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US CA: Medical Marijuana Law Irrelevant to Decision on Whether

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:00
Metropolitan News-Enterprise, 10 Oct 2014 - Police seeking a warrant to search for evidence of the illegal possession and cultivation of marijuana need not inquire into whether the substance is being possessed or grown for medical purposes, this district's Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. Div. Five upheld Reece J. Clark's convictions of possession of cocaine and a short-barreled shotgun. Clark pled guilty to the charges, but obtained a certificate of probable cause allowing him to appeal based on the denial of his motion to suppress.
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US CA: Review: 'High' Lights Up Pro- Pot Stances

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct 2014 - The advocacy documentary "The Culture High" devotes about half of its running time to marijuana and the rest to tangents and conspiracy theories on the drug's criminalization. As expected, the film touts marijuana's medicinal benefits and favorably compares the health hazards of pot with those of cigarettes and alcohol. The film equates marijuana's 77- year ban to Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s, and it portrays societal ills - the enrichment of cartels, the overpopulation and industrialization of prisons, the militarization of local police departments and even the underfunding of public schools - as side effects of marijuana being illegal.
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Chronicle AM: Alaska Poll Battle, NE Anti-Heroin Campaign, NYC Psychedelic Conference, More (10/9/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 21:04

Polls continue to split on the Alaska initiative, Illinoisans are lining up for medical marijuana, four Northeastern states unite to fight heroin, Canada's largest addiction center calls for marijuana legalization, and more. Let's get to it:

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Polls Split on Alaska Initiative. The fate of Alaska's Measure 2 legalization initiative remains up in the air. Polls this week commissioned by the opposing sides had differing results. A Dittman Research poll sponsored by the "Big Marijuana, Big Mistake, Vote No on 2" campaign has the measure losing 44% to 53%. But the Alaska Survey poll, in which the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol paid for a marijuana policy question to be asked, had the initiative winning 57% to 39%. Both polls claimed a +/- 4% margin of error, but even so, both of them can't be right. The split in polls has been evident throughout the campaign. Stay tuned.

Medical Marijuana

More Than 6,000 Illinoisans Have Applied for Medical Marijuana Cards. The Department of Health reported Wednesday that some 6,300 state residents have applied for permission to use medical marijuana, with cancer, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries being the most common health conditions mentioned. But the department also noted that the vast majority of applications were incomplete; only 800 have submitted complete applications, which include a doctor certification form and background check information. People whose applications are incomplete will be notified and then will have 21 days to complete them.

Guam Election Commission Seeks to End Legal Challenge to Medical Marijuana Initiative Vote. The commission has asked the US District Court on the island territory to dismiss the petition for a writ blocking the vote filed by local attorney Howard Trapp. Trapp has argued that the legislature cannot send an initiative to the voters, but the Election Commission and the Guam Supreme Court have already rejected his claim.

Drug Policy

Drug Czar Claims Marijuana Legalization Undermines Fight Against Opiates. In a speech yesterday in Maine, acting head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP -- the drug czar's office) Michael Botticelli argued that the trend toward marijuana legalization is making the fight against more serious drug problems, such as the abuse of prescription opioids, more difficult. He said that early use of marijuana increases the likelihood that users will develop dependency on other drugs. "It's hard to say at one level that we want to think about prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse without looking at how to prevent kids from starting to use other substances from an early age," he said.

Heroin

Four Northeastern States Create Anti-Heroin Task Force. Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania officials Wednesday announced the formation of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Heroin Task Force (NEMA-HTF) in "an unprecedented law-enforcement collaboration to combat the growing problem of heroin distribution and abuse in communities throughout the region." Attorneys General from the four states will work together to try to repress the heroin trade. "For too long, drug organizations have tried to outmaneuver law-enforcement agencies by crossing state lines. This task force will ensure that our borders do not become our boundaries," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "By joining together, we can prevent defendants from using state borders as a shield from law-enforcement and allow us to shut down the pipelines and cut off the heroin supply."

