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US NV: Column: Doctors, Police Worry That Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Las Vegas Sun, 20 Aug 2014 - It's not surprising that both the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Medical Association oppose legalizing medicinal marijuana. Expanding public access to legal marijuana is bad for business. Locking people up for minor drug offenses and maintaining a monopoly on the bountiful pain-relief industry are two aspects of the status quo that law enforcement and physician groups have an interest in maintaining. Sure, they dress up their concerns in different terms. But I don't buy it.
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CN ON: Column: Post's Poster Boy Is (Sigh) Back in Canada

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 20 Aug 2014 - You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media. The "Prince of Pot," as journalists and his disciples have dubbed him, has certainly earned that nickname. A native of London, Ont., he has spent most of his adult life championing the cause of cannabis policy reform.
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CN ON: Charges Dropped, But House Still Seized

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 20 Aug 2014 - When police stormed a house on a quiet Oshawa street in August 2006, they thought they had hit the jackpot: Ounces of cocaine, Oxycotin pills, ecstasy, hashish and cash. They boasted of the bust in press releases, but almost three years later, the charges against the residents of the house were quietly dropped. Yet Denis and Margaret Deneault weren't off the hook.
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CN NF: Column: It's Too Early for Legalisation

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
The Western Star, 20 Aug 2014 - Colorado has done it, so why can't we? Why can't we take one foreign state's measures and enact them federally in Canada. After all, marijuana legalisation in Colorado doesn't seem to have created any great waves. I'm sure when the prohibition on alcohol ended, we didn't have a rash of drunk drivers and alcoholics either. It takes time for the effects of measures like this to be seen. Yes, there are some immediate effects - such as an increase in tax revenues. But when it comes to other effects, studies are split. Some say Colorado teens are less likely now than before legalisation to be smoking marijuana. But other studies show that not only are they more likely to partake, they are also less likely to consider marijuana a harmful drug.
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Alaska Marijuana Initiative Trails in Poll

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:25

 

The people trying to legalize marijuana in Alaska are in for a tough battle, if the most recent Public Policy Polling survey is any indicator. That poll, taken at the end of July and the beginning of this month, has the marijuana legalization initiative trailing, 44% to 49%.

[image:1 align:left]That's a reversal from PPP's last poll on the topic in May, which had the initiative leading by a margin of 48% to 45%.

Neither set of numbers is likely to lead to smiling faces at the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska, the group behind Measure 2. The conventional wisdom among initiative experts is that they should be polling 60% or better when the campaign begins.

Support for legalization is strong among very liberal (70%), liberal (67%), and moderate (54%) Alaskans. The problem is that Alaska is not a very liberal state. Only 24% of those polled described themselves as liberal or very liberal, while 43% described themselves as conservative or very conservative. Only a third (33%) of conservative voters support the initiative, and only a sixth (16%) of very conservative voters did so.

That sentiment appears to extend to a demographic that generally supports marijuana legalization: young people. While, nationally, around two-thirds of voters 18 to 29 support legalization, in the PPP Alaska poll that figure was only 48%.

But, as Firedog Lake's Jon Walker pointed out, Alaska is a relatively tough place to poll accurately because of its small population, economic diversity, and geographic size. Measure 2 supporters are going to have to hope that those difficulties mean that these poll results are an artifact, not an omen. But they will be doing more than hoping as the campaign heads for its final couple of months.

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Chronicle AM: Oregon Initiative Buying Ads, South Portland Maine to Vote, Saudi Arabia Killing People (8/19/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:46

Big money for TV ads in Oregon, another Maine city will vote on marijuana legalization, a good bill goes bad in California, and Saudi Arabia executes four hash smugglers. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right]Marijuana Policy

South Portland, Maine, to Vote on Legalization Initiative in November. The city council Monday night approved putting on the November ballot an initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The move comes after advocates collected enough voter signatures to force the issue. Neighboring Portland, Maine's largest city, passed a similar initiative last year.

