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US WA: Column: Waging Weed-rights War With Grit, Heart

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 20 Jul 2014 - The first time Alison Holcomb smoked marijuana wasn't until she was 24. The details are sketchy. She was at a friend's house for dinner, that she knows. But she can't remember if she drew on a joint or a bong. "I do remember the candle on the coffee table," she said, a hint of wonder still in her voice. "How awesome it was."
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CN ON: Column: Criminal Juries All-Powerful

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 19 Jul 2014 - My recent column advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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US: Drug Terms Could Be Cut

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 19 Jul 2014 - U.S. Panel's Move Might Shorten 46,000 Existing Sentences A judicial panel voted Friday to slash prison time for thousands of inmates - hundreds of them from Maryland - a significant move toward softening the severe punishments for federal drug crimes.
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US: Next Gold Rush: Legal Marijuana Feeds Entrepreneurs' Dreams

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 19 Jul 2014 - DENVER - Like the glint of gold or rumors of oil in ages past, the advent of legal, recreational marijuana is beginning to reshape economies in Colorado and Washington State. Marijuana is beckoning thousands of entrepreneurs and workers, investors and hucksters from across the country, each looking to cash in on a rapidly changing industry that offers hefty portions of both promise and peril.
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US MI: Utica Targeted With Proposal To Relax Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:00
The Macomb Daily, 19 Jul 2014 - One of Macomb County's smallest communities could become a battleground over the enforcement of marijuana laws. A local group that calls itself Coalition for a Safer Utica filed petitions Friday calling for a city charter amendment that would liberalize marijuana use in the city.
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Chronicle AM -- July 18, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:00

Tens of thousands of federal drug prisoners could get out early after the US Sentencing Commission votes to make guideline reductions retroactive, the Ohio Supreme Court moves to cut some crack sentences, FedEx gets indicted for shipping pills for Internet pharmacies (and not taking a deal with the feds), and more. Let's get to it:

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

New York Medical Marijuana Business Alliance Formed. Albany-area medical marijuana lobbyists have formed a business alliance to jointly fight for their interests. The group is called the Medical Cannabis Industry Alliance of New York. Members will include growers, advocates, real estate interests, and other businesses associated with medical marijuana.

New Hampshire Advocates to Demonstrate at Statehouse Next Wednesday to Criticize Medical Marijuana Program Delays. Next Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of Gov. Maggie Hassan's signing of the state's medical marijuana bill, but the state's program is beset with needless delays, say advocates, who will gather at the statehouse in Concord next Wednesday to shine a media spotlight on the problem. Click on the link to RSVP.

Northern California Congressman Calls on US Attorney to Go After "Trespass" Marijuana Growers, Not People Complying With State Law. US Rep. Jared Hoffman (D-CA) sent a letter Wednesday to Northern California US Attorney Melinda Haag urging her "to focus prosecutorial and enforcement resources on trespass marijuana growers, not low-level marijuana offenders complying with state law." Hoffman called "trespass" growers "the greatest emerging threat to public safety and environmental health" in Northern California. Click on the link to read the letter in its entirety.

New Synthetic Drugs

Alaska Tries New Tactic in Battle Against Synthetics -- Fining Stores That Sell Them. Gov. Sean Parnell (R) Wednesday signed into law a bill designed to block the retail sale of synthetic drugs by defining them as products with "false or misleading labels" and imposing fines similar to traffic tickets on people who sell or possess them. The move comes after earlier efforts to suppress the new synthetics were undermined by manufacturers who adjusted their recipes to avoid lists of banned synthetics.

Law Enforcement

FedEx Hit With Criminal Indictment for Shipping Internet Pharmacy Drugs. A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted FedEx, the world's largest cargo company, on criminal charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of misbranded drugs. Federal prosecutors are seeking to forfeit and seize at least $820 million in what they say are proceeds from such illegal shipments. Read the indictment here.

Sentencing

US Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously for Retroactivity in Drug Sentencing, Could Affect 46,000 Federal Prisoners. The United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously today at a public meeting to apply a reduction in the sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug trafficking offenders retroactively, meaning that many offenders currently in prison could be eligible for reduced sentences beginning November 2015. Unless Congress disapproves the amendment, beginning November 1, 2014, eligible offenders can ask courts to reduce their sentences. Offenders whose requests are granted by the courts can be released no earlier than November 1, 2015. The Commission estimates that more than 46,000 offenders would be eligible to seek sentence reductions in court. These offenders' sentences could be reduced by 25 months on average. Click on the link for more information.

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Crack Defendants Sentenced After New Law to Reduce Disparities Went Into Effect Must Be Resentenced. The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that defendants convicted before laws reducing the penalty for possessing crack cocaine went into effect, but sentenced after they went into effect must be resentenced under the new law. The case is State v. Limoli.

