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Mexico: 'El Chapo,' Public Enemy, Is Also Folk Hero No. 1

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 18 Jul 2015 - CULIACAN, Mexico - When Jose Antonio Sevilla and his three brothers learned that the notorious drug trafficker known as El Chapo had escaped from prison, they jumped out of their chairs and shouted with glee. "El Chapo got out! He's the greatest of them all," said Mr. Sevilla, 19, a self-professed fan of the drug kingpin, whose full name is Joaquin Guzman Loera. "He was famous before, but now he's even more famous."
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Chronicle AM: Obama Visits Prison, OH Gov Okays Naloxone, Ohio Init Could Come Up Short,More (7/17/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 22:06

A surprising analysis suggests the ResponsibleOhio legalization initiative could come up short on signatures, Guam releases medical marijuana program draft regulations, Obama visits a federal prison, Ohio's governor okays naloxone over-the-counter, and more.

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Ohio Legalization Initiative Could Fall Short on Signatures, But Will Fight If It Does. Columbus's 10 TV is reporting that its analysis of signatures gathered to put the ResponsibleOhio legalization initiative on the November ballot shows the initiative coming up 48,000 valid voter signatures short. That would be truly surprising, given that the group turned in 700,000 raw signatures and it only needs 305,000 valid ones to qualify. The group told 10 TV, however, that it could still collect signatures during a 10-day review period and that it could file legal challenges on signatures that were invalidated.

Michigan Democrat Will Introduce Legalization Bill. State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) said today that support for legalization has reached critical mass and that he will introduce a bill to do just that. "You've got people on the left who are saying that people should not be having their lives ruined over something like marijuana and you've got people on the right who are saying marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs is the granddaddy of all big government programs," said Irwin. "It makes sense from a public safety and public health perspective to bring that activity into the regulated space where we can make sure that consumers are protected. And we can also take the hundreds of millions of dollars we're spending on prosecuting marijuana offenders and direct those resources towards real criminals with real victims." There are also at least three groups working on legalization initiatives.

Medical Marijuana

Guam Releases Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations. The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services has released draft rules for the island territory's medical marijuana program. Guamanians voted to allow medical marijuana in last November's elections. The rules must be approved by the legislature. Click on the link to read the draft rules.

Harm Reduction

Ohio Governor Signs Emergency Bill to Increase Opiate Overdose Reversal Drug Access. Gov. John Kasich (R) Thursday signed into law a bill that will make the overdose reversal drug naloxone available over the counter. This is the third year in a row Kasich has signed a naloxone bill, each one more expansive than the one before. Two years ago, he authorized a pilot program for naloxone and last year, he signed a bill allowing friends and family members of drug users to carry the drug.

New Synthetic Drugs

North Carolina Bill to Ban N-Bomb Heads to Governor's Desk. The General Assembly Thursday approved House Bill 341, which would classify the synthetic psychedelic NBOMe, commonly known as N-Bomb, as an illegal controlled substance. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Pat McCroy (R). If he signs it, N-Bomb and its derivatives will become Schedule I controlled substances.

Criminal Justice

Obama Visits Federal Prison, Calls for Lesser Sentences for Drug Crimes. Wrapping up a week heavy on criminal justice, President Obama Thursday visited the federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma, becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. While there, he met with six drug prisoners and called for lesser sentences for drug offenses.

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CN MB: Smoke & Fire

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 17 Jul 2015 - Pot dispensary owner threatens to defy law Glenn Price plans to defy the law if he cannot get some answers from politicians about the closing of his medicinal marijuana dispensary. Police told Price to shut down his Main Street dispensary on Tuesday because it is not Health Canada-approved.
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CN ON: Pot Still Drug Of Choice

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jul 2015 - Tops List in Capital Along With Coke, Crack Drug users in other North American cities are warming up to new designer drugs like bath salts and flakka, but garden-variety marijuana is the drug of choice in Canada's capital.
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CN MB: Owner Pledges To Continue Selling Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 17 Jul 2015 - Plans to Hold Peaceful Rally at His Shop Next Week THE owner of the only medical-cannabis dispensary in Manitoba has vowed to stay open, despite being told by police to stop selling his product. Glenn Price opened Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters at 1404 Main St. in March and started selling to Winnipeggers July 1. On Tuesday, Winnipeg police ordered the store to stop, following a service complaint lodged by a group fighting storefront pot sales.
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CN AB: Advocates Eye VanCity's New Marijuana Rules

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 17 Jul 2015 - Legalization of Dispensaries Is a Model for Other Cities An Edmonton man is eyeing new municipal rules for medicinal marijuana in Vancouver as he feels they could eventually spread to Edmonton and help him open a dispensary without breaking laws.
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CN BC: Australian Family Pins Health Hopes On Cannabis