Why Are We Freaking Out About Heroin? Wonkblog Asks. The Washington Post's Wonkblog has an insightful piece about the level of heroin use in the country and the public policy response it has engendered. The piece notes that "hardly anyone uses heroin" and is full of crunchy numbers and thoughtful commentary. "Overall, it's important for the public -- and particularly the media -- to keep some perspective when it comes to the numbers on heroin," the piece concludes. "It doesn't make a lot of sense to speak of 'epidemics' when use rates continue to hover somewhere between 0.1 and 0.5% of the total population. And kneejerk legislating will only make the problem worse." Click on the link for the full piece.

Psychedelics

New York City Conference on Psychedelics This Weekend. The eighth annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference will be held at Judson Memorial Church and The New School in Greenwich Village on October 11 and 12. Horizons focuses on contemporary research into the applications of psychedelics, providing an invaluable forum for experts to share ideas, insights, and to rethink the future of these drugs in science, medicine, culture, and history. This year, professors, researchers, writers and practitioners from the United States, England and Switzerland will be presenting findings and insights in the fields of neuroscience, terminal anxiety disorder, depression, hard drugs addiction, sexual orientation and identity, and more. Click on the links for more information.

International

Canada's Largest Addiction Center Calls for Marijuana Legalization. In a report issued today, Canada's largest addiction center calls for marijuana legalization with a strict regulatory approach. The recommendation is based in harm reduction principles. The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto made the call for legalization in its report CAMH's Cannabis Policy Framework. It comes after an in-depth analysis of the health, social, and legal implications of marijuana use, as well as an examination of comparative marijuana policy, by CAMH scientists and policy experts. "Canada's current system of cannabis control is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use," said Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH. "Based on a thorough review of the evidence, we believe that legalization combined with strict regulation of cannabis is the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use."

Myanmar Moving Toward Reducing Drug Penalties. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun has told members of parliament that the government is preparing to review sentences for drug use, which currently range from five to 15 years in prison. "Officials from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control, the Union Attorney-General's Office and the Union Supreme Court are drawing up an amendment law," the deputy minister said. The Myanmar government has been moving to shift drug penalties since 2012.

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Canada's Largest Addiction Center Calls for Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 18:20

In a report issued today, Canada's largest addiction center called for marijuana legalization with a strict regulatory approach. The recommendation is based in harm reduction principles.

[image:1 align:left]The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto made the call for legalization in its report Cannabis Policy Framework. It comes after an in-depth analysis of the health, social, and legal implications of marijuana use, as well as an examination of comparative marijuana policy, by CAMH scientists and policy experts.

"Canada's current system of cannabis control is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use," said Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH. "Based on a thorough review of the evidence, we believe that legalization combined with strict regulation of cannabis is the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use."

The report found that 40% of Canadians have used marijuana at least once and 10% have used it in the past year. Among people aged 15 to 24 that figure jumps to 20%.

CAMH does not view marijuana as a benign substance and thus calls for a very strong regulatory approach.

"Cannabis use is associated with a variety of health harms like problems with cognitive and psychomotor functioning, respiratory issues, cannabis dependence and mental illness," Rehm said. "For this reason, any reform of Canada's system of cannabis control must include a strong focus on prevention and a range of interventions aimed at groups that are at higher risk of harm, including youth and people with a personal or family history of mental illness."

But CAMH also clearly recognizes the harm derived from marijuana prohibition. The group noted that criminalization doesn't deter use, but does drive users away from prevention, risk reduction, and treatment services, as well as exposing them to non-quality controlled substances.

CAMH is calling for a government monopoly on sales, as well as other restrictions.

"Legalization of cannabis must be governed by strict regulations that ensure it is not sold like other commodities," Rehm said. "This would include a government monopoly on sales, limits on availability, a pricing system that discourages use of higher-harm products, and a ban on marketing."

Canada's governing Conservatives have proven extremely averse to marijuana law reform and have, in fact, moved in the opposite direction through measures such as instituting mandatory minimum sentencing for some marijuana cultivation offenses. The leader of the opposition Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, is calling for marijuana legalization. National elections are set for next year.

"We've known for a long time that the existing approach to cannabis policy is not working," said Dr. Rehm. "We want this framework to add to an informed discussion about the future of cannabis policy and to serve as a guide to the factors that need to be considered in order to come to a solution that is the most beneficial for public health. We believe that the best solution is a system of legalization combined with strict regulation of cannabis."

