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US CO: Column: Parents of MMJ Patients Celebrate Win in D49

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 18 May 2016 - Home groan Clint and Rebecca Lockwood rushed to City Hall when they heard Colorado Springs City Council was about to limit home grows to 12 plants, but Council had already adopted the ordinance. So they went home worried sick about their son, Calvin, who's severely autistic and relies on homemade CBD oil to keep his aggression under control.
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Chronicle AM: MD MedMJ Delay, Ohio's Bad "Good Samaritan" Bill, No Reefer Referendum for RI, More... (5/17/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 21:00

Another New England legislature fails to act on pot legalization, Maryland's long-awaited medical marijuana program is again delayed, Wisconsin's GOP attorney general wants all employers to drug test their workers, and more.

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Chances Fade for Rhode Island Referendum on Pot Policy. For six years, marijuana legalization bills have failed to even get a vote in the legislature. This year is no exception. There has been some talk of a non-binding referendum to plumb public sentiment on the issue, but it now looks like even that is going nowhere. "A referendum on this year’s ballot is unlikely," House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello told The Providence Journal in an email Monday. "I am keeping an open mind on the issue and will continue to analyze it over the summer and fall."

Medical Marijuana

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Announces Continuing Delays in Implementing Program. The commission, which is charged with establishing the state's medical marijuana program, announced Tuesday yet another delay in getting the program up and running. The state approved medical marijuana more than two years ago, in April 2014, making this one of the slowest roll-outs yet. The commission now says patients probably won't have access to medical marijuana until the late summer of 2017.

Drug Testing

Wisconsin Attorney General Wants Every Workplace to Test for Prescription Drugs. Attorney General Brad Schimel (R), championing his Dose of Reality program aimed a prescription opioid use, has called on all employers in the state to institute drug testing programs. "We have 163,000 in Wisconsin abusing opiates in some manner. We need to get them help,"Schimel said.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Ohio Legislature Considers 911 "Bad" Samaritan Law That Could Increase Overdose Deaths. As early as Wednesday,  the Ohio Senate could consider a bill, House Bill 110, that was originally designed to save lives but has been amended so badly it could do more harm than good. The original bill was modeled after laws in more than 30 states known as 911 Good Samaritan laws that provide people who call 911 to report drug overdose immunity from arrest for drug possession. The Ohio bill, which some are calling a 911 "Bad" Samaritan law, was amended in committee in ways that would make people less likely to call 911; health experts warn people could die as a result. The bill would limit the number of times people could get immunity from prosecution for reporting an overdose and it requires medical providers to give patient information to police.

Law Enforcement

Texas Trucking Company Owner Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case Against DEA. The owner of trucking company whose semi was used without permission by DEA agents in a failed Zetas sting that left the driver dead wants the US Supreme Court to take up his case. Craig Patty, the owner, had filed a $6.4 million lawsuit for damages in the 2011 incident, which led to a wild shoot-out in northwest Houston. A New Orleans-based appeals court throw out his case in March; now, Patty wants it reinstated. A Patty employee working as a DEA informer took the truck to the Mexican border, then drove a load of Zetas marijuana to Houston, where DEA and local police would swoop in and make arrests, but the truck was attacked before the bust could go down. 

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US MA: Demand Grows For Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:00
Gloucester Daily Times, 17 May 2016 - BOSTON - The number of people treating their chronic pain, cancer symptoms or other medical conditions with marijuana has nearly quadrupled in a year, but a scarcity of licensed dispensaries and supply shortages are keeping many from getting their medicine, advocates say. At least 24,196 patients are certified to buy medical marijuana in Massachusetts, according to the Department of Public Health, up from nearly 7,846 a year ago.
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Chronicle AM: Legal Pot Could Generate Billions in Taxes, Canada to Allow Prescription Heroin, More... (5/16/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 20:08

A Tax Foundation study finds that legal pot could generate $28 billion a year in tax revenues, CBD cannabis oil isn't enough for Oklahoma medical marijuana activists, Canada will allow prescription heroin, and more.

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Study Finds Legal Marijuana Could Generate Billions a Year in Tax Revenues. A new report from the Tax Foundation estimates that a nationwide "mature marijuana industry" could generate up to $28 billion a year in federal, state, and local tax revenues. That would include $7 billion for the feds, $5.5 billion in business taxes, and $1.5 billion from income and payroll taxes. The report also estimated that a 10% federal surtax could generate $5.3 billion a year.