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Jul 2015 - Bobby Fulton is a cannabis-oil evangelist. The Australian woman uprooted her family two weeks ago to spend the summer in Victoria so her two daughters suffering a rare degenerative lung disease could get a steady, legal supply of the drug. The family of seven has been given free accommodation in Victoria and free cannabis by a local marijuana advocate and says it is now taking advantage of last month's Supreme Court ruling ensuring a patient's right to consume cannabis derivatives, which Ms. Fulton credits with extending her daughters' lives.
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US CA: Marijuana Supporters Unveil Plans for California Ballot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 17 Jul 2015 - The march to bring marijuana legalization before California voters in 2016 ramped up Thursday with the announcement by a group of longtime Bay Area cannabis advocates that they have hired heavy-hitting Democratic political strategists and plan to release a draft of the proposed initiative in the coming weeks. Santa Rosa-based attorney Joe Rogoway is part of a team with the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform that is crafting an initiative under a project dubbed ReformCA, backed by California NORML - the state branch of the national marijuana reform group - that would create a framework for a "robust set of regulations" to legalize cannabis for use by adults while maintaining regulations already in place for medical use.
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US: President Visits Federal Prison

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 17 Jul 2015 - EL RENO, Okla. - They opened the door to Cell 123, and President Obama stared inside. In the space of 9 feet by 10 feet, he saw three bunks, a toilet with no seat, a night table with books, a small sink, prison clothes on a hook, some metal cabinets and the life he might have had. In becoming the first occupant of his high office to visit a federal correctional facility, Mr. Obama could not help reflecting on what might have been. After all, as a young man, he smoked marijuana and tried cocaine. But he did not end up with a prison term lasting decades like some of the men who have occupied Cell 123.
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US OR: Southwest Oregon County Puts Pot Sales on Fall Ballot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Herald and News, 17 Jul 2015 - ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - Voters will decide in 2016 whether to bar marijuana sales in the unincorporated parts of Douglas County. The county Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two ordinances this week after hearing impassioned testimony from marijuana fans and foes.
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US CA: Yuba County Suspends $34k Pot Penalty

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 17 Jul 2015 - The Rocklin-based owners of a Linda mobile home park have had a $34,000 penalty suspended for three years following the first appeal hearing under Yuba County's new marijuana cultivation ordinance. Yuba County supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to uphold a penalty imposed on Brikemen LLC, as owners of the Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park on Garden Avenue.
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Chronicle AM: Big CA Legalization Init Coming Soon, Italian Legalization Bill Filed, More (7/16/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:19

We're waiting for the big one to drop in California, there's marijuana arrest expungement news from Jamaica and Ohio, Colorado rejects medical marijuana for PTSD, Chris Christie talks crime and drug policy, and more.

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Big California Legalization Initiative About to Drop. A handful of marijuana legalization initiatives have already been filed in the Golden State, but many observers have been waiting for the one from the California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, and now the group has announced it will file its initiative within the next few weeks.

Ohio Officials Approve Initiative to Expunge Marijuana Convictions. The Ohio Ballot Board voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve the Fresh Start Act for signature-gathering. The initiative would allow convictions to be expunged once marijuana is legal in the state. The initiative is another project of ResponsibleOhio, the people behind the controversial marijuana legalization initiative almost certainly headed to the ballot there this year.

Medical Marijuana

Colorado Rejects Medical Marijuana for PTSD. Colorado health officials voted Wednesday against adding PTSD to the list of qualifying ailments for medical marijuana. They cited scant research on the issue. "We can't have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don't have data to show it's correct," said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.

Hawaii Moves to Begin Licensing Dispensaries. After Gov. David Ige (D) signed a bill Tuesday allowing for eight dispensaries to operate in the state, state officials are moving forward with developing rules and regulations for the program. They say to they will begin accepting license applications early next year. The move comes 15 years after Hawaii became the first state to okay medical marijuana through the legislative process.

Heroin and Prescription Opiates

Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Aimed at Opiate Problems. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) Wednesday signed into law House Bill 6856, which is meant to combat opiate addiction and overdoses by increased prescription drug monitoring and increased access to naloxone, the opiate overdose reversal drug. Prescribers must now report each opioid prescription to the state's Prescription Monitoring Program within 24 hours instead of the previous seven days.

Criminal Justice

Chris Christie Calls for "Fresh Approach" on Criminal Justice. The New Jersey governor and Republican presidential contender today unveiled criminal justice reform proposals, including allowing nonviolent drug offenders a better shot at rehabilitation. He also emphasized "community policing" in his policy speech in the crime-ridden city of Camden. "As governor, there are few things I've worked on harder, or that I believe as strongly as this: Drug addiction, just like cancer, is an illness," Christie said. "Instead of settling for jail time every time, we need to give people the chance to get help," he said. "Our drug court program works, and we've opened a new front in the fight against drugs -- one that saves money, keeps people out of prison, and is just good policy generally. There's no reason we can't replicate this nationally, and as president this is something I'll absolutely make happen."

