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US MA: Rosenberg: Pot Law 'a Total Mess'

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 08 Apr 2015 - Senate Prez Frets Over Recreational Concept Bringing medical marijuana to the Bay State has turned into a "total mess," Senate President Stanley Rosenberg declared yesterday, and state officials need to make sure any ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana is carefully worded to avoid more of the same.
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US OH: Candidates Weigh In On Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 08 Apr 2015 - Legalizing marijuana, an issue that Ohio voters could decide on in November, already is on the minds of candidates seeking elected office in Lorain in May. On April 7, many of Lorain's current and hopeful office-holders gathered at El Centro de Servicios Sociales Inc. in South Lorain for the candidate forum sponsored by the Coalition for Hispanic/ Latino Issues & Progress, or CHIP, of Lorain.
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Bronx Teen Fleeing Cops Over Marijuana Falls to His Death

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 04:51

A Bronx teenager has died two days after falling from the roof of a six-story apartment building as he fled police who were chasing a group of young marijuana smokers. Hakeem Kuta, 17, becomes the 17th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]According to The New York Times, citing NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis, four probationary NYPD officers were approached Thursday evening by a man who told them about "kids in the lobby of the building smoking pot," and the officers went to investigate.

Davis said one of the teens "impeded" the cops by sticking his arms out as they came to the door and that six or seven more fled up a staircase headed to the roof.

Two of the officers, Edmundo Rivera and Eduard Solano, chased them onto the roof, where the kids split up, with four going in one direction, hopping to the roof of the neighboring building, and getting away. But two others, including Kuta, ran in the other direction and ended up penned in at roof's edge by a wall on the neighboring building.

"Please don't move, please don't move," Davis quoted the officers as telling the two teens. But Kuta tried to step over a short wall on the edge of the roof he was on, but instead began to fall. His friend grabbed his vest, but could not hold him.

"He was gone, you're talking seconds," Davis said.

Kuta landed in the alley six floors below, critically injured. He died Saturday at St. Barnabas Hospital.

Police said they recovered marijuana in the building, but made no arrests in connection with the incident.

Kuta had no criminal record. He was born in Ghana and came to the US with his parents and a younger sister three or four years ago, a relative said.

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Chronicle AM: ID CBD Bill Passes, Another OH Legalization Init, NV Heroin Maintenance Hearing, More (4/7/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:58

Busy busy in Ohio, Arizona Supreme Court upholds patient rights, Idaho legislature approves CBD bill, Nevada legislature hearing about heroin-assisted treatment today, Rand Paul announces, and more.

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Another Ohio Legalization Campaign Gets Underway. Cleveland-based Ohioans to End Prohibition has begun initial signature-gathering for a proposed 2016 initiative that would allow adults to grow up to six plants and possess up to 100 grams (3.5 ounces) and would allow for marijuana commerce. The group needs to get a thousand valid voter signatures before moving to the next phase, where state officials will vet the initiative's language. The group would then need to gather more than 300,000 signatures to qualify for the 2016 general election ballot. Another group, Responsible Ohio, is already gathering signatures for a 2015 initiative.

Medical Marijuana

Arizona Supreme Court Rules Probationers Can Use Medical Marijuana. In two rulings today, the state high court barred courts and prosecutors from denying registered patients the right to use medical marijuana while on probation or parole. The cases are Arizona v. Farrell and Reed-Kaliher v. Arizona.

Connecticut Legislative Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Expansion.The committee endorsed Senate Bill 1064 after lengthy debate. The bill would be a significant expansion of the state's medical marijuana system and would allow children with specified diseases to participate, but they wold be limited to using low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oils. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Idaho Legislature Approves CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. A bill that appeared dead only a week ago has now passed both houses of the legislature and heads for the desk of Gov. Butch Otter (R). The bill is Senate Bill 1146.

Illinois Officials Ponder Adding 14 More Qualifying Conditions. The state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board is now reviewing 22 petitions requesting the addition of some 14 diseases or medical conditions to the list of those that qualify for medical marijuana. The board will hold a hearing in May and then make recommendations to the director of the Department of Publich Health, who will make the ultimate decision. Click on the link to see the whole list.

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Rand Paul Announces Republican Presidential Nomination Bid. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul today announced he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Paul has been a voice for drug reform in the Senate, calling for the federal government to let states set their own marijuana policies and filing bills on sentencing reform, industrial hemp, and medical marijuana.

Heroin

Nevada Senate Holding First Ever US Hearing on Heroin Maintenance. The state Senate is holding a hearing on Senate Bill 275, which would establish a four-year heroin maintenance (or heroin-assisted treatment) pilot program. This is the first time such a proposal has gotten a legislative hearing anywhere in the US. Witnesses will include Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann and Dr. Martin Schecter, principal investigator for Canada's North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI).

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Pennsylvania State Police to Start Carrying Opiate Overdose Reversal Drug. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) formally announced today that state troopers will start carrying the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone. About 30 states have naloxone legislation, but in only a few do police forces routinely carry the drug.

