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US OH: Council OKs Medical Marijuana Moratorium

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 07:00
The Courier, 01 Nov 2016 - Findlay City Council made sure to give its two-year moratorium on medical marijuana a final vote Tuesday, but tabled legislation that would continue funding for the Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County through the city's hotel/motel bed tax. Council voted 9-1 to enact a ban on dispensing, cultivating or processing medical marijuana within city limits until Sept. 8, 2018. That will be exactly two years from the date the Ohio Legislature legalized the drug. Council plans to revisit the ban once state officials establish rules, which is expected to take at least two years.
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Chronicle AM: AK Sees First Legal Pot Shops, Boston Archdiocese Donates Big to Block Pot Init, More... (10/31/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 20:46

A week out from Election Day, it's looking good in California, the organized opposition is spending big in Massachusetts, but the state's largest newspaper endorses the legalization initiative, and more.

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Alaska's First Legal Pot Shop Opens. Herbal Outfitters opened for business in Valdez Saturday, becoming the state's first legal marijuana store. The opening comes nearly two years after voters there approved legalization and was met by long lines of eager customers. Stores in Fairbanks are set to open today and Wednesday.

California Legalization Initiative Still Polling Above 50%. A new Public Policy Institute of California poll has the Prop 64 legalization initiative supported by 55% of likely voters, with 38% opposed and just 6% undecided. That's down from last month's PPIC poll, which had support at 60%, but in line with other recent polls that have had the measure sitting in the mid- to upper-fifties.

Massachusetts Legalization Foes Get Big Give from Boston Archdiocese. Be prepared for a last minute ad blitz against the Question 4 legalization initiative after a late $850,000 donation from the Catholic Church's Boston Archdiocese. That late gift means the opposition now has $2.4 million to spend and only a week to spend it. Pro-legalization forces have outspent the opposition so far by at least $1.3 million, but now it's the foes who have the money in the bank.

Boston Globe Endorses Massachusetts Legalization Initiative. Scolding the state's political class for failing to act to legalize marijuana, its largest newspaper has reluctantly endorsed Question 4. "If the political leaders of the Commonwealth showed even the slightest interest in legalization, it would probably make sense to wait for lawmakers to produce a better-crafted proposal than the current ballot measure," the newspaper wrote. "But Question 4 is all we’ve got. The Globe endorses the yes campaign, despite the proposal’s many flaws, because the harm stemming from continued inaction on marijuana would be even greater."

Even in Wyoming, Support for Marijuana Legalization is Increasing. A new poll from the University of Wyoming's Survey and Analysis Center finds rising support for marijuana in the Cowboy State. Support for legalization is now at 41%, up from 37% two years ago, and support for medical marijuana is even higher, rising from 74% in 2014 to 81% now.  

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Arkansas Supreme Court Disqualifies One Initiative; One Remains. Responding to a late legal challenge, the state Supreme Court last week disqualified one of the two medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot—even though the ballots had already been printing and early voting had begun. Issue 7, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, was disqualified; Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, remains on the ballot. State officials said votes already cast for Issue 7 will not be counted.

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Gallup Finds Fears About Drugs at Lowest Level Since It Started Asking. A new Gallup poll finds that early two-thirds (65%) of Americans say drug problems in the US are "extremely" or "very serious," which seems high, but the figure is the lowest since the polling firm started asking the question in 2000. Back then, 83% said America's drug problems were "extremely" or "very serious." Gallup speculates that the decline may "reflect less-prominent federal anti-drug efforts in recent years than in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In fact, more recently, much of the news about drug policy has focused on state-level efforts to decriminalize marijuana."

International

Cartel Violence Driving Jump in Mexico Murders. Homicides have increased to record highs for the last three months, and are up 20% over last year for the year so far. The death toll hit 1,974 in September—the most since 2011 when then President Felipe Calderon's cartel wars were in full swing. Analysts blame renewed fighting among the cartels for the steady uptick. 