International

Colombia Outpaces Peru in Coca Production, UNODC Says. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported Wednesday that Colombia had overtaken Peru in the sowing of coca crops. That's mainly because Peru reported a 14% drug in the area under cultivation in the face of aggressive measures by the government of President Ollanta Humala. But Peru may still be the world's largest cocaine producer, because its crop is more mature and higher yielding.

Jamaican Justice Minister Signs Order to Expunge Minor Marijuana Convictions. Justice Minister Mark Golding signed the expungement order Wednesday. The move comes after the island nation decriminalized marijuana earlier this year. Now, possession of less than two ounces is no longer a crime. Before that, an estimated 300 people a week were getting criminal records and possible life-long stigma for possession arrests.

Italian Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed. Benedetto Della Vedova, a junior minister for foreign affairs, Wednesday introduced a bill that would legalize the possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana, allow for growing small quantities, and set up government-licensed marijuana retail outlets. The bill is cosponsored by more than 200 members of the country's 900-member parliament. The bill is supported by members of the governing Democratic Party and two opposition parties, the Left, Ecology and Freedom Party and the Five Star Movement.

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CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Operate In Legal Limbo

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 16 Jul 2015 - A steady stream of customers file into Trees Dispensary Nanaimo, one of several places to pick up medical marijuana in the Harbour City. Cookies, brownies and B.C bud can all be found behind glass cases at the Bowen Road storefront, estimated to serve 1,500 people each week. Clients don't have to be medical marijuana patients as long as they declare they have a serious medical condition.
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CN BC: Editorial: Politicians Behind On Pot Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Langley Advance, 16 Jul 2015 - If the voters of British Columbia had their way, marijuana would already be legal or decriminalized. At least, that's the results of a new Insights West poll. It showed that 67 per cent of British Columbians support ending the criminalization of cannabis. A full 38 per cent want legalization, 24 per cent want decriminalization, and 27 per cent favour only medical use. Just seven per cent want the use of pot banned completely.
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CN ON: Cops Keeping Close Tabs On Pot Crop

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 16 Jul 2015 - Corn Fields Used to Hide Marijuana Plants Ontario Provincial Police are already taking special notice of this year's corn crop, and a particular weed that's growing amongst it. The outdoor marijuana season is in full bloom.
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CN BC: Licensing Fees May Be 'Prohibitive,' Expert Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jul 2015 - Vancouver's pot shops may have a legal case if they challenge new city rules that charge them tens of thousands of dollars for a licence - far more than other businesses, including body-rub parlours and escort agencies, experts say. Joel Bakan, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, says a court could see the $30,000 fee charged to for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries as "as prohibitive, rather than merely regulatory."
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CN MB: Pipe Dream?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 16 Jul 2015 - PIPE DREAM? A day after Winnipeg police told him to shut down, the owner of the city's first medical marijuana dispensary says he wants to meet with the mayor. But Glenn Price vows he will keep doing what he says is the right thing, dishing out prescription marijuana to Winnipeggers in need, no matter what legal repercussions may be in store for him.
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US CA: Column: Evergreen State Oversupply

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 16 Jul 2015 - Bust season is in full swing, with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office serving warrants on parcels suspected of harboring marijuana grows in the northeastern corner of the county, near Weitchpec. Sheriff's Lt. Wayne Hanson says it's all part of the yearly, decades-old eradication measures the county takes, and says there are about 20 law enforcement personnel involved, including officers from the county drug task force, the National Guard, Fish and Wildlife and CAMP.
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US CO: Column: Rep. Jonathan Singer, Jack's Bill and Tabor

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 16 Jul 2015 - When I interviewed Rep. Jonathan Singer last October, he was gearing up for the 2015 legislative session. It adjourned in May, and I decided to check in and find out more about what happened this time around. "It's fascinating how marijuana has threaded its way through Colorado's legislative tapestry, and it's an interesting thread," Singer, who represents House District 11, said last week at a local coffee shop. A non-user, Singer was one of only two legislators who supported Amendment 64 before its passage and has become a proponent and advocate of making legal cannabis work in Colorado.
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US AZ: Column: BYOM?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 16 Jul 2015 - Colorado Is Giving Businesses Another Way to Bring Marijuana to the Table Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and attorney Brian Vicente are two of the champions of the 2012 Amendment 64 (The Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act) which legalized and regulated the use and sale of recreational marijuana in Colorado.
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