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US HI: State Debates Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:00
West Hawaii Today, 18 Feb 2015 - HONOLULU (AP) - Michelle Tippens was taking more than a dozen medications for years after a car accident left her with multiple spine fractures and traumatic brain injuries. But when she switched to medical marijuana she was able to wean herself off all of the pills, she said.
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Jamaica: 'Misperception Is Very Dangerous'

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:00
Jamaica Observer, 18 Feb 2015 - EXECUTIVE director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Michael Tucker, has warned that the misinformation circulating among Jamaicans at this time about marijuana could be dangerous. "Misunderstanding and misperception is very dangerous in an environment like this," Tucker told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
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Chronicle AM: VT MJ Legalization Bill, Texas Pot Lobby Day, Federal Sentencing Softens, More (2/17/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 22:41

There's now a marijuana lhttp://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/iowans-plead-for-expanded-medical-marijuana-program-20150216egalization bill in Vermont, an Ohio initiative decides to allow home cultivation, Attorney General holder touts a softening in federal charging and sentencing policies, and more. Let's get to it:

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Responsible Ohio Revises Initiative, Will Allow for Home Grows. "After extensive conversations with experts and concerned citizens across the state and nation, Responsible Ohio has decided to include regulated and limited home growing as a part of our amendment," Responsible Ohio Spokesperson Lydia Bolander said in a press release Monday. "Combined with a lower tax rate for consumers, these changes will make our communities safer by smothering the black market." The group's original proposal had called for only 10 grow sites in the state. At least one other group, Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis, has a competing initiative campaign underway.

Texans to Lobby for Marijuana Reforms in Austin Wednesday. Texans will gather at the state capitol in Austin Wednesday to urge elected officials to support House Bill 507, which reduces the penalties for possession, and for establishment of a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the state. The lobbying effort is being led by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. Click on the title link for event details.

Vermont Legalization Bill Filed. Sen. David Zuckerman has filed Senate Bill 95, which would legalize the possession of up to an ounce by adults, establish a regulatory system for marijuana commerce, and impose a $40 an ounce excise tax on marijuana sold in the state. Whether the bill will go anywhere remains to be seen; key legislative leaders said they did not plan to hold hearings on it this year.

Wyoming Legalization Study Bill Killed. A bill to study the impact of legalization in neighboring states was killed on the House floor late last week. House Bill 187 was defeated on a vote of 39-19. The governor's office has the money to do a study, and that may still happen, but it won't be tied to finishing before the next legislative session, as was the case with this bill.

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Iowans Plead for Expansion of Medical Marijuana Program. A small number of Iowa patients and family members appeared before state legislators Monday to ask for expansion of the state's medical marijuana program, which they say is effectively useless as is. Each speaker called on legislators to expand the law to allow them to legally produce and obtain the high-CBD cannabis oils that could aid them. A law passed last year allows Iowans to use the cannabis oils, but not to produce or import them.

Sentencing

Attorney General Holder Touts More Flexible Federal Sentencing. The attorney general today said federal prosecutors are changing the way drug defendants are charged and sentenced, and he cited US Sentencing Commission statistics to back himself up. The new figures show prosecutors pursued mandatory minimum sentences in only 51% of their cases, the lowest rate on record, and down from 64% last year. Federal drug trafficking cases also declined by 6%. Holder said that showed prosecutors are being more selective in which cases they bring.

International

Uruguay's Medical Marijuana Will Be More Expensive Than Recreational Marijuana. As the country moves slowly towards rolling out its legal marijuana program, officials there are saying that medical marijuana will be more expensive than recreational because it will have to be grown separately from recreational, it will be grown by different companies, and it will be grown under stricter -- more expensive -- controls than pot for the recreational market.