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US CO: OPED: Legalizing Retail Pot Has Been Big Mistake

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 07:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 31 Oct 2016 - Colorado has led the charge for legalization of marijuana and many states are following suit and are entertaining the legalization of marijuana in this year's elections. What most people do not know is that Colorado has a public health problem directly related to marijuana and that 70 percent of Colorado municipalities have voted no to having legalized marijuana in their community.
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CN AB: Legalizing Weed A Joint Affair, City Tells Feds

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 31 Oct 2016 - Legal weed is coming, and the city wants to keep its voice in the federal government's ear rather than see its chance to be part of the conversation go up in smoke. As the feds inch closer toward a spring 2017 timeline to unveil legislation on the legalization of marijuana, city administration will offer up a proposed advocacy position to the intergovernmental affairs committee at their meeting Thursday.
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US CO: Editorial: Retail Marijuana: Yes Or No?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 10/29/2016 - 07:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 29 Oct 2016 - The legalization of retail marijuana stores two years ago has had profound impacts on the city and county of Pueblo. Some good. Some bad. Now, the time has come for Pueblo voters to decide whether the benefits outweigh the negatives.
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CN ON: Bylaw Officers Aim To Shutter Pot Shops

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 10/29/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 29 Oct 2016 - Two dispensaries charged with zoning violations Magna Terra Health Services in Stittsville was hit with a zoning violation notice from bylaw officers. Ottawa bylaw officers are the latest authorities to take a swat at the pot shops popping up around town.
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CN BC: A Case For Kits

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 27 Oct 2016 - School board wants to see Narcan kits in high schools. Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board is looking to the province to put Narcan kits in every high school in B.C. The motion to bring anti-overdose kits to local high schools passed unanimously at last night's school board meeting, led by school trustee Susan Carr.
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US AZ: Fact Checks!, Legalization Props

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 27 Oct 2016 - Legalization Props: Part two We're two weeks out from the Nov. 8 election and the Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy have been kicking their "No on 205" campaign into high gear with a slew of ads filled with misleading information and flat out lies to dissuade voters from passing a law that would be part of any real responsible drug policy.
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Canada: Shoppers Drug Mart Applies To Distribute Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 26 Oct 2016 - Move to be licensed producer of cannabis comes as federal government grapples with legalization Shoppers Drug Mart confirmed Tuesday it had submitted an application to become a licensed medical marijuana producer, a move that medical marijuana producers welcomed.
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CN NF: Edu: Column: High On Trudeau

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 07:00
The Muse, 26 Oct 2016 - In an ingenious campaign tactic, Justin Trudeau threw a campaign curveball at reporters in this country by promising to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana. What made the tactic especially clever was its timing; early enough that centrists forgot about it, but late enough that liberal reformists were excited about it through until Election Day. Considering that 59 per cent of Canadians supported legalizing marijuana, in a 2014 survey, it's clear that there is a certain demographic this type of policy appeals to. Trudeau has so far got one thing right: "Canada's current system of marijuana prohibition does not work." Illegal cannabis sales make up almost half of the illegal narcotics market, which has been valued at approximately $300 billion American dollars. Legalization will take this money away from organized crime, depriving them of a substantial amount of income. This perspective runs in stark contrast to that of his predecessor who has called the drug "infinitely worse" than tobacco and claims that legalizing the drug will make it readily accessible to children, both claims which have little basis. Though Trudeau has realized that the use of marijuana is not a problem that Canada can convict itself out of, the NDP don't think that this is enough, lambasting the PM for not putting legislation into place sooner and contributing to the number of young Canadians who will have criminal records for the rest of their lives due to a soon-to-be archaic law. The legislation is due to hit the streets by spring 2017, but what has taken the government so long?
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CN ON: Upcoming Meeting To Discuss How Cannabis Oil Can Fight Illness