Veterans, DC Activists to Rally at White House on May 20. Organizers with the Weed For Warriors Project and the DC Cannabis Campaign are planning to rally in front of the White House to call on the Obama administration to end federal marijuana prohibition. The date, May 20, marks the 124th anniversary of the birth of arch-prohibitionist and proto-drug warrior Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for three decades in the mid-20th Century.

Medical Marijuana

Montana Medical Marijuana Supporters Appeal to US Supreme Court. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association last Thursday filed a petition with the US Supreme Court seeking to reverse a state Supreme Court decision that guts the state's once-thriving medical marijuana industry. Petitioners argue that the state Supreme Court mistakenly held that marijuana is universally illegal under federal law and point to the Obama administration's decisions to allow states to implement their own marijuana laws.

Oklahoma Governor Signs CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed into law a CBD cannabis oil expansion bill. Last year, the state approved the use of the oil, but only for people under 18. This bill removes that age restriction.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Advocates Begin Initiative Signature Gathering Campaign. CBD cannabis oil isn't enough for Oklahomans for Health, which began gathering signatures over the weekend for a full-blown medical marijuana initiative. The group has 90 days to gather 66,000 valid voter signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Congress Passes Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Both houses of Congress have approved the measure, Senate Bill 524 and HR 953, which now goes to President Obama. The bill would expand the availability of naloxone, increase prescription drug monitoring programs, increase jail- and prison-based drug treatment, and bar the Education Department from asking about drug convictions on federal student loan application forms, among other provisions. The bill does not include extra funding to pay for its measures.

Obama Administration Calls on Congress to Fund $1.1 Billion for Opioid Effort. Last Thursday, as Congress was passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the Obama administration noted that Congress didn't allocate money to pay for it and called on Congress to come up with $1.1 billion in additional spending to do so.

International

Canada to Allow Prescription Heroin. Health Canada announced Friday that it is proposing new regulations to allow access to prescription heroin under its Special Access Program (SAP). That program allows for emergency access to drugs for serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional treatments have failed or are unsuitable. "A significant body of scientific evidence supports the medical use of diacetylmorphine, also known as pharmaceutical-grade heroin, for the treatment of chronic, relapsing opioid dependence. Diacetylmorphine is permitted in a number of other jurisdictions, such as Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland, to support a small percentage of patients who have not responded to other treatment options, such as methadone and buprenorphine,"the statement said.

Macedonia Will Have Medical Marijuana by Month's End. Health Minister Nikola Todorov said Saturday that medical marijuana products will be in pharmacies across the country by the end of the month. The country had earlier amended its Law on the Control of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances to allow the move. 

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US CO: Council To Revote Tuesday On Pot Shop Move

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
The Steamboat Today, 16 May 2016 - Steamboat Springs - Armed with a stack of photos, research, statistics and zoning maps, the operators of a local marijuana business on Tuesday will try to convince at least one more Steamboat Springs City Council member to let them move into a more visible spot between a restaurant and a liquor store. The hearing on Natural Choice's proposal to move to Curve Plaza in west Steamboat is a do-over for council.
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US FL: Palm Beach County Marijuana Incarceration Costs

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 16 May 2016 - Palm Beach County's cost for jailing people caught with small amounts of marijuana may be much less than initially estimated, according to revised figures released Monday. Just last week, the county estimated that it cost taxpayers $1.1 million from 2009 to 2015 to jail people whose most serious offense was having a small amount of marijuana.
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US MD: Nfl Player Fights For The Right To Smoke Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 16 May 2016 - Baltimore Ravens player Eugene Monroe wants to be able to smoke pot. The offensive tackle is waging a campaign to get the National Football League to drop its ban on players using marijuana. He argues that chronic pain associated with the sport has driven many players to use strong prescription painkillers to which they have then become addicted.
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CN ON: OPED: The Case For Legalizing Cannabis

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 May 2016 - These days it seems everyone is talking about pot. The prime minister often speaks about the impending legalization across our country. And in Toronto, everyone is talking about dispensaries. Later this month, Toronto's Board of Health will consider a report from the city's top doctor regarding the legalization of cannabis in Canada. For the sake of public health and harm reduction, the board should endorse a legalization approach.
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US OR: Christen Ties Cannabis To Economic Development

