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US FL: Anti-Medical-marijuana Forces About To Spend Big

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 05 Sep 2014 - If John Morgan expects to match opponents' TV advertising in the medical-marijuana campaign, he might have to spend millions more of his own dollars to do so. Morgan and others supporting Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot have received thousands of campaign donations, including scores of thousand-dollar checks from businesses that could make money from it.
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US: The Business Of Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 05 Sep 2014 - 'It's A Gray Market Industry, That's Just How It Is,' Store Owner Says NEW YORK - Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses - and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it.
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Chronicle AM: Massive Marijuana Poll, Saudis Behead Four for Drugs, CA Defelonization Init, More (9/4/2014)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:57

Massive marijuana poll has good news, Cornhuskers ponder legalization "problems," another Florida medical marijuana poll is out, a California defelonization initiative quietly advances, another drug war death, Saudis behead four people for drug trafficking, and more. Let's get to it:

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Massive Online Polling Survey Finds 58% Support for Legalization. The online polling data company CivicScience has released the results of a massive, two-year online poll that asked more than 450,000 US adults whether they would "support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol." Some 39% said they strongly supported, and another 19% said they somewhat supported the idea. That's 58% for legalization. Support is even higher in the last three months, with 61% of recent respondents saying they favored legalization. The results are music to the ears of Marijuana Majority head Tom Angell. "This huge poll is yet another indication that marijuana legalization is officially a mainstream issue. With ending prohibition polling better with voters than most elected officials do these days, it'll be really interesting to see which 2016 contenders realize that supporting marijuana reform is good politics and which still don't get it," he said.

Nebraska Legislature to Consider "Problems" of Colorado Marijuana Legalization. Next Monday, the legislature's Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on LR 520, a resolution "to gather information about the developing problems that law enforcement is encountering since the State of Colorado legalized the sale and recreational use of marijuana." The Marijuana Policy Project is encouraging legislators to examine all the results of legalization in Colorado, not just the "problems."

Medical Marijuana

New Florida Poll Has Medical Marijuana Initiative Coming Up Just Short. A new Florida Decides poll has a majority in favor of the Measure 2 medical marijuana initiative, but not the supermajority needed to pass a constitutional amendment. The poll had support at 57%, but 60% is needed. But the poll also had 17% undecided, and if only a fraction of the undecided break in favor of the initiative, it could win. Another poll earlier this week had support at 64%.

Law Enforcement

Ohio Man Kills Himself During Marijuana Garden Raid Stand-Off. An Ashville, Ohio, man shot and killed himself after a two-hour stand-off at a property where he was growing marijuana Tuesday evening. Timothy Sturgis, 42, becomes the 32nd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Sentencing

California Defelonization Initiative Quietly Awaits Opposition. An initiative that would reduce petty drug (and other) offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, Proposition 47, is qualified for the November ballot and is now quietly waiting for a backlash to emerge. It polled at 57% in June and has $3 million in the bank. Opponents have raised only $8,000. But there are still two months left.

International

Saudi Arabia Beheads Four Foreigners for Drug Trafficking. Three Syrians and an Iranian were executed by beheading for drug trafficking offenses, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. The three Syrians were executed for smuggling "a large quantity of banned amphetamine pills" into the kingdom, and the Iranian was beheading for smuggling "a large quantity of hashish." That makes 45 executions in Saudi Arabia so far this year. It's not clear how many were for drug offenses, but the Saudis also executed four people for hash offenses last month.

Guyana Rastafaris Call for National Marijuana Commission. The Guyana Rastafari Council has called for the creation of a National Marijuana Commission. "Among the resolutions passed at the Council's last General Meeting held at the F.E. Pollard Primary School on August 24, was a call on the Government of Guyana to immediately implement the mandate of the last CARICOM Heads of Government meeting, that each CARICOM member state sets up a National Marijuana Commission to complement the Regional Marijuana Commission to look at decriminalizing marijuana for medical, religious and recreational purposes," the council said.