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US AK: Board To Meet On Possible Emergency Pot Regulation

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 17 Feb 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board plans to meet next week to decide whether to consider an emergency regulation defining what constitutes a public place for purposes of the new marijuana law. The board plans to meet Feb. 24, the day the voter-backed initiative to legalize recreational use of pot takes effect.
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US AK: North Pole To Vote On Marijuana Policy

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 17 Feb 2015 - FAIRBANKS - The first local legislation dealing with marijuana comes up for a vote today in North Pole. The City Council is taking up two ordinances. One outlines where marijuana will be allowed to be used in North Pole and the second prohibits using flammables to extract oils from the marijuana plant.
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US OK: Editorial: Lawmaker's CBD Bill Reflects Thought, Study

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:00
The Oklahoman, 17 Feb 2015 - LAWMAKER'S CBD BILL REFLECTS THOUGHT, STUDY THE debate over potential medical use of marijuana has generated legislative proposals this year that embody the best, and worst, of the political system.
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UK: Psychosis Link

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:00
New Zealand Herald, 17 Feb 2015 - Nearly a quarter of new cases of psychosis are linked to high-potency "skunk like" cannabis, new British research shows. People who smoke super-strength cannabis are three times more likely to develop psychosis than people who have never tried the drug - and five times more likely if they smoke it every day. The study, by researchers at King's College London, will fuel calls for politicians and public health officials to take a stronger stance against high potency cannabis, at a time when many campaigners are arguing for marijuana to be legalised.
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Chronicle AM: WA GOP Bill to Combine MedMJ, Recreational Pot Moves, KY Heroin Bill Passes House, More (2/16/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:55

Colorado gets more time to defend its marijuana law, a possession legalization bill gets filed in Tennessee, a bill to combine medical and recreational markets in Washington passes the Senate over patient objections, the Russian drug czar could be losing his gig, and more. Let's get to it:

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Colorado Gets Extension to Respond to Nebraska, Oklahoma Lawsuit. The US Supreme Court has given the state an extra month to respond to a lawsuit that claims it is exporting pot problems to its neighbors. A response to the suit had been due today, but the court pushed that back to March 27. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's legal marijuana law.

Tennessee Possession Legalization Bills Filed. Companion bills that would legalize the possession and casual exchange of up to a half ounce of weed have been introduced in Nashville. The bills would also make possession and distribution of an ounce or more a misdemeanor punishable by only a $100 fine. Rep. Harold Love (D-Nashville) introduced HB 0873, while Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) introduced SB 1211.

Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program Revisions Proposed. The Health Department's hearing officer charged with making recommendations for changes in the state's medical marijuana program issued her report last Thursday. She is recommending increasing the allowable concentrations of THC in marijuana products from 60% to 70% and scrapping a rule requiring patients to submit biometric information when applying for registry cards. The department is now "in the process of reviewing" the recommendations. Click on the link for more detail and more recommendations.

Washington Senate Passes Republican Bill to Combine Recreational and Medical Marijuana. The state Senate has passed Senate Bill 5052, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center). It would combine medical and recreational in a single market, require medical marijuana users to enter their names on a state registry, reduce the number of plants patients could grow from 15 to six, and allow cultivation co-ops only if they are at least 15 miles from a retail store and everyone is on the registry. The bill was opposed by patient advocates. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) had offered a competing bill, Senate Bill 5519, but that has not been voted on, and all of her amendments to the Republican bill were voted down.

Opiates

Connecticut Governor to Propose Comprehensive Legislation on Prescription Drug, Heroin Use. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) will later this month propose legislation that would increase utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs, increase education of doctors prescribing opiates, and increase access to overdose reversal drugs, such as naloxone. Click on the link for more detail.

Kentucky House Passes Heroin Bill; Competing Bill Already Passed Senate. The Republican-led Senate has already passed omnibus heroin legislation, and now the Democratic-led House has passed its own vision of how to combat heroin. The Democratic bill, House Bill 213, would increase both treatment and some punishments, but unlike the Republican bill, would allow for needle exchange. Now, the two bills must be reconciled.

Meth

Indiana Bill Would Require a Prescription for Sudafed. A bill that started out as a measure to bar people with meth convictions from purchasing pseudoephedrine products used as precursors in home meth cooking has now morphed into a bill that would require a doctor's prescription for anyone to purchase such products, which are common in cold medications. Senate Bill 536 is the measure.

International

Russian Anti-Drug Agency to Fall Prey to Budget Crisis. The Federal Drug Control Service is likely to be disbanded because of the country's economic crisis, according to official documents. The agency will shut down on March 1, and its functions will be redistributed among the Health and Interior ministries.