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Grants Pass Daily Courier, 16 May 2016 - Shayne Christen is a man of few words. Asked what he would do about economic development, if he were elected to the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, he replied, "We need to do something about more jobs. There's a lot of possibilities."
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CN ON: Editorial: Trudeau Must Explain Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 16 May 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana in last year's federal election and it's time he started answering questions on when and how. Having Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announce at the United Nations on April 20 -- or 4/20, otherwise known as Weed Day -- that Canada will introduce a law next spring was politically cute, but nothing more.
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CN AB: Editorial: Trudeau Must Explain Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 16 May 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana in last year's federal election and it's time he started answering questions on when and how. Having Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announce at the United Nations on April 20 -- or 4/20, otherwise known as Weed Day -- that Canada will introduce a law next spring was politically cute, but nothing more.
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CN AB: Editorial: Trudeau Must Explain Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 16 May 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana in last year's federal election and it's time he started answering questions on when and how. Having Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announce at the United Nations on April 20 -- or 4/20, otherwise known as Weed Day -- that Canada will introduce a law next spring was politically cute, but nothing more.
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CN ON: Editorial: Trudeau Must Explain Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 16 May 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana in last year's federal election and it's time he started answering questions on when and how. Having Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announce at the United Nations on April 20 -- or 4/20, otherwise known as Weed Day -- that Canada will introduce a law next spring was politically cute, but nothing more.
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CN MB: Editorial: Trudeau Must Explain Pot Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 16 May 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana in last year's federal election and it's time he started answering questions on when and how. Having Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announce at the United Nations on April 20 -- or 4/20, otherwise known as Weed Day -- that Canada will introduce a law next spring was politically cute, but nothing more.
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CN ON: Stores Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 16 May 2016 - Hefty Fines On Way: Officials The grass soon won't look so green for Toronto's pot dispensaries. With at least 78 marijuana dispensaries operating in the city, bylaw officers will be hitting them with hefty fines for zoning bylaw violations by the end of the month, according to municipal officials.
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US CA: Merced Planners To Get Look At Marijuana Ordinance

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 07:00
Merced Sun-Star, 16 May 2016 - The ordinance to allow medical marijuana and cultivation in the city of Merced is set to go before city planners this week. The city's Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 678 W. 18th St. The commission is scheduled to take public comment during the meeting.
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Mexico: Mexico Mulls Legalizing Opium Poppy For Medicine

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:00
Kuwait Times, 15 May 2016 - Fed up with drug-related violence, a growing number of Mexican politicians see one potential cure: Legalizing the cultivation of opium poppies for the production of medicine. The debate has emerged in recent weeks after President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legislation in April to loosen marijuana laws by legalizing medical cannabis and easing restrictions on its recreational use. Since then, governors and congressional lawmakers have voiced their support for regulating opium poppies, which are often grown by farmers in poor areas of the country and sold to cartels as the raw material for heroin. The idea was launched by Hector Astudillo, governor of the southern state of Guerrero, which has the country's highest murder rate amid turf wars among drug cartels battling for control of the mountains where US-bound heroin is born. Astudillo, whose state is the biggest producer of opium poppies, proposed a pilot program for the crop's cultivation for medical uses. Graco Ramirez, governor of the neighboring crime-plagued state of Morelos, which is a transit route for the drug, voiced his support. "In (the northwestern state of ) Sinaloa and Guerrero, growing opium poppies is a fact of life and we must take it away from the criminals and give it to health," Ramirez said.
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US IL: Heroin Deaths: Tragedy or Murder?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 15 May 2016 - Authorities Are Filing More Drug-Induced Homicide Charges, but Complex Cases Show It's Hard to Decide Whether Offenders Deserve Prison or Treatment When police and paramedics arrived at her aunt's apartment in Carol Stream, Adrianna Diana told them she and her friend Christopher Houdek had cooked and shot up heroin the night before.
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US OR: OPED: The New Year's Miracle Of 2015

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - For the past 10 to 15 years, every time a medical marijuana grower was raided, a spokesperson for the marijuana lobby would get in front of a camera or give a statement to a reporter saying words to the effect of "patients will suffer," or "where will my patients get their medicine?" The message discipline of the lobby was and continues to be highly effective. How could any caring person deny a patient their medicine? So, it was nothing short of miraculous on Jan. 1, 2015, when personal possession of marijuana became legal, that suddenly enough marijuana became available for massive free marijuana giveaways in several locations throughout the valley.
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US OR: With the Pot Grows Come the Gripes: County Already

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - Neighbors Upset About Odors, Noise, Traffic With the start of the outdoor marijuana growing season, Jackson County officials are gearing up for complaints from neighbors upset about nearby grows.
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