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CN BC: Residents Pledge To Continue Fight

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 04 Sep 2014 - River's Edge resident Lehann Wallace said she'll "stop at nothing" to protect her neighbourhood from a medical marijuana operation proposed for land adjacent to the quaint Nanoose Bay suburb. "We are going to do whatever it takes to stop it," Wallace told a crowd of more than 100 people Tuesday night, including fellow disgruntled neighbours, regional district officials and the CEO of Wildflower Marijuana Inc., the Vancouver-based company causing all the commotion.
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CN BC: Vancouver Police Bust Marijuana Dispensary for Selling

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 04 Sep 2014 - A storefront in southeast Vancouver is the third marijuana dispensary busted by police in less than three months. Today (September 2) officers executed a search warrant against Budzilla located at 2267 Kingsway.
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CN QU: Top Grit Got Rich Off Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 04 Sep 2014 - MONTREAL - Liberal Party of Canada CFO Chuck Rifici has become a multimillionaire in just a few months thanks to his stock-traded medical marijuana company, QMI Agency has learned. Documents show Rifici's initial investment in Tweed Marijuana Inc. has so far sprouted into an $18-million bumper crop.
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US: Legalization Changes Leave Parents Wondering What to Tell

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 04 Sep 2014 - CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Laurie Ritchie prides herself on being an open-minded parent. She voted in favor of legalizing marijuana two years ago. She started talking to her daughters about drug use around the same time. She hasn't stopped. Now that recreational pot is legal in Colorado and Washington state for people 21 and older, "it's everywhere," the 53-year-old said. Even on her patio in this Denver suburb, where her husband sneaks an occasional smoke.
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Australia: OPED: A Doctor's Dilemma On Medicinal Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 04 Sep 2014 - In recent weeks we have seen the political landscape shifting rapidly as moves to legalise medicinal cannabis in Australia gain momentum. But do we have enough evidence on both its potential long-term adverse effects and the short-term health benefits to fully inform our decisions?
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US NJ: Column: Utilize Jury Nullification to Make America Free

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 04 Sep 2014 - By design of the founders of America, U.S. citizens are the final arbiters of our nation's laws via our jury system. I don't think the founding fathers could have envisioned "America the free" becoming "America the prison country." I was jailed for saying that in 2002 - we have political prisoners in America too. The incarceration rate in America is the highest in the world: As of October 2013, it was 716 individuals per 100,000 citizens of the national population. The United States represents about 5 percent of the world's population, but it's a fact that it houses around 25 percent of the world's prisoners. We also pass more laws than any other country. Infamously gridlocked by partisan politics, Congress passed fewer than 60 laws last year that made it through the House and Senate and were signed by the president. But across the country, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed - ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits.
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US CO: Column: Dunafon an Alternative to Hickenlooper/Beauprez

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 04 Sep 2014 - I grew up in a family with Democratic blood, and reform begins to look as disingenuous as saying fracking fluid is safe because he once sipped some. I've voted on that side of the fence more often than not. Though I've been registered as an On the other side, we have Bob Beauprez. Given independent for the last decade or so, I voted for his positions on almost everything, I couldn't vote for John Hickenlooper as governor of Colorado four this Republican candidate for governor under any circumstances. years ago. Hickenlooper's eight-year tenure as mayor of Denver had been impressive, and I was eager to see what he could accomplish as governor. That's when his past came crashing into the present. With Colorado ground-zero for the fracking debate, former geologist Hickenlooper has consistently made decisions that tend to line up with oil and gas interests and, in many people's eyes, against citizens and municipalities. He moved into the mayor's seat after creating a Denver brewing dynasty, and upon becoming governor vocally opposed the passage of Amendment 64. Hickenlooper's a bright guy, and he must know that cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol for most people - heck, his beer buddy, the president, has said as much. So Which brings us to Mike Dunafon, the mayor of Glendale since 2012 and married to the owner of Shotgun Willie's, who is also running for governor as an independent. And yes, he's perfectly aware of how crazy it sounds to be running for the highest state office without party money or affiliation.
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US AZ: Column: Small-Town Feeling

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 04 Sep 2014 - Prime Leaf Offers a Feeling of Home to Local Card-Holders It's no mystery that word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool, and when it comes to the medical marijuana industry, more and more cardholders are saying The Prime Leaf is the place to be.
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US CA: Column: Should I Open A Medical-Cannabis Dispensary?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 04 Sep 2014 - Plus: Don't miss the 15th-ish Occasional Cannabis Comedy Festival on September 15 at Harlow's I want to open a cannabis dispensary. What should I do? - -Ann Trapenoor
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:01

Interest in medical marijuana is spreading in the South, New Hampshire inches toward dispensaries, and in California, one farmers' market gets shut down in LA even as one opens up north in grower country. Let's get to it:

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Last Friday, Lake County residents filed a federal lawsuit over Measure N enforcement. Residents claim they are being subjected to warrantless searches and unlawful abatement procedures by the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Measure N sets strict limits on outdoor marijuana grows. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order, a temporary injunction, and a permanent injunction to stop the warrantless searches and to require the sheriff's office to provide five-day abatement notices.