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US OH: Proposal Takes Aim At Synthetic Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Dayton Daily News, 16 Feb 2015 - Portman Introduces Bipartisan Measure in Senate. If a federal law supported by an Ohio legislator is passed, Butler County's prosecutor says it may soon be easier to prosecute makers and dealers of synthetic drugs.
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UK: Column: The Menace From Legal Highs Is Just a Click Away

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Daily Telegraph, 16 Feb 2015 - As far as futile activities go, the fight against legal highs is a textbook example. According to figures released last week, police incidents involving legal highs substances sold in high street shops and on the internet, including products for the home such as "plant food", but which contain psychoactive elements that mimic the effects of cannabis, amphetamine and heroin have more than doubled in a year, The web enables ever quicker and easier access to these substances. Their cheapness and the veneer of respectability because they are nominally "legal" means that more people are eschewing illicit drugs in favour of taking the alternative.
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CN ON: Column: Have Mercy On Drug Users Who Hurt As We All Do

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 16 Feb 2015 - The war on drugs has been a catastrophe that has multiplied human pain. One risks one's unincarcerated life to take illegal drugs. But people still do it. This mystery cries out to be solved. Rather than studying worthy half-measures, like legalizing medical marijuana, arresting dealers, rehab, all the things we try in this Calvinistic part of the world that deplores human weakness, British journalist Johann Hari decided to be bold. In his new book,Chasing the Scream, Hari decided instead to study the whole mess, the pain that makes people ingest anything that will fill "an inner void," and the way we punish people for suffering.
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UK: Cannabis Causing A Quarter Of Psychosis

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Daily Telegraph, 16 Feb 2015 - Study Finds 60,000 Britons Are Living With Mental Illness Because of Super-Strong Drug ONE in four new cases of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia could be the direct result of smoking extra-strong varieties of cannabis, a major new study concludes.
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UK: Prof: Give Scripts For Ecstasy

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Daily Record, 16 Feb 2015 - A FORMER Government drugs tsar says cannabis and ecstasy should be used to treat patients battling cancer and depression. Professor David Nutt claimed that banning certain drugs is depriving patients and doctors of "extremely useful" therapies for chronic pain and illnesses.
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US OH: Editorial: Pot Plot Gets Worse

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 16 Feb 2015 - Plan to Create a Marijuana Cartel Would Overrule Local Zoning Controls The cartel of investors seeking a constitutional monopoly to legalize and sell marijuana in Ohio really must be using too much of their own product.
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US OK: Editorial: Med Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 16 Feb 2015 - House OKs Limited Use We applaud the state House for voting 99-2 last week to legalize use of an active marijuana ingredient for the treatment of severe epileptic seizures in children. Earlier this year, Gov. Mary Fallin urged the state to legalize nonintoxicating medicinal cannabis oil - CBD - on a supervised basis for children suffering from severe seizure disorders.
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UK: Skunk Users Experience High Levels Of Psychosis

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
Independent, 16 Feb 2015 - Nearly a quarter of new cases of psychosis are linked to highpotency "skunk like" cannabis, new research shows. People who smoke superstrength cannabis are three times more likely to develop psychosis than people who have never tried the drug and five times more likely if they smoke it every day.
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UK: Skunk Cannabis 'Can Triple Risk' Of Psychosis

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00
The Guardian, 16 Feb 2015 - Smoking powerful "skunk" cannabis triples the risk of suffering a serious psychotic episode, scientists have found. The drug is linked to one quarter of all new cases of psychosis, the study revealed.
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US: Pot From Colo., Wash. Seeping Into Other States

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 15 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON - When Colorado and Washington won permission from the U.S. Justice Department to begin selling marijuana in retail stores, the states promised to keep the drug inside their borders and away from children. It has not been easy for them to do so.
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US MI: Bills Would Legalize Medical Pot Centers, Drug

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 08:00
The Macomb Daily, 15 Feb 2015 - Lansing (AP) - Confusion surrounding the legality of marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug are prompting lawmakers to propose changes related to Michigan's voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for medical use. Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday would allow for "provisioning centers," businesses where patients with a state-issued medical marijuana card could buy surplus marijuana that suppliers produce for other patients.
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US: Stoned Drivers A Lot Safer Than Drunk Ones

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 08:00
The Herald, 15 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON - A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana were no more likely to crash than who had not used any drugs or alcohol prior to driving.
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