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US FL: Sarasota County Drafts Marijuana Restrictions

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 09 Oct 2014 - Sarasota County government has drafted an ordinance that would give commissioners control over where medical marijuana establishments could be located if Amendment 2 passes on Nov. 4. The ordinance, slated to be fully passed on Election Day, marks the first at a county level in Southwest Florida regarding medical marijuana.
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CN ON: Pot Should Be Legalized, Addiction Centre Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 09 Oct 2014 - Selling it like alcohol seen as the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use TORONTO - Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity.
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CN ON: Time To Legalize Marijuana, Treatment Centre Urges

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 Oct 2014 - Facility seeks restrictions on availability and quantity Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where and in what quantity.
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CN PI: Editorial: Time To Shine Light On Mental Illness

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 09 Oct 2014 - It's a tragic ending to a tragic yet not uncommon story. Monday, RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, whose battle with post-traumatic stress disorder made headlines across this country, ended his life. Francis, a 21-year veteran of the Mounties, was on medical leave from his job with the RCMP's J Division in New Brunswick when his death occurred.
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US IL: Council Wants Pot Shops Secure, Discreet

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 09 Oct 2014 - Strip Club Owner's Proposed Dispensary a Hot Topic Chicago's medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries would be required to hire around-the-clock security guards and load and unload pot out of public view, under a preemptive crackdown proposed at Wednesday's City Council meeting.
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US OR: Steves Stumps For Oregon Pot Measure

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 09 Oct 2014 - PORTLAND, Ore. - Rick Steves smokes the occasional joint, but he's not arguing for marijuana legalization in Oregon just because he likes to get high. Steves, a nationally known guidebook author and host on public radio and television, said Tuesday he's convinced that marijuana prohibition in the U.S. operates solely to harm the poor and people of color, and to profit off their punishment.
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CN ON: Pot Should Be Sold Like Alcohol, Says Addiction Centre

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Oct 2014 - Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. "Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults," said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH.
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US CO: Column: Jonathan Singer an Unlikely Cannabis Advocate

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 09 Oct 2014 - Jonathan Singer is as improbable a cannabis advocate as you'll ever find. The representative for House District 11 never has been a user and certainly never intended to become a leading voice on behalf of cannabis legalization in Colorado. "If someone had told me in 2011 that three years later I would be running for re-election for a seat I didn't have," Singer, who rebelled in high school by not using cannabis, said recently. "Or that by the end of my second year that I would have helped pass a statewide tax increase on legal marijuana, I would have laughed at them.
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US CO: Column: Do I Still Need to Keep My Home Grow Under

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 09 Oct 2014 - Dear Stoner: I've got crews coming in to work on things like my plumbing and some minor remodeling in the coming weeks (as well as a regular pest-control guy). I've been hiding my pot from the pest guy, but should I really care about putting away my pot and pipes when people come over to work on my house? Al Bonglin
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US CA: Column: Prop. 47 Should Be Decided by Legislature, Not

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Oct 2014 - Sacramento - Proposition 47, which would reduce penalties for drug and theft crimes, is yet another initiative that should never have been on the state ballot. The Legislature and governor get paid to deal with such things. And when they do, we're usually better served.
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US NM: SF Council Affirms Lenient Pot Rules

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 Oct 2014 - SANTA FE - A Santa Fe City Council majority Wednesday night reaffirmed its support for decriminalizing possession of small amounts marijuana under city code, adopting administrative procedures needed to implement a decriminalization ordinance that the council approved in a 5-4 vote Aug. 27 Three councilors - Bill Dimas, Ron Trujillo and Chris Rivera - also restated their opposition to making possession of an ounce or less of pot merely a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $25 or less.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:07

California cultivation fights continue, it's nail-biting time for the Florida initiative, Colorado wants to tweak its system, a Pennsylvania bill appears stalled for now, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Friday, a Fresno County court again upheld the county's ban on medical marijuana cultivation. The ACLU of California had challenged the county ordinance banning grows and has now been shot down for a second time. Now, the group can either pursue other related actions or file an appeal in the Fifth District Court of Appeal. The county ordinance fines violators $1,000 per plant.