Also last Friday, a judge granted a preliminary injunction against a Los Angeles medical marijuana farmers' market. The California Heritage Market managed one medical marijuana farmers' event in July before it was shut down with a temporary restraining order sought by the LA City Attorney's office. Now, local prosecutors have persuaded the same judge to issue a preliminary injunction to keep it shut down.

Last Saturday, Mendocino County had its first ever medical marijuana farmers' market. It was the Healing Harvest Farms medical marijuana farmers' market beside US Highway 101 just north of Laytonville. Also available were locally grown squash, peppers, apples, pears, and other produce.

Florida

On Tuesday, the medical marijuana amendment was polling at 64%. A new Gravis Marketing poll has support for the Measure 2 medical marijuana constitutional amendment at 64%. Because it is a constitutional amendment, the measure needs the approval of 60% of voters to pass. Only 26% were opposed, with 10% undecided.

Georgia

Last Thursday, a medical marijuana study committee held its first hearing. The Georgia Medical Cannabis Joint Study Committee held the first of five scheduled public hearings at the state capitol. The hearings are aimed at drafting legislation to allow for the use of medical marijuana for epilepsy and other conditions. Click on the link for more details.

New Hampshire

Last Friday, the period for public comment on draft dispensary rules ended. Long-delayed dispensaries are about to get a bit closer. The Department of Health and Human Services has produced its first draft rules, and after public comment ended last week, will enter its formal rule-making phase. Click on the link for more details, or visit the state's Therapeutic Cannabis Program.

New Mexico

Last Thursday, the state overrode its own advisory board to deny medical marijuana for Alzheimer's patients. The Secretary of Health denied a petition to add Alzheimer's disease to the list of qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had unanimously recommended that Alzheimer's be added. Click on the link to read some reactions.

South Carolina

On Wednesday, there was a legislative hearing on medical marijuana. A legislative study committee heard testimony about the possibility of approving medical marijuana in the state. They were expected to discuss a 1993 marijuana stamp tax law as part of an effort to determine what potential tax revenues are. But that law was mainly designed as a tool to punish marijuana seller, not for revenue purposes.

Virginia

Last Thursday, the governor expressed support for medical marijuana. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) used a question about legalizing marijuana to express his support not for legalizing for all adults, but for medical marijuana. He said he is not "yet" ready to support full legalization.

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

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Chronicle AM: ME Marijuana Moves, Global Commission Report, CO MJ Growing Conflict, More (9/3/2014)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 19:32

Maine local legalization initiative efforts move forward, Massachusetts moves to ban N-Bomb, conflict over Colorado marijuana growing rules, and more. Let's get to it:

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York, Maine, Legalization Initiative Hands In Signatures. Advocates for a local initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of pot by adult handed in signatures today. The Marijuana Policy Project needs 641 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot; they handed in 900 raw signatures.

Lewiston, Maine, Will Vote on Local Legalization Initiative. The city council voted unanimously last night to put on the November ballot a measure that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults. The council was responding to a successful initiative petition signature drive.

Medical Marijuana

South Carolina Hearing on Medical Marijuana Today. A legislative study committee is hearing testimony today about the possibility of approving medical marijuana in the state. They were expected to discuss a 1993 marijuana stamp tax law as part of an effort to determine what potential tax revenues are. But that law was mainly designed as a tool to punish marijuana seller, not for revenue purposes.

Colorado Public Hearing Yesterday Saw Contention Over Greenhouse Grows. A public hearing over proposed changes to retail and medical marijuana rules saw sparks fly over the issue of greenhouse grows. A new production cap rule would allow warehouses to grow up to 3,600 plants, while greenhouses could only grow half that amount. Greenhouse grows are more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Drug Policy

Global Commission on Drug Policy to Release New Report Next Week. Next Tuesday, September 9, the Global Commission on Drug Policy will release Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, a new, groundbreaking report, at a press conference in New York City.The event will be live-streamed, and speakers include former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, Richard Branson and others. The Commissioners will then meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson in the afternoon following the press conference. Click on the title link for more details.

