Boston Globe, 16 May 2015 - A Maine legislative committee says schoolchildren should be allowed to take prescribed marijuana on school grounds if a parent or guardian administers it on campus. The Portland Press Herald reported that the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs approved the legislation on Thursday. The rule means school nurses and personnel will not be responsible for storing or administering marijuana. A parent, guardian, or caregiver would have to come to campus to administer it. The bill is going to the full state Legislature for consideration. The bill says the drug cannot be smoked and must be taken in some other form such as an oil, edible substance, or pill. (AP) - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
Boston Globe, 16 May 2015 - Massachusetts health authorities Friday dramatically overhauled the process for granting licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries, aiming to streamline the system and remove politics. Regulators from the administration of Governor Charlie Baker said the revamped licensing strips away the subjectivity and secrecy that had tainted the system under former governor Deval Patrick's tenure. Controversy surrounding the previous system sparked more than two dozen lawsuits, leaving patients without any dispensaries 21/2 years after voters approved marijuana for medical use.
Arizona Daily Sun, 15 May 2015 - PHOENIX -- Saying he has concerns about abuse, Attorney General Mark Brnovich late Thursday yanked his formal legal opinion which said public officials can use their offices and resources to "educate" voters on an upcoming ballot measure. In a prepared statement, press aide Kristen Keogh said there were "allegations" that his opinion, issued less than two weeks ago "may have provided an opportunity for potential government abuse." And she said he takes that issue "very seriously."
Hamilton Spectator, 15 May 2015 - Hamilton Man Makes History by Being the First Graduate of the City's Drug Treatment Court The courtroom is packed with people who helped Carmelo Tinebra get clean. There are Crown attorneys leaning against a wall.
Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2015 - Aging Population of Inmates Serving Long Sentences Takes a Toll on Budgets COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 15 May 2015 - BEND, Ore.- As state lawmakers and government officials with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission create the rules regarding recreational marijuana use in Oregon, the state is readying itself for the beginning of pot tourism. Portland likely will be the primary destination for marijuana tourism in Oregon, but Bend and Central Oregon could also see an influx with visitors combining their trips to grow sites with other amenities the region has to offer, such as the Bend Ale Trail or a vineyard-style tour.
Las Vegas Sun, 15 May 2015 - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona. A former prosecutor and potential presidential candidate, Christie has long been a staunch opponent of legalized pot use, at one time lambasting tax revenue generated from the sale of legal recreational marijuana as "blood money."
Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2015 - Aging Population of Inmates Serving Long Sentences Takes a Toll on Budgets COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
Boston Globe, 15 May 2015 - NORTHAMPTON - The response to Dick Evans at the State House was not warm. The lawyer had drafted a bill legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana, and it was among the topics of a public hearing.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 15 May 2015 - Chico - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by four medical marijuana patients against Butte County over Measure A, which regulates the physical size of cannabis grows. On Wednesday, a Butte County Superior Court judge sustained the county's demurrer challenging the sufficiency of the case, according to county counsel Bruce Alpert.
Chilliwack Times, 14 May 2015 - Let the game of crack shack whack-a-mole begin. After a police bust of a well-known drug house next to Chilliwack secondary school last week, residents breathed a sigh of relief. And as arrests were made, other junkies and dealers-who tormented the area for years-cursed and gestured rudely at neighbours who watched them scurry away like cockroaches when the lights come on.
Kincardine News, 14 May 2015 - Kincardine's medical marihuana facility has laid off its 15 workers, and management will continue to operate at zero salary while they await a Health Canada inspection of the completed facility. Advanced Medical Marihuana Canada (AMMCan), a subsidiary of Supreme Pharmaceutical, has spent over $500,000 in upkeep costs since Dec. 12, 2014, when it informed the federal government that renovations were completed and it was ready for inspection of the pharmaceutical marihuana facility at the Bruce Energy Centre, off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.
Chronicle Herald, 14 May 2015 - A Dartmouth man who was facing drug charges for growing cannabis is relieved the charges have been dropped, but he plans to seek compensation for his losses. Bobbylee Dillman and his wife were charged in March with possession and production of marijuana.
The Bulletin, 14 May 2015 - The Draw May Be Rooted in the Same Attraction to Local Craft Breweries A future Central Oregon attraction may not be another craft brewery, but a marijuana grow site where tourists can pick up samples and see how the formerly illegal cannabis plant is cultivated.
The Trentonian, 14 May 2015 - At 9 a.m. on May 27th the New Jersey Appeals Court will hold oral arguments in the most important marijuana case in New Jersey history. I'm being a little arrogant, but rightfully so because it's the truth. I'm talking about my case: State vs Forchion, 004477-12. The court must think so too, because the arguments aren't being heard in the regular appellate courtroom, but rather in the NJ State Supreme Courtroom. (PRESS RELEASE: http://tinyurl.com/ForchionPR - It's open to the public.) I've worked hard (along with my attorney John Vincent Saykanic, Esq.) for this opportunity to challenge the state marijuana laws. My family and I personally suffered for it, but now I envision a historic triumph. Activism doesn't pay - it costs, and my two decades of marijuana activism have cost me dearly. I absolutely know I'm not alone; "22,000 other persons" are arrested for marijuana each year in New Jersey and ruined by our Government, based on a LIE.
Boulder Weekly, 14 May 2015 - So you're one of the 13 percent of Boulderites who are over 55 years of age. It's been almost a year and a half since marijuana legalization, and you've sat on the sidelines watching the experiment unfold. Maybe you tried it in college. Perhaps you weren't willing to break the law when it was illegal. You're curious but not sure how to proceed. You're not alone. The fastest-growing segment of the population to use marijuana is the (wink, wink) "older" demographic. Eight percent of people aged 50 to 64 said they had used marijuana in the last year, and those numbers are only expected to grow in the next few years.
North Coast Journal, 14 May 2015 - If you visit Humboldt County newspaper racks (and, since you're reading this, I assume you do) with any regularity, you've almost certainly picked up a copy of the Emerald Magazine - the glossy, colorful lifestyle monthly that popped up in Arcata couple years ago. If you've gotten used to the breezy business features it contains, brace for change. The Emerald has been boostery from the beginning, highlighting wineries, inns and other Northern California companies in the colorful pages of its issues. But the magazine has always felt a bit like it lacked an identity. With themed editions ranging from "fathers" to "desserts," the magazine apparently found a niche satisfying a common complaint that anyone in the newspaper business has gotten used to: "Why don't you ever write about good news?"
Tucson Weekly, 14 May 2015 - SCOTTSDALE - Bud is a burgeoning business in Arizona. Revenue from medical marijuana in Arizona more than tripled year-over-year in 2014, leading to a variety of individuals trying to find a fortune among the green. The Marijuana Companies is just one of the businesses trying to capitalize on the growing industry.
SF Weekly, 14 May 2015 - Lawmaking in San Francisco is a time-intensive process - except when there's an emergency, like the one Supervisor Katy Tang's office dealt with in late April. Tang - the Board of Supervisor's youngest member, who serves the Sunset District where she grew up - introduced new legislation on April 21. Usually, new laws go through a 30-day waiting period before the next step. But Tang was in a rush. "This is very timely and needed in a short period of time," Tang aide Ashley Summers wrote in an email that asked for a hearing within a week.
The Chico News & Review, 14 May 2015 - Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Seeking to Block Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance The folks fighting Measure A were back in court Wednesday (May 13), where Judge Stephen Benson threw out their lawsuit seeking to block the medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.