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Chile Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances. A bill that would allow people 18 and older to grow up to six marijuana plants passed the congressional health committee Monday and now goes for a floor debate in the Chamber of Deputies. If the bill passed the chamber, it then goes to the Senate. The bill also allows people to possess up to 10 grams, but bars the public use of pot. Chile already allows for medical marijuana and was preparing for its first legal harvest this week.

This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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CN BC: Phoenix Is Raided

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 07 Apr 2015 - RCMP make an arrest at Parksville compassion club Phoenix Pain Management Society's medical pot dispensary in downtown Parksville was raided by police Thursday afternoon. "They arrested Karl (Mitchell), Jackson the dog was taken, they took everything including the medications headed for Autism Calgary," Phoenix managing director Akil Pessoa told The NEWS.
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US WA: Washington State's Road To Legal Marijuana Strewn With Potholes

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Apr 2015 - Taxes are too high, competition from medical marijuana is too great, and the bureaucracy is overwhelmed by the volume of applications. As Gary Mason reports, the new regulated system is giving rise to a robust black market Amber McGowan surveys the clutch of customers milling around the three counters in her tiny marijuana retail outlet and nods approvingly - pot is hot.
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US FL: Florida Voters Show Strong Support for Legalized

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 07 Apr 2015 - Florida voters overwhelmingly support legalization of marijuana - for both medical and recreational use. Medical marijuana was supported by 84 percent and opposed by 14 percent in a Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday.
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US MA: Continued Delays Threaten Mass. Medical Marijuana Firms

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 07 Apr 2015 - Months of controversy and bureaucratic delays in the Massachusetts medical marijuana program have driven away some investors, stranding several of the companies awarded the first dispensary licenses and leaving them short on cash. The uncertainty and mounting costs have pushed back the opening of the first dispensaries - originally expected last summer - to this summer, with some owners now saying they are unlikely to be ready until late this year.
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US WA: OPED: Lawmakers Must Protect Medical-Marijuana Patients

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 07 Apr 2015 - MY son Haiden is 6 years old. For him, access to medical cannabis is a matter of life-and-death. Haiden has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Haiden used to suffer from frequent seizures of all varieties - sometimes more than 100 a day, despite taking five prescription medications, all at the maximum dose our neurologist would allow.
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US PA: Poll Finds Toomey's Lead Grows In '16 Race

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07 Apr 2015 - Slim Majority Favors Legalizing Marijuana A new survey from Quinnipiac University depicts U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., with improving personal and job approval ratings along with his largest lead to date in a trial heat over potential challenger Joe Sestak.
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US WA: Editorial: Hands Off Marijuana Prevention Money

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 07 Apr 2015 - State tax revenues from legal marijuana sales, which began last summer, hit $33 million by the end of March. The total has risen steadily each month for the last nine months, as the recreational pot market authorized by Initiative 502 lurches to its feet. That revenue is estimated to skyrocket up, potentially to $900 million over the next four years, if the Legislature finally gets a handle on the unregulated medical marijuana market.
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US CA: Newsom Taking A Gamble On Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 07 Apr 2015 - Lieutenant Governor Is Used to Controversy, but Fallout Now Could Affect His 2018 Hopes. A few weeks into his first term as mayor of San Francisco in 2004, Gavin Newsom made a bold and controversial decision, ordering the city-county clerk to violate state law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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US: Voters Prefer Legal Weed To Presidential Candidates

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 07 Apr 2015 - In three key swing states, marijuana legalization is more popular than any potential 2016 presidential contender. That's according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in March. More than 80 percent of adults in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida support medical marijuana, according to the survey. Fifty-one percent of Pennsylvanians, 52 percent of Ohioans and 55 percent of Floridians also support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use. From Herald news services - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
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Chronicle AM: FL, OH, PA Poll Tight Majority for MJ Legalization, Needle Exchange, More (4/6/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:09

Quinnipiac University polls in three big states show narrow majorities for marijuana legalization, medical marijuana and overdose prevention bills get filed in Alabama, Egypt's tobacco traders want to legalize and tax hash, and more.

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At Hash Bash, Michigan Lawmaker Says He Will File Legalization Bill. Tommy Chong got the biggest cheers at Ann Arbor's 44th Annual Hash Bash Saturday, but hometown Rep. Jim Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) may have a bigger impact on marijuana politics in the state. He told the Hash Bash crowd he would introduce a legalization bill. He said he was in the process of drafting the legislation.

Florida Poll Has Support for Legalization at 52%. A new Quinnipiac University poll has found majority support for marijuana legalization in the Sunshine State, with 52% of registered voters in favor and 44% opposed. Medical marijuana won overwhelming support, too, with 84% saying they favored it.