On Tuesday, the ACLU of California came out against Shasta County's proposed ordinance to ban outdoor marijuana cultivation and impose new restrictions on indoor grows. The ordinance is Measure A on the November ballot. The ACLU is the first statewide group to weigh in on the measure.

Colorado

Last Wednesday, a state legislative panel recommended tightening up on medical marijuana. The Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee recommended filing legislation that would tighten up the medical marijuana caregiver system and clarify that local governments can collect taxes on recreational marijuana. The bill would require all primary caregivers to register with the state. Officials fear that their inability to track caregiver grows under the present system is helping the black market. The bill would limit caregivers to six plants per patient and limit patients to one care giver. Medical marijuana supporters questioned why a committee charged with revenue issues was concerning itself with medical marijuana laws.

Florida

On Wednesday, a new SurveyUSA poll had support for the medical marijuana initiative at 51%. Because the initiative, Amendment 2, is in the form of a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% to pass. Consecutive SurveyUSA polls in the past month have showed support declining. In the last four weeks, support has dropped from 56% to 53% to 52% and now 51%. Some 15% were undecided. If the poll is correct, the undecided would have to break two-to-one in favor of the initiative for it to pass.

Pennsylvania

On Monday,officials announced that a medical marijuana pilot program was getting underway. Three children's hospitals and the Department of Health are doing a research study on the use of CBD cannabis oil in children. The project, announced in May, is now underway. A broader, but still restrictive, medical marijuana bill has passed the Senate and awaits a vote in the House.

On Tuesday, a pending medical marijuana bill got a House committee assignment. The bill, Senate Bill 1182, passed the Senate last month, but is being slowed down by Republicans in the House. It was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Republican members said it would have to have at least two public hearings before going to a committee vote. With only four working days left in the legislative session, that isn't going to happen this year.

South Carolina

Last Thursday, a panel studying medical marijuana met. A joint legislative panel studying the uses of medical marijuana in the state met at the Medical University of South Carolina. It's the first of three meetings to be held around the state to gather information. The state last year approved a CBD cannabis oil bill; these meetings are designed to help lawmakers gather information and refine the state's marijuana and hemp laws.

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

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Chronicle AM: Carl Sagan Pot Papers Released, Supreme Court Takes Up Highway Drug Dog Detentions, More (10/8/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 20:21

The Library of Congress unveils writings on marijuana and drug reform from astronomer Carl Sagan, pot pops up in the Oklahoma Senate race, the Supreme Court will take up the issue of how long police can detain someone on the side of the road waiting for a drug dog, the "Baby Bou Bou" SWAT raid case isn't over yet, and more. Let's get to it:

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Marijuana Policy Pops Up in Oklahoma US Senate Race. Even in Oklahoma, though that is not really a big surprise, given that Democratic contender state Sen. Constance Johnson is a leading Sooner advocate for legalization. At a debate in Stillwater with Republican contender US Rep. James Lankford, Johnson surprised no one by standing by her well-known position on pot. And Lankford surprised no one by opposing it. Click on the link to get some flavor.

Carl Sagan's Writings on Marijuana, Drug Policy in New Library of Congress Exhibit. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, has made available to the public a huge trove of astronomer and PBS "Cosmos" host Carl Sagan's papers relating to marijuana and drug policy. Sagan was a proponent of marijuana and drug reform, and Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority has penned a nice piece about the collection and its release. Click on the title link to read it.

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania Restrictive Medical Marijuana Bill Gets House Committee Assignment. The bill, Senate Bill 1182, passed the Senate last month, but is being slowed down by Republicans in the House. It was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Republican members said it would have to have at least two public hearings before going to a committee vote. With only four working days left in the legislative session, that isn't going to happen this year.

Law Enforcement

Supreme Court to Rule on Roadside Detention of Motorists While Cops Await Arrival of Drug Dogs. How long can police hold a driver on the side of the road while waiting for a drug dog to arrive to do a sniff (which the Supreme Court considers not a search)? The US Supreme Court agreed yesterday to take up a case that could decide that issue. In the case, a Nebraska man was stopped for an alleged traffic infraction and ticketed by the officer 21 minutes later. But he remained detained by the officer for another six minutes, until backup arrived. The officer then used the dog to sniff the car, the dog alerted, a search ensued, and methamphetamine was found. The man pleaded guilty, but appealed, saying his detention after the ticket was written amounted to an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. Oral arguments will be presented early next year. The court opinion will likely be announced by June 2015.