New Synthetic Drugs

Massachusetts Emergency Bill Would Ban N-Bomb. Bay State prosecutors and law enforcement held a press conference today to announce an emergency bill to classify the synthetic psychedelic drug NBOMe, also known as N-Bomb, as a Class B controlled substance in the state. NBOMe is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, but without a state ban, "state and local police, when they discover these drugs, are powerless to seize them and powerless to prosecute those who might be possessing or distributing them," Middlesex DA Marian Ryan said at the press conference.

International

Spanish Police Dismantle Malaga Cannabis Club. Police in Malaga have shut down a cannabis club there after its members were caught soliciting and selling pot to non-members during the Feria de Malaga celebration. Spanish law allows cannabis club members to collectively grow and share their own, but not to sell it to or solicit non-members.

Japan Cracks Down on Stores Selling Synthetic Drugs. Japanese authorities raided at least 129 stores in Tokyo and Aichi, Osaka, and Fukuoka prefectures for selling synthetic drugs banned under the country's pharmaceutical law At least 50 of those stores have been shut down or will close soon, officials said.

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US MA: Editorial: Legalized Marijuana Has Become A Farce

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
The Enterprise, 03 Sep 2014 - We didn't like the idea of medical marijuana when it was proposed in Massachusetts, and we certainly didn't like the law that won voter approval two years ago. The shortcomings of that law have become all too obvious and need to be addressed. The licensing of marijuana farms and dispensaries (isn't that an innocent sounding word?) has become a farce because of the questionable applications and the bureaucratic ineptitude of a review process dragging on under the direction of the state Department of Public Health.
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US MA: Editorial: Legalized Marijuana Has Become A Farce

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
The Patriot Ledger, 03 Sep 2014 - We didn't like the idea of medical marijuana when it was proposed in Massachusetts, and we certainly didn't like the law that won voter approval two years ago. The shortcomings of that law have become all too obvious and need to be addressed. The licensing of marijuana farms and dispensaries (isn't that an innocent sounding word?) has become a farce because of the questionable applications and the bureaucratic ineptitude of a review process dragging on under the direction of the state Department of Public Health. We are not unhappy that it has taken longer than forecast to get a marijuana industry up and running in the state, but the entire process is becoming embarrassing.
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US FL: Medical-Marijuana Opponents Blast Morgan's Profane

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 03 Sep 2014 - Opponents of the medical-marijuana amendment accused chief promoter John Morgan of promoting "pot for everyone" during a profanity-laden speech caught on video last week. In the video distributed Tuesday by the Vote No on 2 campaign, Morgan is shown giving a six-minute speech in a Lakeland bar crowded with young drinkers early Friday. The group called it "John Morgan unplugged and uncensored."
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US CA: Berkeley Pushes A Boundary On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Sep 2014 - BERKELEY, Calif. - Since the birth of the Free Speech Movement half a century ago, this city has prided itself on its liberal values and policies, be they generous benefits for the needy or a look-the-other-way attitude toward marijuana use. Now, the city is bringing those policies together with a new amenity for the poor here: The marijuana will be free.
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US CA: Column: Kids Need THC, Too

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 03 Sep 2014 - Lawmakers Are Legalizing Certain Strains of Marijuana, but That Won't Be Good Enough Republicans love marijuana. Pushed by a cadre of Christian brothers from Colorado and promoted by CNN's doctor-on-television Sanjay Gupta, a strain of marijuana acceptable for suburban squares and the churchgoing set is winning friends on the right. Marijuana low in THC but high in CBD - cannabidiol, one of the many compounds in cannabis - - has real palliative value for people who medicine has failed. Specifically, it appears to treat kids with (previously) untreatable epilepsy. And best of all: It's impossible to get high off of.
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US CO: Column: State Considers New Marijuana Rules, and Realm

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 03 Sep 2014 - Rules, Rules Everywhere On Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Revenue held a public-comment hearing regarding proposed changes to its medical- and recreational-marijuana code. As it came after our deadline, we can only tell you what the department was scheduled to consider prior to our paper going to press. See future columns for updates.
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