Law Times, 12 Jan 2015 - With a federal election on the horizon, it's worth taking a look at what the parties are saying about justice policy. Given their record in power over the last nine years, it's clear the Conservatives are likely to continue on the track they've set. While the government's approach has morphed from introducing major crime legislation to more targeted private member's bills aimed at very specific issues - such as the recent bill C-639 that sets mandatory minimums for offences involving critical infrastructure - it's likely to maintain its vow to get tough on crime as a signature policy.
The Durango Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - DENVER - A year after legalizing recreational pot sales, Colorado has more questions than answers about the health effects of legal marijuana. A panel of doctors concluded months of meetings Monday about the health effects of marijuana and how people are using it. Instead of reaching many conclusions, though, the doctors agreed the bulk of their recommendations should be calls for more research on the mind-altering drug.
Chicago Sun-Times, 12 Jan 2015 - Up in Smoke! It's a no! In the wake of Gov. Pat Quinn's exit from office Monday, Sneed has learned he will NOT give a green light to Illinois license applications to cultivate and distribute medical marijuana- and will toss a safety wrench into the marijuana mix.
The Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - Proposed Bills Deal With Recreational/Medicinal Issues, Taxation, Driving, Edibles Vs. Smokables and More. OLYMPIA - A little more than two years after voters legalized the sale of regulated marijuana, lawmakers will wade through a thicket of cannabis-related measures, including merging the recreational and medical industries.
Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - Aceh might be famous for its brutal application of Islamic sharia law, but it's also where a certain intoxicating weed has been getting people high for generations. Marijuana sales once helped fund the 30- year war waged by separatist rebels and when they descended from their mountain strongholds after the 2005 peace deal, the plantations remained.
Athens Banner-Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is a man on a mission. He is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year, after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes. Peake is back again with House Bill 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. And with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showing 84 percent of Georgians favor passage of medical marijuana legislation, I suspect he has the Senate's attention, as well.
The Herald Journal, 12 Jan 2015 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge in California is weighing the constitutionality of a 45-year-old act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug along with LSD, cocaine and heroin. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento held a five-day fact-finding hearing on the classification question late last year, and final arguments are scheduled for next month, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Her ruling is expected later this year.
News Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - By now, if everything had gone according to plan, cancer and epilepsy patients in Florida would be able to receive a low-potency form of marijuana to ease their symptoms. State Rep. Matt Gaetz proposed this medical marijuana initiative and pushed it through the Legislature last spring, and Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law. It was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, eight days ago.
Garden Island, 11 Jan 2015 - Nearly 14 years after the use of medical marijuana was legalized in Hawaii, medical marijuana patients may have a legal way to purchase it, rather than just grow it themselves, within the next few years. The 21-member group tasked with crafting guidelines for a state-monitored medical marijuana dispensary system is recommending that at least one dispensary be opened in four of the state's five counties by the start of 2017.
The Albany Herald, 10 Jan 2015 - ALBANY - Neighborhood watch representatives got a basic education on illegal drugs, their effects and where they come from Saturday at the Community Room of the Albany downtown Law Enforcement Center. The short course delivered by Maj. Bill Berry, of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit gave eager members of the Community Council of Watch Associations an earful of information on familiar drugs including ecstasy or "Molly," crack cocaine and prescription pain pills.
Ledger-Enquirer, 10 Jan 2015 - You're not going to see legislators rolling up big fat ones over the next few weeks, but members of the General Assembly will be discussing a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a state that smokes ribs instead of weed. The brainchild of State Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon, House Bill 1 would provide guidelines for growing, producing and selling therapeutic cannabis, an oil extracted from marijuana plants.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Jan 2015 - Harold Rogers, the Kentucky Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says a rider in the omnibus spending bill that Congress enacted last month stops the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's congressional delegate, disagrees.
Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan 2015 - BEIJING - The son of action comedy star Jackie Chan pleaded guilty Friday to providing a venue for drug users, one of thousands caught up in a widespread crackdown on illegal drugs in the capital. Jaycee Chan was sentenced in a courtroom in the Chinese capital to six months in prison and a fine of about $322.
Macon Telegraph, 09 Jan 2015 - ATLANTA -- A proposal from state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will protect Georgians from state prosecution if they possess certain liquid medical cannabis legally obtained in another state. It remains a federal offense to transport any marijuana products across state lines. The Georgia bill sponsor, Peake, downplayed the transport risk for Georgia families because of a provision of the federal budget signed in December. The so-called "Cromnibus" bill defunds federal law enforcement operations against medical marijuana operations that comply with state laws.
The Press Democrat, 09 Jan 2015 - A Ukiah Indian rancheria will soon be the site of what is likely California's first tribe-sanctioned, large-scale indoor medical marijuana cultivation and distribution operation. The 250-member Pinoleville Pomo Nation revealed Thursday it has entered into a contract with Colorado-based United Cannabis and Kansas-based FoxBarry Farms to grow thousands of marijuana plants on its 99-acre rancheria just north of Ukiah.
Los Angeles Times, 09 Jan 2015 - Re "The dark side of marijuana," Opinion, Jan. 4 Thank you for that anecdotal, editorial reprise of "Reefer Madness," as Susan Shapiro takes us through her less-than-enjoyable journey with marijuana.
Los Angeles Times, 09 Jan 2015 - Re "The dark side of marijuana," Opinion, Jan. 4 I applaud Shapiro for speaking the truth about the significant risks of marijuana. Those of us who merely point out the facts about the verifiable damage that it can cause are seen as unsophisticated and overreacting prudes.
Los Angeles Times, 09 Jan 2015 - Founders Fund Puts Millions into a Cannabis-Focused Private Equity Group. Despite growing momentum toward marijuana legalization, big-name investors have largely stayed on the sidelines of the budding industry, content to hold out until federal prohibition is one day repealed.
Seattle Times, 09 Jan 2015 - City Attorney Pete Holmes has bona fides as the most marijuana friendly prosecutor in the United States. So when he says something is rotten in pot, there's more than just smoke in air. This week, Holmes lit a fire in local pot politics by describing the existing medical-marijuana industry as essentially a giant felony enterprise.
The Daily Courier, 09 Jan 2015 - A Summerland couple is urging the mayor and council of Grand Forks to allow a dispensary of medical cannabis to remain open in their town. Two Grand Forks citizens had lodged complaints about the business.