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 07:00
Petrolia Topic, 26 Oct 2016 - Modern medicine has evolved greatly over the years in treating cancer and other illnesses. We have radiation and chemotherapy to reduce tumour growths, we have opioids to decrease pain and there are a number of over the counter drugs we can buy when we're feeling under the weather. But what about using marijuana in treatments for life threatening diseases and other life-altering ailments?
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CN ON: Cocaine Use Among 18-25 Year Olds Is Growing In Huron County

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 07:00
Goderich Signal-Star, 26 Oct 2016 - The popularity of cocaine with 18 to 25 year olds in Huron County is growing, said Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detective Constable Max Miller of the Huron County Drug Office, Community Drug Action Team. All street drugs are present in Huron Count y , but cocaine is becoming more popular with this demographic because it is seen as a party drug that has fewer negative side effects than methamphetamine, the detective said during a public forum the night of Oct. 19.
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CN QU: Edu: Column: Marijuana Legalization Poses Significant Risks

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00
McGill Tribune, 25 Oct 2016 - One of Justin Trudeau's flashiest policies has been his promise to legalize marijuana. Taking advantage of 4/20 this past April, his government announced that it will be instated in the spring of 2017-only one year later. We're halfway through that time, and his policy remains vague and shallow. Trudeau is waiting on results from the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, but the lack of information this close to its proposed implementation is unsettling. One of the most glaring gaps is that the Liberal government's website doesn't explain how it plans to keep the drug out of the hands of youth-it offers no details, and only asks for a signature in support. When discussing how legalization should be accomplished, Trudeau must clarify how he intends to protect youth from excessive marijuana use and be committed to educating them on the adverse health effects and safety risks.
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US: Votes In 5 States Are Potential Turning Point For Legal Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 25 Oct 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO - To the red-and-blue map of American politics, it may be time to add green. The movement to legalize marijuana, the country's most popular illicit drug, will take a giant leap on Election Day if California and four other states vote to allow recreational cannabis, as polls suggest they may. The map of where pot is legal could include the entire West Coast and a block of states reaching from the Pacific to Colorado, raising a stronger challenge to the federal government's ban on the drug.
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CN ON: Landlords told: Evict Pot Shops

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 25 Oct 2016 - Ottawa Police send warning letter Ottawa police have warned landlords renting space to illegal marijuana dispensaries that the businesses may face police action and the properties could even be seized.
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CN ON: Scanners Target Barton Jail Smugglers

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 25 Oct 2016 - Inmates already facing drug charges: police Body scanner technology is up and running at the Barton Jail, as part of the province's efforts to combat smuggling. More than 1,750 Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre (HWDC) inmates have gone through the scanner since it was activated on Sept. 6, according to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
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CN AB: Editorial: Legal pot: Easier Said Than Done

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 24 Oct 2016 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a mandate to legalize pot. He ran on it in last year's election. But as Postmedia's just completed, six-part series "O Cannabis" illustrates, it's one thing to promise legalization, another to deliver it.
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Canada: OPED: Drugged Driving: Shaky Science And Uncertain Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 24 Oct 2016 - If news headlines are to be believed, no one in Canada has ever driven a car after smoking marijuana: "Legalized marijuana has provinces worried about drug-impaired driving" "The new impaired driving: legal marijuana"
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CN ON: Pot Shops Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 24 Oct 2016 - Bylaws used against dispensaries When it comes to shutting down marijuana dispensaries, Mark Sraga admits it's a bit like playing whack-a-mole. "It's still an ongoing challenge," said Sraga, director of investigative services for the City of Toronto. "Dispensaries open, dispensaries close."
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CN ON: 'We'll Just Keep Breaking The Law'

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 24 Oct 2016 - Marc Emery tackles hot pot topics Marc Emery may be the Prince of Pot, but he still harbours serious concerns about a future with legal marijuana. A federal task force on the legalization and regulation of marijuana is expected to report back in November. Legislation is expected in the spring.
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