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Chronicle AM: DC Marijuana Muddle, Feds OK Pot Growing on the Rez, More (12/11/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 23:13

There are conflicting views on the fate of DC's legalization initiative, the Justice Department okays marijuana growing on Indian reservations, Spaniards now support marijuana legalization, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]DC Legalization Still Alive? Democrats Think So. Despite the language Republicans managed to include in the "CRomnibus" federal spending bill interfering with the District of Columbia's right to set its own marijuana policies, several leading Democrats say that the Initiative 71 marijuana possession and cultivation legalization initiative is still alive. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Rep. Eleanor Holmes Horton, who represents DC.; Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), the ranking member on the House appropriations subcommittee that funds D.C.; Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee; and others have said that the D.C. rider allows Initiative 71 to stand. The D.C. government is blocked from enacting any new marijuana law reforms but it is free to implement and carry out reforms that have already been enacted.

DC Legalization Still Alive? Republicans Just Say No. While Democrats argue that marijuana legalization was "enacted" by the voters on November 4 and thus will prevail, Republicans beg to differ. They argue that because the initiative has not been transmitted to Congress or passed congressional review, it has not been enacted. "It's pretty clear," said Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) who led the charge against decriminalizing pot in DC with a rider that was not included in the final bill. "You can't enact anything once the rider's passed. The legalization is not enacted." We probably haven't heard the final word on this just yet.

Justice Department Okays Indian Tribes Growing, Selling Marijuana. In new guidance to US Attorneys, the Justice Department is telling them not to prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on tribal lands, even in states that have not legalized it. It is unclear how many tribes will take up the offer; while some see pot sales as a source of potential revenue, others are strongly opposed to the use or sale of marijuana on their lands. The Justice Department will generally not attempt to enforce federal marijuana laws on tribes that choose to allow it, as long as they meet eight federal guidelines, including that marijuana not be sold to minors and not be transported to areas that prohibit it.

Drug Testing

Michigan Welfare Drug Testing Bill Heads to Governor's Desk. A two-bill package that would impose suspicion-based drug testing on some welfare recipients has passed the legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder (R). The bills would create a pilot drug testing program to begin by next October. Under the bills, welfare applicants would be screened, and if the screening suggests "reasonable suspicion" they are using drugs, a drug test would be required. Although Republican sponsors said they were concerned about children, Republicans defeated a move to allow an appointed adult to receive funds for children if their parents are disqualified because of drug use.

International

Poll Finds a Majority of Spaniards Say Legalize Weed. Some 52% of Spaniards are ready to legalize marijuana, according to a new poll from the Foundation for Aid Against Drug Addiction. That's well above previous surveys from the same group conducted in 1999 and 2004. "There has been a development around the image of this drug, which could have contributed to an increase of a more cannabis-friendly population," the foundation noted.

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