Family of Toddler Burned in Georgia SWAT Drug Raid Seeks Federal Charges. After a Georgia grand jury declined to indict any police officers in the botched drug raid that left toddler Bounkham "Baby Bou Bou" severely injured when a SWAT officer through a flash-bang grenade in his play pen, his family is seeking a meeting this week with federal prosecutors in hopes of getting federal charges filed. While the local grand jury failed to indict, it was highly critical of law enforcement practices in the case. "There should be no such thing as an emergency narcotics investigation," the jurors wrote in their report. Georgia US Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement that her office is looking into it. "Federal authorities have been participating in the investigation of this terrible incident, and now that a state grand jury has declined to return an indictment. We will review the matter for possible federal charges," said Yates.

International

Bolivian Presidential Candidates on Drug Policy. The PanAm Post has a nice analysis of the drug policy positions of the various candidates in the Bolivian presidential elections set for Sunday. While sitting President Evo Morales has won kudos for his coca policies, he has not undertaken any broader reform initiatives, such as drug decriminalization or legalization. Neither have any of the other candidates. The candidates are united in their "prohibitionist insanity," the article notes. Morales is expected to be reelected.

El Chapo Guzman Indicted in New York for Murders. Mexico's imprisoned Sinaloa cartel leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been indicted for 12 murders in an indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn. He and his successor, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, were also charged with money-laundering more than $14 billion in drug profits. But don't look for him to be heading for New York any time soon; he faces numerous charges in Mexico, as well.

Mexican Drug Gang Hit Men Linked to Mass Murder of Student Teachers in Guerrero. The attorney general for the state of Guerrero said Tuesday that some of the 44 rural teachers' college students who went missing last week after clashing with police in the city of Iguala were probably executed by drug traffickers working with crooked police. Two men who identified themselves as members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang have supposedly confessed to killing at least 17 of them. Authorities have found a mass grave containing 27 bodies. The state attorney general said it appeared local police arrested the students, then handed them over to the hit men. The students were said to be political radicals and had been protesting against local officials. This sort of repressive political violence is nothing new in Guerrero, but the mass murder is one of the largest in recent Mexican history.

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US FL: Businesses Air Concerns About Pot Amendment

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 08 Oct 2014 - Entrepreneurs like Jaime DiDomenico, owner of Sarasota-based Cool Today, have hard questions about the state constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana in Florida. Will it make their liability insurance go up? Will they be able to keep medical marijuana users off their workforce?
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US FL: OPED: Sarasota Widow's Husband First With Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 08 Oct 2014 - There is a lot of talk about medical marijuana these days. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Another 10 have authorized the so-called Charlotte's Web strain that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. This patchwork quilt of laws has led to an even more dense briar patch of rules and regulations, making it difficult to get a precise estimate of how many people are legally using marijuana medically in each state, but a cumulative figure often heard is 2.4 million and that doesn't seem far fetched. California, for example, estimates that almost 1 million Californians have the "215 card," and Michigan has well over 100,000 enrolled in that state's medical marijuana program. Those are truly amazing numbers to me because I can remember when there was just one individual allowed to use marijuana medically in the U.S. His name was Robert C. Randall and he was my late husband.
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US CO: Editorial: Governor Should Have Fought 'Reckless' Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
The Gazette, 08 Oct 2014 - Brew pub entrepreneur John Hickenlooper, when running for his first term as governor, had an intriguing idea. Colorado's Front Range could become the Napa Valley of high-end domestic beer. Gov. Hickenlooper is facing one of the toughest re-election fights of his political career. Several polls suggest he's in a close race against Beauprez, a former member of the U.S. House. Four years later, we're the Napa Valley of pot. It happened under the governor's watch. He clearly doesn't like the fact we're the butt of late-night drug jokes and a cautionary tale for the rest of the world. We were known for mountains, eclectic towns and outdoor adventure. Today, we're first known for a degree of marijuana lenience found nowhere else in the world. Even this year's trip to the Super Bowl became endless fodder for druggie jokes on social media and late-night TV.
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