Ohio Poll Has Support for Legalization at 52%. A new Quinnipiac University poll has found majority support for marijuana legalization in the Buckeye State, with 52% of registered voters in favor and 44% opposed. Medical marijuana won overwhelming support, too, with 84% saying they favored it. The poll comes as at least two different groups seek to place legalization measures on the 2016 general election ballot.

Pennsylvania Poll Has Support for Legalization at 51%. A new Quinnipiac University poll has majority support for marijuana legalization in the Keystone State, with 51% of registered voters in favor and 45% opposed. Medical marijuana won overwhelming support, too, with 88% saying they favored it. A medical marijuana bill is in play in Harrisburg.

Washington Senate Approves 37% Marijuana Sales Tax. The state Senate last Friday approved Senate Bill 6062, which would remove the excise tax on pot producers and processors and replace it with a 37% tax on retail sales. The measure passed 26-22 and now heads to the House.

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Alabama Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. Sen. Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) last week filed Senate Bill 326, which would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients and which has a unique scheme setting three levels of allowable amounts possessed. The bill would allow one dispensary in cities with a population of 10,000 or more and two dispensaries in cities with a population of 150,000 or more. Companion legislation is expected to be filed today in the House by Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham).

Harm Reduction

Needle Exchange Gets Underway in Southwest Indiana County With HIV Outbreak. A needle exchange program began last Saturday in Scott County, where the state's largest ever HIV outbreak is underway. The move comes after Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed an executive order temporarily suspending the state's ban on needle exchanges, but only in that county.

Alabama Opiate Overdose Reversal Drug Access Bill Filed. Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Morris) has filed a bill that would allow doctors and dentists to describe the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone to friends and family members of drug users. The measure is House Bill 208. It would also provide for training for law enforcement agencies that want their officers to carry the drug. The bill also has 911 Good Samaritan provisions.

International

Egyptian Tobacco Trade Group Calls for Hash Legalization, Taxation. The Cairo and Giza Tobacco Traders Association has called for serious study of a proposal to legalize the hash trade and said a 10% tax levied on hash transactions would quickly shrink the national budget deficit. The proposal is currently before the Legislative Reform Committee of the parliament.

Mexican Troop Presence Didn't Stem Drug War Killings, But Aggravated Them, Study Finds. A new study published on the website of The American Statistician found that the arrival of Mexican troops to areas with high rates of drug cartel violence did not lower homicide rates but increased them, at least in the short run. Longer-term decreases in violence could be attributed to increased civic engagement, not the presence of soldiers.

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US NY: Editorial: The Glitch In Colorado's Weed Experiment

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Apr 2015 - After Colorado voters legalized marijuana, they also approved heavily taxing it and using the money for school construction, law enforcement, drug education and other useful things. The arrangement made perfect sense. But now the 15-month-old experiment has entered a phase that makes no sense at all. It's the prospect that all this new marijuana revenue - an estimated $58 million in the current fiscal year - may have to be returned to the voters, because of a provision in the state's Constitution that rigidly constrains taxes and spending. The provision is the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or Tabor, a complex set of rules that requires, among other things, voter approval of all new taxes and automatic refunds if tax revenues or spending exceed estimates given when tax questions are put to the voters.
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CN AB: 'I Want To Save My Son'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - Mom struggles to find legal options to treat ailing child Monique Guillamot found what appears to be a life-saving cure for her four-year-old son, but the government says he can't have it. Her son Keyaan suffers from a rare condition called Dravet Syndrome and has been on life support four times. Doctors have prescribed large doses of various pharmaceuticals at increasing doses, but nothing helped his frequent seizures until a doctor in Luxembourg prescribed hemp oil in August 2013.
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CN AB: Going Underground For Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - Dr. Brian Knight, facility chief of anaesthesia at Misericordia Hospital, deals in chronic pain management and occasionally prescribes marijuana to patients who have struggled with conventional treatments. He said patients often have difficulty accessing the plant, even with a prescription, and are forced to go elsewhere.
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CN AB: Grow-Ops Skirting The Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - While patients are fighting for better access to medical marijuana, home grow-ops are giving Edmonton police a headache. The federal government made home growing illegal last year, but medical users fought the new regulations in court and won a temporary injunction allowing those who were currently growing for medical purposes to continue doing so.
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CN MB: Harshing Their Buzz

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - Marijuana Users' 4/20 Parade in Jeopardy Over Bylaw Change & New Insurance Requirements The man behind Winnipeg's annual 4/20 rally said a city bylaw is infringing on legal marijuana users' democratic rights by making legal assembly more prohibitive.
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US CA: Judge Allows Urgency On New Pot Ordinance To Remain

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 04 Apr 2015 - A Yuba County Superior Court judge has denied a bid by medical marijuana growers to restore their ability to seek a voter referendum on the county's new cultivation ordinance. Judge Benjamin Wirtschafter on Friday ruled against Yuba Patients Coalition and six growers in their motion for a temporary restraining order against Yuba County. The ruling left intact an urgency designation with the ordinance that eliminated a signature-gathering period for a referendum.
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