International

Australia Drug Use Survey Released. The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, was released Thursday. Cigarette smoking is down, youth drinking is down, and so is the use of heroin, ecstasy, and GHB. The misuse of pharmaceuticals is up, and the use of meth remains steady.

Ending Moratorium, Singapore Executes Two Convicted Drug Dealers. Singapore today hanged two convicted drug dealers, the first executions for drug offenses since it imposed a moratorium on them in 2011. Tang Hai Liang, 36, had been convicted of trafficking 89.55 grams (3.2 ounces) of pure heroin and Foong Chee Peng, 48, had been found guilty of dealing 40.23 grams of the same illegal drug. Both are Singapore citizens. They had chosen not to seek resentencing under a 2012 law that abolished mandatory death sentences in some drug trafficking cases.

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CN NS: Q&A With Chris Enns, CO-Owner of Halifax

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 18 Jul 2014 - The grand opening of his new marijuana-themed business - The Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Gottingen Street - is Saturday, and co-owner Chris Enns said he intends to be completely open about the operation. He and partner Sherri Reeve opened the doors to the small shop in early June but wanted to delay their official opening until now. The store offers bongs, T-shirts, hemp backpacks, grinders and, in the back, about 12 strains of weed for licensed medicinal marijuana users.
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CN ON: Say No To Corner Store Drug Items

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 18 Jul 2014 - Ontario Safety Council Wants Crackdown on Convenience Stores Selling Drug Paraphernalia Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.
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CN ON: Say No To Drug Paraphernalia

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 18 Jul 2014 - Ontario Safety Council Wants Crackdown on Convenience Stores Selling Drug Paraphernalia Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.
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CN ON: Say No to Corner Store Bongs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Observer, 18 Jul 2014 - Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says. Brian Patterson, president and CEO for the OSL, said an undercover operation this spring in convenience stores in Toronto and Barrie that carried drug paraphernalia found staff were routinely willing to sell to 17-year-old mystery shoppers.
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CN ON: Say No To Corner Store Bongs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 18 Jul 2014 - Ontario Safety Council Wants Crackdown on Convenience Stores Selling Drug Paraphernalia Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.
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CN ON: Say No To Corner Store Bongs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 18 Jul 2014 - Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says. Brian Patterson, president and CEO for the OSL, said an undercover operation this spring in convenience stores in Toronto and Barrie that carried drug paraphernalia found staff were routinely willing to sell to 17-year-old mystery shoppers.
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CN ON: Say No To Corner Store Bongs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 18 Jul 2014 - Ontario Safety Council Wants Crackdown on Convenience Stores Selling Drug Paraphernalia Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.
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CN ON: Say No To Corner Store Bongs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 18 Jul 2014 - Ontario Safety Council Wants Crackdown on Convenience Stores Selling Drug Paraphernalia Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.
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CN ON: Say No To Corner Store Bongs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 18 Jul 2014 - Ontario Safety Council Wants Crackdown on Convenience Stores Selling Drug Paraphernalia TORONTO - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.
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CN ON: Free Pot In The Park

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jul 2014 - Vouchers for Medical Grass Hidden Christie Park was up in smoke on Thursday. A group calling itself Marijuana Info Bureau (MIB) held a treasure hunt for free pot and dozens of hopefuls showed up for the search.
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CN ON: Column: Jury System All Powerful in Canada's Criminal

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 18 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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US NM: Some Medical Marijuana Proposals Pulled

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 18 Jul 2014 - Patient Background Checks for Growing, New Limit on Plants Both Shelved SANTA FE - A New Mexico state agency is backing away from some of its proposed changes to the state's medical marijuana program after those plans came under fire from licensed medical pot producers and users.
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US DC: $25 Penalties for Marijuana Go into Effect in the

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 18 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON - One of the least restrictive marijuana laws in the country went into effect in the shadow of the White House on Thursday, eliciting stern warnings from the local police but good cheer from many Washingtonians. "A ticket when you just have a jay or something?" said Clifford Gray, a lifelong District of Columbia resident who is in his 20s, using a slang term for a marijuana cigarette. "I'm good with that."
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US DC: Pot Suspects' Arrests Have Bad Timing

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 18 Jul 2014 - Hours Before Relaxed D.C. Law Took Effect, Immediate Predicaments Included a Jail Stay, Criminal Citations A man arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana on a street in Northwest Washington. Two people caught in a suspected drug deal near Lincoln Heights in Northeast. A man questioned by police about the scent of burnt pot. A former federal government official allegedly smoking a joint as he drove through Chinatown.
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