Oregon Legalization Initiative Will Buy $2.3 Million in TV Ads. New Approach Oregon, the group behind the state's marijuana legalization initiative, said Monday it will buy $2.3 million worth of TV ads. The first ad will feature Richard Harris, the former head of addictions and mental health for the state Health Authority, who says that marijuana is "a pretty benign drug" and that criminalizing it has been a policy failure.

Medical Marijuana

California Advocates Raise Alarm on Amended Medical Marijuana Bill. A bill intended to force law enforcement to return unlawfully seized medical marijuana has been amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee to gut that language, and that has Americans for Safe Access raising the alarm. Senate Bill 1193 has been turned from a good bill into a bad one, the group says, and is asking sponsor Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to pull it. Click on the link to add your two cents.

International

Saudi Arabia Executes Four Hash Smugglers. Four members of the same family were executed by Saudi authorities Monday for attempting to smuggle "large quantities" of hashish into the kingdom. The executions came despite protests from family members that the men had been tortured into confessing during interrogations. The killings are part of a surge of executions in the kingdom lately, with 32 people executed this year and 17 in the past two weeks alone. Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty to a number of crimes, including drug trafficking and apostasy, as well as murder and rape.

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Canada: Political Prescription

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 19 Aug 2014 - Feds blame Trudeau for blowing smoke on marijuana debate OTTAWA - The health minister blames Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign. Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Rona Ambrose accused the Liberal leader of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.
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CN ON: Column: Where There's Smoke, There's Emery

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 19 Aug 2014 - You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media. The "Prince of Pot," as journalists and his disciples have dubbed him, has certainly earned that nickname. A native Londoner, he has spent most of his adult life championing the cause of cannabis policy reform.
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CN NS: Editorial: Get Down To The Nitty-Gritty

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The News, 19 Aug 2014 - Most will agree - both politicians and those without ulterior motives - - that youths should not smoke marijuana. Yet political parties insist on settling into their default mode of pointing fingers and mudslinging rather than informing Canadians honestly about their position on what's shaping up as a monumental issue.
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US: Column: In Drug Fight, Erratic Cues For Teenagers

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 19 Aug 2014 - When the antidrug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. "It's a plant," is a common response. But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, "It's legal in Colorado."
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Beacon Herald, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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US WA: Dozens Wait In Line At Bothell Pot Shop

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 19 Aug 2014 - Second Store in Seattle Area With Enough Supplies to Keep Doors Open They came from New Zealand, from Austin, Texas, and from right around the corner in Lynnwood.
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US NM: ABQ Council Agrees To Put Pot Issue To Vote

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 19 Aug 2014 - But Measure Faces Mayoral Veto and Lack of Space on Ballot Petitioners calling for decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana have filed enough valid voter signatures to put a proposal on the ballot in Santa Fe, the city clerk has confirmed.
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Canada: Political Prescription

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 19 Aug 2014 - Feds Blame Trudeau for Blowing Smoke on Marijuana Debate OTTAWA - The health minister blames Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign. Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Rona Ambrose accused the Liberal leader of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.
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Canada: Anti-marijuana Campaign Not Political, Ambrose Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2014 - Urging young people not to smoke pot has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with public health, the federal Health Minister says. Rona Ambrose was reacting to a decision by leading physician groups to distance themselves from Health Canada's new $6-million marijuana smoking cessation campaign.
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US MI: Haring Township Attorney To Prepare Marijuana Moratorium

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Cadillac News, 19 Aug 2014 - CADILLAC -- The days of seeing marijuana dispensaries in Haring Township may be going up in smoke. Haring Township board members approved a decision for Zirnhelt, Bowron and Wiggins, P.L.C. to prepare a marijuana moratorium for the township at a special meeting Monday at the township hall.
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CN NS: Editorial: Get Down to the Nitty-Gritty

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
Truro Daily News, 19 Aug 2014 - Most will agree - both politicians and those without ulterior motives - - that youths should not smoke marijuana. Yet political parties insist on settling into their default mode of pointing fingers and mudslinging rather than informing Canadians honestly about their position on what's shaping up as a monumental issue.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 19 Aug 2014 - 'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
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