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US CA: Column: 'The More Access, The More Use'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 09/04/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 04 Sep 2016 - L.A. Substance-Abuse Prevention Specialist Works to Limit Pot Availability Among Young People. When I wrote on Friday that pot use can have a serious downside for some teenagers, I hardly expected to be accused of embracing an archaic, alarmist "Reefer Madness" point of view.
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CN ON: Fifth Man Charged In Pot-Shop Busts

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 03 Sep 2016 - A fifth man has been charged following a city police raid of two downtown Barrie marijuana dispensaries. Police have arrested a 30-year-old Alliston man, owner of Sunrise Medicinal dispensary. He has been charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
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Denmark: Danish Commune Tears Down Drug Mart After Shootings

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Sep 2016 - With its open-air marijuana stalls festooned in psychedelic colors and its freewheeling, self-governing structure, the Christiania neighborhood in Copenhagen has been for decades emblematic of Danish liberalism and tolerance. On Friday morning, however, a symbol of hippie hedonism came crashing down - at least temporarily.
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US: Adults More Likely To Smoke Pot Than Teens

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Sep 2016 - Use of Marijuana Among Those Aged 55-64 Up 455% Since 2002 Smoking weed is often seen as an indulgence reserved for the young and the reckless: kids get high, in the popular imagination, but by and large their parents don't.
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Jamaica: Stop Fearing Int'l Bodies on Ganja Legalisation -

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
The Jamaica Gleaner, 03 Sep 2016 - ISRAEL-BORN BUSINESSMAN Boaz Wachtel has called for the Jamaican Government to follow in the footsteps of Uruguay and legalise ganja, without fear of upsetting Uncle Sam and the United Nations (UN). Wachtel, chairman of Creso Pharma, a medical marijuana company based in Australia, during his opening speech at CanEx at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday, said the United States was crumbling from within and ganja is being medicalised and legalised in parts of the country, while the UN was a frozen archaic body.
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CN BC: OPED: What We Can Learn From The End Of Alcohol

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 02 Sep 2016 - With the end of marijuana prohibition expected to happen within the next few years, the debate is now focused on what will take its place. The Liberals have promised to deliver legislation that will legalize and regulate pot,but what will that legislation look like? The end of alcohol prohibition might offer some insight.But first a little pre-history lesson.
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CN ON: Pot Docs Rip Dispensaries

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 02 Sep 2016 - Warning That Patients May Lose Prescriptions Called 'Bullying' By Tasty Budds' Operator Medical marijuana users who buy their pot from illegal dispensaries risk not having their prescriptions renewed.
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US NM: Pot Enterprise Stuck In Limbo

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 02 Sep 2016 - Partners in Planned Medical Cannabis Chain Blame State Obstruction Duke Rodriguez's plan to build a statewide chain of cannabis retail stores has hit a snag. Rodriguez, owner of Ultra Health LLC, contends that state regulators have slow-tracked his request to open at least 14 new stores, most in communities that now lack dispensaries.
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US MD: Seeking Diversity In Pot Licensees

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 02 Sep 2016 - Medical Marijuana Panel Leaders Set Meeting With AG on Minority Dispensers Leaders of the state's medical marijuana commission are meeting with Attorney General Brian E. Frosh next week to figure out how to achieve more racial diversity when the panel awards licenses to companies to dispense the drug.
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US IL: State Supreme Court Sets Rules for Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 02 Sep 2016 - The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday announced it has created new rules for the state's cannabis decriminalization law - including setting a $ 120 fine for those caught with up to 10 grams of cannabis or drug paraphernalia. The law, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed on July 29, gave the state Supreme Court the authority to further clarify the newly defined "civil law violation" of possessing up to 10 grams of cannabis or drug paraphernalia.
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US MT: OPED: Don't Take Away Medicine From Sick and Dying

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
The Billings Gazette, 02 Sep 2016 - The new restrictions on medical marijuana going into effect this week will be devastating for patients. I know first-hand because I am a medical marijuana patient and have been for the past 10 years. Medical marijuana allows me to effectively treat my medical condition in a safer way and without the complications associated with the pharmaceuticals I would otherwise need to use. I have an incurable disease, Arnold Chiari Malformation and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. These ailments typically would cause my brain to herniate into my spinal cord. I had my first brain surgery when I was 14 and have undergone multiple brain and spinal procedures that have saved my life but have also caused me severe pain.
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US CA: Column: Cannabis Not Always A Benign Bud

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 02 Sep 2016 - As Voters Ponder Prop. 64, Experts Cite the Effects Pot Can Have on Young Users. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Devan Fuentes made it all the way through San Clemente High School without drinking or using drugs. He vividly remembers the first time he smoked pot. He was visiting a friend at Occidental College, and decided the moment had come.
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Chronicle AM: MT MedMJ Patients Out of Luck, Christie Signs Needle Exchange Funding, More... (9/1/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 20:52

It the end of easy access for Montana medical marijuana patients, the Arizona Supreme Court rejects the last challenge to that state's legalization initiative, the second Arkansas medical marijuana initiative is now officially on the ballot, Chris Christie signs a needle exchange funding bill, and more.

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More Smoke Pot, Fewer Find it Risky, Survey Reports. Survey data shows more adults are using marijuana, they are using it more often, and they're less inclined to think it's risky than in the past, research results reported in The Lancet found. The number of adults using marijuana in the past year has jumped to 32 million -- going from one in ten in 2002 to one in eight in 2014. Only one-third of adults thought weekly marijuana use was risky, down from half in 2002.

Alaska Attorney General Says Pot Social Clubs Are Illegal. State Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said in a legal opinion Wednesday that marijuana social clubs are illegal. "Under Alaska law, a business cannot sell or provide marijuana or allow marijuana to be consumed on the premises unless it is licensed as a retail marijuana store by the Marijuana Control Board," Lindemuth wrote. The ruling does not apply to retail pot shops, for which state regulators are considering rules that would allow on-site cannabis consumption.

Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Pot Legalization Initiative. Arizonans will be voting on Proposition 205 on November 8. The state Supreme Court has thrown out the last challenges to the measure, which accused it of misleading voters with its language, but the high court upheld a lower court ruling that Prop 205 substantially complies with legal requirements for initiatives.

Medical Marijuana

It's Official: Second Arkansas Initiatives Qualifies for the Ballot. Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said Wednesday that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment had submitted sufficient valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. That means Arkansas voters will have two medical marijuana initiatives to vote on. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act was approved for the ballot in July. If both pass, the one with the most votes goes into effect.

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill. Gov. Jack Markell (D) Wednesday signed into law "Bob's Bill," named for lung cancer patient Robert Jester, who died in 2014 without being able to legally use marijuana to ease his suffering. The bill allows for medical marijuana for terminally ill patients, including those under 18 who are suffering pain, anxiety, or depression.

Montana Medical Marijuana Patients Now Out of Luck. In the biggest medical marijuana rollback ever, as of September 1, medical marijuana dispensaries are now illegal, and up to 12,000 patients have lost legal access to marijuana. Medical marijuana providers are now limited to three patients, and thousands of patients have no provider. This is the end result of the GOP-led legislature's 2011 move to gut the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law. An initiative that would restore the state's medical marijuana system, I-182, has been approved for the November ballot.

Harm Reduction

New Jersey Governor Signs Needle Exchange Funding Bill. Gov. Christ Christie (R) Wednesday signed into law Assembly Bill 415, which creates permanent funding for five locally run needle exchange programs. Three of them, in Atlantic City, Camden, and Paterson, had already run out of funds and were close to closing their doors. "These programs not only distribute clean syringes to intravenous drug users, but also deliver lifesaving education, treatment, and testing to their participants," according to Christie's bill-signing statement.

New Psychoactive Substances

California Bill Would Make Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids, Stimulants a Crime. The legislature has approved a bill requested by the California Narcotics Officers Association that would make first-time possession of specified synthetic cannabinoids or stimulants an infraction, with subsequent offenses treated as misdemeanors. Under current state law, selling the drugs is a crime, but possessing them isn't. The measure, Senate Bill 139, now goes to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). It is opposed by the ACLU and the Drug Policy Alliance.

International

EU Wants to Ban New, Powerful Synthetic Cannabinoid. The European Commission announced Wednesday that it wants to ban MDMB-CHMICA, also known as "Black Mamba," a synthetic cannabinoid reportedly 10 times stronger than already banned synthetic cannabinoids. The European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Abuse reported that it has been linked to at least 42 "acute intoxications" and 29 deaths.

Philippines President Snubs UN Effort to Meet Over Drug Killings. President Rodrigo Duterte has turned down a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after threatening last month to quit the UN over its criticism of the mass killings of drug users and dealers since he came to office three months ago. Officials from Duterte's office said he was too busy to meet with the head of the global body. One UN official said it was "basically unheard of" for a national leader to be "too busy" to meet the secretary-general.

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CN ON: Police Raid Storefront Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
The Barrie Advance, 01 Sep 2016 - Tim Burdick received a shock yesterday when he arrived at Sunrise Medicinal in downtown Barrie to find police had raided the marijuana dispensary and arrested employees. He had driven from his Oro-Medonte home to get medical marijuana to help him deal with the nausea and lack of appetite due to cancer treatments.
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CN ON: Medical Pot Users Worried

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 01 Sep 2016 - Closure of Two Dispensaries Leaves Customers in Limbo Medicinal marijuana users in Barrie are in limbo after two pot dispensaries in the city were shut down this week. Four men face drug charges after city police raided the marijuana dispensaries Tuesday with Controlled Drug and Substance Act warrants.
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US: Few Adults Think Marijuana Is Risky

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
The Herald, 01 Sep 2016 - NEW YORK (AP) - Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows. More are using marijuana, using it more often and far fewer think it's risky, the government survey found.
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US MA: Questions Raised in Council's Marijuana Dispensary Vote

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 01 Sep 2016 - Most of the 13 members of the Boston City Council who voted in favor of an Allston medical marijuana dispensary were former consulting clients of a businessman lobbying for the company, raising questions about the influences on the city's oversight of its fledgling medical marijuana market. The businessman, Frank Perullo, was president of Sage Systems from November 2002 until the company closed in April 2015. Eight current city councilors hired Sage to provide various types of political consulting work during that period.
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US CA: Column: Under The Tuff Gong

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 01 Sep 2016 - Big Numbers The Aug. 23 deadline to register existing commercial cannabis activity with the county of Humboldt has come and gone, and the planning and building department is staring down a giant pile of paper. A final count, conducted partially by hand, came up with a total of 2,259 registered grows.
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US CA: Column: We Have To Gamble On Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 01 Sep 2016 - WE HAVE TO GAMBLE ON LEGALIZATION A few years into the state legalization experiment, we know one big thing: A legal marijuana industry can function more or less like any other kind of business. What don't we know? Pretty much everything else. We don't know what legalization will mean for youth marijuana use, or which medical conditions marijuana can treat. With less than three full years of legalization in Colorado and Washington state, there's still very little data.
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US AZ: Column: An MMJ Win

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 01 Sep 2016 - Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Opiate Addiction? Many consider marijuana a "drug." However, it is no more a drug than cigarettes we smoke or alcohol we drink. In fact, there is only one difference that separates marijuana from these other substances and it is perhaps simultaneously the best case for calling marijuana a drug and revoking its status as a Schedule I controlled substance: it has medical benefit.
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